May Favourites 2018

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Once a month I share a handful of things I’ve been enjoying lately. These are some of my favourite things from May:

  1. Crochet – I’m still working on the cardigan I mentioned last month, and crochet has been my go-to creative pastime over the past few weeks.
  2. We Are Tea Peppermint tea. Peppermint tea can be very lacking in flavour but after trying a lot of different brands, this is the mintiest one I’ve found.
  3. Comet in Moominland by Tove Jansson.
  4. During May Michael Nobbs sent out a series of 5 podcasts, which he called his Ebb Time podcasts, where he spoke about the time he’s spending away from digital life.
  5. Season 6 of The Americans.

Get an M.E Action Shoe Pin

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This week I’m really excited to share with you some work I recently did with the M.E Action Network. To support their current fundraising campaign we worked together to make this special gold shoe pin. On 12th May, people with M.E place pairs of shoes outside to represent the millions of people who are missing from their lives because of this illness.

Like those shoes, this pin also represents the Millions Missing and it can be worn/displayed all year to help raise awareness of M.E.

These pins are available to everyone who makes a minimum donation of $25 to the M.E Action 2018 Campaign and all proceeds go towards funding the important work that M.E Action is doing. This work includes building community, increasing advocacy, educating doctors and scientists, and inspiring new people to work in this field.

Please help to spread the word by sharing this post and more importantly, sharing links to the fundraising campaign on social media.

7 Ways You Can Support People With M.E (and a free Postcard)

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Tomorrow (12th May) is International M.E Awareness Day so around the world there are lots of events taking place. One campaign happening across the world is Millions Missing – a day of action, demanding funding for biomedical research and education.

Many people with M.E are too ill to take part in these days of action, or aren’t able to travel. So, they can join in ‘virtually’ by donating a pair of shoes or placing their shoes outside their front door. Photographs of people’s shoes will be shared on social media using the hashtags #millionsmissing and #canyouseemenow.

Each pair of shoes represents one person with M.E who is missing from the life they would otherwise be leading.

Last year on 12th May I shared a drawing of my shoes. This year I’ve worked with M.E Action, the charity behind Millions Missing, to create a design for a gold shoe pin (keep reading to find out how to get hold of one).

What You Can Do

There are lots of ways you can support people like me, who live with M.E but here are 7 things you can do:

  1. Watch the film Unrest, available on Netflix, Amazon Video and DVD as well as public screenings all over the world
  2. Donate to M.E Action’s current fundraiser. (For donations of $25 or more you’ll receive one of the gold pins I designed)
  3. Download a free postcard to print and send to your country’s health officials or government representatives to explain the importance of biomedical research and education
  4. Sign a petition
  5. Subscribe to the M.E Action Newsletter
  6. Join this Facebook group for Allies and Carers
  7. Amplify the voices of people with M.E by helping them put their shoes outside tomorrow, or going to one of Saturday’s campaigns

Which of these things could you do?

April Favourites 2018

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Last month I shared my first ‘favourites’ post and I’m aiming to do this every month. As it’s the beginning of May I’m sharing a handful of the things I really enjoyed during April so here we go:

  1. Watermelon!
  2. Rice Krispies (but not for breakfast – I have them for supper before I go to bed).
  3. The Creative Pep Talk Podcast by Andy J Pizza
  4. Crochet. I’ve been spending a lot of my creative energy on crochet lately. I recently made myself a black jumper/sweater and I’m now working on a cardigan using Sirdar Baby Bamboo in the colour Skittle.
  5. Sheet face masks – especially the Garnier Moisture Bomb tissue masks.

Is there anything that you’ve particularly had fun with recently? Books, music, podcasts, art supplies, food…? I’d love to hear what you’re enjoying!

MATS Bootcamp: Sewing Storage

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For April’s MATS Bootcamp assignment we were asked to design organisational trays/cups on the theme of sewing accessories, or sewing notions. I tried a few different ways of drawing and colouring my ideas and eventually decided on these designs for a tray, some trinket dishes and 3 different storage cups.

For the design of the trays and cups I was inspired by a few things I’d spotted on Pinterest and also in online shops like Anthropologie. With the drawings I decided to stick with simple line drawings in ink which I coloured digitally.

Making patterns is one of my favourite ways to play around with my drawings so I also created 2 repeat patterns using the same images – one using all the drawings I’d made and another that used just the buttons.

This was probably my favourite assignment so far in Bootcamp because the work I made felt very ‘me’. I felt like I was learning new things but at the same time using a style that is familiar and comfortable. We have one more month to go and I’m curious to see what that assignment will be, but in the meantime we have an extra week before that work starts so I’m enjoying a little break and resting as much as possible.