I have my Bernina, Artista 185 home again. It had to go away for 6 weeks to be repaired, the mother board had died. It had a full service at the time too. I am just so pleased, I rushed home to give it a go, the sheer bliss of seeing its little computer screen light up was wonderful. It is so quiet and smooth. Thanks Derek at Westend Sewing, Cheltenham.
You might have noticed, if you looked at Google’s home page, that today is the birthday of Gideon Sundbäck, he lived from April 24, 1880 – June 21, 1954. He is well know for his major contribution to the creating of the zip or zipper as it was known back then.
May I introduce you to square bear. I have some level 2 children sewing this while the lower group catch up. He is so sweet with his little shirt and buttons. I got the instructions from Sew Darn Cute by Jenny Ryan. When the children have finished I will upload pics of their square bears, it will be like a whole family of square bears.
You might recognise the type of photo this is. I am now taking daily (nearly) photos with the iphone hipstamatic app.
Some of you know that our son Jeff is deaf. He was diagnosed just before he was three. He was tested regularly and his hearing was deteriorating fast. Luckily it just came to a stop and he was left with a moderate to severe sensorineural bilateral hearing loss. By 3 he was wearing 2 hearing aids and learning to speak.
For some babies and children they don’t have any hearing, they are profoundly deaf, they can’t hear anything at all. There is hope for these children, it is called a cochlear implant and with lots of learning and input it will allow them to hear and learn to speak. It is absolutely amazing. Get a tissue and watch this 2 minute video.
Isn’t that incredible?
The Carel Du Toit Centre is in South Africa, where they teach these children who have been lucky enough to have cochlear implants, which is where my friend’s son went.
I learnt about cochlear implants from my friend Sue, her son Hughan has a cochlear implant. They arrived from South Africa about the same time we arrived from Portsmouth and our boys both ended up in the same class. It is wonderful to see how well Hughan has done since I have known him, he is now working full time, I can ring and speak to him on the phone, which is just great.
Sue is publishing Hughan’s Diary from the first days onwards, they had videos and pictures of his learning. You can find Hughan’s Diary here. She hopes it will help other parents with children with cochlear implants, to help them work with their children and give encouragement and hope to the parents.
In South Africa there is no National Health Service so each operation has to be paid for. I think she said it cost £50,000 for the operation, £45,000 is provided via the university hospital and £5,000 by parents. It is a very expensive business. If you wish to make a donation you can through www.hughansdiary.com.
After 2 years studying Countryside Management, he changed tack and has just finished his degree in Architectural Technology and the Environment at Plymouth Uni with a 2:1. He is now back home and job hunting.
I felt quite moved by this little video and just wanted to pass it on.
Here is the full image of the card I put together for Thornbury Craft Club. I found the template on Splitcoast Stampers.
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I am demonstrating making a tri-shutter card for Thornbury Craft Club on Thur 12th May. They very kindly invited me along. I have been a couple of times and they cover all sorts of crafts throughout the year.
I have got all the kits together, I hope there won’t be more than 30 people, otherwise I will be stuck. I have some spares in case bits get lost or damaged as they work. I just need to refine the instruction sheet, which they can take home with their finished card, to make similar cards.
Here is a sneak peak of the card I am demonstrating.
Do you think they will like it?
“CHICKS (Country Holidays for Inner City Kids) is a children’s charity that aims to provide life enhancing respite breaks to as many disadvantaged children as possible at one of our retreats in Devon or Cornwall.”
Saturday 5th March, Vintage Jumble Sale, Rangeworthy, S Glos.
This is where my DH and I went to have a browse and see if I could find any bits and pieces for sewing.
This is what I bought.