There was a time, a long long time ago, when I used to be a lot more craft-orientated.
I used to make loads of stuff for my house, used to enjoy creating lots of cards and was even starting to get pretty good at baking (something which I had previously been quite atrociously bad at).
Then I had a baby…
The time that I could spare for those sort of activities floated away on a sea of breastmilk, nappies and generally babyness.
At first I didn’t miss it at all. Mainly because I was so sleep-deprived at first and then and caught up in a whirlwind that is the first year of a baby’s life and, for me, going back to work.
But now my baby is giving me more time, playing more independently and sleeping more solidly, I’ve been able to get back to doing the things that I really enjoy.
So, this Christmas I’ve made little Monkey Man his own, rather massive stocking out of felt, fake fur and scrap of material and ribbon that I had around the house. I’ve had great fun making up my own winter scene, creating my own patterns and running it all up on my very old sewing machine and I have to say that I’m quite chuffed with the result! Under the red felt at the top is his name, but as I don’t share that on here, I’ve covered it up.