Saturday, June 16, 2012

FNSI - Blog No. 1 by Corrina

Here I am back again after a few months absence from blog land and I thought I’d put in words a little bit of why there has been such an absence of blogging.  Our last blog was celebrating a very special day in our lives - Cornelia’s wedding.  Part of that celebration included the fact that my husband (Cornelia’s dad) was able to walk her down the aisle as he was deteriorating in health.  It was a goal that he was aiming for and he did it.
However he deteriorated very quickly after that and I was very busy looking after him and trying to keep up with my work as well so there was very little time for sewing.  I did manage to make a birthday present for Cornelia and it was the last thing that I made that dear Winston had an input into.  He has always helped me with colour choices and coordinating colours and so my memories of making this are very special. Here it is, a very funky apron made in Dr Seuss material...
It was a Natalie Ross pattern, only typical of me it didn’t end up quite like the pattern.  The pattern had binding around the edge but I wanted a frill and it wasn't gathered along the top and I thought it looked nicer on when it was gathered, so I gathered it.  Cornelia and Dean received quite a few wedding gifts for their kitchen that were in red so this coordinates nicely with their new kitchen theme.

I continued to nurse Winston until he died on the 31st of March.  I nursed him all through his illness and was holding his hand at the end - just like we planned.  We had a lovely funeral for him which was a real celebration of his life and a testimony of his faith.  It’s been an awful time of adjusting for me and I miss him terribly. Cornelia has had a lot of adjusting to do this year too with just getting married in January, moving into a new home with her husband, starting a new job and in amongst it all losing her father.  I am so glad we have a faith to hold onto and I just want to share with you two things.  This little poem that was given to us by a friend:

‘Sorrow and joy woven together with the mundane and ordinary form the fabric of our lives,
as contrasts in light and darkness bring depth to a picture, 
so do these seeming opposites bring depth and meaning to our lives’.

And this verse has been a source of strength and comfort:

‘So do no fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. 
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand’
ISAIAH 41:10

Although I have found comfort pottering in the garden, I have not been able to sew or do any form of crafty work and find myself just sitting there sometimes - doing nothing - which just isn’t me.  I bought a couple of new patterns in the hope that that would inspire me, but it didn’t.  However I went for a drive to Wainuiomata to see Cornelia last weekend which for us in New Zealand was our Queens Birthday weekend.  For those of you not from New Zealand it’s about a 7 or 8 hour trip depending on stops on the way.  It was lovely to see where Cornelia lives as I hadn’t been able to visit her since she got married. Cornelia, bless her, got me going on some sewing - an angel project tote, a design by Natalie Bird from ‘The Birdhouse’ (there’s a photo of it a bit further down in this post).  I also got to see her at work in her classroom and really enjoyed meeting the children that she teaches.  Here she is taking the roll in the morning and working with a reading group...

I left at play time to drive back to Hamilton and apparently the children were most disappointed that I’d gone home and all asked Mrs Scott where her mummy had gone - so cute!

I think I’ve got my enthusiasm for sewing back and I know that Winston would be pleased.  He was always so proud of my sewing and always liked to see me busy making something.  Also, our church has decided to run a PhD night (projects half done) once a month.  We love the name as this is the nearest we’ll get to doing a PhD - haha!  The ladies there have also been wonderful in helping me get back my enthusiasm for sewing.  We had our second PhD night last night.  There’s only about six of us so far attending but we do have a lot of fun chattering over a cup of tea/coffee and homemade cake, oh and sewing too of course :o)  I did some stitching on my angel tote bag that I started with Cornelia.  Here it is so far...
Cornelia registered us for FNSI and I really enjoyed my evening.  My niece Taya is having a birthday soon and so my FNSI project was a little purse for Taya, which is also a Natalie Bird design.  I think it’s rather cute.  Last year I made Taya an overnight bag (it is on a previous blog post if you want to look at it) and this little purse is in the same material as her bag.  I just have to do the lining for it.  I think if I made it again I would put a little taggy thing at both ends of the zip because you sort of have to squash the purse to do the zip up once it’s open and it would be easier to have the little tag to hold onto.  
That’s it from me for now - take care. 


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  2. So glad you shared this. Isn't it nice being held in God's right hand no matter what we're going through?
    Love the PhD group idea.

    1. Thank you for your nice comments. I had a look at your FNSI project and I love your bag, the colours are so pretty.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. I had the same lack of motivation when my mum died last year, I cannot imagine losing a husband. I hope now you have started crafting again that it fills your time and gives you pleasure. I love the sound of the PhD group too and your sewing projects are beautiful, Wendy

  4. Hope your crafting helps you through this difficult time. The apron is beautiful and must hold some special memories of Winston, how wonderful that he had an input with helping you choose the colours and fabrics to make it.
    take care, lily.

  5. Visiting from FNSI ... Your story about nursing your husband is so very special and thankyou for sharing it with the unknowns of blogland. I found it very inspiring as my own husband has health issues now resulting from a stroke back in 2008. It is by no means as serious as your husband was but it gives us faith. You have done some beautiful stitching with wonderful memories of Winston attached. Take care.

  6. Cute little bag and nice embroidery! Thanks for sharing!

  7. my heart goes out to you and your daughter,what a beautiful relationship you all have,take care.
    I love all your sewing i have just finishing making up Nalie Ross's apron and i love your version better and i love the fabrics that you have done it in.xx