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I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul. - Jean Cocteau

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Birthday Presents and Other Things....

Hi all, feel like I have been away for ages, when in reality I haven't been away at all. I have just spent nine days in bed with a horrible head cold. Today was the first day I woke up and could swallow without moaning in pain. I think I have had enough Panadol in the last nine days to keep me pain free until Christmas. Anyway, after a big dose of antibiotics from the Dr I am up today & at last on the mend. Considering I spent most of the day catching up on washing, dishes, cleaning etc I should feel a lot more poorly than I now do. Every day since I started the dose on Tuesday I have said tomorrow I will wake up & the tablets will have started working & finally they have.

During those many days flat on my back with Hun-bun by my side, he and I have come to the conclusion he is need of a manly make over. Calling Honey-bun at the front door does nothing for his standing with the neighbourhood cats & dogs. As my cats do tend to go through name changes in their life times we are now trying out HB for size, much more manly. Not much can be done with his girly creamy furs but with a more 'man of the house' name maybe he will start walking a little taller.

In a show of manly giving this afternoon HB brought me a mouse, through the cat door & it's alive - still! It is currently hiding behind my cabinet in the sewing/study room. I had my freak out about it earlier & may go back to that later. HB thought the game with him, muma, the mouse & the shoebox played out in our small galley kitchen was heaps of fun. He happily needed a nap after all that excitement.

Now on to some sewing. I haven't done any while sick but did do some stitching. I was making a baby stuffy but as they were so easy for the small bits of stitching I felt like doing I have now made 5, 3 from the Melly & Me pattern & two I stitched up from colouring in pages found online. They need their backs & stuffing and then picks will follow.

Here's the couch companion I made my cousin for her birthday in late February. I am just loving the fabric & how the end product turned out. I started with a magazine pattern but changed it to suit so it fits in her knitting rather than sewing. On one side is the basket for wool & needles and the work in progress.

 On the top is a pin cushion for when you get to that awful part of sewing the knitting together. My mum always used to make me sew her knitting together too as I did a much neater job. I did some running stitches here to bring out the deep maroon colour.

Then on the other side is room for the pattern, scissors, tape measure, sewing needles for yarn etc.

I added some supplies & a couple of free Easter patterns found online. You can't send a pressie to NZ without including a sheep - he's a tape measure.

I think it's very pretty & the feedback was good too. I'm still not having much luck getting presents into my pressie bin, just finish & in the post though hopefully after Easter that may change.

Now it's off to get a few more things done before I get to sit & relax watching Midsummer Murders. It's a good thing those Midsummer towns are so pretty & so many people want to live there otherwise they would run out of people to kill off!

Hope to get to some blog reading later this week too! Sorry I haven't replied to comments in the last 2 weeks either but soon will be back on top of things.

Happy stitching
Tracee xx


  1. sorry to hear you have been unwell my friend but i am glad that you are on the mend now.
    Hb reminds of a grey lead pencil,poor Hun Bun,maybe hunky Bun,lol.
    Love te couch companion that you made Trace its gorgeous,you are very clever my friend and what a great idea using colouring pages,now that is genius idea my friend.
    big hugs and get better soon.xx

  2. Hey Tracee. Sorry you have been so unwell. Miss M & I have also been unwell for the last 8-9 days but thankfully on the mend now.
    I love your armchair caddy & am sure your cousin will too. May have to borrow the pattern off you at some stage :P. I also love the little sheep tape measure - he is so cute! I have a duck one and the tape comes out of the tail.
    Hope to see you at sewing night this week if you are up to it. Cheers, Tracy xx

  3. So sorry you have been unwell Tracee but pleased you are now on the mend.
    Poor HB, hmm does remind me of a lead pencil.....but could be for Huge Boy !!!!
    The arm chair caddy is gorgeous and I just love the sheep tape measure...

  4. Sorry to hear about your bad cold (and the mouse!) A very long time ago, one of my cats "played" a little mouse to death in my apartment. The cat, Freeway, looked at me and I could swear he said, "Mommy fix! Toy needs new battery." Ick!

    I hope you are all better by now. BTW That armchair caddy is just gorgeous.

    Take care,
    Susan in Texas

  5. Sorry to hear you haven't been very well Tracee but glad to hear you're on the mend. Your sewing caddy is gorgeous. I love the little sheep. He is so cute!

  6. Good to hear you are on the mend Tracee. I laughed about Midsomer Murders - in our house we call it Midsomer Surviver....I love your caddy, no wonder it had a good reception. Pleased to hear that mouse is safely tucked away for a rest, preparing for his own version of survivor at a later date!

  7. Love the couch companion and your sweet Hun Bun. I hope you get feeling 100% soon. Being sick stinks.

  8. I'm sorry that you've been feeling so poorly. Hopefully it's all up from here. I love you knitting companion it is definitely perfect for the avid knitter.

  9. I was just thinking of you yesterday that I hadn't seen you around for a while... so sorry you have been so ill - really knocks one back but I think you were a bit run down anyway???? Love your sewing companion... how clever of you....
    Take it easy....

  10. Glad to hear you are feeling better Tracee. Very nice sewing companion. I would've thought NZ had enough sheep? Lol take it easy. Sharyn:)

  11. glad to hear you're on the mend...nothing worse than felling blah!...and for so long too! Like everyone else I love your knitting companion......the fabric is DEEEEEvine and I love the running stitches on the pincushion part...brings out the colour in the roses...gorgeous! I hope you've listed yourself in the Birthday-love stash draw for this month on my blog? Despite being sick, you've still got something done for it! Well done Tracee!!! Keep on getting weller and weller! xox big sugary hugs
    WEndy :O)

  12. Oh take some more time to get back to full Tracee mode! We missed you. Love all your pic's and yes HB is definitely more :)

  13. I hope you are back to full strength soon, never nice being ill :( We might need to discuss the new name as HB just screams "Pencil" :) Talk soon when you are all better and that mouse has gone! hugs

  14. Poor you, I hope you are feeling much better! What does HB think of his new name? love your projects, especially the couch companion, it's gorgeous. Hugs Wendy

  15. Cute stitching...glad you are feeling better!

  16. Awwww..that was so nice HB to bring you a little present to cheer you up and make you feel better. ;) hee,hee,hee.

  17. Glad you're on the mend girl. Lots of people around here seem
    to be getting the bug already and there's only been a slight change in the weather!! Nice that Doctor HB is watching over you.
    Love your sheep too!! Take care.
    Cheers, Anita.

  18. bet that little offering from HB must have perked you up no end! lol
    your couch companion is so beautiful, love the quilting on the pincushion it makes the top look fantastic.
    lovely stitching too...


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