Hello, how are you? It’s been a bit quiet around here; I hadn’t realised it’d been a few weeks since I’ve posted. As well as enjoying more downtime and time with loved ones, I’ll also be starting a new job in January so I’m currently tidying things up in my current role ready for a new adventure.
For me this time of year is very much about spring cleaning and tidying things up, ready for that fresh start feeling. Yes there’s all the Christmas shopping etc. to do, but really it’s hibernation period and an opportunity to tie up loose ends. Last year I didn’t even think about any of that until Christmas Eve, so ended up busying myself a bit too much in the Christmas break. This year, as well as finishing up at work early, I’m getting on things early and tidying up everything and anything – from spring cleaning, to tidying up shops I follow on Etsy, through to tidying away/unsubscribing from emails I’m no longer interested in. I love that new year, new start feeling, it’s one I always find gives me a bit umph to start the year with.
In the last couple of weeks it’s been hard to stomach the political world we’re living in; the divisions and actions of some political figures in incomprehensible. It’s felt like a huge step backwards and I know from speaking to others, along with my own feelings, the world has started to feel like a scary place for both us now and our future generation. I’ll be the first to admit I’m not the best at saying the right words in situations like these, so I’d like to direct you to my friend Kate’s post about social action for everyone. Essentially, it’s up to us to show kindness. We can’t, largely, control what’s happening out there at the moment, but kindness starts at home and how we treat others. I’m certainly holding that close to me in my daily actions.
I’ve found I’m already beginning to take action… not necessarily deliberate, but I think it struck a chord with me. Just this week I was tidying up my craft space and, as any crafter will know, we tend to collect a large amount of crafty bits over the years. Magazine freebies, excess supplies, new crafts we’ll actually never try and the odd book or two (dozen). They’ve all been sitting there cluttering up the space and I’ve found myself looking at them knowing I didn’t have a use for them, but equally not wanting to bin them. I messaged a few crafty blogger friends and before I knew it I had two bags of goodies going to a local community charity, where kids will use the materials I’ve donated. All those magazine freebies are going to a family in a difficult personal situation, with children in need of distraction, and l’ve got at least one bag going to our local charity shop.
Alongside this I contacted our local Cats Protection group this week and they were delighted to hear I have a couple of crochet blankets to give to them for their rescue kitties. Seeing Freds cuddle up on his gave me that lightbulb moment of trying to help kitties who were lonely and waiting for a home. Forgeting cats for a moment, as an adult I find huge comfort in cuddling up in a blanket. So it makes me happy to know my scrap stash of yarn is being made into something I know will give warmth and comfort.
So in no way am I blowing my own trumpet; I think of that scene in Friends where they talk about there being no selfless good deed. It’s true, these actions make me feel good. But they’re also going to make others happy. As Kate talks about in her post, “we are as individually responsible as the next person to make this world feel like a safe home to everyone”. If I can bring a bit of safety, joy and maybe distraction through craft and sharing, then that’s what I’m going to do. It’s not all I can, and it might not fix those bigger problems, but it’s a start.
If you’re planning to have a spring clean, have a think about who might able to enjoy the things you no longer want, think twice about putting anything in the bin and contact some charities or places local to you – you never know where one conversation might lead.
So I’ll love and leave you with this quote that I found on Pinterest – view the original source here.
Sending big love to all.