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I'm just a mum who loves her family. I love growing flowers and vegetables, sewing, knitting, crochet, painting, cooking, dancing and running. I love colour, nature and weather. Most of all I love my time at home. Life doesn't always turn out as you expect and it isn't always easy.

In November 2009, my life changed forever when I lost my baby, Jack Arthur. I have a pendant with his footprints around my neck, a picture carefully hidden in my wardrobe and a tiny grave.

There comes a time in your life where you have to seriously think about the direction you are going in. As you get older, life changes you and the things that were once important no longer matter to the person you have become.

I started a blog to help me to appreciate how wonderful the world is, if you look in the right places, to focus on…

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  • Born on December 4
  • Joined October 4, 2010

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recycled materials, vintage fabric, vintage notions, yarn, knitting, crochet

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I'm just a mum who loves her family. I love growing flowers and vegetables, sewing, knitting, crochet, painting, cooking, dancing and running. I love colour, nature and weather. Most of all I love my time at home. Life doesn't always turn out as you expect and it isn't always easy.

In November 2009, my life changed forever when I lost my baby, Jack Arthur. I have a pendant with his footprints around my neck, a picture carefully hidden in my wardrobe and a tiny grave.

There comes a time in your life where you have to seriously think about the direction you are going in. As you get older, life changes you and the things that were once important no longer matter to the person you have become.

I started a blog to help me to appreciate how wonderful the world is, if you look in the right places, to focus on what does make me happy and to escape from what makes me sad. Ridgeway Cottage became a mixing pot of all my happiest memories, observations, hopes and dreams. A place to reflect and record the daily life of my wonderful family. Somewhere to connect with my amazing friends and make new ones.

When I started my blog, it had a specific purpose. I wanted to focus on something each day that made me happy. I wanted to ensure that I saw the wonderful world around me and did not forget the beauty of small things. It was like a diary of all the things I had been inspired to make or planned to in the future. A way of taking life stitch by stitch, being mindful of the moment and using some of my pain to be creative and productive.

I never wanted my blog to be about depression, I wanted it to be a reflection of what I could achieve despite the darkness that rests heavy in my heart. However as time has gone by, I have not recovered and life has got harder for me to manage. Eventually I was signed off work again for anxiety with depression and I cried for everything that I had lost, everything that I could loose and for my inability to cope without professional help. As I reflected on my life, it became only too clear to me that I have probably suffered from mental health problems for as long as I can remember.

I went to visit a wonderful friend, who has recently turned her life around and she was inspirational. Throughout the difficult times I have had since loosing Jack she has been there and her advice has been invaluable. If ever you are in doubt and lost in life, find yourself a good hairdresser, they know everything!!


So I am now on a new journey to turn my life around, get the professional help I need and finally become a happy person. Over the past couple of years there have been days when it has been difficult for me to get out of bed, but my creative mind never stops. Everything I make is made with love, care and endless thought. I consult each member of my family, include their ideas, cry when things don't turn out as I'd hoped or celebrate when I'm really proud of what I've done.

Everything is made with my heart and soul. My ethos is to re-use and recycle as many pre-loved materials as possible and to source them locally from real people with real stories. It is important to me for my materials to have a history and a future. This world is here for us to keep and protect, not to use and throw away.

Re-use - re-cycle - re-vamp - re-purpose - rethink and re-love

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