I am feeling a bit sad this week because I learnt of the death of a beautiful spirit and talented crocheter,
You can find her blog a creative spirit here.
I haven’t kept up to date with her blog lately and reading of her passing via another blog, was a real shock.
Marinke or Wink as she liked to be called, wrote very openly about her battle with depression.
Sadly she lost her battle and took her own life.
Wink’s blog posts were always filled with colour and she was a talented photographer of nature.
She will be very missed in the crochet world.
Her blog helped me through my own depression 3 years ago.
Along with medication and counselling,
I learnt how to crochet and how to use colour in my craft work.
I found that the crochet kept my mind from wandering to dark thoughts.
It also helped by completing something tangible.
The use of colour in my crochet improved my mood.
I started to photograph nature and look for beauty in nature.
The world is full of colour and Mother Nature provides it all for free.
Doing this on a regular basis, has been a lifesaver.
When I let my guard down and stop taking photos of nature, my mood dulls.
In honour of Wink, I will think of her whenever I crochet or take nature photos.
Melbourne is having a long, cold and dull winter this year.
It is hailing tiny beads of ice, at present.
That is ok, because I am snuggled up nice and warm inside crocheting the blue shawl in the above photo.
A recent visit to our local wool shop, filled my head with beautiful shades of man made colour.
My daughter chose this gorgeous denim coloured wool, which will look amazing with her red hair.
I will have to take daughter number 2, to the wool shop to chose her colour.
Winter means pansies and I love pansies.
How can you not feel happy when you look at their cheery faces.
These are on my front verandah in a sheltered sunny spot.
I have been buying pansy fabric on the destash sites, so that I can make a pansy quilt.
The view out my big, back window is of my lovely purple iris.
Everything else in the garden is dormant and flowerless.
These iris have flowered every winter for the last 24 years.
They survive the hot Australian summer on minimal water and come back
strong every winter.
My crafting plan for the coming week is:
I am hoping to hand applique the coloured hearts onto the quilt in the below photos.
It is amazing how the addition of the hearts, has turned this quilt into a celebration of colour.
Yes there is one heart missing, you observant readers.
I didn’t notice till I loaded the photos onto the computer.
So much for my powers of observation.
I hope you are having a lovely day.
Thanks for reading my blog, it means a lot to me.