Hello crafty friends!
When I joined the crafting world two decades ago, there was nothing I couldn’t do. I sewed, I knitted, I did counted cross stitch without a magnifying glass at absolutely any count I wanted to! I painted walls! I hung tile! I laid carpet, reupholstered furniture - I was invincible! I was creative! I was willing to try anything!!
Then, I started developing weird symptoms in my hands and feet. I started getting tired at odd times. My hips and legs started misbehaving and well, my body started betraying me. Fast forward to today and I am now the proud owner of not one but four different autoimmune diseases, one seizure disorder and one movement disorder. How exciting.
What that means is that sometimes, despite my best laid plans, I don’t operate like other people. My one hand has a tremor. I have to rest more often. I get killer migraines.
. . . And I’m still a crafter. On a much more limited budget than I was (thank you, SSI), but still a crafter. I love to play with inks and papers and learn new techniques. I love to watch those videos, of people who are not me, and figure out how I am going to make my fingers and my supplies do that thing there, so I can be like the cool kids.
Enter a new group I am founding on Facebook: The Mighty Crafters. Named in part after a community support board for people with chronic illness (The Mighty) and in part for our greatest love (crafting), The Mighty Crafters is a place for those of us who are differently abled to gather, exchange tips and support one another. It is my hope that, as we grow, we can have hops and exchanges at *our pace, without getting kicked out or off of groups for being too slow or having a bad day when things come due. It’s my hope that we can give each other pointers on how to use what we have to make what we don’t, to come together and craft, to show off what we can make with joy and laughter.
So come find me on Facebook, and request an invitation. The group is private to prevent spamming and all that good stuff. However, I am not an evil person who withholds invites. See you there!!
Peace, Cindyellen Robinson