I dreamed of a simple life, to live on a beautiful mountain, with my growing family, read books and tend a garden. I was so lucky all my dreams were coming true, life was wonderful, my boys were running around with the chickens in the huge veggie patch, amongst the fruit trees, they had all started school so I was able to get a part time job and we were thinking of doing a few things around our very neglected house, well with three little boys to look after, who has time.
Then a dark cloud came over our wonderful…I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, my body ached, my garden became too big to manage, and our world was changing, life was not so rosy, and just when you think, we can deal with this, the storm grew! Our middle child, our cheeky, sneaky, charming boy was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, bone cancer. Such an aggressive cancer, he started treatment at the beginning of 2012, chemo, then radical surgery which removed his femur and knee, replaced with titanium, then straight back to chemo, for over 10 months we were in hospital, day trips, stays for days, then weeks…Sam endured so much pain and suffering, he was only eight. As soon as treatment finished, the cancer returned, so aggressive, they told us he only had two months…two months to fill a life time of love into, sadly he passed away four days before his ninth birthday xx
While in the hospital I began making felt flowers to give to the people helping us, then started selling them, keeping busy helped me deal with what was happening with Sam. After he left us, my passion grew, I had to keep busy. Creating is the best therapy! I made my first patchwork skirt for a market I was going to, and I was hooked. I have always loved op shopping and recycling items. Making upcycled clothing from hidden treasures is now my passion, I love finding old doilies and seeing the work put into them and giving them new life. Retro prints are magic to me, I love old 70’s sheets and creating with them. I love the colours and prints, the embroidery and vintage crochet. I have also discovered crochet! Oh how relaxing it is to crochet, a craft you can take anywhere, all you need is one hook and some yarn, so simple but so lovely.
Sam is my inspiration, he is my drive and my passion, life has turned a corner we never thought existed, I still suffer from my RA daily, but it is nothing like Sam went through, dream a little is the only good to come out of such pain, it is the rainbow after the storm xx