Sunday, May 20, 2012

Fabric whore

Yup, thats me.....fabric whore.  I have become seriously addicted to hand-dyed fabric.....you just do not want to know how much fabric I have bot lately.  My favorites you ask?   LOL

Well my fav so far is Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie....I really cannot say enough about the fabrics I have received from her.  Absolutely gorgeous and the best part is that Stephanie herself is so amazing and gracious and caring.  There are so many adjectives I could say about her but the best thing that I could say about her is that she is the real deal.  Please go check her out, she is da bomb!!!  If you want to check out a design on Stephs fabric, check out Lori's blog here

Next up is Sparklies....I joined her FOM (fabric of the month) and have not ever been disappointed.  Her fabrics are softer and more subtle but I just love them.  Again, Kate (owner of Sparklies) is an amazing helpful person.

Next up is Crafty Kitten.  I have purchased 3 of her fabrics and again so pretty.  Jocelyn is quite addicted to Crafty Kitten and frankly I cannot blame her, they are super pretty.

My not so favs are PTP, the fabrics are beautiful but really it is hit and miss as to whether or not your fabrics match what is on your monitor.
Silkweaver, will not do again....I ordered fabric on Dec 31, 2011 and received them February 28th, 2012.

Next up is Polstitches and Colors of the Outback.  I have not purchased anything by them but will this year.

Yes, I still addicted to Facebook.  I can tell you I have found so many amazing people there.  I have found people that accept me for me and I can tell you I have not had that much in my life.  My daughter said to me the other day, that she was so glad that I found the FB friends that I have, she thinks I have become happier and I think I have.
When I say my prayers at night, I thank God for letting me find that group.  It has been a turning point in my life.  Over the next couple of months, I will introduce you to them, they are all amazing and I thank them all for letting me become their friend.

TTFN
(next post will be stitching related, just thought I would let you know what I have been doing....okay maybe a taste....LOL)

Sharon

Friday, February 3, 2012

I forgot to post this finish

I was going through some pics and I realized I had posted this almost finish....LOL.

Savannahs Curtsy.....I have just have finish the welcome....i am not a fan of Krenik...LOL.

Here it is.





Hope you like it....

So last weekend, I went to Michaels with one of my friends and found Gingher scissors for 60 per cent off.......only 14.99.....I am so stoked, I love scissors...


Shoulder update....don't have one.  LOL....I spent all week trying to get ahold of the DR and find out when or if they will set up the MRI.  Finally I got a call back only to tell me that the DR is away all next week.  Hey what are you going to do????

Anyway, I will have some more pics tomorrow (after I get new batteries for my camera)

Have a great weekend.
Sharon

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Canadas wonderful health system

So I hear all the time about our wonderful health care system and how it should be held as a standard for the world.  Yeah right.

Here is my story.........

I went to my Dr last January as I had a sore shoulder and I was losing the ability to do many things, could not put my hair in a pony tail, was not sleeping well. (lots of other things but this post would be very long if I included everything)  So my Dr sent me for an x-ray (no conclusive result) then an ultrasound.  He finally said it is a frozen shoulder.  And that I should go to a physiotherapist 2 to 3 times a week.  Even though I work for a bank here in Canada, I don't have coverage for that and as a single person, I couldn't afford it.  So I found a good physiotherapist (Stephen Bradley....love him!!!....Anders Physiotherapy here in TO)  He was the first person that I felt was listening to me regarding this.  My DR would just dismiss my symptoms, fears and concerns.....

For example....

I told him that I felt dizzy alot.....he said as long as I don't fall down, it is not a problem......I told him that I do fall alot.....no response.
I told him I was not sleeping more than 2 hours a night (for over 6 months)....so he gave me Tylenol 3's...I told him I don't do well with them but he wanted me to try them.....they didn't do anything.  Then when I went back and said the T3's were not working, he gave me a sedative.....oh it made me sleep, I just couldn't wake up....so I stopped them.

I told him my heart was racing all the time......he told me that I had put 20 pounds on in the past 6 months and that is why my heart was racing.

I told him that sometimes when I am doing things and even when I am not....the vein in my neck starts to protude a bit and starts to throb.  He listened to it and said it was nothing just my weight.

I also told him I thought I had carpal tunnel in my left hand (same side as the shoulder) and he said that he wasn't sure about that so he tested my hand by tapping my wrist.  He said is your hand tingling?  I said yes, it is and he went oh....okay then you do have carpal tunnel....sigh...I haven't seen anyone about it though...

I think you are getting my drift.

So I kept going to the physio and it was getting a little better but my shoulder would not rotate....put my hand behind my back....HUH....not going to happen.  So my physio sent letter after letter to my DR....nothing.  My neck muscles were like a rock, they were so tense.

In September of last year, he finally sent me to a sports medicine DR who promptly gave me an anti-inflammatory (I had had no medicine up until then) and started me on Lyrica.

Ahhhh....Lyrica....I had such a hard time getting onto it.....my normal dizziness and then the dizziness side effect of Lyrica.  WOW, so difficult....My sports med DR said to be carefull of taking the full dose of it.....work my way up to the full dose and then work my way off of it....

So my last app in October, my sports med Dr said to discontinue the anti-inflammatory and to continue the Lyrica (but he forgot to give me a refill).....so when I realized that I did not have a refill, (I had 3 pills left) I call the office and they said I would have to pay for the phone refill, I said but he forgot to give me the refill and I have to pay?  They said yup or I can make an app and see him in 3 weeks and he will give me a refill then.....WTF?  I was sobbing on the phone....they basically said take or leave it.  I called my family DR and he gave me the refill.....All about the money.

Yes, I am coming to the point of the post.....LOL

The only good thing the sports med Dr did was schedule me for a shot in my shoulder joint to expand it.  There is only 1 hospital in the whole city that does it and I had to wait 4 months for it.
So last Wednesday, I went for my shot.....they froze my shoulder (super painful) and injected an anti-inflammatory into it and then injected air into the joint to force it to open up.  The radiologist had to inject dye into the joint so he could see where to put the drugs and air.  The dye kept leaking out and the radiologist asked if I had had an MRI....which after all the above, is the one thing I have not had.....I have asked for one but they haven't given me one. 

I would ask my family Dr about an MRI....he would say leave it to the sports med Dr and the sports medicine Dr would say....not yet....

The radiologist's opinion is that I have a tear in my rotator cuff and the shoulder joint actually looks okay.
As the British say, I was gobsmacked......I burst into tears in the X-ray room....they were super good with me and he assured me that he would put it in the report to the Drs.  I was not able to stop crying for hours. 
I have been through hell this past year.....the person I am changed because of the pain, I was not able to stitch or do anything for over 6 months, I basically became a hermit.....because I couldn't use that arm......the nerve pain that I have endured has been enormous.

I don't know how people who have chronic pain do it.....they are much better people than I am.

So all that could have changed if I had had an MRI........did they just pass me off as an overweight, middle aged, single woman?...they most certainly did. 

What is going to happen now?  I don't know.  I am starting back to physio on Tuesday so we will see what happens then....I could not face my family Dr last week as I thought I would burst into tears and I didn't want that.

See our Canadian health system at is best.....................

The saga will continue.

Sharon

Monday, January 16, 2012

Why I haven't been blogging

Here is the reason why I haven't been blogging.....

ta....da



I have absolutely been loving stitching this.  The colors are fantastic, how Nora puts her colors together is AMAZING....IMHO...I don't know many other designers that have her color sense.  Paulette Stewart from Plum Street Samplers does.....but not many others....IMHO of course.

I belong to a group on Facebook that celebrates all of the Mirabilia designs....I have become addicted.  My daughter tells me that she is going to stage an intervention soon...LOL.....I am addicted I agree.....LOL
I think 2012 will be YON.....(year of Nora)......LOL

I saw Nora's new designs (she has 2 of them) this month and went straight away and ordered them both.  I loved them both. 

Nora releases designs on the 15th of every month....every month...that is so amazing!!!!

Thanks for listening to my rant about Mirabilia.

I will have to start talking about something else other than Mirabilia soon...LOL.  I have not gotten into a groove with blogging....I really wanted to start a blog but now that I have started one, I sometimes don't know what to say.....I think to myself  "who would want to listen to me"....
I think possibly the way to go about it is just to talk.....I will keep trying to keep it interesting.

Talk to you later.
Sharon

Monday, January 2, 2012

I have been a bad blogger

Yup, I have not been posting as much as I had wanted to when I first started this blog.  It is much harder than I thought it was going to be. 

I have gone to write something and thought "well that is stupid, who would want to read about that"....I guess the first year of blogging is finding out how to do this thing called blogging.  I am learning so bear with me.

So Xmas, I hope all of you had amazing holidays.  Xmas was quiet for me...which is exactly how I wanted it to be.  I have done holiday dinners for over 30 years (jippers creepers, I guess I am that old...I really don't feel 53)  If the dinner is not at my place, then it is at either my daughters or my sons and I have to cook.  Frankly, if I am coming to someones house, I want to relax and go play with the kids or something....not cook.  Everytime I go to my sons house for dinner, I end up cooking and everyone else sits around and has fun......I don't plan doing that anymore.  Next invite I get, I will be telling everyone....no cooking for me....I am playing with the kids.  I love my kids, I do but they take me for granted.  I have done so, so, so much for all of them.....someday, I will tell you the stories but not today.  Suffice it to say, I have done tons and at the time I didn't mind.  But now, in my own place for 2 years, I would like some help.  I have had some bad issues with my frozen shoulder and my daughter has helped.  My son, another story, if I ask, then he trys to fit me in with his schedule.  He never just offers, just once I would like him to offer.  Maybe one day.
So anyway, (I can get off topic) I told them all, I don`t want to do anything this year.  Well, it started off that way.  Jennifer and Taylor wanted to come over.....after a lot of thinking about it, I said okay.....party of 1 went to party of 3....then Jen said is it okay if her boyfriend comes over (he was working on Xmas)....I said okay......so party of 3 went to party of 4....then Jen asked Jason(my son) to come......(bad daughter...LOL).....so party of 4 went to party of 7 (my son, his wife and daughter).....then I found out that my daughter in laws cousin (who has just emigrated here) is possibly coming and then my sons mother in law (who I thought was in NY) so party of 7 went to a party of 9...........well needless to say, I freaked out.  My apartment is 850 square feet.....I have one couch and one dining room table.  So bad me.....I cancelled Xmas dinner at my house...I just could not do it for 9 people...I knew that would put me over the edge. 
So what happened was Jen and Taylor surprised me and cooked all the food at their house and came over with it.  (we only live 2 minutes apart)  So we had a very quiet dinner with the 4 of us and we played Just Dance 3 on Taylors WII that is at my house.  I have for too long put others first, 2012 is going to be the year where I do for myself.  I am going to learn how to be selfish.  I should start a SAL for it.....selfish a long......LOL.  We all need to learn how to help others but not at the expense of ourselves.
I think this is going to be a long post....LOL
Fast forward to today.......

Laundry......done
Dusting.......not completely done
Vaccuming......nope....later
Stitching.......OH YES...

Here is my progress on my Tree of Hope taken with my new camera, I am starting to love the camera.  I didn`t notice in person but when I took the pic, I noticed that I missed doing one leg of the stitch on about 4 stitch.....LOL ....the camera has been hard to get used.  It is a work in progress I guess.


Also, wanted everyone to see this stand that I bot at Ikea (I bot 2 of them)....it is for hanging xmas ornaments on.....I had a thought that you could hang small x-stitch ornaments on it all year.  The stitching behind it is Shakespeares Fairies, that I am stretching out.  Jennifer and I are going to go to Ikea and buy a couple of frames so I can frame this myself (yup I am going to try to do that)...her Xmas pressie to me.



Also here is my orchid that I hope I don`t kill this year.  I love orchids but I killed the last one by over watering it.  I couldn`t get it rotated, sorry for the neck twist.



So that is it for me.....what are your 2012 commitments (not resolutions)

Monday, December 12, 2011

I just realized I had a give away

Here I was thinking I was just giving things away....I do this all the time.  Taylor lost his lunch bag or should I say mis-placed it....LOL....and I gave him one of my lunch bags that I bot from Avon.  Before my daughter moved out on her own, she used to tell me...."why are you buying all this stuff" but when she did move out...boy oh boy did it come in handy

But to not realize that I had my first giveaway....okay so that is bad....I have been reading so many blogs for so long, that I should have asked for a comment or something like that.....I love your comments, makes my day that someone is listening....when I get home, I turn the computer on right away.

I have been a bad blogger in the past, There are blogs that I read religiously but I have not left comments....now that I have my own, I know how nice it is to get your comments.

So the camera has gone back to my daughter but I will be buying a camera on Friday....just a couple of days away....I will be getting a Nikon 120....I am so excited...Somehow I am going to have to take a picture of it.

I was typing this post and I was thinking I love living by myself.  I really, really love it.  To do what I want when I want to is truly a gift.

A little background.....I was married when I was 18, a mother at 18 and a half (yes, I know.....I didn't find my smarts until I was much older.....LOL)....a second child about a year and half later.....separated about 3 months later.....yikes, even I cringe at that.  Around 1993, I got married again....(I told you I found my smarts when I was much much older)
We were separated in 2000 and divorced a couple of years later....then Taylor was born in 2001.....my daughter and Taylor lived with me until 2 years ago.
For 32 years, I have either lived with a husband or with my children.  Gosh, even I think the story is crazy.

I won't get married again or live with someone....can't expose myself to that kind of pain again.  Him leaving changed me and has left me with many, many scars......I wasn't completely sure that I would survive the leaving....I did but mostly due to Taylor.....I tell him all the time, he saved my life......it wasn't that I was suicidal, I just didn't know how to get past the pain......

Since I know that my second husband won't be reading this, I can tell you that he still is the love of life.  I have learned how to live without him but I have not been able to learn to stop loving him.
I can live and laugh and stitch of course but love.....don't think so.

I hope that doesn't sound sad because truly I love my life and I am happy to be alive.  Now, I would like to be thinner but you can't have everything.....LOL
Yes, I talk to much but this is my place to be me....warts and all....

I should finish off with some stitching.....I have some pics I took a couple of weeks ago.....
This is Fairy Idyll......I finished this about 6 months ago but I have been working on it for hmmmm about 6 years.  It really intimidated me when I first started but as I got more experience with other Mirabilias, I started working on it more and more.....and finally it is done.
Hope you like it.

Have a great evening y'all
Sharon

Saturday, December 10, 2011

I am supposed to be cleaning

Warning.....lots of pics.

Well I started the day with good intentions.  I got the pine sol out, the swiffers (love them) vaccum......I thought I would start with my second bedroom which is mine and Taylors craft room and his bedroom and my office all in a room 10 feet by 8ish.....bad idea.  I started and got sidetracked by organizing my "stuff".  You know you think I would learn, I happens to me all the time.  I am giving my daughter back her camera this week (I have kept it long enough and I will be buying my own next week)

So here is my craft room.....all my threads and wool and buttons and Krenik and charts.


Another shot of my 2 towers...can you tell i love my labeler!!!!!


My desk......that is Circque des Cercles by Ink Circles on the desk....I am playing around with it......trying some threads.



I also wanted to show you the way I kit up a project.....I put all the threads in those floss a way bags and put them in one of these containers (They had a sale at Canadian Tire on these and I scooped up tons of them....worked out really well)...I then put the chart and my photocopies (I know some designers don't like you doing that but I do however I will never, and I mean never make a copy and give it to someone....that is taking money out of the designers pocket and I will not do that.....I shred the copies when I am done with them) in a plastic envelope.  See...

I then put them in plastic totes.....see.......



Yes, this makes me feel so good.....Truly, I am not OCD...

And yes you can tell I am a Mirabilia addict.....I have one tote for Miries and one tote for other designers...(I think I will go out and get another tote for my Miries today).....Here are some pics of kits that are almost kitted. Yes, all Mirabilias.





Here is a fabric I was considering for Lady Alexandra but when it got here I realized i was too dark.....but isn't gorgeous......Twight by PTP.....I went with Stone by Crossed Wing....very nice.



Well I should be going....I still have to clean the rest of the apartment......

Oh yeah....this is a chart by Erica Michaels called America.  I kitted it up and realized that I would never do it....(after I realized how many Miries I had kitted, I had to make some difficult choices....LOL)



Does anyone want it?  I will send the chart, fabric and the threads.....just email me and give me your address and I will send it out Monday. 

Gosh, I need a coffee.

Have a great weekend y'all

Edited to add......Linda emailed me about the Erica Michael kit and it will be winging its way to her next week.
Sharon