Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Another Curve Ball

The day before my last blog post something happened.  Whilst I was away at Let's Get Stitched my 89 year old mother in law who lived on her own had 3 falls.  She was hospitalised and was only released on the condition that she came into our care.  The alternative was a nursing home.  Beryl is a lovely lady and doesn't deserve to spend the rest of her days amongst strangers so we took the decision to have her live with us.  I trained in Aged Care over 10 years ago and out of all her children we were really the only ones that were able to have her for one reason or another.  Sadly Beryl is now "high care"and required 24/7 care and observation so some tough decisions had to be made.

I spoke with the University about possibly doing my studies part time or deferring but sadly both were not an option due to the complexity of the 2 year fast track course I was undertaking so I had to make the heart wrenching decision to withdraw for the time being.  I am able to reapply in the future but a position is not guaranteed.  I could not possibly manage a full study load with Beryl's care and now 4 weeks into full time care I don't think part-time study would have been an option either.  

 It has taken me the full 4 weeks to adjust to how life now is and to come to terms with the fact that I  do not have a future mapped out for now and that each day will bring with it a new set of challenges.  I now feel that I am ok with our decision and as long as I get some "time out" I will be fine.  To aid me in having some "me" time, yesterday we set up a little corner in the studio for me to relax in.  I can come to the studio, shut the door and veg out on the couch for an hour or so.  What this has done for my mental state has been amazing to say the least.

I have managed some sewing in the past month.  Our middle daughter is 21 next month and I have made her a quilt in her modern colour scheme.  It has been sent off to be quilted.

I've also been stitching a few of the Urban Stitches Blocks.  These little blocks have brought me a lot of joy over the past few weeks.

They are just so sweet and quite achievable in a day or two

So at least now I will have a little time to sit and sew each day and also to blog again on a more regular basis.

Until next time.


Fee xx

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Life has been super busy and has thrown us yet another curve ball or two !  We are currently dealing with a life changing situation but hopefully we can find a solution that will be for the best.
We conducted interviews for a new puppy and came home with Rocky a Bull Mastiff who is now 12 weeks old.  He is currently in training and can sit and shake hands already.  He is such a clever little fellow.
We are also knee deep in a bathroom renovation.  We have just had the plumber connect the new shower and vanity so at least it is back to being semi functional !

I have just returned home from the annual Let's Get Stitched weekend which was held in Brisbane.  What a fantastic weekend of fun and friendship.  I am hosting this event in Tasmania in 2016. 

I will show you the new design I released on the day next time.
Fee x

Monday, February 16, 2015

I'm still here

I just wanted to let you know that I am still here.  It's been a busy 18 days or so with me finishing my short course at University and handing in 4 assignments.  We also lost one of our beloved dogs this past week and it has really rocked our world.  We adore our animals and treat them like our children so it has left a massive hole in our lives and hearts.  We were unsure about getting another dog but Toby has been so upset that we have decided to conduct interviews for a new brother or sister.
I have been stitching away and will come back in the next few days and show you what I have been up to.

I certainly haven't been idle.  I have been extra busy and working really hard on some gifts and this months Unfinished Project Challenge.
Fee x

Thursday, January 29, 2015

United Stitches

The world is full of some very talented people and the crafty, stitchy, quilty world has it's fair share that's for sure.  In Australia we are blessed to have many wonderful designer's - All I admire and the work of some I just adore.  One of those designer's for me is Rosalie Quinlan.  

Rosie has become a friend over the years and is a lovely person.  The only problem I have is that she keeps designing some amazing stuff and I keep adding them to my pile of things to stitch which is rapidly growing !

Her newest release is her United Stitches Program.  It is amazing and so very affordable.  Many shops are offering the program so check out your local or buy them from Under the Mulberry Tree which is where I have signed up.  I am currently stalking the post man for my first installment.

Another wonderful blogging friend is Melody who is running a Stitch-A-Long for United Stitches.  Head over to her BLOG to join in the fun too - She will be having monthly give aways and sharing the progress of others.

As per my golden rule for the next few years I decided that if I am doing this then I had best use stash so I pulled out my treasured Riley Blake basics that I purchased in Sydney last year from Appleyard Cottage for a new design that has never left paper.  I will have to find a few nice feature fat quarters to go with them but these will be the basis of the quilt.

And I raided my thread bin for threads to match

I am so pleased that I am able to join in all of the fun and that I can use what I already have for it.

Each Pre-Printed Block Pack  on Linen is just $12.00 which includes 2 of the design - A friend and I are going halves so it's just $6.00 per stitchery.  Can you tell that I am just a little bit excited?

Yep I am.


Fee xx

Saturday, January 24, 2015

I think I have a new addiction

It's official I have a new addiction !  I have been collecting little containers for quite some time now with the intention of making little pin cushions.

Having no spare cash doesn't mean that I can't surround myself with brand new pretty things.  This little dish cost just 50c at the local thrift shop and the fabrics were from my stash.  So a cheap little addition to my collection.

And I made this little bucket full of yumminess !!  It stands just 2 Inches high.  Isn't it adorable?

I have these adorable little egg cups and this little glass trinket dish just waiting for a pin cushion addition - $1.50 for all 3 - What a bargain !

And the most recent addition to my stash of containers waiting for inspiration to hit - A clown planter from the 1970's for $4.00

Why don't you give it a try and make yourself a pretty little pin cushion.  I would love to see what you come up with.

Hugs - Fee xx

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Stitch A Long

The January challenge for the Stitch A Long is an Anni Downs FREE Christmas Stitchery.
I decided to do mine with a sweet little Cottage Garden Thread
I love how it stitched up
I thought it would look nice framed, ready for Christmas this year. 
I have given away most of my "Commercial" Christmas decorations and will be going with ONLY handmade this year so this stitchery will be a perfect addition to my Handmade Christmas decorating in December.
The pattern for the quilt we are making together this year has arrived and last weekend I spent some time getting the templates made and choosing the background fabrics in readiness for a start in February.
I have decided to use another of the Cottage Garden Threads from my stash - This one is a perfect blend of pink and red to go with my Raspberry Parlour fabrics.
This year I am making an effort to use what I have in my stash and only buying when it is absolutely necessary.  I hope I can bite into the massive collection of bits I have gathered over the years.
Have a lovely weekend.
Fee xx

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Thrift Shop Fun

I love nothing more than a good rummage through a thrift shop.  My trip to the University each day is 45 minutes each way and I pass many thrift shops on my way home.  Every now and again I get a "feeling" that I should make an unscheduled stop.  That happened to me last week. I am so pleased I did.  I found all of these wonderful HOBBYTEX Iron On Transfers - Perfect for Stitcheries !!  Look at Little Bo Beep - Isn't she adorable?

And I found this little sweet sewing basket.  It is just so cute and only $1.00
I'm not sure what I will do with it yet - It needs just a tiny minor repair.

And for the first time in a very long time I found some quality quilting fabrics - 2 1/2 metres of it for $5.00 !  What a bargain.
It is so true that One Man's Trash is Another's Treasure.
Have you found any decent treasure lately?
Hugs - Fee xx