Not long now...Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th of September and the very first Yarndale Festival takes place in Skipton...I am traveling by train on the Saturday and after booking in at the travelodge hope to take in the sights of Skipton, have a nice meal and have an early night in preparation for a day investigating wooly delights :) I would love to have done both days but having M.E requires a bit of planning and plenty of rest time.
From what I have seen on the facebook page it seems that crochet bunting and crochet flowers are going to be decorating extensive areas of Skipton :)
I am looking forward to travelling on my own and meeting friends there. Alan and Milly have great plans for a weekend of activities without me so I shan't be feeling guilty at all :))
Over the last few weeks I have been having one to one Kundalini yoga lessons once a week. I think I have found something that I will be able to keep doing! It is so much more than exercise, it includes meditation and chanting along with ( for me at the moment ) gentle stretches. I have fallen in love with it and have started a morning routine and as I learn more will incorporate more into my day.
I am amazed that a few simple steps have made such a big change in my day to day mood and well being.
I wrote some time ago about finding a rhythm now that I am working from home. The mornings have now taken on a very definite rhythm. I wake and do stretches and breathing before I get up and then into a cold shower - well actually a lukewarm one at the moment as I am a wimp ;) I hope I will be able progress to colder and colder ones as time goes on...Hmmm we will see ;) Either way it is still invigorating and certainly wakes me up!
Downstairs and a 20 minute routine of gentle stretching ( sitting on a chair rather than in typical yoga pose - but again I will progress as I get more supple ) chanting and breath exercises. Then I put on a youtube clip of relaxing music and spend a few moments to gather the ingredients together for Yogi tea. I have grown to love doing this simple process and am really surprised how much I enjoy the spicy concoction.
Whilst the tea is boiling for 15 mins I vacuum and wash up and have a general tidy round. Then drink my yogi tea and check in with Etsy, facebook etc. That simple routine has meant that for the last few weeks I have been feeling more energised and calmer so it is time well spent to set me up for the rest of the day...
On the crochet front....I have been working on a commision order and have mades some plans for Halloween and Xmas products that I will make and take into some of the local outlets that sell handcrafted items to see if they would like to sell some for me:) That will be a bit nerve racking but you can only ask and they 'could' say yes :)
I have been doing quite a bit of research on SEO and having my brain boggled!! Craftblog Uk has loads of info but I will have to read it over many times and implement bits and pieces as I go along til it becomes second nature.
I have listed some stock in the shop and have been waiting for better light to photograph the Baby blankets...I have fiddled around on here adding bits and pieces. I made a slideshow on the sidebar to show some of the items in the shop. And found out how to add text to a picture! Yay..now let's see if it works ;))
Yes! Oooh.... there is no stopping me now ;)) If I could only work out how to do a banner for the Etsy shop...I have tried and tried with the limited software we have and just can't get my head round it :( Not one to give up though.... so I will persevere...
It might be easier to make a call to my gorgeous Nephew whose tech skills far outweigh mine :)