Thursday, 5 March 2015

Long long long over due.....

Hello my happy wonderful friends...

Are you all wondering what is long long long over due??

Oh my!!

I do feel awful for not telling you all sooner about a truly wonderful kind hearted person.  So I will do my best to tell you all now....

Whilst I was in hospital, if you are not aware of this, it was from the 21 St January to the 7th February and I was so so very sad in there.  I was there because I had a seriously severe flare up of my osteoarthritis in my left knee.  I was in so much pain, the doctors were trying to find some suitable medication to control this.  

Now and then when they could my daughter and parents would visit me.  On one particular day they brought me a package... Oooh my eyes lit up and I thought wow for me!!  I was so happy, and then when I opened the package and pulled out the contents... Unwrapped from the tissue.... I started to cry.  Oh these were happy tears!! I was overwhelmed that someone would send me such a lovely gift.. Really just when I needed cheering up... Such good timing!!

And I bet your wondering what was in the package??

Here look...


It's the cutest little bunny I have ever seen... And do you all want to know what I called her??  I called her Hope.  For a few reasons really. When I was in hospital, Hope made me feel everything was going to be ok and I would get out soon.....I did!!

And now at home, bed bound as I still cannot straighten my leg or weight bear or walk on it... Hope is with me..


Hope is there for me... She gives me hope that my leg will get better soon...

I would like to tell you all who this wonderful person is that sent me Hope...it was Julie  :). Her blog is juliesstitchingjournal.blogspot.co.uk  I am ever so grateful to you for sending me a gift.  I will take care of her and cherish her for a long time.  Thank You xx

Whilst I am here I would like to show you all an up date of my current stitching project... 

If you don't know what I am stitching, it's a wonderful Blue Ribbon design called "Five Houses Of Hope".  I am using DMC threads and 18 count Aida I hand dyed myself ..... And yes I am very proud and happy and hmmmm amazed at the wonderful fabric creation I made! 

Here is where I am on my stitching journey so far...



I am so so pleased with my progress...let me tell you all its such a joy to stitch.  Stitching this really really makes me happy, I am over the moon that I am actually stitching it now.

So I hope your all happy and enjoying what ever you are doing?  If not, I am sorry and please feel free to take one of my smiles :). And I hope you feel better/happier soon.

I am now going as I feel I have taken up enough of your time...

Thank you so so much for popping in, lovely to see you :)

Happiness and smiles to you all :) 

Xx

Pay It Forward ......Special edition up-date.....

Hello friends... 

Here is a special edition to my blog, to say Thank You... All will become clear....

It just happened that I received a lot of these things whilst in hospital....and was truly grateful as they cheered me up heaps!

The first thing I would like to talk about is something that has already been mentioned on this wonderful persons blog... Anthea from Hibiscus Stitches  ... Her link....sorry as I am on my iPad I have no idea how to make this a linky thing.... So could I ask you just to cut and paste....http://hibiscus-stitches.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/pay-it-forward-delayed-update.html.

Well a while ago I agreed and signed up to her PIF... Lol that is a funny term!  It stands for Pay It Forward.  I signed up because I love to give things to people... I get so much joy from this so thought why not!!

As I said whilst in hospital I received Anthea's wonderful PIF gift.... 

Yes I borrowed this photo from Anthea's blog as I am useless at taking photo's!

The photo's I took...

The parcel.... Lovely paper :)


The PIF gift...


See useless at taking photo's!!

I would like to say a massive Thank You to Anthea for making such a lovely gift.  For me it's very useful and I will and am using it! Everything about it I love... The fabric, the colours it's just lovely and I never expected such a wonderful gift.  Thank You xx

Ok...
Now that I have received my PIF gift it is my turn to pay it forward..... 

Here is my pledge....

1. PROMOTE PIF ON YOUR BLOG AND CHOOSE 3 PEOPLE YOU WILL SEND TO... You can use a random number generator or just pick 3,request that prospective recipients be a Followerof your blog.  This assists in providing you with some assurance that your chosen people are not going to vanish out of blog land, and that they will (hopefully) reliably do their part of PIF.

2. MAKE A LITTLE HANDMADE SOMETHING FOR 3 PEOPLE WHO OPT IN. You decide yourself whether you are ok to send international or not.  If you would rather mail to just 2 people, or perhaps 4 if your feeling generous, go ahead! Of course bear in mind the time, money and postal costs involved in your choices.

3. SURPRISE YOUR 3 PEOPLE; DONT TELL THEM WHEN YOUR MAILING TO THEM!! Of course, when you choose them, you'll need to ask for their postal details.

4. YOU MUST MAKE AND SEND YOUR ITEMS WITHIN 365 DAYS.

5. IF YOU NEED ANY OTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE EMAIL ME. PIF is really easy and quite fun, the main thing is that each person will keep their commitment.

That is it really!!
So I have decided to send to 2 amazing people that opt in :) 

Ok....

To get a handmade gift from me you have to play too!!!

1. If you put your name forward to receive from me, you pledge to make and send to 2,3 or 4 of your own readers.

2. It does not have to be a 'quilty' thing, but has to be hand made.

3. You must have a blog.  If it's reasonably up-to-date t helps me to get a feel for what you might like to receive.

4. Once you have received your mal from me, you must post about Pay It Forward on your blog and keep the fun going!

PLEASE ONLY PUT YOUR NAME UP IF YOU CAN COMMIT TO FULL PARTICIPATION TO PAY IT FORWARD.


If you are interested in PIF then please indicate in your comment by saying PIF :) thank you :)

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Hooked, oh yes I am!!........

Hello my lovely friends, your all wonderful and make me so so happy... Do you want to know why?  Well, by you dropping in when you hop hop hop around people's blogs, and I simply love the messages you leave...Thank You xx

So I guess your wondering about my title today?  Hooked.... Wondering what on?? Ha ha no, no, no....nothing to do with all the medication I am taking!! Ha ha that is funny! I think I am hooked on samplers.... Oh my!! I am loving doing the Blue Ribbon "Five Houses Of Hope" at the moment.  It got me thinking...oh yes I do a lot of thinking from my bed!!

Got me thinking that I would like to stitch a traditional one, one to keep within the family.... Oh the ones I stitch and have stitched will remain within the family.  But I wanted a more traditional sampler.  Hmmm do you know or understand what I mean?  I really don't mind how long it takes me... I think it would be one I would work a little on over years?? Then one year down the line it would be finished and treasured within my family...forever.  Know what I mean??

Jon, yes the wonderful jon has been searching around the net for a design I may like or be interested in... I have found borders and trees I like but that is about it so far!  If you know of a place that has really lovely traditional sampler charts, don't hold back!! Let me know and I will take a look :). I think for my birthday (not till June) but it's good to think and plan ahead!! Any places you have seen or looked...or even where you may of bought one from!? Thank you for any assistance locating lovely designs :)

So onto my stitching.....

I am faithfully only stitching my wonderful Blue Ribbon Design, "Five Houses Of Hope" .... By that I mean I am only stitching this at the moment, no others at all.  That's right... I have not been distracted at all..... I am loving it too much to put it down!!

Onto my up date...this is where I am now......


Sorry it's a little wonky... I took it out of my q-snap and it was just resting on my knees.  I am pleased with my progress, the wording all done for this bit.  It's almost half done!! Wow!! That is awesome!.

Oooh a little teaser for you all.... I have a cute needle minder..it is adorable and I love it.  It is on this stitching but I took it off when I took the fabric off the q-snap frame.

The teaser is.... What is my needle minder and what do I call it? Just for fun!!  lol just checking your all still awake out there and that my blog is not sending you all to sleep!!!

Have you all been busy?? Stitching, sewing, making, knitting.... Well all things creative.... ??? I love to make things... Do you??! Or do you just do/make one thing?? I am full of curiosity today! Ha ha

I must show and share with you all a few wonderful things I found/noticed in my new subscription copy of Cross Stitch Collection, April 2015 issue 247.  This one....


Whilst flicking through the pages, yes I seem to do that a lot before actually reading the magazines!  Well I came across this first...

It is the wonderful Belinda from Blue Ribbon Designs...a very nice photo indeed!!


And then a little written bit too...oooh there is her blog!!


What a lovely surprise to find in my magazine.  Congratulations to Belinda for getting into a UK magazine :). 

Ok I have probably bored you all silly by now... So I am going to read my new magazine then it's back to my stitching!! :)

Take care everyone, it is lovely to see you all, when you do pop in :)

Smiles :)

Xx

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

And now......

Hello marvellous friends....

I just want to firstly say a big Thank You for all your messages... I am not going to dwell on what's happened to me, I am going to think ....ok I am injured, trying to cope with daily pain... I can get through this...I WILL!!  It's just a hiccup that's all!.... Ok a big hiccup!! Ha ha at least I have my sense of humour, I have my mum to thank for that :)

I am and will stay positive, after all I am a happy smiley person!!

Happy happy happy... Ok only smiley faces and happiness all the way!!

During my smiled filled day I have been stitching... Oh yes indeed!!  I should show you all what I have been doing...

Ha ha .... You all know already what I am stitching!  But just in case, for those new folk dropping by, here is what I am currently stitching...
It's a wonderful Blue Ribbon design called "Five Houses Of Hope".  I am using DMC threads and stitching on 18 count hand dyed (by me) Aida.  

Here is my journey so far...






And that is where my journey so far has taken me....

I have to tell you all this design is such a joy to stitch, it's lovely... Oooh for those who are not sure what the design looks like, or not seen it before ..

This is it... What hopefully my finished design will look like...


A close up....


And if you want to see more Blue Ribbon designs then in my side bar I have a quick link button... It's says I like everything there!  Ha ha.. I do!!

I hope you have enjoyed my journey of stitching so far... 

Please feel free to leave a comment at the bottom, I love love love to read all your comments..ha ha good or bad!  

Right... I think I have been here long enough!  Ha ha you think??

On with the stitching:)

Smiles to you all :) 

Xx




Monday, 2 March 2015

Oh My!! What an eventful 2 days!!.......

Hello wonderful friends...
Gosh where do I start??
Ok.... Sunday...

It was going oh so well too!  Around 11 am is when I guess it all started... I got out of bed, ha ha don't do that often! Only to use the marvellous commode at the end of my bed.  Let me tell you it's worth it's weight in gold since my knee has been playing up.  So anyway... I went to stand up, my body was forward but apparently my leg was facing left.... As I stood up I pulled the ligaments in my knee!(I know this now as its what the hospital say!) I tell you what else can go wrong!! I managed to make it, just to the commode and back to bed.  But laying in bed my pain went through the roof, I was very uncomfortable and nearly screaming with pain.  My husband, yes the lovely jon... He phoned the paramedics and they sent an ambulance out.  They assessed me as agreed to take me to hospital to get the pain under comtrol.

In accident and emergency they made me comfortable, gave me a morphine slow release injection .... This is great and I am going to ask my own doctor for it!  And they put a cannula in to take blood and administer things...

Look...


Ha ha and they actually gave me a cup of tea!! I had to take a photo of the wonderful cup and saucer.... Hmmmmm


If your not familiar, NHS stands for National Health Service, I think the logo is on the cups and saucers to stop people taking/borrowing them to take home?!!! Oh but isn't it just lovely??!! Ha ha ha

So uh huh.... Was in accident and emergency, they say they want to keep me in over night to make sure they control my pain.  Hmmm thank goodness I could not of coped with being admitted again.  So got wheeled around to the CDU, Clinical Decision Unit... And spent the night there.  I kind of cat napped through out the night.  I think it's all the strange noises?  Then thank goodness the hospital organized transport home for me... I went home in an ambulance!  So yes I am now back home... Ha ha in my bed!!! 

I do have one more medication now to take on top of the ones I already take.... I am fine, dosed up and relaxed.  So yes a pulled ligament on top of my severe osteoarthritis!! What ever next??? Nothing I hope!!!

As you can imagine I have not done that much stitching... Oh but managed some... So I would like to share it with you all now.

Remember is the wonderful Blue Ribbon Design called "Five Houses Of Hope" stitched on 18 count home dyed fabric using DMC threads....


I am still working on it...in between sleeping!  When I came home I fell asleep for about 4-5 hours... I obviously needed the sleep!

So now home again... It's back to stitching!  

Hope your all well and happy... Oh I am happy, happy to be home!!

Smiles to you all, until tomorrow....  Xxx