Monday, 21 April 2014


Happy Easter!!!

So happy to report that I have been in hospital, had my operation and it was a complete success. Not only that I was very lucky in that there was no cancer, it was a cyst, blocking my sphenoid sinus. The operation was a lot less invasive, only one night in hospital due to anesthetic overload. Op on Thursday, 17th, Home 18th, Family day at my friends and overnight there. Several weedy days at home. Nearly back to normal today 21st.

Today I have managed to get back to the Annie Sloan painting of my furniture.


Lots of WIP's three stack of coffee tables, commode, two garden chairs, dressing table stool and some picture frames. + Two secret items that can not be shown yet.


One finished magazine rack, distressed and decoupaged using???


This also has some crackleure glaze. My first attempt using Annie Sloan stuff. I guess you can see I liked the effect as I've painted loads of items ready to go onto waxing. The wax really transforms the paint finish.

Did you guess I used flowers from Ikea paper napkins. 

Thank you so much to all my friends who have helped me out with dog duties, nursing me, sending flowers , FB messages and cards or telephoning. You all have made such a real difference in my life. I now know how ill I felt, coming round from the anesthetic and feeling NO Dizziness, Headache or Brain and Eye Pressure was just like a miracle. 

Thank you God!


Saturday, 8 March 2014

A Happy Update


It is Pompii's 60th Birthday soon. He's the yellow thread bare bear. 
He was restored about 20 years ago and is starting to sag a bit in places, just like me.

Well I have some wonderful and unexpected news. Seems the diagnosis of Pituitary Cancer was not correct. I can't tell you how much this has meant to me. I am not at all cross that the Dr got it wrong!!!!!

To give him credit the original MRI and CT scans showed a large tennis ball sized mass and this obscured the Pituitary Gland. The latest MRI was more detailed and included a session with a contrast injected into me. 

So what is this mass? Well it is called a  Sphenoid sinus mucocele. This is the sinus at the back of my nose. There is a video of the operation on You Tube but its pretty gross so I'll spare you that. My understanding is that it is a mass of mucus or other matter, could be an infection that has not emptied from the sinus. Now I am awaiting an operation.

Thank you all so much for your kind words and support. My neighbours, Church groups and friends have all been wonderful too.

Onwards and upwards in life I go.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

A Little Update


This is a digital card I made a while back. I took the photo and fiddled with it in Photoshop then added the wording. Printed out as a Photo then attached to a card. Quite pleased with this.

I have been absent from blogging for a while due to some health problems. This looks to be an ongoing thing. I went for an MRI scan last year as I was having some memory issue that worried me. I got a call from the Dr saying brain OK but you have some polyps in your sinus. Off I go to the Ear Nose & Throat (ENT) Dr at the hospital in Colchester.

He does an endoscopy (sticks a camera up my nose) uncomfy but bearable. He was not sure what was going on as the MRI scan had not arrived. So could only diagnose some Atypical Cystic Lesions on the bone at the back of my nose.

Two days later I got a call from him saying there was a growth of some sort in my right sinus. He had called for an urgent CT scan. So off I went to have that. Not as bad as the MRI but I had a dye injected and that made me very hot.

After another two days another call from the Consultant, CT scan did not clarify things. He was referring the scans back to senior radiologist.

I have now heard back from him and it appears that I have a tumor on my Pituitary Gland. This has migrated into my sinus and the nose bone. I now have to have another more detailed MRI scan. This will allow the DRs to see exactly what is happening and decide on operation procedures. I don't know if this is benign or malignant yet.

On the positive side these tumors tend to be benign and the clear up rate is good. I don't feel ill, just a dull headache, the sort you get when you have been stuck at the PC too long. I am a bit tired too.

I am praying that you will not be sending me With Sympathy cards anytime soon.

This has knocked me of my perch and I am taking some time to come to terms with the fact that I have what is classed as a brain tumour. So just taking Molly for her walks and catching up with friends and family. Oh and I am tackling the yarn stash and making some chunky Granny square afghans.

My next project is catching the pesky mouse that has taken up residence in my kitchen. Molly has been totally useless in catching it. She just ignores it. So I'm off to my friend Gilli's to borrow the mouse traps.

I will keep you all updated on progress.

xxx

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Yuletide Trees

Soon be Christmas. This year my theme for my cards is Trees. Simple and fun to make using vintage & modern, fabrics and trims. Designer papers from last years stash are used as the base for each card.





























I used my trusty New Home 826 My Style that I have had for 25+ years. Sparkly thread from a number of manufacturers, Gutterman Sulky was the easiest to use, less breaks than the others. The shiny or sparkly ribbon is the Christmas one with thin wire on the edge. I hope you get some good ideas from these.

It has been really busy here, lots of socialising, some great craft and vintage fairs and lots of making too.

Have a Very Happy Christmas and many blessings for a good New Year.

xxx Joan and Molly.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Little Jumping Joan Vintage & Silk Needle Cases

Loved that silk so much I've been working on these this week.

All free motion machine embroidery, no cheating and drawing the writing first. LJJ is sketched first. The hand embroidery is vintage from a table cloth. The buttons are shirt collar studs.
Inside I have used some fine cotton night dress fabric, similar blue flowered, but wincyette  and a 1940's table cloth.

 No1 Threadneedle Street - 5 x 5 inches
 Pins & Needles  - 5 x 5 inches
 My Sewing Kit -4 x 5 inches
 Pins and Needles - 4 x 5 inches
 Pins and Needles - 4 x 5 inches

And then some internal and construction pictures.

 Oh bother blogger has turned these round as well!



Now more pictures that blogger won't let me post the correct way round, so annoying!





These can be personalized, Mum's Sewing Kit, Joans Sewing Kit, etc. Fabrics will be different as I only have small amounts of the vintage and samples of the silk. Method, style and quality will be the same. Prices on request.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Visit to a Silk Weavers and on my Workbench Today

Stephen Walters is a silk weaving company, quite near to me, in Sudbury, Suffolk, and I've never been before. So today I set out and raided their Factory Shop.


I went a bit quackers. These are colour samples and off cuts.
Some are for ties, some high couture fashion and some upholstery and curtain fabric weights.


Flowers, diamonds, plains and even silk camouflage.
These bags of patchwork fabrics weigh about 2kg.
Some pieces were small, some were a 1 metre or more.


Yet more super patterns. So many I have only shown you 10% 
They also sell the fabric by the metre. My Fab Cycle ladies are going to be buying some of the bags, bet they get a bit feisty over who has what!


On the workbench are Pointy Kitty and kitten, an order.  Cut out and waiting on yet more silk.


This Diva is an order for a customer, she's also on some silks. Partly stuffed, she's being finished tomorrow.

Wednesday was a bit of a dud day as Molly had a reoccurring tummy problem, so a vet visit. She was pretty crook all day, but is better now the medicine has started to work. I'm such a worry guts when she is ill.