Wednesday, 19 March 2014

It has been such a long time

Well my Lovely Friends how are you all.  I am sorry that I have been away for such a long time.  It has been a combination of things which has kept me away from my blog.  First of all the pesky gremlins have stayed around for such a long time and are still there, hidden in pockets, somewhere inside this computer.  I am nearly there now thanks to my lovely Friend who has been so helpful and kind trying to sort it all out.

The other reason which I cannot go into is due to something which I had to do.  It has been planned for a while and I knew that I had to face it on my own.  It has been a week now and was such a distressing thing to have to do.  I cannot explain how dark the world is to me at this moment in time.  It is nothing to do with illness but is linked to someone I love who isn't around anymore sadly.  I miss him every day and at this moment in time this pain is just unbearable. I did think about not returning to my blog as I cannot face much at the moment, just putting on a brave face and taking one step at a time - my students all keep me going as we have been so busy.  In the midst of all this we had a programme inspection and happily my area came out with an excellent outcome so all the hard work I have put in has kept my mind very much occupied during the day.  My sewing has been a blessing as well as I have tried to carry on as best I could and have produced some things to show you.   

However at the back of my mind each day I was really missing all of you and had crept back at times to read up on your blogs and decided today that I would return because the friendship and warmth I have experienced since starting my blog last May has been incredible.  You will have to bear with me for a little while as it may be all a jumble but hopefully I will get stronger once again and be able to smile and laugh.

Well I think the best thing to do is to just let you see what \I have been up to over the past week or so.  I have always wanted to have a go at a child's dress, for years now I have looked at magazines and thought it would be such a nice thing to do. I had bought this cheery pink fabric from Abakhan recently - it was so spring like I just couldn't resist. 

I just loved these little flower buttons, so cute.

I cannot wait to see one of my little Peeps wearing this one.  I had some fabric over and so of course had to make something else................

Do you like this little bag?  As usual I go OTT with decorations.....Rachel my sewing teacher says that I should call it a 'Dorothy Design'!

I couldn't stop and had to put something on the bottom.

And inside too.......

Not sure if I am doing this for the little Peeps or me!

The little Peeps are just crazy about Frozen but getting hold of any fabric is just crazy but I managed to get another piece from Ebay with enough to make two little bags and some brooches which went down a treat.

I love putting little designs inside the bags now as I think it is a cute surprise when you open them up.

The lovely Sarah from            did me some more photographs but unfortunately the ones I sent were a little out of focus but I was able to use them inside each bag for the girls.  They loved seeing themselves inside the bag and there are not arguments about who they belong to either.

I love using the machine to write with, it makes everything so personal.

Do you like this one - the fabric is from IKEA which I really love and only £5 per metre.  I love the little bag and the fabric for this was chosen by the Peeps when we visited Blists Hill Victorian Village a couple of weeks ago.  It was so easy to do.  I need to give you the name of the designer which I do not have to hand but will let you know on the next post.

I chose different coloured buttons to make it look pretty and cheerful.

Well lovely Friends this is just a quick post to say hello again and sorry about the silence.  I am so glad to be back but forgive me if my post isn't as coherent or interesting as I would like it to be.  I need to catch up with all your lovely news now and send some messages to you all.  Be happy and keep safe wherever you are in our wonderful world.  Sending you all my loves and hugs as always.  Dorothy :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxx


  1. Lovely to see all that you have been making Dorothy and to see you back blogging again. I am so sorry that you have been going through hard times, I hope that they will pass and that things will start to look better in time. I can tell you one thing for sure, blogland will be there, everyone will rally round and be so very kind that you won't believe it, they have been amazing for me and I am sure that they will be for you too. Take care of yourself dear friend. I will be thinking of you. xx

  2. So glad you didn't leave us, I do so love reading your blog. So sorry to hear things are been so difficult, I'm sending you *hugs* and hope that the grey skies move away soon and you see sunshine in your life again soon.

    Love love love your makes!! I love all your decorations, I wish I had such a creative eye. Would love to be one of your little peeps with all the wonderful things you make.

    Take care, thinking of you.

  3. I'm so sorry you're having to go through this dear Dorothy, and I'm feeling your sadness - 'this too will pass' but it's gone on for far too long! You are in my heart and prayers dear friend!
    Lovely makes once again and all the embellishments on the sweet little bag are gorgeous - and the honey of a dress with the little purse attached is too cute, what a great idea!
    Pop on over soon my friend, I have a giveaway happening in celebration of my first year of blogging and I wouldn't want you to miss out on a chance, now would I!!!
    Keep smiling your lovely smile and be extra good to yourself, Much love for you, Joy xoxo

  4. So sorry that you are so sad but I am very glad that you decided to keep sharing with us.
    Jacqui xx

  5. Oh Dorothy the new year has not started well for you has it? Sorry to hear you are sad and just to let you know I am cheering you on from Shropshire and always love reading your blog, whenever you call in. Jo x

  6. Dear Dorothy so sorry to hear you have been having such a difficult time lately and I hope you feel happier soon. Your little dress is so pretty, and the bags you have made are all wonderfully stitched and decorated.
    Sending love and a big hug.
    Helen xox

  7. Dearest Dorothy I'm sending huge cyber (((hugs))) for you today; you sound so sad and "down" and I hope it passes soon and you start to feel better and life returns to 'normal' for you soon. I'm so pleased that you are going to continue your blogging. I've missed your creations.
    I love that dress; it's such a long time since I made children's clothes - I need to find myself a child to make for! :-) And the Dorothy bag is so cute - you need to write the instructions and sell them as a PDF download. I think the little touches inside the bags for your little peeps is gorgeous; such a personal thing for your girls.
    I sincerely hope you start feeling better soon - it's not a good place to be, is it? But so difficult to climb out of. I'm pleased you are not giving up blogging. Jude.xx

  8. Dearest Dorothy I'm sorry you are so sad and having such a hard time just now, I'm sending you lots of hugs through cyber space and will keep you in my prayers hoping things will look brighter soon.
    I love all your makes and reading your blog so I am delighted you have decided not to leave us but to carry on blogging. Blogland is such a supportive place and I'm sure you will find that so.
    Take care
    Jackie x

  9. My dearest Dorothy I am so shocked to hear you are in such emotional pain, and that you lost someone you love.
    My heart aches for you. You always have the kindest words for us bloggers when we moan about the little things, I only hope we can help support you too during this terrible time for you.
    It is a relief to know that sewing is helping you somewhat, and I am more than pleased to know that you have not given up blogging...stay with us.
    you don't have to blog with just projects you can blog just a word or a picture and know that we will all be here following along and sending you our biggest hugs with wishes for a brighter future
    All my love Dorothy....words are not enough I know...
    D xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  10. I am hoping you will find some comfort in sewing and as you make such pretty, happy things a little bit of joy will creep back into your life. Your makes are just adorable. Spring is around the corner and hopefully will be in your life as well xxxx

  11. I do hope with each passing day a little of the pain you are feeling at the moment will ease. It's lovely to see your creations, love the sweet little bags and so nice that you can find solace in your crafting. Sending you lots of light, love and energy xx

  12. Dear Dorothy...I'm so sorry to read that you're having such a difficult time at the moment and hope things become a lot easier for you very's lovely to see that you have been crafting has always been a great help to me in dark times...x
    Your little dresses for the girls are so pretty and I'm sure they love the little secret extras inside. IKEA fabric is always great quality and a good price too and I've used lots of it over the years...the different coloured little buttons are perfect...x
    Sending you a huge hug,
    Susan x