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No stitching or knitting occurred last night, but you get nights like that. We had a function after work and didn’t get home until around half 7.  By the time dinner was done and dusted it was almost bed time so it was telly and relax night.

So today I am going to share some cushions that I made last year.

2013 was a bit of a rough year in our house hold. My mother-in-law was diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer at the end of 2012, about a month after we moved to the Mount. If we had of know that was about to happen we would have postponed the move until later but what was done was done. My husband and I did what we could for her and towards the end alternated nights with her so that she was never completely alone. As we entered the final stages of Fay’s life my own mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Although her prognosis was much more favourable she lives alone and so need some support as well. At one stage I would kiss my husband good bye at a coffee house where we had met for a catch up and he would head to one hospital while I headed to another.

During this time I tried to stitch but found it difficult. Bad lighting didn’t help but, quite frankly, my mind was not on the job. After attempting the HAED storykeep approximately 3 times and cocking it up so badly that the fabric is now useless I found a hardanger Christmas table runner that became my hospital/chemo/bedside take along. I put it aside after we got through all this and it’s yet to reappear. One day it will resurface 🙂

A few months after Fay’s passing, while mum was still in chemo, I found that my stitchy bug had vanished. She wasn’t just on exhaustion leave it seemed but had packed bags and moved on to better climates. It took me about 6 months to realise that she was completely uninterested in returning at all so I was going to have to entice her back with smaller projects if I ever wanted to see my daughters 21st present finished. By this time Kayla was approaching 22 and I had barely picked Cats up in a year.

So I started trawling the internet for something/anything that would perk my interest. Around this time I also heard the infamous story of Dame Judy Dench and how when on set she has been known to embroider cushions with rude says like ‘You are a c#@t’ and give them to people. This lead me to discover the world of subversive cross stitch and from there I found some awesome sayings that I decided to turn into cushions.

I created the stitching on calico fabric using waste canvas so my squares would be even then I pulled out my dusty old sewing machine that had only been used about 5 times in its entire life and I made cushion covers 🙂

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With Kayls’s 22 birthday about to occur and Cats was another year not completed I made her a cushion as well 🙂


By this time my stitchy bug, who now has the name of Sydney or Syd for short, had decided life with me was not that bad at all and returned with a vengence and I couldn’t put Cats down again. Page 4 took 6 months to complete but we got there in the end. Christmas was approaching but I had just one more cushion that needed to be created.  It was for my son Levi’s christmas present.  This one I stitched straight on to a purchased euro cushion cover again using waste canvas.


Its slightly lopsided but looks pretty good.  One day I will make it again for me 🙂

So now I am back to stitching full force and trucking along nicely.  My gorgeous cousin came to stay a couple of weekends ago and has asked me to make her a couple with nice uplifting sayings so back to the internet I shall go.  Might have to take a weekend or two off of my current projects and build her some 🙂

Till next time xx



Cross Stitcher, knitter, home cook, HVAC specialist, avid movie and TV watcher, reader and mum. I work full time and I'm not very good at sitting still so I love to try all sorts of crafting things from scrap-booking to ceramic work, but mostly I stitch. Heaven & Earth designs would be my favourite. I have had some major health scares in the past few years that I would not of expected to experience for at least another 20 odd years (born in 1971 so am currently only 45). Due to this I have a bucket list and its full of things right from books I must read to adventures I must achieve before I croak. I am always at the gym making myself stronger and healthier to fight my challenges and achieve my goals. Before the challenges I thought there would always be enough time and was just drifting along. You know how it is. Work, chores, kids, sleep, get up tomorrow and start again. I didn't really have any clear goals. I knew I wanted to travel but that was pretty much it. I was gaining weight steadily and didn't do anything much outside of the house and work. Since the challenges I have managed to get almost front row for both the Eagles and Elton John (expensive but you can't take it with you right), have had a day tour Kayaking around a lake and hiked the Tongariro Crossing. None of these would I even have considered 3 years ago. This is only the beginning :D Life is a gift and its what you make of it. You want it then you best be prepared to go get it :D

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