After my post the other day, I did what I usually do with anger - channel it into something creative and lose myself in my craft. I am so happy to show you this project finally completed. I did show you a little sneak peek but here is the Rag Ball Blessings.
Designed by Paula Hair for Button Bliss a couple of years ago, this little treasure was waiting til I had the time to make it special. I have stitched it using Cottage Garden Threads in Raisin, plus some bits and pieces of mine. The twill ribbon is hand dyed to match and the whole thing just stretched over a cheap canvas. SOOOOO pretty!!
I have just painted up a country version, with the tags stitched instead of being buttons and it looks awesome. Not sure when I'll have time to stitch but.... here's hoping! This design will be on my website this weekend, have to write up instructions and transfer design onto computer. Then of course there is my other life to contend with.....
Yes I did go on my two week nursing placement and I LOVED LOVED LOVED it. I found it scary and confronting and hilarious and hugely rewarding. I am told I am definitely made of the "right stuff" ( which means I have a warped sense of humour) as I could come home and laugh about holding a strangers penis in a urinal bottle and having a conversation about the weather as if I do this sort of thing all the time! Of course there were some sad moments but overwhelmingly there was the sense that we were making someones day a little better, a bit easier and lightening the load. I can't disclose any other details but rest assured I am confident that my studies are not in vain!
Hubby did a wonderful job with the kids - somehow I managed to be on placement for the entire school holidays. He got a taste of what it is like to be a constant kitchen hand to hungry teenagers, as well as play Barbie and Ken with Miss 7.
Next week I will be on placement again, this time district nursing and then I am back in the classroom til November. My teacher tells me there will be no time for anything other than study but I think she is underestimating the determination of a stitcher!
I hope you are all well and happy, needle in hand and stitching like crazy.