Making things is the most peaceful thing I do. I love to sew, by hand or on my machine, I have also tried lino-cutting, paper cutting, embroidery, and am willing to try just about anything else. My other passion is baking, be it bread, pudding or cake.
Growing up in Africa, I was taught to sew and bake by my mother who is one of the most creative people I know. She arrived in Africa, a young bride and mother and immediately set about making a home for her little family. As long as I can remember, she has sewn, cooked, baked and turned her hand to many other crafts. I am so grateful for all the inspiration she has given me.
I believe that kindness is the key to everything. I believe in living my life with an open heart and mind. I believe that we all have creativity inside us, and that finding it can lead to great peace. I believe that we are all fighting our own battles and that no one's life is easy. I believe that life is brief, messy, fragile and complicated, but that it is also beautiful, precious and worth living to the full. I believe in having fun, laughing till I cry, and being silly as often as I can.
I have discovered that London is just a series of small villages, and if you make an effort you can build a community around you.
A few years ago I met Lu at the school gates and on the PTA. As time went on, I couldn't believe how much we had in common. Both of mixed parentage, we have lived in our respective countries of Kenya and Malawi, with all the wonders and difficulties that entails. In fact we even attended the same school in Kenya, though sadly not at the same time!
Like me, Lu gets excited over straight seams, fabric yoyos or a new colour of thread. We share the same values, and are both trying to live kind, creative, meaningful lives. Over the years I have realised that she is my crafting soulmate and we have been making stuff and being silly together ever since.
We are always dreaming up schemes together, of which this blog is one. I am so excited to be doing this and to have you join us on our journey.