Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Hello .....

Hello lovely friends
I made it ..... I'm here
and it's SO good to be back
I've missed you

Although, admittedly I'm not here to stay just yet
 it's just that I've had so many lovely messages
enquiring about me
and I didn't want you to be worrying .....

I am fine and SO relieved ..... all went to plan
it's two weeks on today
and yesterday was the first day that I felt a proper improvement
I'm still quite painful and sore
and if I am to be honest, a little low
I think that's all the worry, fear and drugs catching up with me
 I'm here all the same.

I've spent lots of time cosied up under my Peaceful quilt
and it really has been comforting
and I've been VERY well looked after by my sweethearts.
I've kept myself occupied with hours upon hours of hand sewing hexies
so much so that I have worn a hole in my finger
so now I have to sew with a plaster on it!

this will become a quilt for a sweet vintage doll bed

I shall be taking it easy a while longer
I don't feel jolly enough to be happy on here just yet
and ..... we have a holiday planned!
Up till now I've not really thought about it too much
didn't want to tempt fate, I guess
I haven't been 100% sure that I'd be well enough to go
(this is a special holiday that has been planned forEVER
..... I would cry a LOT if I couldn't go)

I'll probably be back here proper by the end of September.

Thank you so much for being so sweet and caring
sending your love, healing thoughts and prayers
and for all the wonderful tips
lavender oil on a pretty hankie was most soothing
thank you Sally
you really are all SO wonderful

..... and just take a look at this

this absolutely beautiful and perfect work of quilty art
was a surprise gift made especially for me
(I mean how sweet and thoughtful is that?)
from my dear new friend Sarah
I was so very touched that I cried ..... happy tears
what a truly lovely LOVELY thing to do

this will become a rainbow baby quilt

Before I go
can I just say

I LOVE nurses

they must be the loveliest people on the planet

with all my love
x Jooles x

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

A Peaceful Ta~Da and a farewell for now .....

Hello my lovelies

I have finished my 

Peaceful Quilt

the perfect name I've decided
it has saved my sanity on several recent days
soothed my mind
and kept me peaceful
I miss making it already

It has some of my most dearly treasured fabrics
vintage Laura Ashley
Liberty of London
loved one's vintage hankies
and other, mostly small and adored pieces
all from my 'Treasure' bag

I did treat myself to just a few new treasures 
mostly from my lovely friend Sarah
whose shop is Dangerously luscious
(you've been warned!)

As soon as I'd finished hand stitching the binding 
I threw it straight in the washing machine
and after that, straight in the drier
that's possibly against the law
I just love how it makes it look
Loved and Cherished

I am over~the~moon in love with it

I'll be closing my shops tomorrow.

I have my pre~assessment tomorrow morning
and I will have my surgery on Tuesday
Tuesday the 5th August .....
that scary date that has not left my mind for more than a few minutes
since I was first told of it
I wish I was having a general anaesthetic
but I'm not
(I did ask the surgeon ..... actually I think I begged a bit ..... but NO)

so so so so so Scared

I've been told that I'll only need two nights in hospital
I hope so.

I will dream of being in my own cosy bed
surrounded by those I hold dear 
and snuggled under my Peaceful quilt
that should get me through, don't you think?

I wish I could be a brave person
I'll just have to try my best to pretend to be one instead.

I've recently had some lovely comments
from a few of you
also going through scary health times
I wish you lots of love and healing
and I will be thinking of you

Well I guess it's time for me to bid farewell for now
I'll be back when I can
I miss you already

BIG love 
x Jooles x

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Bedside Posy :: July

Gosh I only just made it!

Here is my July bedside posy
A simple, fragrant and Oh So Beautiful little jug of Sweet peas
what could be lovelier?

Bedside Posie :: May
Bedside Posie :: June

Back soon

BIG love 
x Jooles x

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Apologies in advance .....

Hello my friends
Happy Sunday to you!

As the title says ..... apologies ..... One Hundred apologies
This IS a Christmassy post

I'm terribly sorry (not really!)

I have been busy writing up my very first PDF pattern
I've been making and selling my Bunting Advent Calendars since 2010
goodness only knows how many cute little pockets I've stitched
and I still REALLY love making them
so I thought it was about time that I wrote a pattern
 so that you could stitch up your very own!

It has taken much longer than I had anticipated
possibly because it's my first pattern
and possibly because I'm a pernickety pernackerpan
(as my Mother~in~law would say)

Anyway it's ALL done now
and available to purchase and instantly download from my Etsy shop
if you fancy having a go at stitching one up!

It's certainly suitable for beginners
as I have written the pattern nicely detailed
as that's how I like patterns to be
Twelve pages in total
with all of my tips and tricks for a perfect finish
including little heart ends ~ with a whole page of templates on the back page
 and a 'How~To' on rubber stamping
It has colour Step~by~Step photos too
which I also love in a pattern

My dear little friend makes a special appearance too!

I have plans for more patterns in the future
may be even Percy Pecker ..... who knows!

and it goes without saying
 that if you have any questions about the pattern or have any problems
just drop me an email
I will be here to help.

* * * * * * * *
This pattern is however, for personal use only
make as many as you can for friends, family and loved ones
Go Bonkers!
 P.l.e.a.s.e  do NOT sell them
that would make me very sad indeed

(I have had a LOT of copycat issues with my advent buntings)

* * * * * * * *

Before I go I have SO many thank you's to say

Thank you ..... 
for all of your kind and wonderful wishes to my Sweet B
she LOVED all of the kind comments
she REALLY did.

Thank you .....
for all of your kind wishes, thoughts and prayers for me
you have given me more strength than you can begin to imagine
things have moved on
surgery date has been set for the 5th of August
I've had so many tests that I've lost count
and still more to come on Thursday
I look like a pin cushion
I'm still working on the art of distraction!

and lastly

Thank you .....
as even though I haven't been visiting you much recently
you have still been leaving me such beautiful and kindly words
You're fab
yes you truly are.
After the 'thing' that I can barely bring myself to think about 
I shall have lots of time to recuperate 
and I shall look forward to visiting you all and see what you've been up to
it will give me something positive to look forward to

I have a couple of posts that I'd like to share before the 'thing'
so I'll be back soon

BIG love 
x Jooles x

Friday, 25 July 2014

Yesterday .....

this happened .....

Such a
Happy Happy Happy

We are SO full of pride, love and admiration
for our wonderful, beautiful and very VERY clever girl


We now have a first class honours zoologist in our midst!

My heart is in a million trillion zillion little pieces

..... this also happened

Back soon

BIG love 
x Jooles x

Thursday, 17 July 2014

The Art Of Distraction .....

that's what I've been trying to perfect this week
putting Scary Worrying things aside
(or trying my best to)
and searching out love and beauty

 With everything going right now
I have dramatically pared down my shops
just ready made items or quick to make things in~store for a while
I will have to close them for a few weeks soon
I'll let you know when.

This has given me time to cut endless  B E A U T I F U L  fabric squares
from my 'Treasure' stash
slowly slowly
I'm making a quilt just for me
using my most adored fabrics
some of them just enough for one square
Vintage Laura Ashley
a beautiful but damaged vintage table cloth 
and even a few of my mother~in~laws pretty hankies
something special to remember her by

I do a bit here and there when I'm feeling up to it
its soothing for my soul
especially when accompanied by Mary Berry baking something delish

I've also indulged in a little, pretty retail therapy

I have been a huge fan of Viv's work for many years
who wouldn't be?
It's insanely gorgeous
I had some birthday money left so treated myself to this delight
she is such a lovely lovely lady too
this will be highly treasured ..... always

I also added a  V E R Y  pretty new baby mug to my collection

It's called 'Carnation' but to me it is a pink

it looks very at home

This Zinnia made me happy too
look at the  G O R G E O U S  colour

June's cross stitch
~ A firefly in a jam jar ~

I've not started July yet
got a feeling I may get rather behind on this
You can read more about my Cross Stitch Challenge here

Before I go I have been meaning to show you something .....
Have you heard of Sugru?

It's jolly clever stuff
a self~setting rubber
I had an email from a kind lady from the company
she offered to send me some to try out
it arrived in the nick of time
my mac cable was hanging on by a thread
(a new cable is £70!)
so I used some to mend it
such a genius idea

It can be used in  L O A D S  of crafty ways too
just take a looky at their website
So thank you very much to Clare and Sugru
I shall be up for a play when I'm feeling better

Thanks for popping by
It's lovely to know you're there
and I can just ramble away to you
and I adore to read your lovely comments

BIG love
x Jooles x