I spent Friday night sewing with Cheryll and the girls…..well rather should I say, un-sewing?!
Most of the night was spent doing this as I had attempted some free motion quilting on a new bag design I have underway, but I wasn’t happy with the design I’d chosen once I was halfway through, so I began the rather unpleasant task of unpicking it all! It took me most of the night but I was pleased when I got to re-do it with a more modern straight line version….
Much more suitable I think! I’ll have to show you more as it progresses. I also got a little bit of hand stitching done…
This has been my ‘go to’ project for when I’m not designing something new….I just love the colours, don’t you? It’s one of the gorgeous designs from Nikki Tervo‘s Plate Stitchery BOM.
I’ve had it ‘forever’ but it’s timeless…and still available on her Brandy Gully Patterns link.
I just love sewing with friends……go and see Cheryll to visit everyone’s links to see what they got up to too!
Today I’ve been doing a little frugal cooking……. we acquired some fresh milk so I decided to make some cheese and some yoghurt which should keep us going for a while! I’ll share that with you tomorrow.
Off to finish that plate!
xox Sugary hugs :o)
I lost my way a bit this year….having my finger in too many pies took me away from the things I love best. Like everyone, I put those things to last place whilst I struggled my way through the boring tedium of life…..which in turn made those normally pleasurable activities, the most stressful of the lot.
I’ve been practicing the “N” word a bit lately…I introduced you to it HERE; that’s not to say I’m not saying the “Y” word….I’m just being a little more selective with how I use it…..and the stress has lifted somewhat. With the stress lifting, so has some of the physical ailments – tight shoulders, headaches, neck-aches, reflux, rashes………I wonder what brought them on????? duh!
So to ease my curious mind, I decided to do some research of my own and found……hellooooooooooo……..
Stress is a major killer…. #really!?!?!! Our body’s autonomic nervous system often does a poor job of distinguishing between daily stressors and life-threatening events. If you’re stressed over an argument with a family member or friend, that crazy driver that cuts in front, or a mountain of bills, for example, your body can still react as if you’re facing a life-or-death situation.
When you repeatedly experience the fight or flight stress response in your daily life, it can raise blood pressure, suppress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, speed up the aging process and leave you vulnerable to a host of mental and emotional problems.
Many health problems are caused or made much worse by stress, including:
Pain of any kind
Auto immune diseases
Skin conditions, such as eczema
Signs and symptoms of stress overload
These are some of the common warning signs and symptoms of chronic stress. The more signs and symptoms you notice in yourself, the closer you may be to stress overload.
- Memory problems
- Inability to concentrate
- Poor judgment
- Seeing only the negative
- Anxious or racing thoughts
- Constant worrying
- Irritability or short temper
- Agitation, inability to relax
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Sense of loneliness and isolation
- Depression or general unhappiness
- Aches and pains
- Diarrhoea or constipation
- Nausea, dizziness
- Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
- Loss of sex drive
- Frequent colds
- Eating more or less
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Isolating yourself from others
- Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
- Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
- Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)
Now looking through these lists, I found I could tick at least two or three symptoms in each category that I’ve experienced in the past 6 months. Friends have told me to slow down….they’ve made me aware they miss my ‘presence’ and I’ve made excuses…..but I’ve learnt my lesson…..and it’s paying off. I’ve cut out a number of things, things that have been bringing some stressors to my life and after a few weeks I’m beginning to notice a difference.
Things are getting done, I’m feeling happier in myself, less tired, less headaches, little pain (well, not as much as before) and I’ve allowed myself to enjoy things and not just go through the motions. I wake up a little earlier…and a little easier, and sleep much more soundly. So much so that I’ve even had a couple of finishes for OPAM this month- unheard of a couple of months back! This set of placemats “Christmas Cheer” has been finished and I’m so pleased to be back into it.
Along with li’l Spike….that makes 5 OPAM finishes this month! Very chuffed!
Reading through this article made absolute sense and put things in perspective. It showed me we’re all different and my stressors might not be your stressors and my symptoms might not match yours, but nonetheless, they are all real and need to be dealt with so they don’t take over our lives. I recommend a read, do the quiz and see what you find out about yourself.
xox Sugary hugs :o)
I got quite a lot accomplished both pre and during FNSI……Spike (you can see him HERE) was finished in the morning, whilst I managed just one finish out of the four projects (well, one project – 4 parts!) I had set myself, which included a heap of Free motion quilting…..loads of fun!
But still, I’m pretty happy with the first of the four Christmas placemats I’ve free motion embellished. Even Santa looks happy to show you (and before you ask, no I didn’t make him, but he’s cute, right?) …. considering the finish involved a HEAP of reverse stitching (aka unpicking!) .
I had to change the size of the cross hatching as I’d done one at 1.5 inch intervals and the others at 1 inch! *oops* Once it’s washed though, the previous stitch marks will be gone so I’m not too worried about the stitch lines at the moment. This is some of the Free motion work from the back…..
looks a little ‘freestyle’, which it certainly is! I followed the outlines of the poinsettias and leaves and just had a ‘play’…..it’s really fun…you should try it! Grab yourself a panel of one sort or another….I had placemats, which are perfect ‘play-size’, put on your free motion foot, drop your feed dogs and play!
Here are the four, with the top one bound. Not enough of one colour binding to do all four, so I stripped the leftover backing I had (the red and green holly backing fabric you can see above) and alternately pieced it with some red, green and white check…I think it looks pretty good, what do you think? It’s a great tip, I’ve found when you’re running out of fabric to do your binding with….
…and certainly doesn’t look out of place! I’ll be finishing the rest over the weekend, but not before I pop over and visit the other girls who joined in. Have you had a chance yet? Visit this post to find the links and click on each one to see what they got up to at our monthly virtual sew-in
Then lock the last date for FNSI 2015 into your diary……18th December……one week before Christmas, so if you’re like me, you’ll be madly stitching last minute Christmas gifties!
xox Sugary hugs :o)
……Not only temperature wise either. What’s with that, by the way? Is Winter EVER going to get here, up in the North? We’ve been ‘suffering’ with mid-20 degree days and mid-teen nights (sorry, I’m boasting!) but it would be nice to rug up and sit with a quilt on my lap without working up a sweat.
But I diverse……over the weekend I thought I’d have a play with some applique. Feeling ‘spring-y’, and having been planning new garden ideas with a good friend who’s moving house at the moment, thoughts turned to birdhouses.
I’m quite happy with the background fabric I chose……sort of makes me feel like it’s a birdie haven set out in a bushy garden, don’t you think?
I can see this being the first in a series…….perhaps a birdhouse quilt of some sort? I best get planning, after all, spring is coming!
xox sugary hugs :o)