This year my main crafty en-devours have been crochet and journaling. Crochet is something I go to when I feel worse as I do simple patterns that take not much thinking. The journaling has become a tool of worship and spiritual growth which has been such a blessing to me.
My crochet work has taken another turn too, someone sent me a link earlier in the year to a tutorial on making plarn which really appealed to me as recently I have been looking more and more into sustainable living/crafting and using what we already have about the house. So I decided to give it a go!
Making the plarn can be a little time consuming but time is something I have 🙂 plus it can be done when my symptoms are a bit worse as it takes no thought to do and you get into a rhythm I have found with these things my body just remembers what to do so my head doesn’t have to do much.
I’ve mainly been experimenting with bag designs but I have a board on pinterest with loads of things you can making with plarn and plastic bags. Definitely something that be explored a lot further.
These are some of the bags I have made
Once you get into it they don’t take to long to whip up, the granny square ones definitely. I gave all mine away and I have been told they seemed to received quite well, which is wonderful.
As I seem to have a constant supply of bags now from family (thank you guys) I am able to keep going with this. Plus I am about to start my next module for uni which is textiles and I get to make my own yarn!! So I can definitely take this further and will have the time.
I thank God for this new skill and the way He has moved my life to be able to do it more so I can learn more and continue to make to give them away as well as expand it as part of my uni work.
There are a lot of charities out there who use plarn to make things to sell and to help people as well. In America lots of people make beds for the homeless. And there are fair trade bags and fashion accessories being made in third word countries such as this one in Africa. So if you don’t fancy giving it go yourself maybe you can buy something instead.
What kind of sustainable crafting do you enjoy to do? Anything you have wanted to have a go at?
I just want to say thanks to the kind words spoken to me from the last post, it was pretty wonderful to be able to share some good news with you all 🙂
Since then I did take a bit of a turn for the worse, but that doesn’t mean that I am less hopeful as the Lord is with me everyday and now when I am bad I can go to him for comfort and help. I receive so much support from my husband, family and friends (including you guys!) I am very blessed.
I have popped over to share something with you today, do you remember the blanket I showed earlier in the year? Well it is being auctioned off in a record breaking auction for charity. The money it raises will go towards a charity very close to my heart, Annabel’s Angels. I am sure you remember me sharing how I lost a friend last Christmas. Well her husband Simon and friends she met on the Macmillan forum have set up Annabel’s Angels to raise money for the hospital she was treated at and other cancer charities. They have done amazingly well, he has climbed mountains, in the summer many many ladies ran the race for life and most weekends Simon and friends can be found shaking buckets and filling bags at supermarkets and football games and they have already raised a lot of money which I know will be helping many people living with cancer right now.
The auction is here and it has over 2000 lots, there are a few charities taking part and there are some amazing things on offer, from cars to books and even some things donated by celebrities. My blanket is here should anyone wish to make a bid 😉 (this is the site that you can bid on)
Also another friend of mine has donated one of her paper-cuttings which I love, that is available here.
N.B – So silly me, in my foggy brained stupor thought the auction was tomorrow but its not its on the 28th. Oh well, proof I suppose of how my brain is as I never really know what day it is 😉
Thank you and God bless you all x
So apart from my rag rugging post it has been a while since I stopped by, a lot has happened in the past couple of months. In fact it has seemed a lot longer, looking back I am a little shocked thats all its been. Suffice to say things got worse, a lot worse and my mental health took a bit of a kicking again. I did, however find a doctor and I have started treatment to help my hormones and thyriod. I also was sent for an MRI by another doctor but I couldnt do it as I am unable to lie flat, this knocked me back a bit and I am still trying to dig deep and find that positive Hannah that I know is there. Things are getting better though, slowly but there is is progress, I have been seeing more of my family, I have been into a few shops recently plus I have managed to attend Church a couple of times, I never thought I would be able to do that.
Creativity wise I havent done as much as I would like but I did finally finish my big blanket which I am pleased with, I am slowly starting to get back into my journal something I will share later, for now though, here is my blanket:
It was actually finished a few weeks back but at least I have something pretty to show you now I am back 🙂
Thanks again for everyones support and for keeping me company, it gets very lonely (and very scary) sometimes and distraction is very much needed!
Big hugs and God bless you all xx