Friday, June 26, 2009
Yesterday I got bucked off a horse, and landed really badly on my left hip (where I've had numerous problems in the past.) Talk about agony! I haven't fallen off a horse since I was 10 or 11, and I've quickly realised that you don't bounce as easy the older you get.
Have spent the day seeing my osteopath and having x-rays. Thankfully nothing is fractured, but I've messed my back up good and proper (I never do things by halves!) So I'm in quite a bit of agony, and can hardly move.
So once again, this blog is on hiatus for a wee bit!
Am I sensing a pattern here with injuries associated with horses???
Saturday, June 20, 2009
I have just discovered this amazing mission, Craft Hope. They create handmade items for children in orphanages all around the world. They first made pillowcase dresses for children in Mexico, and then beautiful dolls for kids in Nicaragua. And now they are making booties, blankets and beanies for children in India. And they are asking for anyone and everyone to get involved and help.
This has touched my heart greatly. I spent two months in Indonesia doing missionary work, and living with the locals in remote villages. I absolutely adored the children, and each one found a place in my heart. They are so pure, and so beautiful inside and out. They laugh and smile, no matter what conditions they live in.
I am so eager to get involed with this project, and help out. I can't wait to make some blankets, and share some blessings and love to those who need it most of all. I encourage you to get involved too!
And I have to make two calico dolls for a friend, using the fabric below. I think the fact that these aren't needed till September is why I keep putting them off. But we all know that September will roll around awfully quick, don't we?
I really should tidy my sewing room, and organise the piles of fabric back into neat organised rows. No, I am not showing you any photos of my messy sewing room, and piles of fabric.
And there are numerous unfinished quilts that I really should finish.
But for some reason, I find myself customising and painting a model horse.
But, I did manage to do something worth while, and create this fabric folder in 10 minutes. Yes, 10 minutes.
A simple little folder that flips out, with three pockets to hold my design book, my designs, and the blocks in progress. We won't mention the fact that I made this instead of actually stitching the designs inside.
And I had a nice suprise this week when I got the latest Homespun Magazine in the mail. I won a book! Yup, a book! It's called "Stitched for us Folk," by Christine Book Designs, and features heaps of Australian folk style projects.
One that has captured my eye is a Hexagon quilt. I have never worked with Hexagons before, but for some reason I like the thought of creating it with other sewers. I can imagine swapping and sharing hexagons with ladies from all over the world, and then putting our quilts together. How wonderful would it be to have bits of fabrics from ladies in the US or Europe or wherever, in a quilt. What a special treasure that quilt would then be.
How about this for some Hexagon loveliness! They look good enough to eat.
Ok, enough of my procrastinating. I really should get back to work!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I finally can get through a day without feeling dizzy or struggling with headaches. I worked for the first time again on Monday, but I think I overdid it and had a throbbing headache all afternoon. But apart from that, I'm getting better - yay! It's amazing how much concussion knocks you around, and effects your thoughts and thinking. Mum was quite amazed at all the silly things I was doing whilst I was sick. I'm still not driving (apart from short local trips,) but I'm getting there slowly. I think I'll be wearing a helmet next time I work with my friends horse!
Anyway, lets get back to some normality! I've missed you all, and I feel a bit out of the loop! I've set aside some time this afternoon to browse all your blogs and catch up.
Time for a Paper Bag swap update! I think nearly everyone has sent their finished handmade items back to their partners, and I hope you all enjoyed being apart of the swap. There are a few things I'm still chasing up on, but it's pretty much been a sucess!
So I wanted to share with you some of the creations that have been made through this swap. If you scroll through some previous posts on my blog you will find some items aswell.
Michelle was a busy girl, and made some great items for Levineke. Check out this lovely folder for Levineke to store all her sewing bits and pieces in. It has pockets inside for all sorts of things, like threads and scissors. Make sure you drop by Levinekes blog to see the other goodies Michelle made her.
I have fallen with love with this gorgeous bag ( yup, another bag!!)that Kris has made for Leah!
Isn't the owl so cute?? Leah loves owls, so it's just perfect for her. Check out Leahs blog for some more photos of the cute bag.
Now, I think this is the first doll that has been made in the swap (correct me if I am wrong!) And this gorgeous little girl was made by Jantine for Tracey. She is a sewing themed doll, with embroidered pockets, and even a little needlebook, and scissors fob. How cute is she??
And check out what Tracey made for Jantine. She used Lynette Andersons stitchery design for the Breast of Friends, and made a beautiful wall hanging. How clever is she?? Go to Jantines blog to see some more photos of the goodies Tracey sent her, and to look at those yummy pancakes she was making when the parcel arrived!!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I've heard from Maree that she loves the items and is really happy - so big sigh of relief from me!! I had so much fun making these items for Maree, as she is such a lovely person, and it's been a joy to get to know her over this swap.
And wow, wow, wow! It's fantastic! Maree has done such an amazing job, and I'm so thrilled with the results. Here are the bits and pieces that I sent her....
And this is the result! A gorgeous wall hanging, that has a beautiful stitchery on it, a fantastic pin cushion (I've been admiring that design for ages!), some very cute farm yard cake decoartions and two sachets of coffee!!
Haven't I been spoiled?!! Here is a better picture of the wallhanging. I love the colours Maree has used with my fabric, and the stitchery design is lovely.
The amount of detail in here is incredible! Check out those fantastic and neat stitches!
I LOVE this little flower that is attached to the wall hanging! It says, "Missymacks paper bag swap 2009." Maree said I could take it off if I wanted to, but no way! I love it and it's staying!
The pincushion is just amazing, and once again, Marees work is just lovely. It's going to have pride of place on my sewing table!
Thank you, thank you, thank you to Maree!! You have done such a beautiful and wonderful job, and I love it all so much. I'll treasure it always!
Now I'm off to have a cup of coffee, and 'ohh and ahh' over my treasures a little more!
Thanks to everyone who is keeping in contact with my about the swap. I'm sorry if I haven't replied to every email - I've been run off my feet this past week! We only have a few ladies left to send their items (thanks for the emails and heads up girls!) and then it's all done! I hope you have enjoyed the swap as much as I have!