Saturday, 11 October 2014

I've given up on putting post titles on my posts, I'm rubbish at coming up with clever headlines :(

Had a hectic week.  Hubby is visiting his mum in Athens this week.  He says the weather is just glorious.  I have to say it's been ok here in Dublin, cold but once the sun breaks through....

Had a prang with the car a couple of weeks ago.  I was manouevering into a car space and I DIDN'T SEE the height restriction bar, in my defence it is painted grey and comes out beyond the stone wall gate that you enter into the car park by.

When I mentioned it to a school mum, she informed me she had done the very same thing a couple of years ago and she saw another driver go into it last winter.  When I inspected the bar after it mangled the passenger door and rear door, I saw it was FULL of scuff marks so it's a regular problem that column, it would help if it was painted yellow and not the colour of the Irish sky which is generally grey.

Anyhow, I got it repaired during the week and oh my it's lovely driving without that embarrassing crunch on the side of the car.  Son #2 and I cleaned the car today, it was funny because about 3 of my neighbours had the same idea!

Son #1 was out at a Scout Hike, fun was had by all which is the most important thing!

I felt like doing some needlework today so in between all of the stuff I did today which included walking son #2 and Toffie for over an hour then off for lunch then car cleaning which son was planning on doing himself  but I finished, I don't think I sat down for long today.

But I did manage to make some fabric flower brooches in between all of this.

Well I will leave you now, Strictly is on tonight, I know it's not all of your cups of tea, but I love it!

Have a good Saturday girls!


Tuesday, 7 October 2014


Any one else watching Strictly Come Dancing this year?

I have to say it's one of my favourite "reality" shows, that and Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!  I must say the standard is very high this year, that chap from Eastenders is some dancer!

I took up my Granny Squares on Saturday night and got crocheting.  I have about 40 grannies done, but still need a load more to make it a worthwhile sized blanket.  At the moment it would barely cover my six year old.  The beauty of this is though that I can take it up whenever the mood takes me, I have to be careful because I feel it in my arms the next day if I overdo it.


Friday, 3 October 2014

Thank you and say hello to Toffee

Thank you guys for all your emails and I have replied to as many as I can at the moment.  Is it ok to say it's nice to hear that one is not alone when the mind is a bit dark?  It's not nice to go through this experience, but what is comforting is that there are others out there who have been there and understand what is happening.

I have to say, whether it's the medication and/or my decision to step away from PD from a little while that I have had three good days!  And I will continue with that attitude.

Malahide Castle
Those of you who follow my IG account will know this already but for those of you who are reading, you may not know but we got a puppy back in March.  She's a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and she's gorgeous!

Say hello to Toffee, yep that's the spelling we went with it was an error on hubby's part, but he's Greek and was spelling it phonetically and we stuck with it 'cause it's great!

Toffee earlier this week

She's just over 8 months now and such a loving puppy!  She's like my third child, she follows me everywhere. 

We had our first bad weather today, strong winds and heavy rain.  I had plans to take her on a good long walk, but the weather scuppered that or so I thought.  We did a smaller walk but she wasn't too phased with the rain.  She dried herself on the passenger seat, shh don't tell hubby.  

Toffee I'd say 12 weeks old
As I am typing this post, she is curled up on my lap, for company and for heat.  She's resting her mouth in the crook of my arm, good thing I'm a touch typist cause it doesn't interfere with my typing.

Have to break the connection now though, because I am meeting some fellow Scout leaders for Friday coffee, they have been a lifesaver getting my out on Friday am, I enjoyed it but at the same time didn't not the girls fault at all, it was purely because of how unwell I felt but they helped me get out for a few hours.  Today I plan on totally enjoying the banter and company and muffins!

Keep well my friends!


Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Taking a breather

So I made a decision yesterday and that was to close Patchworkdelights for a while.

I have been feeling very unwell for the last year, during the summer it was all good and then in the last couple of months things got very dark. 

My body was trembling, I had trouble sleeping, I was in a dark mood with crying on nearly a daily basis.  Then this week as soon as I woke I would feel a hot burning tingling sensation creep up from my toes to the roots of my hair and I thought to myself, here we go again.  Monday just gone was basically spent in bed.  People who know me know that I am not a bed person, I'm up when I'm awake and that's that.  The doc told me to make sure I get out for a walk.  This is easier said than done.  I literally couldn't get out of bed, never mind go for a walk.  And that's not being smart, my mind wasn't letting me!

Hubby was off yesterday and when I came back from the school run I just burst in to tears (again).  I'd had enough of this mood.  Last week my doc put me on medication for extreme anxiety.  As I lay in bed yesterday morning (again) thinking I can't have another day like this, I thought to myself, what is causing me to stress.  Well the fact that PD will be running on its own in six weeks and I can't make a proper living on this business was the nub of it.  A wake up call, shut the shop down for the moment and rethink everything. 

I will be starting back at work temping in November.  Even though sometimes you get tired of different characters in the workplace and the office politics, there is a lot to be said for them at the same time.  It's company, it's a social occasion, ok we are there to work, but there is mostly banter at some point, it's having a routine and so much more.

I realise that I am not a stay at home mum, I take my hat off to the men and women that do this job every day.  Running a business and a family is hard.  I decided that I need a routine in my day and then I can manage my family better and perhaps run the business in that order when i am in a routine.

I met a friend for coffee today after taking Toffie for an hour long walk and she agreed, when you are in a dark place, call a spade a spade in a depression, people trying to talk you out of it mean well, but you need to find a way out yourself too.  It's good that people care, but my hubby was talking to me yesterday and I couldn't connect with his positivity and help.  Then when I was in bed, thinking, I made a conscious decision about the shop.  As soon as I did it I felt a weight lift off me, off my legs, off my arms, off my face.  Off my MIND!

I'm not an expert, I'm talking about my experience which has been horrible, today is a good day and I hope tomorrow is a good day.  That's all I can go on.

Will Patchworkdelights be back?  Yes, but a different type of Patchworkdelights. 

So for now, I am going to sew when the mood takes me and make things for me and my family.  And hopefully I will reopen PD with a replenished shop soon!


Sunday, 28 September 2014


I know it's been a while since I posted, but what with a combination of health issues and time it's been a teensy bit tricky. But I thought I would kickstart things with a little sneak preview of something a couple of my friends have been asking me to make for a couple of years. I took out my Big Shot from Sizzix and got cutting.

I made my Sizzix sandwich as usual and simply put it through the Big Shot. I got my cute rectangular pieces of fabric, within seconds. I was saying to Hubby that the longest part of using the Sizzix is choosing fabrics!

Hey presto, 5 minutes of work and a group of 2" x 4" rectangles cut!

I'm afraid I cannot show you more as yet, but I promise it will be finished shortly! Fi

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Pencil case and make up pouch

I made a couple of things last week which I forgot to share.

A cute pencil case

 and a mini make up pouch

Hoping to make some more of these in the next couple of weeks!

Friday, 25 July 2014

All about the summer really

 As the title of the post says, we've had another run of glorious weather.

It feels very Mediterranean here in Dublin at the moment.  Not complaining and I won't complain when we get a bit of rain too though (only for the garden's sake).

I don't make a big habit of cutting flowers for the garden but I made an exception to show off my table runner I made for a girl over in Tipperary. 

Feels very summery doesn't it?

I am ignoring my grass at the moment, I will have to buy some feed and get it into the grass, but my grass is a bit of a disaster at the moment, the heat ?

But I spend some time refreshing my hanging baskets and a couple of window boxes but also planting up these old coffee cups! I couldn't use them for anything else as they have hairline cracks, but they look great on my outdoor table.

 I also got a new delivery of white thread, yippee!  If you are interested in trying them, and I can safely say when you try them you'll be back for more, head over to my thread shop here

Finally I made some more balls yesterday and prepped three more yesterday late afternoon, although after I run my errands today I will be working on a pram quilt and sewing this evening.

So despite all the crap that's going on around the world at the moment I hope you have a peaceful and happy day today.

X Fi