St Patrick’s Day


When at school we always did something to celebrate St Patrick’s Day but this seemed to have gone by the wayside for many in Ireland unfortunately and I see it celebrated in other countries more than here . I receive my certificate for my latest City and Guilds course and it brought to mind what a fellow student said to me “don’t stop make sure you keep being creative”. I sat at my desk sketching for embroidery and appliqué and came up with something for St Patrick’s Day. This hand embroideryjncludes battlement couching, two tone chain stitch, raise chain stitch, a raised twisted knit stitch I invented, stem stitch and long and short stitch. It’s all done in cotton stranded floss and I thoroughly enjoyed stitching it.

It’s  been a busy week doing two jobs and now having done a shadow shift for Marie Curie night service and a day shift rapid response I know I have definitely made the right move as I feel so at home in my new roles.


Smudge has had her good friend Minnie to stay which means she us even more bossy and demanding of my time, after all she has to keep up appearances!

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Time to chill out

B6281ED9-9AE5-479D-ADF6-DA1CDD902089This last six months have been particularly tough regarding work stresses and migraines. There are some things in life we can take control of and some we can’t. The migraines have been completely out of my control and sometimes the treatment has become more debilitating than the condition. However work is something I can control.

i have just finished my induction training with Marie Curie. I have worked alongside Marie Curie nurses and supported their staff for many years and now delighted to join their team. As a rapid response nurse I have enjoyed the buzz of sorting out many people and families at moments of crisis and to prevent myself missing this I will still do the occasional shift for my local accident and emergency department. I look forward to my new position in the community with complete focus now on palliative care.

This week has been a week of reflection. I don’t ever regret anything I do in life as I feel everything we do adds to our character and builds us into who we are. We follow paths that then deviate in a direction we hadn’t planned. With God as my leader Iam rest assured it was meant to be. Jeremiah 29v11.

This brings to mind the The serenity prayer

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

Relaxation isn’t something I do well are certainly not as others would understand butyesterday I sat for hours cutting brick slips and applying to a dollshouse I haven’t touched in 10 years. A very basic task requiring little to no effort and for me that was relaxation. Smudge hates me to be doing anything whereshe is not included so have her bedding beside m she snoozed alongside.



Spring time come early


What a wonderful long weekend away with my embroidery ladies. Lots of projects worked on and not all stitching. The sewing machines were going and crochet hooks twitching.

We brought food that was easily heated and had a meal out on Sunday so most of our time was available for crafting.. looking forward to our retreat again next year.

I worked on two crochet blankets, one which I finished. I worked and finished my second piece of Carrickmacross lace I have ever done. This piece I designed myself based on Lady Londonderry’s initials.


We worked consistently over the weekend just leaving hours to sleep. The owners were delightful and the gentleman came in each evening and reset and lit our log burner.

Moving on…

3669C032-7C0C-4B92-88D0-B93D65F9DC98Above a piece inspired by MountStewart flower meadow.

So how is your New Year going? If you made any resolutions have they lasted even this far? If not note to self not to make any next year. We don’t need negativity so we shouldn’t trap ourselves in goals that we are not likely to achieve. This goes for all areas of our lives. The new year is a good time to think things afresh but be realistic, live within your means and make sure your schedule gives emergency time out space.

I have just completed a level 3 course in hand embroidery. Some parts were challenging but not so much to cause stress just a little push where needed to step out of my box. Business and marketing was a large part at the end of the course and this was unknown terrritory for me but I learned so much from it.

I am looking forward to a long weekend away to work on some unfinished projects. Moville in Co Donegal I am sure will not only help finish projects but inspire me for many more. The days feel milder and mornings brighter so roll on over to Spring.

It’s 2019



Yes it’s 2019 and I have finally stopped writing 2018 in error. All those interviews that certainly took its toll mentally on me were worthwhile as I prepare now for new employment in March and May. All very exciting but lots of studying and a new lifestyle as my routine changes. They say a change is as good as a rest so I look forward to it although it will be strange nolonger working permanently for the NHS after almost 32yrs. Many colleagues have already left and so much talent lost but moving on. Look at the creative talent of one of my colleagues below as we said goodbye to two of our team. The cake tasted as good as it looked.


Due to some side effects to medication I started to prevent migraines I was quite ill for a few weeks and had to cancel classes but lots of plans for more designs and some of my own work. Some stump work I got finished in January. Possibility of more stumpwork later in the year.