Sorry I've been absent for so long but I've been so exhausted that I just haven't had the energy to write a new post. (I hope this doesn't come across as whinging, apologies if it does!) I'm slowly catching up on the rest (and sleep) I need but I think it's going to be quite a while before I get back to where I was before Christmas. Not to worry, this is quite usual for me. Every Christmas leaves me absolutely shattered (even if, like this year, it was very relaxed and didn't feel overly demanding) and it usually takes me until somewhere around the end of March to get back to where I was at the beginning of December. I just have to accept that there are things that won't get done for a while so I do the things that are important and a bit of sewing to keep me sane (usually hand sewing as I find it much less tiring than machine sewing) and everything else has to wait until I'm ready to tackle it.
Something that really made itself felt over Christmas was how nice it was to have permission (from myself!) not to try and keep up with all the happenings in blogland. I missed you all (a lot!) but it was lovely to not worry about 'keeping up' with all the new posts and emails and I had much more time for sewing (and resting!) than I usually do. I'm going to have to find a way to reduce the time I 'need' to spend on the computer reading/commenting on blogs and reading/writing emails - any tips? At the moment it takes me two or three hours a day to read (and comment on) all the new posts on my list and read/reply to emails. And that's without writing a blog post! And I'm a quick reader and relatively fast at typing so it's not like I can speed up that bit. It's just too much for me and I need to find a bit of balance. How do the rest of you manage?!! If you have any wonderful tips please share them, after speaking to a few people about it I'm not the only one struggling with this so maybe we could pool our ideas and find a workable solution...wouldn't that be great?!
Now, time for a catch up!
Before Christmas I had a lovely surprise when a prize appeared in my in box - I was lucky enough to win Flossie Teacakes Three Bears Sleeping Bag pattern and although I haven't yet made one I've had a good read of the pattern and it's very well written. Once I get some energy I'm going to have a go!
And from one Helen to another...there's a lovely new blog on the block. Helen has just set up her blog, Fabric Twitch, and it would be lovely if you would pay her a visit and leave her a comment. And maybe even become a follower? She's just made the most wonderful cushion out of a Rose Star block...
|Shamelessly pinched from Fabric Twitch!|
And I was too late to join the party over at Rhonda's blog but I'm going to be keeping an eye on all of you who've joined the Finish-A-Long and I'm planning to join in the fun in the next quarter. In the meantime I'm going to concentrate on my Winter Stitching List and I'll also be joining Sarah's Quilt-A-Long (button is in my sidebar). There are a few photos of the original quilt here. Isn't it lovely?! And as she's planning a slow and relaxed pace to the QAL I'm hoping to be able to keep up!
What have I been up to in the past three (ish!) weeks I hear you ask...well, I finally opened all my presents and here's what was in the one from Judith
(Dorothy bag made with wonderful doggy fabric in blue with a contrastingorange fabric for the drawstring casing)
There were some dolly mixtures in there as well as the other sweeties and Archie treats but they didn't quite make it to the photo taking session. They must have got distracted by the lights on the tree or something *wink* Archie has been trying to persuade me that because the bag has dogs on it then it was made to hold dog treats...he's not going to win that one! Thank you, Judith, I love it!!
You may remember that I had prepped some hexies ready to stitch over Christmas and over the weekend I finished stitching the last of that batch. I have the fabric chosen for my next few hexies but I'm still waiting for some more white on white background fabric to arrive...sigh...I paid for it over a week ago and I'm still waiting for it to arrive. It's coming from less than 300 miles away, it must be taking the scenic route!
I'm going to spread the photos of my new hexies over my next few posts as I'm also working on a secret project at the moment (or I will be once I get some energy back!) so I may not have much to share with you over the next couple of weeks...and it saves you getting 'hexied out'!
I changed the green in my 'giant star' hexies to white and I think they look a lot better
(Three tumbling blocks that come together to form a six-pointed star)I haven't put them with the others yet but I'm hoping they don't still stick out like a sore thumb!
(Grey hexagon in a white hexagon in a pink hexagon)Doesn't the frosty background look lovely?!
(A spinning windmill hexy - pink patterned centre, blue blades and a white background)I love the movement in this one!
(12 blue and white striped segments that form a smarty pants star in a star in a star in a star...)And I do love a good stripe!
(Hexy with a green patterned centre, narrow white band and a purple and white dotty wide band)I love the white band in this hexy.
We've also had Alfie to visit a few times and one night he came for a sleep over. Whilst I was in the shower he decided to guard the door...
|I hope you're not going to be long in there - I'm in need of a fuss!|
And no, that's not one of Archie's beds he's lying on...it's my bedding! Fortunately I'd just taken it off the bed (it was waiting to go in the washer!) rather than it being a clean set!
And the next morning Archie decided that he'd quite like a go on the bed that wasn't a bed...
|Oi! What are you doing? This is my photo!|
...but 'someone' couldn't bear to be left out of the photo!
Just before I go (and Giles, I think you'll like this!) I now have proof that not only does the biscuit fairy exist but that she's visited our house!
This is what I found when I was taking down the Christmas tree
(Dog biscuit resting on a branch)Can you imagine how excited Archie was when he found this?!
Oh, and after weeks of looking (I started at the beginning of October!) and trying on dozens of pairs, I've finally found a pair of winter boots that fit and that I like!! Want to see?
|Balanced on two tubs of bird seed! Never let it be said that I don't know how to take a good photo!|
I love them! And even more so once I found out that they were supposed to be £65 but reduced to £20 in the sale! I just wish they'd had another pair in my size...
I think that's it for now, I hope to be back soon but can't promise anything! In the meantime I'm going to attempt to (once again!) catch up with all your blog posts - if I leave short comments it's because I'm struggling to keep up! There's just one more thing...
Random Fact Four Archie, Alfie and Charlie (Mum and Dad's dearly departed first dog - I'll share a photo of him sometime, when I've scanned one in. He was one of the cutest dogs to ever walk this earth but was as stubborn as they come!) are/were all rescue dogs and they were all collected from their rescue centres on the fourth of the month. Archie on 4th August, Alfie on 4th October and Charlie on 4th November (all different years, of course!). We didn't notice until after Dad got Alfie but it's one of those odd coincidences that happens every now and again!