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All About Me

Who am I and why did I start this site?  Well, there is a short story and a long story.  For now I will just tell you the short story and if you would like to learn more you can read my About Me page.

The Short Story

The short story is that I have suffered from EDS Hypermobility Type since I was 12 years old.  This is connective tissue disorder that results in loose joints and long-term pain. 

Unfortunately, my health problems didn’t stop there.  I contracted one of the first cases of swine flu cases in Manchester in 2009, and then caught meningitis in 2014.  The latter has left me with chronic migraines, fatigue, fibromyalgia and minor brain damage which reduces my mobility (my brain doesn’t always like talking to my right leg).

Finding myself unable to continue my career as a Programme/ Project Manager (I project managed the HS2 public consultation a long time ago 😉), I have thrown myself into rediscovering all the crafting I was exposed to as  a young girl.  This lets me work to my timescales and at my pace.  I find it therapeutic and meditation-like and it allows me to express my artistic side whilst also using some technical skills and satiating my drive for doing something useful. 

I am a huge advocate of creating as little waste as possible.  Whilst this is fairly difficult, it is not impossible.  Wherever I can, I source my materials from ethical suppliers and many of my products can be re-cycled or composted.

My blog talks all about all these in more detail: my crafting, my zero waste journey, and living with chronic illness.

Remember, you do not have to be perfect and that every small change you make will help.


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Check out some of my blog posts

How to Deal With a Problem Like Acrylic

What could I possibly be talking about? Well, yarn of course!  One of my favourite topics when I'm not talking about how you can reduce your waste output and environmental impact or crochet! Really who doesn't like a good yarn?! Okay I know that is a really bad one...

Time flies

Well I wish I could tell you I had been super duper busy doing all sorts of exciting thing, which was why I hadn’t written a post on my blog for nearly 6 months.

How to streamline your blog writing process

Well isn’t this a difficult one?  How many of you out there have a blog and just don’t know where to start or what to do? Do you find it difficult to write a blog post? Are you a busy Mum, someone who has too much to do and doesn’t know what to do first or...

Meningitis Awareness Week 2019

Toria talks about her life after meningitis and how she has coped. Find out more about her and her story for Meningitis Awareness Week 2019.

Time flies

Well I wish I could tell you I had been super duper busy doing all sorts of exciting thing, which was why I hadn’t written a post on my blog for nearly 6 months.

Anxiety and my first train journey alone

BY TORIASTRINKETSBLOG · 14TH JANUARY 2019 So why would I want to tell you about a train journey? Most people probably do not see this as terribly exciting or worthy of comment, but for little old me this has been somewhat monumentus. Preparation Step 1...