I love making unique creatures, it takes me back to how my business all started....
My story started in 2009,
Christmas was looming and with 3 boys and not much money for presents I
started to hand sew presents, my background is in art and textile
design although up to this point I hadn’t really done much sewing apart
from clothes during and after I was on the fashion design course at
Blackpool and the Fylde college.
I had been reading a book for
bedtime to my youngest son all about a mudskipper called Splurge, he
lived underground below our earth and wasn’t happy as earths rubbish
kept landing in his world, my son loved the character so much I decided I
would make him a toy of it for Christmas, night after night when the
boys had gone to bed I sewed Splurge, once I had finished him my partner
and I couldn’t stop laughing at how funny he was.
I was so excited
for him to be opened on christmas morning. I made my other boys fabric
robots. I also made some girly gifts for family members too. I had saved
a lot of money plus really enjoyed my time making them with love.
Since then I have gone on to make hundreds of handmade items but hand
sewing in the evening whilst watching a film is still my favourite
thing. I love people's requests and interpreting them into a handmade
Saturday, 28 June 2014
Sunday, 15 June 2014
Wow what a week, since getting the allotment 2 weeks ago we haven't stopped, it's a lovely place to be, really peaceful, full of wildlife and because its gated you feel like your in another world.
We have tidied it up, still more to do as it was covered in weeds, started digging a pond and put a willow arch in and started a terracotta path.
With all this extra exercise we have been eating loads! I'm loving banana and raspberry smoothies at the moment, they are so delicious and so easy to whizz up. Sometimes in a morning I add gluten free oats, vanilla, rice milk and maca powder.
I also have been sewing and making things for a fair I attended today at a roller derby bout. It's the first time I have been to a bout and it was brilliant, our local team Blackpool roller coasters did really well and won, it was their first competition too so it was a great result.
I still have some of these derby quote hearts left if you are a fan x
Saturday, 7 June 2014
So this evening I acted like a tourist and we went to Blackpool promenade for a walk, on the side where the shops are full of rock and kiss me quick hats its busy, noisy, smelly and full of idiots getting wasted but cross the tram tracks to the newly refurbished sea front and its a different story, curvy steps lead down to the calm sea, the sun was shining brightly, it's peaceful and a lovely view, the distant sound of splashing and laughing fills the air, the sounds of the waves crashing on the shore, the smell of salt in the air.
We sat and reminisced about childhood whilst the sun set.
It's Blackpool I don't really see very often and it always astounds me how beautiful it is.
Thursday, 5 June 2014
We have been there almost everyday weeding and digging, it really is hard work but the bird song and friendly neighbours make it easier. It's super hot there too and I've got a lovely tan, it always surprises me how well I look when tanned.
I am hoping not only to grow as much veg and fruit as possible but to lose some weight too with all the hard work!
We got some rhubarb to bring home to make a pie and in the way popped in the library to get some books, I got the virgin gardener by Laetitia Maklouf, the frugal cook by Fiona Beckett and self sufficiency by Alan and Gill Bridgewater. So tonight after a relaxing bath I shall put my feet up with a cup of nettle and peppermint tea and get some reading done.
Tuesday, 3 June 2014
We are dairy and gluten free, the grown ups don't eat meat or fish, the middle teen eats fish but not meat and the youngest eats organic meat and fish but not many veggies!, we have no chemicals, additives, preservatives in our food, body products or home. My oldest son now lives in a Buddhist centre and I have no say over anything he eats but guide him as best as I can to make good choices for his body and the environment.
So flip back about 5 years and my eldest son James was diagnosed with some kind of autism - they thought it was aspergers, ADD and dyspraxia. The doctor was rather vague about this diagnosis and to be honest not very helpful but she was quick to prescribe a ‘cure’ in the shape of Ritalin. I had already read about the effects of Ritalin and other medicines given to children with ADD and ADHD, I knew the outcome wasn’t good all types of side effects including death!
I didn’t want my child on this horrible mind numbing medication but also didn’t want to live with someone who flipped out, had major anger issues, was violent and had no sense of danger. So I did the only thing I could and researched other options, I was surprised how much there was out there to harm our minds and bodies, many of which are in our foods and all have been passed by the food agencies and government as perfectly fine to consume.
I was shocked, outraged and felt overwhelmed by it all. I spent hours, days and weeks on the Internet, reading books and researching all the different chemicals, additives, preservatives, E numbers, MSG, dairy, gluten, colours, flavourings, fillers, caffeine and much more.
I quickly realised it was not just my sons diet that had to change but the whole families diets and lifestyle. Thinking back to the start I know how hard it can be and how overwhelming it can feel, so I want to make the pure living journey more bearable for you. That's why we came up with Naked Wild and Free. Our passion to share the knowledge about living without toxic chemicals and being the best person you can be for your health, future and happiness is overwhelming and we want as many people as possible to know you don't have to live with disease, you don't have to be on loads of prescription drugs, you are allowed to be healthy and happy.
I'm in the middle of writing and Ebook about it and hope to have it finished and sent off into the world very soon - watch this space!! but for now if you can pop over to our new blog I will love you forever, we have only just gone live so its in it's infancy so bare with us whilst we fill it up.
Have a wonderful week xx
Friday, 16 May 2014
Wednesday, 7 May 2014
It was my birthday, we found a baby starling on the floor who couldn't fly, trips to the woods for wild garlic, sunny walks, making foraged foods, a foraging workshop, a chakra workshop, painting group mandalas, reading lots, talking lots, working shit out, burning wood and celebrating Beltane