As you may have guessed by the title of this post I have OCD. I have written a poem to explain to those who luckily don’t suffer from this, how it feels to live with OCD.
My form of OCD is to check things. I check doors, plug sockets etc about a million times before I’m satisfied that it is safe to leave them. I have managed to learn how to control these behaviours over the years, but I still have some days when the urge to check everything numerous times raises it’s ugly head.
My mind is conspiring against me
It is a daily battle
One I must face alone
My mind she taunts me
Making me doubt myself
I am trapped by her
She questions my every move
Until she drives me to the brink of madness
Like a petulant child
I call to my inner wise woman
In a bid to calm her tantrums
At times she prevails
The child is hushed now
But I know this is only a lull
Before the impending storm that threatens to rage
©2014 Victoria Tucker
No one should ever be embarrassed or ashamed about having OCD. It comes from a deep rooted need to protect and care about others and is born out of a fear that something you may neglect to do may cause someone harm. For me it is the fear of leaving something on like the iron and the potential it has to cause a fire and ruin my family’s lives. For others it is the need to clean out of a fear of germs. Just know that you are not alone and that some of the nicest, caring people you will ever meet are OCD sufferers xx
I came across the easiest tutorial for these knitted bunnies whilst perusing Pinterest the other day. This cute little bunny started off as a simple knitted square. The original pattern can be found at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/knit-bunnies. My mum and daughter have named this one Boris. I think I will make some more (possibly a larger size) for my niece and nephew.
I got this idea from a friend of mine who has made a large number of these as lighting for her summer wedding. I washed out some old jars I had (I like the small Doritos salsa dip jars as I think they look cute) and then wrapped some twine around the jar. I have attached hearts & flower shapes to the jars that I have made from salt dough (recipe below). I then filled with coffee beans (you could fill with whatever you fancy pebbles, sand etc) and a lovely scented candle (velvet amber) that I got from Sainsbury’s. The coffee beans warm up when the candle is lit and combined they give off a lovely scent
Salt Dough Recipe
it doesn’t really matter too much about precise weights as long as you stick to the principle of one, half, half e.g.
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup cold water
mix all ingredients into a bowl and kneed until dough is soft and pliable
roll out onto a floured surface to approx. 1/8″ thick
cut into shapes
using a straw make holes to be able to thread them onto your twine
you can now leave to dry for 48 hours or bake in the oven on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper for 2 hours at 220 f
let your shapes cool completely before painting them
I like to give mine a coat of pva glue once dried to stop them from cracking
happy making x
I’ve been working on a few writing projects at the moment, and I was having a bit of a mental block. I decided a walk with the dog, fresh air and the sunshine would aid inspiration. On our walk in the park I came across lots of lovely colourful flowers. Their beauty has helped to kick start my creative juices flowing again, so I thought I’d share them with you.
It was half term this week and so we took the only dry day to visit Chepstow Castle. The sun was shining in glorious Wales and the castle was beautiful. it was a lovely day out and I would definitely recommend giving Chepstow castle a visit. I also found out you can take dogs around the grounds as long as they are on a lead, so I may have to take another visit with my pooch.
Beautiful Windows in the Great Tower
The main gatehouse
The Upper Barbican
The Lower Bailey & Marten’s Tower
Every castle needs a spooky cellar!
These castle doors are the oldest surviving original castle doors in Europe over 800 years old.