Time on my hands

So I'd forgotten, or tried to blank out, how useless you can feel post operation. Such a lack of energy, both physical and mental, can really get you down but I had the advantage of being prepared (ie it wasn't emergency surgery) so I could have a few projects ready to keep me occupied.
The first few weeks I basically sat on the sofa feeling a little bit sorry for myself and really not being able to focus on anything but wanted to do something with my hands. I can't just sit and watch TV, it's just not what I do, I get too restless. Don't get me wrong I LOVE watching TV but I always need to be doing something. And so I got some balls of wool and started to crochet.

I started with a cover for part of my sofa. That took me the first week.....
I then decided to make something for someone for Christmas and managed to make this during the second week:

Yep you read that right, I did this in a week. As mentioned before I was basically sitting on the sofa for most of the day except for going for my walk every day (part of the recovery programme) and crocheting is so therapeutic. And I felt as if I wasn't wasting time. I was able to do something despite being so feeble...

Week three and Christmas was starting to rear it's ugly head and I hadn't actually finished making my Christmas cards. If you don't know me I make my cards every year, have done for nearly 20 years now and I tend to send over 100. Luckily I had prepared a lot of the elements so it was just a case of putting them together so here is a selection of this year's cards:


Toward the end of week three my mental 'fuzziness' was improving so I ventured into cross stitch. Yet another of my favourites which I find so calming but you really need to be able to focus on the pattern so I started with something small which was a lavender bag for an old family friend:
I then also had to finish something that I was doing for my cousin to give to a friend. I had done everything before the op except about 3 hours worth of work but couldn't focus until quite late on in order to finish it:
and also finish something I plan to give to OH for Christmas. Was originally for his birthday but I ran out of time. Can you guess who he supports.... Yes I'm a football widow.

I also wanted to design a card which didn't involve stamps as the main focus and came up with this:
And I have also been wanting to design something in felt for the Christmas tree. It's basic but I really enjoyed making it and was quite chuffed that it was an original design of my own rather than copied from a book:

So that it was I've been up to for the past week. My op was on 19th November and here we are on 19th December so am very pleased to have created so much despite sleeping alot!

Finally while taking photos for this post I was inspired by my embroidery threads ready for the next project. Hope you like!


Crafty Fox Christmas Market

Ah it was that time of year again when the Crafty Fox Market was in town. I just love this market which is so local  to me and is full of crafty goodness and inspiration. I'm also lucky enough to be involved in a very small way by taking photos for the organisers which I love doing! However as I was still recovering from my op my energy levels were quite low so was only able to take photos on the Saturday but managed to get down on the Sunday as well even though I was utterly exhausted! The thought of getting down to the fair was one of the things which kept me going after the op, something to really look forward to!

Here are a few of my favourite pictures from the Saturday:

 Butterscotch and Beesting - still kicking myself for not buying some of their circus tape but they had too many people around their stall and I then forgot to go back (I'm claiming op brain....)
 Stuffed Nonsense - this year I treated myself to a Weirdy Beardy cushion (below). Above is a Grizzly Geoff - was a tough choice as to whether get Geoff or the cushion - they have too many great things!
This is the cushion pride of place on the sofa next to my fabulous Nikki McWilliams cushion
Tomoko Hori Jewellery - I think this is my favourite picture from the day
Lil3birdy - one of my favourite Christmas cards of the day
Hope and Eden which always make me smile
One of this year's sponsors was Mollie Makes which is my favourite crafty mag for a long, long time and I was delighted to see that they've used a few of my images on their blog which was the icing on the cake.
If you haven't heard of the Crafty Fox before I would highly recommend that you join their mailing list so you can keep posted when the next fair will be. Did I mention that there was also tea and lots of workshops to keep you entertained. Roll on the next fair.

Post op

Well it's been a while since I last posted as I've been recovering from the op which was in late November. I was lucky, it was keyhole which involves much less pain which is a relief. But I've only had the concentration to write this week. So while I've been sat on the sofa watching DVDs and making things (will post soon) my energy levels, both physical and mental, took a while to come back on board.

People ask me if I feel anything, presumably empty or some such thing but I can honestly say no. Getting used to the HRT patches which make me feel old before my time is a little odd but apart from that everything is fine.  I'm just looking forward to full energy returning and not having to have a nap in the afternoon.

Below are the pics I took whilst in hospital which had a great view over the river. The portrait is me on morphine which makes me smile.