16 February 2017

OOPs

Sorry everyone I loaded the wrong template yesterday.   Please head to the page and download the correct template which is ready now.

15 February 2017

Celtic Tree of Life Block 7 Part 1


I tried everyone but it just didn't happen, there was a week in there were I was just too tired from over thinking to sew. 

We are back on track this week and I am about ½ way through doing branches.  There will probably be some more added next month but you get the idea with this picture and we can fill in the blanks next month.   

Just remember that you will need to download the pattern again next month as it will be updated with additional instructions and there will be more templates. 

Head to The Celtic Tree of Life Page to download this instalment.

10 February 2017

What a Week


Its official my brain is fried.  Not only from the heat this week but all the stuff we are dealing with at the moment and our aircon died then resurrected itself.

It seems like we work out how we are going to deal with stuff and pay for care and we have had our head buried in government websites for over a week no.  We thought that we were probably in the clear with how it was all coming together then our understanding of the information is all wrong because of course the wording can be taken 2 ways.  We are screwed.  

When you are old in Australia and you have to go into care you either have to have a lot of money or non at all, god forbid you have a house that the family wants to keep hold of because then you a triple screwed.  



03 February 2017

Schools In

Let me say that at least the return to school has been uneventful which is a good thing because there are far to much crap going on in the home front for us to deal with any stress with the kids at school.  Though Maestro has come home today requesting a change of class from one of his elective subjects (the one he was most excited about mind you).  But I think he is big enough to deal with that on his own.

MIL is still in hospital but we have been told that she needs to be in a nursing home as she needs more care than be provided at home without help and the waiting list for in home services is long.  Due to all the thinking about how we do this and going through government regulations about what the cost will be I have had a couple of sleepless/restless nights over the last week.  DH went back to work today (probably for a rest) but after being on leave for 6 weeks I don't think he will be getting one.  He will probably need more time off to see government people about getting age care placement for her.

Despite this the Tree of Life Block is progressing and I will have the tree portion of the block done by the 15th as I wrote last week.  I working on the last section of the trunk and will start working on branches soon.  Next month will be the additional critter templates and leaves, I haven't decided if flowers will be involved as well so I'll surprise you.

Mo goes back to tennis tonight, she only had one hit out during the holidays so it may be an interesting or very quick match.

Here is some blocks I am working on for a baby quilt.  They have to be trimmed yet and i probably have enough blocks for 2 quilts we will see how enthusiastic I am about making 2 probably with all going on not very
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28 January 2017

Birthday's and Back to School

Mo turned 14 today, I can't quite believe that.  I still think of her as my little girl.  She has always had a pretty strong personality within the family unit, but is quiet as a mouse to the outside world.  the control freak in her has reared it head over the last few months.  Genetically she has got a double dose of it so it was bound to come back and bite us sooner or later.

The Vegan experiment comes to an end when she goes back to school, but she is still going to avoid red meat and probably dairy to a certain extent which is ok with me, the fact that she will be introducing a bit more protein into her diet will be good.  

I am amazed at the variety of food that she has added to her menu in the past couple of months.  She didn't eat a big variety before and would never eat tomatoes (except on pizza).  She has even tried a red sauce on pasta but she said biting into a tomato still makes her want to vomit.  We were having hamburgers one night so she made vegan patties from black beans, I had one and I enjoyed it better than the red meat hamburger.  The great thing is that she is trying lots of different foods and eating whole foods and has cut out a lot of the processed stuff so at least she is eating healthy.

We went to lunch yesterday to Veggo Sizzle yesterday in the city and had a Vegan lunch, it was a bit of a wait for our meal but all the dishes were lovely.  Today she made us Vegan pancakes for breakfast and her birthday cake was a vegan cheese cake which was really yummy.

Poor hubby is spending between 6 or 7 hours every day at the hospital with his mum this last week and although she is starting to move around, the general anaesthetic has had an effect on her dementia and conversations are repeated every 20 minutes or so.  The boys are now seriously thinking about a nursing home as BIL probably isn't going to be able to look after her at home to the extent that she now needs.

School starts back on Monday so we will be back to routine and running around.  It has been nice to not worry about having to be anywhere at a certain time for a few weeks but all good things have to come to and end sooner or later.


24 January 2017

Lowering Expectations

My favourite author has a section in her newsletter called lowering expectations, which lists when her books are to be released and changes that may affect those releases AKA life.

Well life sent us a curve ball on Friday night, though it was really only a matter of time with the number of falls she has had, my MIL fell getting out of bed and broke her hip.  Poor hubby has been going backwards and forwards to the hospital which luckily for us is only a 5 minute trip.  I think we are just hoping they don't discharge her too soon.

Back to lowering your expectations.  Centre block for Celtic Tree of Life is well on the way, however, well on the way is still a bit of a long way away as the tree is going to be quite involved.  Though I have just had a thought, if I can get the actual tree finished by the 15th I might just release the templates for that and then once all the critters and leaves are done release those next month, this way I won't be so under the pump.  I stitched for 2 hours straight last night and can't say I made much of a dent.  So I will soldier on.

15 January 2017

Block 6 Celtic Tree of Life



Here are the blue banded bees all finished and the pattern can be downloaded from the Celtic Tree of Life Page.

Next months pattern may be a little late, I will be working on the centre tree block which is going to be pretty large and the tricky bit is going to be preparing the templates for you.  It will probably incorporate some of the critter templates already shared and I see a few different variations of them as well coming into play.

Follow my instagram feed and Facebook page and I will keep you up to date on progress.  Once the centre block is done I will have a bitter idea how the quilt setting will finish up.