Tuesday, 1 October 2013


I went AWOL lately from blogland due to an ickey uckey virus that absolutely knocked the wind out of me. All that I seemed to be able to do was sleep.  I felt like I should have gotten down on all fours, drawn whiskers on my face and pinned a tail to my bum because I was living just like the cats in our house.  On my better days I managed to get a bit of stitching and sewing done.  I was feeling very low through all of this time because it was taking so long to pass but now in a strange kind of way I've realised that it has helped me a great deal.  I've been having a bad pain flare up since May due to my severe insomnia but all the sleep that I've been getting lately has broken that fatigue-pain cycle for me.  Slowly I feel like I'm getting a little more energy every day and my pain levels are beginning to drop at last.  Granted I am now writing this post at 2 am in the morning but I'm just a little giddy over something exciting that's happening tomorrow.  Well it is for me anyway!!
Yippeeee  I just can't wait!!

I've got a few crafty pieces finished in the last while but i never got around to showing them to you, so here goes.
After working for so long on the granny stripe blanket, I needed a break to something different.  I wanted a quick project so that I could at last see something done and totally complete.  The blanket at the mo feels like its taking forever to finish.  I found this little beauty of a pattern in Inside Crochet and it just hit the spot.  I just don't know what it is about me and doilies right now but I want to make lots of them and in lovely bright colours too.  Maybe it's because I'm just not quite ready for the winter that's knocking on the door!!

Sorry for the poor photo here but the light was not too good the afternoon that I took this picture....I know, I know that doesn't excuse the creases in my cloth, what can I say only sorry again.  I've been wanting to try making notebook covers for a while now and this was my first attempt.  I must say that I really enjoyed it and I learned a hell of a lot in the process.  I know that I'm certainly going to be making more of them.  Look out in your Christmas stockings everyone!!

I went to a patch work class the other day and one of the first projects was a rag cushion.  I'm so loving how it turned out.  It's a simple but very effective design and such a great starting point for a learner like me.  My biggest fault is that I'm not very good at cutting things precisely the right size and this class is perfect for me to learn this.  I'm really looking forward to the rest of the classes to see what will be coming next!

This little baby I made quite a while ago but forgot to show it to you.  It's one of my favourite things that I've ever made.  I love how it's not in any way perfect, nor did I worry if it wasn't.  I love the mix of colours.

I love that I finally managed to do buttonholes on a sewing machine.  I love the unexpected bright colours of the back.  And I love that it's the first cushion that everyone goes for when they sit on the couch....even the dog!!

So that's all from me now.  I hope to catch up on some blogs in the next few days.
Rosie xx

PS  Thanks for all the lovely comments on my last post called Like Minded People.  They were so lovely to read.  Sadly though I had to delete the post due to spam that kept popping up in the comment box.  But thanks again, I so enjoy reading all your lovely thoughts and comments.  They really help me to get to know you better.


  1. Hello Rosie, I've missed your posts. I'm so pleased you are feeling better, I think it's our body's way of telling us to slow down. And what beautiful makes a gorgeous crochet mat, a brilliant rag cushion the backing fabric is gorgeous and buttonholes too. Perfect. I received your comment.

  2. Glad you're starting to feel a little better, great makes there....those prints are fab! :) x

  3. Glad you are feeling a bit better. Love that doily and your cushions are great too.
    M x

  4. I am happy you are feeling better. All your finished projects are lovely. I like make dolies too. Hugs Judy

  5. Hello lovely Rosie, I am so sorry to hear that you have been feeling poorly and I so understand this cycle of not sleeping at night, it so doesn't help matters. I am dying to know what is happening today??? DO share! Love all your beautiful projects you have been working on, especially that lovely yellow doilie and yes it is colour that sits comfortably in autumn, so keep it out! Your cushions are so pretty. You must have loved doing the patchwork course, I could do with doing one of them. Pretty notebook covers. Did you follow a tutorial? I tried to make some as teachers gifts in July, yours look very pretty!! Hope you continue to feeling better and sending you a big happy hug! Happy October and enjoy today xoxo

  6. ~ Ooh i totally understand the sleepless nights thingy! ~ dreadful!! I am glad you are feeling more of your self again...LOVELY creative pieces from you....Sending warm hugs Maria x

  7. Dear Rosie,

    I am so sorry to read you've been poorly but I do understand what you wrote about it being a blessing in disguise. The Muslims, apparently, believe that physical sickness is a time to retreat into oneself and reflect. Many times, I feel, our bodies are clamouring to slow down and we only take the time to do so when ill.

    Warmest wishes to you and your family,


  8. Hello Sweet Rosie,
    So sorry that you have been sick, but glad to hear you are doing better. All your makes are just gorgeous!! I love the doily! Perfect for autumn! And, your notebook cover is so pretty! Wishing you a very happy and pretty day! xo Heather

  9. I'm sorry to hear that you've been so sick. I hope you're all better soon. I love all of your creations, but especially the book cover. I think the fabrics are really beautiful together.

  10. So glad to hear that you got to catch up on some sleep ... but very sorry that it took a virus to make it happen! When I get that sick I don't have the mental energy for anything - so well done on getting some sewing and stitching done in the midst of it!

    I've been in the mood for bright doilies too lately - in fact was trying to come up with a round yellow one (!) but the pattern wouldn't quite gel. It's definitely a case of staving off the thought of winter. :)

    Your cushions are great - love the pretty block on that crochet one. And the notebook cover is very cute - good fabric combination.

    Hope the pain levels continue to drop! :)

  11. Sounds like you were in silver lining to every cloud territory ... good to hear that things are on the up.

    Love the doily :)

  12. Glad to hear that you are better now. That's a very pretty doily and your cushions looks wonderful.

  13. Hi Rosie, what a lovely showcase of your recent *makes*. Thanks for sharing. And I love your header! Guess I haven't been around blogland for a while : -)


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