Thursday, 24 February 2011

Back to Blogging!

If you're reading this, thank you for sticking with me ....... and not deleting me from your blog roll!! LOL

It's been more or less 4 months since my last post and although I don't want to go into detail, I will simply explain that my absence was due to the sudden loss (shortly after my last post) of a very close family member, and so it has been a very difficult time. I won't dwell anymore on it here though!

This is a crafty blog after all!

I didn't sew at all for about 2 months, but have been doing bits since just before Christmas. I was eased back in by making a small cross-stitch pin cushion for a young lady for Christmas.

I was also going to show you a cross-stitch needle/scissor case I made for a close friend who was celebrating a big birthday in January, except I forgot to take photographs (what a numpty as Wendy would say)!! I'm waiting for my friend to email some piccies to me, so hopefully I'll be able to show them later on.

Then I made this cushion cover

.......... it's for my nephew's girlfriend who spent several months last year studying in Paris (lucky thing). The fabric on its own may have been enough, but I did embellish it a bit with some buttons and beads and I did a bit of appliqué on it too. She hasn’t seen it yet actually, but I think I’m safe – I doubt that she’ll be reading my blog ……. too busy having a great time at Uni in Manchester if she has any sense – which she has!!

At the time (referred to above) my lovely bloggy friend, Wendy, and I had agreed to a little Christmas pressie exchange, but with what happened, it was impossible for me to see it through – Wendy was very understanding of course. Then just after Christmas (I think) I received a lovely package from Wendy – she had still gone ahead and made things for me, and this is what she sent to me

a woolly crow on a stand; AND

Gingerbread Jam!!

aren't they gorgeous? I just LOVE them both and was so pleased with them, as they are both things I had admired that Wendy had already made previously either for herself or for another friend.

So I can now say publicly – a very big THANK YOU to my lovely, lovely friend Wendy!! Of course, I had already started what I was making for Wendy (I was about 75% through making it), but simply couldn’t finish it at the time. I have, however, since finished her pressie and made something too for her birthday (leap year baby), which I sent to her recently, but I’ll show those next time.

Anyway, I’ll leave it there for now, apart from to say that I have discovered just how much of a comfort my sewing is to me - it has truly been my solace and I should count myself lucky for that!

I’m very happy to be back in the world of blogging – it’s so addictive and so much fun, although I must resist being a slave to it in future, as I end up feeling guilty about the amount of time I spend at this computer blogging and blog hopping!


Country Prims said...

Great to see you back Julia:))

You are so creative-such beautiful work you do-I love all the little details.

Yes, stitching is so therapeutic in every way and I'm so glad you can enjoy it once again,

Hugs to you,
Shazy xx

Catswhiskers said...

dear Julia
So good to see your work on display again... welcome back!

Diane H said...

Welcome back, dear Julia. Keep feeding your creative soul - it will help you heal. Love the pillow! Hugs.

Simone said...

Hello Julia! I am so glad you are back blogging again. I have been checking your blog regularly to see if you have posted. You have been busy with your sewing and I really like the little cross-stitched pin cushion that you have made. Thanks for your recent comments on my blog too! x

Wendy said...

Hey there buddy!
Doesn't that feel better? :) Lol!
You made it back and we all still love you ;)
I Love yor pincushion and beautiful Paris cushion, but wait til you show the lovely gifts you made me...then you'll have everyone drooling..and I'll be purrring, like the cat that got the cream of the top of the milk...hahaha
Love you my buddy
Hugs Wendy x

Roberta said...

Hi Julia, so glad to see you back sewing and blogging. Stitching/sewing is such good therapy and it helps to take ones mind away and to help relax.

Have a great weekend.

sheri said...

Hi Julia! I missed you! Your blog was one of the inspirations for my blog and I'm so glad you're up and running again. Your blog is tons of fun and you are so talented.

I am very sorry for your loss. I know crafting can be a comfort and I hope blogging with your friends helps you along, too. Nice to have you back.

You received some fabulous gifts there, lucky you! And your nephew's girlfriend is sure one lucky girl. That is the cutest cushion ever!

And may I ask who designed that lovely pincushion? I really really like it.

Enjoy the weekend!

Deb said...

Julia it is so absolutely wonderful to have you back here blogging. I know how much support bloggy friends can give. You have been a busy beaver with your stitching. Gosh I am thrilled to have you back hun.
Big hugs xxxx

The sewing room said...

Nice to see you back and back crafting, its amazing how sewing can ease your troubles for a bit.Love the gifts you have made.I hope you continue to heal after your sad loss.

Hugs Pat.

Angie Burrett said...

Hello Julia: so sorry to learn that you have had a sad time - I was wondering what had happened to you and have been checking regularly. I hope that now you are back and Spring is just around the corner you will begin to feel brighter. Stitching is so therapeutic - what would we do without this wonderful hobby. Keeping smiling and keep blogging! All good wishes -Angie

Vivi Casale said...

Hey Julia.. great you are back and you are showing great things you made to us!! Miss you!!!

I'm so sorry for your loss Sweetie, I too have lost someone very close recently and I know how much that hurt... I'll keep you in my prayers for God to comfort your heart too!!!

belen said...

I had missed you, Julia!!
I am so glad you are back!!!!
Stitching will help you relax