The end of April already!

How quickly things can change!

Earlier this month, I was feeling revived after spending the day doing great things with my lovely family… and a mere fortnight later, I am in pieces again.

I don’t have any explanation for it except that I guess I was feeling overwhelmed. Work was making me unhappy, in fact, I had a week off with the kids and on my very first shift back, I felt ripped to shreds inside. I have a lot of work to do for my course and with the way things were going, I was thinking about leaving the hospital altogether, making the course a complete waste of everybody’s time.

Anyway, long story short, I’m back in my old job.

I have a lot of work to complete for the course but that’ll come in time. I could do with getting a bit more sewing time in so that I can reduce my list of jobs. I feel a need to make something for me now but I’ve got to get my half a dozen (at least!) projects done.

Watch this space!


Full Day!

My crafty attempts today amounted to piecing together 1/8th of the Kilimanjaro Quilt. I am so pleased that it is beginning to come together. After all, the deadline is the end of May!


It doesn’t look like much but it has been a very full day!

Mum and I took the kids to Kingston Lacy in the morning where we had a lovely time exploring the gardens. We took some sandwiches with us and had a little picnic, under a little thatched shelter away from the rain.

The sewing happened briefly late in the afternoon before I had to get ready to go out.

Mum, sister and I went to the opening of Hairspray at the Mayflower theatre in Southampton. All I can say is: WOW! The voices were all amazing, the dancing was brilliant and we had a great time. I had the keep peering around the perm in front of me but it didn’t matter.

On the whole, a most excellent day! I feel rejuvenated.

I’m back…

A quarter of a year has been and gone since my New Year’s post, and a lot has happened, with not enough crafting to show for it.

My work and home lives have been keeping me busy. At work, I am on secondment indefinitely and no one has any news of my return to my usual ward, making childcare arrangements very difficult. At home, my daughter has been having a tough time at school, with me spending more time talking to her teachers in one week than I have done in five years. The bow on top of the package: we all had flu during my week off work.

That’s pretty much all that has happened since January.

Now to add a little cheer and colour to the last three months. My darling sister is having a baby in July, and as a very excited aunty-to-be, I have begun pulling together what I hope will be a lovely present for the Deakins. I have already given them the boy and girl outfits (we don’t know what they’re having) but I’m holding on to the rest until the crafty bits are complete. Pictures and details will follow at a later date.

My daughter wants to start a 365 Project and I am inspired to join her. I haven’t got a theme yet but it is going to be sewn… Sewn 365!

So, today I managed to whip up a little purse in between my daughter hogging the sewing machine. It was a quickie and I can’t say I was incredibly accurate with my cutting. It serves its purpose beautifully and I
love it.

I love Vintage Modern!

I also managed to finish ironing open the Kili Quilt half-square triangles, lay them out in their positions and hopefully pull them back together in a way that will keep them in the right position as I sew them all together. My darling husband was a huge help with laying them out all over the living room floor. I started to get quite confused!