Friday, November 14, 2014


Well I did not realize it would be so very long before I could get back to blogging again.
 Firstly the Good news that has kept me away.... I have had my eye surgery, and how colourful the world is again, however on the down side its been two months wait to get my new glasses............   two month and almost no stitching, also unable to read anything on the computer how I have missed keeping up to date with everyone's news in the past, I have sat at the computer each morning with my breakfast and read everyone's news ...look forward to doing that again now.

 From Annette  of California Stitcher, I have received two parcels . the first was a collection of really interesting bits and pieces, my photo is not a good one  not seeing clearly at the time it was a case of aim the camera and hope for the best.Included in the parcel was a snooty parrot  charm that I need to find a special piece to attach it too.

and then this parcel came from Annette for my birthday I love the box she made for me with the BBD design on top and the inside is beautifully finished with interesting pieces tucked in there.....  and the blue silk is just perfect for a special project I have planned

My sister Joan and her husband Denis came to visit for a few days and we took the opportunity to have some photos taken together ready for their visit to Australia and they will be visiting our brother in Queensland.( did you notice my new look I have my hair short for the first time in 50 years)  we also did some clothing shopping, I am not  very good at shopping so having company helped me make the effort and several new tops were added to my wardrobe ready for my trip north and the summer.

 At the end of October I  went north to stay with my friend Ann and to attend the 25th Anniversary of the Coromandel Embroiderers guild. that day was a lovely reunion with many old friends. As I have done before on special occasions for the guild I made an embroidered piece that was a lucky draw on the day,  it was decided it should be for present members and the draw was done at the AGM that started the day, before we went on the the exhibition opening and Birthday lunch at the Pepper Tree restaurant. I had been working on the background for this piece and when the date for my eye surgery was brought forward it was a  rush finish to the blackwork. background.   After the surgery I managed to finish the rest of the stitching mostly working using one eye  I now have one new long sighted eye and one very very short sighted eye. After I mounted it Maree came in and looked it over for me to make sure it was all finished off properly which I was very grateful for.
 Do you remember seeing the blackwork on previous postings ?

well here is the finished piece

The first thing I did when I got my new glasses was to come home and check that I could see to stitch on 40 count fabric yes there was a loud cheer to say I could... am not quite ready to stitch on sacking yet.! Then I went out and drove the car good to have my independence back  Life is good.


Annette-California said...

Happy Birthday!!!
You look beautiful Lee! Love your new hair cut, and now you can see better! I love the photo of you and your sister. Gorgeous piece you designed and stitched for the guild. It's breathtaking! Wonderful to see your post. love and hugs Annette

Thoeria said...

Pleased that the eye op was such a success :)
And what lovelygoodies received!
The heart is....GORGEOUS!

KimM said...

Congrats on the successful surgery. Love your gifts - and the finish is gorgeous!

gracie said...

So good to read a post from you. Glad the surgery went well and love the needlework.

Vickie said...

Happy Birthday Lee!
What a present, the gift of sight! And the wonderful gifts from Annette too. :) Lovely.
You did a fantastic job on the present you made.
I did notice your new haircut. You look very nice with this cut. Such a change isn't that.

Madtatter80 said...

Wow I am so impressed, this is beautiful very fine work! you have golden hands! I will try this
hugs from Carollyn

shirley flavell said...

So glad your eyesight has been repaired a great birthday gift. Gorgeous piece you designed for the guild, beautifully stitched. So nice to hear from you again Lee. Have a great week end Shirley

Annie said...

It really was a happy birthday to have your eyesight repaired successfully! That guild piece is so gorgeous and so typical of your beautiful work.

Love the new do! Makes you look young and sprightly with that twinkle in your eye!

Carol said...

So glad you are seeing better after your eye surgery, Lee. What a gift to have it restored so you can stitch once again... Your new haircut is wonderful, too... So glad life is good once again :)

Anne said...

Happy Belated Birthday Lee! So happy to hear you are seeing better and can drive again! Your new hairdo looks fabulous! Hugs to you and your new freedom :D