Thursday, 14 October 2010

Knocked for six but still Stitching!!!

Well this has been an interesting week...... since my last post on Monday I haven't made it to work!

It takes a lot for me to be off work but sometimes you just know that you're better off at home. I hate letting people down & understand what it's like when someone is off sick but I haven't been off for 6 months so I guess these things happen.
I didn't sleep well on Tuesday night as the cold had gone to my chest & I was having problems breathing.... a quick visit to the doctors yesterday in the hope of getting some antibiotics didn't work out. As cold bugs have been so bad this year she wasn't keen to hand any out but suggested I tried natural things first...even though I already had..... & if I was still ill on Friday I had to go back.

So yesterday I could be seen steaming every few hours & gargling with salt water :(
The steaming worked a treat but the salt water isn't doing much for my poorly throat. I'm taking flu plus tablets every 4 hours & even through it says not to take them for more then 4 days ...I'm on my 5th.... the doctor says it's ok.

So this week I've been mostly doing this....

Can you see my steamer???
Now that was a good buy.... only a few pounds from Lidl years ago but I've never needed it. After trying to steam over a bowl of water yesterday I suddenly remember it. It's a god send as you can watch the TV whilst doing it & you don't get hot & bothered..... buy one if you see it!

Being ill has meant I've had more time for blogging & I've enjoyed catching up with ever one. Yesterday I was reading Sarah's post about the new Cath Kidston book....

Mine arrived on Tuesday....... what good timing although but I haven't done anything yet.

My favourite thing....

Maybe one day!

So Sarah mentioned that she used to do a lot of cross stitch & tapestry..... that got me thinking about the things I'd made in the past so I thought I'd share them with you.

I can't remember my first project but we used to make embroidery pillow cases when I was very young!

My friend gave me this kit years ago ......

It took a while to finish & even longer to make it into a cushion.

I then got adventurous & designed my own wall hanging....

This was my pride & joy for years but it's been packed away for the last 4 years! 
I couldn't find the right home when I moved house so it never went up.

Do you recognise them??

Yes that's Charlie on the left, Zoe in the middle & naughty Nanny on the right!

I must find a home for it as it took so long to make.

I've been looking for a frame for this cross stitch for years...

I want a black frame that crosses over like the old religious one..... know what I mean?

Now I wish had made this cushion but my lovely friend Claire spotted it in Otto Retro & brought it for me....

How kind is that?

It looks lovely on my sofa...

And ties in very well with this post!

I have everything crossed that I will be feeling better tomorrow as I have a very long day ahead of me.
As you know I really wanted my Stitch book to arrive before Friday as I had plans....... tomorrow sees me heading off to Cheltenham with my lovely friends Erica & Sarah to see the lady herself....

Yes that's right I'm off to see Cath Kidston!!!

She's at the Cheltenham literary festival talking for 1 hour...... I'm hoping she'll also be signing books :)

It's been planned for months now but I didn't say anything just in case I couldn't go..... being sick was not in the plan! This is the 3rd time I've been anywhere with Erica in the last year & each time I've been ill...... what's going on????
Fingers crossed I can still go & they don't mind the germs :)

I'll be back to tell you all about it.


  1. Hope you get better soon Joe, have fun with Cath! Love the kitty tapestry.
    Hen x

  2. Those are lovely tapestries, I sure hope you feel well soon, everyone in my family has been sick so far and I have been spared the misery fingers crossed, except headaches!

  3. Get better soon - funny you should mention about the steamer, as I have one too, but can't watch TV at the same time - I'll look out for one like yours. Your tapestry looks great next to the crochet blanket. Have fun in Cheltenham.

  4. Hope you are feeling better soon.
    I love tapestry cushions too and have quite a few.
    Best wishes
    Sue x

  5. what beautiful cushions, especially of your own cats, I did one f mine- all the more precious on one has gone. Seeing CK in the flesh! Have a great time and pack lots of tissues

  6. Hope you feel better soon.
    I've been really unwell too..started off with sickness a week ago and now I've a cold and cough.
    Drink lots of Lemon juice in water!


  7. So sorry you're puny -- hope you're feeling better soon!
    Gorgeous hex blanket on the back of your chair - wonderful colors. And love all the needlepoint pillows and cross stitch -- sweet.

  8. Oh Josie! Sending you virtual hugs and wishing you well soon.
    Wrap up and take care

  9. That is so exciting!
    I love the cushions you made.....have a great time, hope the nasty cold is well and truly gone!xxx

  10. Get Well Soon, hope you are better for tomorrow
    I have that nasty cold too.
    Julie xxxxxx

  11. So sorry you've got such a nasty bug. I've got a steamer too, from Boots - mine is held together with Duck tape, as are many things in my house!!
    Your tapestries of your own cats are amazing, I used to do some but never would have felt capable of designing my own, that's a real achievement! Hope you feel lots better soon, xx

  12. Oh no sorry you are feeling rubbish. I hope you still get to see Cath, exciting or what!!!
    I love your older works, I know the frame you mean exactly and I love that Home Sweet Home, it's beautiful. Do you not have a picture framer local to you, we have a man who makes the frames up, might be worth a try it's too nice not to be on show!
    Kandi x

  13. I hope you soon feel better. :)

  14. It's a really bad cold doing the rounds - hope you feel better & enjoy your date with Cath!

    Love all the tapestries - especially your kitties.