Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Colours of Autumn Skirt



Between all the little things that need to get sorted before we leave for Toronto this week (whoa..) and photographing a wedding this past Saturday, as well as my semi-new babysitting job and all the regular stuff I have to do..I just haven't had much blogging time!  Oh, but last week I did find some time for sewing this skirt!!

Doesn't it just scream FALL!?

It's made from this super easy pattern because I like instantly gratifying projects. I don't have much patience for long projects.
Well, sorry y'all..must dash.........photoshop and laundry and suitcases and the post office and my vacuum cleaner and my mop are calling....ICKY! Not to mention our poor little fish that hasn't been fed for a few day..OOPS!

A Glimpse Inside

Friday, 23 September 2011

The beauty of Autumn...

Autumn has to be my favourite time of year. There just seems to be beauty every which way you turn.
My camera loves it too...

Oh, the GORGEOUS-NESS of it all!!

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Seaside Saturday

My Dearest hubby is enjoying his very LAST day of his twenties today! We have been having little celebrations for his BIG 3-0 all week! The most exciting and and most photographed (ok, the only photographed) celebration was yesterday's trip to the seaside! We picked up a couple of friends and drove a couple hours to the shoreline.

We ate ice cream.
We strolled by the beach.
We laughed alot.

 We loved every minute of it!
What a superb Saturday!

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Bag Lady

Hello Everyone!
I hope your Thursday is full of sunshine and love!
Mine is definitely filled with love - for this bag I just made!
Oh, and the yellow in it sort of reminds me of sunshine....

I know I have made similar bags before but it is just such a quick project and I love the shape. You can find the pattern and directions here.

When I saw this material, I knew I had to make it into a bag  for the coming crisp, autumn days!

Check out my other bags from this pattern here and here.

A Glimpse Inside

It's a Keeper

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

British Life #5

This past weekend, our local town had the most interesting event going on - the main one being a Penny Farthing race and also a unicycle race. For those who don't know what a Penny Farthing is,  this is one..

It was so enjoyable to do something SO DIFFERENT! I have only seen 2 people riding one of these in my life, so to see so many in one place was FUN!
Oh yes!
Here's some pictures from the day.

And as an extra special treat, I've loaded a video for you to see the excitement for yourself! It's from my phone so sorry the quality not the greatest!

Monday, 12 September 2011

Two years ago..

I married my Best Friend,
the one I laugh with,
 live for, dream with,

To My Sweetheart,

I can't believe it's been two years since we promised each other
Every day is an adventure with you.
You know just what to say to make me laugh until I cry, 
and when I cry, you always are able to make me laugh.
You are the one that make my days exciting
and my life FULL of happiness and love.
What a great two years we've had! I'm looking forward to many more..


Mrs. G

Friday, 9 September 2011

*Photo Friday*

I find the best time of the day to take landscapes is at dawn or at sunset.  There is just something so awe-inspiring about the lighting at these times of the day...and you can photograph the most beautiful silhouettes.

I also find the main thing I do when shooting landscapes is to add some element to the foreground. This generally gives a feeling of depth to the photo. 
Hope you enjoyed!

         the hollie rogue

Thursday, 8 September 2011

My Miracle - Part 2

If you haven't already, read this first.

After Michael's rescue his heart stopped 16 times. His temperature was 25 degrees.  The doctors told us that severe brain damage was certain and that even if Michael woke up, his personality would never be the same again.

   "and so we Michael...he is in your hands...."

Michael spent 2 weeks unconscious in a hospital in Norway and then was flown back to England. I did not go to Norway because I was told I would not be able to see him because I wasn't immediate family, just his girlfriend.  Those weeks being apart from the situation were some of the hardest in my life.  His family kept me updated and I remember the joy I felt when they told me he had woken up. He started to respond with blinks for yes and no and eventually, ever so slowly was able to move his lips to ask for things. He could not speak because he was on a ventilator machine to help him breathe.

For weeks I was so worried that when he woke up he would not remember who I was, so imagine the feeling when he asked for me!  We were so happy to have him alive and with time we saw that Michael was the same old Michael he was before his accident. No personality change, just himself.  As soon as he was back in England I went straight there. I was so nervous to see him, I can remember the sick feeling of raw nerves I felt not knowing what to expect. But when I got there, it was just Michael lying there, smiling at me.

Slowly, ever so slowly, things got better.  He slowly learned to breathe on his own again - we laugh now thinking about the times where I used to cheer when he managed to breathe 15 seconds on his own.  This accident left Michael quadriplegic and changed his life in one short moment.  He left the hospital in the summer of 2007 to begin his new life in a wheel chair.

We got engaged  December 2008....

 and promised each other forever in September of 2009...

As you can imagine, this life changing experience brought with it many, many challenges, but I am so proud to say with his good attitude and will to persevere, our life has become a somewhat 'normal' life, one that we enjoy and cherish. Michael now gets up every day, gets into a van that he is able to drive, heads off to University where he is doing a PhD in molecular sciences. What a smarty!  We are heading to Toronto this fall where he will be doing some research for Toronto Sick Kids Hospital for two months.  He also recently started up a charity here in the UK to raise money to build a hospital ward for children with spinal injuries and people with cancer of the spine.

It has been 5 years since that horrible day on the mountain, but everyday I am thankful for my very own...


Wednesday, 7 September 2011

My Miracle - Part 1

Today I am writing about something very close to my HEART.
We don't always have miracles in our lives, so when we do, I believe they should be CHERISHED.

Here is the story of mine.

I met Michael two weeks before I turned 18. He was on a holiday in Canada visiting some mutual friends. We met, talked to each other, and the rest is history really.

We have been married 2 years and it has been WONDERFUL! We make each other laugh every day and we LOVE discovering new places and interests together. He is the most calm and patient person I have ever known and he makes me feel JOY everyday. 

Things have not always been so wonderful for us.

You see- Michael was a very experienced rock-climber when I met him. He started Rock climbing when he was about 13 years old. He was so, so passionate about it and any chance he got he would be out in the countryside scaling a wall or mountain of some sort.  Over the 12 years he was climbing, he became very good at it. Over time he started to enjoy different types of climbing - ice climbing and solo-climbing.

In 2006, Michael planned a trip to climb the Troll Wall in Norway. It is such a large wall, he would have to spend a full 7-10 days climbing before reaching the top. We didn't know it then, but this would be the climb that would change everything...

About a day into the climb, the rock Michael was scaling broke away from the side of the mountain. Michael fell about 120 feet. It was after the fall, when he was dangling there that my darling realized he could not move his hands, or his feet. His neck was broken and he was paralyzed. He tells me that this was the moment he accepted that this was the end for him on this earth, as it was well known that people do not get rescued off of that particular wall. After hanging motionless for 10 hours, a man who had been talking to Michael about his climb earlier that week decided to use his telescope to see how Michael's climb was progressing. When he looked through and saw that Michael was not moving, he called for help and a helicopter finally came.

The area was so dangerous that the crew were not even sure they could make a rescue because the rock on the mountain was so loose. They knew that by attempting a rescue they were risking the helicopter and ultimately their own lives. As they were all men with families and knowing the danger of the situation, they decided that each of them, individually, would go and sit and make the decision whether they would even try to rescue Michael. The decision had to be unanimous or else they would not even attempt a rescue.  The biggest decision would be made by the winch-man who would be the one to go out of the helicopter to attach Michael to the winch.

After sitting there for about an hour, trying to make a decison, one of the other men came over to him and simply said "Come on, let's go get him and then we'll all go and have a drink".
So they did.

They actually thought they were retrieving a dead body but miraculously, Michael was still breathing. These men risked their lives to save the man who is now my husband. These men put their fears aside so that my fears would not become reality. These men are my heroes.

15 minutes after Michael was pulled off of the wall, a huge avalanche of rock tumbled straight over the place he had been laying all day..if they had not managed to get him we would never have known what happened to Michael up there on the mountain..

Click here to read Part 2!

Linking up with the Wiegands with their what's on my heart link party



Tuesday, 6 September 2011

To dye or not to dye..

I was so excited when I remembered the easiest way to 'recycle' clothes I already have into something new that I'd wear more. It's so much better than donating it to someone else to love!
So I ordered a pack of DYE...
Made it look like this....

And instead of this....

I got this - perfect for the first few weeks of autumn weather we are having at the moment...

I also ended up with this..

But unfortunately, I forgot to take the before picture. Basically, it was a plain white blouse that I never wore because it was really thin and see-through. Now that it's blue, I will wear it lots more.
I love how the stitching didn't hold the colour.. it definitely adds some character to this top.

Oh and just a hint if you decide to do this yourself - check your rubber gloves for holes..

Unless you enjoy having a finger that looks DEAD!!!