December 6 – Make. What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it?
I baked cookies on the weekend, and I’ve been getting into baking cakes and cupcakes again recently (thanks to the return of my baking mojo). But when I first read this, I automatically thought of handcrafts like sewing and crocheting.
Earlier this year I got right into the sewing thing. I borrowed sewing machines left, right and centre. I then bought a sewing machine (and books, and fabric, and ribbons, and wadding). I had great intentions. But all I’ve done is hem some (Ikea) curtains and make a toaster cover that I’m still very proud of. The fabric was courtesy of the Spotlight VIP sale.
I keep working away slowly at crocheting (or as Leigh and I call it, crotcheting), making granny squares here and there. I find it hard to stay motivated for big tasks like crocheting, though, and have lots of squares that I’ve started, but have given up from (thanks to either boredom, dislike of the colour choices, or because I mucked up a stitch).
I’ve taken a liking to crocheting because it’s more portable than sewing (dur) and the whole one-hook business means it’s much quieter than knitting (not that I’ve crocheted too often in bed, but I like knowing that I could if I wanted to). Crocheting is also easy to do when I’m visiting mum in the nursing home. I sit there and crochet while mum and I chat and I catch up on all the nursing home gossip.
December 7 – Community. Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011?
Twitter as a whole would be the biggest community I’ve really gotten into this year. Even as a community to share ideas and opinions, I’ve found I’ve learned so much that I otherwise would’ve been ignorant about. Twitter has also helped cement great friendships I’d formed and helped me to continue other great friendships that I’ve made in the years previous.
My community of interwebby friends (known as my “emgees”) are nothing new to my life (can’t believe it’s been, what, 6 years since we all hooked up?), but their love and support just continues to amaze me. They continue to give me the most incredible support, I never want to take them for granted.
A community I want to connect more with in 2011 is the ACOAs (Adult Children of Alcoholics). Having been to therapy and attempted to go to Al-Anon meetings, I can see the great value in getting face-to-face support for coping with life. But I know that online support creates a far more accessible and “safe” opportunity for those who find it too hard to seek real-life support. I’ve been toying with the idea of starting an Australia-centric blog to go with the Facebook group I started yonks ago (now with almost 400 members), but I’m not entirely sure if I’m up for the task.
Any advice appreciated :)