All About Me

I thought that as I intend to write more in this blog, (its not a resolution, as I don’t have much resolve) I should introduce myself and my family to you. I’ve put this in the About Me page so you’ll always be able to see it easily, and after all, I’m sure you’ll want to keep reminding yourself about me ;P

I’m Clare and I live in Switzerland with my family, and have done since 2004.

I’ve been married to The Hub since 1998, and have two children, Lego Boy and Dino Girl (not their real names…)

We educate the kids at home in a style that has been described by a friend as eclectic (it was a compliment, honest! )

I grew up in a small town, and even though my mother knitted and sewed, including a delightful dusky pink cord matching waistcoat and knickerbocker ensemble for a wedding for my sister and me, I was more of a science/maths type, studying Chemical Engineering at university, where I met The  Hub.

I dabbled a bit in various crafts as I grew older, but it wasn’t until I quit my job at the end of 2002 as The Hub had a new job that promised to take us around the world, that I took up crafting in any serious way, starting with bead/swarowski jewellery.  I also did a short course in silversmithing.

I became pregnant with Lego Boy and at about the same time The Hub was sent to Switzerland for a 3 month contract.  This was extended for a total of 18 months, and during this time we made some great friends here, including one that I went into business with making Swarowski jewellery. When she moved to England, we folded the business and I didn’t do much bead jewellery after that.

Eventually The Hub’s contract came to an end, but we had fallen in love with Switzerland and decided to stay.  So he quit his job and struck out on his own.  We’ve been here ever since, adding Dino Girl to our family in 2010.

As regards to crafting, I took up crochet whilst pregnant with Dino Girl.  After failing for many years to get to grips with knitting, I totally fell in love with crochet.  Just before that, I bought half shares in a simple sewing machine with a friend, and we started a weekly sewing session.  She went to Australia for two years, and in that time I well and truly got the sewing bug.

Which brings me to my current life.  Obviously home educating the children takes up a lot of my time, but I still manage to set aside time to sew, incorporating some of my other loves, bags and recycling.

I intend my blog to be about many things; I don’t want to label it as one thing or another, but occasionally I will link to things that I have made for sale, in order to fund my crafting obsession. I hope you will forgive this little indulgence.

Up, Up and Away!

Our summer holiday this year was merged with an IT conference that the hub was invited to in Crete. Not a bad place for a conference. Of course it meant that the hotel and dates were chosen for us, but seeing as the hotel was 5 star and it was taking place in september which is when we would normally take a summer holiday it wasn’t really a hardship!

One of the (many) advantages of living in Switzerland is the fab public transport, so we were able to hop on the train to the airport with a minimum of fuss.

Geneva airport always strikes me as an airport that has planned for large capacity but doesn’t really live up to it, hence a less than 5 minute wait at security, but a 20 minute walk to the gate.

There was the usual scrum at the gate when the first announcement was made (it being Easyjet), but still having a toddler has it’s advantages so we were one of the first on. I’m not the best flyer so the hub sat with the kids and I sat across the aisle.

The 3 hour flight was fairly uneventful, although I did get a few strange looks when I brought my crochet out (its okay, I had a bamboo hook!) and ma boy had horrible earache on the way down, not solved with sweets or water.

So, touch down Heraklion airport, and off to find the hire car which was a tedious 90 minute wait. Hotel here we come!

Motivate!

I went to a baby shower yesterday. A friend from the Stitch n Bitch group I go to is 8 months pregnant and we gathered to celebrate her impending birth.

We all made handmade gifts (will link to a pic of mine later) and drank champagne and tea and became comatose on sugar thanks to beautiful yummy cake, coconut ice and scones.
The mummy to be (for the second time) had two friends visiting from the uk, one of whom was LLG. To hear her speak with such passion about what she does and the risks she’s taken to do what she loves was so inspiring. I couldn’t help but be motivated.

I am extremely lucky that at this time in my life I am surrounded by very talented, creative individuals (as was in evidence with the babyshower gifts). Even though they may not know it (and I really should be more forthcoming with my praise and thanks, but it’s not something that cones naturally to me) they inspire me and spur me on.

I think this time round with starting a ‘proper’ business, I’ve wanted everything to be just right before I get going properly, but I realise that that day may never come. I need to jump in, get my stuff ‘out there’ and be brave.

So, watch this space!