Once again – biopsy time :(

It just seems as if my body has to try something new every single year. And of course, 2018 is another such a year. I’ve had this ‘spot’ on my arm for a long time, there is a similar one on my foot. Just a pale, flat spot. Two weeks ago the one on my arm came alive ……….swollen, red, itchy, bigger, angry. Every night I told myself to make an appointment to see the doctor, every day I ignored it. To be honest, I was scared and worried. Decided yesterday morning it cannot continue like this and called the doctor’s rooms. Living in a small town we often have to wait more than 2 weeks to see a doctor and I was emotionally prepared for that.

Nope, not Thursday – they could fit me in the same day. So off I went, and the spot was inspected with the bright lights and magnifier (I am sure there is some medical name for this but I didn’t ask). Next minute another doctor was called, another good look at the spot and decision made……….biopsy. So yes, here we go again. Hopefully the results will come back all good and that will be the end of the 2018 adventure


I have been smocking quite a bit and sorted out the five little unmade dresses. Made sure I had all the bits and pieces together and decided to sew one of them. Really happy with the outcome. And the first dress to be labelled 🙂 Still have to make the buttonholes, but otherwise it is all done

A pregnant friend asked me to make her a nappy/diaper bag. Fabric and pattern have been sorted and this is on my to-do list for next week



label bag

I feel like a grownup, although I have been one for longer than I can remember. The reason? My own little logo and labels!!!!!! Yes, I now have a label to sew on the smocked dresses – with my own logo, the care instructions and ‘made in New Zealand’. I also have a smaller label with only my logo, to use on bags and other needlework. Oh, and I nearly forgot – teeny weeny little size labels for the dresses. No, I am still not going to sell the dresses, but it will be nice to get my name out there – a little girl will be wearing a smocked SP dress!!!!!


This is not important to me, but it is nice to have it and I have been thinking about getting labels for a while. Shelley, at Labels by Shelley, designed the logo from a very basic idea I had. And I love what she has done. The good thing is that I can also use the logo as a watermark on my photography. See……. grownup stuff!!!


2018 – the year of quilting

It is funny how I suddenly find myself in the middle of four quilts! The cat quilt topping was made last year and then put away. I have now added the batting and done the quilting, just to add the backing and binding and it will be finished! As with the SS quilt I decided to give it a minky backing. The moment it arrives (I ordered the fabric online as we the closest fabric shop to me is nearly 4 hours away) I’ll finish the quilt and it will be ready to be used. Mollie already tested it and I think it has her approval.

The second quilt is the Sweetest Things Sampler QAL. A third of the blocks has been completed and joined. One block a month is released and block 6 will be released in July. In the meantime I am making the Irish Chain blocks. Five done, eight more to go. I have a feeling this quilt will also get a soft and cuddly backing


And then the Splendid Sampler QAL. Block 3 will be released tonight. I am completing the blocks as I go, back and front, and crochet a border around each before joining the blocks

I have another quilt topping completed (Going to the Zoo), it just needs backing and binding. I am definitely planning to complete this quilt soon too, it has been put away since last year.


This is turning into a quilting year, not what I expected at all!

Happiness is………

Happiness is when your husband takes a trip around the world to visit the children and travel with them………and comes back with fabric he bought all over the world. And the best part???? He remembered I always buy at least 2 metres to make sure I have more than enough for a smocked dress. And to top it off my daughter sent me a selection of beautiful buttons and her partner sent me a piece of fabric with cameras because I love photography. I think I received the best holiday souvenirs ever 🙂

I completed block 1 for the Splendid Sampler ll. Blue is the colour!




Before totally moving into quilting mode I made a couple of dresses this week. One for a friend who gave me the fabric. And the other just because I felt like it. I have one more already pleated, ready to be smocked

For the blue dress I combined smocking, beads, buttons and the embroidery machine. Love how it turned out

Not totally in love with this one, but I think it came out ok. Hope my friend will be happy with it

Winter is here and poor Mollie is cold. She threw out fabric to make room for herself in the bookcase I use for my fabric


Quilting or knitting?

It is a well-known secret that I don’t like knitting. It is also well-known that I said I have retired from quilting. But I am itching to do something different. And I was tempted when I went on the Splendid Sampler FB group – they are starting Splendid Sampler ll in June. So here I go again! I really enjoyed this QAL when I did it in 2016, and also I didn’t make all 100 blocks I was still very happy with the quilt I made.

So fabric ordered, book ordered…….I am ready for the June kick-off. This is going to be a blue quilt, with a touch of green and yellow


In the process of choosing fabric for the SS quilt, I came across the Sweetest Things QAL 2018 and fell in love with the blocks already published and, as I was now in quilting mode, decided to do this one too 🙂