I try and keep this blog a sunny place full of wonderful fun creatures, cats and crafts but unfortunately I have had some bad news which means I may not be able to continue running this blog or my work as a crochet designer.
Many of you will know that I lost the love of my life when he died of kidney problems just over a year ago. It was a desperately sad time. I've aways told myself to be thankful for the wonderful time we had together and keep the memory's close. I work alone now, to build the future we both planned and try and keep as upbeat as possible.
It has been a struggle. I work 30 hours a week in my "day job" and receive the minimum wage. The rest of the time I work here. I get up early to work on my designs before I go to "work" and I continue when I get back home. On days off I work here all day. When I am not designing I make use of the wonders of social media to share pictures and stories of my amigurumi and so that all the other amigurumi lovers out there can find my blog and see my designs.
For the past year I have worked constantlly. I knew that if I didn't work a day, then day when this all started paying off would be another day further away. It has been wonderful watching my small blog grow. I now contribute to craft magazines and some of my designs will be in a book this year. I knew I wouldn't make much money for the first few years but I work for the love of the craft and for the future me and Andy planned.
I had planned to work even harder this year. There are so many pattern ideas in my head my plan for January was to get as many of these made as passable.
However I received some news last night that means plans have to change. My in laws who own mine and Andy's flat, where I live have decided to sell the flat. To me it is heart breaking to think I will have to leave our home. I never feel alone here as I can remember Andy sitting next to me and us dreaming our big dreams. It will be so difficult to leave this place but times change and I've always known I couldn't stay here forever.
I know times are hard financially for everyone at the moment. The rent I pay doesn't cover the full mortgage my in laws have and they can no longer afford to keep paying the rest. I feel really sorry for them it must have been really tough to come to this decision.
So I have to move and I have 2 months to find somewhere new to live. There are a couple of stumbling blocks. I am on my own, I have two cats, no money and I run a business from home. I can afford a small studio flat or I'll have to share. I won't be able to take my cats or run a business if I move into privet letting. I think I'd rather lose my arm than my cats, they may be mad things who've driven me to the point of insanity more than once but they are what keeps me laughing when times are hard. I also really don't want to give up an amigurumi barmy.
So I'm asking for help
If anyone knows anything about housing and what my rights are or can help in any way with the legal side of things please get in touch.
If you scroll down to the bottom of the blog you'll see there is a donate button. I know times are hard but if you can spare a few penny's to help keep us all together and to keep amigurumi barmy running that would be wonderful.
I will be having a good sort out of all my crafting stuff and selling off what I can so if your a yarnaholic like me stay tuned :)
Be understanding, I won't have the time to create patterns and everything will take me longer while I'm sorting through this other stuff. I'll still be here though as and when I can.
Thanks for reading xxx