Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Theft pure and simple

I have just been informed by another designer that some arse has put Holmsey charts on an illegal sharing site.

As most of you know, I have terminal cancer. Holmsey is more than a cross stitch design: he is a real character from my imagination. He is my friend, my escape from a really shitty reality and my legacy to my children and grandchildren. He is part of me.
He has been featured in two books, written by myself.

Money from sales of Holmsey's charts goes to a breast cancer charity and to my granddaughter's college fund.
I am heartbroken. I give lots of charts away freely. I try to be fair to stitchers but the actions of a few have tarnished my world.

As a result I will cease all trading from December the 31st, to give shops the chance to satisfy their sales commitments.

Personally, I would withdraw them all now if I could. But that wouldn't be fair to the shops.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Back Again!

I'm so sorry I've been away.  Life has been so full!

Let me explain and hopefully you will forgive me.

My granddaughter came to stay with us for a week.  It was wonderful but soooo tiring!
And apparently people with cancer in their spine should NOT be playing 'ten little monkeys bouncing on the bed' or teach their grandchildren to bounce down the stairs on their bottom.

End result?

Horrifically bad back which led to a visit to A and E, a three night stay and a promise to never play ten little monkeys bouncing on the bed!  I also had to deal with one A and E dr, spouting off about metastatic cancer in my back and who got me so stressed I threw up on him; oops. I felt better though!  I didn't want to know where it was. My oncology team were happy for me not to know, though the CT scans kind of give away the general area and I'm sure I knew really but ignoring it is part of my coping strategy and if it works, it works.

The night before  I appeared on the Pat Kenny Show, talking about nurses and A and E departments.  As I lay in a very nice ambulance I was thankful that I had been speaking on the side of the nurses!

I have made a few more nappy cakes for the Hospice Charity!

Daisy nappy cakes!

I also got to go and see Depeche Mode in concert.  I love Depeche Mode and I didn't really think I'd be able to go but I did a kind deed for someone 5 years ago, a deed which was more or less forgotten by me but thankfully not by the person I helped. She had links with the concert promoters and she and my daughter and husband plotted between them....and out of nowhere came and email saying 'these are your tickets for Depeche Mode!!!!!'

It was totally amazing; loved their old stuff and their new.  A dream come true!

Now I'm recovered from TV, hospital and Depeche Mode, I've picked up my crochet again; I'm about halfway through part four and it's looking good!  This is a before photo.  The lack of sun means I will wait until I finish it before taking a photo.

The last wizard is also out. I.C Pole.  I'll put the free chart up in the free charts section some time next week (when I remember how to do it). The fundraiser ends on December the 1st.  If you're stitching, we would appreciated a small donation, all of which can be kept anonymous.

I'm determined to have a quiet and crafty week this week, so wish me luck!

Happy stitching!

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