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The Covid-19 Chronicles: Day 75

Creativity has continued, but slowed since those first weeks. Parenting, exercising and working have taken a front seat more often than not. Still, we’ve been busy, individually and collectively.

Baking has definitely continued to be a major part of life, both pragmatically and for culinary delight. Bread a couple of times a week means some form of cinnamon roll, or pesto roll or pizza alongside the bread. Various cakes for birthdays and just because…

No knitting or crochet, though the yarn keeps peeking at me, especially when we rearranged all the furniture the other day which involved unpacking and reorganising all the fabric and yarn stash…

Lots of ‘art’ with chalks and stamps and paints. We’ve even lured the Tall one into our creativity…sometimes protesting gently that he’ll just sit and watch, but almost always unable to resist the temptation to get involved. Just today we’ve tried out making some white clay to imprint flowers.

Sewing though, little bits here and there and a pair of cobbled together dungarees – no printer = no pattern. They work though, and I know what I’ll change for next time. There’ll be a next time!

All links to any recipes or instructions or patterns at the end of the post.

I’m sure I’ve forgotten something along the way, but if I have the spirit of it is here in this collection. I’m loving that Small one talks about ‘doing craft’ and that she wants to do her own sewing and knitting. Our favoured quiet time activity is watching the Sewing Bee or Bake-Off. She just doesn’t understand why someone always has to go home…

Things are changing up again, within the next two weeks we will, perhaps, know how soon we will both be back to work and pre-Covid life…mixed feelings about this as I for one have finally settled into a happy groove of working, family adventuring and creating. Just being…

Wild Things to Make – Kirsty Hartley

Sew Adorable – Vanessa Mooncie

Flatbread recipe

Baker’s clay recipe

Bubble mixes

Little Brian Paint Sticks

Rabbit Biscuits

Mary Berry Fork Biscuits

Chocolate and beetroot blitz cake

Sopapillas

Vegan lemon and lime loaf (used for strawberry cupcakes and adapted for chocolate cupcakes)

Month 12

As always, December has been full to the max with projects being wrapped up (mostly for Christmas). There’s been baking, knitting and sewing. 

The month began with finishing a project from the month before (a very familiar scenario this year) knitted wrist warmers which had been requested as a birthday gift. 

   

Then some Christmas gifts. Prettified notice boards, lined zipper pouches and pencil cases. 

   

  

 For the first time I felt I  might need my own actual Christmas stocking. After seeing many in shops, I decided to make one…

   It was happily filled with delightful gifts from Father Christmas!
Our pre-Christmas Christmas weekend with friends (a tradition of almost a decade now!) meant baking biscuits for creative decoration, and the adults taking way more time than the children colouring in!

 This wasn’t the only biscuit making, there were three other batches of Christmas biscuits.  

  There were also chocolate muffins and chocolate fudge made with my help by excellent mini bakers, we were so busy I missed the photos though!

A last minute visit to the sewing shop for some necessities (!!) meant the purchase of a little fabric suitable for making a Christmas gift for a three year old…but I lacked inspiration as to what, until I found this pattern for a bunny from Purl Soho in NY. It seemed very well received!

   
  He’s been nicknamed ‘Wonky’ by me!

Finally finished today, another wood project using the last of the wood gathered on our Scottish adventure. Inspired by something seen on Pinterest. Hanging up at last, until tomorrow when all the decorations shall be taken down until next year…

   
   

A small photographic moment ahead of a cycle ride.  

  And now I’m busy knitting a neck warmer, even this evening whilst enjoying a small NYE snifter 😊.  

 In 2016, I’m thinking of making a dress every month…I’ll let you know how I get on 😉. 

  

Month 11

I’m so proud that I’ve continued on my creative journey throughout this year. I think I can genuinely say that creativity has become a habit. One which needs nurturing, but a good habit to keep. The month started with a long journey home from the Lake District. There’s been ribbon tree making with sticks gathered from Scottish woods. The plum and bramble vodkas have been decanted into bottles. More sticks have been turned into a hanging Christmas tree ready to decorate. Christmas tree hanging decorations sewn and embroidered for gifts. Finally I’ve molded and now decorated some air dry clay bowls inspired by this post. Mine, though, are somewhat neon. 

   
       

   
   

   
       

I think the pink and gold are my favourites, closely followed by the yellow! Something about neon really makes me smile. 

December will bring more sewing projects, bound to be making some fudge and baking some Christmas biscuits. There’s a birthday cake to be baked for one birthday and finally completing these for a sixth birthday next weekend!

  

Month 9

Seems to have become first day of the next month, rather than last day of the actual month…

A month of appreciating family and friends. Of foraging for fruit and making it into jelly or steeping it for warming alcoholic imbibing in the middle of the darkest winter months. A month where, as always, I give grateful thanks for the beauty of the place I live. Here’s my month…

   
   

   
                   

Month 8

Got a little distracted yesterday so playing catch up tonight!

It’s been another month of all sorts…

August began as July ended, holidaying with parents and taking plenty of photos 

   
     

 

  
On returning home there was plum jam to be made…plum and cinnamon – inspiring me for Christmas preparations!

   
   

Then I had a moment to fix the pencil case from last month, sewing the lining the right way around this time!

  
Some time walking by the sea

  
Than another moment of sewing, a gift for an almost new baby…

   
   

Followed this up with some sewing for myself, a new key ring. 

     

A visit to London and more photography:

   
 

Chartwell, home of Winston Churchill, beautiful gardens 

   

  

 

Another pasty baking practice, eaten on the beach

   

 Walking then riding (cycle) in the grounds of a favoured National Trust property 

   

  

  

 Exploring Somerset 

   

  

  

  

 More jam made from windfalls collected and gifted to me

  A moody sky day 

 more time in Somerset exploring new corners

   

  

 Finally some new corners of Wales 

   

  

  

  

  

  

  

Month 7

A typical July I think, squeezing moments here and there. A visit from Mum brought an opportunity to repeat the apricot jam experiment…

   
 

We had a lovely hour or two making, the splitting of the jars was a little painful, this jam is seriously tasty! 😊

Planning to go away I decided to take my colouring, so, with not enough time left before leaving I decided to swiftly make myself a new pencil case…

  
One of my favourite fabrics ever, with enough left for a pencil case! A very quick 25 minute job, sped up through helping 10 students make the same pencil case just a few days previously!

The rest of the month has involved photographic creativity…At home and then at Somersault Festival before bicycle adventuring with Dad in East Yorkshire. 

    
                                                                      

   
             

Month 6

This has been a month of photography in the main. A little sewing at the beginning of the month to finish the top from last month, a little baking just because. Mostly though, photographs. 

The baking involved cookies mainly, Yr11 final revision before their final exam the inspiration!

   
 

There have been many hours spent in the wide outdoors this month, some close to home, many in Northern France visiting the battlefields on our annual trip.  First of all, some local meandering. 

   
         

A delightful day with a DofE team, up hill and down dale…

   
   

Northern France. 

   
                       

The Ring of Rememberance, a new memorial listing the names of all those who lost their lives in this area. 580,000 names in alphabetical order. It’s an awe inspiring sight and a personally moving one as I found the names of two relatives of my own. 

There has been some further local mooching…

   
    

The ropes particularly caught my eye for colour and texture. 

  

 

The month has ended with hanging out with friends, doodling and colouring…

  
Oh, and before I forget, some letter writing too, which resulted happily in receiving this in return. 

  
Drawn by me, coloured in by niece no. 3…

Day 365 +1

Time to reflect on the journey – WordPress kindly furnished me with a summary of my year – showing me the infographics and so on which illustrate my year. I am so proud that I managed to stick with it – even on the days where I could barely breathe for tiredness – a little doodle, a small moment made a difference to me. I didn’t talk much with people about the project, it had enough meaning, weight and challenge just held close to myself. Mentioned now and again – I’m not sure people necessarily understood the commitment, the intent or the effort involved in keeping going. Talking about it today, the question posed – would I continue. The answer, well, of course. Creativity had been an integral part of life even before the challenge – though certainly not as formally or determinedly as this challenge made it. Perhaps it may not involve something literally every day – but the creativity will continue, it cannot help but continue. Into this next year though, I think there will be new challenges. More of those in a moment.

I’ve created with food, paper, yarn, fabric, iPad, iPhone, paper, pencils, pens. Made clothes for me, clothes for small peeps. Home decorations, decorations for others. Baked cakes, made sweets, preserved fruit – sharing this manna with an appreciative few. Shared creative ideas and taught family, friends and students new skills. Watched my nieces and godchildren be influenced and want to create. Written and received letters. I’ve learnt new skills and honed old. I’ve made and remade when making didn’t quite work. Most important I think is that I’ve committed to the completion of a project for myself, and seen it through from one end to the other. Not for my work, my career; not for family or friends; not for financial gain or necessity – it’s been completed for me, for my well-being.

On to this year then…there’s a few things on my mind:

  1. January plank challenge – plank every day for as long as possible
  2. 12 dresses in 12 months (or items of clothing, for me, for others…)
  3. House jobs – redecorating, sorting, all *that* stuff
  4. Picking up a violin again…

Meanwhile to maintain the everyday creativity as far as possible (nothing so far today, but if I try deliberately not to do anything I may get itchy fingers and just have to do something!), including writing letters regularly not just to nieces but to other friends and family. Using up my yarn stash (and really not buying any more until everything I already have it used up!) and my fabric stash – including actually making things from all the pieces of fabric I have purchased due to falling in love with the patterns – I have to get past the fear that it might not end well!

Either way – I’m fairly certain this will be the last post on this blog (unless I end up blogging whatever challenges I aim to rise to this year – in which case there’s a chance there might a post here directing peeps to the new one!). In the meanwhile – thank you to everyone who has visited, liked, commented; it has meant a great deal to me as the year has progressed to know others have been sharing a little of my journey and from an awesome diversity of countries too!

The countries from which people have visited.
The countries from which people have visited.