New shoes all roundI’ve put off writing this post for a little while because I didn’t know what to say.  When I last blogged I didn’t realise that I would be missing from this space for over 2 months, and I struggled with finding a way to explain why.  The truth is, I can’t.  2013 was an extremely traumatic year for me, and my family.  I had a few months (at the end of the year) where life returned to some sort of normal, and now I’m right back in the thick of trauma again. I can’t tell you what’s going on, because it’s not my business to put out there on the internet*. I spent the school holidays spending as much time as possible with my immediate family, trying to concentrate on all that is good.  The photo above was taken after a shopping expedition to buy new summer shoes. Clearly we all have a taste for colour!  The only reason that Luke’s feet aren’t in the photo too, is because he bought thongs, (flip-flops) and they aren’t very photogenic.
Hand piecing diamonds and squares.  Wheel of Fortune Quilt.
During January we had a week away, down on the coast, which was lovely.  I managed to get a bit of hand piecing done, both pool-side and on the beach.  Although I did swim too, I was more than happy to spend some time supervising the sandcastle building and swimming, with a needle in my hand.
"Wheel Of Fortune Quilt" hand pieced by Matching Pegs
Here is a quick update on how my Wheel of Fortune Quilt is looking now. Once I finish a full revolution of the green squares, I will only have a diminishing number of squares to add in the corners, in order to square up the whole quilt.
On the jumping pillow
While away, I did actually spend some time on this jumping pillow with the rest of my family, but you will have to take my word for it.  It’s hard to take a photograph while bouncing.  I’m pretty pleased with this one of everyone else though.
Melbourne in Lego.  Brickvention 2014 at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne.
Another highlight of the school holidays was visiting “Lego Brickvention 2014” at the Royal Exhibition Buildings.
Blythe dresses, made for Christmas 2013 by Matching Pegs
There were quite a few smaller crafting projects completed over the last couple of months too.  The girls both got dresses for their Blythe dolls, (made to their specifications) for Christmas.
Noodlehead Zipper Pouches, made by Matching Pegs
They both chose fabric for new pencil cases, made with Noodlehead’s Zipper Tutorial, which was fun.  Rory was happy with the Star Wars one that he already had.
Covering exercise books with brown paper and washi tape. Matching Pegs
All three kids decorated their exercise books for school, but I only seem to have a photo of Amelia’s books, which she spent a lot of time on.  I think they look fantastic.  They are just covered with brown paper and decorated with pen and washi-tape.

So that’s a partial wrap up of what happened in the last two months.  I have a couple more small projects that I can share with you in another post, and then I will be spending my time looking forwards.  Most of all I will be trying to find a way to keep making things, and posting here, in spite of all the drama in my “real life”, because it’s not looking like it will be going away any time soon.

* I can say that the members of my immediate family are all very well, and my husband is a wonderful man; he is extremely supportive and dependable in the face of a lot of pressure.

11 thoughts on “Returning

  1. You’ve got my deepest empathy, if you can use the word that way, my situation has deteriorated rapidly from December onwards and I’m finding it very hard to cope. You’re really the only person I know who will truly understand. Take care of yourself and your lovely family, big hugs.

    • Oh Melody, I’m so sorry to read this. I wish I could do more then just say ‘it’s really, really hard’ but at least you know that when I say it, I’m not being glib. I’m thinking of you all.

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