This post is to say a huge thank you to the "blogosphere" and all our beautiful friends we have made along the way. I can't express just how important this on-line journal has been in my life. I am approaching the end of my active treatment this week with my final radiotherapy being on Tuesday morning at 8.40 am!!!!! This blog and the support I have received from you all have been an essential part of my healing process. Your comments and e-mails have been so appreciated. When times were darkest, I had the next post to think about and distract me. Creating is always healing and the blog has demanded much from me in terms of creating things to share with you all. These demands kept me focused and kept depression at bay. The ridiculous creatures Melly and I have made have been delightfully entertaining for us as they came to chemo and the holiday on the beach etc. The silly things were almost real to us as we threw ourselves into the distraction of creating them. My friends have also been amazing and I thank you all (you know who you are) for your love, support, meals and cards and letters that you sent.
The label "Melly and me" was conceived just over twelve months ago when Melanie and I were on holidays in Warrnambool with our families. Melanie said to me at that time, "I'm not really creative like you Rosie, I could never design anything on my own!" We decided to have a label together as that would ease Melly into the project and would give me another outlet. I am here to tell you that Melanie has run with it and is the most wonderful designer with fresh and exciting ideas! I love what she does and am constantly surprised with the level of her talent. She has carried "Melly and me" by designing at least 75% of our current catalogue. Melanie has been my rock through the last eight months from the time of my diagnosis. I don't know what I would have done without her. We have cried together and laughed together and designed together. She is such an inspiration to me. I want to share some photos of my little "Chuppa chup" and me from when she was first in my life.
P.S. I also made these two versions of Melanie's Sherbert bag this morning. The brown one is a sample for Patchwork on Central Park and the orange one is mine! - Rosie.
P.P.S. Some things never change - we still love our jelly snakes!!!
I have decided to write this post as a way of taking a forced break from my sewing machine. I love designing and sewing quilts but when doing sections that are incredibly repetitive it sometimes feels like working on a production line!
This WIP is a quilt I am creating for baby floss who will soon move to her big-girl bed. I had hoped that it would be well and truly completed by now and that I'd be able to show off the final result but due to distractions such as this....
....my week is not going quite to plan. (Thankfully no one was in the car at the time)
I also wanted to take the opportunity to bring your attention to this blog. Claire is setting up an Ebay auction as a form of fundraising for this special little boy. It looks like they are still hoping for more donations so if you feel inspired to donate a piece of your art/craft I'm sure it would be highly appreciated. Also keep an eye out for the auction dates if you are interested in bidding on anything!
I hope you are all having a much more productive week than I am.
Now, I can delay no further - back to the machine! - Melly
The Sangsangs have landed! Yes, the patterns are produced and ready to be sent out to the stores!
As you can see Zak and Kiki were joined by little Lola Sangsang for the pattern! Little Jet Sangsang was running a little late and missed out on the photo shoot! Poor Jet!
So we decided to cheer him up and celebrate the release of the pattern by giving him a new home.
Please leave a comment if you think you can find room in your home and heart for little Jet. He is happy to travel to anywhere in the world! We will draw a name on Friday evening, 16th Feb making someone the lucky owner of this little fella. We will also draw a second name to receive a copy of the new pattern. We will email the winners on Saturday to grab your postal details.
Anyone else who wants to get a copy of this great new pattern itisnowavailablehere and will be available later this week from here, and here. May the floss be with you!! - Melly & Rosie.
geDon't you love the post?? We do - if it isn't nasty bills! Last week I received the most wonderful gift in the mail from Tiel. She decided she would like to make a "healing" block for the quilt that Leanne organised when I was diagnosed (by the way, 20 down and 13 to go for Radiotherapy!). I have received so many beautiful blocks and Tiel's was amongst the most beautiful. She also made a beautiful print of the same design, called "Twig of hope" I was so thrilled to receive it!
Melly also had some wonderful mail after a bit of a spending spree! Firstly there was the beautiful print "one and the same" which Melly purchased from the extremely talented Beth. We are both crazy for every piece of art she produces.
Also Melly bought this wonderful Shmerpi from Jhoanna. She makes the most incredible softies. Melly says she bought "Shazaam" for her son's 4th birthday, but I know differently!
We can't wait to do more etsy shopping and enjoy more of everyone's work. Who needs major department stores when we have such a talented network of artists at hand! We LOVE you all. - Rosie