Monday, October 7, 2013

changing focus

This year I was determined to learn a new skill. Something told me that I needed to find an outlet that would shift my focus from all that was happening around me to something that would totally distract and engage me.

I happened to be walking past a lovely new yarn shop in town and there was a nice big sign offering crochet classes. I went in and enrolled there and then and over the next six weeks I began to build my love for this creative outlet.

During winter it was lovely to spend the cold nights with my mind concentrating on my next stitch. There's something very comforting and cosy about being surrounded by yarn.

Initially all I wanted to do was learn enough so I could make a granny square rug. I had no pattern I just knew I wanted it to be colourful and I wanted to experiment and have fun creating.

I found myself totally absorbed in the world of crochet. It made me sit still for at least 30 minutes at a time. I have had to concentrate so as not to muck up the stitches. I've felt calm when just sitting and creating and I've been pleased with what I've managed to make.

I have just finished my second rug. 

A perfect reminder of spring 2013 as this one is full of flowers.

I'm happy to have found this little patch of happiness and creativity. 

I'm hoping crochet will be part of my life for some time to come and encourage me to take time to sit and change focus.

Do you have something that totally changes your focus and allows you to switch off?

nothing like a cuppa, crochet and sunshine
the flower that started it all

granny square love
perfect cosy comfort

 the next obsession, maybelle flowers

starting to come together
Spring creation for 2013

Thursday, October 3, 2013

the best therapy

During the last 5 years there has been one constant, our pups. Their loyalty, unconditional love, cuddles, quiet presence, excitement, smiles, understanding and lack of judgement has meant the world to both of us.

It has been interesting to watch the way they just seem to know when to keep a low profile and then lavish you with love when you need it most.

They ask for nothing in return but your companionship, love and a big bowl of food at the end of the day.

I can see why they use dogs in all sorts of therapy situations and the bond that is so often created is so unique it can make my heart ache just to see it.

We love our girls. They owe us nothing. We will always feel somehow indebted to them for the calming influence they have created in our house and their continuous devotion to us no matter what the mood might be.

There is much we can learn from our canine friends. They truly are our best friends.

Do you have a special pet in your life?