Thank you to everyone who sent messages, prayers and best wishes to Blossom. She went downhill on Sunday and ended up in the emergency dept of our local hospital when her asthma wasn't responding to medication at home, but two days later and she's turned a corner and heading for complete recovery. Her chest cold was a bad one, something we pray she does not experience again.
I bought her tulips to remind her that all would be well again soon...
My sweet friend Carrie also brought cheer to Blossom. She sent me the loveliest lavender sachet as a gift, and included one for Blossom as well. The card enclosed had my very favourite poetry verse too...
Thank *you* sweet Carrie.
My stitches are out as of 12 hours ago...
..but the operation did not bring about the results we'd hoped. My finger is almost 'frozen' and I cannot bend it any further than this...
I will start physiotherapy soon to see if we can remind it to bend once more.
Fortunately I am able to stitch again as I do not use that finger, but I can't grip things or use any pressure on the finger because it is very painful.
To pretty up my battered hand I decided to buy something special after I saw the surgeon today...
My first silver bracelet.
Kathleen is 76, has only partial sight, and can crochet like an angel.
I always drool over her work because I cannot for the life of me do what she does. Kathleen emailed a few weeks ago to say she had a housewarming gift for me and could she have my address. When her parcel arrived I was speechless...
My bedroom is now home to two *beautiful* pillowcases from Kathleen...
Isn't her craftsmanship exquisite?!
These are now heirloom pieces, to be handed down to Blossom, and then (hopefully) on to her future daughter. What a precious blessing. Thank you Kathleen.
You can see more of Kathleen's work HERE on her blog.
I've been looking everywhere for a particular gold thread. I used it when I stitched the front of my Elefantz market bag...
It was gold and black stranded and SOOOO much nicer to work with than DMC gold thread.
Finally I gave up thinking about it and accepted that I'd never see it again. Now, you know how when you resign yourself to not finding something and it just 'appears'?
The quilting bus arrived in town last Saturday (a mobile bus filled with quilting supplies that travels through remote areas up here, usually visiting every few months), and guess what I found?!!
Honestly, these are amazing to stitch with! They do not separate, they are not stiff or rigid. They are sublime.
Now that I have the name of the maker, I discovered I can but it online in Australia (it's a Greek thread) through THIS website. \o/ It's called Butterfly Thread.
Have you ever used this thread? What gold (or metallic) threads can you recommend?
Yesterday I decided I *had* to make something. Not sewing can drive a person mad you know.
It was a good thing I had stitched a few of my 'Rainbird' designs months ago, as all I needed to do was machine stitch it into a pot pourri filled door hanger - well, I added a frill and some covered buttons too. Again, I dove into my Rural Jardin stash (absolutely LOVE that fabric line!)...
It felt so good to make something once more. :-)
Last, but not least, to celebrate the removal of my stitches, I have drawn the winner of my giveaway!
Congratulations Peg! \o/\o/
You have won a copy of ....
...and I know you will love it!!
Tomorrow I will show you Mr Elefantz' new toy. It's blue and has two wheels.
And I'd better start making something for the August Re-Invention Challenge!
Have you started yet????
If you need a reminder you can read THIS.
PS: Hop over to Judith's blog - she is closing down her online store and has 50% off all her patterns!!