Sunday, November 20, 2011

Stitching Between Friends Exchange

A group of 6 stitchers got together and formed the Stitching Between Friends Exchange group.  Our first exchange is a Christmas themed one.  I was partnered with Pokua who happens to live here in Perth WA only a 20 minute drive away.  So we decided to get together and have afternoon tea at her house and exchange our goodies.

Here is the beautiful exchange I received from Pokua.

Bataille des Anges by Chez Mounette.
Stitched on hand dyed linen using a variegated thread.
Finished as a cube/large pinkeep.

Extras included a piece of 32ct Belfast natural raw opalescent fabric, a packet of thread drops, heart tape measure and some chocolates.

And here is what I made for Pokua.

Snowman by Tralala.
Stitched on Light Blue 28ct evenweave using DMC.
Finished as a wallhanging.

Extras included a star shaped Christmas plate, a pair of Christmas ornies and a sheet of Christmas stickers.

We had such a delightful day, it was so nice to spend time with someone who enjoys the same hobby and has similar tastes in stitching.  I look forward to our next get together Pokua, and thank you for inviting me over.

I am currently working on some ornies at the moment, two are finished and ready to go so I should be able to show them soon.

Thank you all for the comments you left and the emails I received in regards to my last post and my kidney stone issue.  I am delighted to say that when I went in for my ultrasound there was no sign of it anywhere.  So I am one of the lucky ones that didn't even feel it pass.  WooHoo!!  It still took a few more days for the bruising and swelling to go down after being poked and prodded by the ultrasound wand and I also have a large bruise where they placed a drip in my arm (which is still quite dark and purple) but I'm happy to report that I am now pain free.

Until next time, happy stitching.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Fall Into Halloween Exchange

I particpated in the SWL Fall Into Halloween Exchange and again had such a wonderful time stitching and finding things for my partner and also receiving such a wonderful parcel from my partner.

This exchange I sent to Mel who chose a Fall parcel.
Here is what I stitched for her.

LHN "Acorns"
Stitched on beige/coffee evenweave using required threads.
Didn't stitch the snow and used leaf embellishments instead.
Finished as a pinkeep.

Here is a picture of everything I included in the parcel.

I was lucky to receive my parcel from June and here is what she sent me.

I felt soo very spoilt receiving all these lovely items from June.  She incorporated my love of hedgehogs with a little ornament and a wooden button, there was a beautiful hanging ornamental leaf, fabric, notepads and other little items and check out that gorgeous wildlife calendar.  Thank you soo much June, I love all you sent.

Now onto my bad news.  I had a little scare at the beginning of the week and ended up in hospital not once, but twice!  First at midnight on Sunday/Monday I had to have my husband take me into the Emergency Department as I was suffering excrutiating pain in my side and abdomen area, after some tests, fluid and pain relief I was sent for a scan in the morning and the culprit turned out to be a kidney stone.  Well let me tell you that they are not wrong when they say these things are extremely painful, the pain is basically the stone coming from your kidney and moving its way down the tract to the bladder.  Holy Moly, I have never experienced pain like it, and hope to never again.  The doctor said it was only small and I could pass it myself and sent me home with meds.  I was fine the next couple of days, only experiencing drowsiness from the meds, but Thursday nights I was hit with a massive migraine and nausea and my husband took me back to the hospital after phoning them first to see what he should do.  They said I could have an infection or side affect from the stone and it was best to get me back in.  After more fluids and pain relief they decided that it was probably just a one off migraine and sent me home again.
Now I have to wait until Monday to go back to the Doctors for a new scan to see if the stone has passed.  I havent felt anything, but today has probably been the best day I have had soo far.  I'm hoping that it has gone and I havent noticed and then I can get to my normal life again.  I havent even been able to stitch much, because when I concentrate too much it brings a headache on and I dont want to get another severe one.

So wish me luck everyone, I'm hoping its made its way out and "somehow" I havent noticed.  It can happen, I've been reading stories, just hoping I'm one of the lucky ones I guess!

Until next time, I hope you at least get to enjoy some stitching time.