Sunday, October 19, 2014

Hand Made Halloween Exchange and a Freebie!

I recently took part in the Hand Made Halloween Exchange organised by Kim .  It was a wonderful exchange but probably the last I will take part in because pure and simple, my memory is rubbish to the point my short term memory is completely shot and if things don't get into the short term memory, they have no chance to make it into the long term memory. The cancer care nurse said it could be the effects of the Tamoxifen, so as I'm hopefully going to be on it ten years, I guess I had better just give in gracefully!

From Renee I received the most wonderful items, all hand made by her!

I even had a card made using a photo of the ornie!

Rennee used crazy quilting and the details on the ornament is amazing.  She made the purse as well!

The spooky trees were made using stitching: the graves were felt which was painted and stitched on and have names like 'Ima Spook'.  The spiders and webs were sewn on (top right of the ornie) and  beads were added around the pictures of  the haunted house so all in all there are three ghosts to match the three graves. 

I've never seen anything like it! The attention to detail is amazing!  Thank you so much Renee!

My exchange partner was Teresa.

I sent these:

There werew some beads as well but no idea where they are on the picture.  The design is one of my own which I altered.  Feel free to use and alter as you wish too!

If you right click and save it and then print it should come out just fine.

Right, what is new?  Well the Ghost of Christmas Present has been a bit of a pain but we are getting there and he should be finished soon, hopefully by tomorrow.

I'm also now a DMC stockist now and have just received my first order of DMC fabrics: aida, linen and evenweave!  I don't know if you remember but I was pretty miffed when I ordered one thread from a well known UK shop and they charged me five pounds postage!  And it came in a normal letter size envelope!  Terrible.  A complete rip off.  I emailed them to query it and they didn't even bother to get back to me.  So I did what I usually did:  I lost my temper and I contacted several big companies and am now distributer for them all rofl.  I'm starting with the fabrics because we just can't get them here and then I'll work out my prices and hopefully come up with something fair for the stitchers in Ireland which doesn't involved huge postage costs!

I'm also distributer of two well known American companies but I have to work out the rules for import duty etc to see if I can still make it worthwhile.

All good fun.  Oh and I have a brand new project the results of which I hope to show you soon.  All I will say is organic and exciting!

Right, must go and cook lunch for the in-laws.

Have a hauntingly good weekend!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Living! Stitching! Winning! Giving! Living again!

Happy Tuesday everyone.  Poor Tuesday is never reallly appreciated is it?  We are still sulking a bit at the onset of Monday with the 'I hate Monday' blues, and it is too far away from Friday to enjoy any of the 'Friday Feeling' fun and buzz that we get as the weekend approaches.

No idea why I am commenting on what day of the week it is, perhaps I had better move on.

I've been very busy designing, stitching, not liking, frogging, re-sketching, re-designing and then stitching again.

I've also taken two huge steps forwards with my life.

First, completely peed off with paying £ 5.00 postage fees to get a SINGLE thread sent over from the UK, I've decided to become an Irish DMC stockist.  Hopefully even with the cost of import, 23% VAT etc, etc, I can offer people in Ireland cost effective goods without leaving them feel as if they have been well and truely ripped off.

That was the first big step: my order of fabric has been made and paid for so I will let you know when it gets here.

The second big step was the fact I  paid for the order on the 13th of October and it didn't even register with me that it was the third anniversary of the breast cancer diagnosis.  So I am now a three year survivor!  And I didn't even realise! And this is wonderful because it means slowly and surely I'm getting my life back.  Cancer takes over everything and there isn't a day goes by when I don't think about it BUT for that period of time, I was thinking about myself, my business and my move forwards with my life.  So the Cancer is being pushed out of my mind and that can only be a good thing right?  I am getting 'me' back again. I am living!

Now for some stitching news.  I've sent an exchange and received an exchange but I can't show you any of them yet because the big reveal is on the 18th (please tell me I got that right Kim!).  Needless to say I am thrilled with what I received and can't wait to show you, but I will have to. Darn, patience is not my strong point!

The Ghost of Christmas Present is growing again after the issues I mentioned above.  It hasn't been a particularly difficult stitch, I just decided half way though that I really didn't like his coat.  And if I don't like it, it isn't being re-designed it was!  I still have a way to go with it though.

And thankfully, thanks to Elaine my super stitcher, I can show you the Ghost of Christmas Past.

I love it and Elaine has done an amazing job with it.  Both designs are stitched on Weichelt Clay hand-dyed evenweave (Jobelan I think).  The light changed between morning and afternoon so the fabrics look completely different but they're the same.  I'll get them photographed together when they're both done.

It came out just as it looked in my  head!  I'm thrilled with it, and of course I have designed them all to go with Marley.

So, that is Living and Stitching.  What about winning?  Well I remembered I was having a blogoversary prize draw and drew the winner.  Poor Angela took great efforts to tell me how to copy and paste the random number thingy-ma-jiggy...but I forgot, so you will have just have to take my word for it.  I'm generally trustworth lol (yes, it is indeed nearly time for the Muppet Christmas Carol!).  And the winner is ..............da dah! Cucki!

Congratulations Cucki.  I will send you a little something hand made by me soon!  I will even put it up on my sidebar so I don't forget!

Now for a little reminder and the Giving part of the title.  We only have 16 days to reach our target of 500 euros. We are at 369 euros! Will we do it do you think?

 Please, if you have one euro, one dollar or one pound to spare, pretty please donate here and you will be put into the prize draw!

Here is a bit more of an incentive. We have another wonderful prize being donated by Angela's mum: I will share a picture as soon as it is finished.  I am so very grateful to  have made such wonderful  friends since I started my blog all those years ago. This fundraiser is turning into a mega crafting community effort and I am humbled continuously by how you are all supporting me.

Until I can share Angela's mum's wonderful gift (methinks Angela's mum might have a name which I feel I should make an effort to find out: sorry Angela), we have had another gift voucher donated by an amazing designer, Tam Jones.  I swear, when I popped over to have a nosey, my wishlist grew far faster than my bank balance ever will!  You need to pop over and take a look. The owl, boy did I drool over the owl!

Tam of Tam's Creations has donated this.

Whichever lucky winner wins this will have their details given to Tam who will issue instructions on how to use it.  What an amazing gesture Tam.  Thank you so much. 

And back to living again. As most of you know my daughter is pregnant with my first grandchild.  It has been a rocky road so far but she's being closely monitored and the diabetes (type one) seems to be behaving even though she has dreadful morning all day sickness.  Whatever happens though, this baby is and always will be my first grandchild and it is as loved as any child even though it isn't here yet.  I would like to introduce you to this very special little person, just 12 weeks in the making.

And on that very special note, I will leave you and get ready for an evening by the fire stitching and dreaming of babies.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Pumpkin Missed

Hi everyone.  I have been awol again. Sorry.

It has been a bit of a tough week really.  I needed to post for our friend Cathey's birthday, but got caught up on rushing to England and dealing with DD's threatened mis-carriage.  And then I meant to post for the date of her passing: just to let her know she was missed.  And I couldn't.  I just couldn't.  I didn't know Cathey (Pumpkin Patch) as well as many of you did, but we did speak through my own breast cancer journey, and then through her illness. And she made a huge impression on me.  We never met, but I would come home from hospital visits to find an email from her asking how I was.

On the day she found out that her condition wasn't fixable, she actually emailed me to wish my luck on a scan I was having.  Boy, did she have balls, and I am sure she wouldn't mind me saying so.  Such a brave, caring, thoughtful person who touched the world literally.

And I couldn't post.  

I drove to Enniskillen today, driving through lakeland, mountains, empty countryside and getting a sense of perspective I realised that Cathey would forgive me for being such a wimp.  So, a little late, and for Junior, I am posting. Because what is online is on forever and I would like to think if the little lad ever googles his mum, he will see for himself how much she was loved.

Junior, your mum was one in a million.  One in a lifetime.  If I could touch the hearts of just a very small percentage of the people whose hearts your mother touched, then I will consider my life well lived.

She loved you so much: she updated us frequently on your progress and I know she is watching you carefully from wherever she may be.  It was an honor to get to know her through the world of blogging and even though it was online, and over many miles, we all felt her smile.

A pumpkin missed.

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