I have been creating for more years than I care to remember, starting as a child with knitting, sewing, then crochet. I’ve added to these over the years with macrame, beadweaving, cross stitch, machine knitting (which I taught as well), and then moved on to anything paper/inky/painty.

A couple of years back I changed direction – adding spinning, dyeing, and weaving to the list. I went back to knitting and crochet after a bit of a break, as well as patchwork and quilting, and I started making art dolls.

After taking early retirement due to ill health, I have the time to go in the directions I’d always promised myself I would when I retired 🙂  Gone is the stress of the job and having to work in a “hot-desking” environment which challenged my OCD tendencies to the limit; gone is working with someone that criticised my work at every opportunity and undermined my self confidence till I couldn’t cope with it any more.

After a thyroidectomy due to the threat of thyroid cancer (which my Mum died of), a clear result made me take stock of my life – a cancer threat does that – and I made a very hard decision to end my marriage and make a completely fresh start which resulted in me now being very happily settled in South Wales since July 2017.

Some friends fell beside the way during the upheaval, choosing not to support and/or understand the changes going on with me. The grieving process for all the loss was very hard at times but new friends and a wonderful new supportive community has done a lot to help get me back to (my version of) normal.

A huge (on-going) clear-out of all my stash (thank you Lewis for your support/encouragement), a decision on what I really want to do (anything fabric and play my keyboard properly)…..and a new addition to the sewing machine collection – happy now!!! (or I will be when the house alterations are finished!)

I’m getting there…….

I am not a stranger to the dark
Hide away, they say
‘Cause we don’t want your broken parts
I’ve learned to be ashamed of all my scars
Run away, they say
No one’ll love you as you are
But I won’t let them break me down to dust
I know that there’s a place for us
For we are glorious
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me
(The Greatest Showman
This Is Me lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd)


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