Greetings to whomever may have stumbled upon this!
Back in November I took a long hard look at my life, and I realised that for various reasons I had stopped doing a lot of the things I enjoyed. Life had gotten in the way (as it often does). I had stopped cooking, experimenting with new recipes, baking and making bread, sewing, crochet, knitting, making jewellery and just generally spending time being crafty and creative.
These are all things that I used to think of as defining part of me, that I loved and took pride in. I want to start doing all these things again. So here are the five steps to getting myself motivated to do these things again.
1. A Veggie Box
I have signed up to a fortnightly veggie box from Riverford. As far as I am concerned what can be more inspiring than a delicious box of good quality fresh vegetables arriving in your door step? It makes me plan my meals around good fresh veg, and experiment with new things. Like the fabulous Oca/New Zealand Yam below (I had never heard of it before either).
Riverford just happened to be the company that worked best for me. I wish I lived more rurally and could support a local farm.
2. Learning Dressmaking
I have always loved crafting and sewing and have yearned to learn to sew my own clothing. I have had the occasional dabble with altering unflattering garments and copying the odd stretch jersey dress. However I have never really learned the skills behind dress making, or how to work from a pattern.
To give me a kick start I bought a copy of ‘Gertie’s New Book For Better Sewing’ intending to work through some of the patterns and pattern adjustments inside. By some strange coincidence without knowing this, my flatmate gave me a copy of ‘Gertie Sews Vintage Casual’ for my birthday. So know I have many gorgeous, glamorous vintage inspired patterns to work my way through.
3. Making Time
Perhaps the biggest challenge of all! We all know what its like having a busy life and working and running around, finding time for hobbies is all too easily lost. I am making an effort to set aside an hour a day to try and pursue baking and crafting. This can take any form from working on a new sewing project or cooking a good dinner, to reading about a new sewing technique before bed, or even simple looking at pintrest for inspiration.
As long as I am taking a little bit of time for myself and working on things it counts.
4. A Playlist
I have made myself a playlist to help get me in the mood when working and cooking. It sounds like a very silly and simple thing to do, but at the end of a long day listening to some songs which pick me up helps me feel that bit more motivated.
5. Starting a Blog!
Yup this post is the first step in achieving number five. The last few months the four things above have really helped and I have been enjoying cooking and crafting again. However, I was looking for something to help keep me going. I thought that if I start posting about the things I am working on; the lessons in sewing I am learning and the recipes I am testing and developing it will give me an added incentive to keep going.
So this blog will aim to record my crafty adventures. I am hoping to post something every week or two to help me keep momentum. I can promise a nice mix of adventures, disasters and lessons along the way.