Wednesday, 7 December 2016
Firstly thank you so so much for all your lovely comments on my last post :)
I had an email from the RSN regarding attending their open day on the 14 December... For me it's a bit dissapointing but they are having some refurbishments done and in my wheelchair I would not be able to access all the areas I needed to. Only a minor set back! I am not giving up quite yet! I see this as another challenge......as Cinderella says.... I shall go to the ball! Ha ha you know what I mean!
I have been trying to keep busy, stitching still for HATS, I am patiently waiting for the go ahead to show you all my latest finished sampler...soon!! I have started another design, this one is a little more challenging, awesome! Ha ah I think it's brilliant and am loving every minute! Cannot wait to show you all this one it's really lovely and quite unusual too.
I have been busy with the next one stitch club design.....it's so much fun :) if you missed me telling you what it is, sorry :( I shall explain quickly....
Jon signed me up to a wonderful club that is so much fun. Basically Kathy Schmitz releases one design a month for this special club and I get to stitch them!! Here is the link to join, you still can if you want to.... https://kathy-schmitz.myshopify.com/pages/subscriptions
Last month was those rather cute squirrels....
Here is what I stitched, I used dmc variegated thread 4130 :)
I actually managed to finish it too!! First time trying this way too...
What do you think?? I really like it and am pleased with the outcome :)
Jon, yes sweet dear jon gave me an early Christmas present...lol only because I could not wait! Ha ah I shall explain.... Well I have been surviving with a really old phone, a 3GS iPhone! Han calls is my brick! Ha ah well slowly it's been dying on me! It has, honest! I would call people and nothing, no noise, no tone...nothing!! So a new phone was needed! Eeeeeek! Now I have jumped to a really more modern sensitive phone and boy it's awesome!!
Here is the little beauty!
It's an iPhone 7 in rose gold and I love it! Han had to educate me a little as its very different to my 3GS! To be honest I am still learning! Some things are similar with my iPad...so I am not totally in the dark!
That's all I have got for no.... Keep smiling until I next pop in :)
Sunday, 4 December 2016
It is indeed my Christmas advent calendar! The safest thing I could eat without being poorly! Jon is so thoughtful!! Yes, sorry I have already opened 3 doors 😁. Today is the 4 th of December so here is today's opening....
Look!!! A tiny bag of Haribo!!
So sorry I have been absent again.... It just kind of happened :(
But I did finish iff the beautiful design I was stitching for Hands Across The Sea Samplers...it looks stunning in the frame and I can hardly believe that I stitched it! But unfortunately I can't show you all just yet, it's almost ready....the chart is being printed as I type!
So what else have I been doing? I had a bit of time after finishing the last sampler and the new one so 'made' a few things!!
Whilst out and about I came across some rather chunky wool and huge knitting needles too! So thought I would give them a go....
Rather large! But a lot of fun!! What did I create?
A snood! Sorry I am not very good at taking selfies! Next time I promise to smile!
I made something useful for my mum.... A hand warmer! I filled it with winter spices and white rice... It gets popped in the microwave for less than a minute and voila! A warm pad! Oh but my smells delightful, just like gluewein! (That's why I chose the design on the front!) Mmmmm my mums loves it!
I used crayola crayons and decided to colour the design in! A first for me and it looks ok I think. My mum liked it!!
A while ago now jon enrolled me on Kathy Schmitz one stitch club, it's where Kathy sends out via email one design a month for 12 months and you stitch and create how you like! This is what I did with the latest one...Novembers design....
What I decided to make....
Opened out front and back...
What else have I been up to.....
Oh yes!! Hannah's blanket jumper!! A few more rows have been added :)
It's 70 stitches long and so heavy! But I keep adding to it! One day she shall have it! Ha ha
After making the cute snowman mat for my mum....this one if you missed it...
Hannah then asked if I could make a mat for her! To go on the table that she and Kevin use when on lap tops. I told them both to go choose some fabric from my craft drawers.....this is what they chose and they also chose triangles!
They are a little larger than the hexagons I stitched by hand so these are taking a little longer! They shall get it soon!!! Ha ha
Some rather exciting news.... I entered a competition in a cotton and wool appliqué group and I was lucky enough to be chosen!!! Eeeeeek!! Look what I won!!!
These fabrics are beautiful and so so perfect for when I start the challenge of all challenges! Remember this...
This is my challenge of all challenges! Soon I will be able to start this...I am busy gathering supplies! Still undecided what the backing fabric will be...should I get plain or one with a tiny pattern? Thinking still....
See I am still here!! May not of been posting but have been rather busy!
One other thing I need, yes need! To tell you all about.... For many years now I have dreamed of studying at the Royal School Of Needlework, in Hampton Court Palace. It's just about 1 hour 30 minute drive away from where I live so it could be possible....
Anyway I have been thinking and thinking ....what if...
They have an open day for the degree course I am interested in on 14 December....so I booked a place and am going!! Going to see if it is possible for me to join? I mean I have a lot to think about, being in my wheelchair....access my be an issue? And me being a not so young applicant! Ha ha although Han keeps telling me 45 is not old! Ha ha going to try to follow my dream... I want to do something me thing for me, to learn at the RSN would be amazing!
I have a back up plan... If I cannot apply for September 2017 then I will go do an access course at my local college, some textile fabric arts course. Then apply afterwards to the RSN. I have made up my mind this is what I want to do.... Han has said any way she can help me get to my dream she will help.
I am going to have to keep up my weight loss and healthy program at the pool and mix in a bit of upper body strength too in the gym. Not sure how or if I can do that yet, if I am ready? The gym staff are brilliant so no doubt they will advise and help me. Working towards a dream is good, right?
Here is the course at the RSN...
I took this whole segment off their website...
Why choose the RSN Degree Course
The Royal School of Needlework holds a world-renowned reputation for excellence in hand embroidery. Offering international links and opportunities for Degree student internships and placements through its extensive professional connections.
Fingers crossed I can apply!! I will keep you all informed as and when I know! How exciting!!
Well I think I have probably bored you all enough! Ha ha
Happy smiles to you all :)
Monday, 21 November 2016
Hello again! I am back!!
We have a quiet house again as Han left for the hospital again today. Ha ha well when I say left, it was not on schedule at all. Not out fault! Her transport was booked to pick her up at 6 am, it did not arrive here until just around 10am! Han was so tired as she had been up since 5am! I think she may sleep tonight! I think I am a walking zombie right now, see I never actually went to sleep last night! No idea why just did not! I was still awake come 5am when Han got up! I did however go to sleep when Han left at 10am .....but I only slept until 12. Apparently not requiring much sleep today! Ha ha
With my day being messed up my food plan went out the window! And today I thought it was a chilli day but was not! And ion told me to eat the humus as it does not have a very long fridge life. Ha ha so I have now decided to use the planner as a guide! I mean some days I am at a loss what to eat so I can refer back the the planner. I am fine with messing up, I mean I am only human! Ha ha
So here is what I actually had today... No breakfast!
Was chilli with mini wraps. Incidentally the chilli is off the other day, made a huge pan and jon froze it in handy small portions. Go jon!!
I am useless at making the wraps, so jon tells me!
It went in my mouth, that's all that matters, right!? Ha ha
Then later for lunch...
A rather special sandwich! Only recently found bread I can eat! This is a rye based bread as is really yummy. I spread the bread with humus the put lettace and tomato inside....mmmmmm
Not feeling that hungry today, so that's what I had today. Just as well as I have been like a slug all day and hardly moved.
I have managed to finish my mums table mat for her Christmas table... I did not pick it back up until I had done some stitching! I did not manage all the 7 words I need to do, I think it was 3 or 4... Better than none!
Jon and I are off out on our scooters tomorrow, popping around my parents house. So I will stitch more when we get back.
Thank you all for your wonderful comments about which design to do.... I did choose one...
I stitched them all together...
Then come the hard part how to finish it! I added some fusing to the back then put some white wool mix on the back.
Lancelot wanted to help I think...
I am really pleased with how it turned out, my first Christmas mat!! Go me!!
Ok, got to go, it's jab time! Until I next pop in, remember to keep smiling :)
Sunday, 20 November 2016
And I had better do something! Ha ha
I have been playing around with some fabric and hexies, to make a little table thing for my mums table to put something Christmassy on!
Here is what I have been doing.... And maybe a little help with the final decision? I cannot decide which way around to sew it! See what you think....
Oh yes, I found this cute design for a basic hexie in the Quilters World magazine Fall 2014 page 122. I subscribe digitally to this. 😊☃❄️⛄️
Then came up with a snowflake design....
But which way around?
Or this way?
What else have I been up to? Yes stitching! I only actually have 7 more words to sew! Then it's finished!! I personally find the end part really hard, you know when it's almost finished. See I like stitching so much I don't want it to end! Unfortunately I seem to find other things to do rather than finish stitching! I need to pull my finger out and get it finished!! The next design is already lined up for me to start!! Oh that one is really lovely and cannot wait to start it! H aha better get those last few words done!!
My dad and I went along to bingo today, it's really nice to spfun no time with him, and we do have a giggle. So my awesome meal planner went out the window slightly today, only slightly though!
Weetabix and oaty milk, it's the new variety with added protein.
Dinner... I was at the Bingo and needed to eat, only thing on the menu safe I could eat was chips, so I had a small bowl. No photo :(
Lunch this evening was yummy!
Peas and carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, steamed chicken breast with a little gravy.
This is what I have had today... I don't eat snacks as they fill me up too much. I do however drink plenty of water, only with ice as I find it easier and nicer to drink.
That's all for today...
Until I next pop in, smile :) xx
Saturday, 19 November 2016
Firstly, THANK YOU for leaving comments on my last post... I feel so lucky to have such lovely blogger friends that care.
I did get some sleep, and when I woke up I made my 7 day meal planner.... I did! Here it is...
Today is Saturday and I am on firm as I have followed it so far! Ha ha!
I decided to take photos of each meal, as a log for myself really....so I can look back at a laterstage and think, damn that tasted good! Ha ah saying that, I decided this after I had ate breakfast! Ho hum!
You will also see I have moved the dinner and lunch, so I eat them the other way around. There is a sensible reason for this... It's so my stomach has something light in, in the evening. Remember I don't move about a lot so lighter the better! I can't take the credit for that idea! Thank you Han! Yes Han is home for the weekend, she says the course she is on at Stanmore hospital is really helping her, I am pleased as its about time she had some real help.
So no photo for breakfast...here is dinner
It's home made mince beef chilli, it has mushrooms, garlic, sweet corn, peppers, kidney beans, 4 other variety of beans, chopped tomatoes, chilli powder and mixed herbs. Had it with some white rice.
As you can see this is a small bowl, I actually had two bowls but not one after the other, there was a 4 hour gap! Jon tells me that in the first bowl he gave me he put 2 table spoons of chilli and 1 table spoon of rice. The second bowl some hours later he gave me 1.5 table spoons of chilli and 1 table spoon of rice. It was more than enough!
This is basically lettace, tomatoes and one steamed breast of chicken with a herb and paprika salad dressing. This looks a lot! I spread it around the bowl! I think next time I shall put it in my smaller pink bowl ( the one I used for chilli) as I did leave some.
My exercise swimming visits will start again next week as I use the weekends to relax and spend time with jon. Ha ha no fear of me giving up swimming I love it!
Day one has gone better than I thought it would.....one day at a time!!
Onto some crafts...
There is one thing I want to master but no matter how many times I try I just can't grasp it. I tried again and I am thrilled with the result..... Ha ah when you see the photo you will all probably go, oh no!! Terrible!! Ha ah
It started lik this....
Not actually making anything, it's just how they turned out! I will keep trying! Crotchet will not beat me! I kind of made a granny square!
On other crafts, I love to play with wool and appliqué too. Jon surprised me with a little gift I have been wanting forever... Yes the little craft iron! Let me tell you for using with appliqué it's amazing.
You can see I am 'creating'.... Ha ha
This is one of the 4 corners...
And yes! I am still stitching the HATS design, it's very close to being finished :) more on that when it is finished! Ha ha
I was thinking that I want to involve myself in some things again, seems like I have lost my way. I know a lot of bloggers that craft participate in exchanges, I think I would like to do one.... Eeeeek! My first ever one! Ha ha saying that I bet now is not a good time as people are doing other things and commitments? So I thought I would put some feelers out to see what people thought? And as for what to exchange? Yes we need a theme! I feel like something different is needed....any suggestions? Basically if you could participate in an exchange what would you want the theme to be? What have you always wanted to make and give to a friend? Curious??! Ha ah let me know what you think? I am thinking any craft too, no matter if it's stitching, sewing, quilting, woodwork, you get the idea! Anything goes! It would be really interesting to see what people would make in there specialist chosen hobby.
Ok, going now as I have to go jab myself...yes every evening or I may develop more blood clots.
Until next time ......SMILE!! Xxx