This blog is all about me......I come here for respite in between caring for JoJo (our Daughter who has Special Needs)......I am addicted to starting new projects......I am becoming a fabric-a-holic... I love to try out recipes... take a beach walk and breathe in that salty blue air......love to have coffee...sip a glass of champagne......read a book......I am Queen of the Armchair and am inspired by all the wonderful blogs out there!!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

at last...a bit of stitching...and some reproduction fabrics...

still typing one fingered here due to my arm still being in a sling...
after visiting the doctor during the week with mr armchair driving me  
as a cheer me up we called in to my local patchwork shop steph's after my appointment...  



and bought this lovely little package of what i call reproduction prints...



which i think complement the few i have at home...



along with this jelly roll 'civil war homefront' by barbara brackman...and a very informative book below on america's printed fabrics 1770-1890 also by barbara...



and from this era i have some fabric which is very similar below..


the top piece of this pic is the fabric i have...
the bottom piece is a pic from the book...i thought a pretty close match...
  1. and whilst at steph's i had to get this eiffel tower fat quarter to add to my collection...

meanwhile...i thought perhaps i might be able to try some cross stitch using my right hand...
but no that didn't work as i still needed the other hand even though this was on a frame...




so i had a rummage in a box under the table...

and came up with a little cross stitch in this little 'theatre bag'...




and perfect...i still have use of my left hand but have to keep it bent in the sling...
i am supported by pillows around me and can do a bit of cross stitch with the right hand for a little while...and have frequent breaks when the fabric gets too 'heavy'...

meanwhile mr armchair is doing a fabulous job caring for me and jojo...

i still cannot do anything...
can't cut my own food...
i can choose my own clothes but i can't put them on...
and so it goes on...

he is a real hero and i couldn't do this without him as we have no family members here and we are fairly new to this area...

i did say to him that he might be happy to get back to work for a rest ha ha...

i still wonder 'who cares for the carer' especially if they are on their own...


19 comments:

Fer said...

Lovely fabrics, and that book looks like a great read.

It sounds like you're behaving yourself pretty well and letting your arm heal properly. Here's hoping you'll be back to your old self in no time!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

GOOD MORNING DEAR HEART! I love snippets and pieces of fabrics, for the possibilities of little lovelies is endless. How are you feeling these days? I see you are still in a sling, but hopefully soon, you will be out of it? Oh, I meet a gentleman from Melbourne the other day. What a charming accent!!! THINKING OF YOU AND OOOOH! OUr birthday party is approaching dearest! I have NOT forgotten...I will catch up later this month to get your exact date and plan a little party. Anita

Posie Patchwork said...

You're so amazing Dzintra, love that you're able to so thoroughly appreciate that wonderful husband of yours, your children & sewing too. Looking forward to seeing you soon, love Posie

Notjustnat said...

Poor you Dzintra. I bet you can't wait to cut into those lovely reproduction fabric. Are you going to make the CWQ block of the week? One arm doesn't stop you shopping so well done! Hugs Nat

Maree: said...

Nice to see you had some Retail Therapy to ease the Pain..lol
shouldn't be too much longer and you will have both hands to stitch with again...
cheers to Mr.Armchair...

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Hello Sweet Dzintra!

Oh my I absolutely LOVE the theatre bag..how fabulous! everything is so beautiful and charming! And hugs and hugs..it must be hard to still be in a sling! Hang in there..keep spirited!
Have a happy day!
Kiki

Kath said...

I know you were kidding around, but that is a huge issue isn't it? Carers who work round the clock and deperately need a break. There should be more funding for respite care,but don't mind me, it's one of my bug-bears.
Good to know you aren't lazing around LOL but being able to amuse yourself with some x stitch. My friend broke her arm and wedged one knitting needle under it, while the other hand did the knitting and winding, it looked very unweildy, but she was happy :-D

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

Well I'm glad to read you are making some progress on the road to recovery.
With all those new goodies to keep you busy you'll be tempted to overdue it.Go slowly.
Susan x

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Poor Dzintra, my heart goes out to you...love your new fabric....take care...

Flower Photography said...

Lovely pics of everything. I am so grateful you have the Mr to be there for you, he is a gem :-)

Bev C said...

Hello Dzintra,

3 cheers for Mr Armchair. Glad to see you bought a new book and material. I love reading a bit of history.
You will have the cross stitch finished before Christmas.
Keep well.
Bev.xoxo

Jeni said...

hope you will be back to normal real soon
sending hugs

Kimonos and Sushi(OLD BLOG) said...

Glad to see you are on the mend

Terry said...

Where thers a will there's a way.
Healing won't be faster but not as frustrating. You get tired of just sitting I know.

Glad all is progressing.n Cheers for the whole family !!!!!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Deaest one,

You are in bed??? Oh, is your arm giving you pain? Well my dear, I hope that SOON your recovery will come to you and that you will be up and about as usual. Yes, the world is getting to be a scary place, but our light of life and faith can get each and everyone of us through it...but so much prayer and reaching out has to take place, and we all feel so helpless at times. May God bless YOU and all of us to give us the strength to make each day count. TAKE CARE DEAREST!!! Anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh yes sweet friend, we are indeed lucky and so blessed each and every day. May EACH DAY bring you towards complete restoration. BISOUS! Anita

Pooch Purple Reign said...

soon you will be "back in the saddle"
and mr armchair will receive a much deserved award !
beautiful fabrics !!
~laura xx

Vicki's Bit-o-earth said...

I had a tiny giggle when I saw that you managed to use your hand for your beloved stitching! I knew you couldn't stay away from it for long (: I love that jelly roll. Every time I'm tempted to buy one, I know it will sit somewhere close so I can just stare at the patterns and colors. I almost hate to open them up... they're so fun and perfect. That Mr. Armchair and a sweetie! I'm sure when you're all fixed he will get a wonderful dinner from one of your many great recipes! (; xxx Vicki

Lurline said...

Oh, Dzintra - one gets caught up in her own little world with her own problems - I am so sorry to hear your bad news. I had a similar accident 6 years ago and broke the shoulder too - I had to have another operation on it a year ago and sometimes I feel I spend most of my life feeling sorry for myself - pain is a dreadful thing! I do so hope yours heals well and I can relate to you trying to still keep on stitching - sounds like it is keeping you sane - please look after yourself!
Big hugs and best wishes - Lurline♥

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