This week we featured a guest post from Merry at Patch of Puddles (if you missed it, you can see Merry’s musings on this whole Blogging malarky by stepping this way…), and as it’s Friday, and ten o’clock… but sadly there’s no Crackerjack in sight… she’s back with her pick of the very best posts from the Tots100 this week…
My aim for the 10 at 10 was to find the beautiful and the thought-provoking. I wanted to find writing that really drew me in and helped me to know a little bit more about what makes a person tick and how they think, to find a little bit more of their story. My second criteria was to find blog posts that were beautiful, either in the words, mood or because they had pictures that injected a little colour into the grey, rainy week that it has been here. I love crafty blogs, they make me want to sit in a pile of wool and fabric and knit, sew and crochet my way out of them, so my ten are a mixture of wordy and crafty inspiration. I hope you like.
Lemonade Life made my throat go a little tight as she describes how much she wants to feel successful and important and yet somehow the very criteria she has for those, which she certainly fulfills, is not quite making her happy. It’s a wistful post which made me want to hug her.
The Boy and Me caught my eye with some craft bombing of their own landing, a post which just exuded joy at being able to let go and do. I think it was the combination of a landing like mine, rainbow colours (my favourite!) and the fact that I could so easily do this eye-catching kid craft. Love it.
I join in Cara’s Finished it Friday as often as I can. It often gets me to finish a craft myself and hers are so inspirational. Plus she takes beautiful photographs too. The dress is this one has inspired me to try making one with my biggest girl (and weed my garden!)
I think most people would agree that MammyWoo’s blog (along with mine) needs a ‘Most Likely to Make You Cry’ category in any awards list. I was utterly drawn into this post last night, despite being midnight and with a sleepy feeding baby beside me. Oh… MammyWoo… *cuddles*
Touch and Tickle is leading a life I so very nearly found myself in, parenting a child with a severe disabling condition. Along with many other similar parents, her courage just awes me. But I loved this simple post for just being a moment of breathing and feeling the joy and beauty in a quiet and ordinary family moment.
I’ve braved crochet mostly thanks to the blogging and photos of Attic 24. I want enough time in my life to create as beautifully and originally as she does. Her work is incredible – and seems to be the inspiration for roughly 50% of the craft streams of Pinterest too, so far as I can see!
Muddling Along Mummy made me laugh with her post of the differences between siblings and how it surprises people. We get this too (and also possess a criminal mastermind who was a bit of a shock after the first two!)
Mothers Always Right is coming to terms with her daughter having a diagnosis of Hypermobility Syndrome and she’s angry. Having brought up a child who wears her ‘difference’ slap bang in the middle of her face, with all the resulting questions, I’m fully behind this jolly good rant.
I think learning to Choose Joy, especially if you are a person who finds life hard at times, is a real skill. I know it is one I have had to choose to learn over the last two years. So I think Mum in the Madhouse deserves a mention for her post on doing just that.
Finally, the publishing of The Mads finalists this morning brought me far too late to Slugs on the Refrigerator and this post seemed to sum up everything I wanted to bring you in this round up. Gorgeous photos, craftiness and a dollop of what life should all be about in the ethos of family life feeling and the sentiment of the pictures photo.
Our fund to support the Special Care Baby Unit which cared for Freddie.