I've been doing quite a bit of sewing lately - re-establishing my love of the sewing machine - my first creative outlet. You may remember that I decorated Little Lady's bedroom last year. I knew that her pastel blind would need changing and chose some gorgeous teal butterfly fabric from John Lewis. I have had the fabric around 6 months (procrastination is a weakness) but after the Sewing Bee last week I finally felt motivated to make a new blind!! It is a basic manual roll up design backed in blackout lining. It has a simple pole sewn into the top seam and hooks hold it in place at the window. I think it is a simple yet pretty solution - unique and very cost effective too as it is a large window!
The photos aren't fabulous as I'm taking them into the light but it does look sweet and coordinates well with the decor. Of course the main critic - my lovely girl, cast her eye over it - and success, she was delighted! It looks a little gathered along the pole in the photos but you can just pull this out to the sides - then it lays straight - I just didn't realise while I was taking the photos!
I've got a long list of sewing projects to complete around the home and am hoping this new motivation will help me tick some of them off! In all honesty though I'm struggling a bit this past week with my pain levels. I've decided today to listen to my body and give in, in order to help it rest a bit. Hopefully this flare will then calm down and my pain levels will become more manageable. I often use craft as a way to distract my mind from the pain I'm experiencing but the last couple days I've just covered the chores and could find no energy for anything more.
A couple of readers have contacted me about the accident that I sometimes refer to, progress on my on-going pain management and how I manage my family life. I've stayed away from discussing this too much as I'm sure you understand this is a difficult topic for me and I don't want this space to become negative and heavy. This blog after all came into being after journal-ling Project Gratitude to help with my emotional recovery.
However, I feel that it is really important to discuss disability so that it does not remain a taboo subject or that negative misconceptions on ability continue to prevail. I think it's important to stress at the outset that I would be talking about my own experience and situation - disabilities are wide ranging and specific to the individual so by no means am I seeking to be an expert on anything but my own impairment.
Over the coming weeks, I have decided to break the subject of my 'disability story' into three elements:
- My Accident - Injuries and their Impact
- My Physical and Mental Journey
- A Reflection on Things I've Learnt
Finally, welcome to my new followers - it is wonderful to have you here. I hope you have a fabulous week,