Monday, July 26, 2010

Life has been a real B*tch in the Lessell Household

I hate moaning and whinging, I really do.  But life has been far from fair lately in this home that's for sure.

I haven't put needle to cloth in weeks and weeks and am going deeper and deeper into myself and just turning into a couch potato and sitting here watching tv in between going to the hospital and seeing my son and daughter-in-law and grandchildren.

Stacy (our younger daughter) went into hospital last Wednesday for a day surgery and should have been out the same evening.  Well that didn't go to plan did it!!!  Stacy has Chrones and was diagnosed around 15 years ago.  Since that time she has been on steroids on and off, a lot of the time on them to counteract the Chron's, which can be a nasty stomach complaint and, unfortunately in Stacy's case it has been.  Well through this nasty disease and the taking of steroids (they never bloody tell you what steroids can do on the con side that's for sure) she has developed something called Avascular Necrosis and went to a hospital 20miles from where we live for this day surgery.  Well the Surgeon start with a keyhole to do something or other minor.  However that didn't happen.  What transpired was it was much more damage than the surgeon had thought so they ended up cutting her open on both hips about 4" and drilling 6 holes into each hip.  Until today she has been in Hillingdon Hospital which is 20 miles each way.  Today she was moved to Mount Vernon Hospital which is only around 5 miles each way.  Much better for us and for her too.  But she has been in the most awful pain and I haven't slept much because I've been so worried.  Hence the couch potato.

Then our Daughter-in-Law's grandmother passed away an they are on their way to Glasgow as I am typing this.  All very sad.  She was quite old, I guess, but she had been such a fit woman an never ill and everyone expected her to live to at least another 10 or 15 years.  As we are Jewish, although she only passed away at 1.00 a.m. this morning, the funeral will be tomorrow, so James, Danielle an Oliver are on their way and will probably get there around Midnight tonight.  I can't go to the funeral because I won't leave Stacy on her own but I did phone Danielle's mother (it was her mother that passed away) and had a chat with her and explained about Stacy and why Larry and I couldn't go but that our thoughts would be with them all tomorrow.  

So once again I apologise to my winners because I still haven't mailed anything off to them but I will, I promise.  I just can't get my brain together right now. Wonder if I still have one?  Not sure about that.

So until next time ... 
 Lots of Love Patti xxx
Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission - Eleanor Roosevelt

Thursday, July 22, 2010

I have to apologise

This is to my winners.  I am so very sorry but life has happened and I have not yet mailed your wins to you.  But I promise to get them mailed by Monday at the absolute latest. 

No comments please because this should have been done over a week ago and still I have not done it.  You guys know about life ... sometimes it just sucks and this has happened over the past week or so.

I just want to thank you for being so patient with me.

So until next time ... 
 Lots of Love Patti xxx
Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission - Eleanor Roosevelt

Friday, July 16, 2010

Coming Second

You guys are really awesome with your comments for which I thank you most sincerely folks.  Now, if you come from England and are as old as I am, you will remember Hughie Green saying this, I looked for a clip of him saying this but couldn't find one.  Never mind.  But I just can't get over how generous with your good wishes you all are - it really is a joy to behold.

I was laying in bed last night unable to sleep when I started thinking.  I know unusual for me, the thinking bit, but there you go sometimes it happens.  What did I think about?  I thought about coming second and you see your name there and it means you almost won.  You almost came first but just didn't make it.  So I have decided that coming second will count and therefore there will be two more surprises.

One for CarolR who said:  
My biggest wish would be my own stitching studio filled with an enormous amount of linen, threads and finishing goodies. When I dream I dream big! 

Congratulations on your followers!

And one to Ellen who said:

What a fun giveaway! I have a big wish for 36ct linen in cream and natural colors. The smallest count I can get in Singapore is 32ct Belfast.


So to you both I will send a surprise.  What you ask?  Hey I don't know but I will by Monday night so I can mail them on Tuesday.  I will take photos of all that I send out and when you receive them please let me know so that I can post photos on here of exactly what you got.

Silly moo that I am!  I forgot to ask you both to please email me your full names and addresses please so that I can send your surprises to you.

See! Coming second now counts!

So until next time ... 
 Lots of Love Patricia xxx
Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission - Eleanor Roosevelt

Thursday, July 15, 2010


I used Random.Org - the list randomizer.  I copied all your names into it meticulously hopefully.  Some of your were good enough to enter your names twice and then some of you didn't but that was okay because I got to read all your wishes and dreams again and it was really lovely.  I don't usually get good ideas but this time I really did and I loved it.  I really really loved reading all your wishes and dreams.  Some easier than others I have to admit but hey who am I to tell you what to wish and dream about.  

Okay so I guess you want to know who the winners are?  Well I can only do them one at a time and here is number 1:

Well these out of a total of 97 names entered, with some twice:

  1. Elaine
  2. Carol R
  3. Lisa P
  4. Christina
  5. Jeanie
  6. Sheilah
  7. Unikat
  8. Omashee
  9. Susan
  10. Jules

What Elaine said was;

Congratulations on all those followers Patti.
I have to say that my dream would be to meet all the wonderful kind hearted, generous sweet women out there in our stitching blogland. I;m sure like myself you have made friends and are still meeting people from all over the world who apart from sharing our love of stitching, make you laugh and sometimes even cry as they share their ups and downs of daily life. I feel so privileged to have the chance to peek into their world and them into mine. How amazing would it be to actually meet them all in person, now that would be a dream come true.
Thank you for such a lovely give-away, I have so enjoyed reading everyones dream. I will post about the give-away on my blog. Hugs!

Well now I suppose you want to know who is the second winner.  Well here she is:

  1. Unikat
  2. Ellen
  3. Justflo
  4. Meeyeehere
  5. Cath
  6. Karen
  7. Jules
  8. Valie
  9. Mainly Stitching
  10. Terri

What did Unikat say I hear you ask?

Very creative, great idea for the game!
That's me, if you have a manual job I'll stay that long and you varrhassak as long and as far as I'm feeling. No yarn, pattern, or dream on canvas, but what is beautiful and delicately elaborated, it is like to own, be it a pair of scissors, a lace, a button.
Congratulations to the round numbers, and I intend to continue to breed! A surprise gift and I am very curious

What are they going to get you ask.

Well as I can't exactly give Elaine her dream what she is going to get is The Snow Fob kit (including the scissors) from Shepherds Bush Needlework and here is a photo it

And what Unikat is going to get I am not showing you because I really want it to be a surprise but she will be getting exactly what she asked for.  A combination of Lace, Silk Ribbon, A pair of Scissors and some gorgeous buttons.

So could you please email me your names and snail mail addresses please so I can mail your winnings to you.  I know I shall not be able to do this until next Monday so watch the mail for your winnings after then please.

Watch out for another giveaway in the next couple of weeks because it is my Grandson's first birthday on August 4, 2010 and I surely have to celebrate that one big time.  By the time I started blogging my other two grandchildren were way older than that.  But next year I shall be celebrating both their birthdays this way as they have already had them.

So until next time ... 
 Lots of Love Patti xxx
Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission - Eleanor Roosevelt

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Oh My Goodness

Not only have my followers reached 200 when I announced the giveaway I now see that my blog has been visited more than 25,000 times!  So to celebrate both these things if you have not yet left a comment on my original post which can be found here I will now be giving away at least two surprises.  Okay so I still don't know what they are but I will soon.  So please leave a comment on my original post and not on this one and to be entered twice all you have to do is put a photo that I posted on the original posting which is this one:

somewhere on your blog linking it back to my original post.  This is the url that you need for the link:

Good luck to everyone that enters and don't forget it ends a week today.

So until next time ... 
Lots of Love Patti xxx
Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission - Eleanor Roosevelt

P.S.  Nobody has to have a blog or become a follower of my blog to enter.  If you do not have a blog then just look on the 15th to see if you have won and email me please with your name and address so you can get your surprise and no I still don't know what they are.  I am really bad at making up my mind.

Monday, July 05, 2010

I am just so lucky

I have the most wonderful friends.  Last week I received from Marilyn a little parcel and it contained the most wonderful things and here they are:

I had admired these little houses that Marilyn had stitched before as RAKs on Marilyn's blog and what did she do?  She made me one and not only that ...

Marilyn included the following things with this keyring.  But, I shall not use it as a keyring because it could get all dirty in my bag or something so I have decided it is going to join my favorite things on my shelf so it can be admired by all that come here.

2 skeins of french hand-dyed thread which I love and the most gorgeous little button which I shall, one day, put to good use.  Thank you very very  much Marilyn because I love everything you sent and you really didn't have to but I really appreciate it all.

I entered Ellen's giveaway and I won again and this time I had absolutely no difficulty in telling her exactly what I wanted and it was these two charts which I loved and hankered over.
With My Heart Sewing Case and
Mrs. Waddelow's Huswif and what's more...

my finisher Deb has saved the correct finishing supplies for me.  Thank you so much Deb I really love you.

Next the HOE exchange which was an ABC exchange.  You had to stitch something that had a complete alphabet.  So I stitched this for Nicole ...

This was stitched from a free chart from CarolR
and is called Sew Red

CarolR now designs and sells charts from her blog which you can get to from here or there is a link straight to Carol's charts here.  My stitching is really good, even if I do say so myself, but my finishing leaves a lot to be desired that's for sure.  And no I am not looking for compliments.  I am just not a good finisher and am well aware of it.

This is ...
...the front of the ABC that I received from LisaS and I really love it and thank you.  
It is so beautifully stitched and finished.

And this is the back of it.  It is really something and has joined Marilyn's key-ring on my shelf of my favorite stitching things.

Now this is what I stitched for my friend Janice (no blog) for her birthday.  And yes it was very late and I am now stitching Pokua's which is also very late and I am so sorry Pokua.

A very small Scissor Fob which
I copied from the one that Angela (no blog)
gave to me when Oliver was born almost a year ago

Janice and David had a Grandson last December and his name is Tzvi which is a Hebrew name because both their daughter and son-in-law are very religious and wanted his name to reflect this.

This is the back of it showing his date of birth

And this was Janice receiving it.  When she first saw it unfinished
she cried with pleasure.  It was so sweet.

Finally to the person who left this comment on my blog:

My dream for the give away would be silk thread and explain to me how to use it!!
I have not figured out if you use one or 2 threads - or how they are separated.
I don't have LNS, so there is no one to ask.
Does this make me sound pitiful enough??!! 

here are your answers:
1.  How many strands of silk do I use?  Well it depends on the fabric count.  If I am stitching over 2 threads then I am invariably using 32count fabric and above and I always use one strand of silk.  Except on 32 count Vikki Clayton's silk is too fine so I would have to use 2 strands but with any other brand of silk I only use one strand.
2.  If I am stitching over one on 28count and above I again I use only one strand, except for Vikki Claytons silk where on 28count I would use 2 strands probably
3.  You separate them just as you separate DMC or any other thread.  You just pull one strand out at a time.

I use every brand of silk that is available and I am definitely a silk snob.  I, personally, love Vikki's silks and you can find a link to her website here.  They are much more affordable than other silks and her prices are just unbeatable.  The colors are all really scrummy and well I just love them.  But I do use all the other makes of silk as well.  So, if you have any other questions please do not hesitate to ask and just email me.  My email address is located in my profile.

Oh yes before I forget, please do not forget to enter my secret giveaway.  It is a secret even from me!  That's really SECRET if you want my honest opinion.  There is a link to the correct post you should leave your comment on here and also on the left hand side of this post there is a quaker heart and if you click on that photo you will be taken straight to it.  Good luck to everyone who enters.

So until next time ... 
Lots of Love Patti xxx
Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission - Eleanor Roosevelt