I’ve been feeling a bit blue recently with my diabetes playing up more than usual, being fed up with the flat and my recovery regressing by about 1-2 months resulting in increased pain. When I’m feeling a bit down it’s time for something creative to distract me and cheer me up so over the past week I’ve been making some more booties with left over bits of fabric. It wasn’t intentional but my mood has clearly influenced my creative choices as they all seem to be blue, and have flowers on them – well I guess despite the weather it is nearly summer and the flowers should be bright and cheery.
Off to get out of the flat now, enjoy the rest of your Sunday whatever your plans.
Well, incase you’ve missed it… it’s the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend, which not only means 2 extra days to add to the weekend, but time for celebrations. We are hoping to see the flotilla on the Thames but given the look of the weather I’m not too sure whether we’ll make it or not, especially with me still on crutches. In the meantime I have been making lots of red, white and blue things which is also apt for the soon to be Olympics. Above are some of my faves for supporting the very British celebrations for the Jubilee and also for several countries in the Olympics.
Have a fab Sunday wherever you are.
From now on Sunday is going to be the day I showcase my latest makes, doodles and creations. So to start off I’ve chosen a red, white and blue theme, hmmm… wonder why that could be! I take inspiration from lots of different places but it’s hard not to be inspired by national events such as the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee. It was my first week back at work last week after 6 months off recovering from major hip surgery and just walking past shops on my commute made it impossible to miss the sea of red, white and blue everywhere. So, if you want to join in the festivities have a look at my etsy shop for bunting, and baby bits to get all ages involved, or leave a comment about your recent red, white and blue makes or finds!
Anyone following my blog this time last year will know about the 50m of bunting that I made for my wedding, so when I thought about bunting for my party this weekend 28m seemed like nothing! Oh, how I was wrong – it’s taken me 2.5 days to do 3/4 of it. I think I underestimated how much recovering from surgery takes out of you and how much slower I am, especially with the lack of concentration. I could stop with what I’ve done but now I’ve set my goal I am determined to reach it. Above are the first 3 runs and I’ve started 1/3 of the fourth and final length but then I have to sew all the triangles to the bias binding, I may be here a while…
It’s been a tough few months to say the least, but it seems to be non-stop at the moment… My poor grandad was diagnosed with cancer yesterday, and hearing my grandma trying to hide how upset she was on the other end of the phone was quite hard. On a positive, he’s got to the age of 89 so all credit to him, and I know he won’t be around forever, but I don’t want him to suffer! So, as my run of bad luck continued yesterday I got pushed onto my bad hip as I was getting on the bus to the dentist, clearly it’s more important for others to get on the bus first, and then had the ordeal of the dentist… but on the way back I needed cheering up so came home via the fabric shop, and spent way too much money, but got a great and varied selection. Which meant time for a cup of Betty’s peppermint tea, and to get creating… I made this bib for many reasons but I’m going to dedicate it to my grandad as it’s the colours of his national Ukrainian flag and reminds me of a sunny day which is what I long for right now. What cheers you up?
I’m somehow managing to keep up with my blogboost challenge this month but thought it was time to feature Folksy as Luulla has been taking the spotlight so far! As I’m definitely feeling blue at the moment that has to be today’s theme for my first folksy Friday in a while:
Handmade by Anna Cole – Stripey blue heart (Love the fabric combination here, and it is nearly Valentines Day)
Purrfect Designs – Blue Cat (how can he not make you smile?)
Lou Tonkin Artist – Blue Tit (You will all know my love of textiles by now and this really is beautiful)
Gemma Austen Art – Blue characters (I get completely engrossed in this, and means I can ‘lose myself’ for a bit)
Elephant Blossom Glass – Blue tweets (these are so adorable)
Hannah Madden – Blue Swans (Block printing has to be one of my fave techniques and again this is gorgeous for Valentines Day)
Ok, no time to feel sorry for myself must get some fabric out – might be time for a blue hat!
Have a great weekend