Hello and welcome to little minx. My name is Joanna, I live in a very vintage cottage overlooking the ocean in Dunedin, New Zealand, with my husband, two children, a dog called Max, and our two cats Oscar & Toot. Back in March 2009 I finally took a leap and started the blog I had been wanting to create for ages. I wrote the following introduction;
I am attempting to slow down, exhale, appreciate the little things. So, I cuddle my children, bake bread, read books, listen to Bob Dylan, sew a lot, make biscuits, pat the cat, tell the people that I love that I love them, smile at people I don’t know, go to the library, walk, try to do a little less housework.
It is now September 2015, nearly 6 years later, and I have been thinking a lot about my blog, it’s look and feel, and what I would like it to be and represent, and maybe do some new things with it. Looking back on what I wrote so long ago brings back such memories of how my life was, and how much it has changed. Back then my son was 8 and my daughter was only 2, and life was about the home and parenting. Did I achieve slowing down? I did not. I have, however, learned that I am just not the kind of person who slows down – I do stuff, a lot of stuff, all of the time. I am happy when I am busy. I still dream of a sense of slowness, but always seem to have just one more thing to do before I sit down.
This blog has evolved as my children have grown, our lives have changed, and I have changed to fit with the constant shift of family life. Now that I have started working full time I have a lot less time, and struggle with fitting in creativity. In the past I have been lucky to have a life blessed with time to sew, dream, and create. Life is now fairly crazy – and my focus, and this blogs focus, is to keep some semblance of sanity in a busy life, and to try and maintain some balance. I hope you find something here that inspires or helps you.