heart with bandaid


Well, March is here already. 2019 has been a very tough year so far. I’ve been off the grid for a while, for various reasons. The big one is that I have heart failure – a total shock to the system to hear those words, let me tell you!

It was only found because I have THE most amazing GP ever that I’m still around. This is the 2nd time he’s saved my life -literally. This time I’m not going to take it for granted, though. Lucky for me, I’m able to have a CRT pacemaker installed & that will make my life much better – a workaround, kind of. It’s not my arteries (whew), apparently I had either a virus or infection that affected my heart & have left bundle branch blockage, making my heart very weak and out of sync. Plus it beats really fast – which is quite unsettling, let me tell you.

Anyway, don’t want to bore everybody to bits with my health issues, just trying to explain why I’ve been out of touch. I’m tired (very tired) a lot of the time, and haven’t had the energy to keep up with everything. But I still love keeping in touch with my customers ! To that end, I’ve just updated the site with some specials, so I hope you enjoy them…. make sure you pop on to the main page & take advantage of them.


Gone too soon

A difficult beginning

I haven’t been sewing much lately, just a little bit of hand sewing & have only had the machine out once to work on a snuggly. Didn’t help that half of my house (the half where the machine usually sits, on the dining table) was covered in plaster dust.Our old boxy air conditioner decided the 44 degree day was the right time to stop blowing cold air …….. so we have installed a reverse cycle split system. Wonderful! Yes – but oh my goodness, the dust from removing the old one is beyond words.

We have not had a good start to the year. 2019 started in the saddest way possible, with the death of my friends child. He was only 20. I know that officially he’s a man by then, but no, when you’re my age, he was just a child. I was not close with him, but his Mum is an amazing person, over the years she’s helped my family out on many occasions, she’s helped a lot of people out…….. For a long, long time he was an only child, and he was her world, particularly as she is a single Mum. His memorial service was wonderful. So many faces! He was a caring, cheeky, clever individual, you could see the good he spread in the world in his short time here just by listening to their stories. It seems so unfair! All the dregs out there committing violence are still around, but this sweet young man who had such a bright future is gone, in one silly misjudged moment, just …. gone.

It’s very hard to explain why this has affected me so deeply. I’m not really sure myself, other than I feel so much for his Mum. Every single day now I think of her & the pain she’s living with.

On one hand, I want to keep my children close, but on the other I want them to get out there and really experience life – because that’s what he was doing, and loving it. He did more travelling in his short life than I’ve done in my 54 years. I want my kids to get out there and have fun, explore, enjoy, take risks (not too many), not stay at home & waste their lives. Well, it’s not wasting, but still, it’s kind of like stagnating.

I am trying to get back to ‘normal’ so will be pushing myself to get some stitching done soon, & I’m so thankful I have had some contact with customers lately, lovely people! I helped out briefly at Palm Beach Quilting during the Fabric Frolic too, which was distracting & enjoyable (thanks Maureen).

Sorry if this has been a bit depressing, it’s just where I am right now.


Lunch with the ladies

Today I had the pleasure of catching up with some lovely ladies for lunch at a local cafe. Excellent food, with the company (as always) memorable and entertaining. We get together as old customers from one of our favourite stores, Patchwork Pumpkin. The shop was owned by Therese Hylton, with the very able assistance of her daughter, Tasha, both of whom were able to make it today.  Therese has been quilting for over 30 years, and continues to stitch and create patterns – thank goodness. Tasha is also a dedicated patchworker, and the two have many lively discussions regarding colour and style. You can find a lot of Thereses’ patterns in the patterns section of my store.

I’m very slowly stitching up one of her patterns – Because I said so,  using the lovely variegated Cottage Garden Threads for the stitcheries. The fabrics I’ve chosen are similar to the original pinks, blues, greens – but in soft batiks. Unfortunately I’m so slow that I’ve had to re-write the the quotations onto the backgrounds to follow for my embroidery! Do you find hand-stitching relaxing? I do, but it’s interesting that there’s a wide divide between those that ‘do’  and those that avoid hand sewing like the plague. There just doesn’t seem to be any in-between, you either love it or you hate it. My biggest issue when I’m hand sewing is that I have to take off my glasses to get really close to my work  (such as embroidery) – but then I can’t see the tv…. so if there is an interesting programme on, I prefer to do some binding which doesn’t require quite the same amount of attention.

Time runs away from me these days, I’m sure you’re in the same boat. It’s hard work trying to keep up with everything! It was really lovely taking a time-out today for the catch-up.  Whilst I’m  working hard to finish uploading all my products – if you are looking for something in particular, feel free to drop me a line on my contact page & I’ll be sure to get back to you asap.

Some of my Because I Said So stitching
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