Friday, 24 January 2014

Grow your blog - 2014

Over the weekend you will see a lot of blog posts titled 'Grow your Blog'
This idea was the brainchild of Vicki of '2 Bags Full' as a way of encouraging visitors to our blogs and to spread the friendship throughout blogland. I am very happy to take part in this as being a 'Blogger' is very important to me. I love the contact with like minded people and the ability to learn new skills through others. I have also taken part in some lovely swaps. I feel that I have made friends through blogging. I have met some bloggers and I hope I meet many more.

So welcome to 'Not Enough Time To Craft'

My name is Ailsa. I have been married for 31 years and have 2 grown up children. I am a qualified nurse but I am not working at present. When I was working I worked in the Care Home industry.

photo taken in Italy - 2013

This is the 'Oh! Bearded One' aka my husband. We have had our ups and downs (mainly health related) but I love him to bits. He has had his health issues, the most recent problem being eye cancer in 2010, he lost an eye but made a full recovery, ready to fight another day. He is a Health & Safety auditor in the telecommunications industry. 
 I have suffered with on & off with depression for over 10 years which has taken its' toll but currently I'm doing fine, I also have a type of arthritis which can be more of a problem.

We love animals so we have Meg (6 in Feb), a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, who is such a character and makes us laugh so much. She was a rescue dog and has her issues but I wouldn't be without her.

The next 'character' in our family is DD, our eldest child, who, as you can see, is expecting her first child. The baby is a boy and was due on the 21st of January so we are playing the waiting game at present. I am looking forward to being a Granny. Also, here, is our other pet, Molly, a 13 & half year old short haired 'moggy'.

The next characters are my Mum & Dad. They are both 78. Mum is in reasonable health but Dad has been really poorly and is awaiting various tests and procedures. The main reason I am not working is to be available to look after Dad, he is needing a lot of physical support.

This 'character' is 'Gromit', my Son-in-Law.This is him on his wedding day. At that point he was in the Army. He had to leave in January 2013 due to an injury. He now works as an air conditioning/refrigeration engineer. 

Last but not least is Son of Mine, my 2nd child. He lives in Edinburgh where he did a degree in Chemistry. He is currently looking for his first 'grown up' job, until he gets that, he works in a bar and in a restaurant to pay the bills. I often visit him in Edinburgh.

I titled my blog 'Not Enough Time To Craft' because when I started it in 2007 I was working full time and didn't have enough time to do all the crafty things I wanted to do. Even now I still want to achieve more than I have time for.

I love quite a few crafts......

......quilting, the above shows the latest quilt top I have finished, it is waiting for quilting.
The photo below shows what I am working on at present.

I knit, this is a waistcoat i am knitting at present. I love knitting socks.

I used to do a lot of dressing making, last summer I made a skirt which is the first thing I have made in 25 years.

I crochet. I am left handed and as the older adults in my family were right handed I taught myself.

I cross stitch. 25-30 years ago I did nothing but cross stitch and knitting.

I make cards and scrap book. I made a lot of cards 3-4 years ago to raise funds for the Care Home I was Deputy Manager for. 

I also have had a go at jewellery making, lace making, candle making and at present I am making a rug from a kit that my Mum bought in 1983!


Diane-crewe said...

hope you get lots of visitors x

Kath said...

I have followed you for some time, how nice to get to know you better.

sunny said...

Yes, it's nice to get to know you better. I hope you get a lot more time to craft, because you have a lot of interests!!

Farm Gate Creations said...

Good luck growing your blog, you do some lovely work.

Cathy said...

I'm glad I found your blog! The title of it is something I can relate to. You do beautiful work and it was nice seeing photos of your family. I'm your newest follower and will visit often. My blog is CraftyCat and I hope you'll visit.

Dasha said...

Wow! What a lot of stuff you do. No wonder you don't have time. LOL. Nice to meet you Ailsa.

DebraKay Neiman said...

I am having fun finding new bloggers to sewing and quilting. Greetings from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Sue said...

You are an inspiration to me. I'm going to try my hand at a new craft this year. I just decided this and haven't settled on one yet but shall give it some thought.

CatieAn said...

hello Aisla I am so happy to meet you. You have a beautiful family.
I am a retired pediatric oncology and peds intensive care nurse. I love all kind of creating as well.
Thank you for sharing.

Una said...

That was a very newsy posting. I think staying busy is the key to happiness. We crafters can never complain of being bored!

cmoh said...

Too true, there is never enough time to craft. You have a lovely family and your four legged friends look delightful. Your quilts are lovely. It has been nice getting to know you.


Fat Dormouse said...

How nice to meet you and your family, Ailsa. I am guessing your grandchild has been born by now, so I hope everything went well there.

You do a lot of crafting, don't you?! And your quilts look wonderful...especially the big king sized quilt you're making. You are clever!!

I hope you'll pop over to my blogs and join in the Giveaways there.

hafza said...

You have lots of lovely works...I'm visiting from GYB party.

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Hello. I live in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Nice to meet you. Congratulations on the new little one! They are such a joy. I have one granddaughter (almost 3) & lives thousands of miles away in the USA.

Gillie said...

Hi Ailsa, I visited your blog pre grandson but didn't leave a comment so came back! Lovely to meet your family and you. I mentioned you on a blog post I wrote on 21 January, go and see! This GYB is great fun!

macmillanmarie said...

It has been a pleasure to meet you and your lovely family. Your work is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing.

Wendy said...

hello nice to meet you! I love to find other multi-craftual bloggers! Sorry to hear about the depression, I'm a sufferer myself and have been going through a really bad "episode" of late.
I'm also left handed and learnt to crochet right handed, I think I prefer it though I probably move the yarn more than the hook!