Sunday, 16 September 2012

Special times with dear friends in Michigan

For the past 2 weeks my dear hubby and I have been the guests of our dear friends Glenys and David. Glenys and I have known each other since infant school, so that's a very, very long time!  For the past 12 years they have lived in Michigan, where David is a Methodist Pastor.  They now live in Grand Rapids, a lovely city, in a beautiful state, in an even more beautiful home.
We have been taken to some wonderful places, including: Mackinac Island, Traverse City, Shipshewana (Amish country in Indiana) and even ventured out alone to visit Meier Gardens and South Haven.
 Glenys was brave enough to loan us her car and our first trip out was to Meier Gardens. Getting there was no problem, but on the way back, we decided to use the  GPS and tapped in 'HOME'!  We are so used to doing that at home, we never gave it a thought. Unfortunately, Glenys and Dave's not only has a dodgy screen, but was set for the centre of Grand Rapids city!  We had no map and nowhere to pull over and it was several minutes before we were back on track. Traveling on the freeway for the first time and ending up in a big city centre is a little scary! Dave was his usual calm self, despite having me sat next to him!  
Our second trip out to SouthHaven was much more successful!



We have seen some beautiful places, had a picnic on David's boat (which he built himself);shared good food with dear friends and new ones and have felt so welcome and loved everywhere we have ventured.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Gorgeous Grandsons!

Since my last blog, I have done little of anything, except look after some of my grandsons!!!   Alfie is my son's son and Pip is my daughter's 2nd child. Alfie (aged 4) and Phillip (Pip) (aged 2) stayed over the other night at the caravan.  I love having them stay, even though I need to be on watch 24/7 for any cheeky misdemeanors!!!!  I just love watching them play together and listening to the cute conversations!  Pip's speech is developing at the speed of light and he's changing how he says things all the time. This week, Dandad (Grandad) has become Dwandwan and he is experimenting with calling me Nanny (usually Nana)- which amuses him endlessly!!! As is the norm with little lads, Alfie got in a bit of trouble when mummy came to collect him and he began to cry.  All afternoon thereafter, Pip was repeatedly saying 'Poor Alfie, twying' .... so cute!! He loves his cousin dearly :)

So, I took Pip home yesterday and his place has now been usurped by his older brother Michael (aged 10). Michael has come to the caravan on holiday for a week and today is a 'bonding day' with grandad. They have gone fishing (6 a.m. this morning) and I have peace and quiet to try and get some more done on my main crochet project of the moment - a 'freeform' cardigan; and of course, catch up on my blog!!!! Back to the crochet NOW!!!!!

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Friends

My friend Sue and I have just spent the past 2 days visiting a dear friend, whom we haven't seen for 15 years! It has been a fantastic 2 days in Llandudno (North Wales), meeting up with Gill and her partner Gill ... two of the loveliest women I know!   Isn't it amazing how the years just roll away when you meet old friends?  It's been too long, but we won't let it happen again!  
       We shared many memories and caught up on news and were shown the most amazing views of the area. Sue and I were made to feel so welcome and loved....thank you Gill & Gill!! :):)







I had forgotten what a beautiful place Llandudno is, not having been there for many years. These photos show some typical scenes, but YOU really need to visit!

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Overlay Crochet Mandalas - just love them!!!!! :)

a teaser!!!!!
Check out my crochet page for my latest venture with a hook!!!   I tried a design from 'Crochet Masterclass' yesterday and today I have started a new design I have posted the pattern so far and this will be FREE to anyone interested, but I would love feedback please when you try  the pattern. Also any pics too!! Happy crocheting!!! :):):)

Life can be so tragic! :(

A week ago today, a young man of 17 years was laid to rest (following a tragic accident) and today I heard of the tragic death of a 19year old woman!!! Both of these young people were taught by me in primary school and their deaths have deeply saddened me. Sometimes I really have to wonder about the purpose of life and what is God's purpose for us all!
       In the face of tragedy such as this, I am mindful of God' s eternal love and that we will all, one day, be in a better place, but I STILL have my doubts:(  I don't know how my feelings will ultimately be resolved, but in the meantime,  I am very grateful that I knew them both and in some small way contributed to their all too short lives. A few years ago, I almost lost my own life and now try to enjoy every day in the best way I can. Some days it doesn't work, but most days are a true blessing. 

Monday, 30 July 2012

To blog or not to blog that is the question!!!

It's been a while since my last blog due to all sorts of reasons.  Partly it is to with the normal stresses of life (family and other commitments etc) and partly because I have been wondering whether I actually want to blog at all!!! I think I still do, although the debate still rages on in my head.
             Sometimes I think that 'baring my soul' on the internet is a mistake, but then I read soooo many blogs that inspire me in sooooo many ways and I think ... maybe I will carry on in the hope that someone else may be inspired by my work and words!   My main aim in life has always been to teach - to pass on my skills and knowledge about the crafts that I love.  I believe that God has given me the ability to be creative, together with a love of teaching.

All that being said ... now to bring life up to date!   My dear husband Dave has been recovering for the last 2 months from shoulder surgery.  He snapped his shoulder tendon as the result of a fall in Malta.  Actually, it was on Gozo (a beautiful island), but not a lucky place for Dave!!  We had been staying in Mellieha on the main island and had had a hire car delivered that particular morning. Dave, being Dave wanted to get a move on to catch the ferry that was almost ready to leave so we rushed down to the dock (only 5 minutes from our hotel) just in time to get aboard.  Dave went on deck to take photos and I bought coffees.  Only minutes later he came inside, looking like a drowned rat!!!! A wave had come over the side and soaked everyone on deck ... not a good start - especially as one of his prize Canon cameras got wet!!! ;)  His fall happened soon after we landed when he was walking down to a small harbour to take photos!  Later, we parked the car in Victoria, but when we got back we had a parking ticket!!!!!!! All in all - NOT a good day!!!

I have been busy finishing various projects (photos to follow), including a piece of lace for my youngest grandson's baptism. I also finished my lace butterfly.
          My next design project will be a wedding shawl for my daughter in crochet - so watch out for details!

At the moment I am busy with my family, above all my 4 grandsons! I am also completely enthralled by the Olympics ... especially this afternoon's men's team gymnastics. A bronze medal for us is amazing! 

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Heading for Malta!

Only one more sleep and Dave and I will be heading for Malta!   Ten days of relaxation awaits us.  We are both ready for a break as it's been a difficult time lately.  The packing is almost finished ... just last minute bits like phone chargers etc to add. I've packed my tatting shuttles, some hooks and threads so hopefully I can make a few more lacy bits!   I am looking forward to seeing some Maltese lace and other crafts and taking heaps of photos.

I'm still making good progress health-wise, but had a pain relapse yesterday, which threw me ... I just didn't have the patience to be bothered with anything!  Today is a little better and I'm looking forward to my daughter and her family visiting later on.  They are staying for tea, which is Boeuf Bourginogne (not sure about the spelling!)- currently in the Crock pot.

 I'm going to hoover and polish the lounge after lunch, then settle down for a while to do a bit more work on my bobbin lace butterfly design project.

Will have lots of photos and more to share when I return.

God Bless x

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Madwomanlace.: Loss of the Tatting Goddess

Madwomanlace.: Loss of the Tatting Goddess: Today I heard the very sad news that Gina Brummet has passed away.  Her tatting blog is  http://threadsofatattinggoddess.blogspot.com/ ...

Loss of the Tatting Goddess


Today I heard the very sad news that Gina Brummet has passed away. Her tatting blog is http://threadsofatattinggoddess.blogspot.com/
I didn't know Gina personally, but followed her blogs and was astounded at the quality of her beautiful work. R.I.P. Gina. You and your family will be in my prayers.  :(

Monday, 13 February 2012

Bobbin Lace Design

I have added the next stage in my Butterfly design.  I never make things easy for myself with my bobbin lace designs as, for one thing, my use of colour means many more thread ends to weave in. Not that I'm complaining ... I find it very relaxing and love knowing that my work has a secure finish to it.  Also, the threads I choose don't always 'work' as well as they might. For example, the silver thread used for the leaves in the top wings stretches a little and so it is difficult to get the tension right! I'm happy with the finished result thus far though.
Oh well, I better get to bed before my hubby gets up for work!!!!!

Tatting latest!

I have decided to join a new tatting challenge: A Tat-a-long by UMI & TSURU. The pattern is by Ruth Scharf and we are making flower sets. followed by leaves.  I decided to take part because this pattern will make me practice my tension, and keep me tatting whilst I complete other non-tatted lace projects! See my Tatting page for more details and photos. 

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Tatting and Back on the Road!!!

At last I have my wheels back!!! I am on new meds and the pain is sufficiently numbed to enable me to drive again ... it's wonderful to know I don't have to rely on anyone else.    It's been a 'funny' couple of weeks though, getting used to the new medication ... for over a week now, I seem to have done nothing but sleep!!!

 It seems such a long hard road to get back to normality, but this is the beginning.  Next week I start physiotherapy on my leg to hopefully help the neuropathic pain I have been left with following my spinal surgery.  I am getting stronger every day and my energy levels are rising fast.

 Dave and I have been busy de-cluttering the house over the last couple of days and visiting our son and daughter and their families. It was lovely to see them all, especially our 4 darling grandsons.

Recently I have been working on my crochet and developing my tatting skills ... see my pages!

Bye for now ... a nice bottle of red is calling!! ;)


Sunday, 8 January 2012

Well - I am still recovering from my surgery.  The problem I have now is nerve pain.  It's an awful type of pain that never lets up.  Am on my 4th trial of pain relief and use a TENs machine, heat, gels etc in between ... but what can I do - just gotta carry on!

The hardest thing is  not being able to concentrate on anything for very long, but I have added some more pics to the Bobbin lace design page and the tatting page - check them out!  I got some gorgeous yarns for Christmas from my family and am busy designing something for me .... makes a change!! I'm also taking part in a 'Ravelry' challenge to make a crochet 'Granny square' every day of this year - see crochet page!

Seems strange not being able to drive my car - it's been stood there for over 2 months now, but I'm trying focus on my crafts as much as I can so I hope there will be more to add quite soon.

Yesterday wasn't  too bad, apart from my football team (Wigan Athletic) being dumped out of the FA Cup.  My son and his family came to visit for a couple of hours.  It always good to see them, especially my number 2 grandson!  He is just 4 years old and like a whirling Dervish round the house, eating all he can lay hands on ... such as, the grapes my hubby bought for me just this afternoon!!!  He's at a wonderful age -so fascinating! Later today, my daughter and her family will be visiting.  She now has 3 boys, age 10, almost 2 and nearly 4months.  Can't wait!

Anyway - I think my bed is calling me, so I'll sign off for a while x