Monday, November 28, 2011

Crossing The Line


I have spoken many times about what this on-line blogging journal means to me.  It has become a very important part of my life.  I love talking to you all and I love the fact that it is there for ever as a record of my life - What I am doing, What I am Feeling, Where I have been and most importantly How much my Family and  Friends mean to me.  It is safe to say that 2011 has been a horrid year for us in a number of ways.  Some of you that e-mail me regularly are aware of a few of our ups and downs but some aren't.  To be quiet honest I can't remember who I've told what. 

I had a few phone calls over the weekend from dear friends who I have met through my blog ( and a little visit from my darling Jo) and some of them had no idea what was going on and it made me feel really bad..... 

It has always been a bit of a problem for me about how much of my life to share on this blog.  I have been reluctant to share our problems of the last year but have decided to cross that invisible line I had in place and share a few things with you. 

Mainly because I feel bad that I haven't answered many comments and e-mails lately and because sometimes when I do get time to answer it is a rushed answer and I feel bad.  I know that none of us should feel obligated to comment or respond - BUT it always weighs heavily on me when I don't answer.  I want you to know that I do always read your e-mails and comments and I appreciate the fact that you have taken the time to do so.   


Many of you would know that I have 4 children.  Samantha, Joshua, Kaitlin and Amy. 

Josh my son who turned 20 in September has had a rough couple of years.  He developed a blood clot in his leg last year which stopped the main arterial root of blood to his foot which began to break down.  In May this year he was hospitalised with gangerene in 1 toe. 

A stent (artificial vein) was put in to assist the blood flow to his foot however the gangerene spread to 4 toes on his foot.  During testing he was found to have hole in his heart.  After many doctors visits and months and the vascular team trying to let his toes self amputate as it was considered too dangerous to fix his heart or surgically amputate, we finally found a surgeon willing to fix his heart which happened a few months ago.

The pain that Josh has been in has been incredible and heart breaking as his mother to watch.  As parents we want the best for our children and seeing them in agony constantly is just the worst feeling.   In late August, Josh was hospitalised  due to the pain and infection and also the fact that his stent was blocked it was decided to amputate so he lost all 5 of his toes.



Here he is with his childhood sweetheart Bec and their baby Mia just after the surgery. 

To call Josh a very brave young man is an understatement.  He is one of the most positive and brave people I know.  Everytime I ask him how he is he always puts a smile on his face and says "I'm ok mum" Since the amputation he has tried to get on with his life but the pain levels hadn't really changed and his stump just wouldn't heal. 

On Thursday of last week he was hospitalised due to the infection and the fact that his foot was dying.  On Saturday his leg was amputated to just below the knee.  He went through a 4 - 5 hour surgery and after being out for just 1/2 hour told me how fantastic he felt.  That kid just amazes me.  He now tells me that one of the fastest runners in the world only has 1 leg and that he can't wait to get out of hospital and get on with his life.

It has been a horrendous time - I've told him that he owns most of the grey hairs in my head - LOL.  I hope and pray that this amputation heals and that he can indeed get on with his life.



Throughout all of this I have also battled a few health issues of my own which includes a lesion growing at the base of my spine which was detected during an MRI for a collapsed disc in my back.  The stress and worry throughout the testing processes to find out if the growth was in or on my bone was incredible.  My family and friends were amazing throughout this time and I am not sure what I would have done without their support. 

The great news is that it is not in my bone so I am "elated" about that - I still have a few processes to go through with it but I feel much more confident now that it's not going to bowl me over.

So all in all I won't be sorry to see the back of 2011 and look forward to a great 2012.  It has to be onwards and upwards from here that's for sure.

If you have read this far into my post - Thank you for letting me share some of the more trying  moments of our lives this year.  Just know that "Blogland" has been a wonderful sanctuary for me and that being able to pick up my stitching and forget about our troubles has been a blessing. 

Being a part of the Stitch A Long and Swaps and friendship groups has been wonderful and I really don't know if I would have coped as well without you all.

So from me to you "Thank You"

Hugs - Fee XX

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Lavender Heart Tutorial


I am guest posting over at Shabby Art Boutique today making my Lavender Heart.

Pop over and take a look they are super easy to make and make wonderful gifts all year round.

Hugs - Fee X



Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thoughts ......



The events in my personal life that have transpired over the past few weeks has forced me to question everything, the little things that don't matter in the scale of things, and the things that do matter and just the blessing of being able to wake each morning and be surrounded by those people I love. 

I am very sentimental and just adore quotes that actually mean something.  I think the above quote sums it all up really......  By Marcus Aurelius

Feel free to use it anyway you wish and know that I created it for you with love.

Fee X

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Finally Finished Tis The Season


Finally last night I stitched the final few binding stitches in my Tis The Season Quilt.  I think the deadline was tomorrow so I just scraped through. 


I had to wait almost 6 weeks for a parcel of fabric to come from the USA which contained the french red border and binding fabric.  I auditioned many other fabrics whilst waiting but it just had to be the french red.


But I did have a helper in finishing the quilt.  Jack offered his expertise on more than one occassion.



And I have been working on this lovely design by my friend Jenny.  It is the front panel of a bag pattern in her latest magazine.  It really is gorgeous and a pleasure to stitch.  The sun is shining here today but I have some swap gift wrapping to do before I can venture outside.  I hope you are having a lovely start to your weekend?

Hugs - Fee XX

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Side Affects


 One of my favourite things to do after dinner of an evening is to sit in my recliner with my feet up and with my stitching on my lap.  My kitty cats like to share my lap which is fine as they haven't seen me all day and I get to catch up on cuddles. But


there is a side affect - Can you see it?


Yep kitty cat hair - LOL  Luckily I have a great sticky lint brush just perfect for the job of removing it.

Do your pets want your lap when you are stitching? 

Hugs - Fee X

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Springtime Sunday


What a glorious day we have enjoyed here in Brighton today.  Unfortunately I haven't ben able to do very much but have managed a little bit of machine stitching for a project which will be featured in an upcoming edition of Elefantz Home Magazine.  Just the pattern writing to go now - YUK !!


My Larry Lamb Pincushions are all finished now and have been filled with crushed walnuts (Thanks Jo).  They are sitting in the gift giving cupboard ready for christmas.




I have also been doing a little secret sewing for some upcoming swaps so can't show you the fruits of my labour yet.  Time is ticking away so hopefully I am still on schedule.





Have you heard about Shabby Art Boutique's "Simply Christmas"?  Kerry Anne is again this year hosting lots of freebies, giveaways and tutorials between now and christmas.  I am doing a guest spot in the coming weeks too.  Do yourself a favour and become a follower of her blog so you don't miss out on anything.

Bye for now.

Hugs - Fee X


Friday, November 4, 2011

MIA


How has your week been?  Sorry I have been Missing In Action - My workplace has been extremely busy and I have had a bit of a dip in health this past 10 days or so but  Hopefully I am now on the up and can get stuck back into things.  I have been making a few smaller gift items though to add to my christmas gift giving pile.  I adore this little pin cushion by Anni Downs.


It uses just a few scraps and 2 X 5" Circles of wool.  I was lucky enough to find the Check wool on a treasure hunt a few months back.  I am really pleased that I am finally using some of it.


I have also been using quite a few scraps in a few other little projects - Some of which I will share with you next year when we begin to play scrapbusters.


These little scissor fobs were fun to make.


And perfect for using up little 2 " Squares of my favourite fabrics. 


And just a gentle reminder about our Tassie Weekend which is just 124 days away.  Lots of girls including the New Zealand girls have already booked their flights.  Are you coming too?  Don't forget that it's a long weekend here so book early to avoid disappointment or paying too much in airfares.

Hopefully I'll be back over the weekend to show you some progress on my brick quilt and maybe even a few sneak peeks of what I have planned for 2012.

Hugs - Fee X