Sunday, 17 July 2011

Handmade Monday - Candle Holders

I've not posted for a while, I've been feeling sorry for myself and had to give myself a good talking to. I'll talk about that in a moment but first here are the candle holders I showed you a couple of weeks ago.

The one above started life as a pasta sauce jar. I have put pebbles in it to add weight and to lift the candle up to the window.

I made another one from an old coffee jar and left the string unpainted.
 They make great outdoor candle holders as they protect the candle from the wind.
I have made a tutorial for these Outdoor Candle Holders on my website.

I'm off to check out all the other craft stories at Wendy's blog 1st Unique gifts for this weeks Handmade Monday. Do pop over and have a look as there are some very talented people posting there.

It's not fair! Why me?

I have many things to be thankful for and I know I shouldn't feel like this but it is hard sometimes. Now if you want to hear my rant about why I've been feeling down here it is you've been warned.
I had my ears tested a few weeks back, as my tinnitus has got worse. I've had moderate hearing loss for years since I was a child so I'm used to not hearing well. The audiogram showed I now have severe hearing loss and if it continues at the same rate I could be profoundly deaf within 5 years.
I took it in my stride but now I'm having problems with my eyes, double vision and dark patches. It is thought that this may be due to my fibro and will occasionally flare then get better. I know I'm whining but I've always had perfect eye sight and I lip-read, if I lose my sight I will be totally isolated. So I've been feeling scared and sorry for myself but I've given myself a good talking to and will now stop whinging.
Sorry for the rant and thanks for listening.

Monday, 4 July 2011

Handmade Monday 23 - 4th July

My Independence day, well it was for a while. My daughter was born on the 4th July, 22 years ago. We already had a 2 year old son and we decided that was it, no more kids, so the 4th of July was going to be my independence day.
Well you know what they say about best laid plans, we had another beautiful girl 6 years later. Sometimes it's nice things don't work out exactly as you plan them. The older two doted on their little sister and the two girls get on really well.
Natalie and Vicky 2004
Natalie and Vicky 2011

The pic on the left was taken on holiday 7 years ago. The photo on the right earlier this year.
They have changed a lot but still like to pose for the camera and Natalie's little sister is taller than her now.

I didn't make it to last weeks Handmade Monday as my Dad was taken to hospital and I was visiting him everyday until he came out on the Tuesday. His calcium levels were dangerously low and he was lucky they caught it early. As he is on warfarin he has to have a blood test once a week and it was picked up. He's OK now and we are all going to Weymouth for the day on Tuesday.

I haven't managed much in the way of crafts but I have made a few candle holders out of some old jars.

I haven't got any photo's of the finished jars yet but I took step by step photo's to add a tutorial to my website.

These will be used outside and should keep the candle's protected from the wind as well as being reasonably safe if they fall over.

I will post the finished pics as soon as I get them up on my site.

Do pop over to Wendy's 1st Unique Gifts and take a look at all the other crafty blogs that take part in Handmade Monday.