New craft ideas

I like crafts, but for sometime I have not done any. When I am not working, or studying, or what ever else in between, I am relaxing with my cat, Miley, who likes to take my time.  I sometimes cannot even read a book, because she likes to get my full attention when on my lap. 😀
When I have free-time at some point, I would like to get back into my new hobby, crocheting, which has stopped since I shared this post; “Crochet.” I would like to also do some small cross stitching pieces one day, as well as doing some things with pom poms I make like owls for example.

I have also come across a Facebook group called, “Up-Cycled Collective” and I am following the regional group of this, “Friends of the Up-Cycled Collective UK & Ireland.” It’s a mixture of things on both these groups that involve creations from fabric. The idea is to reuse fabric that would otherwise go on a landfill and there are some inspiring creations there. I am interested in one day having a go at braid rugs, or making something from handmade scrap fabric twine, like coasters, or table mats.
Both these groups are closed groups, so you would have to request to join, if it’s a group for you. They are both very welcoming groups.


Small living ideas

Although I want to downsize and live in a new area, when I find the right property, the idea of downsizing I am finding a little daunting at times. This is because of seeing properties smaller than they looked on photos and I plan to hopefully see another one soon, which again, from photos, I am sceptic because of possibly space, but also that the property is decent and not showing signs of damp, etc.. because of a previous bad experience when looking at a property some years ago with this particular company that this one is under.
I usually walk into a property open-minded and see it as a blank canvas for how to make it into make my home, but I am finding that seed of doubt creeping in.
I am continuing with looking for a private property while bidding for social housing, because I think I will end up in a private property before my luck comes with social housing.
Anyway, I have found new inspirations when it comes to small living and I like to share those blog links and posts with you. 🙂 So when I do come to hopefully viewing this next private flat, I will remember the ideas and inspirations I took form the links shared, to use what I have and maybe, if I have to, change things around. After all, when I do one day move to my new area, this will be like a new start for me, so why not change the place? 🙂

A blog I am now following for inspiration, that I came across last night; “My Little Empire.” The blogger is Karl, who lives in a social housing flat. His flat is small and he is also on a budget, but he is making his small space home. Karl is sharing his experiences of getting the best out of a small space on his blog and it looks very good and I feel inspired. The first post I came across of his was, “Designing for small lounge spaces.” After reading all his blog, I am now following.
Another blog post I found inspiring of his, is called, “Box rooms.” In this post he showed how he got the most out of a box room in his flat. I hate box rooms and my box room I once had, was a little bigger than this one. But my views of box rooms have changed now, after reading this post.

From another blog, I came across this post; “Five Tips to Maximize Use and Enjoyment Of A Small Space.” This also inspired me when it comes to small spaces and it has changed my mind-set. Although the blog is not from the UK, it has still given me fresh ideas of the possibilities using what I have already, but differently.

If you are looking for inspiration when it comes to small spaces, then check out those links.

Blog post share: “I am not offended,” by The Daily Annagram

In this post I share a blog post that I have not long started following. Her blog post is called, “I Am Not Offended” by The Daily Annagram.
While you there reading this post, which comes with a trigger warning, as it raises violence and assault, I recommend you read other blog posts from this wonderful blogger too and follow.

This post was written because of something she read, which if you visit this post, you will find out more. The particular words that have sparked this post; “mistakes,” which I can totally relate to and understand and so this post is powerfully written. As this blogger has said and I agree and I have put this short here, when someone assaults, rapes, hits someone, or threaten, you cannot say they were “mistakes.”

Blog post share: Chia jam – the healthy alternative

Recently, I discovered Chia jam via “Still Waters.” I got round to making it this morning and I was impressed.

my raspberry chia jam

It looks just like jam, but not sweet as I find jam.
Regular readers will know that after I changed the way I eat, my taste buds also changed and I found some things too sweet. This is a good alternative for me, when I would like jam and it does not take long to make. I used raspberries for my first go and I will probably have raspberry version now and again in the future, but I love strawberries, so more likely it will be strawberries for me when I make chia jam. But I will enjoy experimenting.

Visit “Still Waters”for the Chia jam- the healthy jam alternative recipe. 🙂

Some related posts to my healthy eating, for those who may not have read them:

Post share from, “Every Day Is A Mental Health Day.”

This video is something I came across via Facebook, while taking a break from blogging that I can totally relate too. It’s from Facebook page called, “Every Day Is A Mental Health Day” and the video is about what it is like to have high-functioning anxiety. The link below will take you to this video on their page.

Blog post share: “It isn’t just #metoo”

Having once been in a relationship where a man once thought he could have sex when he wanted, learning mum had experienced similar experiences to me after that experience I had in that relationship and discovering another ex has abused a child 10 years earlier, when I learnt last he was jailed, which questions what was I during that time? I feel I need to share this blog post I discovered today.
This blog post will take you to a blog called, “Her Patchwork Heart” and it comes with trigger warnings, as the post discusses sexual assault many times. As hard as it is to read and hear about stories like this, it is important that we hear, because when we have been abused some way, we are scared to talk about it because we wonder if we will be believed. We can also be told it was our fault or to be quiet. But being quiet about it does lots of harm, on top of harm and damage already caused from being abused.
Victims are no longer going to stand in being quiet and are now speaking up. We won’t be made to be quiet or shut up! We might be moving forward in the right direction in speaking up about this, but someone out there may be still going through something similar and feeling the same; scared, not believed, told to be quiet. It needs to stop and people need to realise that you don’t own your partner, girlfriend, boyfriend, just because you go out with them, or are married to them. It does not give you the right to abuse.

Her Patchwork Heart

TW: sexual assault is mentioned many times in this post, so please keep yourself safe while reading.

Today, while on a date, I was told that perhaps my “timid” demeanor and my soft voice are the reasons I have had so many “odd” encounters with men, whereby they think it is okay to ambush me with kisses on the mouth or brazenly graze my breasts or slip a hand up my dress. I was told that this makes me seem like “easy prey”, like I’m the type of person that would stay quiet. And, you know what? I am. I am that quiet woman, conditioned to stay silent. When I was little and was coaxed into playing doctor under the bed it wasn’t him that got into trouble, it was me. I was made to feel bad and dirty. When grownups tricked me into touching their “private parts” I was…

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Post share: “My battle cry: Ignorance is not an excuse,” by A Kinder Way.

Ignorance is no excuse. It is time to learn to gain an understanding, if you don’t know about someone’s mental health. Ignorance can damage.
Learn more here, why ignorance is no excuse.

A Kinder Way


I have had OCD for 14 years. Throughout those 14 years, I’ve been supported, understood and believed by many people in my life.  I’ve been shown a great deal of love and patience. I’ve seen effort and kindness, compassion and an incredible amount of care. To those people…thank you….from the bottom of my heart. THANK YOU.

The thing is…I’ve also felt a lot of negative things about my diagnosis.

I’ve felt embarrassed and ashamed.

I’ve felt burdened and scared.

I’ve felt guilty and sad.

I’ve felt overwhelmed, confused, angry and frustrated.

I’ve been dismissed and ignored and even felt betrayed a time or two.

This year I’ve made a commitment to myself and my health.

I will no longer allow myself to be treated negatively over something I have no control over.

I will no longer accept ignorance as an excuse for any lack of understanding about my diagnosis from the…

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