Tuesday, 30 September 2008
Monday, 29 September 2008
Sunday, 28 September 2008
I planned to spend Saturday in my sewing room too, but took Miss 16 to the hospital again instead. Her elbow was still extremely painful and the heavy-duty painkillers she was taking were not making much difference at all. Despite having eight children this is only the second bone break we have done, (Up until a couple of years ago my boast was even better - no broken bones!) but the one we have done previously was not as painful as Miss 16's. So her pain seemed out of the ordinary to me. I was so glad I took her back because she got a back slab cast put on her arm (half a cast bandaged onto her arm with a crepe bandage) and she is in so much less pain today. It's hard to believe what a huge difference the back slab has made! She goes tomorrow morning to see the orthopedic surgeon to have her arm reviewed and to find out exactly what they plan to do with it. So Monday morning will be full of doctors and the hospital. I must make sure I have some stitching to take with me!
Friday, 26 September 2008
So I have been having a busy month. Waiting in emergency departments and at doctor's offices. (For related and unrelated doctors visits!) It all takes so much time. As we were leaving the hospital last night we had to make an appointment to see a doctor at the fracture clinic next week, and it turns out that next week is October! I mean, I knew that, but it's still surprising! Roll on October!
Wednesday, 24 September 2008
This is what I saw when Bradley opened the box. (He was the only one in range with a pocket knife.) A pretty package and a card. A hand made card! From Jo-Anne.
This is the sweet card that Jo-Anne included. I loved the card because it told me a little more about her. Despite the fact that Jo-Anne comes from Tuscon Arizona she has an Australian connection because of her Australian mother. (Like me. I have an Australian mother too!) She is also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints! (Like me!)
This is all the goodies from the parcel. So many beautiful hand made things and a book to write in! I think I will write lists in the book. One of my favourite things to do is write lists! Miss 11 asked if all the bag swap bags had to have suffolk puffs on them, because I put them on the bag I made too! Miss 22 loved all the bugs on the bag (charms) and that's kind of crazy because I am in the middle of embroidering bugs too!
And, shockingly, it was a bit like a "two for one" because this cute bag was in there too! I am going to put sewing projects in my new bags and then hang them on the wall. (Hope you're reading this Brad, because I need some hooks put up!) I can't wait to use them. I checked out Jo-Anne's blog and when she received her bag she said she would use it to take projects to her daughter's volleyball games. Well Jo-Anne, my new bags will be going to lots of basketball games with me. And basketball training! Thank you Linda for organising this swap! It has been so much fun!!!
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
I finished it! One photo without the flash and one with the flash. I don't know why I never finish anything in daylight, but I don't! The heart is beaded and I put a few beads on the butterfly as well. Mrs 24 (picklesticks) saw my blog post from last night and said that she enjoyed the post, but she felt it was much more beautiful in real life. (Just felt you should know that! Modesty! It's what I'm all about!!!) I'm really keen to get it made up into....... whatever I decide it's going to be. Oh! Just a little more information about my inspiration. I have recently discovered a blog called White Clover Stitches. Mary does beautiful stitching and beading and it is her work that inspired me to include some beading in my stitching. Thank you Mary! You are an inspiration!
Mr 7 got out a step ladder and began cutting. He completely looked like he knew what he was doing. I guess he had watched me and his older sisters cutting hair dozens of times and he had all the actions down pat. Of course, what he didn't have was the stamina to endure to the end of the haircut. (Generally he doesn't even have the stamina to sit through his own haircut!)
So Mr 19 went on with the haircut and got a sister to help him finish off. That's what happens when the 7 year old cuts hair. It's fun for a while and then you get to finish it off yourself!
Monday, 22 September 2008
So, this is what I am working on. There is also some sewing room tidying happening and some grandson clothes sewing. (He is growing like a weed!) I am also thinking about other stitching projects to fulfill my swap commitments. Stay tuned!!!
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
She was so happy to see her sisters. Fortunately all of our kids are pretty close and I think all of them count each other as friends. This is Miss 22 and Miss 18 holding hands! Miss 16 was on a school excursion that she had committed to before we knew Miss 22 was coming home. They caught up with each other after school.
We spent so much time upstairs that Miss 22's luggage was almost the only luggage left. So, our house is a little fuller than it was. A little louder than it was. A little sillier than it was. I guess that's the way we like it!
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
Monday, 15 September 2008
Another reason for very few posts last week was that my camera is STILL at the fix-it shop. It's been there for 4 weeks now, and I kinda think that if they can't fix it in 4 weeks then maybe it just can't be fixed and they should just give me a new one! Over the past 4 weeks I have been borrowing my kids' cameras. Fortunately I have a lot of kids, but last week they all wanted to use their own cameras! Imagine that! Using their own cameras! So this very artistic bag shot was taken by Miss 18. She's studying photography at Uni this semester so I was very privileged to have a "professional" photographer take these photos of my bag.
Now, back to this bag! This is my first ever giveaway (in 213 posts! I mustn't be your typical generous crafting blogger!) and it has been so much fun that I'm sure I'm going to do it again. One of the funnest parts of having a giveaway is visiting the blogs of everyone who leaves a message! I even got to google "random number generator". And the winner is: Sarah! From If only I had chocolate. Congrats Sarah, I will email you later today and request your mailing details.
Monday, 8 September 2008
I have really enjoyed this blog of mine. Over the past 212 posts I have meet so many wonderful people and seen so many great ideas. Even after all this time I am still finding 'new' blogs and 'meeting' new people. When I started blogging I had no idea how to do it (thank you Mrs 24 who taught me everything I know), and was definitely in the creating doldrums. Having this blog (and reading other blogs) has inspired me to create so many more things than I would have otherwise. It has broadened my horizons. I started it in an effort to find my happy place and this little corner of the internet is it! I plan to keep blogging forever (or as long as it is fun!) and you should all stick around for another 87 posts to enter my 300th post giveaway! Good luck!
Friday, 5 September 2008
Yesterday I made this wheat bag. The wheat was in an old wheat bag that had a hole in it. I made a calico bag to put the wheat in first and then used some flannel scraps to make a pretty cover. I love it. I did have lots of other things to sew, but just needed to finish something quickly so I didn't feel so hopeless! You know, sometimes you just need a little encouragement.
And I was encouraged. I managed to finish the curtains for our living area. Well, okay, not finished completely. I still have to hem the curtains. That's scheduled for tomorrow too. (My living room looks dreadful! The kids had just sorted the clean clothes when I decided I wanted a photo.) So, almost all of my goals achieved this week. The last goals I will be concentrating on on the weekend.
Thursday, 4 September 2008
Once upon a time there was a girl called Stephanie Nielsen. She was married to a lovely man called Christian and they had four wonderful children. Stephanie was very lucky because she also had a blog (called Nie Nie Dialogues) and lots of blogger friends. She was very happy. One day she and Christian went flying with Christian's flight instructor and were involved in a terrible accident. Christian's flight instuctor (a wonderful man with a family of his own) was killed. Christian and Stephanie were badly burned, but alive. Stephanie's sister Courtney rushed to be with her little sister and watch her children. Courtney had a baby of her own (finally), after struggling with infertility, but decided to take on Stephanie's children while their Mum and Dad spend months in the hospital recovering. Courtney's blog "c jane" is the story of her changed life and details Christian and Stephanie's recovery process. Courtney also is raising money to help pay the hospital bills which will be substantial (healthcare in the USA is so expensive). So, if you want to find out what happens next, click the button on my sidebar and go "c jane".
Wednesday, 3 September 2008
Jane's shop is very pretty and it has a lovely atmosphere. I think that is due to the fact that Jane is a lovely person. So rush over to her new blog and welcome her to the blogosphere! (I keep telling her that you are all some of the nicest people I have ever met!)
Monday, 1 September 2008
It's September! I'm running out of 2008! It's quite a wintry day here, my best kind of day! I am still in bed (now my secret is out! My laptop is kept by my bed!) having finally given in to this cold. I have been laying here thinking. About grey clouds and windy days (why do I like them so much?). About 2008 slipping away so quickly (how is it that it is going so fast and why am I not doing more of what I want to do?). And about September. I've decided to rename it "Stitching September" and I'm going to "stitch" every day this month. I'm using the word "stitch" in the broadest sense of the word. I will spend a significant time this month embroidering, but any old sewing will classify as "stitching" for me this month. This idea has brightened my day significantly and I'm going to get up in a minute. Let the stitching begin!!!