Sunday, October 12, 2014

Relaxing with Watercolors

The swallows have left for warmer climes & the tress are starting to turn to bright reds yellows & golds.
The range is now alight to warm the kitchen on these chilly evenings.
My mind needed a little rest after all the happenings over the last seven months

So I dusted off my watercolors
 and am enjoying the forgotten calm that they bring
sitting at the kitchen table hugged by the heat of the range fluffy slippers & a mug of tea
its been a long time hands a little shaky color mixing skills need refreshing
but I am enjoying every moment.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

New Aged Frames

New Scrummy aged frames
added to my Etsy store
They come in a set of Six in transparent Png format and are in various sizes
high quality 300dpi

Monday, May 26, 2014

feeling good

Feeling quite good today & have got dressed!
I am now the proud owner of a Titanium implant in my ear (see pic) I have the long one in the image, my surgery consisted of a Mastoidectomy + ear cavity obliteration + Tympanoplasty, and meatoplasty using a facial nerve monitor as not to leave me with a droopy face.
I have dressing on ear as it does bleed a little all the time & it is very tender with some bruising on my face & neck! I still have no feeling in the ear but i don't really care about that as long as I can balance & walk in a straight line
Keep smiling
Pam x

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Hello from my bedroom

Hello from my bed!
Just a note to tell you i have been in hospital for surgery on my right ear this is the ear i am deaf in.
I had to have a second mastoid operation & my inner ear reconstructed & a titanium plate fitted to reduce the mastoid cavity & to try to stop my severe balance problems,
I am feeling quite good but sore!
I could have done with out this really so close to losing my mum but its better out of the way and now I can concentrate on the healing process!
Will be back soon 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

A walk alone

I took a lone walk the other morning as the sun had decided to show its face and beckoned me outside
I am so glad I went the birds were singing & the bluebells looked & smelt so lovely
nature has such an healing way!
I felt so much better when I got back in I even did some sewing

The farm drive 
one of Mums favorite walks

Friday, April 18, 2014

My Heart is Broken

Hello All
Just a quick update
Sadly my lovely Mum lost her fight this morning after another massive stroke early Thursday morning
I will miss her dearly

Monday, April 14, 2014

Antics from the sewing room

Its been a long time since i made myself clothes 
and gone are the days when i could purchase a size 14 pattern & it would fit perfect
now 59 and with my widening top half & large 36ff cup I found much to my dismay that patterns just don't fit anymore
My first attempt was with a stretch jersey fabric
 I found it was quite forgiving around the bust I mostly used my overlocker/Serger  to construct this one,
my over-locker really has not been used to its full potential in the past but i think I will be using it more over the next few months
For my first Tunic I use Simplicity 1916 and made version D
I enjoyed making this one & mastering easing of the neck band so it fits snugly
here I am in the spring sunshine squinting with the sun in my eyes

 This is the pattern used

 I am really happy with the outcome of my first tunic
New Look Pattern
My Second is my Easter Blouse 
 New Look pattern 6407 version D with collar from B
Now this was an new experience as the pattern was so poorly fitting on me
the shoulders & above bust were much to large and I had to resort to trawling YouTube to ways to resolve in the end i had to use the size 14 shoulders to underarm level and shamefully the size 20 for bust & below using my french curve
I managed to make a new bodice pattern that fits quite nicely but I suppose a professional might think other

I made version D collar but it was huge & I did not like it at all so used the little stand up collar from Version B instead
 I was sewing the button holes and got to the last one & machine has a hissy fit & miss formed the last button hole so i carefully unpicked it with no ill effects on the blouse
I did alter the sleeve edging as the included edge was rather wide & not at all pretty I made a narrower version & its much nicer

 New Look pattern 6407 Blouse
the collar was rather 70s

I will be using this pretty fabric for the next one and will be making D again

watch this space