Sore knees and snoozy cats

KneeMy tales of woe continue and no stitching has been done over the past week. Without boring you with the whole story, last Monday night I got caught in a flash flood and after getting out of that I slipped on debris and fell and badly wrenched my knee. Result? No walking for days and lots of reclining with ice packs.  This is what it looks like a week later – now turning a nice shade of yellowish green!

Cosmo snoozing

I thought I would try and do some hand stitching while propped up in bed, but with the pain and large does of painkillers I couldn’t muster any enthusiasm.  I did have a companion though, and Cosmo thought my sewing bag was just right to use as a pillow for an afternoon nap. Please excuse the background mess, I gave up on trying to be tidy last week!

Hope to do some stitching this afternoon. Spring is almost here…YEAH.


Fundraising for our furry friends

It was the annual RSPCA (Royal Society for Protection and Care of Animals) Cupcake fundraising day on Monday so my work team and I baked up a delicious selection of treats to sell to our colleagues.

Cupcakes 1The RSPCA has a special place in my heart because that’s how Pepe and Cosmo came into my life. I adopted them after they had been rescued from an unkind home.

Pepe and Cosmo looking for foodThey decided to keep me company when I got up early in the morning to bake some savoury muffins. Of course the muffins had to have their own special cake tin with a suitable cat theme for the occasion!

Cat cakevtinAfter causing many sugar highs and lows during the day we managed to raise over $420 for a very worthy cause. Our waistlines won’t thank us, but many animals will.


WIP Stars: 9

Life has a habit of getting in the way of well laid plans. I had my first free week-end in months last week and it was warm and sunny so I set off with friends to the markets with big plans for lots of week-end activities. It was not to be! After eating a bowl of paella I was felled with a vicious bout of food poisoning and was bed-ridden for 4 days, so very little sewing, designing or anything else was accomplished. Didn’t even make it to work until Wednesdy.  Cosmo and Pepe loved having me at home, but they had trouble understanding why I wasn’t interested in having a 12 kilo cat blanket on my tummy!

I did manage a couple more stars at the end of the week.stars 9

Yesterday I felt like I deserved a treat so I set off to two of my local fabric haunts to try and find some fabric to build up the colour way of some completed stars. I would like to have at least set 6 stars in each palette and I’m trying to fill in some gaps.

Plum star

I really love the deep plum of this star but have been struggling to find some partners for it. I spotted these batiks and will try them and see how they go.  They won’t be fussy cut so may look out of place, but it’s worth a try.

Pink star

I also found this lovely bright piece which I think will go nicely with my bright pink beauty.  I will try and fussy cut this piece in two different colour patterns. It’s been fascinating to see the different patterns that emerge after fussy cutting, it always surprises me.  Hopefully this piece will end up with a mostly pink star and a mostly cream star with pink and red highlights.

I’ll post the results in a week or so.  Wishing you happy and healthy days in the week ahead.

WIP: Stars 8

iStars 8More stars were completed this week. There seems to be a green/purple and orange theme emerging. I initially just started looking for fabric that I could fussy cut, but I have slowly started to develop groups of colours. I think I will do another 20 or so stars before I decide on a layout. I would like to make a queen bed size quilt out of these, but not sure I will get there!

I’m off to my quilting group today to do some machine piecing on a small project.  I’ve been very slack on that front lately, I just seem to come home, have dinner and a glass of wine and curl up on the couch with “the boys”. I’ve also been working on week-ends so I do have some excuse!

I hope you have a creative week.