Hi there!! 😀
So, I’ve had a few requests just recently, for my StitchUps :). I haven’t been getting my stitch on lately ((for a couple of months..)) but now I’m up and alert and ready to take orders!!
Unfortunately, as I had no laptop for over 6 months, I couldn’t blog about my Christmas StitchUps, and couldn’t even put them on my Etsy page, either, so I didn’t sell any over the Christmas period :/. This is really what de-motivated me, because I couldn’t upload them. But now I’m thinking “why?? I don’t make them for money, I make them because I LOVE to!!” So things are in full swing again now 🙂 and I’m stitching and sewing
and making holes in my fingers again and realise that I have missed being away from my ((2 huge massive!!)) craft boxes. They’ve just been sitting there in the corner waiting to be used again. Now I feel bad ;).
So anyways, I am going to put up a few pics of what I made for Christmas. Because I want to. And I don’t care that it’s now March ;). So here goes.. Please let me know what you think!! – and if you’d like me to make you any for THIS Christmas, let me know and I’ll get it done for whenever you like :).
The Santa and Elf -style StitchUps come with “Christmas sacks” – small knitted bags to put little gifts in for the tree :).
In 2011 I made lots of mini Christmas stockings, too. I sold so many and was getting requests for personalized ones with peoples’ names on 🙂 I had to keep lists there were so many!! Anyways, back to the
future present ;).
I also made some Halloween-style dolls while I wasn’t blogging, and one in particular already has 6 “admirers” on my Etsy page and I only uploaded him the other day!! Here’s the one:
I call him Zombie Zack 🙂 and have been mulling over an idea to make a whole “Zombiez Section” in my StitchUps. I’ve got a lot of ideas for them. That will be a lot of fun :P.
As well as updating everything, I’ve been enjoying lots of fruit as usual – in fact, as much as I can get my hands on!! Yes it’s been very cold over the past few months ((at least it has here!!)) and fruit isn’t as easy to come by in the winter, but that doesn’t phase me. I need my fruit 😉
This year so far I have discovered the amazingness of beautiful Blood Oranges. They are now a favourite and I’ve been juicing them whenever I can find them 🙂
Not as blood-red as most blood oranges but gorgeously zesty and tangy nonetheless. All the others that I got were much more vibrant in colour than this, but of course, I forgot to photograph them ..grr. Maybe I’ll learn one day :P.
So, how else have I been enjoying my usual copious amounts of fruits whilst still keeping warm?? Well I recently found a network of HC/LF raw vegans ((high-carb, low-fat)) on YouTube and Facebook ((using my phone for most of it..)) and thought I’d investigate how they do it through the winter. It’s really interesting 🙂 and I even tried it for a little while. I was 100% raw for about 3 weeks and felt amazing!! Definitely going to look into it more I the future, and I’ve been including more raw fruits and veg in my diet since then :).
One such raw vegan is Chris Randall, who has just turned 20 and has been living this awesome lifestyle for a few years, and has an amazing story. He has lost over 150lbs eating as much fruit and some veg, as he cares for!! Sounds amazing, right?? 😀 I certainly think so, anyways. I made his Persimmon Pie, which is super-filling, so rich and tastes like heaven!! Only a few ingredients, too. Raw food can be so simple, yet so delicious!!
OK, so mine didn’t turn out as pretty as Chris’ did 😛 but ahh well – it’s about the taste, not the appearance!!
Another HC/LF raw vegan I found is the beautiful Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram, who has lived this way for about 7 years now!! She also has a YouTube channel and occasionally posts recipes. I loved the sound of her “Fully Raw Persimmon Nog“, her take on a vegan eggnog, so gave it a shot and woooow!! I think that I will be using persimmons a lot more in the future!!
I made mine super-thick 🙂 it was almost a pudding!! The cinnamon in this makes it so warming and also makes it feel Christmassy 🙂 so I made extra and took it to my Mum’s house to have with our Christmas breakfast.
As well as these two wonderful people, I came across HC/LF raw vegans Megan Elizabeth, Freelea, Harley Johnstone, John Kohler and Tarah on YouTube. They all have great advice, tips, recipes and tricks for living the lifestyle they all believe in. If you’re interested in raw veganism/fruitarianism, I highly recommend you check them out, as well as the book, The 80/10/10 Diet by Dr. Douglas Graham.
I’ve learned a lot about the benefits of a plant-based diet, and have decided it’s for me. It makes the most sense to me in terms of health and sustainability, I love doing it and I’m learning more every day!!
This has been fun :). I’ll be making more StitchUps soon, and I’ll post pictures when I do!! But for now, I’ve juuuust realized that it’s 02:30!! My head should have hit the pillow hours ago!! :O….
So goodnight / good morning, depending on where you are in the world :D.
Do you include many fruits in your diet?? What’s your favourite way to prepare them?? If you’ve been here a little while, you probably realize that I love mine in juices and smoothies….