Friday Life Recap

I’ve not been blogging (or Instagramming) as much lately, mostly because I’ve been doing other boring work that helps to pay the bills and not really sewing much. Work has been busy and will get busier next week and I’m finding myself falling asleep in front of the TV in the evenings. Once I have a last minute project written and in the post (Saturday?), I’ll be much happier, freer, and I should easily sneak a bit of sewing in over the weekend.


This week however, I have made these notebooks. When I say made, I mean covered- I didn’t bind them! One is destined to be a prize for something, the other two are going in my Etsy shop ASAP.


I’ve made a little bit more progress on the brown quilt, and that’s my next quilt target to finish. I say that because the third and last thing on my finish along list for the quarter ain’t happenin’. Not in time anyway.

Other news that you may or may not care about, please click away now if you’re of the latterly minded…

Personal kind of stuff

I’ve developed a pretty nasty allergy to PPD, an aggressive- and probably carcinogenic- chemical in hair dye. I already knew I had an allergy which I could sort of deal with when I used red colourants and put some bicarbonate of soda in the mix, but black is a lot more aggressive and my scalp is burnt, weeping and swelling off my skull right now. The inside of my ears are swollen and making everything harder to hear, my forehead looks like Nick Cave’s crossed with Frankenstein’s monster’s, I feel, headachy, sick and dizzy with it… When I turn my head it feels like the skin on my head stays still and everything else moves. I went to the not-so-local-but-the-docs-won’t-make-me-an-appointment walk-in centre yesterday evening and along with the anti-histamines I am already taking I also have a  steroid cream so lets see if that works. When I woke up this morning my eye had nearly healed over (above) so I’ve been back to the doctors this morning and got some steroids that he’d rather I didn’t take because of the potential side effects. Ideally I should just accept being blind in one eye for a week. NOPE! Guess I only have the choice between being a redhead or a greyhead now (or a weepy swelly head). Just needed to moan!

On the other hand, Fletcher is doing well this week, no bloody puddles so far but he tends to leave the clots and scariness to the weekend when the vets are closed so we shall see what happens. He is still highly strung when he hears squeaky toys in the park and has murderous intentions for the local hedgehogs so there’s no change in character yet. I’ve just finished a one way conversation with him about how dogs don’t like coffee. However, he was so relaxed at a friend’s house on their lovely cream rug last weekend (salivating over their chinchillas and working out a way to get at them) that he laid there and wet himself which was massively embarrassing since said friend had only moved in to the brand-spanking-new house a week previous. This has never ever happened before so we’re monitoring that.

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASpot the difference!

A week on Saturday we’re (including Fletch) going to see a girl brindle greyhound called Daisy in South Wales. From her picture she looks just like Penny but chubbier and she is either 7 or 8 (conflicting reports but I’ll get her birthdate from her ear tats). Because of the similarities it was a no brainer, and we do love the oldies! We are thinking of possibly changing her name though, and currently Emily, Sarah or Astrid seem to be in the lead, because OH won’t let me call her Brenda or Pearl. If she likes us she’ll be moving in when we get back off our hols at the end of October.

Crafty kind of stuff

I have a new blog in the works for a new long term quilt project- think around 2 years- I’m about to embark on. I’ll let you know when I’ve made my first post which will explain everything and have the first block done. It will be very soon, hopefully this weekend. I decided to create a separate blog for it so that if you don’t actually care about that project being talked about every time I do a block, it’s not going to affect your blog reading over here. Apart from the first block and the finished posts. Picture above is a massive clue…

I’m working on an Illustrator online course extremely slowly and I have a range of simple fabric patterns in my head that I plan to approach manufacturers with in the next few months so I could do with drawing them “properly”, plus I have a quilt to make for OH to end the sorrow of selling the Really Big George quilt that hung on the wall, there’s our holiday in Toronto next month, a couple more articles to write and I plan to go on a sewing machine servicing and repair course once the Illustrator thing is finished (anyone else notice that all the repair people seem to be be men?) so I’m definitely keeping myself busy! For too long now I’ve been swearing at my machine and I’ve always wanted to do something a bit more engineer-y and hands-on. I’ll let you know how that goes too as I’ll want to offer my services around the East Midlands once I know what I’m doing.

Sew Sweetness

Oh and I nearly forgot! I have hijacked Sew Sweetness’ Purse Palooza plans and will be writing a guest review on 8th October (yes I know it’s not advertised anywhere else that I’m taking part but I am, honest, I told you it was a hijacking), I’ll remind you to check it out when it actually happens 🙂 Gotta get sewing this bag.


  1. Posted September 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Yikes, I hope you feel better soon. Your puppy is looking very thin but it sounds like he is in good spirits. I hope your work is finished quickly as you have a lot of great quilting/fabric plans.

  2. @ quiltova
    Posted September 20, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Not much going on then! Good to hear of all your up-coming plans. I hope the nasty head thing gets better soon – grey is the new black dahling!

  3. Michele T
    Posted September 20, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    I discovered that I developed a severe reaction to hair dye this past March and have decided to go ‘au naturel’… I am too scared to have my entire face swell up again, plus the weeping, scabbing scalp was very painful and uncomfortable. Much happier now and have had lot’s of compliments about my new hair colour!! Something to think about…

  4. Posted September 20, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Yikes! Your allergy reaction sounds really awful – hope you feel better very soon. Poor old Fletcher, he’s looking a bit skinny but still such a beautiful face. Hope he stays oblivious for as long as possible!!

  5. Posted September 20, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    oooooooo, RR are near me, I’m in Rhondda Cynon Taff…aberdare (ish) to be precise. You should come and have tea/coffee/biscuits with me so we can take photos to blog about it later 🙂

    Have you thought of black henna, or do you react to henna too?

  6. Posted September 20, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    Billy Joel?!? You’re making a Piano Man quilt!!

    Of course ouch on the heid and yay for Fletch hanging in there. I do hope you have a QUIET weekend!

  7. Posted September 20, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    That hair dye is some seriously nasty stuff, yuck and ouch to all of those awful side effects, hope you recover soon! I see you are working on the brown, very brown, and that is the end of my comment on that!!! :o)

  8. Posted September 20, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    I so hope you are full healed/recovered and Fletch does ok.

    I live in fear of hair dye reaction as I have an itchy eczema type scalp at the back of my head and half expect to react to the dye. Normally I don’t mind grey hair but as I’m so naturally dark and only have a small percentage it shows in a bad way. If I’ve got to be grey I’d just like to turn grey all over over night! Did you do a patch test first? I always do.

  9. Posted September 20, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    Oh my! Hope you heal quickly, dear girl!! Daisy sure is a cutie! How will Fletcher act with a new kid on the block? I’m intrigued by the Billy Joel photo, and a new blog!!

  10. Posted September 20, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    Oh matey – time to go au naturelle!
    Well the ‘he didn’t start the fire project’ sounds interesting.
    Hope your trip is successful this weekend xxx

  11. Posted September 20, 2013 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    Glad to see you won’t be bored when you can see again! Hope you’re back to normal soon, and that the new girl will decide she wants to come and play with you 🙂 I’m also meant to be doing that Illustrator course, you know, when I actually get time!

  12. MelJd46
    Posted September 21, 2013 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    Once your head and eye are healed… there are a lot of natural hair colourants on the market these days with NO PPD nor ammonia either.. gives you options if you dont want to do au naturel just yet ..i only found them when I started looking for the more whacky colours but theres lots of more usual colours in the ranges is just one company. Hope you feel better soon x

  13. Posted September 22, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Hope the meds have started to kick in now. And so many crafty plans – can’t wait to see them all 🙂 And great idea on the sewing machine repair – why is it only ever men, eh?!

  14. Posted September 23, 2013 at 1:46 am | Permalink

    I saw the pics on IG and wandered what had set your allergy off – pride pinches as they say 😉 Seriously though, it looks like it really hurts so I hope that it heals quickly x

    I’m glad that Fletcher is still going strong, if she likes you I’m sure that Daisy will keep him on his toes for a bit! I would say that you should pop in for a cuppa next weekend but Samantha beat me to it and she’s quite a bit closer to the valley’s than me (actually she’s in the valleys! )

  15. Posted September 23, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    oh my god~! when i first saw the picture I thought it was an ice-skating injury. I had no idea you dyed your hair! Hope it gets better soon. I’d better stick to not dying my hair as I’m allergic to most things, include antihistamines!

    I’m thinking the quilt project will be a pixel quilt of that bloke who’s picture you posted. I should probably know who he is but I really have no idea. I’m not good with celebrities.

    Book me in for a service please! Had my machine nearly 3 years and it’s never been serviced. In fact, can you hurry up with that please?

  16. Posted September 24, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    how are you doing now? Have the steroids done the business?

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