Dang, that was a big week. I had my much anticipated (not really!) colonoscopy. It went perfectly and they’ve confirmed a diagnosis of diverticular disease. But on the upside, it’s all under control and there’s nothing else wrong with my bowel. My treating surgeon has recommended a follow up colonoscopy in 5 years time based on family history and doesn’t want to see me again until then, which is fabulous. I’ve made the decision to change treating surgeon’s for my hysterectomy so there’s been some fall out because of that, but I’m feeling mighty smug with myself because for once in my life I stood up for myself and said “No, thank you” when I wanted to.
I must confess that I wouldn’t refer to myself as a push-over but there’s been a number of times where I’ve found myself doing things that I know I actually don’t want to do out of a false sense of peace-making and not rocking the boat. Well, in the past week I’ve politely and respectfully spoken up for myself and it’s been so liberating. I seriously felt like I had achieved greatness after saying “no, that’s not what I want”. It’s amazing how something so seemingly simple can be huge for the mental game.
At this point in time I’m not sure where I’m at with my hysterectomy. I’m waiting on one surgeon to get back to me, but I’ve got an appointment with another lined up in case things don’t work out. I feel really good about it because I feel like I’m back in control of it all. I’d like to hope that I might be able to have the surgery before the end of the year, but I’m not confident it’ll happen like that. Whatever happens I’ve made the decision that I’m going to get the business back up and running properly again instead of operating in some weird sort of limbo while I wait out this whole situation.
In news not health related, I convinced Raylee and I to enter the Queanbeyan Show on a bit of a lark and we had fabulous results. I entered my Gypsy Wife quilt and it took out First Place in Decorative Wallhanging and won Show Champion for the Patchwork, Applique and Quilting section. I had no idea that it had won and so when I walked in and saw it with it’s sash hanging in the show pavilion I got a little choked up. Which seems so ridiculous really in the scheme of things, but I think after the week I’d had and the fact that my family has a running joke between us about winning at agricultural shows it was all a little much for me. Lucky for me The Kid (as he now wants me to refer to him) kept it real… while standing in front of the quilt, me trying to keep my composure, he turns to me and says “Mum, do we have to look at your quilt? I can see it at home, I want to go on the bumper cars.” And just like that reality snapped me back and we went to ride bumper cars. (Which was so much fun! Who knew being chased around by a manically laughing 6yo in a bumper car would be so good for the soul!)
Right, so that was my week. This week I’m working on something I’m loving, which I’ll share more about with you next week and running to appointments. Yay me! *wink* Wishing you a week filled with love, laughter and much fabric fondling!
I love this free Christmas inspired project from Messy Jesse. It’s the perfect project to whip up one weekend for Christmas gifts or your Christmas table. Click here to read more.
Kim at Retro Mama has this fabulous tutorial for making house ornaments (which could also double as pin cushions). Click here to read more.
Judi Madsen has released this Patchwork Christmas Pattern and it’s just so darling. Click here to read more.
It might be summer here, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be thinking about winter. Love this free quilt pattern from Faith at Fresh Lemon Quilts. Click here to read more.
This post on pattern stealing might be over 12 months old, but the conversation is still relevant. I love this perspective on the impacts of pattern stealing by Sam of Sam Hunter Designs. Click here to read more.
I love to share the cool things that I find during my week of surfing the internet window-shopping and splurging. Here’s my top 4 from this week:
A: I’m loving: I love this colour palette by Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman. Click here to purchase this on Etsy.
B: I’m singing: It’s November so that means it’s official Christmas Carol singing time, right? Click here to purchase this on Etsy.
C: I’m enjoying: I love how soft this palette is and the inclusion of navy. Click here to purchase this on Etsy.
D: I’m adding: I love a good rainbow and this is a perfect rainbow blender collection. Click here to purchase this on Etsy.
You can find the latest information about the following events by clicking the on the relevant link below:
Raylee at Sunflower Stitcheries & Quilting is hosting a Finish-along for those that are looking to turn their completed #100Days100Blocks2019 blocks into a finished quilt. You can find out all the details by clicking here.
I love seeing the quilts and projects that are made during my sew-alongs or from my book and I’ve decided I’m going to start sharing them with you all so that you can see the amazing work being done within this fabulous creative community. If you’d like to have your work shared please reply to this email with 1 photo of your work made during one of my events, from one of my patterns or from my book. Make sure the image is well lit and clearly shows your work so people can truly appreciate your handy work. Include the details of what you’ve made and it could end up on my blog and in one of my newsletters. If you have any questions, reply to this email and we’ll get it sorted together.
Have you got an event, a charity drive, a pattern release, a class schedule or something else that you think my community would be interested in hearing about? Why not drop me a line and let me know – I’d love to share it with my readers. Click here to email me.
- Deborah, of Driftwood Quilting, is hosting a great retreat in November! It’s all about making a baby quilt and you can find out more by clicking here.
- Vicki of My Creative Corner3 has some great patterns, events and even a podcast to share with everyone. You can check it all out by clicking here.
- Sally, of Felicity-Ann Bags, Crafts & Vintage, is hosting a beginners quilt class and social sewing circle in Gonerby Foot Hill in Grantham. You can find out more details by clicking here.
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