MUCH better

I’ve clawed my way out of the pit of self-pity today, and I’ve been sitting up much of the day! I finished the basic hand-sewing on a project that had baffled me in the hospital — a patchwork puzzle ball — and I’m SO glad to have figured it out.

I’m making little handmade decorative balls to put in a bowl by our front door so that the girls will be allowed to play with the decorating. Currently what’s in that bowl just isn’t friendly to a home with small children. So I found this book:
Patchwork Puzzle Balls
and the templates to go with it and I’ve made three so far. I hope to have about 7 or so in the bowl, and then I can change them out seasonally if I wanna. But they’re SO easy and fun to make… I took supplies and pre-cut fabrics to make two of them in the hospital, including the one on the cover of the book. It’s one of the smallest balls in the book — about 2-1/2″ in diameter — but the instructions weren’t really complete, I found. I tried several times while on morphine to figure it out, but kept getting something that would have been shaped like a fish when I turned it right-side out, so I gave up and packed it away until I was off the drugs. Figured it out today, and started stuffing it! Yay!

The other one, a design with hexagons and squares, proved to be much simpler — I got it put together during two episodes of Trading Spaces or While You Were Out or something similar while I was in morphine lockup. The nurses were funny — I did a lot of (very slow) knitting, and when I was working on the puzzle balls they’d come in and say, “What are you making NOW?!” I already had the rep of being Crafty, since my nurse the first full day discovered that I was a scrapbooker. So when I just kept pulling out more activities I guess it amused them.

Anyway. Glad to be feeling better, and I KNOW my family is glad. I feel like I’ve been living under a cloud of unhappiness for the last few weeks, and I’m sorry for that.

I’m baaaaaaaaack! And I’m NOT ON DRUGS ANYMORE!!!! WOOWOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

2 thoughts on “MUCH better”

  1. YAY!!! Elaine is baaaaaaaaaaack!!! Woohoo!!

    So glad to see you’ve kicked the drug habit, are sitting up, and feeling more like you! No need to apologize for the past couple of weeks. We all thought of you each day and prayed for a speedy recovery!

    I must say, however, that your craftiness makes me feel so inadequate. Sigh…

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