Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Flood and Moving Forward

Reading your comments and emails from yesterday has made my eyes leak, quite considerably.  It looks like I have made the right decision.  Blog land has always been good to me and has given me lots of beautiful friends throughout the last 8 years and I appreciate you all now more than ever.  The FREE tutorials will form part of my therapy but will also allow me to give back to the blogging community.  It will also give me a purpose and a reason to craft.  Thank you all.  Thank you so much.

As you can see from the photo above we had our own water feature here a week or so ago.  Our land is on a slope and the water from all of the hills behind us formed a little river all the way to our front boundary.  

In the process it flooded my entire paved breeze through area out the back of the house which I use to dry clothing etc in the winter and is also the area that has been cat netted so my kitties can play safely in the fresh air and sunshine.  It was shin deep in places.  The quick flow of water was just too much for the drainage system.

The clean up was massive but thanks to an army of local friends they were here to assist the SES with sand bagging and drain digging to stop the flow of water from entering the house.

2 rooms were flooded at the front of the house including my craft studio/bed sit.  Luckily we were able to move most things out of harms way and were able to minimise the contents damage.

The same cannot be said for the carpet and walls of those 2 rooms.  It's going to take a few months for repair work to happen so unfortunately my daughter and her family that were living with us since March have to find a rental ASAP.  

I've tried to do a little stitching when my spine will allow me to sit long enough to actually achieve something and I have been working on an old UFO "Butterfly Garden"

 These blocks have lots of applique and stitchery but they are eating into my scrap box which is great as I see it as a Freebie project with no actual fabric or thread purchases required.  I am just using what I have on hand.

This is Block 4 completed.  I am currently working on Block 5.  I am almost at the half way mark.

It's a pretty bleak day here today, the wind is bashing the trees around and the ground is getting yet more water with the occasional shower.  Perfect weather for a casserole for dinner.  I just fry up the casserole beef and onions in a little butter and add my own home made tomato paste and home made tomato chutney with 1 Litre of stock for a recipe base and then just simply add vegetables.

The house smells divine !  I like meals these days that can be put together quickly and left on it's own to enhance the flavours and cook.  I'll just thicken it before serving and we will have a nice hot meal tonight and left overs for the next few days on toast.  YUMMO !

I have been thinking of a way to give back to the blogging community for some time and  decided on simple tutorials to share with you all, so I have quite a collection of them ready to go.  I didn't want to offer you something that I couldn't deliver upon so I have waited until I had a nice collection together before I promised anything.  I have learnt with my conditions to not plan ahead anything because I never know what the next day will bring.

Here is a little taster for you.  I have 2 different Calendar tutorials coming up and this first one is magnetic and is designed for the refrigerator.  They use a little calendar pad that can be purchased from scrapbooking shops online or in your local area.  My local scrapbooking shop has them for $3.00 for 10 sets.  An amazing price at just 30c each and I will show you how to turn them into the most awesome gift.  I have even used recycled advertising magnets for the pack to cut down on the cost of making them.  I bet if you make 1 you will make 10 - They are so easy !  This will be the first tutorial that I offer in the next week or so - I was going to wait until November but have decided that the more time you get to start on your gifts the better.

Next time I blog I will preview the first dozen or so tutorials for you and give you my FREE TUTORIAL Badge so you can share them with your friends.

Once again thank you for your kindness and love.  I really do have a warmed heart and leaking eyes from your beautiful e-mails.


Fee xxx


Outback Crafter - Debra said...

Fee you are so generous. In the middle of your own turmoil.
Thank you.

The Vintage Journal said...

Thank you Fee, lots of love and arms around you hugs during your dark times. May you have a little sunshine soon. We are all with you and send you strength and comfort.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Sending Love and Hugs Sweet Fee xoxo

KaHolly said...

Glad the flooding didn't cause any more damage than it did! Love your blocks. Stitching by hand is such good therapy. I look forward to your tutorials, starting with the calendars. What fun! Thank you! I hope you're having a good day today. XO

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Oh this is awful. It's such a mess to clean up after water damage. Sending you lots of sunshine to dry it all up.


Helen said...

Your positive outlook is an inspiration.

Kate said...

Having been through a flood myself you have my utmost empathy. Your attitude reminds me of this quote "those who wish to sing will always find a song".

Jacqueline said...

Oh what a mess you had to contend with. Hope your repairs are done quickly so you can put it behind you.

Good health. Enjoy what you can do.

Julie said...

Wow Fee that was some flood !!! How awful for you ... & what a mess that must've been to clean up. Your butterfly garden blocks are just soooo gorgeous - I have been peering so closely at my screen !!! Can see some Tilda fabric tucked in there - just beautiful. I so look forward to your tutorials - thanks so much for sharing them with us. x x x

Fiona said...

Hi Fee, sorry you are having such a hard time... it's wonderful to see your positivity and generosity coming through