Thursday, 27 August 2015

A Special Friend

I have agonised for a while on whether I wanted to write this post, but at the end of the day I do want it to be included in my blogbook when I get it printed..Please be warned this is a sad post.
I have felt like blogging much lately, I don't want to sew, I don't want to socialise, I don't want to do anything.  I know I must and I do try to make it look like I'm ok on the inside - I'm not.   Please don't read any further down, I don't want to depress anyone, I just thought that writing this might be a way of dealing with this sadness I am feeling. 
You see I have been very fortunate in my life to have quite a few friends that I regard in my heart as family and this lovely lady is no exception..
Lynne, Chrissy and myself met when my eldest son started pre-school - oh some 20 years ago, and we have always regarded ourselves as "chosen family" - you know the ones you choose as family,
and sisters is what we have always felt like. 
Chrissy was diagnosed with leukemia  the Christmas before last and has been fighting it none stop since then.  Last month she was informed that she has 9-12months left in this world and to tell you the truth - I am just gutted. 
I know all the reasons why I should be grateful to have had her in my life, and that I get to spend more time with her before the end but I feel just so miserable.  And I am angry, so angry, this person was suppose to stay in my life, she is suppose to see her two kids get married and to hold and meet her grandchildren for the first  time.  She tells me she has accepted it, and I know she is right but that doesn't mean I have to like it. 
I told you not to read this, it really is just for me, something to help me work through it all, a kind of process I am hoping might help.   Venting  with written words instead of holding it in. 
Lynne and I have been helping her - prepare - for afterwards, sorting through her photo's and putting them into albums for her kids, finding new bed linen for the beds for when her family come down from Innisveil for the funeral (this was Chrissy's idea - so typical - trying to look after everyone even when she will be gone)..  
I know I have to pull my act together and I am putting on my brave face even when my heart is breaking.  I am trying to sew but just don't find I have the patience or concentration for it at the moment, I am trying not to cancel on too many social outings and to not climb into bed and stay there for ever and I am hoping that by writing this it will help me - what? - perk up - get over it - find a way to deal with it - I don't know but I know writing has helped me in my younger days so maybe it will help me now.  I love with all my heart that Chrissy is a part of my life. 
Please if you have read down to here - I will be alright - I just needed to get some stuff out of my head - I do not want to make anyone sad.  I promise not to always put up sad posts and I am trying to find some inspiration in the sewing room - I do know that I have heaps of great friends and - no I wont way it - oh ok yes I will - I love you all...
I promise to make my next post uplifting - I will add something funny and something sewn..I will
be pull myself out of this.  
Thanks for listening.
cya
xxx

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Glenrose Retreat

I have been pretty slack about doing my post for our last retreat, mainly because it is school holidays at the moment and I have been busy since returning.
Anyhow - enough excuses...here is a quick rundown with lots of photos (some generously supplied by Teresa - thanks Cass..).
Here we are - Cheryl, De, Alison, Lynda, Maree, Teresa, Myself and Marilyn, oh and of course if you look carefully, Helen....
Upon our arrival we had a delicious morning tea supplied by Glenrose...
One of our regular girls were unable to make it this time round so Maree thought she would do something about it...meet Helen 2....lol
And what should one do with a Helen 2...anything we want....
We made sure she had her shower time, and she, very willingly, modelled Maree's scarf, we also made sure she got heaps of rest too...
 
We took very good care of Helen 2...  Made sure she had company when she went to bed, took her shopping, had a stroll in the garden and even let the local tabby say hello...  we actually I think the tabby wanted to see if she was as tasty as she looks...
The lovely Teresa gave me this gorgeous egg cup as a thank you for being the driver for our getaway...
I also bought some scented soaps...I have some favourites that I just can't resist the smell of - Lemon Myrtle and Rose, but this time instead of rose I bought Toasted Marshmallow, but only because all I could smell was musk stick lollies...(and no calories too)...
Cheryl's hubby made us these beautiful thread holders with a handy little magnet for storing ones needles.. thank you Mr Cheryl...
The owner of Glenrose always spoils us with yummy treats and some very cute fabrics...
De surprised us with a 'lucky dip', I won some cute pencils and biros (darling daughter has already stole them) and here is the fabric I received from Glenys's welcome gift..
While at retreat, Glenys showed me this handy ruler, so impressed I was that I just had to have one and here is a sample of what it does...
Now I did do a little shopping...some pretty fabrics..
Some more fabrics..
And some more fabrics, oh no wait, I didn't buy these...  Maree had a cleanout of her stash and we all greatly benefited from it...these ones are going to be rehoused at my house...  thanks Maree...
I decided to work on my Farm Girl Vintage blocks...I'm doing the small ones..
These are the ones I was able to finish in amongst all the eating and laughing and entertaining
 Helen 2.
I now have all the blocks completed except for the corner ones which I want to colour match them when I have them all set out...
Here they are all together but in no particular order.
I will leave my blocks like this for a while because I want to get stuck into some Christmas secret squirrel stuff. 
Alright that's it for me...I had a ball at retreat, the ladies are lovely and my roomy was great (she didn't complain once about my snoring)...bonus....
cya
xxx

Friday, 26 June 2015

A New Bag and Farm Girl Vintage

Today I have been playing with lots of pretty laces and doilies... I wanted to make a bag that left my hands free when out with the grandkids or when scavenging round markets/shop etc, so I hopped onto Pinterest last night for inspiration...   Hours later and hundreds of ideas later, I decided that my my bag will be very 'Lacey' and very girlie...mind you I am pretty sure that this will be the first of many.  I had so much fun today, I should have been getting ready for retreat on Monday, oh well, at least I have a new bag to take..
I pulled out bits of laces and buttons, chose my fabric and then started to play.
The handle is long so it can sit on my shoulder and across my chest to my hip - kinda like the old hessian hippy bags we all had as kids, my daughter calls it a mailbag.
I have two pockets in the front..
Two pockets on the back - one zippered so I can put some money at easy reach.
Inside I have four pockets, two open ones on one side and two (one with a zip) on the other.  I have also added a gold hinged hook on the inside and a gold ring on the front..
Here is a closer look at the hook inside the bag...
I used two laces - one on top of the other - to decorate the strap...the top lace has cute flowers and beads on it...


A close up on the front ring...
 I am very pleased with my new bag, can't wait to make some more...
Oh I did mention Farm Girl Vintage in the heading...here are some more of my blocks..
Well gotta go now, I suppose I should start thinking about retreat, will just have to put the bag ideas on hold for a little bit...
Cya
Xxx

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Time Has Flown

Just a quick catch up with the past couple of weeks...
First, beautiful darling daughter, Amelia won player of the match for their finals, she (and her father) were so excited.. well done sweetheart...
This is a photo of The Tuesday Girls last week...you see - Norreen has presented a problem with something she is working on and the other two  are discussing the solution..Me, well I just sit back and watch - you know - too many cooks and all....lol
This is what I was working on for the day...I have had these little printed pieces of fabric for a while and could not quite decide on what to do with them..  Then I had the great idea of turning them into needlecases...   oh and see the lovely Bee Wax - Teresa gave us each one of them...very handy and so pretty to just look at...
Then a couple of days later my machine broke...hubby decided that he would look at it...OMG I just can't watch..What on earth is he doing????
It's as naked as a babys bottom...and ugly...still can not look...
Ta Da - all fixed, I knew he could do it, never doubted it for a moment...
Helen, Nor and myself went to the Cleveland Quilt show the weekend before last and you wouldn't believe who we ran into...some of the girls from Sunday Stitcher's...
Here we have Susan chatting to Helen and Nor.
I saw some beautiful quilts...this one was one of my favourites...
Oh and this one too...
We also bumped into the lovely Joy Coey working at the show, Hello Joy....
Afterwards we decided to go for lunch - of course....from left to right - we have Susan, Inca, Maureen, Cheryl, Helen and Nor...  Lovely bunch of ladies and a fantastic day - lots of laughs, yummy food and friends...just perfect..oh and shopping.
Maci making herself at home in a small basket on my sewing draws....
I have started sewing Rosalie Quinlins - Christmas Bunting, hopefully I will have this done before Christmas..   I have chosen blue instead of the red, hope it looks ok when it's finished...
Here are my needlecases, all 10 of them, finally finished....now which ones do I want to keep and which ones to put into the gift box...
Oh - busy couple of weeks.  I have also made a couple of little mason jar pin cushions...
On Saturday, Sewer's Delight was having a sale, so naturally one must check these things out.  Helen was kind enough to be the driver for the day...Thank you Helen....
While there we bumped into Susan (I think she is stalking us) and of course, after some serious shopping, went for coffee...well I did not get any photos of Susan, the shopping, Helen or anything else but this.   We all ordered one of these - I think it was called The Rocky Road something...
Very nice - been there - done that - don't need to do it again.  (I need to go back on my diet)....
Anyhow it was another great day - again filled with laughter, shopping, friends and food - isn't life just great...
Well that's all.   The Tuesday Girls are here today, so I am guessing I will have more photo's to catch up with very soon and next week I am going on retreat for four days...oh dear - how will I manage???
Hehehehe..
cya
xxx

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Another Finish

Ok so I'm not going to bore you all with more bragging over finishing yet another UFO, well maybe just a little bragging... Hehehe
Today I finished a Hatched and Patched pattern - Cornflower Needle-roll..  Very easy paterrn, I might make some more of these but with a different stitchery on the front..
Inside...
That's it - short and sweet today...
Cya
Xxx

Saturday, 6 June 2015

This & That

I have just finished the "Trinkets & Such" pattern from This & That...Almost sounds like a tongue twister, doesn't it?  The large one is 8x5" and the smaller being 5 x 4", they both have two plastic see through zipper pockets and a zipper pouch...
Not the greatest photo but it will do...
A looksie inside....
Oh and now that I have cleaned up from this project I need to find the cork lid that Maci has taken off with...they were all here and now one is missing.... Damned cat... Lol 
Cya
Xx

Friday, 5 June 2015

Christmas Challenge Completed

At Christmas The Tuesday Girls, as part of our celebrations, had a little swap which consisted of the following items...Christmas fabric, Christmas button, and ribbon.   We were meant to make an ornament using these three items, but when I unfolded the beautiful fabric, I didn't have the heart to cut it up into little pieces.  So I needed to come up with another idea using these items.
While I was making my decided project, Maci got bored and started knocking things off my table.  Among these things was the little tree button... (Damned cat!!!!!)
So now I had to finsh my project and fix the button... Did I mention she was a "#%&@#" cat...
This is what I ended up with... A cute little Santa sack measuring about 20" tall with a cute little Christmas tag ( no thanks to that cat)...
Here is a close up of the tag with the mended button...
And the naughty culprit - I don't think she even looks guilty.....
Well girls (Tuesday Girls) the pressure is on to make your ones now. Hope you don't have any meddling so and so's helping you like I did...
Cheers
Xxxx