Sorry I haven't been around. It's been a mad time with treatments and ops and all sorts of shtuff as we say here in Ireland.
I've had two chemos, missed a third because my blood counts were down but am doing well. Have a totally awesome wig which is called Miranda. When the lady told me it was a Miranda, she told me it was named after the woman in Sex in the City. Having never watched it all I could think off was Miranda the UK comedienne!
It looks better when it's brushed but it is a bit mighty.
It looks just like my hair when my hubby first met me!
Oh, and while the crafty thing I've done is a crochet hat for me to sleep in, I do have some more news. As some of you know, I release stories about my characters in the cross stitch patterns. Especially Holmsey Hare stories....and guess what?
No, you will never guess! So I will show you.
Yes, Holmsey is being published and will even have a copy of his story in the British Library!
I've asked for the wording to be changed to say Written by Gaynor French, and Illustrated by Paula Hickman but oh my goodness..how perfect is this?
Paula is an amazing illustrator...right up our crafting alley. She has a company called Bear Tails Illustration and she is using mixed media to make her artwork. It's awesome to watch: I wish I had half her talent. Lookee here...how perfect is this for a media for Holmsey pictures?
All of the illustrations are made this way...it's amazing isn't it? Using upcycled fabrics to make perfect pictures. Holmsey is really pleased with the effects.
And there is another twist. Sarah Paine from Paine Free Crafts has taken one of Paula's illustrations and converted it into a cross stitch pattern with both Sarah and Paula giving the profits to Breast Cancer research!
I've shut the website down, but am opening an etsy shop here; https://www.etsy.com/shop/StitchersAnon which will just have instant downloads. Bear with me, there are a lot of charts to go up. I will be directing any sales to my grandaughter and while I will still design, it will be as and when.....I can't just stop even though technically I'm not running the business any more. And of course ABC Stitch will still stock my charts along with a couple more USA shops.
So: that's it for now. I've a busy day tomorrow with surgery in the morning and chemo in the afternoon..a lovely birthday gift haha...but will be back soon with some crafting to show. My fingers are itching to do something creative!