Hi, I’m Maria the human behind Mia the crafty fox and I too have lots of craft ideas. I love making things, I will share my craft ideas with you and I hope to hear about your craft stories too.
I was diagnosed as being partially deaf when I was 12 years old. I have never let my disability stop me from doing what I want to do. I taught myself how to lip-read and got on with my life. Being deaf is a part of who I am and I learned to accept it.
In March 2008 I collapsed at home and ended up in hospital, the doctors think I may have had a stroke but are not sure. I found it very hard to walk properly my legs would give way for no reason. I couldn't keep my balance and felt dizzy all the time. I was suffering with severe pain in various parts of my body and I was extremely tired all the time. My skin felt like I had been severe sun burn and even my clothes hurt when I moved. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 6 months later and I’m now officially unemployable. Fibromyalgia is hard to deal with as the symptoms of pain and fatigue affect every aspect of my life. I’m slowly coming to terms with it and learning to enjoy the good days and ride along with bad. Every cloud has a silver lining as I can now spend more time making things, and will share my ideas with you.
This is one of my earliest memories, my sister and I were both preschool. It has stayed with me through the years as it has had a huge effect on my life. It was a really horrible day, hailstones, wind and rain. I grew up on a farm and hated being stuck inside. My sister and I were miserable being cooped up indoors, pestering our mum and getting under her feet, fighting and just generally being typical 'screaming kids'. My mum turned our big kitchen table upside down, we were intrigued. She found two old sheets and tied them to the table legs as sails then she filled the bottom of the table with blankets and a packed lunch. We sailed away from the rain in our home made ship and had some great adventures. This very simple 'ship' kept us occupied for hours and our mum got all her chores done. We went to bed tired and happy, excitedly planning our next adventure. My journey into the world of creative thinking had begun. This was such a simple idea but my sister and I had so much pleasure from our ‘ship’ we actually looked forward to rainy days.
Creative thinking doesn’t require degrees or any official training. I did attend Art College but that was many, many years ago. Most of my learning has been through trial and error. Creative thinking is simply using your imagination, children do this naturally without thought. We will help you regain that freshness of your inner child so you too can unlock your creativity. Mia and I have been working together for a long time and between us we have built this web site. We research, design, create and experiment with lots of different craft ideas. Everything on this website has been made by us unless stated otherwise. Join us as we continue our journey into the world of crafts and creative thinking.
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