Sunday, 31 May 2015

Such bad luck ......

Hello friends I am sorry to say that on Friday evening around 7 pm I was re-admitted into hospital.  During the morning of Friday I felt more and more breathless and was finding it too much of an effort to even take a few steps.  The doctor came out to see me and agreed I needed to go to hospital... Naturally I refused to go back to my local hospital, just lost all confidence in it.  So I was sent to another hospital a little further away... Which I am so much happier about.

Getting to the hospital I was checked over and the doctors thought due to me being so sick my anti-clotting medication had stopped doing its job.  And I went for an x-Ray and there again huge shadows, so I have a lot of blood clots in both lungs again.  This hospital is lovely, the staff are very friendly and I feel I am being well looked after... I am happy to be in here and get sorted!  

That is where I am at the moment... My sickness has stopped and I am getting anti-clotting injections and they had me on 2 liquid drips over night and yesterday to help Re-hydrate me.  I do feel some what better .... But am aching all over as the bed is so hard!! Ha ha 

Oooh look at these wonderful socks they gave me to wander around in..... They are non slip!

And yes those keen eyed folk out there would of noticed I have my new project bag with me!! But of course I had to bring my stitching!! No update as yet ..... Soon!!  And if your wondering yes my pj's have got polar bears with antlers on them!!! Ha ha a

This weekend.... Saturday and Sunday was a rather special one for Han... She went away in a lovely sailing boat with the young carers group she goes to.  No doubt there will be plenty of photos on her blog when she gets back... I cannot wait to see them all.  She did however send me this... I was giggling to myself as its just like her.... Capt. Han!! Ha ha 

And yes I am using wifi in the hospital!! Dad very kindly purchased a week for me!  So I can catch up and chat to jon :)

Ok well it's lunch time and I have a nice small salad..... 

Sorry no stitching update... Maybe next post!

Smiles xx

Friday, 29 May 2015

Lucky lucky me.....

Well hello lovely friends.... I something really quite exciting to tell you all about.... Sorry I just cannot get rid of this huge happy smile on my face :)

So Oooh a little while ago I entered a wonderful competition on Facebook.... It was for something I have been fond of and loved for what seems ages now!! Ha ha and just really could not afford.  I do have a link to the site in my border on the right... It's been there ages as I love everything that is made.  

It's the wonderful projects bags made by SewMuch2Luv.... WOW!! Please do go see them from the link I have as she has some really lovely lovely designs.  Yes and like I say I have had my eye on them forever! 

Ooooh well I entered the competition giveaway on Facebook....AND..... I actually won!!!! I was shocked to say the least oh but so so so happy.  

Want to see what I won??

I took it out the bag and thought wow!  It's slightly padded and made really well.. I love the feel of it.... And the happy colourful fabric too.  It was sent with this cute little kit to stitch too.

I adore the little hand stitched heart attached to the zip ribbon... 

Look even a cute label on the back...

I tried it out for size with my current bits form the project I am working on now.... The project bag is actually a lot larger than my A4 chart and I fitted everything with ease inside it too.

Here is is with everything in, closed..

See look it's all in there....

What can I say????

I LOVE IT!!! In fact I am over the moon with it.... It's brilliant that I actually won it, if I did have the spare money I would, oh yes I would buy one, or two! Ha ha a

Thank You so much SewMuch2Luv :)

So there is my great win... Hope you like it and check out the link too!

Until my next post....

Smiles, no, big smiles to you all!!


Thursday, 28 May 2015

What a shocker....

Well hello from my well and truely shocked house hold!! I guess you all want to know what I am shocked about?? Hmmmm it's nothing nice :(

Well remember when I was in and out of hospital hmmm over 4 months... The only way I could keep in touch with my family and friends was to use my iPhone.  Arrrrggghhhh well yesterday I got the bill for it... And yes I was, think I still and .... In shock!! It's the highest bill I have ever had on my phone.  Bearing in mind I pay £27 every normal month... The bill was £403!!! Seriously??!! Not only that I checked my remaining minutes and data for the next bill and I am almost full so now my phone has been shelved!! Until it returns to normal!! It's in my hand bag so I can still use it if I have an emergency... What a shocker!!

Ha ha I laugh but oh my! Things will be oh so very tight in this house hold for at least 2 months... Thankfully we had just had a shopping delivery so we can still eat! 

Onto something nice now...

Stitching, yest I was stitching my Sampler Game Board by The Drawn Thread.....I say was!! I did manage to get more than I expected done on it too :). Ooh quick re-cap.... It's done on 25 count Belfast linen with DMC threads.

So I think I am about half way now... 
And hmmmm yes I have been distracted again, so for now it's back on the to do pile :(

And what has took my attention?? Something nice and happy... But of course! I was looking through my charts and came across a lovely one I found in a charity shop one day.. I like it so have decided to stitch it!

Here it is...
It looks like it was originally bought in Canada, as it has a ticket from there.  It also says it's from Just Cross Stitch, would that be the magazine?  How interesting...

Yes... Cute happy designs... But ha ha which one am I going to stitch?? More clues? Ok.... Here are my threads...

And the fabric.. It's 18 count fiddlers cloth.... A natural looking lovely fabric...

So there you have it..... Love to know which one you all think I am starting.... Oooh yes!! Make a comment!!

Han has been playing with my hair.... I cannot believe how much it's grown, I need to when I feel better get some high lights in again, makes me feel better too!  Ha ha not so old!! OMG!! No!! No visits to the hairdressers for a few months at least .... Thanks to Orange mobile!! :(. Never mind.... So any way, Han was playing with my hair, look what she did...

Did this first.... 

Then moved the bobble..

I thought it was lovely and Han is so very clever too :)
Ha ha and yes.... That is me sitting up!! Ha ha seems so very odd believe me after spending so much time in bed lying down!  

EEEEKKKKkkkk..... Yes yes.. I almost forgot!! The hydrotherapy team rang me from the hospital, they took my details and what was wrong and said would call next week with a date and time for me to start my program. :). The first visit is to see what I can do, cannot do... Not in water, so they can work the right things for me to get better.  I am super excited, and cannot wait to start... Roll on next week!!

Some more good news.... My stomach is finally letting me eat a little more... It's still tough going, but I am taking this slow, the main thing I have to tell you all is that I no longer feel sick every day.  This is good news and I feel so much better too... On wards and up wards!! Taking one day at a time...

Slowly but surely I will get my left back on track....
Thank you for supporting me and sticking with me through all of this :)

Big big smiles to you all :)  :) xx

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Gosh another post!!

Hello lovely friends, firstly thank you for your kind comments on my last post.... I am still trying to find my feet and get around to see what you have all been up to.  I love blog hopping it's so much fun.  

Oooh yes another post from me!! 

Today is Tuesday and oh just another day for me! Ha ha 

Han had fun with Morgan and his mum at IKEA yesterday... No doubt she will do a post today or tomorrow about her epic trip on her blog!  I was a little sad I did not go, but realistically looking at it I just could not walk around in the shop.... Ha ha I would have trouble getting out of the car park!  I am trying to build up my strength and stamina again but it's a slow long process.  And dealing with a limp/hobble thing too... Although I think it's slightly better?  My crutches are great... They actually prevent my back from hurting too much.  Oooh yes still no news on the hydro pool, soon I hope!

Ok well I finished stitching the Primrose Maiden as mentioned in my last post... I made the smaller stitch into a cute pincushion but need my sewing machine to finish the other I stitched.  Hmmmmm not sure how long it will be until I am back on my sewing machine so :( looks like another project shelved for now.

Well here is what I stitched....

This is the Primrose Maiden from Just Cross Stitch magazine, April 2015 issue.

And my journey...

Yes the back of the cute pin cushion I mashed together from little bits I had already stitched... I think it kind of looks ok :)

There it is!! So now temporarily shelved....

So I thought about what to stitch next and OMG!! Why not I thought!! I brought out an old favourite of mine.  Not been out for a while, shame on me!! I should try to finish it, or at the least try to stitch more!! 

It's a wonderful design from The Drawn Thread called "Sampler Game Board" .... I am stitching it on 25 count Belfast linen using DMC threads.. And started this project hmmm during 2014...

I picked it up again and made some progress... I stitched numbers 5,6,7,8,9,0 and even joined up the inner square.  To my amazement and relief it actually joined!! Ha ha 

A big line to stitch...

Closing the gap...

So today I think I will work on stitching the letters around the outside... Then I think it will look half complete! 

It's such a lovely design I should try and do more...

On with the stitching!!

Hope your day is filled with smiles :)

Monday, 25 May 2015

Happy bank holiday Monday....

Hello friends all over the world... Today here in England it's another Bank Holiday Monday!! And a glorious day too as the sun is shining and blue skies above... If today is a special day where ever you are.... ENJOY!! 

Well I have not managed to venture out ... Not even on a mystery tour in the car!  Han has however gone out with her good friend Morgan and his mum to her favourite place....IKEA!! Our nearest store is in Southampton... Goodness going today though!!! It's going to be bedlam!  Packed no doubt with loads of people and I bet she will complain to me when she gets back! Ha ha a

So with the house being quieter... Ha ha quieter!! I have decided to do some stitching!  Ha ha what else would I do!  Seeing as now I am able to sit for a little while longer I am enjoying stitching more and more.  

I have been stitching something from a Just Cross Stitch magazine.. I subscribe to them digitally and think it's great.  I would rather the magazine in paper format as I am one that likes to flick through the pages... But having the digital copy is better than not having it I guess... I can print pages out so a win win I guess!! 

The design is by Laura Rimola of The Little Stitcher and is called "Primrose Maiden" I am stitching it on 14 count khaki Aida with DMC threads.  Oh yes and it's in April 2015 issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine.

This is what it should (ha ha) look like.... Although not sure what I am going to do with my finished piece?

Here is where I am...

And a little more done...

I put the piece of white paper next to my fabric on the first it would show the colour more... I think it rather a pretty little design... I will carry on and see what happens!  One never knows sometimes, I just go with the moment and see where that takes me! So exciting.... You think??

I hope you all have a happy smiley day with what ever you are doing... 

Until next time..

Smiles :) xx

Friday, 22 May 2015

Lovely time stitching....

Hello friends...

Not sure if your all aware but Lizzie Kate ran a competition recently for people to suggest 3 words... Ha ha no I did not win! Ha ha I bring this all to your attention as the 3 words have been made into a freebie chart.... And it's wonderful.  As soon as it was released yesterday I started stitching!! 

And what good timing as I was looking to start something else!! The freebie chart is available on Lizzie Kate FaceBook page and her blog... Knowing how useless I am at putting links in on my iPad I appologise now!  

Here is what I have been up to...

First I chose the colours...

I wanted bright and happy colours...

Then to the stitching...

The design does have a little more but I chose to leave it out... I like it like this :)

I chose to stitch it on 16 count cream Aida.... Just for a change!  And I am not sure what I will do with it at the moment, I still cannot get to my sewing machine.  

Oooh yes talking of my sewing area, my lovely swivel chair is now in han's room as I no longer can sit on it... It's just too low for my knee.  So now I have a huge space where my chair goes... Hmmmm we are not sure what to do at the moment.  My parents said they would look out for a chair that is more suitable for me to use... So rather exciting :)

A little update on me.... Ha ha I am no better, rather worse actually!  I am so very fed up of feeling and being ill it's no joke now.  Does someone have a magic wand?? Anyone???

Oh and something else.... This weekend here in England is another Bankholiday!  I feel I want to do or go somewhere but what to do when you have no energy and cannot walk! Ha ha what am I like!! Han has itchy feet and wants to go out somewhere... Maybe I will take her on a mystery drive! 

Look at me... Another update!! Hee hee

Ok so I am going now, until I next pop in :)

Smiles :)

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Oooooh I finished it....

Hello wonderful friends....

I had planned to pop in and leave a message with an up date yesterday, but I felt so very ill yesterday.... I knew you all would not mind waiting another day.

My stomach issue continues with no sight of the end.... I spoke with my doctor today and she has changed my anti sickness tablets, so I hope they help?  I have to go and get weighed and blood pressure checked...  It's evident I am losing weight, duh!! I think they just want to keep an eye on how much!! Food really is my enemy right now.  Every time I ate yesterday I was ill within half an hour... I am so fed up as I so want to eat normally again.  But on a good point the more weight I am loosing the better it is for my knee!! Yes I am still hobbling/limping around my home... Oooooh yes! The community physiotherapist actually came out to see me today!! I was in a little shock to say the least!  Well apparently I am doing alright! Ha ha regarding my knee!  At least I am not bed bound...hmmmm yes but I would like to walk.. And I got a little emotional when the physio said it could take years to get my leg back to what it was, that's if it does.  I am going to do everything within my power to help myself... I am being referred to the hydrotherapy pool within the hospital... I can use that facility for 12 weeks so it will be a big help when that comes through.  I want my health back so no giving up here!  It means I just have to function slower than most people! 

Enough of me... Through all my health concerns and now back blogging, taking things slow and one day at a time.  I hope to feel better each day...or every other day!

Ok.... So what have I been doing .... For me that is?? Oh yes I have been stitching!! 

I am pleased to say I have finished the Country Cottage Kids design called Little Miss Muffet from Country Cottage Needleworks.  I stitched it on 28 count Cashel opalescent and the colour was called glistening heather.  I think it was just the stitching project I needed to get back to stitching...and now to some photos...

My stitching journey...

I hope you like my finished stitching.... I tried to show the wonderful fabric but the photos really don't show it that well.  It really was a fun stitch to do...

And now for the past 2 hours I have been trying to decide what to stitch next!  Silly right?!  Hmmm decisions!!  So you will all have to wait until I post next to find out what I am stitching!

OMG!! I want to take this opportunity to say a big massive thank you to all of you wonderful people out there that sent me cards and gifts throughout my illness, in and out of hospital.  You are all so very very kind, as presently all my stitching things are all over the house I don't know how long it is going to be before I thank you all individually.... Until then...THANK YOU xx

It was my plan this year.... To do many many good things... It's all been put on hold :(  I do plan to do some wonderful things, but I just do not have the strength at the moment... So good dear friends, I ask that you are patient with me.  One day at a time :)

Thank you all for popping in and seeing what I have been up to... It's you and your comments that keep me going, so thank you!

Smiles :)

Monday, 18 May 2015

Me happy? ....

Well I am trying to be!! 

Hello wonderful friends, it's really lovely to be here, I mean that.... Having not been here for so long, now to be popping in more and more as I am is brilliant :)

I did want to get into stitching my fantastic HAED, William Morris design called The Strawberry Thief... But my concentration levels are not back to what I really need yet.  I keep going back to it though... I so love the design.  Ha ha I may just surprise you all one day and give you an up date!  

I am stitching...this is a really good thing for many reasons... It's helping me think about other things!! Ha ha ha. Yes and by me saying that it's true I am not back to old self yet.  I still have a lingering stomach problem, that is really not letting me get any better.  My doctor has given me permission to eat literally anything!  Ha ha seriously!  Now this is a total shocker for me as many of you know I do try and take the heLthier option and eat healthy.  The doctor also told me to eat chocolate!! I am deadly serious my doctor did.  The reasoning behind this is because I am having problems eating anything... I want so much to eat properly and normally but unfortunately I still cannot hold a lot in my stomach.  No one is sure why at the moment, my whole stomach is very tender to touch too... I fear more tests from the doctor :( Little and often and what ever I like!! Ha ha well a typical days food at present is... 1 slice of toast with marmite for breakfast... Then possibly between 2-3 I feel ok to eat again so try a small roll with cheese or yes or... A small salad, but cannot eat a lot maybe roughly about 6-8 mouthfuls of food.. Then maybe come 6-7 if not later I feel I want to eat again and maybe manage 2 triangles of pizza from a small pizza... I am drinking trying to drink hot water infused with fresh ginger.  We read it's good for you!   Compared to my pre-illness food intake that what I mentioned is nothing, not even a third of what I usually ate!

But enough of me!!  Just want you all to know I am working hard with my doctor to get better... And yes I still have a problem with my knee too!  It still will not straighten... But at least I am in less pain now... Thank you all for your continued support...your all wonderful :) xx

So yes... Like I say stitching has been helping me, I started a lovely little stitch from Country Cottage Needleworks called Country Cottage Kids "Little Miss Muffet".  I wanted to stitch and get back into it for ages now... It's been hard picking up my needle again.. But I stuck with it as I love the benefits of it.  Oh you know seeing the joy it brings me, loving what I create and best of all it takes me to another place... A happy care free place!

I should say I was attracted to this wonderful sparkly fabric in my stash... So had to stitch on it!! The fabric is called Glistening Heather and it's 28 count Cashel Opalescent, just love it!!!

Here is how it started...

And where I am now...

Oooh close up.... With my cute daylight clip on magnifier... Yes helping my tired eyes!

It's a really enjoyable happy stitch... I think the fabric is helping!! Ha ha. Not much left to do.... Oooh then what joy!! To choose something else next!  Best get this one finished first!!

I am still getting out and about.... Not that often though as its a lot of effort.  On Sunday just gone Han and I went swimming!! Ok when I say swimming I don't really mean swimming... Yes we went to our local swimming pool and I went into the water!! But swimming....erm... No!! My knee was having none of that!!  Oh but let me tell you it was wonderful to float about and walk...walk properly!! Yes properly!! Without a limp/hobble thing going on!! The water was brilliant, I stretched my knee and leg and moved about a lot to stretch my back too.  With all that limping/hobbling thing going on it's really hurting my back, so the water was wonderful. Ha ha when I was in it!! Han loved the water too... Did her back the world of good too.  We are glad we went, but let me tell you when I got out the water to get dried and dressed... Too much back pain.. So not sure whether to go again soon or leave it a while until I am a little stronger?  The next day now (Monday) my knee feels fine... The rest of me is in pieces!! Ha ha hence why I am typing this again on my iPad whilst lying in bed!!

I want to thank you all for being so lovely and patient with me... I will eventually come back full time every day up dating again.  But for now it's as and when, I so love blogging and this wonderful community.. I could never give it up, so rest assured I will be back!!

Smiles to you all :) 

Saturday, 16 May 2015

One day at a time...

Hello lovely friends....

I am so so sorry to keep neglecting you, I assure you all its not deliberate.

My health is up and down at the moment, hence the one day at a time!!  I am hanging in there and day by day I do feel (some days!) a little better.

OMG!! I must tell you all about this...

Well you all know I have been bed bound for months and it's only recently that I have been up and about, be it hobbling... It's still up!! When I was bed bound it seems some of my stitching things made it into my bedroom, it was easier for me to see and get what I wanted. Hmmmmm I went to look at my stitching corner yesterday and OMG!! It's a right mess!! This is no understatement... Jon and I were sorting threads that were all over the place yesterday!  For hours I might add!! Jon is such a darling to help me :). It's from things I finished stitching and the threads never went back in the box!  

Gosh yes!! I have a really big pile of finished things too!  I am not quite ready to get the sewing machine  out so the pile will have to sit there for now! :(

Today is quite an adventure as jon and I are going to tackle our bedroom!! This is a really positive thing for me to do, as its saying I no longer want to sit in bed!! So all my stitching things will be brought back to the living room no put somewhere in my stitching corner.  Hmmmmm the stitching corner needs an overhaul too!! But that will have to wait for another day!!  At least all my stitching things will be back in one place!

As of yet no photo's but as I find things I may take a few!! 

Oh yes I would like to share a photo of Mays Halloween ornie, may is pumpkins.... And let me tell you I have been working on and off on this for weeks!! Little bit here little bit there.. I am so hoping to get it finished in May!!

It's a sweet design I found called "Potted Jacks n Crows" from Primitive Betty's blog.... Here....

A little more I have done... But still a lot to do...

So please don't think I have deserted you all... Far from it.  I want nothing better than my life to return to how it was.. At present all I am thinking about is getting better and staying out of hospital!!

For all of those who very kindly wished my daughter a happy birthday...thank you :). She did have a lovely day...we went out to lunch... She has put a post up of where we went if you would like to take a look.  I did notice when she was on my blog that she added the link to her blog... You cannot miss it!!! It's at the top of the right hand border!! Ha ha. And I think today she will be putting a post up too of all the lovely things she got for her birthday too... Watch out for that one... Some love,y gifts and I think that she is very lucky!!  :). If you have not visted han's blog go take a peek.... It's nothing.. Nothing!! Like mine!! Ha ha a Han loves to draw and doodle, I will try to encourage her to post some of her doodles... I love them, I often think they would make great fabrics!  How cool would that be!!

Ok.... So enough waffle!! Hee hee

Post again soon.... Don't worry I will be back!

Smiles :)

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Who's the birthday girl....

YES!!! OMG!!!
It's been a long time coming .... But I have had a daily count down for months now from Han!! Yes indeed it's Han's birthday today! She is 20 today!!!! Eeeek!!! 

Now if I had of been more organized I would of shared a lot of photos with you all... You know the cute baby ones! Ha ha ha.  But as it goes I only had time to grab a few recent ones... Well few years old I think!  So here,.... Because I can!! Are some photo's of Han..

Ha ha !! And just because she likes Hello Kitty....

Have a wonderful birthday Hannah.... I know you will see this!! Ha ha 
And oooooh the big one next year!! 

Lots and lots of smiles :) xxxx