My Favourite Things #9


Hi y’all, the next instalment of our Thermoweb sew-along is ready to go. You can find it on the sew-along page here. This week I’ve uploaded a full alphabet. You can use these templates for Blocks #22, #23, #24 and #25 to spell out the word ‘Love’. You can also use them to, well, spell anything you want. Names, quotes, places etc. It’s okay to resize the templates if you have your own ideas.

Miss Janome came back from the techs all shiny and new. She sewed like a dream for three seams and then didn’t. Not the tech’s fault, I think she’s on her last legs. The blanket stitch option, which was the best I’ve ever sewn on a machine, is not good. I’ll play around this weekend, tighten the tension here, loosen the bobbin there and see what happens. I was hoping I could get another year (at least) out of her but I don’t think I’m going to be that lucky. Buying sewing machines is NOT my idea of fun. Apart from the obvious expense I like a good, solid basic machine without the bells and whistles and they’re hard to get!

I want to wish you and your families a wonderful Easter break. Take care, eat chocolate, do the church thing if that’s what you do, enjoy. Much love, toni xx

Ps. Last week I wrote a full post about how I was going to split the quilty bit of the blog and the personal bit of the blog in half. Well I deleted it because I felt stupid and foolish. I wrote more tonight but I deleted it again. My brain works in mysterious ways! xx


Today in my garden… Chrysanthemums and succulents.

Hubby retrieved the Peace Lillies (photo on the right, pots at the back) from their spot under the hedge and we re-potted them into giant pots! The new pots are almost a metre in diameter. Neither of us can lift them lol.

12 thoughts on “My Favourite Things #9”

  1. Toni you are a beautiful soul. Getting older can ‘suck’ You’re not alone. Love your designs & your quirky posts. Keep in keeping on.

  2. It’s sucky when the brain doesnt work the way you want it too. But made even worse for you by the crazy mean neighbour! My daughter has endometriosis, adenomyosis, and just recently hyper mobility disorder – three chronic conditions – kinda collecting them. Plus she is generally anxious a lot of the time. It’s difficult, and we keep walking forward ( haha…backwards, sideways, crawl ) Making some peace with it. As we say we keep using and learning more tools for the toolboxs. Sewing helps us, as does our sense of humour. She kills plants!! My son has OCD and its hard to explain how terrifying it is to watch someone too scared to touch something. But they and you are also awesome! Amazing! Mindblowingly creative! Kind! Helpful! Generous! and all round Super Stars. Don’t forget that.

  3. Hi Toni
    I don’t really understand of course but I have a 35yo son with Asperger’s/Autism Spectrum Disorder & I still struggle to understand his thought development. Does your family understand.
    In respects to Miss Janome, I totally understand the frustration of the thought of having to buy (& possibly learn) a new machine, the only good point is that prior to Mother’s day is the best time to get a good deal.
    All the best
    Lynn

    1. Hi Lynn, thank you. It’s hard to understand even when you live with it, frustration is my best friend. Lots of love to your son btw. My immediate family understands and is super supportive but the rest of my family including my parents don’t. I hadn’t thought of the Mother’s Day sales! You’re a genius, if I can’t get Miss J to behave I’ll have a look and see what I can find. Take care, Happy Easter, toni xx

  4. Hi Toni – thank you for going ahead and including the “second half” of your blog!! I fully understand the feelings and emotions you have regarding your new diagnosis. My teen daughter is also neurodivergent. She has ADHD and Asberger’s, and wasn’t diagnosed until a year ago. Females are much less likely to be diagnosed with autism than their male peers. They get looked over, just like my daughter did and sounds like maybe you too? It has taken me awhile to learn the WHYs behind her actions and preferences, but now that I am more educated, I feel like I know the real her now – if that makes sense.
    Being neurodivergent is not an automatic disability in my mind. Your brain just processes info differently than my brain does. Just because you think in a different way than the majority of the population does not mean that there’s something fundamentally wrong with you. You’re just different than the majority. And that’s what makes you, YOU! Mom-like lecture over. Class dismissed. Hugs!

  5. Toni, Thank you for your bravery and openness in sharing. You never know how that act will touch others. I pray that you find strength and peace through your beautiful creations. You are so talented and giving!

  6. Hi Toni, I wish that I had those stunning plants in my garden. Up north from you on the coast, we miss out on all of the rain especially in the past few years and living on a farm we have to watch water consumption. I hope that you get your mojo back for your garden, sewing and life. I always look forward to your patterns – thank you and Happy Easter.

  7. Aren’t we all odd in some way or the other? I can relate to some of what you said, they strike a chord in me. Neuro divergent. Never heard of it before. But getting fixated in something especially when you can’t do it for some reason that’s a pretty common experience. So don’t beat yourself up. Keep creating. Thanks for the alphabets.

    1. Thanks Sobana. I truly wish it was as simple as ‘everyone does it’. My diagnosis is considered a disability and it’s very frustrating (and upsetting) at times. Happy Easter to you and yours! toni xx

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