Sunday, June 30, 2013

sore hand = frustration

On Thursday 20th June, I had a skin cancer burnt off my right hand. On Sunday the 23rd, I woke up to find my hand had blown up to twice its size, bit like a latex glove really, and a very nasty infection had set in, so off to the Doctor I went. Lots of antibiotics and daily dressings later, my hand has gone back to its natural size and I almost have full use of it.....except for washing dishes.....that's going to take a lot more time !!!!!
It's extremely frustrating when you lose the use of your predominant hand and have to have your meals cut up for you and can't do much of anything, including stitching !!!
However, if that's the worst thing that happens to me, I'm doing OK....... I've promised myself I'll have a needle & thread in my hand sooner rather than later !!

I'm not going to show you what's under the bandage because it's pretty yukky, but you get the picture....pardon the pun!!

And here's my hand today........definitely coming good...


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Rain = boots

It's been raining in Brisbane the last couple of days so I bought some gumboots....cute aren't they?

For some reason they remind me of Emma, my great niece....maybe 'cos she's cute too.....

This is Emma....not the best was taken at our family Xmas party last December....I think her cousin is putting sunscreen on her !! She has an older brother and a twin brother & they're all gorgeous kids.....

Saturday, June 29, 2013

and pages I've made

This is the page I made for Maya in India.....her topic is "Tea". I had a piece of cotton with teacups & teapots printed on it, so I embroidered around them with metallic least favoured thread.....and embellished with beads, silk ribbon & sequins. I printed the tea labels onto fabric and stitched them on. Edged in hand dyed cotton lace.

This is the page I made for Helen in South Africa....her topic is "Don't worry...she said.."

this is hand dyed linen overlaid with organza and machine stitched. The sun is recycled silk and the saying is printed onto silk and attached. The page is edged in variegated machine thread.


I'm in a postcard and ATC birthday swap group with other members of Stitchin' Fingers.....
Luckily I was up to date with my postcards and ATC's before my hand went mad.......these are some of those I've made ready to post later in the year. 

and some book pages.............
I'm involved in a fabric book page swap with 8 other girls. We're all members of Stitchin' Fingers and we've nominated our own topic for the swap. Mine is "Travel". Each page is 8" x 8" and we include a little pocket on the back with information about how we've made the page, i.e. fabric used, threads etc.

 I received this one from Frances from Queensland.

this is the back of the page. It's handmade silk paper with photos printed on fabric.
Frances does beautiful silk paper.
This is the front of the page. 
 I received this page from Susie in the USA. It's cotton fabric printed with all sorts of travel mementoes and Susie has embellished it beautifully.
This is the back. 

end of the month

Almost the end of the first half of the year already, time really does fly. We've been in Brisbane for the last few weeks helping our daughter move house......big task & that's all I'm saying about that !!
I've been a bit frustrated also as I had yet another skin cancer burnt off. This time on my right hand and it got infected and became quite nasty. My hand swelled up to twice its size and became completely immobile and was very sore. Lots of antibiotics and dressings later, I can finally use it but in a restricted mode. I think I was more annoyed I couldn't do any stitching, didn't care about cooking and dishes, that was the benefit of it....hopefully in another few days I'll have complete use back.
We did do a trip to the botanical gardens in Brisbane.... I'm used to the more English style of garden down south so it was nice to see different plants....not a lot of flowers being winter I suppose, but lots of greenery.
Thought I'd show you some photos of a beautiful national park we visited in NSW before we arrived in Queensland. Australia has some magnificent national parks, this one's Kwiamba and the rock formations were awesome.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


We spent a couple of days at the Pilliga Bore Baths. This is a free camp just outside the township of Pilliga, and I use the word "township" loosely, it maybe has a few houses, a cafe & not much else. The artesian water is warm and is piped directly into the pool and is beautiful to sit in and relax, some believe it has healing properties for arthritis and aching limbs, but I just enjoy the warm relaxing feeling.
From here, we went for a drive to Burren Junction some 40 klms away. My Mum's brother and his wife were the licencees for the NSW Railway Refreshment Rooms from the 50's/60's until they closed down in 1979 and I was curious to find out some history. My Aunt & Uncle have both died, I didn't know them because we lived so far away from them, but the fact I was so close to the place they'd lived for so long, was a bit of a drawcard. I managed to talk to an old timer who knew him very well and found out some information....he showed me the first house they'd lived in before they moved to railway accomodation. It was nice to have some form of connection. The Refreshment rooms have long been pulled down but we did some scavenging around the area and found some broken pieces of china with the NSW railways stamp on them. Burren Junction is a very dilapadated place now with probably about 100 people living there, some of them seasonal due to grain or cotton production.

Today (2nd June) is only the second day we've had rain, much needed by the farmers now sowing the grain crops. But it didn't deter us, the weather might have been damp, but not cold.

Pelicans were always on the lookout for fish in the lagoon in the next padddock.

The lagoon at sunset......beautiful, isn't it?
This is the pool

We didn't bother putting out the awning as we only were there a couple of days. Those dark clouds in the background disappeared during the day as the breeze picked up and dried out the ground.