Monday, September 21, 2015

RAIN AND CACTUS


Thank you all for your lovely comments on my previous post.  I really appreciate you kind thoughts and good wishes.  
Yes, I've been Missing in Action for a couple of weeks...
the dreadful lurgy which has overcome half the population of Australia has made its mark - I am still bone weary much of the time!

This flu is so rampant, it is becoming fashionable.


I have good days, followed by bad (exhausted) days.
On a good day, I spent one hour making two cushions:


Then I had a good lie down...


Despite doctor's orders, you can't go on cancelling out of things forever,
so we took my father (almost 95) to look at a plant nursery:


He really enjoyed it..


and the coffee and cake at the little cafe, too.


I told him he will be 95 in a few weeks, and he shook his head and said
"It's hard to believe it".
Next thing you know we'll be planning his 100th!


It rained for 24 hours last week, after months of dry.
It was cold too, so chocolate was mandatory.



This lorikeet looked so miserable -
he'd probably never seen rain before in his life...


 I decided to try this pattern, about 2 months ago.
I used a fine pink cotton lawn, with gray flaps and cuffs, and black jersey for the collar stand and front tab.  


I really struggled with this.  Despite making a toile, I think every bit of it was unpicked at least once, and nothing seemed to fit properly.
Put it on to take a 'finished' photo, and decided the sleeves were too full.
Maybe a kimono style sleeve, with a cuff, is a bad idea.

Sewing to relax is good therapy, but not when things go awry...

I need to sew something Really Simple, to unwind, before I tackle the sleeves again.


I never met a succulent I didn't love for the garden -
and then I found cactus love in fabric...and this will become a cool summer dress.


I amused myself stitching a little cactus on the vintage denim jacket which lovely D gave to me...

Have we been playing too much cowboy Lego, do you think?

Stay well...

XXXX













34 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear you've been unwell. But from what you posted, you've still been busy. Very impressed with the shirt. I think I would have given up and not unpicked the seams so many times.

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    1. Hi Katharine, I guess I occupy myself at home rather than going out as much as usual - at least then it is easy to have a little nap (which I do!) I was determined not to let that shirt beat me....

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  2. Hope you feel better each day. I really like that cactus fabric and the stitching you did on the denim.

    Darla

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    1. Thank you Darla: little by little is probably the answer. Many people have been ill for 5-6 weeks. The stitching was fun - I looked on Google and there are endless cactus embroideries to inspire :)

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  3. I love the cushions you made. You remind me that we need to get our flu shots.

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    1. Flu shots are very important! Glad you like my tropical cushions - just in time for Summer.

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  4. I'm sorry to hear that you're still feeling poorly. You seem to be getting some things done and getting out and about a little, which is really good to see. I hope you're feeling back to normal very soon!

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. Grandson visit today will sort me out - one way or the other :)

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  5. Sometimes it takes some time to recover completely and I know we are too unpatient. But......you have done already lots of things, lovely cushions you made and you took your father out. My parents are 95 and 94, mother is going strong but father needs a lot of care...... Most beautiful in this post of you is the cactus fabric, it is so pretty!

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    1. So true Janneke - we think we should be well in about 3 days. This is not happening :) It is wonderful you have both parents, in their nineties...people live much longer lives these days. As soon as I saw the cactus fabric, I knew it was for me!

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  6. Sorry to hear you are still not yourself totally. Keep taking care of you won't you. I love the little cactus you stitched, that is so cute!! Happy Birthday to your Dad! Delicious looking cake! Hugs to you! xx

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    1. Doing my best not to overdo it, Amy. Hard to get the balance right sometimes. Sitting and stitching is a way to make myself rest a bit - I do tend to run about quite a lot in the good times! xox

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  7. Hi Patricia!
    You sound like things are turning around for you....
    Have fun with your grandson!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Hi Linda, grandson has arrived and is playing Lego Star Wars with Papa. I expect the day will escalate to loud music and a wild rumpus at any moment...

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  8. I like that cactus fabric! I just finished a ho-hum project. It's marinating in the wardrobe while I decide whether to blog it or not! Ah well, we can't win all the time!

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    1. So true, Val. Sometimes I win, and sometimes the winner is Vinnies! Glad you like the cactus fabric - it might be the last thing I ever buy at Spotlight...they were so rude and did not want to give me the discount as advertised in the catalogue. Am making a calico before cutting into the cactus.

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    2. When people are inattentive or rude in fabric stores I feel like saying 'Don't you know how much I love fabric! I blog about fabric!'

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  9. Well for someone supposed to be resting you seem very busy, Patricia! Do look after yourself and follow doctor's orders! And as for your father, he is amazing. How lovely that he still enjoys outings!

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    1. I really have cancelled out of a lot of normal activities - the bits of stitching are relaxing and only for short periods of time. Dad is going really well for his age, but twice/weekly family visits seem to be critical to keep him calm. After crying off one week, we had to go the next. Sunday drives were something he grew up with, and of course getting out of the care facility, excellent though it is, is key for his well-being.

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  10. Well for someone supposed to be resting you seem very busy, Patricia! Do look after yourself and follow doctor's orders! And as for your father, he is amazing. How lovely that he still enjoys outings!

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  11. Patricia, that is so special that your dad will be 95 soon! How nice that you took him to the plant nursery. This rose is so pretty with a soft color. And look at that cake! I could take a slice right now haha. Those blue flowers are beautiful - I am wondering what they are called? Love the cactus fabric. Can't wait to see the dress you make.

    Have a lovely rest of the week, Patricia.

    ~Sheri

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    1. Hello Sheri, That rose was gorgeous, absolutely huge! Cake is my weakness - I have one in the oven as we speak...
      We call the blue flower lobelia, although it may have other names. It is very hardy, and easy to grow. And the cactus dress has been cut out - I think I will love it! Happy weekend, Sheri.

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  12. Glad you're on the mend and having some good days. I hope I never get the flu again, but of course, not very likely. I love the vivid blue flowers. The pillows are lovely. The blouse looks fine in the picture. You'll get it perfect when completely well and have your full energy back!

    The cake looks delicious!

    Get completely well soon, dear Tricia!

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    1. You are probably right, Debra, it is difficult to think of good solutions when feeling unwell. Hopefully my mojo will return soon!

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  13. Good to hear that you are slowly recovering - just don't overdo it. Some nice sewing, at your leisure and at your pace. I love your new cushion covers, very smart.

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    1. Trying not to overdo - but some things have to happen, like visiting my father :)
      Love my cushion covers - that indoor/outdoor fabric works a treat.

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  14. A great post Patricia and even more so for putting it together in the face of still feeling so poorly. I hope you are totally well again very soon! Your sewing prowess impresses me enormously - love your fabric choices. I'm amazed how quickly you whipped up those cushions! What a lovely day out with your dad! Get well soon!

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    1. Thank you Wendy. I am quite good now, just being careful with an unavoidable busy week. Glad you like my fabrics; I like something individual. The cushions were quick because I have worked out my own formula for an 18" cushion, and do it the same every time. The only difference was inserting the bobble braid. I was very pleased with the result. Had another nice day with Dad today.

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  15. I am glad you are on the mend, and I'm glad your dad enjoyed the nursery. I liked your comments on the Queen in your last, we had Australian friends staying and went to Buckingham Palace for the first time. I had not thought it would be interesting but it was pretty good and I learned a lot. I really don't think I'd like to be a royal, it's such a circumscribed life.

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    1. Hi Jenny, I have wondered what going to Buckingham Palace would be like. We don't often hear about the tours or what they show. No, I wouldn't like to live that life either, and in fact I have wondered how Camilla likes it, taking it up at an age when many women are thinking of retirement!

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  16. I am glad you are on the mend, and I'm glad your dad enjoyed the nursery. I liked your comments on the Queen in your last, we had Australian friends staying and went to Buckingham Palace for the first time. I had not thought it would be interesting but it was pretty good and I learned a lot. I really don't think I'd like to be a royal, it's such a circumscribed life.

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  17. Hi Just popped over from Amy's blog. Glad to read that you are on the mend. Love the cushion. Nice to read that your dad is almost 95 what a grand age. Joan at www.aviewtothefells.com

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  18. Good to see you are back on your feet Patricia - that flu is debilitating.
    Happy 95th Birthday to your Dad - lovely that he enjoys a trip to the garden centre!
    Clothes sewing and me don't go together any more - I've lost the knack sadly.
    I still look at beautiful fabrics and wish I could sew again, but I know it's too hard for me now!
    Your blouse looks lovely and I'm sure you'll win in the end! Don't let it beat you!
    That poor little Lorikeet - you're probably right saying he's not seen rain before - they're such gorgeous birds and so vocal! We've got a small group of parakeets in our neighbourhood and I love the sound of their chatter when they pop into my garden!
    Take care and don't overdo things dear Patricia.
    Love and hugs
    Shane x

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  19. I'm glad to hear you're feeling a bit better these days Patricia. Flu really knocks you flat when you just can't shake it.
    Your dad looks amazing for 'almost' 95!! Wow! I hope he has a wonderful birthday (and I hope you feel better by then too). A nice outing to the garden centre. I take my dad out on the weekend, but we do the same path through the woods. I just can't get him up into my truck to take him anywhere else.
    I used to sew a lot of my own clothes, and understand how you feel about the top not working out. Ripping out seam after seam to get it right takes a lot of patience. The top does look nice in the photo though.
    Enjoy your weekend :)
    Wendy

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