You are strong and beautiful and loved! Look at all that support behind you. Remember, bald is beautiful!!

Mom has found out she has shingles on top of the chemo this week, but her spirits still seem strong, please keep her in your prayers and thoughts!

We don’t celebrate Mother’s Day here in May, in the UK and Ireland it is tied in with Lent and celebrated in March, so no breakfast in bed for me, lol.

I have been feeling the need to get healthier as I watch my mom going through her battle. I have been overweight again for nearly 3 years now and as I am getting older I can feel it in my joints more than I used to. I will be starting my weight battle today again, despite a First Communion party we are attending this afternoon, wish me luck :) On this Mother’s Day, I plan on making some changes for this particular momma right here!

Thank you so much everyone for the amazing amount of comments on my Dear Jane. I haven’t responded to any yet, but plan to respond to all…took a few days off, lol, though of course I couldn’t help but keep crafting from time to time!

The secret socks are done and I have started on some felted ballet slippers for the girls…as I am knitting them now, they look like they’d fit me, but they shrink amazingly into that lovely felted fabric! Will have  a photo to show next time.

I’ve also been working on a few projects for local friends kids, lots of tshirts and onesies. I may sell these at the local Sunday market in the fall…if I get myself organized enough :)
DSCF2791 Shirt for Aine Short Sets for Hannah Vests/Onesies for Baby Lucy

I have started on a wall hanging for Katy’s Another Little Quilt Swap. I am actually making two of these at the same time. I have always wanted to do a tree block wallhanging. I hope my swap partner will like it! I am thinking of adding a brown border, it is already 20 inches so only a small border, or should I just add a binding, and forget the border? I plan to hand quilt it. (I will press it out a bit better and get it squared I promise!!)
Tree of Paradise Block

Many have asked what I am going to do next? Nothing so big for a while, lol. Katy and I still have our Dear Jane swap going on, so I’ll still be hand piecing some DJ blocks, I’ll probably continue to do a lot of hand quilting as I’ve discovered I love it! But…since we will be spending a lot of time in the States this summer… I don’t plan on starting any major projects…right now. I hope to finish my scrappy ocean waves blocks over the summer on a borrowed machine, and to continue knitting. I will work on my cross stitch sampler…lots of little things!

Now, if you made it this far, here is a gratuitous cute picture. Aine’s class did an Irish dancing display on Friday, here she is with her partner in the “old time waltz” display, too cute :)
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