Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Fabric Craft

While I am know for making cards and scrapbook layouts and taking photos, my formal tertiary education was in fashion and textiles design.

I did work in the industry for a few years before and after I graduated but over all I found the industry difficult to be in. To say it is a cut throat industry to work in would be a massive understatement. I can however accept that this is just my view point based on my experience in the industry. My experience was mostly as a sewer either by sewing machine or by hand.

Although I have a deep dislike for the industry in general I still do love designing and making garments, especially of a an alternative flavor.

In 2015 I was asked to make a waistcoat for my brother for a wedding he was attending. I tend to like making custom fits which raised a few logistical issues as I live in South Australia and he is in Western Australia.

A mock up of the requested garment was sent off and adjusted and then returned to me. And in a couple days the finished garment was posted back, JUST in time for the wedding.

Fast forward to mid January 2017 and I get another request.


Friday, 6 January 2017

Some insightful and helpful links to do with mental health

How To Help Someone With Depression

Norman Doidge
Book titles and youtube videos
The Brain that changes itself
The Brain's way of Healing

Jon Kabat-Zin
Mindfulness for Beginners

Dr Daniel Amen
Change your brain, Change your life.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

The Spoons Book

Hello Readers.

Welcome and I DO hope you are all well.

I have a BIG treat for you all today, I have a very personal and brand new project to share with you which I started a few months back. I have shown a few sneak peeks along the way but today I am finally happy to show you the whole thing. There is a video at the end of this post with a full flip through of the book and what I have done and use to help me.

It is called The Spoons book because I have created it to preserve my Spoons Useage. The Spoon Theory was created by Christine Maserandino who has Lupus. I recommend you go and read the story in the link, it shall illuminate much about this book.

I chose the Harry Potter story for the theme because of what it represents: Harry's battle against an unknown and insidious enemy and in the end being victorious. There is of course a bit more to it really but that is what it really boils down to.

There is also some beautiful fan art out there in the big internets.

The silhouettes are done by: GTRichardson
The beautiful book illustrations are from: Gabriel Picolo
I managed to find the marauders map too along with many of the newspaper articles from the movie from various sites and forums.

The file so far has been a wonder to create and also invaluable in the content and helping out in some dark places.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

What does the future look like for you

Hello readers. 

Another video from my Youtube Channel.

I do waffle on in this one a bit but there are some gems I promise. 

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Dealing with Life

Hello followers.

I have been very quiet and I am sorry about this. Life has been tough the last 6 or so months and I ended up winding down on many thing in order to just manage daily tasks such as being conscious (barely) breathing and eating. 

Over the last 12 months while deal with a lot of day to day issues or pain, depression and anxiety I came to develop strategies to cope. There are days when chronic pain really wears me down and those are the days that the strategies really come in handy. I shared some of these strategies via social media which were well received by others in similar situations. 

With that in mind and my deep passion for giving assistance where I can I have started a YouTube channel called Dealing with Life.

Please share to those who you feel might benefit.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Words better said by some one else

A fellow blogger recently sent me a blog post she wrote regarding the recent spate of horrors that have occurred in the world. When they all happened and I saw news reports online (written reports as I haven't watched broadcast news in a long time out of choice) about them or caught brief glimpses of friends social media ventings. I had no words of support or wisdom or anything, I haven't for a long time now.

But sometimes someone much more eloquent with words it about to communicate this despair and hope inside.  When Kaia sent me what she had written on her blog EarthStarSpirit, it resonated with me, maybe it will with you as well. Here are her works in Look for the Helpers