Friday, August 22, 2014

Giveaway Update, SAL and Stitching

Hi everyone...sorry I've been away. It has been a week and a half.

Anyways I have decided on my giveaway prize to be drawn September 14th (as long as I remember rofl).  The Prize will be a gift voucher for either Sew and So or 123 Stitch depending on the winners choice.

All you have to do is like the blog, comment either on this post, or the previous post for one entry.
Share the giveaway on your blog/fb page for a second entry.  On the 14th I will put everyone's name into a hat (or names if you get more than one entry) and draw the winner.

Simples...and who doesn't love a bit of online retail therapy!!

The Halloween SAL is going well.  Here is a small selection of some the stitching wonders I have had photos of so far.  There are several free charts as part of the SAL and a competition to stitch and name a lots to keep people busy. I hope you  enjoy seeing them !

There are two witches, so some stitched for the pair and some stitched for just the one (shhhhh Shebafudge).....

And look at what is all finished up!
Yup, the maids.  Thank you a million times Elaine, super model stitcher extrodinaire!!!

And together they will look like this: 

These were a begger to design: lots and lots of detail in a little itty bitty space rofl.  Stitch size (approx) in inches
14 Count = 3.6 x 5
16 Count = 3.1 x 4.6
18 Count = 2.8 x 3.9

Right well today has been a bit of a strange one.  My son's 'free' education cost us another 200 plus euros (over 600 spent so far) and I had some amazing news which is wonderful but I can't share it with you yet.  And no, I am not pregnant.  Don't look innocent..I know at least one of you had that thought spring straight to mind!  It is a biggee though and whilst I was celebrating earlier, I think I'm in shock now.  I will have to sit down with a glass of wine and my stitching to get my head around it.

To celebrate I am having a 25 percent sale on my etsy shop with an added bonus if  you spend over 6.00 euros  (assuming I got the codes right rofl)...right. is calling.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone. Chat soon hopefully xxx

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Celebrations, Giveaway and Pink Ribbons

Happy Sunday everyone. How are you all?  Well, we have gale force winds here, bright sunshine and pouring rain...and sometimes all at the same time.  Irish Weather....bizaar right?

Well, lots to share so I had better get on with it.

Firstly I see I have over 300 followers.  I am so sorry I didn't notice before but you are all very welcome here. That means a celebration!!! Woohooo!  And in blogland that usually means a giveaway!  So let's have a giveaway.  Just comment on this post and I will put all names in a big jar and pull a winner or maybe more than one winner..let's see how many entries we get.

For one entry comment and like the blog.
For two entries, comment, like blog and share the news!

Simples ;-)

More good news; I finally got around to making up the Maid Monthlies that I have up to date.  More will follow next week.  I have to say it really shows that I haven't used the sewing maching for a while!

Not to bad though I seem to overthink stuffing... is less more or more less????

So, now for the pink ribbons .

Finally, after a lot of thought I've worked out what I want to do with the fund-raising items and I've found the perfect charity.  Remember, I want compassion and I want research!

My breast cancer team: surgeon, oncologist and radiotherapy guys all work within a centre of excellence in Galway University Hospital.

My surgeon, Professor Kerin and the head of oncology, Dr. Keene work closely with the USA (Washington) and the Uk to plough ahead in breast cancer research.  So imagine my surprise when searching through the charities, I found the Proff has started one of his own! 

The Prof is the director of The National Breast Cancer Research Institute. 

This is a charity based in Ireland but as I've said, these guys work with the USA and the UK as well as other European countries.  Ireland may have an image of leprochauns and diddly diddly music, but where breast cancer is concerned we are ahead of the UK and many other countries in that we receive treatments long before they are approved by the NHS and it is thanks to this guy above and Dr Keene, that Tamoxifen was approved in the Uk last year as a preventative drug. 

Thankfully in Ireland I was put on it automatically er, two and half years ago.  So for me that is important: the charity I chose has to help all women whereve they may live..and this does

So that ticks the research button.

And I know this guy.  I know the money will go where it is needed.  Whatever time my appointments, however long the line, I always get to see him.  He pops in and talks to everyone so you can build up a relationship of trust which is so important when you have a cancer diagnosis.  He holds your hand, comes out with terrible jokes, hands you tissues, and once, post surgery and post morphine, he accepted a  marriage proposals!

The Prof (as we call him: we can be informal, he has seen bits of us that usually would only be seen after a bottle of white wine lol) is a wonderful surgeon and I know that even though he was the man who made my world come crushing down in tiny pieces: he was also the man who helped me and my family build it all back up again. This is my thank you to an amazing team whose research, compassion, dedication, and yes, passion, for finding cures means women all over the world will benefit.

 So all donations will go through a Just-Give page which is perfectly safe to use. 

For every single euro donated you will be issued a raffle ticket and I will write your name on it and put it into a container.  So if you donate one euro, you get one ticket: two euros, two tickets and at the end of October I will draw winners.  I am expecting more prizes in from other people who are making them as we speak and I have some more to add as well.  I will put piccies up in the Prize page (You can see it on the top bar).

I know times are hard but honestly, one euro will be much appreciated.

You can find my Just give page here.   HERE

Rofl...sorry: couldn't resist taking it very literally.

Please, be careful to donate under my name and not under the charity directly as I won't see any record of the transaction and so won't be able to issue you draw tickets.

Please share and thank you xxx

Oh one last thing.  I won't be expecting you to pay postage but as I'm sure you will appreciate, this could end up costing me quite a lot.  If you would like to make a small donation towards postage costs if you are chosen as a winner please contact me for my paypal page.  Anything donated to the Just Give page is handled by a third party. I won't be able to get postage costs out of it xxxxx

Right thats me done!  Off to work out what to give as a giveaway!!!!  Have a great week everyone xx

Saturday, August 16, 2014


Hugs to you all for the lovely comments you gave me on the last post.  I really do appreciate them.  The Halloween SAL is going well.  I finished my first bit!

Excuse the is stitched on Wichelt Hand Dyed 'Sand Castle' with Belle Soire 'Black Crow' and a lovely purple from Nancy over at the Victorian Sampler Shoppe, Heather.

October is finished.  So very pretty!

 And a wonderful lady called Ronnie Hancock adapted my Dance of the Butterflieschart and stitched it in yellow...isnt it beautiful.  I like it so much I'm going to release it!  Thank you Ronnie!

I love it.

My daughter finally got a hospital appointment for her diabetes management and guess what?  They changed computer systems and she got marked as 'void'.  Not sure if that means dead or not needing treatment, she didn't like to ask.

The nurse who has taken her case on went out and shouted at a lot of people.  My daughter said the nurse reminded her of me!  This new, wonderful nurse has now been put my daughter down for appointments with the dietician, and she's been put forwards for a special course which means she may be able to use a pump.  Her night time insuline was way too high which is why she kept having hypos, and even better, the nurse gave my daughter a direct telephone number in case she needs help.  Finally. 

I seem to have lost my last child for the weekend so I'll be busy working out new design software and sewing.  I'm off till Monday!!!! Yippee!!!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone xxxx

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