Thursday, 1 December 2011

Sew many reasons to be cheerful

[If you were looking for the giveaway, you will find it here.]
No reason to be crabby
I am showing my age when I say that 'Reasons to be Cheerful' by Ian Dury is part of my cultural hinterland, but when I saw the confluence of two bloggy positive thinking initiatives, Planet Penny's Reasons to be Cheerful, and Lily's Quilts Fresh Sewing Day, I felt that it was a good idea to stir my stumps and come up with my own reasons to think positive.

First of all, thank you most kindly to all of you who have enquired about my hand. Yes, it is still there on the end of my arm, and it is still encased in rather revoltingly coloured plastic, which I have embellished with orange and white Sugru (if you would like some, too, they tell me there is a discount code until 19 December, which means you get your fourth pack free - just write YAYCHRISTMAS in the box). But I am quite reconciled to it all really, if a little frustrated when I try to put my coat on, and patience is a virtue, etc.

But I did of course manage to crack in a little bit of sewing before things went awry, and so when Princess Bunchy was working out her Christmas presents I was actually quite pleased to find that we had enough little purses (from the Keyka Lou Pleated Pouch pattern) . . .



. . . and wallets (from the Keyka Lou Basic Wallet pattern) to go round, including one for the £2 Secret Santa (I think whoever gets this gets a good deal!), and moreover, I have a couple left over for emergencies (you know, that feeling you get late on Christmas Eve when you are wrapping the presents and find that you have fewer presents than names on the list [which of course doesn't happen in well-regulated households]).


So in spite of a little hurdle along the way, my sewing for November is something to feel quite cheerful about (all thanks to the discipline of the Christmas Challenge, I am sure).


Quite astonishingly we still have lettuce in the garden, and a few flowers, too, and I can even feel cheerful about the rain, the more the better in fact, or it will be hosepipe bans all round next year.


So Reasons to be Cheerful, one stitchy, two horticultural, and three meteorological - what more could a body want? Apart from tea and cake, that is . . .

21 comments:

selfsewn@summerfete said...

You are right, there is more to life than sewing...it's very frustrating still!!!
Tea and Cake for one please!!

Madelief said...

Hi Pomona,

I am amazed to see what you did with one hand :-)! Your purses look great. Lucky you to still have lettuce from the garden. Mine is all gone.

The cakes look delicious!

Happy evening,

Madelief

PinkCatJo said...

So pleased to hear your hand isn't too bad. I hope you'll be tinsilling it over the festive period! x

Planet Penny said...

Ooh, sorry about your hand, it must SO frustrating. Your little purses are beautiful, such pretty fabric. Thank you for joining in with Reasons to be Cheerful!
Penny x
Those buns are too tantalising!

Mrs. Micawber said...

Pictures of the Sugru-adorned splint please! (I am still working out ideas for my Sugru, and waiting until after Christmas to implement them).

I very nearly included Tea and Scones in my Reasons this week, but the sunset and hot soup edged them out. Perhaps they'll show up next week. Those cakes look scrumptious. Chocolate and caffeine are wonderful antidotes to the winter gloomies.

Heather D. said...

The little purses are adorable!

Lotti said...

Ooh lovely purses and those chocolate cakes look pretty scrummy too

Helen Philipps said...

There are sew many reasons to be cheerful, I agree! I love the little purses you made they are sew pretty....and you seem to be managing well despite your poorly arm (hope it's fully recovered very soon). The lettuce looks delicious and so do the cakes!
Helen x

Faith said...

I obviously don't have a well regulated house, as I definitely have a panic a day or so before Christmas and start dragging things out of boxes. I love having a little stash of things to fit any occasion, your little purses look lovely and definitely too good for a £2 secret Santa. Lovely reasons to feel chirpy, and cake always makes everything rosier!

Carol said...

Lovely post, beautiful purses. No lettuce left in our garden, just a few cabbages and broccoli but all are very welcome.
Those cakes looks scrumptious.
Hope your hand recovers well, so frustrating when you want to be 'doing'.
Carol xx

susan said...

Positive thinking never went wrong. Love to hear all you have to be thankful for. Photos of decorated (previously) hideous wrist support please!

Marigold said...

You still have lettuce? Oh, my! How is that possible and where do I sign up? :) I admire people that can sew well. The Goatmother tries. She's really rather better at handing out Peanuts, though.

Katy Cameron said...

Yay, glad your list will be full even with your uncooperative hand (isn't it irksome when one's limbs rebel against one?)

Enjoy your cakes :o)

Shocking Hocking said...

onwards and upwards - outstanding!

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Tea and cake are good!!!
We could always share our rain with you if you like, we've got lots to around!
Vivienne x

Little Blue Mouse said...

What gorgeous fabrics you've used in your sewing, they're all lovely!

Annie said...

I do enjoy all these Reasons to be Cheerful posts. Especially when they include tea and cake!

**Anne** said...

I needed your lovely post yesterday when I was having a good moan. Today I'm feeling ACE! :)
Anne xx

Isisjem said...

Hope not being able to sew isn't getting you down too much! Love those pouches though!

GardenofDaisies said...

Your pouches and wallets are gorgeous!!! The people on your gift list are LUCKY DUCKS!! Yes, lots of reasons to be of good cheer! Tea and cake always helps of course.

taylorsoutback said...

With age comes wisdom and I have finally learned that life's setbacks can often be dealt with by enjoying a little sweet baked item and a cup of tea or coffee...I really like your plate of sweets...good for the soul!

Those little purses are adorable.

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