Thursday, 27 March 2014

Spring crochet flower garland

While I have been trying to occupy my brain of late, I have been crocheting flowers.  Well, I say flowers, some of them apparently looked a little like snowflakes....


So I made them some middles, and now they look a bit like very colourful daffodils!!



They make a nice spring garland for the mantle though.






And my bunny likes them.


So does chickey.


Lots of fun to make, and a lovely note of colour!


Amy

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Things right now

Things right now are a little easier - at last!  Yay.  Thank you all.  There are still some large hoops to jump through, but great steps have been taken and we have landed with some success on the other side of a very big hoop.  I am putting the potential difficulties of the future to one side for now and relishing the fact that we have overcome a lot in the last few days.  It has been a rubbish time, but, it is soooooooooooo much better now than it might have been.  Some triumphs, some failures, but overall on balance not too bad a result at all.


It is an odd thing, those who we expected would be most helpful and supportive have in some ways let us down, and yet others have stepped up to the plate and been really wonderful.  Just goes to show that old adage is so very true, don't judge a book by its cover!


We have also learnt that if you want something or need something from someone tell them.  Their response might surprise you.  You might have to be firm, but if you know it is the right thing, keep going and eventually you might get the right result.  If you don't at least you know where you stand and then you have to accept it, know that your instincts were right and move on.


Thank you all so much for your support, it has carried me along and helped me to keep going.  I am so amazed that there are so many people out there who have taken the time to get in touch, to keep in touch, to be so kind and supportive.  You are wonderful - you and you and you and you and...  I have a new mantra thanks to Leanne.  "Chin up buttercup"  It makes me a little teary for some reason (!!) but it  makes me smile and keeps me going.  Thank you Leanne for that.


It is my greatest hope that you will never know how wonderful the support that I have received has been, because it is my greatest hope that you will never find yourself in a situation where you will need it.  However, if you need it, know that it is there and it will be there and I for one will be more than happy to return the support to you, so please do get in touch if you ever need a listening ear.


There we have it then, it seems so very strange that we have come through.  I never thought it would end, and it has been exhausting, and I can't believe that I am still here!  It feels very strange, but good too.  I still can't share the details, but I can and do share the wonderment of how amazing you all are and the little things that I have learned about keeping going.


Take care of yourselves, treasure yourself a little and if you need something - ask!

Amy

Monday, 24 March 2014

Hello!

The sun is out, the sky is blue, there's not a cloud to spoil the view - well, a few contrails from the planes that go overhead sometimes!  I always wonder where the planes that leave these trails are going to and from though, somewhere exotic, or somewhere cold!  It is nice to daydream about these things isn't it.

"Things" are still not certain, but the worst is I hope now past and although I have no idea how things will go on as yet, I hope that it will become clearer, like the blue skies of this morning.

So, I am going to try and put the past behind me and move onwards and upwards, just like those planes that fly overhead.  There might be a trail behind me, but there is a whole world of opportunity ahead - let's just hope that it is warmer than it has been!!

Some domestic doings, perhaps a bit of weeding in the garden - how come it is always the weeds that come up first! - a little crochet, of course...  some spring decorating around the house, catching up with taking some photos and if I get really with it some sewing.

That all sounds far more positive and useful to me.  I read a description of Spring as a period of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth (no idea why they all start with R).  All pretty positive thoughts though, so I will try and take those forward with me.

I leave you with this quote from Theodore Roosevelt

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

I don't always get it right, but I keep on trying.

Amy

Friday, 21 March 2014

Felty fun

For some reason I have developed a penchant for little felty things.  There is no explanation for this, other than being captured by the cuteness factor of them!!

So these two bunnies spoke to me and captured a place in my heart.  They are made from kits, and are probably meant for children to sew, but they make great seasonal decorations and are easy to put together.


They come with a little decoration to go with each bunny - a heart and an egg!


The bunnies would probably not stand up to being played with as the felt is not that thick so some of the stitching is quite delicate.  I decided to do one with an inside seam down the front and blanket stitched round the other seams, and the other with all of the seams straight stitched, but I went one way round and then back the other way to give the impression of continuous stitches.  Kind of like backstitch, but it looks nice from the front and back.



A cuter pair of bunny decorations you could not find though!



Last week I made this cute little Stanley dog.  He was a CK kit that I got for Christmas and due to careful cutting, I still have enough felt to make another one!  There was only enough thread for one dog, so once I get some more, I will make him a little friend to play with, or to give away as a gift!




I thought that I would like to make some birds and I saw another felt kit to make some, so I thought that would be ideal.  Unfortunately the felt was very strange, all sort of crispy is the best way to describe it, so it doesn't really look that good.  There were three in the kit, the other two remain waiting to be made up!



My owls will be going on a little holiday now as they seem to be rather more winter decorations than spring, but they will be sure to come out again later in the year.



I do love a little sewing project!

Amy

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Multi footwarmer blanket

Two cheery posts in two days!!  Things might be looking up people.  I hear your collective sigh, thank goodness for that!

Now, down to business.  Do you remember this?


That became this


Then this


Now it is this


I am still not wild about it


My hubby loves it, I was going to give it away, but he wanted it for himself.  It keeps his toeses coseys


If he loves it, then I love it, because he loves it, and I love him.

After months, nay years, of having this hanging around it is finally done!!  I feel as though it has been the worlds longest lasting WIP, but now I can tick it off my mental list!

Linking with Chrissie for the crochet a long.

Amy

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Brooch Swap

Recently Jo, at Three Stories High arranged a Brooch Swap.  Being someone who loves to make and craft and to see what others make as well it seemed like a really fun thing to join in.

Jo paired everyone up and I was matched with Cath from Clicky Needles who is a great knitter and crafter.  Cath's parcel arrived and it was a beautiful crochet flower, in just the sort of colours that I love and I have worn it several times already!  Sadly, the little chocolate Easter chick that she sent too got a little squished in the post, so he had to be put straight out of his misery and eaten very quickly!!


Isn't Cath a clever thing!


I had trouble deciding what to send Cath, so in the end I sent her two brooches as I couldn't choose between them.  I made both using some of the supplies that Dorothy included in the sewing compendium that she sent me recently.

This one made with lovely sparkly lurex thread and the addition of a vintage button.


This one made with some ribbon and some more vintage button's.


The reason that I had trouble deciding which one to send Cath was that I secretly wanted to keep them both, so now I have to make some more for me.  I heard once though that you should give as gifts things that would like to keep yourself, so on that basis I hope they made a good gift, as I would very much like to have kept them for me!


Thanks Jo for organising this great swap and Cath for your lovely gift to me.

Amy

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Spring update

I decided to have a little bit of a spring update on my blog and fiddle around with my template and the look of my blog - scary!!  I have played around a lot with it, and finally, after a lot of messing around and working things out, I have got something that I am happy with - well, for now anyway!!

I was in need of something to absorb and occupy my mind.  I tried crochet, cleaning, dreaming and reading.  None of them worked, but strangely a little computer messing did.  Odd, as computers and I are not really the best of friends all the time, so I am actually quite pleased with my accomplishment.  In terms of working out computer things and mind occupation, it has been a success.  I am pretty proud of myself even though I feel odd blowing my own trumpet!

Thank you all so much for your good thoughts, kind prayers and best wishes.  The problem isn't going well, but that isn't because there are not lots of people trying to make it go well, I fear that the issue is just too great to be overcome.

Yesterday was the first part of the current situation and it was pretty awful and in fact even worse than I feared.  Trust me, I can work things up in my head into all sorts of scenarios, but even I hadn't worked things up to the level that they ended up at.  How I did not explode or have a stroke yesterday was a miracle - perhaps thanks to the strength of your good thoughts! - as my blood pressure must have been sky high.

I wrote a whole long thing trying to explain a little, but without saying anything.  It is therefore a load of gibberish!!  I have saved it in the hope that one day I might be able to share or make sense of it for you - anyone else have lots of random draft posts saved in blogger!  Gosh, can you imagine if they all got published somehow - eek!!!  Therefore I leave you still with things unresolved, but in 5 or 6 sleeps we might have some more idea of what is what.  If I do and can, I will share with you then. 

Knowing that you are there, being in receipt of your kindness has been amazing.  You have had me in or close to tears several times - which is a good thing! - and made me feel so much better.  I can never thank you enough for that, but know that if I could and if I could personally come and see you and give you a hug to say thank you I would.  I really mean this, it is not sycophancy, or just empty words.  Thank you.

It was never my intention to be blogging about this - never my intention to be experiencing this stuff in my life!  I am not sharing this with you in any "woe is me" sense, but in the hope that you will understand - as if you can make sense of this! - who I am and why I am and that I can perhaps one day tell all and then it will make sense and when you know all that you will be able to look back and see the effect of it all.  If I hide it now, it will be hard to just dump it all out there and for you to understand how it has built up.

Thank you for bearing with me, for your love and for your blogs to distract me!

I'll let you know how things go.  I hope to be back tomorrow with a normal cheerier post in the meantime.

Amy

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

A little something that I learned

I am constantly surprised.  Almost every day it seems.  I keep learning new things all the time, about myself, life, others, crafting, gardening, care of others, all kinds of things.

Today a friend taught me something, even though they didn't know that they were, and I literally just realised what they taught me.  We were discussing a mutual friend who has had surgery and my friend gave me an update and said that by the end of April our mutual friend should be back to themselves and that they are doing really well focussing on that end date.

Of course I was glad for our friend that they now know what is happening and that all will be well.  Other than that I didn't give any deeper thought.

However, I just realised that although yesterday I was feeling overwhelmed by what is coming up and not knowing what the outcome will be and what the implications of that will be and, and, and.....  I realised though that there is an end date by which I will know one way or the other what the situation will be.  So, instead of focussing on the not knowing - which drives me crazy! - I will focus on the fact that in two weeks I will know if things went OK, or not, and if not there will be something definite and concrete that needs dealing with.  I am much better - as most people are - when I know what I am dealing with.

My friend has been struggling with not knowing, and now they know, they are much better.  If I work towards the date that I will know, rather than all the possibilities of what will come between now and then, and my real fear of what will come after, then I am focusing on the positive, not the negative.

There you have it dear bloggers, todays lesson.  Focus on the date, not the what might be or not be, until you know what the will be or won't be actually is.

Of course you probably all already knew that!!  You are such a clever and wise bunch. 

Thank you of course for your wonderful comments and support.  I feel such a fraud when you are all so kind and it is because of my getting in a tizzy.  Whilst the tizzy may be unnecessary, the things behind it are real and are really happening, so I know that is what you are caring about and being so kind about.  THANK YOU!!!!! 

(yes yes, shouting!!)

Oh, and another thing I learned today, that if you keep making jokes - nice friendly cheery ones - in the earshot of a colleague who isn't always very good at expressing their own sense of humour, eventually - just the 3 years later! - they get it and start to relax and join in.  It was a joy to behold when they made a joke of their own and joined in and laughed and let themself go!  It takes time, but don't write anyone off, you never know when they will make that change.

I can say no more than Thank You, you all mean so much.

Amy

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Today

Today has been a strange day.  After the sun of the weekend it has been grey and cold again here. 


However, it has stayed dry and that is a good thing.


There are things on my mind.


My head is feeling much better.


Well, it was.


I'm not sure how long it is going to last.


You might remember in the past that I have spoken about having difficult things to deal with.


I have also spoken about trying to be honest and open here.


I don't know how to be anything else.


Sometimes though things are not ours to share.


Even if they trouble us.


So, potentially troubling times ahead are coming in the next couple of weeks.


I don't feel that I can share, as I don't feel that it is my place to.


That is hard.


But if you have any good thoughts to spare.


And feel that you can send them my way.


Or the way of my family.


They would be most gratefully received.


If and when I can share I will.


But know that in the meantime I thank you for bearing with me.


The flowers keep blooming though, and that reminds us that life goes on regardless.


I can say that it isn't me that is having the difficulty.


Just that I am having to cope with things that others are going through.


Thank you as always dear bloggers!  I had no plan for this blog to end up talking about these things!

Amy