I have missed blogging so much over the past few weeks – believe me, it was completely unintentional to disappear on you for so long. To begin with I was posting a lot less as I was focusing on moving forward with my ideas and plans. And then life took a sudden turn and, while not unexpected, it still threw me completely. Since then I have not felt ready to post (I am still not ready to share all the details with you but the big event was Chris and I breaking up) as I have been struggling just to manage getting through each day.
|A fairy door I made for a swap|
And then, a couple of days ago, I started to feel more like my old self again. I spent some time doing some crafts for swaps on swap-bot and remembered just how much I love to create. They were completely different from anything I’ve ever done before (and included making mail art which I am now in love with) which has made me want to explore my creativity once again.
|Cupcake mail art - front|
|Cupcake mail art - back|
Since then I’ve started reading crafting blogs once again to inspire myself. I feel ready for a whole new level of creativity now. Before, I tended to stick to what I knew, I followed step-by-step instructions and I played it safe. But now I want to explore my creativity, try new things and work on creating my own ideas. In some areas I am still following step-by-step as I navigate my way through new terrains such as using my sewing machine, just to get myself started with the basics before trying my own thing.
|The no-sew doll I made for a swap (tutorial here)|
It feels as though I am quite literally crafting my way back to life, as opposed to the existing I have been doing. The next thing I want to try is altered/decorated matchboxes (if you would like to join me I’ve created a beginner’s swap) as the pictures I have seen of them look truly amazing.