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Daisies Make Me Cross - VIDEO

Hello, everyone! A belated Happy New Year to you all. I think (kinda, maybe), I am back from my hiatus. 

2017 was a difficult one for our family. During the final push to complete my studies (being a bit of a perfectionist, I put a lot of added pressure on myself to do well), my beautiful mother passed away as I was working on my final projects, then my brother-in-law died a few short weeks later. It was....... a year. I found, after a couple of false starts, I just couldn't get going creatively. So rather than force it, I took a break spending time around the farm, gardening, and teaching myself a few new programs that I can use for my creative endeavours. I always enjoy learning new stuff and have found myself creating more both conventionally and digitally of late and I'm loving it.

So........let's see how it all pans out :)

First up this year, I have a Daisies Make Me Cross pattern video for you. You can see the original pattern step-out post here.


I recently read about someone having difficulty with this pattern which prompted me to make the video. I've begun my demo with a dot grid (not in the step out) which should help if you have any problems with the cross placement at the beginning of the pattern.

I've made a design change on my web pages with the addition of an A Little Lime logo....which is, coincidentally.......a little lime :) hahahaha. Let me know what you think about it's intro into the video. It gave me a laugh.

The 2017 Pattern Folio update is in progress. I have to confess I actually have a draft of it completed, but I just haven't been able to bring myself to proof it. I hate proof reading and checking all the links. gaaaah. It will be done soon ;)

On the farm/home front: we had a fantastic spring. Both sheep had twins I had to bottle feed one of them as it's mum has only one working teat. He was truly the sweetest little boy. I called him Lambstein. We've baled lots of early hay and the veg garden is doing great due to the wet warm weather. I was picking tomatoes in mid-December - one month earlier than usual!

Another section of the bee garden project was completed with the introduction of some veggie boxes which will be mostly used for lettuce varieties as this garden is the closest to the kitchen and I'm a year-round salad kind of girl. The hydrangea bed has been laid out and will be planted out late Winter/early spring. All that is left in this garden is to put in a small shade-house/fern area and mulch under the gum tree. I have big plans of finishing by Autumn.

Our summer so far is hot. Yesterday we sweltered through a 42degC (108F) day. Today feels positively cool at just 32C (o.k., I still have the fan on but it's a lot better than yesterday).

Here's hoping you are staying cool (or warm!) wherever you are.

Have a great day!

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  1. It is 6 degrees in Paris, tennessee

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  2. I'm very sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing so many parts of your life, including your ability to keep creating in various ways.
    Stay inspired!

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    1. Thank you, Michelle. I just needed a complete break for a bit. I just about had to dust out my craft room when I got back into it, it had been so long since I had even opened the door!

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  3. You are such an inspiration, Helen. With your farm, work, schooling, and creative endeavors, I marvel at how you do it all. Yet, you do, and still manage to be generous with your time by sharing your gifts and talents with us. Thank you so much! I am glad you are finding your way back to your creativity. I am so sorry for your loss of your mom and then your brother-in-law. You are in my prayers.

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    1. Thanks Lynda. It wasn't unexpected but somehow still a shock to lose our mum. I think it is the finality of it. My secret to doing it all is to avoid housework as much as possible! I'm generally much happier when I'm creating something so it's something I have always prioritised and now that the kids have all left home I definitely have more time to devote to it.

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  4. Only a month or 2 ago I mentioned to Ria, another tangler, where on earth you are. Remember, I am the one who follows your journey A-Z. Now I understand. My heartfelt condolences.
    Thanks for the video on the Daisies - and congrats to your new logo/name. My title is Fleeting Time. Maybe I should change it to Fleeting Lime and instead of the lime appearing from the left, mine would be running off to the right?
    Well, welcome back, Helen.

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    1. Thank you Susie. I found it was just too hard to create anything I liked when my heart wasn't in it, so it was best just to have the complete break and wait until the creative urges made themselves felt again. Funny that you mention the A-Z journal, I am just not working on my G instalment :)

      Thank you for the condolences. My mum's passing was not unexpected, but I was surprised at the shock I still felt when it actually happened.

      Hahaha on your fleeting lime logo - you could have a clock running off instead. hx

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  5. Hi Helen - Sorry to hear you've had such a bad time. If you want someone to proof read for you, I'm more than willing to help. It's often easier to find mistakes in someone else's work than in your own! Linda

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    1. Thank you, Linda for your kind offer. The pattern folios are actually pretty straight forward as it's mostly links and not too much writing - I just have to make myself do it! I will definitely keep your offer in mind when I write another book as even though I read through them multiple times, I usually miss some errors. Very frustrating. You're right though, that it's harder to see in your own work - I think it's because I'm so familiar with the text I just glaze over when I'm reading.

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  6. My condolences and sympathy for your loss of your mom and brother in law. Hard to bounce back from. Your life on the farm sounds likes lots of work, but satisfying. I think I would drop dead in 108. I live in Buffalo, NY and currently have a blanket of snow, but warmer today. Keep the creative fires stoked.

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    1. Thank you, Linda. My mum's passing was not unexpected, but still somehow a shock to me. My brother in law was just a year older than me, so that was definitely something we were not prepared for.

      108 is pretty ridiculous - some years we do get a bit hotter than that, or have a run of maybe 3-4 days of those temperatures. I pretty much just give up doing anything as I can't function - I close up the house and just lay on the couch and read.

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  7. Sorry for your loss. Life has a way of keeping us humble. Have had some similar circumstances myself this year. Have not had as much time to tangle and at times feels like I am forcing myself to do it. I have switched to some other things that I enjoy doing and have not done as much of for a while. Crocheted my first custom sweater for someone. A challenge, but also rewarding. Hoping to have time to do more pyrography this year. Will see if it comes to fruition. Look forward to your future posts.

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    1. Thank you Donald. Yep life is pretty much expect the unexpected. I am sorry to hear that you have also had a difficult year. I can definitely identify with feeling like you are forcing yourself to be creative. For me it is always best just to take a complete break - if I'm not enjoying it I just don't want to do it. The work I produce is never something I'm happy with in any case. I didn't feel like doing anything at all until we had a cold snap mid-spring and I decided to pick up some needles and start knitting - I am a very bad knitter - I had visions of making a wool blanket, but ended up doing a cushion cover. It was a sign of my creative urges waking back up, though and I just built from there.

      How wonderful that you've created a custom sweater! With my short attention span I'd be lucky to finish a doily. I'm a worse crocheter than I am a knitter. I've always wanted to try pyrography (I had to look it up though as I know it as wood burning) .

      Best wishes for a wonderful 2018 full of the things you love to do! hx

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  8. Hi Helen - it's so lovely to have you back and I'm sorry to hear of your losses. Stay strong, ending love and healing prayers xx

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    1. Dang! Sending that should say 😘

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    2. Thank you, Lila :) I have had some funny typos when sending text messages to my kids. I tend not to read them before I hit go............never a good strategy for me :)

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  9. So sad to hear about the loss of your dear mother and brother-in-law. It takes time to adjust and I hope you will take the time YOU need rather than what others think you need. It's always a surprise when I think of someone (you) and then a video pops up on my feed. I like to call it magical. Glad you are feeling a little bit like picking up the pen. Always enjoy your art.

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    1. It does feel like magic sometimes! My husband think I have 2nd hand ESP. I love old stuff and a number of times when I have expressed a wish for something. A few years ago I wanted an old cupboard for my porch - within a week the perfect one appeared on a neighbours nature strip for the taking. I have also had the same luck with a hardwood desk I wanted for my studio and a table for my verandah (both found just down the road - though admittedly my road is almost 8km long). Hahaha. My special skill. Junk. hx

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  10. Oh Helen I am glad you are back but so sorry for your losses. My prayers are for you and your family.
    I love you creativity and love what you do for us. You have a very busy schedule so I appreciate it.

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    1. Thank you, Bonnie. Mum passing away was not unexpected and I was surprised at how much it actually shocked me when it happened. You think you're prepared but I wasn't, really. I love being able to share with you, too :) hx

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  11. Helen, it's so good to have you back again! I had been wondering about where you had been in the last couple of weeks as I haven't been round the internet much in the last six month myself. I'm sorry that you have had such hard time to deal with, just remember that grieving is normal and moving back to your creativity will help. I am so glad to see you here again! Hugs, Leslie

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    1. Thank you, Leslie. Things are getting back on track. I don't feel like I am at 100% -
      which is me overflowing with ideas that I can't wait to try, but I have no doubt I'll be there again at some point. Life is always up and down, I wouldn't say that I've ever had a year that's completely good.......or bad, but this time around I guess it took a bit more out of me than I had expected. hx

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  12. Oh Helen, I'm so sad to hear of your Mother and Brother-in-Law passing. I too, lost a daughter, a father-in-law and our precious 17 year old shih tzu in 2017. I can relate to the lack of creative energy having not tangled anything from May to November. Fortunately since then I have decorated a significant number of rocks with ZIA and Helen Williams inspired things of joy. I'm headed to a craft fair with my decorated rocks in early February; should be fun.

    Your videos, books and art and home stories are prized possessions for me. I look forward to each installment and enjoy them immensely. I'm headed out to find a nice big river rock to on which to Daises Make Me Cross on. I can't wait.

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    1. Thank you so much, Dudley :) It is wonderful to hear how much you enjoy what I am doing - makes my day :)

      2017 - a very difficult year for both of us. I am so sorry to hear of your losses, I just cannot imagine how hard it must be to lose a child.

      I am very glad to hear that you are drawing again. Though I am an inconsistent facebook-er, I have seen many of your lovely drawings there. Over my life I have gone through many creative peaks and troughs (one of these lasted 3 years!) creatively. It always comes back........eventually :)

      Good luck at the craft fair! h

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  13. Lovely to have you back! I missed your posts. The personal glimpses are also nice to read. Wishing you a 2018 filled with lots of creative adventures, good gardening, and family happiness.

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  14. Oh, Dear Helen. I’ve been a follower of your work and blog for a long while. I am so sorry to hear about your dear Mom’s passing. Sending blessings and thoughts of solace. ♥️

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