It's been a lot longer since my last post than planned. I've been away from here for a few months (which was not my intention!).
In the meantime, I've been busy with markets & things. Above is a photo of the dress I made for our anniversary, which I was going to post back then. 
This week I've been reading & thinking a lot about vision. Vision is what drives you & your business & it's so important to have. Especially in hard times or when your making big decisions. It's the core of why you do what you do. But that's why it's also so hard to nail. How do you put into words that feeling & desire inside you? 
I started this blog not 100% sure what I wanted to blog about but the more I think about it & what motivates me it's really the sharing of my skills & educating that I enjoy. I was lucky enough to have 3 crafty Grandma's and a crafty Mum who were patient enough to teach me many of the skills I know today. Not everyone is that lucky, or maybe they want to learn something new and that is where I want to help!
For those of you who know me well, I've had a rough year this past year. I was quite unwell & went through many months not knowing what was really wrong which is really hard to cope with. During this time I learnt a lot about 'mindfulness' which is quite the buzz word at the moment. (but is a really good practice). My mum sent me some adult colouring books & they were fun & relaxing but it made me think. In most cases when I'm 'making' something I get this same feeling. I can zone out & really just think about what I'm doing & everything else just passes by. Sure I get frustrated when things don't turn out or I have to undo things but that also is a moment when you know you're really in the zone of what you are doing! Whether it be gardening, sewing, knitting etc I've realized I'm really lucky to have learnt these skills. 
Learning something new gives you such a great feeling. It builds confidence and makes you feel good. It also teaches you patience (which I often feel no one has these days) and problem solving skills. And once you start to master a craft, the creativity involved in making things really is a stress relief. 
It's also something that can create a community. Whether you're learning in a classroom or teaching a friend, crafting brings people together. You see people helping each other and there's usually no negativity.
So in thinking about all these things I have come up with a vision for my website and Oh Mell which I would like to share with you. (It's going to need tweaking but this is the first go!)
"I want to bring together a community of people by teaching them a new creative skill and in turn help lift their self esteem and mood and through learning and doing. I hope it will not only teach them a new skill but also teach them patience and a mindful state."