About Me

I’m terrible about explaining myself. After all, if I don’t understand me, how do I think anyone else will?? πŸ™‚ But I shall give it a go, just for you…

My name is Juliann and I am chronically ill. I have more diseases than I can count on fingers and toes and you probably don’t want to know all of their names! But it’s enough to know that I am in pain every minute and that I struggle with fatigue and mental health problems constantly. Crafting is my way to try to deal with all of this: I *love* acquiring craft supplies, cooing over my collections, and then making new-to-me items out of my stash. Crafting helps with the pain (distraction), fatigue (peps me up when I get excited), and mental health issues (calms anxiety and provides a meditative state to help with depression). So I have made a resolution to craft as much as I possibly can and acquire as large of a stash as I can afford!

I am very inspired by other chronically ill people who are gifted crafters and will feature them on this blog periodically. Although I call them other sick chicks who craft, I’m interested in the men, too, I just don’t have a clever name for them yet! I also like to craft for charity – ideally local to me to save on shipping but I will consider anything. I know what it is like to be dead broke (I haven’t been able to work in 6 years, that hurts the ol’ wallet!) and to feel isolated so I am happy to do whatever I can to help those who are struggling.

Anyway, the types of crafts that I do include (but are never limited to): Loom Knitting, Beading, Felting (both needle and wet), Papermaking, Soapmaking, Candlemaking, historical re-reaction (sewing, embroidering, luceting, lots more) and just about anything that isn’t cross stitch πŸ˜‰ I’m always happy to accept donations of unwanted craft supplies (except Red Heart, I have to draw a line somewhere! πŸ˜‰ ), drop me a line if you have something you want to offload!

One more thing…I’m an American by birth but I moved to the UK in 1997 and now have dual US and UK citizenship. I spend most of the year with my (originally Australian, now dual Oz-UK) husband in London, but usually spend 1-3 months each year in North Carolina with my parents to give my husband a break from caring for me and to let them spoil me rotten at their humongous craft supply stores *vbg* We try to visit Australia every few years, but that’s a much harder trip for me (24 hrs in the air versus 8 to the US) and much more expensive (4x more than going to the US) so it’s not as often as we would like. We also take short breaks around Europe as the budget allows, especially to Paris. Yeah, that sounds posh but it’s just the next big city over, only 2.5 hrs away by train, and actually cheaper than visiting many parts of the UK.

If there is anything else you want to know about me, feel free to ask! I’m happy to talk about any aspect of my life, probably *too* keen πŸ˜‰ But I don’t want to bore you by putting it all here!

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8 Comments

  1. Xina said,

    Hi, you posted a comment on my blog (xina’s bell jar) and yes, I can share the patterns with you. Just email me and I’ll send them to you.

  2. Lora said,

    Hi Juliann!

    I saw your post on Thing-a-day. I, too, am a ‘sick chick’ lol! I use crafting as a way to cope with depression and pain. I’m looking forward to February and starting our projects! (Of course, I need to clean/organize my craft/bedroom first!).

    Feel free to email me, I’m online ALOT! BTW: I’m from Arizona.

    Lora aka Das Bus

  3. Sarah said,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog πŸ™‚ I have to say, I agree with some of your sentiments I’ve read on here about pain. I myself have chronic pain from a back condition, and I think the niggling every day pain (which I have trouble getting the doctors to acknowledge alleve just doesn’t treat 100%) is extremely exhausting. I rate my pain scales based on my wiggle scale. If I am spending all my time wiggling and stretching and moving trying to get comfortable, my pain is too high.

  4. chibialfa said,

    Hi Juliann,

    After posting a comment in your latest post, I click this and I can’t help but liking you more! You don’t let your sickness gets in your way in enjoying life and I like that a lot πŸ™‚ Keep doing the craft!

  5. Creaworx said,

    Hi Juliann, you commented on my bead pattern on thing-a-day about Bead Tool 3. This is the website. http://www.beadtool.net/ It is available for Macintosh, too, as far as I know. ItΒ΄s fun but has itΒ΄s flaws here and there.

  6. LouAnne said,

    Hi Juliann (love your name!) : You left a comment on my Getting to Crazy blog and just wanted to say thank you. I guess I’ve been at this blogging thing long enough now that I’m beginning to get feedback from regular readers. You were the 2nd in as many days to contact me. Somehow knowing that there actually others out there that care about what I do, makes it a little easier to blog. Does StatCounter lie? I guess not, but wonder sometimes about the high numbers they tell me that visit my blog. I’m glad that what I do has inspired you. Crazyquilting is such a free-ing kind of quilting and I love it because it incorporates all the things I learned as a young person. When I realized that I was totally hooked. But, LOL…. you can also see that redwork-type embroidery captures my brain a lot too. It’s very relaxing. I can do it in the silence of a car ride or in front of the tv. Crazyquilting embroidery after a block is pieced is stimulating and “noisy” work that I must sit to table with. Thanks again for being a regular reader!

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