Sunday, 28 September 2014

Being Different is Good

I am once again linking up with the lovely  Kate on Thin Ice who has created a linky called Striking Mums. This week the topic is about being different and how this can affect the way society treats us.

Are you different and, if so, how?
I like to think I'm different and don't just follow the crowd, whether this relates to my fashion choice or opinions I think it is good to be you and not pretend or try to be something or someone that you are not familiar with.

Do you celebrate your uniqueness or strive to fit in?
In the past I have tried to fit in on many occasions and have come to the conclusion that it just isn't worth the hassle trying to change people's opinion of me, they have a choice just as I do,I will not try and change their mind.

Are you ever judgemental of other mums who are different from you? Answer honestly even if only in your own head.
No I honestly don't think I am judgemental, everybody is different, I suppose occasionally I will think things in my head but I would never push my values on to somebody else.

What would you like to be different about you?
I would change lots of things about me, my ability to help others more as I do not feel I have reached my full potential in doing this, but this mainly due to lack of time, if I could just have an extra 12 hours a day I may be able to do more.  I would love to walk out of the house everyday with immaculate make up and hair but this is never going to happen due to time constraints.

Have you ever being attacked or bullied for being different? How did that affect you?
I remember when I started secondary school being mocked for not developing breasts as early as other girls, this did not do my self confidence any good and for years I had issues with my body image.  Thank fully now I do not worry about my shape or size only that I am relatively healthy.

If you had to write an advert for yourself as a limited edition ,what would you say to make people think you were great?
I'm not sure I would want everyone to think I was great, after all we all have faults and to be put on a pedestal only to fall off is not my thing, I am me, I will support, love and help anyone and value the friendships I do have.

Kate on thin Ice Striking Mums

Silent Sunday 28th September 2014

Black and White Week 12

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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Stop Keeping Mum

Once again I am linking up to Kate on Thin Ice for her weekly round up of supporting other mums.  The topic this week is all around not speaking out.  In my previous roles at work I have seen the devastation this can cause in everyday life especially where Domestic Violence is concerned.  Refuge have a new campaign running at the minute called You Are Not Alone.  A powerful clip from Jamelia heads the campaign, such a worthwhile charity for the hundreds of women who suffer in silence.

Have you lost your voice? When and how did that happen?
When it comes to my needs I'm afraid to say I do not speak out.  Sometimes I think it is just easier to go with the flow, although saying that there is only so much that one person can take on.

How do you use your voice? Are you using it for yourself, your family and/or a good cause?
I like to think that my professional image is totally apart from my personal side.  At work I champion for carers of people with learning disabilities, holding lots of useful information for the area I live in and offer support where appropriate.  I also like to support the Domestic Violence campaigns as I have seen the effects this can have on people.  I also support the Macmillan coffee mornings as I work alongside a Macmillan nurse and see on a daily basis the impact she has on people's lives.

Is there anyone in your life who would prefer you to stay quiet? Why would they want that to happen?
I think my husband would be more than happy if I shut up!  Sometimes I wonder why I bother saying anything, why ask for my opinion if you don't listen!

Whose voice do you miss most and why?
I miss my Nan, she died when I was 5 years old and I would love to be able to talk to her now.

What do you need to speak up about? Who to? What support do you need to help you do that
I need to be more open about my own health, I'm one of those people that keeps silent through worry.

Is your inner voice helping or hindering you?
My head tells me one thing and my heart another, which do you follow?

Kate on thin Ice Striking Mums

Black and White Week 11

This week seems to have dragged on for ever, I'm not feeling to good :(. On the plus side I have a new camera to play with, so hopefully better photos next week :).

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Silent Sunday 21st September 2014

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Patchwork Crafts

I adore handmade crafts and recently featured some local businesses from around Derbyshire on my Handmade Locally feature. I was so impressed by the quality and workmanship of some of the items that I showcased that I now really feel the urge to start making things again for myself. When my boys were little I knitted lots of garments but unfortunately due to the pain and stiffness in my hands I can no longer do this.
 I would love to invest in a sewing machine and try my hand at patchwork or quilting, maybe starting off with something small like cushion covers. There are so many gorgeous materials on the market at the minute from stunning floral designs to oriental patterns which would look stunning in my bedroom.  The more I look online the more inspired I become to create something unique and a little shabby chic.

Now considering I have not actually done any sewing since I left school I may be being rather optimistic that I can make something spectacular in the first instance and with this in mind I have been searching the Web for ideas and found this great picture of an owl on Pixabay, wouldn't he look great on cushions? Two of these would make a great feature for any room. I think he would look great in muted tones of browns and beige.
The only thing left to decide is what type of sewing machine to buy?  I don’t want to purchase something that is to fancy and hard to understand but a machine that is practical and will allow me to alter tension and give me a good straight stitch but also zig zag stitch for appliqué work, although I do understand that you can buy different feet for this kind of craft machine which are interchangeable depending on the kind of sewing you are undertaking.  I also need to be able to store the sewing machine away as I have limited space.

With all these things to take in to consideration it will not be an easy task and I would appreciate any comments from my readers that would point me in the right direction. I cannot wait to get started on a new project. 

Contributed by Tesco.