Sunday, January 26, 2014

New year, new post

I've been reassessing my blog recently, after neglecting it for another six months or so. We have been struggling and working to cope with our youngest's mental health, and many things we once took for granted have been affected. At this stage, I don't want to go into too much detail, as this is a public forum, and I don't think it is fair on our child to put it all 'out there'. It's a hard decision, as so much about mental health is not talked about, and I may talk more about it in the future. At the moment, we are waiting for our appointment with a specialist psychiatrist which will have taken five months when we get to see him. We are still going with Open Access College, possibly with a reduced subject load-we will play it by ear. 

In other family news, Luke has completed Year 12-he was doing the International Baccalaureate, and did exceptionally well- ATAR of 97.9 out of a maximum of 99.95. He's been accepted into the courses he applied for- Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Bachelor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences at Adelaide University.

My plan for the blog will mainly focus on my craft, with a bit of family updates here and there. I'm starting with an initial plan of a weekly post at this stage. I've had some finishes and progress, but I'll have to go back over my photos for the last six months to find them all. 

Halloween Sampler by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery

Finished Jelly Roll Race quilt-first finished quilt, hand quilted

Finished charm square quilt-hand quilted.

Jelly Roll race quilt-fabric Boho
Jelly Roll Race quilt, basted ready for quilting
'Old Yella' ready to head off in the Bay to Birdwood Rally-car restored by Ron
 Finally, I'd like to introduce the newest member of the family, my birthday gift, secretly bought by my lovely husband.
 It's not the best picture, but it's the Janome 6600P-I'm loving it so far, and have started quilting the above quilt on it.

Hopefully, I'll have some more craft progress in a week's time-we have another hot week ahead of us, so there should be plenty of quiet time near the air-conditioner.


Susan said...

Welcome back to cyberspace. SOunds likes its been a bit of a tough time, but you have achieved an awful lot - especially considering the hand quilting.
I'm sure you will love your 6600....

Heather said...

Lots of lovely projects going on at your place. Don't ever believe you are alone with family problems. Lots of us out there have similar issues.
Keep positive.

Brigitte said...

Welcome back to blogworld. But sorry to hear about your youngest's health. It's certainly not easy for all of you.
Your Halloween Sampler is looking gorgeous, and so are the quilts you made from jelly rolls. Enjoy your new sewing machine. I have the same and I'm very happy with it.