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Archive for May, 2009

Missing links

Not sure what has happened to all my links. Apologies! I will try to figure it out and get them back as soon as I can.

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I had my birthday a few days ago, our daughter is turning 5 next week, the gardening season is definitely upon us and I have also been busy sewing birthday gifts for multiple parties, so I have been neglecting my poor blog. I promise to get back in the swing of things very soon, with lots of pictures and news of creative excitement. Well, excitement for me, anyway!

For my birthday, my lovely mother gave me two thread holders. I had 3 clear thread boxes, but they took up quite a bit of space on the desk and I was always putting stuff on top of them. This solution is awesome!! I now have space for 120 spools, which is fine for now. Despite being able to almost fill them both, I find there are a few colours I still need, so when I get those I can shift some of the extra whites to my sewing box. I had to include the embellishment storage unit in the photos because I love it so much!

thread racks

thread racks

The weather has been fantastic for the last few days and we have been spending a lot of time outside. If we didn’t need to feed the children, we would probably be out there until it gets dark. It is such a busy time of year in the garden and so much needs to be done to get set for the season, but I really, really enjoy it. Every day I am thrilled to see what changes are happening, what new growth has come up, what new joy our lovely space has to offer. I feel refreshed and peaceful, even though I know I still need to keep pace with weeding, more seeds need to be planted, etc. We all love this beautiful place. I haven’t been quite as vigorous with the work for the last few weeks, thanks to my injured back, but between us we are managing it all.

Pip’s 5th birthday is next week. I will be back tomorrow with details of the plans for the festivities, as well as some shots of the garden, hopefully! The picture below was taken a couple of weeks ago and it looks different already. The rhubarb in the background has been fantastic this year and I hope we get an equally good crop of cherries. Back soon!

cherry tree and rhubarb

cherry tree and rhubarb

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Update

It seems likely that I have a herniated disk. The good news is that I don’t have to rest too much, just have to be sensible about what I do. If it hurts, don’t do it! The other good news is that it should get better on its own.

As promised, here is a picture of the needlework frame I found at the Community Market, which raises funds for local causes and sells all manner of things. Pip wanted to try it out, so I bought some muslin for her to practice on. She did really well and it was a few minutes before she decided to move on to something else!

needlework frame

needlework frame

My new baby

A very kind and generous neighbour has given me the most amazing gift. We share a love of Harrowsmith Country Life magazine and we were chatting over the fence about a recent article on spinning, when she suddenly asked if I wanted a loom! We thought about, discussed where it could go and decided that we would find a space for it.

loom

loom

Itn’t she beautiful?! Turns out it is a 4 harness floor loom called Nilus and it was made in Canada by Leclerc. I have been reading the books and magazines that came with it and now at least know the names of some of the parts, but I think I am going to have to find someone to teach me how to use it. All in good time! The weaving that is on it is not mine, but will stay there until I figure out how the whole thing works. I will have a flock of sheep and a spinning wheel before you know it!

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I am still here, but I have injured my back and am supposed to be “resting” and not spending all evening at the sewing machine or computer. No gardening, no running and no lifting. Feeling very miserable about it all. It is spring and the garden needs me! I can’t run, so my goal of getting out and doing a 5km race is having to go on the backburner. I am gutted about that, as I was so close to getting it done. May 24th is the hospital fundraiser run here, but it is not to be. I had been doing my physiotherapy exercises, running regularly, then wham! pain across my lower back and radiating down my right leg. Not fun at all. After 2 weeksm I couldn’t cope with the pain anymore and have been to see the doctor, so at least now I have some relief, but am very frustrated by the enforced inactivity.

On a happy note, DH and I went to the local community market at the weekend and made a very fortuitous discovery. Dumped in a corner, ignored by those who had no idea what it was, I found a floor-standing needlework frame. It was a steal at $5, especially as it is in perfect condition. Very excited about this – even more excited that Pip wants to use it! We had a brief session today and she learned quickly. I will post a pic soon.

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