Catch up – Shilo’s Seahorse purse

When I said we were moving house, I didn’t quite expect the move to impact my creative work so much as it has. I’ve hardly had any time for much, except for a few stolen hours for a much needed head space in the form of a run. We’ve moved house and that’s only half the story. We’ve actually moved in with my 91 year old mother in law. A lovely lady and now that we’re here, I can see exactly why this move was much needed as she is very hard of hearing, getting tinier by the day and generally not been up to much in regards to house maintenance (which you can forgive her for – as much as she doesn’t want to admit it, she is no spring chicken)! I’ve been kept busy with cleaning mostly as her failing eyesight has clearly missed more than a few spots here and there and trying to clear out what I can and trying really hard not to step on her toes. 50 (plus) years my senior, I’m finding trying to change her old habits a little tough, she is ever so independent, so have to tread lightly and coax my way of thinking to get things done. For example, she’s so used to being on her own trying to do everything herself, I have to really bite my tongue when the little old lady tries to bring out the Hoover (which I might add is roughly the same size as her) and then gets annoyed with me for trying to carry it for her. I was caught red handed moving the sofas and tv to give the sitting room a good ol once over and I can tell you this upset her so badly, I think I may never attempt that one again. The invisible power struggle is a little tough at times, but I think we’ll get there.

Not quite the end of 2017 I was hoping for last year. I was sure I’d be knee deep in Christmas crafts. I’ve seen so many wonderful things and had so many ideas, I’ve had to jot them down but who knows where those papers are now! But it has been an important task, I know my mother in law, as much as she protests, really does need all the love and attention she can get now and any little bit I’m doing for her is greatly appreciated.

So to catch up on some of the things I have managed to do in between all the household changes (there have only been a handful), I thought I’d start with a post about Shilo’s purse, which I completed prior to our move.

A friend contacted me. Apparently Shilo loves handmade things and would appreciate a purse. My friend already picked out the design she wanted months ago we’d discussed it long before and I knew it was coming. But then suddenly,  it was getting close to her birthday and so I set off to make a *seahorse purse 😊

I’d sent the photos off and was asked if I could personalize it and add her name? I probably tried about a dozen different ways but eventually settled for her name to be embroidered in the water bubbles. This seahorse, for some reason (even though I followed the same pattern as before, turned out a little larger than the first, but I actually love how his tail curls around the bottom.

I hope you had a wonderful birthday Shilo! Our friend loves you very much ❤️

I’ll be back soon with some more catch up stories.

Nina

Forever Spring Garden overview

Firstly, I want to thank everyone who ordered one or two things in my shop over June. The final total raised for Lisa turned out to be £350! Lisa is a rather extraordinary person and sure does deserve as much love and support anyone can give. My sister has had cancer many times from starting with her initial cancer diagnosis at about 2 years old.  After several battles with the big C, she was eventually diagnosed with “LFS” (Li-Fraumeni Syndrome) which resulted from genetic testing. Without going too much into this, very basically it means that Lisa is missing a gene in her DNA which has tumour suppresser tendencies. Unfortunately, without careful monitoring and crucial management, Lisa is more likely to have (certain) cancers at any point. Last year I had done a fund raising to help pay for the genetic testing which worked out wonderfully, but Lisa is very shy and was not happy with the idea of asking for more help.

Cancer has many complications. There are the countless surgeries complex and minor, after surgeries, there’s the chemotherapy and the complications on your body from taking the “essential” poison, there’s the side effects and necessary procedures following treatment of the tumour, the life long testing, the emotional trauma… the list just goes on forever. Unfortunately, the medical world is not a funny place to be dependant on when you have a unique history such as Lisa’s with multiple cancer diagnosis’. Your medical insurances don’t last forever and there are always limitations on the help from the “bank of Mom and Dad”. Over this last month I have concentrated my efforts, despite her shy objections to raise some funds to help her. I’ve been very clear, the funds made in my shop she can choose to help pay medical bills, however I want her to have something to look forward to so, however she decides to use the funds – she will have some pennies available to hopefully take some stress off her and focus on something fun.

Included in the monies raised, I had been contacted for a custom order. Two purses. One a “Rose *Card Purse” and the other a “Forever Spring Garden *Card Purse”.

I’m still working on the Rose purse, but I have finished the Garden purse. This design has been quite popular. I think each one made may be ever so slightly different from the one before, however, all have the same concept. a garden frozen in time, forever in Spring.

Here is the latest one which also fits credit cards:

I thought I might show you the timeline – the evolution of this purse from the first one made:

Quite a difference when you see them together like that 🙂

I’ll show you the Rose Purse once I’ve managed to complete it.

Happy Sunday everyone!

Nina

Summers here! Hooray!

We’ve had a bit of a heat wave this week. It has been GLORIOUS!

For me, nothing says “Summer” more like a watermelon. It brings back childhood memories of watermelons floating in the pool whilst we were all playing a game of seeing who could get to the pool in the shortest amount of hops from one shade spot to the next – so that we didn’t burn our feet. The bobbing about and spinning the watermelon in the pool. Mind you… thinking back to those days in this crazy health and safety world we live in now – I’m not entirely sure if when we ate the watermelon how much of it had absorbed chlorine in it… mmm.. best not try this at home kids 🙂

I was busy making Watermelon *Card Purse, when I was contacted for a custom order. “Not a purse with a clasp please. I want something that will fit my credit card(s) in, but flat enough to go in my evening purse when I’m out. I usually carry my cards loose in my bag. I want two – one that is “Summery” and another a Winter version.”

In steps Watermelon *Card Pouch. I’ve thanked Jo for the idea and am busy making a wintery version for her. I may just make a whole line of these. They’re very convenient! Holds more than one card, I’m sure it will also fit in a few notes with it too. Like the purses, I’ve also lined the pouch.

Now to bring out the Pimms, grab a towel finish my ice cream and go for a swim – its not usually as lovely as this! Make the most of it!

Here’s a couple of photos I took on the beach to get you feeling a little warmer if you’re stuck in Winter whilst reading this 🙂

 

Rainbow Cloud *Card Purse

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud” – Maya Angelou

So I’ve come to an end of a stressful situation. It’s not often I make a stand for myself, but when I do, I find it incredibly hard and believe me – it has to be a particularly hard push to get me to that point of just saying ‘enough’. Its so much easier to let things go by to “save the peace”.  On review, lessons learnt are that if the things you’ve tried to change are not working out or won’t change and when things are not right, its ‘ok’ to just let go and move on in the best way you can.

Amidst it all, I came across the above quote. It was beautiful. I wanted to be that rainbow in someone’s cloud.  I want to be remembered for the positive things I’ve done. I want to be recognised for my achievements. I had tried hard and really thought I was that rainbow. Doubt crept in.  

Out of the blue it hit me. Like a ton of bricks… I am! I am a rainbow in many other clouds. 

I’ve come to realise that actually, I am a big ‘ol shinning glittery and sparkly full HD rainbow deluxe! Especially to the relationships that matter most to me. And it feels great!

This purse design is dedicated to all my friends and family who have helped me through this time by reminding me that even faded rainbows in dark clouds can brighten up with a little sunlight and for some magical reason, shine best in clouds you love.

Be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. Always.

 

 

Something bright for the light in your life ☀️

Looking for a little Summer fun? Look no further than the Candy Stripe *Card Purse. This sweet purse will suit any age. Sweet and simple.

Another purse inspired by a beautiful find on a jog – a whole hedge covered in hues of pinks, oranges, purples and yellows. I just had to try replicate the display. Isn’t it pretty?

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From the brightness of the flowers, comes the brightness of the purse…

I’m really enjoying finding inspiration in the sights and views on a jog… I wonder what I’ll find next time 🙂