It’s Saturday Shares time. Some reading for your weekend. I hope you have managed to find creative time this week. I wrote a post this week on Creative resources for longer chunks of time, where I share some of the resources I have used to get creative.

This week my face and tip appeared in Homemaker Handmade Christmas magazine. It’s not that big of a deal, I only answered a call out they made for tips on Facebook and then they asked that I email it in with a photo. i.e. anyone could do it! I didn’t get paid for it or anything! But it’s always nice to think that your tips might be useful for someone. The magazine has some nice makes in it, keep your eyes out for it, it may not be on the shelves just yet as I am a subscriber and get it a little early.

paper piecing workshop

Do you do patchwork? I went on an English paper piecing workshop on Friday, that my friend Harriet ran. It was a lovely morning learning a patchwork technique and I look forward to finishing a little lavender heart that I started. There – a project I have to finish now I’ve told you about it! I will post a photo on Instagram when I’ve finished it. Here’s the start.


I’m a member of an amazing group of writers called Hope*Writers and one of my fellow members, Abby wrote a post this week for you if you’ve ever struggled with anxiety.

Do you love Autumn? On Instagram this week I shared an autumnal image and excerpt from a book that I’ve been reading recently called “Soulfulness” by Brian Draper. The quote is about Autumn and it resonated with me, maybe it will with you:

“Palmer uses autumn as an evocative (and soulful) example of finding peace within a paradox. It’s a season of beauty, but also of decay. We like the vivid display of colourful leaves but we fear the sense of loss that piles up with each one that falls. We like the fruitfulness of berries and ripe apples but we fear the mulch of mud and leaves underfoot that reminds us of where we must physically return to in the end. The themes of Autumn resonate with us in a visceral way – and ultimately they speak to us, year after year, of the cycle of life and death. We like the idea of life, and we do not like the idea of death. No wonder, then, that we have mixed feelings about Autumn!

Yet as Palmer puts it, ‘If I try to “make” a life that defies the diminishments of Autumn, the life I end with will be artificial at best, and utterly colourless as well. But when I yield to the endless interplay of living and dying, dying and living, the life I am given will be real and colourful, fruitful and whole.

Real and colourful, fruitful and whole. This is highly significant for us on the soulful journey, as we are not aiming for some kind of false state of spiritual perfection, where nothing is wrong and all is ok, and everything that we consider nasty, broken or unhelpful has been swept beneath the carpet. Instead, we step into the wholeness of a peace that has colour, vibrancy, fruit… precisely because it contains loss as well as gain, death as well as life, decay as well as beauty, darkness as well as light.”
Brian Draper on Parker J. Palmer in Soulfulness.

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Well I hope that your coming week is a creative one!

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Saturday Shares – 15th October
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  • 26th October 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Wow – I’ve just been browsing through your blog and firstly want to complement you on it. It’s so easy to read and as a fellow creative busy mum, it’s really lovely to see what you’ve made.
    This post in particular resonated with me as the autumn is my favourite season. I decorate the home for autumn and I love the mark the end of the harvest time (the maize in the field opposite us was harvested only a week ago and the tractors are trundling past full of swedes) and the start of the next cooler and cosy season.
    I haven’t read Brian Draper’s book but it was really significant to me so I will certainly look him up.

    I have just made up a load of sour cream containers full of little treats for any visitors we receive on Monday. We don’t go trick ‘o’ treating ourselves, never have, and the kids are a bit old for all that now really anyway. We mark the date as it was the birthday of someone special we lost 19 years ago, when our eldest was just 8 months old. That was how Halloween became an ‘event’ in our home, as we used it to mark our loved one’s birthday and so I made up a Halloween wreath (based on the witches legs from Wizard of Oz) and painted a few pebbles. These are decs that come out at this time of year and go away the day after. The autumn decorations however are out from the second week of September through to mid-November. We love to create for autumn and whether it’s blackberrying to make jams and crumbles, stitching or jewellery making, this always feels a good season to be creative.

    I love to just sit with a mug of tea and watch the trees turn colour or get out in the garden all wrapped up with the kids to rake up the leaves and clean the chicken coop. It’s such a special time of year for me. Perhaps the anticipation of Christmas and a few birthdays make it so, but the autumn is a wonderful time of year.

    The patchwork technique takes me back to primary school when I made a hexagonal pin cushion. A friend had just been to Harrods (which I thought was so exciting and posh!) and she brought home samples of fabrics, which we used for our pincushions. It’s been some time since I’ve patchworked (keep meaning to make a quilt…) but this looks fun and something my daughter and I will certainly look forward to trying. Thanks.

    I’m really looking forward to reading further and see you have tutorials too so will continue browsing. Lovely photos and inspiration.

    • 26th October 2016 at 4:42 pm

      Hi Emma, thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. It’s so lovely to hear from you. I love Autumn too, definitely my favourite season, I currently have a load of gourds on my dresser and we don’t really do Halloween, but I love the autumnal decorating. Thank you for your encouragement.


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