Hello my lovelies. How lovely to see you here and a big welcome to all my new subscribers! I know that I have been quiet here on the blog but I had this sudden revelation about 2 weeks ago which I’ll talk about in a minute, and since then I’ve had about a million balls in the air and trying to keep them all in motion and not drop any! On top of all my excitement of moving forward on my dreams, I got a call from my office recalling me from furlough which I was NOT happy about especially since I now have this clear focus and goal. Anyhoo…lets take a step back and have a chat whats been going on with Under An English Sky.

As long-time readers will know, I have kept this blog (on Blogspot) for many many years. It started as a place to record our homeschooling adventures, faith, seasonal observances, and occasionally my crafty endeavors. Last year we graduated our youngest from our homeschool and suddenly…just like that…I had no purpose.

Being the control-freak that I am, I felt that I had to jump straight into a new purpose and that is where I made a mistake. You see I didn’t give myself the time I needed to allow a new season to enter in, instead I rushed forward and landed myself a full-time job which has ultimately proved to be something that is not suitable to my passions and nature. These things can happen to all of us and it seems it’s easier to get ourselves into situations than out of them and getting out of them requires foreplanning and preparation!

It has taken three full months of furlough – glorious furlough, how I’ve loved the time at home – for me to finally wake up to the fact that my role of wife, mother, homemaker, and crafter is just what and where I want to be! A week before I was recalled to my office job (although I am still working from home) I had this revelation on what I was going to do and how I was going to do it. It’s so obvious, it’s been staring me in the face forever!

I guess it started when I was 11 years old. I remember sitting in the garden in the warm winter sunshine with my grandmother and mum learning to knit on a small blue and white baby jersey. Both of them are brilliant knitters, sewers, and crafters so it was bound to rub off on me. Fast forward to the time I was pregnant with my eldest, my nesting instinct came into full force with the need to knit, quilt, and sew beautiful things for our new baby and our home – and that was it…I haven’t stopped since. My favorite places to be are small independently owned knitting and stitching shops. There was a lovely shop called The Cross-Stitch Cottage which was run from the owner’s home. You would walk through her beautiful garden, over a little wooden bridge to enter the shop which used to be her garage. She had renovated it and created the most dreamy little crafty treasure trove for knitters and stitchers. At Christmas time she welcomed her customers with mince pies and ample lashings of Christmas cheer and joy. Right then and there I decided that such a little business just had to be a little slice of heaven and that I would love to own something like that.

Sewing project bags al fresco – yes, really!

And so the revelation was revealed! I love love, LOVE dyeing yarn, knitting, and stitching. I love meeting and befriending fellow crafting women, I love creating beautiful things for my loved ones and home. Truly, as my blog tagline reads, “Home is where the heart it and my hearts at home”. These are the things I love to talk about, creating a warm, inviting, hygge home. Knitting, stitching and crafting. I dream of having groups of lovely ladies visit me at home while we enjoy a day of crafty workshops and copious amounts of cakes and tea then perhaps a bit of shopping in my little ‘General Store’, an old-fashioned store filled with crafty, homey loveliness that looks remarkably like the general store from Little House on the Prarie!

I have a way to go of course but right now I can meet with lovely crafty ladies right here on my blog as I work towards creating a cozy place for you to visit one day. I can concentrate on my lovely yarn business because I love creating scrumptious yarn and notions for you. I literaly do a little ‘happy dance’ every time I get a notification from Etsy to say that someone has bought some of my hand-crafted yarn. Such joy!

I can also meet with you through my podcast on Youtube. I have recorded and posted episode 2 already so if you have missed that please do go and watch if you have time. There’s a little history behind my podcast. It was started in 2016, left for a while, and recently resurrected. It’s here to stay so if you want to be notified of future podcasts then please do subscribe – it will be so lovely to meet with you there.

Facebook is another place to hook up with me. It’s where I post shop updates and short little behind the scenes videos amongst other things. In fact I’ll be sharing about a giveaway that I mentioned in episode 2 of my podcast so keep an eye out for that.

Ye Old Blog

So about the old blog… I am very sentimental about it, after all, it’s been my blogging home for many a year! I’m sure I will still pop over there for a little visit but this will be the place that I chat about crafting, knitting, stitching and homekeeping. This will be the space that we gather for a cuppa and a natter while we create lovely things for our loved ones and our homes. It’s a place where we will escape from the crazy outside world and indulge in a life at a slower pace and enjoy partaking in traditional crafts and embracing a hygge lifestyle through the seasons. I do hope that this sounds like something you would quite like to do.

Please do drop me a line and let me know what sorts of crafty things you like to do. Are they traditional crafts like knitting and stitiching? Perhaps they are home crafts like preserving or even seasonal crafts. I would really love to know. You could leave a comment here or pop on over to the facebook page and share there. Either way, friendships are deepened with great conversation and lots of cups of tea…at least that’s the way it is here Under An English Sky.

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  1. Helena

    Oh goodness, that little cottage shop sounds delightful! I’ve never seen anything like that here. As for me, I like to knit and cross-stitch, and I like to embroider but I’m not very good at it yet. I’d like to learn to crochet, but so far have not gone much past the very basics with that. I also like to bake and I do some canning–mostly jams and pickles, but someday I’m going to figure out how to use the pressure canner we inherited so I can preserve more from our garden.

    1. Do you know Helena, I haven’t seen anything like a little cottage shop here either but I remember being so enthralled with the little one in Cape Town and I knew that in a perfect world that is what I would just love. Keep practicing your embroidery you will get better with each project. Let me know how the pressure canner works, I’d love to know.

  2. susan lane

    What wonderful ideas you have and i am so looking forward to seeing and hearing all that you have been up to. I love my home, knitting, crochet, cross stitch, i love preserving fruits in jams from our land, there is no place like home.

  3. Heather

    I love everything about being a homemaker and creating a cozy home! I love knitting, stitching, flower gardening, sewing, crochet, embroidery, making cards,baking. 😁

    That shop sounds delightful! 😍

    I am looking forward to your new blog, as I always enjoyed your old one!

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