Sunday, 16 November 2014

Happy

Well hello lovely folks , I am back and full of creative mojo !!
 Yay, the old me is emerging and I'm in a very happy place right now .
 
Before I continue I just want to say a huge heart felt thank you for all the recent messages of support and encouragement that were left on here on my last post and on facebook and in person . They really kept me going when my head was in a difficult place , I really do appreciate that people took the time to message me and offer me support through their words  . My head is in a totally different place now , I feel positive , happy , creative and back in touch with myself .  My family and friends have noticed the difference and are glad to have the old me back .


So what have I been up to ?
Well  I've been making time to do what makes me Happy .
So firstly I've been making sure I have indulged in lots of quality time with my children and husband and friends too .

 
We have been going on lots of walks and spending time in the great outdoors .
I find spending time outdoors helps calm my mind and gives me a feeling of inner peace .

As a family we have been spending lots of time just hanging out , one early morning drive for a trip to York on the Sunday at the end of the school holidays resulted in a very lazy hour spent chatting and sipping the most deliciously indulgent hot chocolates at ' The York Cocoa House ' whilst listening  to the church bell ring . I think it was about this time I truly started feeling my self again .
 
I've also enjoyed spending times with friends , and what better way to have fun than to join in with the things that make the kids Happy ( although this year I did avoid getting dressed up ) I did thoroughly enjoy myself making scrummy sweet treats for the children  and my friends to enjoy too , back in the kitchen where I love to be .


 
 I made Halloween buns , fudge and plot (bonfire ) toffee , the toffee was a big hit and it rendered people speechless , literally as their teeth stuck together !! so funny . There's something quite amusing watching a group of adults eating very chewy sticky toffee .
 
I have been really enjoying making food which is seasonal and a big favourite in our house this time of year is Pumpkin pie , these are mini pumpkins pies with pecan and maple cream . I sent some round to a friend and neighbour for them to enjoy too .
I love sharing food with others ,whether it's sat around a table together or sharing food  at a party or giving food to others to enjoy , the act of giving and sharing food is so special and it is a way I show people I love & care for them.
 
 
  It has been so nice waking up on a weekend relaxed and I have got back into the swing of making the weekend breakfast special , welsh cakes always go down a treat for breakfast .
 

It's been great to be socialising with friends and I do enjoy the Creative Coopers groups on a Tuesday ( 1pm to 3 pm ) and a Friday ( 9.00am to 11.00 am ) , sharing our yarn addiction is such great fun .

One all important change of late is that I have got my creative mojo back , my head is buzzing with ideas .

 I love the fact that recently I have found some locally produced wool to make garments ( scarfs & shawls ) for my Yorkshire Mill Mice . The sheep who's wool I have bought were reared just outside of Skipton  and their fleece was spun in Yorkshire too.
 Within a couple of days of this gem of a find  I found Yorkshire wool suiting too to make the Mr Mill Mouse trousers and I had also previously sourced some vintage Dewhurst Mill thread bobbins that often are a little extra I send out with the Mill mice and were made in the old Dewhurst mill in Skipton ( a stones throw from my own house ) .It is great to be able to source locally produced items for me to create my makes .
 I'm finding the process of searching for fabrics and yarn quite inspirational and thought provoking and it is making me think about what I make ,  why I design something the way I do and what makes my pieces special and the narrative behind them .
 


 
 
I am particularly enjoying my new working routine and environment and my days are working out so much more productive.
I am getting in to the swing of making again and am looking forward to seeing my little creation take shape over the coming weeks .
 
 

 



 
As I make a new batch of makes I often think of new twists to them so they evolve over time and this in tern keeps them interesting to work on .
Over the last week  whilst working on my next batch of foxes ( the first in quite some time ) I had the idea of woodland items to accompany this woodland creature , I envisaged felted toadstools and acorns , so yesterday I set too . In fact I was fizzing with excitement and I sooo liked the way things went .

 
I even turned one into a brooch this morning .
 

I feel grounded and happy in my work and I hope that this will reflect in what I design and make over the coming weeks .
My home life is settled and comfy and I have balance back into my daily routine .
For those of you that sent such kind and supportive words regards my eldest sons health concerns , this is still ongoing , with more hospital visits booked . They have reassured us they will get to the bottom of things and that they don't think it is anything too serious . So we will be patient and go with the flow and hope we will have some answers before too long .
 
I feel truly blessed right now and happy to have so many kind and loving people in my life and especially people who care enough to stick by me when I'm struggling with life .
 
  Thank you so much for popping by and ta ta for now xx
 
 


35 comments:

  1. I just typed a lovely post to you and *puff* .... it has gone into the blue yonder. No wonder you are inspired living in such a beautiful part of the UK with gorgeous countryside on your doorstep. I am waiting with baited breath to see a finished fox. I love these creatures and hey ........ maybe you have inspired me to try and make one ...... who knows xxx

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    1. Hi Nannie Shelia,
      Oh bother ...don't you just hate it when that happens !!
      I am extremely lucky to live where I live and believe me this has not always been the case !! I am always explaining to my children how lucky they are to be growing up in such a lovely place , I think they get fed up of me saying this but once they grow up an explore the big wide world they will look back and realise I was right.
      The Foxes are well underway , the last few pieces ( Tails ) have gone through the sewing machine this morning , I have an afternoon and evening of turning and stuffing limbs .
      You have a go at making a fox , I love my fox but it took a few attempts to get my pattern right .
      Thanks for calling by with kind regards Tracy x

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  2. I'm so glad you're feeling happier now. How lovely that you've found some local wool, I'm a big fan of locally produced things, it's so nice to be able to support British companies. CJ xx

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    1. Hi CJ
      I to am a big advocate of supporting things locally , I normally only venture further afield if it is something I cannot purchase locally . Living in a small rural market town it is important to me to support many of the small family run businesses that make our small local economy .
      But I totally agree with you on supporting British companies too .
      thanks for calling by CJ with kind regards Tracy

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  3. A lovely positive post to read on a Sunday night, have a good week. Anne xx

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    1. Hi Anne ,
      I was glad I could share some happy vibes with you last night and thanks for popping by .
      with kind regards Tracy

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  4. I was so thrilled to read such a happy, positive post from you and glad to hear you've got your creative mojo back. I'm looking forward to seeing your new makes. Liz x

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    1. Hi Liz ,
      Thank you for your kind words , I am looking forward to sharing my makes over the coming weeks .
      thanks for popping by with kind regards Tracy x

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  5. Glad you are feeling "crafty" again. Would you tell us where you get your Yorkshire wool from please as it's so nice to buy local. Veronica.

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    1. Hi Veronica
      The wool in question comes from a local fabric shop called 'The Fent Shop' they sell furnishing fabrics , dress making fabrics , wool & haberdashery . The wool is produced by the owner of the shop as she has a small farm too . unfortunately they don't have an on-line shop but their telephone number is 01756 799522. I bought 4 ply but they do a range of natural tones in double knit too in the same range .
      I hope this helps with kind regards Tracy x

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    2. Thankyou, it's ages since I went to the Fent Shop. Time for a trip out!.

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  6. So good to have you back and happy. I'm glad to hear that things with you son are coming along and that the Dr.s sound optimistic.

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    1. Hi Vic
      life in many ways is moving in the right directions and we are all feeling the positive effect of changes I have made .
      Thank you for popping by and leaving such a kind and supportive comment it is really appreciated .
      with kind regards Tracy x

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    1. hi Jacqui,
      Ditto !!
      It is so nice to feel settled and creative and have my mojo back .
      Thanks for popping by I really appreciate it , with kind regards Tracy x

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  8. Coby from the Netherlands17 November 2014 at 06:46

    Dear Tracy,
    What a lovely post to read. I'm glad you feel more yourself again, feeling creative and enjoy cooking, spending time with family and friends. And it is good to read the health problems of your son are taking care of, but it must be exhausting at the same time. All the hospital visits, the worries about him. Keep up the good spirit and I really love the new creations you showed us!
    Greetings, Coby

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    1. Hi Coby
      Thank you for your words of encouragement and support , I am in a positive place and feel I am going through a very creative phase . Glad you liked my new creations , I have so many new things I want to try , time is the only thing that hinders me . hope fully I will have more things to share soon .
      with Kind regards Tracy .

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  9. Good to hear you sounding so "up" and positive..... sending light, love and laughter to you and yours. xxx

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    1. Hi Laura , thanks for popping by and thank you for sending me and my family such kind and warm words . I hope you have a lovely joyful week .

      with kind regards Tracy x

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  10. So glad you are feeling much brighter, and as always, your creations are stunning!l I love admiring your work. Lil x

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  11. I know leaving the Studio was a wrench, but it has clearly been a good move as your post sounds so positive. I just love your mushrooms, they're perfect on their own but they'll look amazing with a foxy companion! Hope all goes well with the future doctor visits with your son xx

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  12. A lovely read Tracy and lovely to see you back in full production again with some new makes too. Your work is gorgeous and I so wish I could make the beautiful things you do. Yummy, scrummy cooking from your kitchen too. Glad your No 1 son is going on ok and hope he gets things sorted soon Xx lots of love Joy Xx

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  13. Your posts inspire me, Tracy and I know how sweet life can be when priorities are right. congrats on doing the right thing.

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  14. Good to hear that things are improving. Your work is really beautiful and it's great you're feeling able to get back at it.

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  15. Lovely that you are back and making such beautiful things. xx

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  16. Hoorah!!! Yippee! Tracy got her groove back! I'm so happy for you. I LOVE this post. You are an exceptional cook. I love that mini, pumpkin pie. The cupcakes look festive and perfecto. Those moss trees are so cool.

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  17. Hello Tracy, Lovely post, so glad you're back, you have been missed. I love seeing pictures of your baking, you really inspire me. Your little creatures are unique and are truly beautiful.
    Pat.

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  18. Lovely post glad to know you made the right choice and are happy thanks for sharing your latest news

    Barbara

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  19. It sounds as though everything is settling down for you and your family! Smashing news! :)

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  20. Love your page and all the beautiful creations. I love your imagination an wish I was so talented as you. Keep going and visit my blog if you have time which are just ramblings compared to your page.
    I do have a link to your page on the blog.

    http://iloveonceuponathimble.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. My mum used to make Welsh Cakes a lot, as well as something called singing hinny which were similar (I couldn't quite get the differences as a child but I know they weren't the same). Anyway I used to scoff them up as fast as they could be made, as I found them delicious.

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  22. I'm really glad you are back and I love all your lovely makes.
    I wish you and your family all the best .
    Greetings from Greece,
    Tina xxx

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  23. So good to hear you sounding happy and grounded again. Best wishes as you crack on with all that creativity :)
    Caroline

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  24. Tracy......where are you ? Look forward to your next post. Wishing you a Happy New Year.😊

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  25. I've had a beak from blogging so just came by to see what's going on. I love your photos you're right it is lovely that you can use such great locally produced materials. I'm not so far away from you but it's difficult to buy fabrics here. I can buy wool online but you do miss the experience of touching, feeling & choosing wool in the surroundings of a great wool shop.

    Hope you had a good Christmas look forward to seeing your next post.

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