Welcome to Toria’s Trinkets
Live Life, Craft Life, Sustainable Life
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.