Thursday, February 24, 2011

Eye in the sky

The following pics are of the new quilt I pieced from a kit purchased from Saffron Craig. First time that I worked from a kit as usually I do my own thing. This was too cute to miss. It took me a while to cut the applique out and then sew on with the machine. I am not 100% happy with the applique stitch on my new machine, but not unhappy enough to pull it out and re-do it.
Just have to quilt it now and put it in the pile destined for my future grand babies.

These last two pics are of a little mug rug I made for a new friend I met who was visiting from Canada. Lovely lady and wanted to give her something, this was the quickest thing I could think of. See, I am a sporadic worker. If I have to plan something it never gets done, or if it does then it takes me ages. But on the spur of the moment whacko!

I know I have been away for a while again,sorry. I have not been feeling that well really. The fatigue is robbing me of many useful hours. I get out of bed each day, which is a feat in itself I might add. And then on and off during the day I am constantly nodding of to snooze, head bobbing over the laptop, or book if I am reading. I don't read half as much as I used to, as I can not keep my eyes focused for long, maybe 2-3 pages and I give it up. It's the same when I am sewing, do a few seams or what ever then I sit back, my eyes closed, drifting off.
oh dear it seems like each time I come on here lately I am complaining about some health issue.
I have reached a stage where I am concerned about my outcome, feeling powerless to stop the runaway train that is my poor health getting worse.

It's been raining here recently. Some of it due to the tail end of cyclone Yasi and some due to another cyclone somewhere. It is the season apparently. I love the rain, in fact it's raining right now. Can you hear it? Can you smell it?

No this is not a picture of my bathroom, wish it was though. We have a small en suite bathroom that is in serious need of a makeover. It is very tiny though and we have to incorporate a toilet, shower and vanity. I thought a bath with a shower over the top would be nice, but then the bloke pointed out to me that with my mobility issues it would not work. He is right, don't know why I keep thinking I am a normal sized person. *sigh*.
Anyway before winter this bathroom will be changed in some way.

The above picture was taken by the bloke on Saturday. He thought it was worth a shot, it's not the best. It was the sun with a rainbow around it. Wish it was clearer.

Oh well that's all folks, all over the shop today, but that is okay isn't it? lol

Saturday, February 12, 2011


Another pretty flower in our garden

An RSPCA rescued dog. We have him with us, even though he is my daughters.
He looks like a cuddly teddy bear and has the biggest paws I have seen, He is an English water spaniel.


Hello. I wrote the following post a few days go with the intention of coming back to add some photos and publish it. However with one thing or another this didn't occur.
Since then I have even more to add so here we go. The first bit refers to the other day.

 how are you on this humid, sticky day. The cool weather seems to have disappeared again and we once again melt in the humidity. I mentioned previously that it plays havoc with my breathing (adult onset asthma) and today was no exception. I have been using my little Symbicort puffer quite a bit lately and this arvo after a lovely friend left I had an episode where I was unable to get my breath properly. I admit that I am a worrier. And today I panicked a little and used the puffer whilst emailing my DD K at work to come home and put the fan on for me as it does tend to help at times like this.

However after a few puffs I came good so called her off coming. But boy does anyone else out there get these events?
If so what is your action plan. I don't have one. Which makes me feel that with recent events  I would like to have one.
I was given this script some time ago without much ado and without any real long term plans so I think that I will try to contact an asthma consultant and get some pointers.

Of course in the case of being very desperate I will call the ambulance, as they have the oxygen and gear to treat me. After than I don't know as the regular ambulances can't fit me in them.
Another issue when your my size.

I have had some great visitors this week and more to come tomorrow, how lucky am I?

This is a great quote that I came across and resonates with me this week.

"A friend is someone who sings your heart's song

back to you when you have forgotten the words."

~ David Coppola, PhD.


The latest news has to do with changes in the way I sew. Again.
If you know me well you will know all about my regular moving moments in this house. What you might not know is that there is some one who does all this moving, an it isn't me . It is the bloke. He is the most patient person I know. All my crazy ideas are put into play by him.
The problem was I am unable to get to the lounge room where all my sewing stuff was. I have been sitting here for a few weeks since my legs gave up on me. Have not been able to sew, but not any longer. I asked the bloke if I could set up all my sewing stuff on our dining table, which is rarely used for its designed purpose. He thought it was a great idea. So now I have my machine, ironing board (one I made) and my cutting board and all the other sundries in close proximity. And he also bought out my fabric cupboard. Oh I am in heaven. :)
This makes me very happy indeed. It wont be permanent, not in this house and as soon as I am tired of it all change will occur again.

Work in progress, have to arrange it better

The final thing I have to show you is this wall art that we made last weekend. I purchased a remnant of fabric and pinned it to this canvas frame. This way when I tire of the print I can replace it and reuse the fabric. I think it looks great on our lovely green walls.
It is Paisley Birds, by Valorie Wells from her Nest range.

Well that's it folks not very exciting I guess, but I am loving it, for now at least.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Hot crow drinking from an air-con sprinkler

Hello my friends. Long time between chats. I have been enjoying a well earned break from the hear and humidity these past few days. From 46 degree Celsius days to 25, is pure and utter heaven. I don't do humid days well at all. My breathing is laboured and it is unpleasant all round. Poor hubby at work in a shed on a mine site, I feel for him the poor soul.

I have been feeling overwhelmed again in my own little life, and when I am like that I can not function enough to write anything coherent.
I have days when it seems like the act of sitting up is more than I can deal with. Staring out the window at the dogs, the trees swaying in the breeze, the top of the posties helmet as he rides past delivering mail: which hopefully are not bills.

If my family are all at work I hunger for human contact. Someone to chat too, to take me away from my own dismal thoughts, even for a little while.
I am often lonely when their are people at home. Some ask, how can you be lonely when there are people there. Quite easy. Not sharing a conversation, being absorbed in what there doing, not relating personally, using their iPhone, laptops, computers, reading. Not talking.
I try hard to make conversation but it is not taken up and so is left to dry out and wither up.
I look up when they walk through the dining room where I am perched on my built up sofa, desperate for someone to see me, really see me and say hello Jan/Mum how are you? Can I do something for you?
No instead they walk through, their heads down, no eye contact, hoping I wont ask them to do something.
Can't blame them really, demanding I am. But if only they asked me, engaged with me every now and then, the need to keep asking would shrink.

Yes I am having a pity party and you can come if you want. :)
Maybe this is not what I should write, maybe this is displaying a side of myself that will turn people away. But I am writing this because this is what I feel like saying.

It's not all happy days here and I tell it like it is, whether that is blog suicide is yet to be seen.

I also have some pictures to show you so that this post is not too bland.

The fabrics featured are going to be used in an upcoming queen sized quilt for one of my daughters. Still trying to decide what design to use.
The first lot are from Amy Butler's newest range Soul Blossoms. The picture doesn't do them justice, they are much more vibrant.

Below is a set of 3 fabrics that I could not resist buying. I am yet to decide what their purpose is other than making me happy. I am thinking about purses or bags or even table mats. Decisions.

The above fabrics are Vintage Groove by Carolee McMullin for ADORN it.
Top one is Jumbo Vintage Flower next is Vintage Tweet and then the grey is Vintage Folk Flower.

This is a remnant of Nest fabric by Valorie Wells called Bird Paisley

This piece may be destined to adorn a canvas frame I purchased for the purpose of creating wall art. I would love to buy some fantastic prints for my walls, but seeing as I don't have thousands to spare for that, this idea is the next best thing. I can hang it on my walls with the fabric of my choice and when I tire of it replace it with my current love. :)
Well that is all folks. I am about to ask the bloke if he can help set me up so I can sew some stuff. I just don't know what to do first though, is this ever a problem for you?
If so what do you do?

See ya later