Monday, 13 October 2014

Bye For Now.......

 
 
 
I would like to thank you all so much for visiting me here, for your support, for your friendship, and for the wonderful encouragement you've given me over the last two years. Being part of this community has been well just, inspirational. I've 'met' so many lovely people, and made connections with some extremely talented women.
 
 
It's YOU, that has inspired me to learn new skills......you Inspired me to learn to crochet, and I'm now trying my hand at quilting. I don't think I would have tried any of this, had it not been for you. The last couple of years have been very special, this space has been very special to me.
 
 
Recently, however, I've been feeling that perhaps I've reached the end of this little blog. I'm not sure I have anything more interesting to say.....and I really don't want this blog to become boring. I've always thought to myself, when I run out of things to say......well that will be the time to stop this blog.
 
 
I've thought long and hard about this, I know many of you love popping by, and I hate to let any of you down. I've discussed this with a fellow blogger, someone who's opinion I really value, and she urged me not to be too hasty, perhaps have a little break, and see how I feel later.
 
 
And so I've decided to have a break from Vintage Sheet Addict, for a little while at least, maybe for ever, I'm really not sure.......but I will let you know.
 
 
So thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for everything you've meant to me, for everything you've given to me, and for all the inspiration........thank you, thank you, thank you.
 
 
Ada :) xxx
 
 
 
 
 

 

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Before The Rain.......

 

 
 
 
Here in the UK, up until the last week, we've been experiencing the most amazing Indian Summer......

 

 
 
 
 
I've been making the most of the lovely weather, and getting out and about. Recently I visited Felly Priory with my friend, it was warm, it was sunny, more like the summer than early Autumn!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It has the most amazing gardens and the topiary was fab.
 
 
 
 
I just loved all the unusual shapes and structures, a bit Alice in Wonderland.....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The boarders were still full of colour.......
 
 
 
 
 
 
And peppered in the lawn, were what I think, autumn crocuses....
 
 
 
 
 
 
Now these really did look surreal, perhaps we had fallen down a rabbit hole?
 
 
 
There is a great little tea room too but my treat want on the plate long enough to photograph!
 
 
 
 
 
 
I'm pleased to say I've finally found my quilt top that I had misplaced....it was camouflaged amongst some vintage sheet scraps I'd stuffed in an old suitcase! So this is the next to quilt.....and I've been making some flying geese.....
 
 
 
 
 
 
Not brilliant, I really need to learn how to sew a 1/4 " seam without a 1/4" foot! I've seen the most amazing quilt made from these so it will be practice, practice, practice until I feel confident!
 
 
 
 
 
And I've made up a few Vintage Sheet bundles!
 
 
I will try and pop over to visit you all over the next few days......
 
 
Bye For Now,
 
 
Ada :) xxx
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

On My Mantle......October

 

 
 
 
The days are getting colder, the nights are drawing in, and the rich, warm colours of Autumn, are being reflected on my mantle.....
 
 
 
 
 
 
I've had a little change around of the art work.....and popped a new one up....
 
 

 

 
 
 
Little Bea had her first watercolour class recently and produced this masterpiece! I love it's colours and snowy scene.....it would make a great Christmas card!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Distant memories of Florence, I hope to return one day....
 
 

 

 
 
 
Seed heads from the garden, natures amazing structures!
 
 

 

 
 
And a fab miniature photo of my mum, with her mum and sisters, taken in the early 1960s.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Pom Poms add even more colour, and at night, little tea lights will glow.
 
 
 
 
 
Yes, definitely time to cosy up......I'm so glad for candles and crochet blankets!
 
 
Hope all is well with you, keep cosy and warm if you're in the Northern Hemisphere! I've just uploaded some photos of a beautiful garden I visited recently, hopefully will share soon.
 
 
If you want to see more Mantles pop over to Karen or Gillian for more inspiration!
 
 
Thank you for popping by, and for those who leave comments, I really appreciate them, especially as I know how busy everyone is.
 
 
Bye For Now,
 
 
Ada :) xxx
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Thursday, 2 October 2014

This Should Have Been A Post All About Whitby....

 
 
 
 
Well My Lovelies, this really should have been the post where I told you all about my adventures in Whitby. About the beautiful sunny weather, gorgeous apartment overlooking the sea, the great company, food and good wine....how the weekend had done me good, complete de stress!
 
 
But, I'm afraid, it just wasn't meant to be, Whitby didn't happen! As we were packing up the car to leave, my friends little dog, Alfie, got out the house and was hit by a car. Luckily he wasn't killed, but he is still very poorly.
 
 
Little Bea too was ill, with a tummy bug, so all in all not the weekend we had in mind! We did however manage a little 'de stress' during the weekend. As you can imagine, we both felt pretty glum on Saturday, not as glum I hasten to add, as Alfie....or Little Bea, who was languishing on the sofa. So that afternoon, when we knew Alfie was going to be ok....and Little Bea had managed to keep some food in her tummy, we took off to the cinema.
 
 
We went to watch Pride, and I must say, it was one of the most uplifting, hilarious films I've ever seen. We laughed through the whole film, except of course, the sad bits, where we sobbed....not brilliant when you've only popped the smallest amount of tissues in your bag!
 
We sang along to the 80s tunes and reminisced at the fashions.....and then at the end of the film we clapped and cheered. Hooray for Gay Rights, hooray for the miners, hooray for the good in human beings! You get my drift. I will add at this point, there were only 9 people in the cinema, and 7 of them were very quiet!
 
 
We followed this with a bite to eat....and something very nice to drink, so not a complete disaster.
 
 
So yes, not quite what I had in mind, but then I know all about how things can change, and how it feels that when Christmas has been cancelled, you make the most of that one present, you just happened to buy in the January sales!

 

 

 

 
 
So these are my plans for today, reading and a bit of crochet, and Whitby, well we will try again soon.....we don't give up easily!
 
 
Bye For Now,
 
 
Ada :) xxx
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 25 September 2014

The Longest Goodbye......

 

 
 
 
 
It feels like I've been saying goodbye to my Mum for many years now. For the past 5 years, watching her disappear. Loosing her memories one by one, her independence bit by bit.
 
Throughout that time I know she continued to love me, even when she didn't really know who I was. In the early days, she would get frightened and anxious, sometimes cross and irritable. I was there to reassure and love her.
 
When she wasn't safe to stay in her own home, my sisters and I helped to find her a safe place to live, one of us visited her each day. It wasn't just our duty, we wanted to. It's not easy to see my strong Mum, change so dramatically. There were many, many times, I pulled the car over on the way home, I couldn't see to drive from the tears that flowed.
 
This summer was one very long goodbye. The worst and sweetest time of my life. To know we were on borrowed time intensified our feelings, Mums too. I just poured so much love into her, every moment was precious. We all wanted her final days to be surrounded with love, and so that's what we did.
 
 
When Mum first went into the home, I would go and fetch her, and she would have tea with us. I would fetch out the old family photo albums and we would talk about the past. One day I realised she didn't remember me as a child anymore. She had been looking at a photo of me, aged 5, she said the little girl was lovely, but it was clear she didn't know me. She had forgotten the little girl who she had loved so much. I left her with the album, walked into the kitchen and my heart broke. Part of me disappeared to.
 
 
Since then I've had real difficulty looking at photos, and remembering how mum was before she developed Alzheimer's, it's been too painful, I've not really wanted to look at what I lost, I've grieved losing Mum, processed lots of feeling that people usually do after someone's died, but I've not really allowed myself to remember.
 
Yesterday we scattered Mums ashes, in a little woodland, in a spot where the sun shone through. Very apt as she certainly brightened up our lives. We came back, and toasted her memory with another glass of champagne. Since Mum has died, we've tried to celebrate her life, and I think we've done that, and I think she would approve.
 
 
So yesterday evening, I pulled down a suitcase, vintage of course, off my wardrobe and I opened it. I took out all the photos and started to look through them. Gradually the rest of the family came to join me......it was good, good to remember how things were, when I had a Mum and a Dad. I'd forgotten just how many family parties we had.
 
So today is the first day of the rest of my life. We really need to make the most of the time we have here. To love those around us with passion, to be the best we can be.....but not to worry if we aren't perfect. To be kind to others, but also to ourselves.
 
I can really feel the how the stress of the last few months have affected me, and I'm very aware of how my MS affects me when I'm stressed! So tomorrow I'm off to Whitby, for a long weekend with my friend. I feel lucky to be able to do this, lucky I've a family who know this is what I need, and good friends to spend time with.
 
 
Bye For Now,
 
 
Ada :) xxx
 
 
 

 

Friday, 19 September 2014

It's Been A Good Week.......

 

 
 
 
This week I'm concentrating on the positives, of what's been good.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Finally facing my fears, I've finished my quilt!
 
 
 
 
 
 
By quilting standards, this one was an easy one, but everyone's got to start somewhere......
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On a dull day like today, it's a rainbow of cheeriness!
 
 
 
 
 
 
I was helped to conquer my fears, by the very lovely Amanda who runs The Faff Rooms, a haberdashery and sewing workshop. It's a brilliant little place, it's only in it's second year, and Amanda is developing and growing this space brilliantly. There's such a welcoming atmosphere there.
 
 
 
 
 
 
So what next on the quilting quest.....I'd love to do something with triangles, anyone know a fool proof way to join triangles? They look tricky!
 
 
 
 
 
 
We gave Mum a brilliant send off, concentrating on what we had by knowing her, rather than what we lost. There were tears of course, but lots of happy memories, and we celebrated one wonderful life. It would have been Mums 87th birthday today, my sister and I are going out for lunch......good wine and good food, Mum would wholeheartedly approve!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On Sunday we took a little trip down the Chesterfield Canal, a very gentle way to see the countryside.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Now, I think I might need to do a bit more of this......
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Everyday I'm grateful for my crafty life.....yes, it's been a good week.
 
 
 
I hope you all have a great weekend, I hope good things happen....
 
 
 
Bye For Now,
 
 
Ada :) xxx
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Twisted Elmer......

 

 
 
 
Hello Everyone......hope all is well in your part of the world! Thought I'd share with you my 'Twisted' Elmer blanket. It's not quite finished yet, I've still 10 seams to sew, but I'm giving my crochet sore fingers and elbows a rest first!
 
 
 
 
 
 
I started to make this a few weeks ago, I felt I needed something to make me sit and relax a bit after all the recent difficulties. It became a bit of an addiction.......I know, very unlike me!
 
 
 
 
 
I wanted something to use up all my leftover Kings Cole yarn, and just loved all the Elmer/patchwork blankets around, but I decided to put my own 'twist' on it.......
 
 
 
 
 
 
This resulted in some mixed coloured grannies in there too, I love the effect.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I've spent many hours crocheting away, watching the granny piles growing....
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eventually I had enough to put it all together......
 
 
 
 
 
 
This one is for Mr Bea.....he thinks it's because I love him, or maybe because he's 'twisted' too?!
 
 
 
 
 
 
It's not the biggest of blankets but it will help keep his legs warm whilst he's producing his music!
 
 
 
Those of you on Instagram will have seen all this photos before, but I just love the editing choices you have on there, much easier than anything else I've got! I'm really hoping to upgrade my camera this year, and learn how to take better pictures.
 
 
We say our goodbyes this week to our beautiful mum so I won't be back until next week. We are planning a glass or two of champagne before the ceremony, partly as Dutch courage, and also as a celebration of a wonderful soul, who touched us all so deeply.....we shall be having a glass for Mum, who loved champagne......so maybe that will make it three glasses!!!
 
 
 
Bye For Now,
 
 
 
Ada :) xxx
 
 
 
 
 
 
I will leave you we another colourful image.....Pumpkin :) x