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I must be getting better

I have managed to start stitching again.  That is a relief, I thought I had lost the knack. I take that as a sign that I am getting better.  I think it will take a little longer and I am not going to rush into doing lots of things but it is certainly an improvement.

The other thing that has happened is that I have got carried away with designing  my 'bird bags'.  I sat and came up with another 5 designs so that I could make 6 different versions.  The next thing has been to refine the pattern for the actual bag and after a test run I think that pattern needs to be 1cm longer.

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The width and curve of the top for the clip frame is perfect but if I put a phone and credit cards inside it is a tight fit.

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So another 1cm will make all the difference.  And my husband needs a new cover for his phone.  It is his birthday this month so I have solved the present problem that has been nagging at me as well.


I just broke the arm off my reading glasses.  Oh Dear! 

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But  I am not stressing about it one little bit.

I have worn glasses for most of my life.  So when I had the cataracts removed from my eyes I immediately got another pair of prescription glasses.  These cost me over $800.00.

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Problem is I only need them for reading and I kept taking them off and misplacing them.  Then I was really stressed.  At one point I lost them for 2 weeks.  Solution?  Well I went out to the dollar shop and bought multiple pairs of magnifiers at $5.00 to $10.00 each.  I have them in every room and I don't stress if they fall apart like those green ones.  I will just buy another pair.

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You know, I will probably be able to find a little screw and fix the broken ones, but I think I will find another pair to add to my collection.

Hiding from the vacume cleaner

I am still in my sick bed or rather I have progressed to the chair beside the bed.  Charlie is still my constant companion and can now go up and down the stairs on her own.  It is so good to see her improving.

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This last virus is continuing to  give me grief and my husband is doing the vacuming.  The noise of that machine just goes straight through my head.  So Charlie and I have retreated to my sewing room so that I can shut the door.  I am now on super strong antibiotics, ear drops and pain killers, all of which leave me tired.  But at least the pain is under control and I have begun to think about sewing again.  I can't remember what I was doing last time so I have decided on a new project.

I decided on a clip purse.  Why?   Well that is a bit of a wander of the mind.  The government here is bringing in a tax on all purchases from overseas and making the persons selling the goods collect the tax for them.  Which just blows the mind.  I don't mind paying my taxes but I hate being ripped off.  I can buy rat tail cord on line for 5cents a metre but have to pay $1.00 a metre in the shops here.  They would buy in bulk and get that cord even cheaper than me.  The same can be said of my purse frames that sell for about $10 to $15 each in the shops or $2 or less on line.  So I looked in my bag of purse frames and found I was down to 3 only.  One I really liked so decided to make a clip purse and I also put an order in on line for some more frames.

He was still vacuming so I did a little vector drawing for an applique.  Just a silly little bird but it is about all I can handle at the moment.  I have found the fabrics, drafted a pattern and got everything ready.

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I have no idea what I am going to do with it when I am finished.  It will probably go into the Xmas gift draw.

Still here

This virus is sure a problem.  Now I have had an allergic reaction to the drugs they gave me for the ear infection and am still in bed. But I have good company.  Charlie had her next operation to restore her sight and she and I lay around just sleeping and getting better.  However, she is not allowed to go up and down the stairs.  She has got used to being carried and now insists on being picked up when she wants to go outside.  But the good news is that she can see and even bark at people passing by.  She is not allowed on the stairs for another 2 weeks so she could end up totally spoilt.

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It is quite wintery here and my daughter has given the seal of approval to the Carbeth sweater that I knitted for her.  ( I see on Ravery that there are 1060 projects for this sweater.)

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I adjusted the pattern to make it longer in the arms and body than stated in the pattern.  It took 3 balls of a  wool/bamboo blended wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills  called Stella  which is a 12ply yarn,  this was on special when I bought it at $12.00 per ball, so the cost of materials was $36.00.    (Now $14.50 per ball).  My children have sensitive skin and that bamboo content makes this garment perfect for them, no itching.  This was one of the quickest and easiest sweaters I have ever knitted so I think I will knit the cardigan version for myself.

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image Kate Davies Designs

 I am not young and slender, although I have lost quite a bit of weight (20Kilos), so I think I will make the body longer.

Peeking out from below the blankets

I am still alive, just.  I managed to catch another viral infection, this time from the bride (who I had made the dress for) when I embraced her.  I find the best place to be is in bed, although I can't lie down as the infection is in my throat and ears.  I have to say sleeping sitting up is not the most comfortable position.  If I was a dog they would put me down.

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I am laying here looking at my knitting, and thinking about the sewing I should be doing.  Just looking and thinking.  Maybe I will develop supernatural powers and they will progress just by my directing my thoughts towards them?

Charlie and Me

Charlie and I went for a short walk this morning.  She can't see very well but she trots along on the lead and wants to smell everything.  She seems to have accepted the cone of shame around her head although she just can't get into things like she did before. 

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We only walked a couple of blocks, there and back, up to the community centre.  This island used to be 3 or 4 farms.  It became  soldier settler lots that were leased out after the 1st World War.  Someone donated it to soldiers who came back from the Western Front Shell shocked or suffering with Post Traumatic Stress.  They were very productive farms sending produce onto the Brisbane markets.  When we first started coming here there were still a small railway line up the jetty on the mainland side where they used to unload the produce.  There were farms on all the bay islands with fruit trees, avocado, mango etc.  Today on our walk be walked into the yard of Amina Garden's which was a place to eat 30 years ago and from what I found in the grounds before this it was an orchard.

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Needless to say I took some home to add to a fruit salad. 

The Wedding

Firstly,  an update an Charlie, she is improving with each day.  At the moment she is enjoying a bone off the lamb roast.

Secondly, the Wedding was yesterday and it was a beautiful cool but sunny day.  Well, cool for Queensland, about 24 C.

My bride Hayley, had put on a bit of weight from when I finished the dress but as the back was laced that worked alright.

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The wedding was held on our local Golf Course and the reception in the community centre at the top of the stairs to the 1st tee.  Family and friends where there from early in the morning getting everything ready.

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Along with the piper who would pipe the couple into the hall.  The sound of the pipes drifted over the water and boaties all looked up to see where the sound was coming from.

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The bridal party processed down the stairs from the hall to the golf course led by a page boy and flower girls who set a cracking pace.  Mum can be seen trying to slow them down.  They reached the bottom of the steps long before the bride.

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It was not an easy dress to bring down the stairs and someone should have gone behind to help with the train.  But the father of the bride was stoic and they reached the bottom intact.

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The dress had an under shell of lined satin.  This went over a fathingale hooped petticoat  along with 2 other petticoats to set that shape.  Over this was 6 layers of silk tuille and then another layer of chiffon like silk onto which lace was appliqued .  The bodice was satin overlaid with lace which was also used for the sleeves.  As she is full busted this was built around a shaped bra.  The back opening was laced to pull this all in over a separate panel of stiffened satin.  Normally a bride loses weight this one put it on.

The bridesmaids provided their own dress and looked lovely.

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So all that stress of getting the dress ready whilst I was very ill paid off and the bride looked beautiful.

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This wedding would not have been able to take place a few months ago as the couple are gay but with the change in the law they can openly proclaim their love for one another.  

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Charliie - update

Alive, but minus one eye. It was touch and go if they would get it out before it ruptured.  The vet said she must have been having severe head aches, but never a sign of that.   We go back in two weeks to have an operation on the other eye which they think can be saved.

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My bank balance is several thousand dollars lighter but hey,  it's just money.  Charlie (Charlotte) is more important. Goodness, I knew she was special to me but not 'how' special until this.


Today I will know if I have to have my dog put down.  I had been taking her to the local vet for problems with her eyes.  She has cataracts and I was told not to worry.  But worry I did and my husband took her to our old vet in town.  She is having an emergency  operation at 9am this morning.

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She has been my constant companion for the past 10 years.  I got her as a little puppy .

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I have always had family dogs but Charlie was my dog.  She laid beside me when I was ill.

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And now I may have to say goodbye to my dearest friend and her serious face.

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I do pray for a reprieve, but I don't want her to be in pain.


I am having serious reservations about Typepad.  After most of my comments being blocked, now, I find that I can't answer comments.  If this isn't resolved I might have to move my blog elsewhere which I wouldn't like to do as I have been at the address for the past 10 years.  Still, it might be the only solution.

I thought I might put a link up to Salley Mavor's new video.  boy that woman is talented.  It is a great little video and will worth the time to look at her embroidery.

Liberty and Justice.

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The other link is to the work of Claudia Pfeil on facebook.    And this one is her website.  I met Claudia in Huston last year and besides being a force of nature,  she is a wonderful quilter.  Friends Pam and Lisa have been in her shop in Germany teaching and It seems to me they were doing more falling about laughing than any serious work. 

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