Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Old Wooden Desk

Over the last 12 months things have been getting out of hand around here.  I put this little wooden desk outside for just a little while when my daughter and her family moved in and it got left outside and become weathered and unloved.

So I decided this week that it was time for it to receive some TLC.  I decided to paint it grey.  I haven't had a proper studio over the past year or so and my craft bits are everywhere throughout the house so I have decided to take back over our formal lounge area and reclaim it as my studio.  I can't do very much each day so will just plod along as I can but I now have a little paper crafting corner all set up !  I love it so much !

So now my little desk feels loved again.

I decided to put it to good use last night and do a little textile painting with dye.  These little roses were white satin but are now painted, pearled and glittered.

And I worked on a painted lace piece which I will use on my name badge for my secret partner for the upcoming Lets Get Stitched weekend in Adelaide.

I hand painted some silk ribbon to match.  I hope my partner is going to like her new name badge.

So now that my front door area is missing the little wooden desk it needed something so I set about finding something to replace it. I spotted this old weathered cane chair at the local refuse shop.  It was $6.50 and very much unloved.  It's about to get a make over for it's new life, welcoming guest as they arrive at my door.

Hope you are having a great week.


Fee x

Monday, February 6, 2017

Tiny Stool Make Over

Happy Monday to you all.  

Each Monday morning I take my walking stick and go for a tiny stroll around the garden on the hunt for a lovely bunch of flowers to brighten up the kitchen for the week.  Here are today's blooms. 

 These roses continue to flower and grow even though I give them no love and attention.  Mother nature seems to give them all they need.  They are old fashioned roses and have an amazing scent.

This year I want to make things to beautify my home.  I want to try and do all of the things I have put on the back burner for so long to do "├Âne day".  One thing EDS has taught me is to do what I can TODAY.  So I have begun painting my BIG collected pile of wooden pieces for my home.  The first cab off the rank was this sweet little stool.

I used duck egg blue chalk paint underneath and covered it with a crisp white

I sanded it back slightly to reveal some blue peeking through the white

Added a vintage flower spray decal and then waxed it for protection.  I just love it.  

  I have ordered a new brand of chalk paint and am just waiting for it to arrive.  It is Australian made so I am hoping it is a good product as I love to support local companies.  So today I will choose another item for a make over.  I wonder what it will be ?  Stay tuned.

Have a wonderful Monday.

Hugs - Fee xx

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Getting back to basics

The past few weeks have been a wonderful time of reflection and questioning the purpose of a lot of the things we do.  Planning our future and trying to live with the hand EDS has dealt me.  

Part of the problem is not knowing what I may or may not be capable of doing each day.  For someone who was an event management planner for over 9 years it takes a lot of getting used to when you just have to take each day as it comes and STOP planning.

But I am trying really hard ......  

So each day I ask myself what I think I can achieve.  Some days it's nothing more than a little reading from bed, maybe a wander around the garden and sometimes I can spend an hour or two throughout the day painting, baking or even just trying to help hubby with a few household chores.  But whatever I achieve it is most important to me that I enjoy it .....  Like blogging ....  Hopefully I can maintain some momentum with my blog throughout 2017.

Along with reading comes inspiration ........ always for me.  I often read blogs from bed and come across a lot of recipes that I want to try but have to wait until the energy levels improve.  I found the web site of Bake Play Smile.  Oh My Gosh be warned ........  Some of the food over there is amazing !

This is my version of their Apple and Raspberry Crumble cake.  It is delicious.  We have been gently heating up a piece and serving it with sticky cream.  Divine !

And another recipe I couldn't resist was this Salted Caramel Cheesecake Slice.  It tastes amazing and will be a firm family favourite around here and very high on the family request list.

Over the past few years I have collected quite a lot of wooden items including small furniture pieces with the intention of bringing them back to life with a coat of chalk paint.  I have been able to spend a little time doing that and have finished this lovely drawer and mirror set.

And this sweet little wooden drawer set.  I am finding it so enjoyable.

One of the things that has happened to me as a consequence of this condition is that I find myself spending much more time at home.  It's for lots of reasons but mainly because the energy and pain that is caused by an outing is just not worth it.  Instead after a rest of a morning and afternoon I can have an hour or two of doing something enjoyable.  Thank goodness for online shopping and home delivery of groceries.

I'm off now for my afternoon rest and to do a little reading.  I hope you are having a wonderful day.


Fee xx

Saturday, January 28, 2017

A New Year, A New Look and A New Perspective !

This year instead of making new years resolutions I have instead taken the entire month of January to reflect, regroup, plan and take the time to make decisions that will impact the rest of my life. I have to be honest I almost packed up all of my studio into boxes and planned to ship it all to the local auction house in one big load.  But reflection is a wonderful thing, sometimes it gives you clarity which it has done for me over the past weeks.

As you know I have EDS which has changed my life and forced us to make lots of MAJOR changes.  I don't want to dwell on my condition anymore, I just want to get on with it, find new opportunities and make a "new" life for my hubby and I.

So our new year begins on the 1st February.  To celebrate I have changed the name of my blog and created myself a new little logo to go with it.

I will be back to blogging from February onwards but for now I am going to take the last few days of this month to continue reflecting.


Fee xx

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Choosing Threads

I have had a quilt design drawn up for a very long time.  It's a 9 block quilt and is stitchery and applique.  The printed drawings have been sitting on my desk for some time.  I lost my design mojo for quite a long while.  I let LIFE get the better of me and lost the passion.  

When I had a big destash recently I came across the fabrics I had put aside for this project and decided it was time to stitch it.  

I spent quite some time choosing threads from my collection to go with the fabrics.

Then I placed them all on my little thread holder ruler ready to use.  Aren't they pretty ?

Then I began stitching.  I am so glad I did.  It is bringing me a lot of joy making my drawings come to life.

I'm not sure what I will do with the design yet - I will have to have a think about that.  I have my 3rd block traced up and ready to stitch.

Have a great weekend.


Fee xx

Thursday, December 1, 2016

This week

Since we had the new carpet put down we have slowly been putting the house back together.  It's a work in progress as I tire fairly easily and have to get others to "do" things for me but it is coming together.

I managed to cook a batch of date scones yesterday.  I popped half in the freezer for times when I do not feel like baking.  They are so lovely hot out of the oven.

Hattie and Harry have been keeping me company.  Hattie follows me everywhere, I've been thinking of renaming her SHADOW.  Harry just loves her and pats her on the nose and kisses her.  Not bad for a greyhound who only finished racing a few months ago.  

I have been spending a bit of time out of bed and in the recliner which is good.  I pack my body with heat packs and am able to stitch much better in that position.  One of the perks of having a wonderful stitchery designer as one of my closest friends is getting to stitch her beautiful designs before the rest of the world.  So I traced some of the beautiful Stitcheries in Jenny's Stitchery Club Pack for December and I am making myself something for my home.

I am really enjoying stitching again.

It took me some time to choose fabric to go with it but I am happy with it now.  Hopefully I will have a finish really soon.


Fee xx

Monday, November 28, 2016

Little Bits and Pieces

It's very easy to feel overwhelmed these days.  It seems we always have something to worry about health, family, financial or just the daily trials of life in general.

My ability to do the things I used to do last month, last year or even in the past few weeks is diminishing, some days a bit and some days a lot but I have resorted to doing little things that make me happy and bring a smile to my day.

Before my spine became too bad I used to enjoy gardening...... a lot ....... we have over 1 acre of it but I can do no more than pull a handful of weeds on a really good day.  So now I am doing what I call tea cup gardening.

I have a lovely collection of little tea cups, containers and vases.  So I have been taking succulent cuttings that I inherited from my grandmother last year and I am making them in to little mini pot plants.

I've been having lots of fun getting them established and enjoy checking on their progress.  My dream is to end up with a beautiful indoor garden in our breeze through so that I can enjoy looking at it all without the work.  One little tea cup at a time for now ........

This tiny little jug is just over 2" High.  Isn't it sweet ?

One day soon I hope to have enough energy and pain levels bearable so I can visit a couple of my local op shops and find some more sweet little containers.

Bye for now.


Fee xx