Thursday, 16 March 2017

So exciting!!!!



Hello!!! I have so much to tell you!!! Where do I start..... With THE most exciting news of all??? As some of you know I decided to apply for university this year! To do something for me, that I would enjoy and hopefully to achieve something at the end of it.  I decided to apply for a degree course, B A in Textiles.  Due to me having health issues still and mobility issues too I opted to apply at my local college that also runs university degree courses. I went about 4 weeks ago for my first interview and it went really well.  The tutor wanted to set me a brief to see how I would tackle it.... I loved every minute of it. Today I returned for my second interview and took along all the work I had done.  It was an amazing interview and I am so proud of myself. I am pleased to announce that I was offered a place on the course!!! 


Feel free to high five me!! Ha ha The tutor really liked all the work I had done and was impressed with the fact I had done so much without direction.  She is excited too to get me working on her course!! Omg!! I am over the moon, I am having a little trouble actually expressing how excited I am...this may help....
Eeeeeeeeekkkk!!!!!! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeekkkkk!!! Eeeeeeeeeeekkk! Ha ha I will be contacted soon as I have a project to do over the summer!! How exciting!! Then I start September!! Omg!! Me studying at university!! Who would of thought that!! And something else that is rather special....Han will be studying at the sam place doing a B A in Fine Art!!! Yes!! She will be doing a degree course too!! How awesome is that!!
Talking of Han.... Not sure but actually some of you will be aware as I know some are on Facebook and follow me on Instagram too.  All of last week Han entered a local radio competition.  The object of the competition was to become famous for a whole week! By taking photos with celebrities and videos too! I must say it was a hectic week!! Oh but a lot of fun!! A huge THANK YOU to Kevin as she pushed me about the who,e time in my wheelchair. Here are a few videos Han got.... Just awesome!!!






We also gathered photos!! 

It all started with a train journey...


Passed a few places...

Saw this.... Just the outside as we were going past it! 


Yes we went to London!! To the BBC!!! 

To watch The One Show...

It's done live and daily if your not familiar with it.  And Han was hoping to catch a few celebrities!! 
On the show that day was the Harlem globetrotter with  Tony Robinson (Balearic from black adder), Miranda Hart (a comedian currently in a west end show), Rob Beckett (comedian) and Dom littlewood (presenter, don't get done get dom!) and the presenters Matt Baker and Angela Scanlon (presenter from Robort wars). Han managed to literally get everyone apart from Angela.





Of course I had to get in on one!! 

Whilst waiting I spotted Fiona Bruce who reads the news!! 


It was such a fun day....here are some photos of the filming...





An awesome day!! I don't think I have ever met so many famous people in one day!! As you could see in all the photos Han had her local radio flag!

Han actually spent some time in the radio station too, she was on air and read the traffic report! She loved it.




 The competition winner was in for a treat as the prize was for 4 VIP tickets to the Isle Of Wight festival this year!! Last year Han and I looked at it but it was far too expensive!! 

Guess what????

Hannah won!!!! 


And here is the list of who will be appearing...


Let me tell you....I am So excited about Rob Stewart!!! Not sure if I am able to go yet.... With my restricted mobility not sure if it's a good idea? Have to wait and see, we are waiting on more information. If I am unable to go then Han has to video and Skype me!! Ha ha 

I have some more awesome news to share... To date I have lost just over 6 stone in weight....or 38.2 kg or 84.25 pounds!!! How awesome!!! By bobbing about in the water when I can and eating healthier... 

Here I am with cheek bones!!! 


I have been having a bit of bother eating as I seem to of gone off literally everything. But I am trying...


Lol it's scooby doo pasta! 


Fist pizza in ages it's 6 inches! Lol has vegan cheese on it! 

Baguette with garlic mushrooms and parsley....in a dairy free butter.

I must be doing something right!! One day at a time!! 

I have managed to make a few things too...

This blue one is the one I stitched! It's the March design in Kathy Schmitz one stitch club.  The red one is the one Kathy Schmitz stitched!! It really is!! She posted it to m as I was the first person to complete this months design! They are so lovely. I had an idea how to finish them, but just have not go around to it as yet.  Something experimental for me as it will be me using a zip or two! Eeeeek! Never used a zip!! 


A few close ups...




I also stitched this.... Trying some different stitches out.


And I made time to make a few things to send as gifts too! I am happy to post photos now as they have been received by the people :) 

This is a pin cushion I made, it's a miniature version of something I intend to make!! It's from The Enchanted Garden book. I am pleased to say the person I sent it to loved it! :)


I made a heart little pillow filled with lavender for another friend...using more stitches... I am pleased to say the person that received this loved it too! 




I managed to get my sewing machine out too, to play with some fabrics!! 



I made this into a little tote bag, hmmm forgot to take a photo! Next time!! 

So I think I have probably sent you all to sleep now?! Hope you have enjoyed my photos, I have really enjoyed sharing this with you all :)


Until next time...keep smiling! 😊😊😊😊

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Still Here...



Hello happy friends,

Just a quick post to let you all know I am still here and keeping busy..... I will be back after I hear from my second University interview.  All my time and energy is going into the work I have to produce for that interview... Its on the 16 th March :)

Thank you, keep smiling :)

Sunday, 12 February 2017

I am so naughty....


Hello happy friends! So sorry I have neglected you all..... I have even neglected the dog! He has been wanting me to play with him! 

January has been a busy month for me.  Ha ha to some probably not so busy! 

I was stitching to a dead line, and I am so pleased to say I made the deadline!! I thought at one point I would not but I ploughed through. The last couple of days are a blur because all I did was stitch, seriously....I did not sleep for 2and a half days!! Just so I could get it in the post back to Nicola at Hands Across The Sea Samplers :) 

The sampler I was stitching was on a deadline as Nicola is attending the Nashville show in USA!! Awesome right?! And the sampler I was stitching plus two others will be launched there.  It's all REALLY exciting.

As Nicola did a pre-launch to show the new samplers being launched (they are available for pre-order now through Hands Across The Sea Samplers -link in my side bar) so I guess I can show you all what I have been stitching! It's really unusual and really pretty I hope you like it....

It's called Eliza Skelton 1820



For me it's still quite surreal seeing the sampler I stitched looking so pretty in a frame....then on a chart!! 

Here are some other photos of this journey....

I stitched her on 40 count Lakeside lined Autumn gold and with AVAS silks.










Completed....



I really enjoyed my stitching journey with Eliza, working with the beautiful rainbow of colours was a real treat.  Eliza is off to USA! To Nashville.... So exciting. She looks so pretty in that georgous frame, I hope you all like her? 

So what else have I been up to....


Yes this is where I applied....at the university centre.
.......as you all know I was applying to go to university this year, to start September if I was accepted. I had my interview on the 6 th February and it went really well. I took a few things with me of what I have made and drawn/painted.  I would like to share a few things here with you all...

I wanted to take something totally original, made by me, showing some of my skills. This is what I started with. I had an idea and sketched about it to develop it further before I started creating.  This is the creating phase! 


 I love making a mess! 

This is how it started....

Then grew....

It's a work in progress, I really like it. Being a kinaesthetic learner this is awesome for me on many levels.  Touch, colours and freedom to just create makes me happy.

I did this too...


Before creating drawing and paintings for this interview I had never drawn or painted! I watched a few YouTube videos and just went for it! I found the painting really therapeutic and calming, really enjoyed it.




Literally painting everywhere! Ha ha Han took me to the local garden centre and I drew a plant! Finished it at home.

So the outcome of the interview is really positive, I have one further stage to complete before the university tutor will decide if I have a place or not.  I am to receive a brief/project to research and complete, submit and it's a case of wait and see! The tutor will run through everything next week so I know what I have to do and then I will be busy with that! It's all really exciting.  I am oozing with creativity right now....I just need structure and guidance now.  I can't believe going to university is within my grasp! It would be awesome to create in an creative environment....wow! 

I have a plan, a plan of action..... I hope, fingers crossed to be able to do this degree... Oh yes you all probably want to know what it is?! It's a B A in Textiles.... Yes, if I get to do this degree I then want to go onto the Royal School of needlework to specialize in needlework.  I am hoping, see that would be 3 years down the line, I am hoping I would be in a much healthier place come then.

Talking of health...ooooh!!! I am doing great!! At the pool I am doing a nutritional/weight loss course and it's going really well.  In the first two weeks this is what happened,...


I have upped my swimming too..... Previously only swam up and down a couple of times.  Now I am building my lengths up! I started with 5 then 8 then 10 then 14 and now it's 16!! I hold small floats in my hands to help me and good for resistance... My left leg (the poorly knee) does not actually move in the water...I kind of drag it behind me, like it's dead! Ha ha I found even if I tried to move it, even slightly I would be in agony, so I just don't now! Saying that if the professional swimmers are in I have to get out the water, they create too many waves and it hurst my knee all that water chopping about.

Some wet hair photos... Ha ha




Whilst at the pool Han tries all ways for me to try the health bars. I decided ok, I will try one....this one...

OMG!!! Ewe!! Nope! Han liked it! Ha ha 

What have I been eating? Loving salads...




Han Kevin and I decided to try eat out.....for a change! Han and Kevin are vegan eaters so it's difficult anyway! But me with my food issues, no dairy, no egg, no meat, no fish and no soya! It was a challenge! But we found somewhere! And it was pizza!!! I don't eat that much! 

This was my pizza! Han and Kevin ordered the same! It's mushroom, spinach, chilli and rocket. Han ordered polenta chips too....ewe!! No!! Not for me! 

Looks yummy right!

This is the after shot! Everyone finished!  Almost, Kevin was just finishing off! As you can see I still can't eat a lot! I did however take this home! And this pizza is literally all I ate that day! 


At the top I showed you a photo of Lancelot.  He's such a cutie, sits with me snoozing or wanting to play when I am stitching! Here are some adorable photos...




I have been playing more on snapchat on my phone! It's brilliant and given me so many giggles...


I decided to stitch something for me, that I love, as well as stitching a stunning design for Hands across The Sea Samplers.

Now you all know I love Blue Ribbon Designs...you don't? Oh my!! I adore them!!! 😍😍
I had this design  and thought it about time I stitched it! It's beautiful and really unusual too.  It's called Botanical Blessings. (I am naff at taking photos!)





I have actually stitched more than this! Naughty me just forgot to take a more up to date photo! It's a lovely design  and I can hardly wait to see it grow.

Ooooh yes!!! I have had a lucky January... Look what I have won :)


Ha ha lucky for Jon!! Ha ha yes it's cheese! Stay well clear from that I think, or it's a trip to the hospital! Ha ha It's actually Jones favourite! Of course it would be, it's Welsh cheese and jon is Welsh! Ha aha 

Talking of jon.... Look what he bought me for valentines! Yes I know I had it slightly early! They are really lovely and I like the design on them 😍

Also my sweet husband contacted Kathy Schmitz directly asking about her new design, jon knew I would like it without asking me! In fact let me tell you, I did not even know he contacted Kathy!! Apparently jon said he contacted her to ask if he could buy the full kit of her new ensign Bees in the bowers as a gift for me.  Sadly Kathy does not ship to England so no kit.  Appears Kathy was thrilled Jon, a lovely hubby contacted her, she said she would pop something in the post for me by way of a thank you for him contacting her!!  How nice and kind hearted is that!! I knew nothing of this until afterwards!! When the letter arrived with the Kathy aschmitz logo!! I was really excited as well I don't get mail with that on!! When I opened the envelope I was blown away.... Her new design!! Jon then explained the goings on surrounding why I had the chart in my hand! 
It's true I have an amazing husband, he is so understand and helpful with all my crafting things. He helps out where he can and spends hours searching for things I need or like on the Internet! So I know he reads my blog....Thank you Jon xxxx

This design is beautiful and I cannot wait to make it!! 

Well I think your all probably bored of me now and my photos!? So I will go..... I will return soon!! Ha ha 
Take care, remember to smile :) xx