Wednesday, January 03, 2024

Intermission for a while. Now for 2024….

 It’s been a very quiet blog I’m afraid as 2022 and 2023 have been difficult years for me health wise. (I’m afraid I don’t really have any reasons for 2021 -sorry)

2022 began with a diagnosis of COVID on New Year’s Day. Then it was followed by a diagnosis of Breast Cancer, a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, losing my hair, and then radiation. Top that off with a fractured ankle and that was just about the year done.

The good news is that everything went as it was supposed to and I am doing well. But 2023 brought another COVID diagnosis, fatigue and foot and hand neuropathy. The neuropathy in my hands has made sewing difficult and rather slow.

Now I am ready to start again. I have lots of things I had started and now I need to finish them. So as a not very active member of Chooky’s Chookshed I am going to try to be more active both physically and mentally and finish a few things I have here by joining in with our challenge .                                        

I have just one problem though I use an iPad and the apps I used to use don’t seem to be around any more. So I am doing this through blogger and I can’t seem to remember how to highlight links or add photos so until I work it out things might be rather plain over here. Sorry.

 Watch this space…..

Tuesday, February 09, 2021

UFOs - a slightly different way of thinking.


Our Sunday group of stitchers has been having a UFO thing going on for a few years now. A number is drawn every month and then we work on the item with the same number. I don’t have a lot of success because most of my UFOs are large projects and even though working towards a finish counts, it just doesn’t feel the same as actually finishing something.

So I when I was having a bit of a tidy up I started finding kits I had bought over the years but never made. This year is now going to be the year of starting and finishing kits. I have numbered them with stickers so they will still fit in with the random number idea. 

This month though I have been working on one of those long term projects I have but after our next meeting I will be working on one of these kits and hopefully finishing it.

I think though that I will probably find enough kits to work on for years....

Thursday, April 19, 2018


This is a test to see if I can blog from my iPad. I thought I would introduce my girls - Diamond, Topaz and Wombat. The last picture shows Topaz and Diamond trying to tell me that the grass really is greener on the other side.

Now to press publish....fingers crossed.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

No fuss swapping...


I have been taking part in a friendly little swap called the no fuss swap. The idea is to send only a few items and nothing else. This time it was the Clayton's Christmas Swap - the Christmas you have when you are not having a Christmas. We had to send a fat quarter, a decoration and a button/buttons. Oh and something yummy. Here's what I received from Teresa - everything is perfect. And because it was delivered without the help of the postman, it was beautifully contained in a very interesting box. Thank you so much Teresa.
I can't show yet what I sent my partner as I don't know if she has opened it. 
Now I feel as if I am showing my age because I remember the ad for Clayton's - the drink you have when you are not having a drink. I wonder if you can still get it. Note to self - will have to check that out.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Crochet and stuff

My daughter likes to crochet and she has made this for her brother and it will be for his birthday which was earlier this week. ( it is a Pokemon - a Charizard I think) It is really amazing with fingernails and heaps of small details. I'll be honest I wouldn't even start such a thing.

This little monkey is what she made me for my birthday - the pattern comes from here. The link doesn't go straight to the individual pattern because I wanted to link to all the lovely patterns on this site. You'll find the monkey there without any trouble. 

And yes, I do some crochet too. Last year there was a lovely crochet blanket pattern from here which just looked fantastic done in clear colours. This my ugly version so far. I couldn't afford to buy wool at the time so I raided my mother's stash,which was mostly variegated. I still don't know how I feel about it - my son says he likes it. It is a good project for when I take him to football training, so I'll keep going with it. 

My daughter says knitting is boring but she likes making things in crochet. Maybe she was inspired by the teacher she had in Years 3 and 6, but not in the knitting area. Sorry Maria, I tried to get her interested in knitting....
Some thoughts about blogging........ Anyone who visits here will realise that I haven't blogged much. There are a few reasons but the main one is I actually don't have a computer. I only have an iPad to use and obviously while it is possible to blog from one I find it difficult. It has already taken me an hour to get this far in writing this and I never know if what I have written will post properly. 
While I love the tablet the size of memory is a problem (16 G) and I am forever juggling things for space. Not having a computer means that getting the photos off is difficult. Finally my daughter managed to put them on her computer to save them, but sadly her computer is off with her where she lives on campus at University. The photo of the monkey I have used here is actually a screen shot from Instagram ( poorly edited because I have had had to delete all my photo editing apps as well). 
So probably the best thing for me to do is try to do short posts when I can. Fingers crossed.

Monday, September 14, 2015

A busy weekend.

While lots of people seemed to be off on sewing weekends, I was having a different sort of weekend. My youngest boy had a weekend of sporting activity and even though I prepared some stitching to take it didn't even get opened.

On Saturday his Under 13 Rugby League team played in the Grand Final. We didn't win but this team of boys have been winners all along - with their support of each other and their great spirit. They played their best for the full time and never gave up. He's number 10 in this photo.

And then on Sunday we had an all day Volleyball tournament. It was an early start in the morning as we had to go to the Sunshine Coast and then it was a late night home. But the boys won all their matches and so were the winning team for Under 13 boys. Here's an action shot of my boy in flight after getting the ball over the net.

I am so proud of him for his dedication.

I did manage something crafty though. On Saturday I managed to squeeze in a visit to a show put on by the Nundah Cottage Group Quilters. Afterwards I was off to our Final celebrations at the Clubhouse. It was lovely to see all the quilts and have afternoon tea which came included in the entry price. My friend Dianne had a few quilts hanging and I took this one showing her Abacus quilt ( pattern made using the Quick Curve Ruler). Dianne and I went to a class for this one a while back. Yes, hers is finished and mine, well.......

We had a rotten August with the flu - with my husband's significant '0' birthday a write off. We finally got through with the hope that September would be much better but now we all have colds - not as bad as flu but certainly enough to have lost my mojo for anything except sleeping. I am so looking forward to getting better.

I hope everyone out there is feeling full of spring bounce and not carrying the left overs of winter. Stay well.


Wednesday, September 02, 2015

A perfect Match.

At the end of June our Sunday Stitching group had a mini quilt swap. I received my swap from Alison who made me a beautiful little mini quilt with the teensiest of half square triangles and in my favourite colours of "blue and green and everything inbetween". These are not colours that Alison uses very much so I appreciate her effort to make something especially for me. She even provided the hanger.

About the same time at Sunday Stitchers, De had the bright idea of offering us mini quilt frames which she and her husband would make. When I say it was a bright idea, I don't think that they realised that just about all of us would want one which made it a much bigger job than they thought.

Last Sunday's meeting saw the delivery of our frames. What a mighty effort! And I have come home and fitted my beautiful little quilt from Alison to the frame.

It's a perfect match! Doesn't it look fabulous? I can still use the other hanger if I want to change things around and hang it back on the wall, but for the moment this is staying like this.

Thank you Alison and De for this lovely combination - truly a perfect match.