Remember back in June when I embroidered a little posey onto my blue cardigan?
Well my daughter Aisha thought it was beautiful so I asked if she'd like me to stitch another for her and she said, "Oh Mum, would you?! I'd love an embroidered cardie of my own."
I bought a black cardigan because that's a useful colour for any woman to have in her wardrobe, and sketched a spray of roses to stitch as they are Aisha's favourite flower.
Last time I'd trialed the Sulky product but this time I used the Legacy brand.
It was a little easier on my hands, not quite as much gummy resistance to push the needle through, and it washed away quicker as well.
I still don't like either product though.
They are not kind to arthritic hands but they serve a good purpose for projects like this when you're embroidering onto dark clothing and cannot easily trace the design in place.
The three large roses are chain stitch and the rest of the design is a mix of backstitch, blanket stitch and colonial knots.
(I made these leaves)
Simple red and green on black.
Very effective, and Aisha was thrilled with her mum-made cardie.
It doesn't take long to stitch this up so I thought you might like to have the pattern.
Embroidered cardigans would make lovely Christmas gifts...or embroidered mittens, gloves or scarves?
Blossom would like a grey embroidered cardie so at the moment I'm thinking of designs that would suit her.
A little stitchery certainly adds something special to a cardigan, don't you think?
You can download my free "Rose Tattoo" pattern HERE.
Hubby and I had a fairly relaxed weekend. Did you?
On Saturday morning we visited Blossom, Ross and Cully May, before returning home to finish our work - Mr E assessing his student's final end of year projects and me writing patterns for the next issue of The Stitchery Club.
As sunset drew closer my beloved asked if I'd like to go out for dinner and you know I said yes, right?! He took me to our favourite Thai restaurant and afterwards we drove along the water's edge with the cool evening breeze blowing around us. It was incredibly relaxing, so much so that we were in bed asleep by 9 pm.
On Sunday morning we headed north to visit my dear friend Rosie who is recovering from a double knee replacement. I baked blueberry muffins and took them along...
In spite of her pain and discomfort we laughed and laughed.
Mr E and Rosie's son had us in stitches (they are both cheeky fellas!) and it was so good to see Rosie being just as cheeky back to them. She keeps us all on our toes!
You know, I've been fighting depression for a few weeks and it got so bad last week that I almost deleted my blog...but I have learned over time that I must not do anything extreme when depression has a hold of me, that I must be patient and wait until it lifts to make any big decisions or changes.
Seeing Rosie yesterday was a tonic for me, as was a long phone call the other day with Fee.
Having good friends (and I only have a few) who know you well and love you through the good times and the bad, can be the difference between sinking deeper into depression or reaching for the light at the end of the tunnel. I'm blessed to have these two women in my life and I hope I am a blessing to them as well.
If you're feeling like I was reach out to someone who knows you, a friend or family member who can come alongside and cheer you. It's not always as easy as that, I know, but being reminded that life has so many good moments that you can both laugh about and reminisce over is a tonic not to be overlooked.
Don't forget to be that friend to others as well.
Something I've just realised is that when the dark end of life takes hold of me I stop eating healthy, snacking on sweets and ice cream instead. I know that having good nutrition is very important to mental health so it surprised me to acknowledge I'd blindly forgotten all about this and done the complete opposite for three whole weeks.
Today I put aside the sweeties and chose to get back to the delicious natural foods which nourish my body and my mind.
I started by making 2 litres of fresh veggie juice and then prepared some roast vegetables to use in lunchtime salads through the week.
I cut pumpkin and sweet potato into small pieces, then tossed them in coconut oil and salt before roasting them on trays until they were soft inside and slightly golden on the outside.
Sometimes I blend the roast pumpkin with chicken stock, roasted garlic and a little curry paste and heat it up in a saucepan for a spicy pumpkin soup lunch. SO delicious!
I don't waste the pumpkin seeds either.
Removed from the pulp I toss them in coconut oil, salt and Cajun spice before roasting until they are golden and crisp.
Seriously, these are better than every other snack food I've tried.
In fact, these disappeared in 5 minutes.
Fortunately Mr E doesn't like pumpkin so I never have to share.
It feels much better knowing I'm doing something positive for my health again.
Later in the week I have some great Christmas planning and Christmas gift ideas to share with you, but for now I have to trace pattern sheets and check them for accuracy before putting Friday's new issue of The Stitchery Club to bed.
Memberships for this issue close on the 16th so if you'd like to join just head over HERE.
Have a blessed week, and be sure to stop and enjoy the view.
Life is too short not to smell the roses.