My butterflies are the things that make me happy; my little family, knitting, sewing, quilting, embroidering, cooking, baking, exploring and trying to live each day to the very best. Butterflies may be nature’s adornment, but they serve a purpose too, pollinating the flowers that the bees can’t get into, and so it is with my pretties, they may not look essential, but they keep me sane, and frequently keep us all warm (we have more quilts than people in this house).
This blog is a story of me and a story of motherhood, a full time working mum who needs creativity more than she needs sleep. I write about the family that John and I made, starting with Kitty in 2010, another daughter, Elma, who arrived in December 2012 and mischievous son Pip who was born in August 2014, the little adventures, and the ones that immerse the children in our combined wanderlust.
I create, I write, I take pictures till my batteries die and I share most of it here.
Why ‘Space for the Butterflies’?
When I chose my wedding bouquet I asked my lovely florist to leave ‘space for the butterflies’. Somehow the neat tightly packed posies of roses or lilies in some of her portfolio pictures just weren’t me; too minimalist, too crisp. When the flowers arrived, ivory roses, white heather and trailing orchids were tucked into a loose teardrop; perfectly me, and perfect for any butterflies that might have braved a rather brisk April day.
So if you want to know what it’s really like throwing your camping kit and three small children in a car and winging it around Europe, just how big a quilt you can fit through a domestic sewing machine (and develop biceps of steel in the process), or whether I have ever ever finished the Christmas knitting on time (spoiler: yes, but you might have to go digging for it), make yourself at home, have a little explore through the menu bar, see what I’m up to in between blog posts over on Instagram, and if you want to know what I actually sound like, there’s always my YouTube channel.