Thankyou and reality!

Today I just wanted to say thankyou to the people who are taking the time out of their day to read this little blog.  I feel like your reading out of kindness, and with care and interest towards our little family, which really warms my heart.  To know that people are thinking kindly towards our boys and wishing us well is just beautiful.

When I decided to start blogging only a couple of months ago I wondered who would would ever read what I had to say, especially in the beginning.  I read an article or two that said the time of people leaving comments had passed, due to the abundance of blogs today.  So every time someone comments on a post I'm filled with excitement and joy!  I love to hear about others lives too.  If something I write helps someone clarify something in their mind then I'm so pleased to have been able to be a voice in their process, no matter how small a voice it may have been.

One of my very favorite blogs is here.... Down to Earth. Rhonda is an inspirational Super Granny!   I love her calm, sensible voice of reason.  

I'm going to be honest, I'm really struggling with motivation at the moment.  I don't know exactly what it is.  Its summer, so in the high 30's to mid 40's degrees here and the beginning of school and Kindy has gone back and Angus has started for 2.5 days a week.  For the first time in years I actually have some time to myself, Grant is home for dinner now from the shop 6 out of the 7 nights of the week and finally he is working a pretty standard working week.  Here is where Grant spends his days, our little country General Store and Post office......
















So for 2.5 days a week while the big boys are off at school and Kindy its just me and this little guy....


I would never have let my eldest crawl all over the table.....or eat a sweet biscuit at 8:00am....Each child I have I get softer.

I feel like I should be filled with energy and motivation!  That I should be cranking through my jobs and doing the things on my "one day when I have time" list.  (we all have one of them right?!)  Because truth be told I actually have time!!  But all I want to do with it is lay here.................

Note the unmade bed....just keeping it real!

Yep, I have the time I have been dreaming of and all I want to do is sleep.  For a week, maby two?!  I'm a little concerned poor old Grant thinks I have turned into a sloth.....He made me go for a walk with the dog last night in the aim to help me get my sleeping patterns into some kind of normal.  I have been rejoicing a little too much in afternoon naps and then up half the night not being able to sleep.  Grant in his gentle manner is giving me a kick up the bum.  I'm trying to embrace this time of rest, I'm sure my motivation and drive will come back. 

But I did finish "Holly", I'm really pleased with how she came out.



My sewing skills have improved so much and I'm really proud to be making my own patterns and designs to be creating truly original dolls.  I also have a few more orders to get stuck into.  I'm hoping to get a cuddle doll done this week too.  I remember when I first saw Waldorf dolls.  I instantly fell in love with them.  I never thought I would be able to make one but over time, with practice and little steps I'm creating dolls I'm pretty proud of.  I still see things to improve on but I think we are always our own worst critics.  Sometimes I think doll making is a bit "un-cool"  But I just love it.  People look at me oddly when I say I make dolls.  Granny's love it, and crafty people do too, but some times others look at me like I'm a little strange.  But that's OK.  I always joke I'm a Granny at heart.  Sometimes I feel its the generation I 'fit' better with but I think 'fitting in' is over rated anyway.  I'm not sure I actually know anyone who feels like they 'fit' in.  Its a strange concept really.  

Anyway, that's enough of me rambling for the day,  Happy Wednesday! <3

xx

10 comments

  1. There is that old saying “Don’t should all over yourself, and don’t let others should on you either”. No one is motivated all the time. Transition – kids going back to school, etc all takes emotional energy which is really draining. If you are concerned or it continues perhaps going to your GP for a blood test might show you have a virus, or something that can be easily fixed. Sometimes we just need to rest and restore ourselves, - be gentle with ourselves. Look at you with your boys and your doll making – you are awesome!

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    1. Yes I completely agree, I'm not concerned as such, I'm in good health and feel quite well. I'm just surprised at my complete lack of motivation. I feel so lazy!! I think this is my body telling me to take a break, an enforcing a 'home' holiday. ;) It just SO lovely to have some peace and time to myself I'm indulging in it and enjoying it.

      Thankyou! :)

      xx

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  2. as sherri said, it takes a lot of energy to run a family! don't let anyone tell you not to have naps but perhaps try for one earlier in the day rather mid/late in the arvo? i don't nap or try not to cos of that reason as i won't sleep at night & sometime it doesn't work & i end up in bed sometime after 2am anyway! even just sitting & resting with a cup of tea (young man permitting) can rejuvenate.
    i think of rhonda as a wonderful super grandma too!
    have a great day!

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    1. Today I found myself crawling into bed when Henry was asleep then I realized Im not actually that tired, so after laying there for a bit enjoying the luxury of being in bed during the day I got up, made a big pot of soup, made some custard from scratch for dessert and have a batch of simple strawberry jam out of the strawberries I got on the weekend simmering on the stove. I'm just LOVING the opportunity that I can sleep during the day.

      I think Im sometimes too hard on myself. It has been a long haul with Henry and his sleep and for two of my three boys to be in kindy/school is a great milestone.

      xx

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  3. Oh, Emma, making dolls is such a cool skill. I think people got so used to the fact that you can purchase anything nowadays, so they judge you from economic prospective, like why would you do it, if it is probably costing you more time and money, but they so miss the point! I love crafts, and it is true, that I could probably could go and get a two dollar greeting card with a preprinted message, but more often than not I spend few evenings on making a beautiful card, first by going through my cross stitch patterns and chosing an appropriate design for an occation, another evening doing actual stitching and yet another by making a card out of it and signing it with a thoughtful message. Yes, it "costed" me three evenings, but the reaction of the receiver is so worth it! I made a card for my friend's birthday and she really got excited about that card, she could not believe I made it myself, and asked me like hundred times, "did you really make it yourself for me?", and then put it on display in her home and really appreciated all the time and thoughts that went into this card making process. I doubt she would have put on display a two dollar card... So, back to dolls... Your dolls are beautiful! They are very very very beautiful! I am so glad for these children who get to play with them! So Authentic! Made with love and made well. What can be better than a unique toy? My Dutch friend shared with me her daughter's collection of miniature hand made Valdorf toys, and they just blew my mind off. Some of them are so tiny... Like tiny ducks and chickens, few centimeters tall, or tiny tiny babies, that could comfortably sleep in a small matchbox.... :) beautiful beautiful toys.... Beat plastic hands down. And I am not super against plastic, we do have quite a few plastic toys, they are just soulless, compared to handmade or some old family toys.... My girl plays with three big dolls, her grandma used to play when she was little. New outfit and couple of new eyelashes - and old toys became the new favourite in our childen's bedroom. So let's keep up a good work in making our homes a beautiful place. Handmade toys must not go extinct! :) thumbs up!

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    1. That's so gorgeous to make cards with cross stitch! I would love to see them. :) I think I would have to frame it to be honest, I dont think I could throw away cross stitch ever!

      Thank you, I love all Waldorf toys, I would love to learn to needle felt which is often how the tiny animals etc are made. I even have a kit somewhere in my crafting cupboard, but I have not seen it for a while....Crafting cupboards tend to be that way inclined I think....

      I too am not at all against plastic, we have plastic toys as I have shown, but I LOVE handcrafted toys. My friend made my son some fresh play-doh for his birthday and it was awesome!! (I suck at play-doh, it always turns out grainy.)

      Hand crafted does not have to mean expensive or time consuming. I really loved that gift, as did he which is most important!

      xx

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  4. I am one of those people who hardly ever comment, not because I am too busy but most of the time I read them after there are already several comments that say basically what I would say and I think. WHo has the time to read the same thing over and over again, so I make no comment.
    I have been enjoying reading your blog. I came over from Rhonda's, liked it and read from the beginning.
    I think you are just going through a time of "recharging your batteries" The life style that you are creating is just that, creating, and takes a lot of energy and thought. You have created and care for 3 little people, go easy on yourself. Your children are safe, loved and well fed, so is Grant, so don't forget you.
    Your dolls are wonderful!!
    The amazing thing about people is that we are different and unique. Embrace you!!! You seem like such a terrific woman.

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    1. I understand what you mean about not wanting to re-peat yourself. Also I find sometimes I comment but then blogger has an issue and I give up as the resolution is time consuming.

      Thankyou for reading - it is very cool to me to know others enjoy what I write. To me it is just my meandering thoughts! hahaha!

      I think you are right about recharging my battery....There are a few things on my plate like I mentioned in todays post that are emotionally tiring. I am sure it will pass with time.

      Thankyou for your kind and encouraging words, they mean alot!

      xx

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  5. I've only just discovered your blog, but I'm loving it.

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