I’m so happy to introduce the beautiful and charming Annelies from @annelies.leask She is one of the newest moderators to #craftastherapy and i am totally in love with her photograpy and varied craft projects. Read on to find about a little more about her:Why do you knit/crochet/design?I crochet as it’s become my happy, productive, creative time that I can somehow (just about) manage to do alongside juggling being a stay at home mum to my wonderful, active, autistic 5 year old son and my sweet but cheeky, princess loving 3 year old daughter!2. What’s your fave project that you’ve made?I think the blankets I’ve made for my kids are my favourite projects to date. I love the magic that happens when all the granny squares get stitched together and you suddenly go from lots of little pieces of nothing much to a big old cozy blanket of love!
3. Besides craft, what are you passionate about?I love art, design and photography (and terrible action movies). I’m also a big fan of the outdoors and I love getting out and about with my family.4. Do you have a nickname?No, that’s probably why I somewhat unimaginatively used my actual name as my Instagram name! My husband is hoping that Yarn-Elise might catch on though!!5. Tell us why you love @craftastherapyI love the amazingly creative, supportive and encouraging Craft As Therapy community. Such a lot of love, talent and inspiration.6. What’s next on your ‘to make’ list?There are always too many things on my ‘make list’ probably another blanket (maybe using Tunisian crochet this time), and I would love to try a overlay mandala, a project bag would be nice (if I can decide on a style), and I definitely need an embroidery project too … (The list really is endless)7. What are your dreams for the future.I’ve always dreamt of owning a little art gallery by the coast. Maybe with a coffee shop attached so I could combine two of my favourite things!8. Tell us something random that we wouldn’t know about you?I love building flat pack furniture and I’d happily eat breakfast for every meal of the day!9. Share anything else you’d particularly like others to know about you.I seem to be drawn to calm tranquil photography, I guess to balance out the craziness of my ‘real’ life.
It’s time to meet another one of the @craftastherapy moderators. Amanda from @yarn_house is a relatively new member of the team, who has embraced moderating with energy and enthusiasm. She is currently moderating her second week with the theme #craftastherapy_bouquet ? She’s a talented designer with her own unique style, so pop over and join her on @craftastherapy this week. Read on to find out a little more about her.
1. Why do you crochet?
Plain and simple – It’s my passion. I can’t help it.
2. What’s your fave project that you’ve made?
My overlay crochet peacock feather mandala
3. Besides craft, what are you passionate about?
Spending time with my husband and our 2 kids, camping, the ocean, drawing, occasional cooking, baseball, highway driving, music, and I also really love silence.
4. Do you have a nickname?
5. Tell us why you love @craftastherapy
It’s such a wonderful community filled with positivity, support, and endless inspiration.
6. What’s next on your ‘to make’ list?
I’ve been wanting to make a massive wall hanging for awhile now, I’d love to cross that off my list eventually.
7. What are your dreams for the future.
I’m finding myself becoming increasingly interested in gardening. I have zero skills at the moment, but I hope to one day have a big beautiful garden full of colorful flowers.
8. Tell us something random that we wouldn’t know about you?
I can’t remember the last time I read a book.
It was an honour and a thrill to be involved in lovecrochet.com’s Indie June, a month long celebration of independent crochet designers. I was able to share the love of our #craftastherapy community during an interview, which you can read in full here.
I also participated in #lctakeover where i took control of the Lovecrochet.com instagram account for a day. These are some of the images i shared during the takeover. Head to the lovecrochet.com instagram account to see more of what happened during Indie June. Thanks for having me LoveCrochet.com
May was a mix of crochet hearts, Yummy Yarn and co, granny square blankets and spinal surgery. This year is certainly flying by, but i am really pleased that May is over. Taking my daughter to Sydney for spinal surgery was the hardest thing i have done since becoming a parent. Handing her over to doctors and nurses to open her up, insert rods and bone grafts was frightening to say the least, especially for a person who always braces themselves for the worst. This time, i couldn’t think of ‘worst case scenario’ because that included death and paralysis.
It’s quite comical looking back to the 18th, as my hubby and i were trying to fill out her admittance forms….we could barely remember our own names. I used #craftastherapy to the extreme in the lead up to the operation and during her week long hospital stay. And the whole experience gave me a new perspective on how blessed we are to have happy and healthy children. I am thrilled to report that all went well and my daughter coped with the entire adventure like a champion. I couldn’t be any prouder.