I’m sorry that I’ve not communicated with you this week dear friends. I have been particularly stressed with life events, as you do.
My lovely Mum has been in hospital for some time following a fall. Hospital visiting can be very stressful especially when she is so disorientated. The care home, where she has lived happily for the past four years, have refused to let her go back as they ” can no longer meet her needs”. This is after we were reassured a few months ago that she could live there until she died. The home, Holcroft Grange, CLS, Culcheth have seriously let her down. We are now searching for another more careing home whilst she sits sad and lonely in the corner of the hospital ward.
My brave soldier son has smashed his ankle this week. He’s deflecting all sympathy and awaiting a scan and a reconstruction. My first instinct was to dash the 200 miles and hug him better. I finally decided this was not what he would want and visited my Mum instead.
My third, and hopefully final trauma, was a panic phone call when Gorgeous Grandson fell downstairs. The dash to A and E revealled no damage and all was well! Phew!
I de stressed at home by making a baby doll for a project next weekend (more about that another time). She’s made from a sock and took me around 60 minutes to make. She’s not hungry as she’s stuffed with rice and she’s no trouble at all.
This is one of my favourite photographs. It is of my Mum, my Sister and myself. It was the first time that any of us had been to a High St nail bar. We were on holiday with Mum in Blackpool. For me the photograph epitomises the love between a Mother and her Daughters. Mum is poorly in hospital at the moment and Christmas is looking a bit grim. When I next visit I am going to do a manicure for Mum. A girl can always do with some pampering even an 89 year old girl!
My friend K knitted this shawl. It’s warm and cuddly with shaped shoulders. You can also fasten the front ties if you wish. My Mum was delighted when I gave it to her. She’s not in the best of health so couldn’t do a “twirl” to take the photo from another angle. The really lovely thing was her smile when she cuddled into the shawl.
I have also been dabbling in making note books. My first attempt, the prototype has a green suede cover which is great.
My second attempt has a woollen cloth cover which was a free sample.I have used recycled papers for the inserts and the tie ribbon was cut from inside a sweater ( those that always annoy and show at the shoulders.) The button fasten was free on a craft magazine! So no cost. I hope that by the third attempt I will be a note book know it all!
One of my favourite items when sewing is my trusty sewing box. This truly vintage sewing box was bought as a Christmas present by my Grandmother (Nanna Amy) when I was perhaps nine years old. So I know it is really vintage!!🌹
My Mum filled the box with notions. Now there’s a good word! It was full of pin cushion, scissors, pins, cottons, safety pins and so on. I still remember the delight on Christmas morning 🎄with this gift and I have used it ever since.
I was going to paint it but Hubs convinced me not to and I’m so glad that he did.it deserves to remain in its original finish.
For quite a few years I would take this box to school for sewing lessons. I carried the box alongside a leather satchel full of books, PE kit and cold toast for playtime! This journey was right across town, walking and two bus rides there and back. No wonder I was slim ( well slimmer!) I wrote my name on the base of the box presumably in case I lost it! This still brings a smile to my face. Memories are good.
Today a friend and I visited Abakhan, Mostyn, North Wales This is a huge crafting venue and today the “man from Bergere” was there. He gave an interesting talk on the yarns produced in France by Bergere. The yarns are stunningly lovely and I have used them in the past. In fact I made my Mum a shawl for Christmas last year from a Bergere yarn.
This shawl is actually a beautiful blue with a hint of sparkle. The photograph doesn’t do it justice! Sorry!
The “man from Bergere” was good but it was obvious that he wasn’t a knitter. This is a mistake as he didn’t have a feel for crafting with the yarn. Whilst he may have been a good salesman he didn’t connect with the audience in a crafty way. I was also amazed and devastated when he announced that the demo garments were machine knit! How bad is that when selling a hand knitting yarn?
As a higher priced product it is very attractive. Lovely colours and good to squeeze! I will certainly use it again in the future.
The garden centre where we had our day out is called “Bents” near Warrington. I had thought that I would buy another orchid to add to my collection ( of two! ) but it seemed silly when I am going away for a chunk of the summer, and would probably kill it with kindness anyhow!
One of the Garden centre displays but I won’t be cycling far on this bike!
This particular Garden centre has a HUGE craft shop. It sells nearly everything that you could want from a crafting point of view. I was extremely good and kept my purse in my bag all the way round. It’s really nice taking Mum to these places as she immediately talks about what to make, or what she has made. She’s nearly 89 and forgets the recent past but is really good about the distant past! These outings are good for her as she can still tell me what to do! Some things never change.
Oh such lovely yarn! Gorgeous colours! Squidgy touchy textiles! Love it!
Hi there! Here is the nursing chair that lives in my bedroom. It is a typical Victorian nursing chair with no arms and sat quite low. They were designed for nursing mothers ( or Nannys ) when holding an infant. This particular one is still in its original fabric as it has been protected with a loose cover for many years. Nursing chairs were usually found in more wealthy homes and have traditional cabriole legs with brass castors. This chair is padded with horse hair and quite comfortable especially if you were feeding a baby.
Here is the same chair complete with its loose covers. My Mum made these particular covers in the 1970s complete with piping and pleating. The cover fits perfectly and is fastened on with hidden Velcro. I removed the cover today as I am Spring cleaning! Yes REALLY! One day I will make a new cover for this much loved chair. I’m not sure if I could do as good a job as my Mum did. All that piping and fitting. Anyway maybe one day! For now I will just wash and refit.
This week I have spent ALL of my time
1) Walking Benji Dog
2) Tyring hard to look after Hubs whose recuperating from a Knee Replacement op.
3) Walking Benji
4) Taking Benji to the vets as he’s had a stomach upset ( don’t go there!)
5) Sorting Hubs medical insurance and drugs out.
6) Sorting Benjis medical insurance and drugs out
7) Trying not to give Hubs Benji’s medication or use Hubs medical insurance for dog!
8) Walking Benji
9) Baking cake for “unexpected visitors” who came! -and ate cake.
10) Baking for, and helping at, yesterday’s community cafe
11) Walking dog
12) Cleaning kitchen floor after walking dog
13) Visiting my Mum and not realising that her care home is in quarantine due to a flu outbreak.
14) Finishing reading my current book mentioned in last blog post.
15) A small amount of time sewing and even less time knitting
16) Walking dog. In fact I think that Hubs has had a new knee as a ploy to make me walk more!
phew!! Sunday evening! No wine and no pub due to Hubs still being on medication. Benji dog has finished his. See what next week brings and I will count how many times I walk Benji dog.
In my previous post I included a pin cushion in the photograph. I had a few comments as to how cute it looked! It’s amazing how someone can pick up on a random item that actually means so much to me! This pin cushion was bought in Alaska by my Mum at least ten years ago. Mum and Dad travelled extensively before Dad died and Mum always brought back souvenirs. ( I know where I get my wander lust from!)
This pin cushion is made up of six Eskimos who seem to be cuddling in a circle! They do look rather startled! They each have fur hoods, chubby bottoms and furry feet! So cute! I hope to travel to Canada and Alaska one day. I do have a long list of hopeful destinations.travel,
I am progressing VERY slowly with the skirt mentioned in the previous post, but maybe it will become a finished item in the near future.
By the way, the tablecloth in the picture was made by myself a few years ago. I used a remnant from Aberkhan Fabrics and just hemmed the four sides. Job done.
Confession time…… I have only competed one quilt in my whole life! There! I’ve said it and got it off my chest! This is IT!
I made this quilt at Liberty Bell in Chester. It was a “Block of the month” and I made it about three years ago. I actually worked very hard to finish it for my Mums Christmas present that year (see I work better under pressure). Mum was delighted with the quilt but asked me to take it home as it might get stolen. Not true. She does live in a care home and is paranoid about someone taking her stuff, which they won’t. Anyway I’ve ended up with her gift and love it.
I made this quilt using a lot of appliqué , some embroidery and plenty of patience. It was my first attempt at machine quilting and it shows. The quilt is titled “Autumn House” and is typically American themed with pumpkins, birds and lovely crooked houses. It is backed using a contrasting sprig fabric. I always like to use 100% cotton fabric and threads.
I promise to finish another nearly done quilt this year. It’s probably a good job that I couldn’t start yet another quilt that Liberty Bell are advertising at the moment. I already have other calls on my time but maybe, just maybe. Stay in touch to find out what happens.