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Back to the hook!

Hello Lovelies!
It's been a tremendously long time since I last wrote a blog post. Gosh the last 9 months have been manic and far more unsettling than I had ever prepared for!

Time has seriously zoomed by and suddenly we are here...coming up to April ALREADY!
Only now is feeling like the right time to come back and visit my blog. I'm finally feeling that I have "the want" and the mental capacity to get back to it.
You see, I've been on this massive road of self discovery over the past year. Since finishing the job I loved and had done for years, back in April last year, I've needed a moment. Yes, I loved that job, but it had honestly chewed me up and spat me out! I was burnt out and not really sure of who or what I was without it. Deep stuff!

So the past year has been a whirl wind of time, a moment to recuperate, to ponder, to learn and take a long moment to find my feet again.
During this time I've done so much; I caught up with friends, came back to England to dance for 6 weeks, started training as a life coach, went to the Knit & Stitch Show at Alexandra Palace, went to Yarndale, moved country (downsized my life to a car load of belongings), moved flat (twice), made new friends, went on a date or two (yikes! not quite there yet!). It's been busy and quite a journey. A rollercoaster to say the least! Exciting times, moments of sheer panic, laughter and tears along the way and moments of pure brilliant optimism!
Now I'm here and things are settling and I feel like I can breath again. It's nice to be able to breath again. Breathing is good :-)

Along with everything that's been going on, I've put a huge amount of focus into setting up my own life coaching business.
This has taken a lot of energy and "going it alone" is a brand new experience for me, I'm learning every day.
Things are moving along nicely so far, sure I still need to build my client list and get my name out into the world, but it's proving to be a hugely positive and rewarding experience. I love the work I do with my clients, seeing them develop and grow in confidence as they move closer to their goals. It's very rewarding!

Below is a little shot of some of the postcards and business cards I've designed and been dishing out to people. I also have a website (mattfarci.com) if you want to check out what I'm up to? Also if you fancy learning a little more about life coaching or pondering with the idea of potentially having a coach, come pay me a visit. I offer a FREE sample session, so if it's something you are intrigued by, why not give it a go? At this early stage I could still do with the support...so please spread the word...ok shameless plug done!

So that's where I'm currently at!
As mentioned, my focus is very much on trying to elevate my new business venture and to establish myself back in England. It's hard work, but I know that things will come together with determination and some hard graft.

With everything being new and fresh, it felt like right time to visit something that was familiar. This morning I find myself at my laptop, finally writing a well overdue blog post.
Coming back to visit my blog is like visiting a friend you haven't seen in a while. It feels natural, but you realise that perhaps you should've made the time a little sooner.
I'm here now though! So, What have you all been up to and what exciting new projects are you all working on?

For me the crafting started again as the new year ticked over. I decided to make something just for fun and picked out one of my favourite crochet books to work from. It's (of course) "Animal Friends Of Pica Pau"! You're probably sick of me talking about how much I love this book! It is fab though!

So I had a little browse through the book, checked I had enough yarn in appropriate colours and got to work on the cute little dragon pattern.

He's not quite finished yet. Still some ears and horns to hook, but he's coming along nicely and will certainly be a loved addition to the other characters that I've already made from the book. I'll keep you updated on his progress!

The other project that I currently have on the go, is this gorgeous splurge of colour!
This is the stunning wrap by Nerissa from the blog MissNeriss.
Nerissa hosted a "crochet along" last month and as I happened to be lucky enough to own one of the Scheepjes Stone Washed/River Washed colour packs (all that was required for this project), I decided to join in.

Ok granted the "CAL" has now finished and I'm still plodding along, but it was nice to join in with so many other people that were also making the same project. It was great to have some interaction online with fellow makers and to join the buzz of creating in a community environment.

Nerissa's pattern and instruction are nice and easy to follow and so this project has been a great one to sit on the sofa with, whilst unwinding in the evenings.
I'm hoping to crack on with this throughout the next week or so and will keep you updated on it's progress. I'm so excited to get working on the blue and teal stripes. They are my favourite colours at the moment and I cant wait to play with theses shades as they pop up on the project!

Finally the big news that I have is that I've started writing for Inside Crochet Magazine each month, as a permanent columnist. I'm really enjoying this so far. It's certainly getting me creating again.
Having the monthly deadline has meant that I have a focus to my crafting, I like that. Here's your topic and the criteria of the article, now go, write and produce a pattern thats fits the mould. Oh and "here's your deadline"!
I work well to deadlines and so this is working out really well for me. The hardest thing about this though, is not being able to share my creations until the magazine has gone to print. That's been really tricky as so far. I've been tremendously happy and proud of my projects so far and have been desperate to share on instagram....Nope not allowed!!!

As soon as the magazines go to print I'll be sharing with you guys!! I already have two projects to share, so they'll be coming shortly!

That's about it for me, for now.
An ice breaker to say I'm here and I'm doing ok, finding my voice again and feeling like I have something to say.
Gosh as I write that I feel it bubbling inside of me, I really have something to give again. It's special to acknowledge that!
I hope you are all doing well also? if you get a moment leave me a message and I'll get back to you...I'm craving the crafty connection again!

The Artist's Way - Read Along

Hello fellow creatives!
How are you all doing?

Those of you that follow me over on Instagram may have seen one of my recent stories where I spoke about a book that I was recently gifted, The Artist's way by Julia Cameron.

It's a book written with the sole purpose of helping the reader to develop and focus their creativity, something (quite frankly) we could all do with.
I'm going to read the book soon and wandered if you guys would like to join me? A sort of book club kind of thing.

The book is rather hands on book.
From having a quick glance, there is not too much to read, but each week you are given focusses and tasks that you have to complete.

It looks really interesting, but of course is a little commitment. A commitment that I'm sure if I go it alone I will not see through to the end.

So why don't you come and join me?

The book is split into 12 chapters, so a chapter per week. That means that if we start it within the next weeks it'll take us up to the end of October. I must say, the timeframe seems pretty daunting and so all the more reason for us to support one another and go on this creative development journey together. We can talk about how were getting on, support and encourage each other.
Come on!!!! So who's up for it?

The Plan

I've been giving it a little thought and I figured the best way to do this read along is to use this page as a simple breakdown of the book and our time frame. This section will be updated each week with the tasks that we need to achieve from the specific chapter we are working on. This way we have a quick reference and can stay on track for the full duration of the book.

I"ve set up a group on facebook, so If you are up for joining the read along come and join the facebook group. We can use it as a platform to discuss our progress, support each other and motivate each other to keep on track with the tasks.
(click here to go to the facebook group)

Those of you that want to join in but don't yet have a copy of the book....there's still time!!! Here's how and when we are starting, along with the time frame and the plan for the following weeks:

Today - Sunday 5th August

  • Get hold of a copy of the book
    (The Artist"s Way by Julia Cameron)
  • Read the intro to the book
  • Read chapter 1 (week 1) of the book

Saturday 4th/ Sunday 5th August:
Within our facebook group, we will discuss getting started on Week 1, making sure we are all set and clear on the tasks and chapter/week we are about to start for the week ahead.

WEEK 1: Monday 6th August - Sunday 12th August

  • Working through Week/ Chapter 1
  • Reading Week 2

I'll update the tasks for this week before the week begins
(once I've read the chapter)

Week 2 Monday 13th August - Sunday 19th August

  • Working through Week/ Chapter 2
  • Reading Week/ Chapter 3

I'll update the tasks for this week before the week begins
(once I've read the chapter)

weeks 3-12 (20th August - 28th October)

Weeks 3-12 will be added as we get a little closer to them.

Well I think that's about it for now!
As mentioned, this will be used purely as a timeframe and task reference page. Let's make the main support and chit chat about the read along happen over in the facebook group.

Please come and join in....It's something a little different and it's not only going to give us a chance to work on our creative selfs, but a great opportunity to interact with others on a similar journey.

If you fancy it, I'll see you in the read along group!

In bed with a Boy & Bunting Episode 3

Hello Lovelies!

TODAY I BRING YOU....a brand spanking new episode of "In Bed With A Boy & Bunting"!
This is episode 3 from me (check out episode 1 and episode 2). It's long over due, but felt like the right moment to get back into bed and in front of the camera.

Once again I get carried away and natter on and on about, well, EVERYTHING!

Go pop the kettle on grab an ice cream or something cold (we're in the midst of a heat wave, pour me a PiƱa colada!) and join me in bed as I talk your ear off!

Some Links and Info from the Episode

This was such a joy to find hiding in my mail box after returning from my trip to London!
I've already started flicking through the pages and have started working on a lovely little pineapple amigurumi pattern.
Whimsical Stitches by Lauren Espy is shaping up to be a true crocheters dream! I cant wait to film a detailed book review and share a little more insight and info on the book.

Here's a little peak at the cute pineapple that I'm making. He is practically perfect in every way! What a lovely design and a really fun make!


It seems to be all about books in todays episode.
Here are some of the books that I've been working through over the past weeks:
  • Heartburn by Nora Ephron
  • Notes On A Nervous Planet by Matt Haig
  • After You by Jojo Moyes
  • Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Final book from todays episode, The Atrist's Way by Julia Cameron. I haven't actually started this book yet. But from what I understand and have been told, it's a corker of a book.
It's a twelve week programme working on developing creativity and maximising your creative focus. I'm going to get started on this book within the next few weeks and wandered if you guys would like to join me?

I'll write a blog post later this week explaining how we will organise our "book club" and we can work through the book together (Over the 12 week period) supporting and encouraging one anothers creative development.
Sounds like a plan!!!

Finally for me today...

This glorious bundle of rainbow gorgeousness!!!
This will be the cover for that rather delightful (I just vomited) stool that I bought for a bargain price of 3 euros. Watch this space and see how this turns out.


That's all folks!!!
Oh! Please do let me know what you think I should do about my little moving home/ sorting my belongings dilemma. I'm really interested to hear your perspective on what I should do!

Enjoy the rest of your week, you gorgeous bunch of crafters!