Tuesday, 15 January 2013


What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

Hi Friends! How I have missed you. Life has been very busy, with ups and downs. Unfortunately the reunion I speak of occurred last week when my family gathered together to say goodbye to my beloved Nannie. She was very ill towards the end of last year and sadly passed away just a few days before Christmas, hence some of the reasoning behind my absence from the blog for so long.

My Uncle read the wonderful poem Leisure by William Henry Davies, such a moving verse, in particular  it reminds me how quickly life can rush along and how we should make the most of what we have. My youngest started preschool just this last week, meaning our time at home together is soon to end. Seeing the family all together was a lovely thing and despite the sad nature of the reunion it was a truly wonderful day, full of love, beautiful memories and joy at seeing each other again. We are all guilty of trying to cram too much into our lives, busy rushing around and it can be easy to forget to slow down and take pleasure in simple things.

I am lucky enough to now have a couple of days child free each week to enjoy some of the things I love - having a clean house, sewing, reading, catching up with friends, writing to family who live afar. I am hoping to visit the blog more often too and I have some exciting new collaborations lined up along with lots of classes and workshops - I am really loving teaching sewing and quilting At the same time I am giving myself permission to NOT do things too, something that does not come easily to me! 

Also a welcome to my new readers, I know that Craftseller magazine this month have joined the appeal for Wiggly Bags for The Olivia Holmes Foundation. 

If you are looking for the Tutorial for making your own wiggly bags to donate this can be found at the top of my page or by going here.

My blog readers donated over 100 bags last year, an amazing achievement from as far afield as America, well done ladies! This is an ongoing appeal and you can help at any time, giving a child a bit more brightness and fun to their medical treatment. If you need any help with the tutorial or are a supplier who may be interested in providing materials to make these important wiggly bags please don't hesitate to contact me!

In the meantime, I am busy trying to round up some photos of what I've been up to over the last couple of months....it may take awhile! If you follow me on Instagram you'll know I have been keeping myself busy ;-) Lots of quilts (no less than 5 I think!) bee blocks and numerous small projects. I will leave you with my favourite photo, and yes, it is another scrappy trip along - I got swept up in that qal wave that crashed through IG over new year too!

Scrappy trips top finished


Canadian Abroad said...

Lovely to see you back, Emily. Sorry to here about your grandmother, but she sounds well loved which indicates a good life.

Isisjem said...

Sorry to hear about your grandmother - loving that scrappy trippy goodness though.

Sarah said...

Sorry to hear bout granny, but so happy to see you back :-)

Kelly said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of your Gran, but I am also happy to see you back. Love the quilt x

Indianna said...

Sounds like your Nannie had a long and happy life. Pleased to see you are back over here. IG is much quicker though!

Sheila said...

Lovely reflective post Emily, great sentiments.x

Katy Cameron said...

Welcome back! Sorry to hear about your Nannie though :o( My granny had a stroke a couple of days before Christmas, and she's been very up and down ever since. I fear our own family reunion soon.

Charlotte said...

sorry to hear your sad news xxx

Flying Blind... said...

Lovely to have you back in the fold; love to you and your family; when my mum's mum died it was a full on celebration of life, but when my other grandma died there were just 4 of us, and it was just too sad; cherish all those family moments xxx

Di said...

Emily it is nice to have you back. The poem is one my hubby quotes and it is a good reminder that life needs to slow down sometimes. Sorry that your Grandmother has died. I'm sure that you will carry her in your heart. I still miss my own Grandmother. It is a special relationship. Di x

Cindy said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Nan. It's so difficult to bring a family through a loss like that, but you will slowly find your way. Take good care of yourself. xx

Annabella said...

I was so sorry to read about your loss E. Take time to see what's around you and we'll all still be here when you pop in to say 'hi'. Good to hear your classes are going well, and I do so love your tripalong.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

I'm so sorry about the loss of your Nannie. Sending you huge hugs xxx

Sarah said...

Good to see you back. Sorry to hear about your Nannie. Always a sad time for us left behind. Glad you've been busy sewing! My youngest begins preschool next week, so I'm too looking forwardto some hours at home alone when I'm not working.