About Me

They, ever the crafter, kept on crafting despite their illness.

About Me:

My name is Jessica, I’m in my mid-twenties and I got ill as a young teen with ME/CFS. I love crafting (obviously) which is what this blog will mainly be about but there will also be some personal posts as well as lots of posts about books (what else is a girl to do when she doesn’t have the energy to craft?) and maybe a few other things here and there. Hmm, what else to add about me? I  love reading mainly scifi and fantasy books. I love watching sports, I’m trying to learn Spanish and I’ve recently moved to Guernsey in the Channel Islands having previously lived in London my whole life. me circle

About why I made this blog:

Over the years I’ve had different levels of ability. I’ve struggled to keep up with school and friends, been housebound and been bedbound. At the moment I have to spend most of my time lying down. So I know a bit about having to adapt crafts and find new ways to be creative.

From using a sewing machine sitting at my desk, to sitting on the sofa with my knitting, to only managing 5 minutes of crochet a week lying down in bed and lots of different stages in between. I’ve tried quite a few different crafts and what I’ve found is that whatever our level of illness the want to be creative never leaves. It just gets more difficult to DO. This is why I made this blog. To share with you my struggles and my achievements. Maybe learn something from you and you from me.

I post interviews with other chronically ill crafters and am always looking for more people to get involved so if you would be interested or see anything you think I’d be interested in please let me know.

On the bookish side of things, I do a monthly reviews post where you can see all of the books I’ve read that month.

I do receive some books for free in exchange for a review from Netgalley, but my reviews are always honest and opinions always my own.

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22 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi dear, how are you. Am very glad to find you.
    I love your crafts, stitching, knitting and crochet. All your posts are really awesome. We have a very common interests dear. Take care yourself and keep blogging. Have a fab day.
    Bye friend.

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  2. I completely empathize with your differing ability levels. I’m afflicted with extreme multiple chemical sensitivities which keeps me almost house bound so I know what you’re talking about! Makes life tough. Here’s to fighting the good fight and knowing you’re not alone.

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  3. Hi. Your mum told me about your blog and it’s great, I’ve really enjoyed having a quick look and look forward to exploring it more. I know this is stating the obvious, but your mum rocks! I am enjoying working with her and getting to know her. I’m really pleased you made the move to Guernsey and I hope you are loving our little island as much as I do. Trudi

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    1. Thanks 🙂 I’ve had a look at your blog (unfortunately my mobile is being silly and it won’t let me comment right now). But it’s really interesting about living aboard. I’m planning on moving abroad in a couple of years.

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  4. Your blog looks splendid, Jessica! I also like reading and have recently started learning to knit and crochet. I find knitting easier than crochet. Crafting is a great stress buster. I can’t wait to read more of your posts! 🙂

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  5. Looking at ” (what else is a girl to do when she doesn’t have the energy to craft?) ” and thinking, probably about the same thing as what is a guy to do when his brain can’t concentrate enough to stick 2 model train or model rocket parts together.

    I had been in retail on and off for about 23 years when in early 2000s one day, while helping out at the registers at a store I was going to become manager of, all of a sudden halfway through ringing up a customer I suddenly had no clue how a cash register worked. And as resultant conversation would reveal, no idea what my phone number was, no idea where I lived. Uh-oh, is this a stroke?
    Nope no stroke, merely CFS/ME brain fog.

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      1. Thanks! I saw your recent post over on The Mighty and came here to look things over. Figured a crafter gets other hobbies which involve planning, making, doing, designing, and the effect this stuff has on those.
        Ya know, diseases taking a man’s job away from him are one thing, and can be coped with, but taking away a man’s hobbies is just downright sadistic!
        Something is going on in this genetic line – in mid 1980s Fibro, neuropathy, CFS/ME put Dad out of his career: around 10 years later MS put his 16 years younger little sister out of her nursing career: around 10 years after that fibro and CFS/ME put me out of my retail career. I’d already been dealing with neuropathy and Raynaud’s for a decade plus.
        And I, my Dad, his late mother, each have neuropathy but a slightly different flavor.
        Yep, something is going on in this genetic line.

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      2. Thanks for reading the post 🙂
        I definitely get it. It takes so long to get any kind of craft done because of all the breaks and resting and then there’s all the mistakes as well! And even when we manage one thing,there are so many things we can’t do but want to do.
        That sounds tough, I’m the complete opposite. No one in my family has anything like this. Other than my brother having ibs.

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