Sunday, June 26, 2011

I want to be a proper crafty woman!

My craft skills leave a lot to be desired and my sewing skills extend to sewing on buttons and hemming. There are two balls of wool in my ‘craft’ basket - one has knitting needles sticking out and the other a crochet hook! The one with the crochet hook does have a chain attached but I can’t figure out how to crochet the second line.

I do love a craft stall and buying the beautiful work others create. On my first visit to our local show I was entranced by the skill of the local lace makers. What these women were creating was exquisite.
Another of my ‘crafty’ loves is pretty stationery. I have all sorts around the house. A couple of years ago a friend with similar yearnings and I created some pretty covered notebooks and sold them at the local markets.
They were quite successful but she left town and they sit in the cupboard gathering dust. I have given some away as gifts and they were warmly received so maybe it is time to resurrect the idea. This is part of my stop procrastinating year. We are halfway through the year but that is of no consequence if I now get on with it. I will set myself a goal on this blog that I will have a Christmas stall at the markets and sell some notebooks – after I have created some more!
Now if I can just figure out how to knit a square and add a second row to my crochet chain I could sell those creations too.
Goals for the week:
·        Cover at least one notebook
I have just finished reading The Perfect Man by Sheila O’Flanagan. It took me a while to get through this one but I am glad I got to the happy ending.

Friday, June 10, 2011


The blog has been created, the bio written and it is time to start posting. I have a whole pile of stories to put on but can’t make up my mind where to start.
I also want to put photos with each post. The stock photo websites have thousands of photos and I can’t decide on which ones to use. It’s time to learn how to use the camera and put my own photos on the computer.
The blog has been active for a couple of weeks and there is still no post or photos!
This is typical of my life at the moment. I am at crossroads in many areas and need to get on with it. Our life is changing as our daughters grow up and become more independent. One has moved out to uni and the other is doing her own thing more and more and doesn’t need us around as much. We are struggling with the nearly empty nest syndrome. For the first time in a lot of years we are home alone more and finding our empty house lonely when the kids aren’t home.
We have planned some projects and one for me is to do some writing. The story on my blog is finished and the purpose of this one is to put down my thoughts and ideas as we enter a new era in our lives and hopefully the empty blog space waiting for my words will inspire me to get on with it.
Proof-right has been up and running for a couple of years now and we have done some projects but haven’t spent the time we need to turn this into a more part-time than casual business. The reason for starting the proofreading business was to work from home but I need to be disciplined and spend more time on it.
My office is set up and the time has come to go to work every day.
Goals for this week:
·         Write another blog post and take photo
·         Do some work on the new Proof-right website/write a blog post

I have just finished reading The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez. It is a fabulous story of strong, courageous women living in a difficult place.
p.s. - my daughter took the photo but I figured out how to save it and insert it into the blog post!