05 March 2013

New beginnings

So time has passed and things have changed.  Since we last spoke (nearly a year!) I thought my broken molar was the cause of my misery..... turns out it wasn't.  In July, and after breaking down in the doctors office, I was sent off to pathology for a full blood workup.  Turns out my thyroid is badly underactive.  My GP was very excited because "this can easily be fixed!", which it has.  Although just as I was getting my spring back into my step and started to get stuck into the garden I got a cold, a very nasty chest cold that lasted for weeks.  Maybe it was whooping cough, maybe it was bronchitis, but as a reluctant doctors patient (plus it's difficult to get early appointments with him) I knew I had to take it slow and look after myself.  When I came good it was nearly Christmas and too hot to work in the garden, and that's what I've been doing this long hot summer - staying cool indoors, keeping my children entertained, knitting, crocheting and sometimes sewing.

So for a while there I didn't see the necessity of maintaining a blog.  It's not like I've got wares to sell, which in a lot of ways I feel blogs are perfect for.  I just kept the old thing open so I could leave comments on my friends blogs, when and where I could.  I'm on Intagram, Pinterest and Facebook (oh and Ravelry too) so really, why did I need a blog?

But then a few days ago I whipped up a quick table runner,
and started a new quilt (see top photo).  I thought this was worth blogging about.  More of that next time...

Although the main reason why I've started again is because we recently bought an old caravan.
Thankfully a lot of it's original features are still intact, but I wanted to document it's restoration before (and after) it goes to Bruny Island as our lodgings at the oyster farm.  It's got a lot of potential and the children love it.
I also bought this book for inspiration.

Here's hoping I can keep this going!


  1. Mmm, I like that block, it looks really interesting. So happy things are improving for you. Very interested in seeing your caravan makeover. Welcome back!


  2. So glad to hear from you again. Hope you continue to feel well.
    The caravan is awesome. I know it will be amazing when you get done working your magic on it.
    (I can not believe how big your littel ones have gotten.)

  3. The table runner is so cute! I recall how you refurbished an old baby carriage, so I know you will bring the caravan up to top grade so your family can really enjoy it! I could spend all day on your Pinterist page; lots of good foods there, as well as other things! ---"Love"

  4. So glad you came back to your blog. Wow, that's quite a time you've had of things so I hope you are feeling better. Everyone leads such busy lives these days - taking time out is really important. Love the fabrics in your new quilt! And the bird print in the table runner. The caravan will be a lot of fun. You were lucky to find one in such original condition.

  5. He Jen...lovely to see you back here! I'm sorry to hear about your health issues....I have heard that a drop of iodine a day in water (not fluoridated as the fluoride will kill the iodine) can help. Oh wow, looks like you are in for fun times with your van...the book looks perfect for you...Have fun xo