Friday, 30 May 2014

Hello x

Well hello lovely folks , I unbelievably have an evening free so I thought I would pop by and say hello . 

Where to start it's been sooooo long ( 5 weeks by my reckoning )  but it feels nice to be here . 

Lets start with a mum update , as you will realise from my previous posts my life took a drastic change of direction when she had her accident . But I am pleased to say her health , her mobility and independence improves rapidly, she is now back home and had her Halo (a metal frame attached to the skull to help neck fractures heal ) removed a week ago . I went with her for the procedure as I didn't want her to go through it on her own . She is now and for the foreseeable future living in a neck brace , she unfortunately got the news that her neck fracture hasn't healed as the vertebrae  has fractured in 2 places and could take up 8 months to heal or maybe never !!  Her response to this news was 
"oh well , even if I have to live in a neck brace for the rest of my life at least I'm still here ! " 
my mum is truly an inspiration to me . Her out look on life is amazing , she battles on through with a cup half full never half empty and believe me she's had a life that she has had to battle on through , she is one tough little Yorkshire woman . She moves to a new level access flat next week ( she has organised this all herself ) and  I'm going help her out next week with some parts of the move . She is very excited about not having to deal with any more stairs , she is still understandably very nervous of stairs . She has to have another operation  in the future but for now she is healing  and her life has improved drastically and she is glad to be home and we are unbelievably happy to have her on the mend and at home . 

This improvement in my mum has also had a knock on effect in the last few weeks as I'm now getting back to a normal pace of life and I now have room in my head to think . I am able to devote more time to the creative aspects of my life and my little business Handmade Over Yonder is starting to pick up pace . I was able to put some of my handmade creations in my Etsy shop last week , which felt sooooo good . 

Whilst I am making some of my crochet pin cushions I am attempting to write the pattern so I can offer it in kit form at a future date . 

 I've also created a little work space at home for those times when I can't get into The Studio . I have now started my next batch of Linen Hares . I love this starting point where I put the collection together . This has really made me feel like life is getting back to normal .

 I've also had time to play and experiment !! Oooooo the start of a crochet fabric rug , I love giving old fabric a new life . 

I have also been pootling away at two ongoing crochet projects , firstly my shawl .......

.......................and my youngest son Giant granny blanket.

I feel life is ticking over nicely at the moment and I am definitely getting my mojo back .

 I would like to thank every one who pops by here and on my Facebook page for Handmade Over Yonder  and leaves me comments of support and encouragement  , it has really kept me going the last few months when life has felt unbelievably hard . 
Thank you to all my wonderful customers who support my little business ' Handmade Over Yonder ' and show a great deal of patience in waiting for things to be made and offered for sale . 
I really do appreciate you all and thanks for popping by .
Have a lovely weekend and 
Ta ta for now
 Tracy xx


  1. Such lovely news, Tracy - I'm so glad to see you back here, and that things have turned a corner for you. I always love to see your fabrics and yarns paired up, all ready for a new 'down', 'drove', 'flick' or 'husk' * of hares (* collective name, according to Wiki***ia!!) on your lovely blog. Have fun, and love to your Mum. Chris x

  2. Hi Chris
    Thank you for popping by and thanks for your kind comment , I too am glad to be back here , I'm glad you enjoyed your visit .
    Have a lovely weekend
    with Kind regards Tracy x

  3. Great to hear that things are getting back to normal. I have en enormous granny blanket in my head trying to get out. I can't get the yarn for it here in St Helena but soon we will be back in the land of the shop... xx

  4. Hi Tracy, I read your blog & just wanted to pop by & comment on this post .... I broke my neck 10 years ago now & came out of the halo & then into the neck brace. I was supposed to have this on for 8 weeks & ended up in it for 20 weeks as my bones didn't mend either. I just wanted to ask you to tell your Mum to just be patient ... mine eventually took 18 months to properly mend but it did in the end !!!! The important thing is I am right as rain today. I wish I had;ve had someone to reassure me when I was going through it all ... it can be a long slow process. But do tell her to have faith - it will mend in the end. My specialist told me that some folks bones mend quickly & some just take quite awhile ... nothing to do but sit it out. Love your blog & all your creations. Take care Tracy & hugs to your Mum from me x0x0x Julie in New Zealand x0x0

  5. Glad to hear normality is returning. Your mum is amazing for keeping her spirits up and knuckling down to what has to be done. Moving home is a big decision. It's hard to be creative when life is so busy, so Me thinks you have inherited some of her grit and determination.
    S xx

  6. It's great to hear your mum is making such good progress after her dreadful accident, she is indeed a fantastic lady to have coped so well with it all. No doubt having a loving and supportive family has helped her greatly. I'm pleased to hear that your creative mojo is back. Liz x

  7. It was heartwarming to read that your Mum has had some improvement. Her outlook is amazing. She is a warrior. I can take a page from her book. I'm glad you're happily creating and content.

  8. So pleased to read your Mum's on the mend. Long may it continue and I hope the move into her new home goes well. Glad to see your Mojo is returning. Look forward to seeing your new makes, x

  9. Glad your mum is getting better Tracey. Your makes are wonderful.

  10. Your mum is inspirational. Glad you're getting your mojo back. Those little angels have been watching over you. Jacqui xx

  11. So glad your mum is getting stronger, the move sounds like the right one, I do hope it goes smoothly. She does indeed sound like an inspirational woman. She has my very best wishes. I love all the fabrics and yarn you've set out for your new hares, such beautiful colours, you have such a good eye for what will work well together. I hope you have a good week, CJ xx

  12. Nice to see you back! Glad to hear your Mum is doing so well; a positive outlook is half the battle, and I'm sure she will be out of her neck brace before too long. We had a similar experience experience with my Dad when he had cancer a couple of years ago - he surprised and humbled us with his matter-of-fact outlook, refused to accept that this was anything except a new beginning and I can only hope that I have inherited some of his bravery xx

  13. I am so glad to hear that your Mum is doing so well given all that happened to her and that she is recovering slowly but surely. Her outlook and attitude are amazing and will definitely help her recovery. Keep taking care of yourself. Lovely to hear from you - your angels are beautiful!! xx

  14. So glad your Mum's feeling better! it is nice to see you are back in the making-mode!
    Jacqueline in Pitt Meadows

  15. How nice to read that your mum is on the mend. Hopefully the warmer months will be a good time to recuperate. Love the colour combinations in your home work space.

  16. Glad to hear your Mum is doing so well and that life is getting back to normal

  17. I am late in saying...but I too am so pleased that your Mum is doing better, and that you are able to reconnect with some of the creative pursuits you enjoy the most. My mom and Nana used to make rag rugs of wool long ago...precious memories. Your crocheted mats inspire me to want to make some! Thanks for posting, Tracy :) xx