Invisible Illness

Invisible Illness

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A New Type Of Project

Okay....the weather is horrible here. It is so hot the boys and I actually fried an egg on the sidewalk! With it being so hot and humid around here that means my TN pain has been off the charts. I am doing well enough avoiding any nasty pain meds but that means I spend a lot of time in a dark, quiet room, laying down. Not fun at all.

Anyway, my kids will often come in and sit with me. This gives me such comfort I don't even have words for how much I get from them just being with me. I started thinking that I wanted to do something to give them comfort, too.

I have wanted to learn how to quilt for sometime now, so I decided that is what I would do. I got books from the library, read everything I could find on the internet, and then took the plunge , so to speak.

I started out VERY basic as you can see. I made some mistakes... but my son loves it!! I purchased the cat themed fabric, he is a cat lover, and then used old, out-grown clothing of his that I had been saving for no real reason...or maybe I was, who knows, to make the other squares.

I found it very theraputic to sew, yes I did everthing by hand! I am already starting a second quilt for my middle son. His will be sports themed. I will again purchase some fabric, but I also have a ton of old sports related shirts I can use as well. I will post when that one is done.

Any quilters out there? Would love some ideas on different styles and patterns.

A Sad Occasion Card....

I hated to do it, but it needed to be done. A good friend lost her unborn, so awful...I did NOT want to buy a card , it seemed to cold. I kept it simple in design but refused to use depressing colors. My friend later told me the card helped because she actually felt like some one cared enough about her baby girl to spend the time to make a card for her. That made me feel pretty good since that is what I wanted her to feel like in the first place. Mission accomplished. I pray I NEVER have to make another card like this again!

If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, don't be afraid to reach out and let people know you care. You never know how much it might mean to them.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Dragon Art...

Okay, my 13 year old is obsessed with dragons and gargoyles and that sort thing. He asked us to make-over his bedroom for his birthday and being on a budget I am having to get creative. I made this piece and it was not easy! I think it came out ok...just not sure of the colors. I can always make another I just thought with tones of gray throughout the room, it would need a little pop of color. Anyway the finished product will be placed in a frame with a nice mat.

To give credit where it is due: I did NOT make this pattern. I found in online, borrowed it and made some small changes.

Now I am off to start on the quilt I am making for his bed. It should be interesting...I went to all the thrift stores around town and bought all kinds of graphic t-shirts and material in the same kind of theme. I already have the blocks cut. I just have to get moving and putting it all together. I will post it when finished.