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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

SUNSHINE & CUSHIONS . . .

YUK!  Whoever sent the rain clouds to England, I need your address so I can return to Sender!

Our lovely sunny days have gone walkabouts at the moment and as we are fast approaching September I'm wondering if they'll come back again this year, needless to say the days are gloomy and very very wet.

Thankfully I can go back in time on my blog to when the sun was shining and show you what I promised to in my last post and that is what to make with Tilda bunny scraps . . .


A patchwork cushion of course!

I used the good old English Paper Piercing for this project, can't remember the last time I did this method, funny how modern sewing machines have taken away all the old traditional methods but back in June (those were the hot days!) it was a pleasure sitting outside under the parasol, cutting out hexagons and using up scraps of fabric.


The finished cushion is only a small 12" x 12" but it still needed 42 hexagons to achieve the front, the back I just added a soft cream fabric and did the simple envelope finish.


And as the sun kept on shining it only seemed right that I make a second
one . . .


I chose one fat quarter of fabric for this one and cut as many hexagons out of it as I could that would have a motif on them, the rest are made up from fabric scraps again.



I'm really pleased with the outcome and what a great way to sew and soak up the sun at the same time!

It's been a frustrating couple of weeks for me recently and my personal vendetta with Mr. Sunshine is the reason for a lot of it.
Why? Well hopefully by my next post I care share the reason with you but until then . . .


WATCH THIS SPACE!

I hope the sun is shining wherever you are
Thank you for stopping by
HAPPY STITCHING
Jane
x

Thursday, 7 August 2014

A NEW PASSION!

Hi everyone

Firstly I'm sending very big hugs and thankyous to my lovely blogging friends that left me such kind comments on my return to blogging land, they all really touched me and I am very grateful for your continued friendship xxx

So straight down to business . . . a new weakness passion for me . . .
The World of Tilda!

Tilda is the creation of Norwegian Tone Finnanger and she designs beautiful fabrics with which we can make her quirky angels, animals and home furnishings.  I'm not sure why I've suddenly fallen in love with this brilliant designer, I bought one of her Angel Kits some 2 years ago and quickly sold it on feeling it was too ambitious for me but a few months ago DH took me to a wonderful fabric shop where they were selling, at a great discount, a lot of stock and I found 4 Tilda books, one for each season, and that was it ~ sold!

I've been naughty and have picked up fat quarters here and there . . .


so all I had to do was choose a project!


You didn't need too many guesses for that did you?


I have to say, wasn't too convinced at this stage and just couldn't envisage this ever looking like a bunny!


Ok, that's bit more like it, ears look strange but at least it's been 'bunnified'!

Now to the best bit ~ as all as girlies would say ~ clothes and make-up!


Red & white polka dot bloomers


Flowery pinafore dress and matching sun bonnet ~ that's better!


Pastel pink satin stitch nose, black bead eyes and my own lipstick for the blushed cheeks


Love it xxx

I'm so pleased with my first Tilda creation and it's given me so much confidence to tackle some of Tone's other designs, they are a little fiddly in places but with patience they are achievable.  I didn't make it easy on myself and instead of using iron-on hemming tape decided to hand-stitch my hems instead and although the clothes should be stitched to the body I wanted mine to be removeable so they are!
Every bunny needs a new set of clothes now and again!

The weather has been gorgeous here in England, several weeks now of hot sunny weather and it's so lovely to be able to sit and sew again.
I'll show you in my next post what I did with the left over bits of this bunny fabric but until then take care everyone and thank you for stopping by.

HAPPY STITCHING
Jane
xxx

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

A NEW START . . .

It's been a long 6 months since my last post and I do apologize for my AWOL ~ life has been very cruel and horrible in that time and until now I have not had any blogging enthusiasm whatsoever!

I have started and restarted this post so many times and don't really know how to put into words how life has been turned upside down so to be short and sweet ~
 I lost my precious mother-in-law to cancer in early March despite having been given the all clear after a double mastectomy 2 years previous ~ it all happened very quickly but we all feel her loss every day and it's very hard to accept and at the moment talk about x
I was already ill during this stressful time but ended up with a life-threatening illness 2 days after our loss for which I was hospitalised for 5 days and after being allowed home was taken back to hospital with a heart condition, I have struggled with these experiences and have had many dark days which I didn't feel was right to reveal on my blog.

That's all I'm going to share at the moment, I have titled this post 'A New Start' and that's what I intend to do ~ as my cricket loving DH would say I shall be 'half a century and not out' later in the year so I am concentrating on getting healthy again and looking forward!

I lost a good part of my eyesight whilst ill, which I was told would return, and as I've got better, it has but I found cross stitch very hard to do during that time so my fabric stash and sewing machine have been very hard at work instead!

I've so much to show over the next few posts but this is was my 
first finish . . .


'Ollie Owl' 


The pattern has been sitting in the cupboard for ages, I had looked at it several times but wasn't sure if I could do it but although a little fiddly in places it came together quite well and I'm pleased with the outcome.
The fabric choices were my own and I attached his wings with buttons so they could swivel round rather than stitch them on and added the little heart on his tummy x


It's not all bad news though in my life . . .

Remember our new addition to the family back in January?
Well, I'm pleased to say Monty has made a good recovery from his ordeals and now at 8 months old is the most loveable and affectionate bundle of fur ever!


He's my shadow and we do virtually everything together!
xxxx

Talking of which, it's time for 'walkies' ~ exercise for me and lots of sniffs and saying hello to literally everyone we pass for Monty!

Thank you for stopping by and continuing to follow me, I really do appreciate it and hopefully normal service has once again resumed!

Take Care
Happy Stitching
Jane
x

Friday, 24 January 2014

NEW PAWS IN THE HOUSE . . .

It's been a month since I last posted so before I share my news with you I have to wish you all a somewhat belated HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Our Christmas was lovely and although we now have some very frail older members of the family I am so thankful that we were able to share the festivities with them and bring smiles to their faces x

I have done a little stitching over the Christmas break but circumstances have changed drastically in the last 2 weeks and here's why . . .

Let me introduce you to our new addition ~ 
MONTY
a golden cockapoo puppy aged approx. 10 weeks

The sad ongoing saga that accompanies his arrival is a hard one to share and for various reasons I cannot completely share it all at the moment but when DH and I went to view him some 2 hours drive away we found ourselves at very unclean, unhealthy and poor conditions and this little pup was not a happy one, nervous, withdrawn and no wagging tail.

I have read about the cruel ways some puppies are bred and all sensible advice is to leave alone and not pay money to these horrible people enabling them to continue BUT that's not me.  I let my brain rule my heart on the Saturday we first saw him and walked away but by the end of the evening DH and I had already made the decision that we would return the next day and bring him home.

And that's exactly what we did ~ another 2hr drive there and back with him wrapped in blankets all the way home with the seller providing us with no food for him, no puppy pack and no favourite toy all as advertised and since then no free 4week Petplan Insurance either!

Monty visited my own Vets the very following day for a full health check and to have his 1st vaccination repeated as we are pretty sure that we hadn't been told the truth about that either!  We had literally sat up all the previous night with him continually scratching and crying but wanted to be cuddled the whole time ~ he was slightly below weight but his heart, limbs and temperature were good but he was diagnosed with severe lice (biting ones) and his body was covered in scabs, treatment was given straight away.

The next day he passed blood continually so I took him straight back to the Vets and had to get samples for anaylsis ~ all tests came back positive and I have been  told he has acute intestine infections and because he cannot have his 2nd vaccination because he is so poorly he doesn't have any immunity to fight it, medicines alone will have to do it for him!

I thought at the beginning of the week I would lose him, he was a very poorly pup but the past 2 days have seen a great improvement and I'm hoping we have rescued him in time, I have no doubt at all that had we not bought him home that day he would have lost his life.

If you've got this far ~ thank you for bearing with me and if you still have dry eyes ~ well done!

Following advice from my Vet I have notified the relevant authorities and next week I will be giving a statement to an official, I have no interest in retrieving the monies lost, but a strong determination in helping them to rid our society of these cruel and horrible people.

I fell in love with this little fellow as soon as I saw him and I will do absolutely everything possible to give him the long and healthy life he deserves ~ we have so much to do together, so much to explore and discover, lovely long walk, lots of playtime, holidays and cuddles x

Every cockapoo has a different appearance but typically Monty has the curls of a poodle and the face of a spaniel, DH idolises him too and says he looks like a woolly lamb!

He has a sweet temperament and is very loving and for the Vet to comment on this too was lovely to hear

Training is going really well but we are not pushing it too much at the moment ~ let's get over the sore tummy first and the 2nd vaccination then we're set to go for fun, fun, fun.

Just one more thing, I'm sure a lot of you are thinking Hey, what about Tilly and Oscar? Dogs and Bunnies?
Well, one step at a time, I have not changed their lives or routine but just made sure that at the moment they are kept safe ~ Monty is well aware of them and they of him. They come inside to their cage at the end of the day and Monty sits and very patiently watches them, they both seem very settled for him to do so and come over to the wire frame and noses are rubbed together ~ one step at a time but I hope they can all live happily together xxx

Thanks for stopping by, apologies for not visiting anyone recently and a lack of stitching but I'll get there, just need a bit of time at the moment xxx