I have mentioned in a previous post that, when I first joined Twitter, I didn’t really understand what it was all about.
Following the exploits of various, vacuous celebs isn’t really of much interest to me; (which is what I thought it was for).
Initially, I didn’t realise what a fabulous resource — or what an amazing community — Twitter is.
Until I stumbled upon The Craft Blog Club.
It’s one of my absolute favourite things. And I still find it amazing that a Twitter Craft Blog Club even exists.
The Craft Blog Club
I never ‘officially’ joined the Craft Blog Club. I just sort of fell into it.
But I am most definitely a
virtual card carrying member and I absolutely LOVE it.
It’s pretty hard
sometimes often for me to join in with the weekly chats, as it always falls on the babies’ bedtime. Or our suppertime.
But it’s lovely to feel part of a community and fabulous that you are sharing thoughts and ideas with like-minded people.
When the founding member asked us if we’d like to do a craft-stylee ‘Secret Santa’, I jumped at the chance.
I didn’t think it through properly, before sticking my virtual hand up though.
These days 99% of my time is spent looking after my two tiny boys. So agreeing to ‘make’ a gift for someone I’ve never met wasn’t one of my cleverest ideas. Certainly from a time management perspective — but hey!
Time For Me
As it turns out, joining the Craft Blog Club is one of the most fulfilling things that I’ve done this year.
That doesn’t involve my babies or husband.
An hour out of every day, for a week or so; where I could switch off and enjoy being a little bit ‘crafty’! Absolute heaven. I had
almost forgotten how much I enjoyed it.
As my career is a creative one, I’m never short of inspiration. But I rarely create anything by hand these days; pretty much everything I produce is designed on my mac and then printed.
It’s rare for me to use my hands anymore – although I’ve always loved to make stuff, given half the chance.
One of the most exciting things about Craft Blog Club was attempting a new craft. I decided I wanted to try something totally different.
Having been inspired by something a friend had on her wall; I decided that I was going to make a paper-cut picture for my swap buddy, Jess. Who lived in the USA.
You can pop and see the full tutorial of how I made the papercut picture, in this post.
The Christmas Cat
Meanwhile, unbeknownst to me, whilst I had been busy creating my Secret Santa gift, someone else from the Craft Blog Club had also been very busy.
Making a gift for me!!!
Someone — who remains anonymous as they cleverly didn’t give their name (unlike me who forgot that it’s SECRET Santa (the clue is in the name) and enclosed a card, from me, along with my gift. DOH.
Am putting it down to baby brain.) — has made me the most beautiful gift.
This clever, thoughtful crafter took the time to have a look at my Twitter profile, to see what I like — no prizes for guessing that one of my favourite things are of the feline variety! — and has made me my very own Christmas Cat!
LOOK HOW BEAUTIFUL HE IS!!!
A Sense Of Community
Since joining Twitter I have met lots of lovely, like-minded, people.
Lots of other mamas whose tweets and blogs are a huge inspiration, plus various other bods who all have lots of interesting or amusing things to say.
There are fantastic industry people tweeting about ‘women in business’ — useful as I have been running my own company for the last 5 years.
And some amazingly kind folk who have been so generous with their time, and really helped me to better understand — and cope with — a child with a serious allergy; which was a godsend when we found out about Bertie’s intolerance to eggs.
All of these things, plus a handful of celebs thrown in (Kirstie Allsopp, Caitlin Moran, Jo Whiley to name a few…) for good measure, makes Twitter a very fun place to be.
Joining the Craft Blog Club gave me a real sense of purpose.
And my lovely Christmas cat, of course.
My thoughtful benefactor won’t know this, but my boy and I have been collecting Christmas decorations since we bought our first home, 15 years ago.
Every year, without fail, we buy another couple of decorations for our tree or
and the house and, consequently, we have a gorgeous, eclectic assortment of beautiful things that come out, year after year.
My Christmas Cat will join that collection and every year, from here-on-in, he will sit — pride of place — above our fireplace.
So if my Secret Santa is reading this, I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you!! Thanks for taking the time to make such a beautiful gift — I love my cat — he will be treasured for many years to come!