My Dad passed away on the 22nd of January.  So, as you might expect, life is pretty sad at the moment.  I just returned from my home town of Emerald, where I spent a week with my Mum after the memorial service.  It’s times like this that I feel every millimetre of the thousand or so kilometres between the Gold Coast and Emerald, and I really wish I could just get Scotty to beam me up when I need to see my family. Over the past couple of weeks there have been many tears, sleepless nights, ratty kids and even rattier parents, lots of cuddles and, surprisingly, a significant amount of laughing as we have remembered our Dad, husband and friend.  I loved the time I got to spend with my Mum, siblings and their families.  They were truly precious moments.


I am glad to be home now though.  The kids needed to be home.  I needed to be home.  And I just needed to make something.  Something fast and useful.

I am too embarrassed to show you the pincushion I have been using.  It was sad.  Something I whipped up in a moment of ‘I NEED A PINCUSHION NOW!’  But this one… well, it’s just lovely.  The cross-stitch was done by my Mum and given to me with all her sewing odds and ends a couple of years ago.  I’ve wanted to do something with it for ages, but never really found the right use for it.  I’m glad.  Because this was just what I needed.  I was feeling a bit sentimental.  I’m pretty sure the stitching’s original purpose was a jam jar cover, but I think this is much nicer.  And less sticky.  Or maybe not…. considering it’s a pincushion!

Pincushions must be the thing to make at the moment – check out this little lovely over at Down Grapevine Lane – Sedef’s a magician when it comes to creating!

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