Recent Favourite Etsy Finds.

29.8.18

I love putting these posts together because it gives me the chance to revisit items I have saved in my Etsy account to see all the bloody amazing things people make with their own hands. Can we take a moment to appreciate this teapot? I mean, seriously. I'm in love.

I have had one of the knitted headbands before so I can vouch that they are excellent quality and well made (and a total bargain for £8), but sadly I lost mine during one of my many house moves.

If I had my own place I would totally own all of these prints. The coffee one is perfection.

I hope you see something you like! Let's support small businesses with the festive season approaching eh? x



Life lately (the calm after the storm, Salts Mill, and Season's Greetings(!!))

25.8.18

It's a chilly Saturday morning and I have Christmas songs playing as I planned to play around with some festive designs for my Etsy shop, but the designs haven't happened yet and the tunes are still going strong. It definitely doesn't feel like August in my house and now I am all out of sorts because I don't actually like Christmas that much. I have had about 5 disastrous ones in a row now! (On a serious note, if anyone has ideas for patterns they would like to see from me or has been looking for a DIY kit for something specific with no joy, send me a message. You can find me on Etsy > here <). 

My week has been a quiet one, thankfully. It was about time things settled down a little and it has been welcomed with open arms. I have been taking things easy as I have been getting rid of the last of the virus/tonsillitis I had (guys - I recovered in a couple of weeks, instead of months, which is good progress for me!!) but I needed to see some other humans before I lost my mind. 

So on Thursday evening I met a friend for a spot of tea and yesterday morning I met one of my bestest pals and her baby at Salts Mill. We had a coffee and caught up on the latest gossip and browsed the books and art supplies. I always feel inspired after visiting Salts Mill, and it did my noggin wonders to see my friend. 


Things with the pugs have settled down a little for now. Thank you so so much to everybody who donated to their GoFundMe page. I have been absolutely blown away by the generosity and support of strangers online recently. Thank you thank you!

Lola's antibiotics seem to have done the trick for her weeing problems, but she will need a bladder scan to get to the bottom of the problem. Lily's health is up and down, and each day is different so I take it one day at a time. Sometimes her breathing is fine, other times it's a little more laboured. So I need to get her checked over again to see if there's any options left to keep her comfortable. 

I have got a day of stitching and crafty stuff planned. Tomorrow probably more of the same plus some job applications. Who'd have thought it would be so hard to find a part time job that fits your needs of having a chronic illness. It's not like I have two heads!?

Have a good one!

Life lately (clue: it's sh*t) and a GoFundMe page for Lily and Lola.

11.8.18

GoFundMe link - HERE

I always like my blog to be an honest place. No bull-poo. I have always tried to share the ups and downs and everything in between as much as possible.

One of the reasons why my blog has been so quiet lately is that there has been a whole lot of "downs" and not many "ups" and I am struggling guys. I really am. I don't like to constantly be that person sharing all my tales of woe but right now I feel like I need to reach out and share some of this to keep my sanity intact. 

Lily and Lola are both being treated for conditions at the moment. Lily was rushed to the vets again this morning with her ongoing issues of a (potential) collapsed trachea / breathing issues; she is still at the vets on oxygen and steroid injections, being monitored to see if she stabilises so that I can bring her home. Lola went to the vets yesterday to get antibiotics for a bladder infection and will need further tests to see if her bladder stones have returned (if so, which is highly likely, she will need surgery again). I have the best pet insurance for them both but since they turned 10 years old, the policy excess increased to £125 per pet per condition, plus I am now responsible for paying 20% of all treatment.

At the moment I can't work because my health is so unpredictable. I have patches where I feel okay so I apply for jobs, but by the time the interview comes around I am back to being bed-bound or I have caught yet another virus which completely floors me. At the moment I am 6 days into having tonsillitis and it's not showing signs of getting out of my system. The last time I had tonsillitis it took me around 3 months to go back to my "normal" (chronic fatigue syndrome) self. 

This is a decision I have not taken lightly, and one that makes me feel really ashamed, but I have set up a GoFundMe page for Lily and Lola. The link is - HERE. I am doing my absolute best to keep afloat but with my restrictions on working I am relying on what I make from my Etsy shop to pay my regular bills. So far this has been working okay for me but then an unexpected vet bill pops up and wipes out any progress I make. 
I am staying with a friend at the moment as the combination of CFS and tonsillitis means I am struggling to look after myself, cook/eat, drive, etc. My other friends are dwindling as I isolate myself from them because I feel like I am dragging them down with my problems. 

Over the last three years my health problems have cost me my career (I was forced to resign from my job), my life savings (desperately throwing money at supplements and treatments), my relationships, and my independence. Lily and Lola have always been my main constant and they bring me so much positivity, so to think I can't manage to do the best for them at the moment is really breaking my heart. 

I know that life throws shit at us and we have to keep going, but I really do feel like there aren't many areas of my life going well right now. As soon as you think you've hit rock bottom, you find the bloody basement. 

If you can donate to help Lily and Lola's vet bills then I would be eternally grateful to you and you would be making my life astronomically easier right now. Thank you in advance to anyone who can help. And thank you to everyone reading this for supporting my blog over the years. 

P.S. The link to my Etsy shop is - HERE. All Etsy funds will go towards vet bills too.