Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Anyone else having problems

I've tried three days on the run now and have not been able to update any photos...... I can select them in blogger and they appear for selection but as soon as I say upload blogger hangs.  So guess no photos for now.  This might be crunch time for me and blogger I think its time to look for another blog site.

I've managed to catch up with my February swaps and I've been playing with EQ7 to design the new sofa throw for Julie and Sy.  Hope to cut it out this week.  I had hoped to have had it done by now but things took a turn for the bad where Keith was concerned.  He had a nasty fall on Friday which has set him back a bit. The meds he is on are making him drowsy but he is so darned independent that he puts himself in danger so I daren't leave him alone for too long.   Between the steroids and his old back problem walking is difficult for him, though he struggles manfully up and down the stairs.  Oh for a house with downstairs facilities.   He's reached the stage where community services and the Macmillan nurses have made contact, we are still managing on our own but they are putting things in place for the day when we'll need a little extra help.

We went to get his blue badge sorted out this afternoon (for those who don't know what a blue badge is, its something you put in your car window that allows you to pack in special bays nearer to shops etc - that's if they haven't been used by others).  Keith was so sure he wouldn't qualify that he's been away most of the night and I was up at 2:30am watching tv with him, then again at 5am and finally when I had to get up he went to sleep.  For those with young children, does this sound familiar?   We'll I'm having an early night and tomorrow the excitement of tidying up my sewing room begins.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Quick Update

I've not dropped out of orbit just been a bit busy.  Keith hasn't been too well recently and I had to undergo a routine colonoscopy, which thankfully proved okay.  I've been doing a few more stitch samplers, now finishing my fourth and bought fabric to start a throw for Sy & Julie's redecorated living room.  So guess I'm going to be busy.  I've also joined Kim Klassen's "Skinny Mini Ecourse" which can be found here  It's a long time since I did any serious digital work so thought I'd take a refresher.  It's a free course and looks good, why not try it yourself.   God I sound like an advert.....

Keith's gone back to bed, we went out for lunch yesterday with the family and I think its taken a lot out of him.  So I had better go and sort out the washing while he sleeps.   I will post photos tomorrow.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Bit more creative

Its a while since I last did anything reasonably creative but I had a sampler to make for a swap based on machine and/or hand embroidery.   I started this piece and got carried away.  Its a mixture of machine and hand stitches with added beading.  Unfortunately its too large for the swap so I will just have to force myself to keep it lol.
A closer look at some of the stitches. 

I really enjoyed myself and got totally immersed in the stitching.  I might even do a small series in different colours. 
Doing this piece (and I now have a commission from my dil to make a large one for her living room) has given me the motivation to do what I love most - create.   But things aren't easy at the moment, Keith is okay but still not well and I want to spend as much time with him as possible.  Soooooo that's where one of you might be able to help.  I have a Samsung tablet and Keith has an Ipad I can use (he's not well enough to use it himself at the moment).  Does anyone know of a good program I can use on either of these tablets that I can download that would allow me to do a bit of digital art as a source for future creativity?  If so could you please let me know.  
It's Sy's birthday today and he had a party last night, we had Buster overnight again so one spoiled dog.   He made a meal for his friends with a Mexican theme complete with a six foot plastic palmtree ice bucket.....