Oh it’s such joy to have the brain functioning again!

I really hadn’t realised just how down and out I was. The website needs some major updates, and now I’m finally on the mend it will be done. Not enough hours in the day to get it all finished straight away, but at least I’ve begun. If you check out the Rainbows page, you’ll see a massive improvement – I am SO sorry it looked the way it did for so long. It’s only because my wonderful friend Kendra went looking for something on my site that she accidentally drew my attention to that….so now, it’s fixed.

There are so many more products I need to upload, and so many improvements I want to make. The Frustration of not being able to just sit and get stuck into it when I have to stop and make dinner is unbelievable lol!

Oooh and I want to work on the Perfectly Pieced and Patchwork Pumpkin blogs again for my great friends Bronwyn and Therese! That’s for my little web design business – MTA Designs. Now that the cogs are turning again I’m hoping to grow that side of things. I never stop learning, need to feel more confident and need more hours in the day to get to that point.

In the meantime, I’ve started a double wedding ring quilt with some Jinny Beyer fabric (my favourite fabric designer of all time!). I’m hand piecing & yes I’m slow but the first ring is done and I’m thrilled to bits with how it looks.

Double Wedding ring


So, soon enough I should be full speed ahead! Only another 10 days on these blasted antibiotics, back to the cardiologist and hopefully finished with them at last. It’s been 7 weeks on them so far & I’m over it. But with the improvement I’m already experiencing I’m really looking forward to removing them from the equation as well. Should even manage to get the Juki set up again next week at last – can’t wait!


Well, March is here already. 2019 has been a very tough year so far. I’ve been off the grid for a while, for various reasons. The big one is that I have heart failure – a total shock to the system to hear those words, let me tell you!

It was only found because I have THE most amazing GP ever that I’m still around. This is the 2nd time he’s saved my life -literally. This time I’m not going to take it for granted, though. Lucky for me, I’m able to have a CRT pacemaker installed & that will make my life much better – a workaround, kind of. It’s not my arteries (whew), apparently I had either a virus or infection that affected my heart & have left bundle branch blockage, making my heart very weak and out of sync. Plus it beats really fast – which is quite unsettling, let me tell you.

Anyway, don’t want to bore everybody to bits with my health issues, just trying to explain why I’ve been out of touch. I’m tired (very tired) a lot of the time, and haven’t had the energy to keep up with everything. But I still love keeping in touch with my customers ! To that end, I’ve just updated the site with some specials, so I hope you enjoy them…. make sure you pop on to the main page & take advantage of them.


A difficult beginning

I haven’t been sewing much lately, just a little bit of hand sewing & have only had the machine out once to work on a snuggly. Didn’t help that half of my house (the half where the machine usually sits, on the dining table) was covered in plaster dust.Our old boxy air conditioner decided the 44 degree day was the right time to stop blowing cold air …….. so we have installed a reverse cycle split system. Wonderful! Yes – but oh my goodness, the dust from removing the old one is beyond words.

We have not had a good start to the year. 2019 started in the saddest way possible, with the death of my friends child. He was only 20. I know that officially he’s a man by then, but no, when you’re my age, he was just a child. I was not close with him, but his Mum is an amazing person, over the years she’s helped my family out on many occasions, she’s helped a lot of people out…….. For a long, long time he was an only child, and he was her world, particularly as she is a single Mum. His memorial service was wonderful. So many faces! He was a caring, cheeky, clever individual, you could see the good he spread in the world in his short time here just by listening to their stories. It seems so unfair! All the dregs out there committing violence are still around, but this sweet young man who had such a bright future is gone, in one silly misjudged moment, just …. gone.

It’s very hard to explain why this has affected me so deeply. I’m not really sure myself, other than I feel so much for his Mum.¬†Every single day now I think of her & the pain she’s living with.

On one hand, I want to keep my children close, but on the other I want them to get out there and really experience life – because that’s what he was doing, and loving it. He did more travelling in his short life than I’ve done in my 54 years. I want my kids to get out there and have fun, explore, enjoy, take risks (not too many), not stay at home & waste their lives. Well, it’s not wasting, but still, it’s kind of like stagnating.

I am trying to get back to ‘normal’ so will be pushing myself to get some stitching done soon, & I’m so thankful I have had some contact with customers lately, lovely people! I helped out briefly at Palm Beach Quilting during the Fabric Frolic too, which was distracting & enjoyable (thanks Maureen).

Sorry if this has been a bit depressing, it’s just where I am right now.


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