Oh how rude, I didn't introduce myself. I'm Donna, aka Miss Red and this is my little piece of the internet.
Where to start...where to start...
I love all things creative, I make corsets, I make my own wine, bread, I play several instruments, I bake, I sew, I write, I draw, I model with polymer clay, I cross stitch, I make jewellery...well you get the idea. Basically the saying about a kid in a sweet shop, well that's me in a craft store! Whilst doing all these lovely things I also fight a battle against chronic illness.
I was diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (try saying that after a drink or two!) a loooong time ago during my time at university training to be a primary teacher. The condition has no cure, most people don’t really know what it is or the major impact it has on sufferers, and the medical profession, whilst improving, can do very little to make life easier.
Skip to the present, past the many years of struggling to build a teaching career in the worst profession for people expecting 150% every day and here I am. I’m finally getting some help with my condition, and more importantly learning to accept that it’s part of who I am now. The complete unpredictability means some days I can do most things anyone else can do, others I can’t even lift my own toothbrush…and you know what, that’s fine.
Of course there are people that disagree that it’s fine, people that can potentially have a great impact on my life. I’m one of the many people in the UK in the position of employers in a broken economy steering clear for fear of an employee who may get hired only to have 3 months a year off sick whilst the benefit system deem me fit for work because some days I can make it the 5 steps across the landing to the toilet without help.
That brings me to why I’m here, babbling on at you from the comfort of my own shiny new website. The aim here is to turn my passion for creativity into a means of becoming my own boss, working when I’m able (not that it feels like work), and allowing myself to just rest and recover rather than push myself beyond my limits out of fear of being fired.
If you’ve had a look at the rest of the website you can see it’s not finished yet and there’s not much here so far. There might be lots more soon, it might take little bit longer, but you can guarantee that whilst I’m going to try to be gentle on myself throughout this process there will in time be some awesome goodies that I’ve poured my heart and soul into – and all for you lovely people to rehome.
So, thanks for reading my (more long-winded than anticipated) first blog post. If you’ve not already checked out the rest of the site then what’re you waiting for, off you pop, go take a look!