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When things don't go to plan

Where to begin? First of all I was really gutted that I wasn't able to get to the Leytonstone and designers market last Sunday (14th August) at the Northcote pub. I thought it might be useful to tell you a bit more about me, why I started this particular craft and why I unfortunately have to sometimes cancel my plans at short notice.


About 3 to 4 years ago I developed a pain in the neck which got worse and worse again until eventually I was diagnosed with a form of osteoarthritis in my neck and sadly told that I had to give up sewing and quilting due to the strain this put on my neck and shoulders.

To cut a long story short three years down the line I have had surgery and physio and have acquired a couple of other disabilities along the way. I I work three days a week in the same school doing a different but still very enjoyable and fulfilling job. Unfortunately, the nature of my disability is such that it can (and does) cause a lot of pain from my shoulders through to my fingers and so while I wanted to continue to design and make and craft I had to spend some time finding something that was manageable for me but still gave me enjoyment.

I find working small much easier as it means I only really have to use my fingers and most of the time this is okay although when tired I have a habit of dropping things! Making what I make means there are a variety of different tasks and only so much can be done at a time making it easier for me to pace myself. I can also adjust what I'm doing, to how I'm feeling. In the holidays I can concentrate on folding and build up a stock of leaves and flowers which then just need varnishing and finishing off.

Unfortunately, not only are there times when things are too painful but also times when I suffer, extreme fatigue and unfortunately this can be very unpredictable.

I love selling at fairs and markets, I enjoyed the atmosphere and meeting new people and I also find it a great boost to my self-confidence that in spite of my difficulties I can make and design something other people like and appreciate. However I am limited in the number I can do which is why I am now making such a push to try and establish an online selling base, hence this website, my online store here and also a newly opened shop on Folksy.

Designing and making is still my therapy, gives me as much pleasure as ever it has and also provides some valuable therapy for my fingers.

So while now I have this new website I'm going to try to keep it up-to-date, blog regularly and add new items if I go quiet for a while either one here or on social media just bear with me as while I may be taking a break I will always be back.

But today the sun is out and life is good. Time for a cuppa while I sit tight in my garden, read my book and boost my vitamin D levels.

Bye for now Gilli

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