Hi there - I'm Miriam.
Mama to two boys.
Wife to one man - The Atlas - who I love, very much. Married in 1999.
I began blogging in 2010 when a friend and I decided to complete 100 creative challenges before then I had never read a blog. I found blogging made me realise and appreciate what I do achieve amidst the 'what do I do all day?' of being an at-home mama. I found blogging made me look for beauty and goodness to share. I found blogging recorded the memories my boys are building into the patchwork of my life.
I found reading other blogs exposed me to other sources of inspiration. It connected me with new people. It taught me what it was like to walk in other shoes.
So in 2011 I set myself new goals and continued blogging. In May 2012 I shuffled myself over here to blogger and this is where you have landed at Create Hope and Inspire.
If I were to measure the 'success' of my blog it would be this - to have a voice that is authentic, to be a place that is encouraging, to allow this place to be for my journey: a place where I will be and embrace all the randomness that I am and a place where you feel welcome and hopefully where you are encouraged.
I create stuff - all sorts of stuff I am not fixed on any one thing and if you hang around you'll see that. Pretty much I try to create or complete something creative every week. I don't have a shop, I sometimes do commissions but mostly I make stuff for my own pleasure, for gifts, to swell my wardrobe, to try new things, because it is cheaper than buying and it helps to justify the stash of fabric and crafting implements, books and machinery I have accumulated!
I hope for good things (pretty much overly optimistic), I hope to be a force for good and I have a Hope - the kind you spell with a capital! because I know I am forgiven, because I know my life was bought with a King's ransom, because I know I am loved and I am called to be a demonstration of perfect all en-compassing love in the world. I know I will fail at this many, many times but I am on a journey and I hope not to waste a day of that journey.
And maybe, unbelievably I might inspire - inspire you to embrace the creative within you, inspire you to adore family you have, inspire you to have a go, inspire you to open your heart to be loved. I am inspired every day by the things I see in my boys, my husband, my family, my friends, creation, words, art... and in blogs and it is my sincere hope that this too will be a place of love, encouragement, hope and inspiration.
I am: enthusiastic, colourful, messy, loud, emotional, creative, growing, imperfect, mother, friend, lover, baker, distracted, actor, usually intentional, speaker, creative, encouraging, a starter......
I am Miriam and this is my blog.
Thank you for being a part of my journey and for every positive comment you leave in this space.