Category: Reviews & Supporter of the Week

September 12, 2017 themixandmatchplanner

OUR SPACE!

I'm very new to the group but it helps just to know that there is a community there that understands

where my head can be sometimes!

It helps me because I don't get out much and don't have anyone I love seeing all your crafts.

I've been blown away by how much this group has helped me with my own struggles.
The radio show that I start tomorrow would not be possible without the confidence boost I've received from everyone here
Thank you all so much for everything and Karleigh you've literally got no idea how much you've helped and inspired me

to me it's not a run of the mill support group, it's a group of friends, some may say but you've never met.....doesn't matter I feel an affinity with most of the people here.

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I love the intimacy of the group. This hasn't changed with growing numbers. I know I am free from judgement here and have started sharing my own struggles for the first time in my life. This group has changed my family and life enormously and I can't imagine being without it and it's community.

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I'm new to the group and love reading your posts and seeing your makes.
I just wanted to say that I have had a really good morning today.

have started journaling after being inspired by this group well it's more like writing my thoughts down, but I am feeling that it has helped me with my depression and is easing my anxiety slightly
This group has the friendliest and most supportive members of any group I've been part of! Thank you to all the admins who make this group work!

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Keep sharing the good the bad and the stuff in between we love it,  l I wish I could put everything on here but i'd be here a while!

Also a massive Thank you to my beautiful amazing admin girls who with out this group wouldn't even run

Positive hugs

   Karleigh

    xxxx

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July 19, 2017 themixandmatchplanner
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Hi I’m Susie!
I cannot thank Karleigh enough for her support and for asking me to be supporter of the week.
A little about me first! I’m a 53 year old mother of 3 grown up boys and Grandma to my beautiful Emma, who is 16 months. I am divorced and I live alone with the company of my wee dog Branston who is nearly 14! I first started to become ill about 10 years ago when on top of suffering from persistent psoriasis, I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis as well. I was depressed and suffering from awful anxiety after my divorce and slowly my health went downhill. I needed to do something to take my mind off the problems and focus on the positive.
So I enrolled on a photography course at my local college and passed my Int2 in Photography 6 months later. I then went on to take another 2 courses, one with the Open University and one with The Photography Institute; I can happily say I ended up with a Diploma in Professional Photography.

My passion was for nature and birds but I knew I needed to do something else if I was to earn a living so I started doing portraits. I also stumbled into pet photography. My other passion was for digital painting and I successfully sold many images.
Sadly all the time my health was deteriorating and it became clear I couldn’t carry on, mainly because for 18 months I lost the use of my left hand!

During this time I became interested in planning and in January 2016 I started the group Scotland’s Planner Girls. Over the past 18 months I also became interested in art journaling, this was a chance to go back to my teenage passion for art, which I seemed to have lost whilst bringing up the children. I started to do art again and got into adult colouring also.
Once I had finally got my diagnosis of Fibromyalgia I then knew that any chance of returning to previous careers was gone, some days I can barely move, let alone get up and be ready for a traditional job! With my psoriasis in a perpetual state of bad to horrendous I decided I needed to think how I could earn a little bit of money and work again.

Earlier this year in January my friend Carole and I went to Spain for a week. I told her about my passion for the Travellers Notebook system and that I had made a few notebooks to go in the one I had. Anyway to cut a long story short, Carole and I decided to work on opening an Etsy shop. We spent hours on FaceTime discussing work, Carole lives 450 miles away from me! Eventually as I designed layouts she put them into printable form and I was ready to make inserts for a group of lovely volunteers to try them out.
The feedback was very positive and we were able to iron out the few constructive criticisms we got. By the middle of June 2017 we were ready to work on the Etsy shop after having sold some inserts through our Facebook group.

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I went to Carole’s for a break and working holiday and we set about preparing the shop to open. We successfully launched the Etsy shop on July 2nd the name of the business comes from three of my great aunts namely, Auntie Queen, Auntie Mabs (Mabel) and Auntie Doris…….as was pointed out to me by the wonderful Kerry May, DORIS spells dori’s! this was a pure chance as I hadn’t even noticed that!
What I would like to say as I close this blog is that no matter how you feel, how disabling your conditions may be, it is still possible to follow a dream and wake up to find its real. Never give up hope, focus on the positive every day no matter how bad that day is and with some hard work, on the good days, you can achieve the almost impossible dream.

Love from Susie xxx

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Thank you so much for sharing your story Susie, like so many other you are a fighter and an inspiration, I love your shop and your inserts are amazing, I recommend them! 

Please show the lovely Susie some support and love by visiting and sharing,

Karleigh xxx

All words are our own experiences , thoughts and feeling please seek professional help if needed some links below. All pictures are C/O Cal summers and are protected by the website 'Copyright'(C) the mixmatchplanner/hobbiesforhappiness 2016-2018
 

July 13, 2017 themixandmatchplanner
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Supporter of the Week

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Hello I'm Sarah ,

Firstly I would like to thank the amazing Karleigh Riches for everything making the Hobbies for Happiness group, asking me to be apart of the amazing admin team I'm over whelmed and touched.

I'm 32 with two beautiful children who live with their dad due to the fact I have fibromyalgia and functional neurological disorder all these fancy names mean is my brain doesn't work properly the messages get a bit confused and I'm in constant pain.

I'm a wheelchair user and learning to be OK with that. As a child I was very creative it was an escape for me as home life wasn't good. I was made homeless by my mum at 18 , after a few months I moved in with the kids dad and things were OK for a while. But things soon went wrong and it became destructive. My Nan and granddad passed away in 2010 this made me realize what I had wasn't good so I left. My mum got breast cancer and this is when create your cards was born, as I was fund raising for cancer I realized my passion was for paper.

For a year I was winning at life , but then got a ovarian cyst after this went I was still getting back trouble, I woke up in pain one day and haven't been without pain since , the medicals have misdiagnosed me through no fault of their own so for a long time I was bed bound on the wrong medications, I was on chemo based medication which meant I lost weight went from 13 stone down to 6 and a half in a few months. I kept crafting even though I was so poorly its always been my escape I love making explosion box cards, flowers and anything out of paper its my passion.

Everything I have been through has taken a toll on my mental health I suffer with extreme anxiety, extreme depression, disassociation disorder along with a few other's,

but this won't stop me the sky is not my limit.

I am so grateful for being asked to be supporter of the week its a huge honour.

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Please show some support for Sarah and her business, In the short time I have know Sarah I have seen her battle hard with her mental health and illness, she never loses her spirt and is a true fighter, I'm inspired by her everyday and she is just one of the most amazing people to know, I have seen her blossom and grow in confidence and take on new adventures, I wish her all the best in everything she does . Thank you for sharing with us Sarah and always stay strong.

Karleigh xxx

All words are our own experiences , thoughts and feeling please seek professional help if needed some links below. All pictures are C/O Cal summers and are protected by the website 'Copyright'(C) the mixmatchplanner/hobbiesforhappiness 2016-2018

 

June 22, 2017 themixandmatchplanner
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The Moonstruck Goddess

My name is Lizz & I've got O.C.D.

O.C.D or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or That Naughty Monster on my shoulder, whispering sweet worry into my ear.......
Depression or The Black Dog or In My Case That Smiley Faced Mask I put on each and every day!
450 Million Adults Worldwide have a Mental Health Problem.(World Health Organisation 2001)

1 in 4 Adults in the UK experience at least one diagnosable Mental Health problem in any one year.(The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report, 2001)
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Seriously, I am not a number, a label, a statistic...anything.

I am Lizz and I am one of many human beings on this beautiful planet who 'they' would like to put into their statistics.

I'm 36 years old, though feel 17!

I was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder when I was 11 years old, somewhere along the line I was also given the label 'depressed' as well.

I'm a mum of two miracles, my beautiful son and daughter, they are my reason for fighting~ they are my reason to get up each day & between them, they have saved me from myself.

I'm an Artist, I've always been an artist, I can remember when I was little I had about a million pencil cases filled with pens, pencils, rubbers, rulers crayons and more.

Art has always been my thing! (seriously my mum will tell you! I think it drove her bat shit crazy!)

Now I'm older I'm still addicted to
all stationary (who doesn't love the smell of a new fresh notebook, yet to be written in) but I've also gone from pencil cases~ to full on draws of art materials!! ooh and I love buying handbags! I adore handbags, big ones, little ones, funky ones, posh ones, you name it I want it,nay, need it!

Any way I digress....What I'm trying to say is that none of us are just the sum of a label put on us by Psychiatrists and Doctors. We are people, bloody awesome people, With Hopes and Dreams and Goals! We want to live a fulfilled and happy life, just like the rest of 'em (I'm talking about the elusive 'normals' . Still haven't met one yet!) I want to live an amazing life, I want to make an impact, I want to rise far above the uncertainty that was my earlier years, and you know something?

I AM! AND SO CAN YOU!!!

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I'm so happy that lizz is our supporter of the week she truly is an amazing person and valued part of our community and valued HFH team member, she has very recently become a friend of mine but a very dear friend I hold her close to my heart and she is such a special person to know. I'm grateful to have her as our team and would love for you to show her some love and support.

Thank you for sharing Lizz x 

 

 

All words are our own experiences , thoughts and feeling please seek professional help if needed some links below. All pictures are C/O Cal summers and are protected by the website 'Copyright'(C) the mixandmatchplanner/hobbiesforhappiness 2016-2018

June 14, 2017 themixandmatchplanner

Supporter of the week

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Hello I’m Cal! Want you all to know how honoured I am to be here – Karleigh has asked me to tell you a
little about myself and my business so here goes –

Karleigh asked me if I had mental health – I’m so glad she put it like that because yes, yes I have mental
health – we all have mental health which is why people should never need to feel alone. Do I have
difficulties with my mental health – no I don’t, but some of the most important people in my life do
which is why it is something I will talk about and promote support to within an inch of my life. I have
seen friends and family struggle at some of the darkest times in their life and I have seen what little real
understanding there can be in the world. But I think times are a changing and thanks to people like
Karleigh and Hobbies for Happiness everyone will see what people can do together – and how even a
little support goes a long way.
I have crafted at some of the most difficult times in my life though. I had a horrible and messy divorce
that I would never have survived with my mental health intact if I had not had crafting. I have crafted my
way through hefty bouts of stress and the focus on one thing, the creativity and the feeling of making
something new and unique makes the realities of the day to day just slip away sometimes. There is
nothing like the feeling of making something you are proud of.
That does being me onto another of my bugbears though. One thing I hate about crafting – we can often
make it too hard on ourselves. We can so often compare ourselves to other people that we fail to see the
achievement on our creations. I teach papercrafts. All my classes are designed to be taken by people
with no experience because I want people to know the joy of creating something beautiful. There’s
nothing like the “I made that” feeling. And if I can guide those first few steps then I feel like I have
achieved something very important.
How did I start crafting? Good question and I’m not really sure!! I have always been creative – I did art at
A level then kind of had a break, started doing scrapbooking and cross stitch just after my daughter was
born. I’ve just carried on being creative when I can. Last year I had my hours reduced in my day job and I
knew I needed to do something else, you get to a certain age and you think “now or never”, I wanted to
do something I was good at and that would help with my income – and so “Cal Summers” was born. I
started off making bespoke pieces and doing very little teaching but it soon became clear to me that I
wanted to teach – mainly because it gives me the opportunity to design lots of cool projects! At the start
of 2017 I made the conscious decision to just focus on the workshops and classes. I do do some bespoke
work but it tends to be mainly for friends and family. I am on a design team for Charmed Cards and
Crafts (a big on line craft store based in London) and that keeps me busy too.
I live right on the edge of Cannock Chase in rural Staffordshire – an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty –
I’m very lucky, most of my classes are local but I do happily travel – seem to do a lot of work in
Derbyshire for some reason! Can’t complain, also a beautiful county! If there’s a group wanting a class
I’m there, travelling isn’t a problem. I have also started “Crop Central” which is a crafty get together that
meets once a month near Stafford for an all-day session. We have classes and kits and you can bring your
own projects to work on – it’s just a chance to get together and craft.

Inclusivity is very important to me – all my classes and groups are safe places. I’ve kicked people out for
bullying. I want them to be a place anyone can feel safe. And in fact if anyone wants to try them out let
me give you your first time to Crop central for half price – see how you like it. Just quote “Hobbies for
Happiness” and you can come for £5 for the day.
You can find all my classes on my website.

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Thank you so much Cal for sharing your thoughts and feelings around mental health, Cal is a dear friend of mine who I meet through a love of crafts on a Facebook group and it goes to show that even if you haven't meet in really life lol u can still support and share and talk. Cal was one of the first people I asked to show here support and I knew she would jump at the chance. I love Cals art work and one day will make my way to her class. Please show her our support as she has done for us.

Karleigh x

All words are our own experiences , thoughts and feeling please seek professional help if needed some links below. All pictures are C/O Cal summers and are protected by the website 'Copyright'(C) the mixandmatchplanner/hobbiesforhappiness 2016-2018

June 8, 2017 themixandmatchplanner

This weeks Supporter

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Hi all, I'm so excited to be supporting HFH, Something so close to my heart threw art and I've Never really spoke out about Mental Health, especially mine.


I'm Barbi, Midlands based (derby) artist/designer at Designs by Barbi.

I'm a mother of 2 beautiful monsters, Faith who's 11 my tiny dancer and Alfie who is 5 my mathematical genius. Alfie has ASD so planning, routine, timetables, lists, visual aids are a must in our house. I have a long run of mental health issues (I'll try and keep it short) at 16 was my first experience of MH after absent mother for years I was treated with anti depressants for depression and abandonment issues....in Hein sight this is when I became supper Artistic, I studied at collage at 19 I had my 1st hospitalization due to a suicide attempt and treated 4 bipolar, with CBT etc.. I stopped all art/design. I flirted through bad decisions, money spending (once I had  £4000 for a house deposit, but walked past a travel agents.. and booked a holiday, and left a well paid job).

I got involved in what turned out to be extremely domestically abusive relationship. Faith was born at 33 weeks due to placenta detaching in 06,Early 07 and I suffered a miscarriage then on 11th March. My relationship got worse emotionally, mentally and sexually. In 2008 I  got really ill with auto immune and blood disorders.

I got away from the relationship and  met Alfies dad. I now Have full parental responsibility for faith but I have had to go through  family court and while doing so I suffered a life threatening ectopic pregnancy, whilst grieving for this and still not receiving help for my mental health, I got told it was unlikely to conceive again, but 8months later I was pregnant with Alfie it was an aabsolutely horrendous pregnancy. I got referred to mental health, CBT etc once he was born. Sadly the relationship broke down with (mainly due to my issues and self destructiveness.) I haven't so much as dated since..4years After all the years of floating in and out of the Mental health services, the stopping & starting of different medications & stuff generally building up in 2015 everything came to a mahooooosive head when I suffered a full psychotic episode after a month of what I now know was mania.

I was looking at someone seeing somebody completely different attacked the children's dad pretty badly, clawed my own face and pulled out my hair whilst bouncing off the wall screaming and ranting. I got re- diagnosed . I had no recollection at all! I was so scared of myself and what I clearly was capable of !Though this is by far my worst mental health experience I now know it was the being of recovery. (I used to think that recovery was only for alcoholics/drug addicts)  For the first time in my life I actually realised these illnesses of the mind are real and unavoidable. I always felt I had to change before but in 2015 I realised I CAN'T change any illness but I could become pro active. So I did!

NOW FOR THE UBBER POSITIVE; I started on a concoction of antidepressants, antipsychotic and mood stabilizer I fully engaged with a psychiatrist and looked at how to help myself; I've always wrote but I started planning and journaling, slowly I've learnt that I can manage myself, if things are written down they get done. Slowly I've learnt to recognise past behaviours/choices as being that of an unsound mind not being a bad human being. Though medication  is very important I believe having a focus/order in life defiantly helps. I've always been interested in art and always drew and  painted in my younger years. My art work has run parallel when I was high I've been supper creative when  my moods low. I've shown no interest for years. My psychiatrist suggested art therapy about a year an a half ago. so I got me a book and cracked on colouring, Though it didn't really work for me. A family member gave me a sketch pad and paints. Once I started drawing again it felt like a bit of rest for my hectic mind. I soon started doing it more then for family and gifts. Though people praised my work my confidence was low so my brother set up my Facebook page for me and the response was overwhelming, in turn I got people wanting to order things off me which I couldn't believe, I started getting invited to craft events and wedding fairs (I've done a few but it's a bit to social for me) I've managed to build up quite an online community, producing  in excess of 50+ bespoke hand crafted orders last year. After Christmas it was taking over my house and I'm turning away commissions so I arranged a bank meeting and to my absolute surprise it was all positive!

I now have a studio/office space, a sole trading registered company. I'm learning everyday about business, laws, taxes. Me the emotional wreck in the corner, I never would of believed I could do all I am doing.  Don't get me wrong I struggle everyday I can't even go to the shop on my own and it takes a week to build up to do a phone call but I know what I can do it now due to planning, managing life and new found confidence in my designs. I just wanted to share my story because I think its so hard to talk about Mental health and to show no matter what we've been threw or going threw there's someone out there that does really understand not.

So here's my truth, I'm Barbara Maree Stubley I suffer Bipolar schizoid effective. PTSD. extreme anxiety. OCD traits. Psychosis and alcohol dependency  (last 2 only when manic)
I take a selection of Quetiapine, sertraline, trazadone and diazepam for my mental health issues. I have a psychiatrist...
I finally acknowledge this and I'm  ok with that! 

and I own my own business studio and sole trading registered company. 

I DID IT!

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Wow What a story and what an inspirational person Barbi is, after everything she's been through, the extremely traumatic things she has experienced, She has come through it all with the help of her Art work which is so amazing I love her shoe's. 

I know Barbi struggled to write this for us, but I think she did so well to open her life to us and make others aware of Mental health and how it can effect us and how we can grasp it and take charge of it. Our past does not define us, Our actions do not Define us, Our illness does don't Define us!

Thank you barbi for talking, together we are strong.

Karleigh x

All words are our own experiences , thoughts and feeling please seek professional help if needed some links below. All pictures are C/O designs by Barbi and are protected by the website 'Copyright'(C) the mixandmatchplanner/hobbiesforhappiness 2016-2018

HFH Shares xxx
OUR SPACE! I’m very new to the group but it helps just to know that there is a community there
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supporter of the week Queen Mabel & Doris
Hi I’m Susie! I cannot thank Karleigh enough for her support and for asking me to be supporter of the
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News letter 14/07/17
  Happy Friday, So these last few weeks I have slacked on doing a news letter, due to the fact
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Supporter of the week 13/07 Create Your Cards
Supporter of the Week Create Your Cards Hello I’m Sarah , Firstly I would like to thank the amazing Karleigh
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Supporter of the week 29/06 Julie Williamson – Mixed Media Artist
  Suppoter of the Week Julie Williamson – Mixed Media Artist Where to start? Well my superpowers are kindness, compassion
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May 25, 2017 themixandmatchplanner

PositivelyGiving

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Hello everyone,

I'm Carole, the supporter of the week and my business is PositivelyGiving,

Karleigh asked me to tell you all about me and my business, I worked in civil service for 29 years then took voluntary redundancy a couple of years ago and decided to pursue a dream of working with children. I retrained as a Teaching Assistant and now work 1 to 1 with children who have special educational needs.

I Love cycling and running my little dog Mollie, mindful drawing, positive quotes, and being out in nature. 

I developed an eating disorder in my teens....anorexia and had this for around 20 years until I went into recovery just over 5 years ago. As a result of those behaviours I have developed a generalised anxiety disorder and have always worried about what's going to happen, weekdays going to go wrong etc.

 A couple of years ago I started to get interested in mindfulness. I've always liked being crafty about 3 years ago started to make handmade cards which I sold to family and friends then left it alone. Last summer I decided I wanted to do something to help people and started to make gemstone jewellery as I love what the different stones represent. I also started to write my blog to share my new journey into a more positive mind-set.

I developed my eating disorder recovery range and a mental health range and also started to design cards with positive quotes on them. My jewellery is made with gemstones such as Onyx and Rose Quartz and 10% of  each sale on my eating disorder range goes to Beat-UK (a eating disorder charity)  I also send each jewellery piece out with the positive quote it's photographed with I'm very happy to do customized orders..

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I have made a free digital E-book with nature photos taken by myself with quotes and what they mean to me to help people with mental illness. 

You can find the E-Book here! 

PositivelyGiving is in it's early days and is online on etsy and I've also introduced a shop into my new website which isn't fully populated yet.

I joined Hobbies for happiness as I found you through a lovely friend we are both in the same business academy.

I love what Karleigh is doing as it's similar to what I'm trying to do through my website.

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Thank you so much Carole for being our supporter of the week

and being so open and honest about your journey.

please show Carole our support by visiting her page's x 

Karleigh x

All pictures are C/O carole

Links that might help. Please remember to seek professional help if you need it x

HFH Shares xxx
OUR SPACE! I’m very new to the group but it helps just to know that there is a community there
Read more.
supporter of the week Queen Mabel & Doris
Hi I’m Susie! I cannot thank Karleigh enough for her support and for asking me to be supporter of the
Read more.
News letter 14/07/17
  Happy Friday, So these last few weeks I have slacked on doing a news letter, due to the fact
Read more.
Supporter of the week 13/07 Create Your Cards
Supporter of the Week Create Your Cards Hello I’m Sarah , Firstly I would like to thank the amazing Karleigh
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Supporter of the week 29/06 Julie Williamson – Mixed Media Artist
  Suppoter of the Week Julie Williamson – Mixed Media Artist Where to start? Well my superpowers are kindness, compassion
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May 17, 2017 themixandmatchplanner

Little Gems Creations

Morning everyone, so lets get into it. I have anxiety, as many of you know and  I know many of you do in in the Facebook group,
Some days I will be fine and other days it will creep up on me and take over, and its not just the new things I haven't done before it can be an everyday things,

like getting the bus, standing in the post office line, talking to someone in the street, going to the shop, picking up the phone, the school run is the worst, NO I might have to speak to someone.

I could even be sat at home with a cuppa, thinking about what I have to do tomorrow, and then I remember I have to pick up my son after clubs,

OHHH NO CHANGE IN ROUTINE......... PANICK!!!!!!

Its there that doubt voice in your head like a little devil on your shoulder your stomach starts to do summer salts your heart starts to race, you start to get hot and shake you want to cry find anyway to avoid doing what you have to do you feel like your going to have a heart attack and everyone's eyes are on you, I WANT TO escape!

So I have tried lots of little things to help me when I'm in these situations breathing techniques, Mindfulness, reading on the bus etc. Some help a little, some don't. The hardest thing as a mother is to know that your child suffers with anxiety, and my son has special needs and suffers badly with anxiety, we have to do a lot's of trips to hospital and we both find this hard, so when he asked me for a fidget cube and spinner, I thought what the hell lets give it a try.

Well I must say I was surprised by the benefits.

My son doesn't go to a mainstream school so his school allow fidget toys if anything they promote the use of them, they told me how it had improved his concentration calmed his ticks and helped his anxiety! YES I'm onto a winner here! So my other son's of course needed one no show without punch ahy!

I decided to try it out for myself it really helped on the bus to keep my hands busy but I felt a little silly with it.

So when Gemma from Little Gems Creations contacted me asking to be involved as a supporter on the website, and showed me pictures her new creations, fiddle necklaces I got so super excited not only are they beautiful but you can where them all the time.

What more could you want!

So me being me I'm a difficult customer, I have an allergy to silver, but Gemma was super helpful with this and soon my product will be on its way I cant wait to show it off to you all.

So when Gemma from Little Gems Creations contacted me asking to be involved as a supporter on the website, and showed me pictures her new creations fiddle necklaces I got so super excited not only are they beautiful you can where them all the time but they help with anxiety What more can you want! so me being me I'm a difficult customer I have an allergy to silver, but Gemma was super helpful with this and soon my product will be on its way I cant wait to show it off to you all.

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So here's a little bit more about Gemma and here amazing creations

I love her paper beads as well so pretty, Gemma is a lovely open and honest crafter who has had her own struggles but is a fighter lets supporter her and her business.

  
Hello everyone,
My names Gemma and I'm the owner of Little Gem's Creations,
 I'm a busy mum who loves to craft, My business is based in Tickhill, Doncaster.
I don't have a craft room or desk so anywhere that is comfy for me when my boys have gone to bed is where I craft. When I was a teenager, My sister bought me a jewellery making kit , and I become inspired.
 
My paper beads came about when I approached a friend of mine to display and sell some items in her Eco-friendly, fair trade shop so that's when my upcycling and recycling started. I like to tell a story to people what and where the beads are created from as most people aren't aware of paper craft.
 I have created some necklaces called fiddle necklaces, this came about as I am one that is constantly on the go, dwells on the past and gets anxious (at times) so always fiddling with my wedding ring, I created a necklace that I could use instead, could be done in bracelet too. I think these might be suitable and easy on the pocket as I know the limitations of people's money. 
I'm hoping to expand and incorporate stretchy bracelets and gemstones of certain colours as these can inspire or holistically help a persons general wellbeing.
 Also,  my paper jewellery  can be custom as the list of colours is endless dependent on what I use. It's also good for showing the world that its quirky recycling that anybody can do.

What made you consider getting involved in Hobbies for happiness?

 I happened to come across HFH by chance as trying to get my craft out there for something different to the normal jewellery, so glad I did.  My background both personally and working has been based around mental health. I worked directly and indirectly with mental health patients for a number of years within the NHS before I left to have my eldest child, I plan to return once their older.  I worked in community groups and medical records so as you would expect I had to read all information at times due to data protection. 

At a young age I lost my sister to Down syndrome so in some ways reverted and blocked the bad bits (8year old), close family members have struggled and are struggling with mental health. I've always been a caring person but have always been self conscious and introverted, but as my age grows I become less bothered and especially been more creative had brought that out of me as it my hobby turning business.

Thank you so much Gemma for being a supporter of hobbies for happiness,

Make sure to check out Gemma by clicking the button below. x

Sending smiles
to you all.
Karleigh xx

All information in this blog is written by me. all images are c/o Little gems creation

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Happy Thursday,

I hope its sunny where you are.

So, Last Friday we had our first Hobbies for Happiness Giveaway YAY, it was so exciting. We had some Lovely items in the giveaway which people sent out for free one of those people was the lovely Rosemary, the owner of The WoodWitch, so our supporter of the week is Rosemary. Lets get to know her better.

 

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Hello,

I'm Rosemary,

I was born and raised in Newcastle upon Tyne. The only child of two very young parents who split when I was 5. My paternal grandmother raised me as both my parents ended up leaving.
I was married at 17 and had my first child. The marriage lasted 10 years but he was violent and it took me too long to get out.


At 22 I had my second child and at 6 weeks of age he was admitted to hospital with a swollen leg. It turns out he had 17 broken bones all at different stages of healing. After being arrested and investigated for child abuse my son was diagnosed with a medical condition called osteogenesis Imperfecta. It means if he sneezes his ribs break. He is 24 now and still at home with me and has had over 400 fractures to date.
I have spent the last 24 years supporting and counselling other families who find themselves facing child abuse allegations where there is the possibility of an underlying medical condition.
I trained as a paediatric nurse and councillor in order to do this effectively and I'm very proud of what I have achieved. I was instrumental in changing laws regarding family courts. I helped to write guidelines with The National Institute of Clinical Excellence and travelled to America to assist in and fund research into shaken baby syndrome. All of this has been completely voluntary. I have been lucky enough to see most of the children involved grow into amazing adults and I am proud of each and every one of them. Two of them being famous actors
I moved to Cambridgeshire in 1996 because I wanted a better standard of life for me and my children after my marriage broke up and I had family living locally so it made sense.
In 2008 I met my second husband and he had to work very hard to get over the huge walls I'd built around me but finally at the end of 2011 I married him in Vegas. Just the two of us and it was amazing.
Last summer my hubby lost his job and we were struggling financially and he was getting lower and lower. He also suffers from depression and ptsd from his time in the army where he was a sniper.
I was desperate to drag us both out of the mess we had found ourselves in and we had quite a few pallets in our garden so I got to thinking what we could do with them.
I doodle and draw all the time, I've also got a number of unfinished novels on my lap top which I intend to finish one day. Lol.
I drew up a few ideas and presented them to the hubby asking if he could make these items for me.
He didn't really have any woodwork skills and hadn't done anything since school but he went at it and I loved the outcome. I designed a couple of other things including the I love you to the moon and back when I showed a close friend she said she always says I love you to the stars and back and could I come up with something for her to give to her children. As I started sharing what we were making other people started asking for things the wanted but couldn't find.

And so The WoodWitch was born.

We make everything by hand. All the shapes are cut with a coping saw and all the pyrography is done by me using a simple £7.99 pyrography pen from lidl lol
we believe in green values and recycling. I believe in giving back whenever I can because no one should feel that no one cares. It's the loneliest place to be.
I suffer from depression anxiety and ptsd. I am a suicide survivor. I've had 5 break downs. The first at 13 years old and the last 2011. I am a survivor period and if I can do anything to bring a little happiness or relief to anyone I will because I think we all have a responsibility to help and support each other in any way we can. 

 

we also take custom orders, and personalise our items at the customers request. We only post to the UK as we both have day jobs too so we have to be aware of how much work we take on. All of our items are made in our back garden in my old stable that we turned into a work shop. Our products are sold on Facebook and Etsy and we also have items in a popular florist in our town of Wisbech and we are soon going to have them in two coffee shops and a craft tea shop.
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One of my favourite sayings is ' you get not what you deserve in this life but what you negotiate '.

 RoseMary TheWoodWitch.

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Thank you so Rosemary for sharing your story with us, It really is a truly amazing story and to be honest very close to my own I had a tear reading it, you are a very talented and inspiring women well done you, please click the links below and show your support for rosemary

Many Thanks Karleigh xxx

All pictures are C/O Rosemary all views are our own.

March 31, 2017 themixandmatchplanner

 

Put your hands up if you LOVE stickers in your planner,

“WHO DOES’NT”.

Believe it or not I wasn’t a sticker girl at all, Nope no way! I thought buying stickers for my planner was a waste of time and really what could you do with them? I felt that maybe they would take away from my own creativity. (I know I’m sorry planner friends) WELL how wrong was I …….. very wrong. I can’t get enough of them, there are so many designs and variety’s I want them all, I mean have you seen them guys you only have to type the words “planner stickers” into your etsy search bar and your mind is blown into a million OMG I want, need them ALL NOW pieces!!!!

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