October 15, 2014

A broken leg but it could have been much worse

It’s almost six weeks ago, that my husband and I tried to fix the 16 ft long and 6 ft high metal entrance gate of our old rental home. All of a sudden it jumped out of the rail and we were knocked over to the ground by several hundred pounds of iron. We were both laying on the side, trapped underneath the gate and not being able to move an inch. It was scary and I was afraid the gate would crush all our rips. It took maybe only about a minute until neighbors heard us screaming and came to rescue us. It seemed much longer though. While I had only some bruises on one shoulder, poor hubby suffered from a multiple and complicated fracture of his left ankle. He did have surgery one week later and now has 21 screws, several plates, connectors and wires in his leg. His right shoulder got hurt as well, which made it impossible for him to walk on crutches. For now he has to use a wheelchair. Time will tell if his ankle will become movable again or will be stiff. It’s a miracle though that this accident didn’t end much worse and we are thankful. We could have broken a lot more bones, could have suffered from severe head injuries or could have been paralyzed.

Fabric Pumpkin - Vintage with Laces

There is probably never a good point of time for a broken leg but it is extremely inconvenient when you are in the middle of moving. We had started to pack before the accident but the bigger part was still to do.  During the two and a half weeks that hubby had to spend in the hospital, I visited him two times a day, packed the rest of our household, moved boxes, painted walls, laid the laminate floor in my new studio and a whole lot more. A friend and his employees moved all the furniture and other heavy stuff the day before hubby came home. We put the bed in the living room/kitchen area, so that he doesn’t have to be upstairs all day. I have done a lot of things my husband normally would have taken care of or we would have completed together. There are many things though I can’t do without someone giving me a hand. In addition, I’m pretty exhausted and don’t get all the things done I would like to. Therefore it looks still pretty messy in most rooms. We hope that hubby will be able to walk again in some weeks and we can make our new home a cozy place then.

Fabric Pumpkin - Vintage with Laces

I think I haven’t shown you the pumpkin yet I had sewn for my friend Carola last year. You can probably imagine that there was no time for me to create anything new, or to decorate for fall or Halloween during the last weeks.

Fabric Apple - Vintage with Laces

The apple is one of several I made some years ago. I look forward to play again in my studio but it will take some more weeks until I will have the time and the peace of mind to do so.

I hope you all have a wonderful fall and can enjoy the pleasures of the season. I will try to catch up with your blogs soon.

September 06, 2014

Featured at Must Love Junk and Some More News

I’m excited to be featured today at Must Love Junk in Susan’s Saturday Spotlight and would love you to visit me there. I’m sharing a lot of things in that guest post you don’t know about me yet. If Susan’s blog is new to you, please take a look around. Her house is gorgeous and I admire her style very much. She creates fabulous vignettes with vintage treasures and I would love to shop her house or just move right in :). Thank you so much for inviting me to the Spotlight, Susan!

The last two weeks of August had been worrisome for me. First, Barney had been missing for 2 1/2 days and then we found out that he was very sick. I thought he would die and was very desperate. We’ve been in the animal clinic several times with him and thankfully he’s much better now. I’m so relieved. We’ll have his blood values tested again in two weeks but the vet is optimistic that they’ll be fine.

Barney in Tree

I won’t be around in blogland a lot for the next few weeks because we are in the middle of moving. Our new home is only a few miles away and we don’t need to pack everything in boxes. However, it’s a lot of work and we both already feel every single muscle in our bodies. While moving all the stuff is not so much fun, I look forward to building some furniture together with dear hubby soon :).

Now I’d be happy if I’d see you over at Must Love Junk.

Have a wonderful weekend!

August 09, 2014

My Blog Makeover and Our New Kitten

I’m very excited to share my new blog design with you. When I started to create my header, the only thing I knew was, that I didn’t want to include pictures. I played around and came up with two totally different versions but neither of them really convinced me. So I started again from scratch and this time I felt right away that I was going into the right direction. I’m very happy with the result.

The new blog layout had been a challenge in a different way. For a web designer, this would have been easy-peasy but I don’t know anything about HTML. I had to do a lot of internet research to find codes and tutorials for adding lines and social media buttons, changing sizes and little details here and there. A lot of trial and error, adding, deleting and changing codes was involved. Not to forget some swearing :). It was totally worth it though. I really like the lighter, less cluttered look and the the static pages, where you can find my favorite projects, an “About Me” page, a contact form etc. now. What do you think of the new look?
Cecily - Vintage with Laces

Now, on to the kitten story. It was four days after our cat Cecil’s death, when I heard a “meow” in the garden. I went down to check out what was going on. I had expected to see a strange cat but I only found our friend’s cat Toby. I was about to go back in, when Barney came by, sat down in front of a tree and started meowing. I looked up the tree and then I saw her. A tiny, very scared kitten. I grabbed a ladder and a transport box, climbed into the tree and picked her up. The poor girl was very thin and some scars showed that she had been in some serious fights during her first weeks of life already. When I brought her in, she was shy at first but hungry enough to come out of the box to eat.

To be honest, before I found her, I would have maybe considered to adopt an adult cat but not a kitten at this point of time. As cute as kittens are, they need a lot of attention and I was happy that my sweet Barney had reached an age, where he stopped playing with my decorations, supplies and artwork, trying to climb up on my dress form etc. The amazing thing is, that the little girl has the same colors as Cecil did. Other color combinations like ginger/white are much more common here. It seemed to be a twist of fate that she had showed up in our garden. We named her Cecily. In the meanwhile she is fully recovered and makes us smile and laugh every day.

 Cecily 2 - small

Cecily Paw - small

Aren’t kitty paws just so sweet?

Barney - Vintage with Laces

Barney was not so excited about his new step-sister but he gets used to her bit by bit and treat by treat :).