Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Something very different, personal and yet public!

Up until ten years ago, I taught contemporary dance to a wide range of community groups, through different educational and charitable organisations. I loved it, it kept me healthy and strong and a weakness in my back and legs stayed in check, but I knew I needed to get a grown up job so that I could buy a house and become a little bit more adult like. So I stopped dancing and began working as a Dramatherapist in the NHS.

Ten years on I am starting again, from a place of plus size clothes, tired legs, a grumpy back and a tiredness all public service workers know too well. This July I completed seven days intensive training in the Nia technique. I gained my white belt, a licence to teach it and a roaring determination to get my body back to health! I can't tell you how proud I was of myself!

The Nia Technique fuses the Martial Arts, Alexander Technique, Modern, Jazz & Duncan Dance, Yoga and Feldenkrais with sizzling music. It is danced barefoot to allow even your toes to feel alive. Nia works with, rather than against your natural body, allowing you to become strong and healthy. Nia harnesses your senses and your own natural time to develop playful creativity. Most importantly Nia is for everybody regardless of age, sex, physical or intellectual ability. (Click here to see a fancy promotional video)

Celebrating our achievement! (I am second row up on the right)

So now that I have learned the technique it is time to start moving! My first class is on Monday 3rd November 6.30 -7.30pm at the Beehive, Kingsthorpe, Northampton, UK. For the first month the classes are free whilst I find my feet. I am nervous excited and slightly worried but I know that it is a positive journey to be on. So if you are local come and join me on my journey, or start your own or just come for the fun. If your fancy joining or sharing my Facebook page, TitaNia Dancing I would be most grateful!

Kind wishes to you all





Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Ways To Join Granny Squares!

Well I did a little digging on the variety of joining methods. After reading around four or five articles with different ideas, I stumbled upon this handy website. It does the job for me. Giving links to lots of handy choices for joining your Granny's!

Sunday, 7 September 2014

It's Harvest Time!

Rachel at Get Knitting in Northampton is planning to celebrate Harvest with a wooly veg window display. So she put out a call to arms for crafters to move their needles and hooks.

Last year I made a mini display so I have loaned the pumpkins and mushrooms I needle felted for it.

Then yesterday I got my crochet hook out, had a bit of a hunt online and found a carrot pattern on Mollie Makes. I used this as the basis but played a little to get a more uneven bunch rather than supermarket perfect carrots. I really enjoyed this quickie project, that is once I had my head round the pattern!
Happy Harvest time!


Saturday, 6 September 2014

Spot the baby tortoise!

Tortoises instinctively dig down at night and hide uder things. It helps them regulate their temperature and keeps them safe. Vida my new hatchling Hermanns tortoise knew exactly what she should do from the moment she hatched. Hunting for little one's always makes me smile. I thought it might make you smile too. Can you spot Vida as she began to surface this morning?




Thursday, 4 September 2014

Crochet Queens II

Tuesday evening saw a second round of beginner crochet queens finishing their Granny squares! The classes have been great fun, Rachel's shop is truly a fab place! A rare crafters paradise in Northampton town. Here they all are....



It's so nice meeting such lovely people!


Tuesday, 2 September 2014

The Granny Flower Cushion!

Beginners crochet from tonight (especially Sharon) ... For the lovely flower Granny pattern click here. I made the flower cushion below using this pattern a few years ago now. Take a look at the pattern designers blog too, it's the Royal Sisters and there is a link in the blogs I follow section to the right of this post. It is beautiful!















Happy crocheting till we meet again! :0)


Saturday, 30 August 2014

UK Crochet Stitches Video Tutorials

Youtube is a wonderful place for learning. I did a little bit of investigating and now you Get Knitting ladies have had a go these videos might be helpful!