This mingled yarn weaves together the different strands of my life, from everyday triumphs and disasters in parenting, gardening and housework through the more creative aspects of my life: textile arts and writing.

What am I?

A writer . . . . writing is the grand, overarching obsession of my life. I need to write. I have to write. There are so many stories I want to tell, I don’t feel I’ll ever have time to catch them all. But I’ll do my damndest to achieve it. I have had a couple of articles and a handful of short stories published. I am hopeful that I can make a living eventually! Here is my writing site: LeilaCoyle.com 

A textile artist . . . I am making a living (just about) off commissioned pieces – I work in recycling/upcycling preloved fabrics and other textiles into new, beautiful, everyday objects. I take William Morris’ maxim “have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful and believe to be beautiful” as my motto. I like to experiment with different textures and techniques in patchwork, applique, embroidery and quilting, and create everything from lavender-stuffed sleep pillows to full-size counterpanes – all from existing garments – baby clothes, wedding dresses and other special items. Magpie’s Laundry is the name of my venture.

A parent . . . I have three children, who are simultaneously adorable and maddening. They are what makes life coherent and fascinating. Having them has been the catalyst to re-examining my life and setting myself onto a path of actively trying to achieve ‘self-actualisation’, in Maslow’s terms. In my terms, they are what drives me to try to de-compartmentalise the different parts of my life and take a holistic approach so everything is an integrated continuum of contented activity.

A thinker . . . across the board – politics, economics, philosophy, spirituality. I have Aspergers, and with it comes a deep need to systematise and rationalise everything into a grand, ordered network. I don’t *do* chaos – which can be challenging when I live in the midst of a trio of whirling dervishes! This is where my commentaries and articles come from . . .

Lucky! I constantly feel priveleged to live the life I do, and am working to live as mindfully and peacefully as I can, both within my own skin and within the environment I and my family inhabit.

I am Ellsea. This is my blog.


8 Responses to “About”

  1. Hi Ellsea – Welcome to blogosphere. I think you’ll enjoy the journey.

  2. 2 16sd

    Interesting site. I wrote a review of my own today. It is amazing how what you achieve can suddenly erase itself from your mind as the months pass by.

    I am 17 years old, the Youth Community Correspondent for the North and East Manchester Advertiser and member of Cleland Thom’s premier gold standard mentoring scheme.

  3. Nice of you to drop by and comment, hope to see you again.

  4. 4 dan barker

    hi, Ellsea, how are you?

    I came here after spotting your tweet about Baker Ross where I work 🙂 Have been looking around your site after seeing the tweet – great stuff!

    If there’s anything we could improve at BR let me know!


  5. 5 Seafinatfoeft

    Hi, cool site, good writing 😉

  6. ellsea, your textile work at Magpies Laundry is lovely, really beautiful. But the creativity is fantastic. I love it, love the repurposing into something new to love. You do have a different eye.

  7. Hi Ellsea,

    I don’t know if you still remember me, but I wanted to thank you again for the crit you did on Dragonfly at Hobgoblin back in 2006. Last week I finally got back to it and figured out how to put the pieces together into a coherent story. And now I can finally start submitting it. 🙂

    • Hi Kayar,

      I remember you!! It’s been a long time …

      Glad my crit helped, and that you’ve got the story sussed – good luck with the submissions – you’ll have to let me know when it gets published.

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