Without leaving home

I have the joy of meeting so many people and sometimes I do not even leave home. Through the years of teaching adults and kids crafts it has been both frustrating and joyful. I find great joy in seeing people meet others within the class and strike up new friendships. This morning was one of those mornings. I had three ladies who do not know each other,  come from very different lifestyles ,back grounds and age groups but have a common interest that brings them together. Just in the same way our patch work came together.

I have space to squeeze someone else in to the monthly group.

A New Year

I finished the year talking about the loss of family and friends and as hard as it is to come to terms with it is reality. We lost a dear friend between Christmas and the New Year which we are still coming to terms with. It was so sudden looking back it feels like he just vanished. We are thankful for his many years of friendship as he supported us and us him. It is a terrible, world we live in and yet we cling to it as if there is nothing better. Just look at the suffering of people and animals in Australia right now with the bush fires caused by mans lack of care of our world. Yes man’s fault. If you care to start reading the first book of the Bible Genesis clearly shows us how God gave this as a responsibility for man. It may have been in the beginning but God knew how our sinful nature would cause crisis after crisis and he promised to prepare a place for us where there would be no sorrow or pain. All we have to do is believe and follow in his way. Whilst we cling to the only things we know there is much better to come.

JEREMIAH 29 V 11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

So whilst we begin another year and only God knows how long we have here we need to make a difference, be hopeful and work for the good of others using whatever talents we have been given.

 

December it’s not all about us.

For many as we approach Christmas it brings many memories both happy and sad. In our family it is difficult not to think back on those we have lost this year and previous years and through my work I walk that path again and again, week after week with relatives as they lose their loved ones. Marie Curie have a new advertisement campaign emphasising the need to talk about our wishes with those with whom it counts and will make a difference. I was fortunate to be able to talk openly with my father from his diagnosis of cancer to the many miraculous years he received and in his last weeks so he knew what to expect day by day. I know it makes a difference to how you grieve and how your loved one feels as they leave this earth. That is why I promote Marie Curie’s message. Marie Curie talk about

If you check out their site on the link above why don’t you consider making a donation to support the charity as the need is ongoing and there are never enough nurses to meet the demand. As well as Marie Curie being a recipient in lieu of presents this year I have chosen to support research for Motor neurone disease. The second member of my family is living with this horrendous disease and so much research is needed. The debilitating impact on the body impacts the whole family but especially the immediate carers. MND or American link ALS. If you want to know more about what it is like to live with this disease please follow my cousin Kathy’s blog. She is an inspiration to us all.Grit and grace

 

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and God’s richest blessings in 2020.

Jayne

XO

Where does the time go….

It is hard to believe  months have gone and I thought I better blog before the year is out. I am already thinking ahead for 2020 but so much more left of 2019. We were fortunate to have another holiday in September just the three of us in a pet friendly cottage in Galway this time. We just love the relaxation of holidaying in cottages.

 

Then in October we were so delighted to have my cousins daughter visit from the USA, her first time out of the states and we gave her a whirlwind tour of Ireland.

So now it is November and time to wind down a bit and think about craft and classes. Working on finishing projects and enjoying the Lace Guild. Focusing on crochet mostly but really need to get back to some embroidery projects, scrapbooking and family history.

The last class for this year is November and I am not sure if I will have the same teaching format for next year as I do get bored easily. I have also learned to tat..

Sewing and crochet

I have often wondered how folk manage who do not have a hobby and how would I have ever managed over the years without mine. So much research has come to the fore in recent years showing the health benefits of creative hobbies. There is so much satisfaction in completing something creative and so long as you the creator are happy with it then that is the main thing.

A few years ago a friend commented to me how her young daughter had made something at school with clay but she was very upset as she was unable to bring it home to her mummy as her teacher did not think it was good enough and destroyed it. Fortunately in this case this little girls mother recognised the effect this could have on her daughter and was able to praise her none the less. How many creative people over the years have been stopped in their tracks just because of someone else’s notion something was not good enough. We all have our own tastes but the joy and benefits to someone who creates can outweigh the views of others. Happy creating.