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Recovery Time

Home and resting!

Hello, friends!

I’ve been posting updates on my social media, but I know not everyone is on Facebook or Instagram so I wanted to leave you a quick note to let you know that I am home and recovering from surgery. There were quite a few delays today but we got there in the end. My surgeon was able to perform both procedures we had previously discussed in one surgery which means I only have one recovery, and not two! I will admit my eyes teared up when she told me she’d done some research and she’d decided we could do it in one go! All of my hardware has been removed and my toe has been straightened to prevent further issues down the line. I’m officially hardware free for the first time since 2016!!!

My sweet husband waited all day for me and has been generally amazing and as always attentive to my needs.

Anyway, I’ve been home for a few hours and am properly fed after having to fast for almost an entire day. I am now resting and enjoying your videos. Also, I’m able to walk short distances without crutches which is a huge improvement from last time!

I hope you all have a very Happy New Year!

❤️ Jennifer O

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I did a thing

Hi everyone, I finished two sewing projects, but will post next week.

I have just moved month ago, (long story)

I have just started a new job, best move I ever made. I have loads of free time now, so now I can sew.

Looking forward to sharing again.

Advice please. What is the best way to work through a mountain of UFO’s?

Love to all


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Robin (rsislandcrafts)

Hello friends.

Susan shared that former TTMTer Robin and her family have been affected by the hurricane damage in Florida.

If you would like to help out during what must be a difficult time, visit Robin’s YouTube community for more information.

Thanks everyone and I genuinely hope you are doing well. ❤️

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I’ve got (a) class

I was determined to post a video this week but it’s Wed afternoon and it just hasn’t happened. It’s not that I am overly busy, but life is happening and I have zero track of time and so I’m just going to call an audible and film later.

I’ve been sewing samples for my very first Paper Piecing class to teach beginners at Hip Stitch. I’m excited and also extremely nervous. I asked to move it up to June from July because the June schedule was fairly open and I didn’t want to wait, I wanted to jump in like pulling off a bandaid! My first class is June 9 and then I also am doing it June 18 for people that need it to be on the weekend.

The pattern calls for 8 different fabrics. So I did one sample that essentially followed the pattern, but I also made one with 5 different fabrics, and then another one this morning that was all one color but 8 different fabrics. I think so far the one color version is my favorite…

Here’s a link to the class so you can see my 3 samples…

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Life update

Hi everyone, things are crazy at my end of the world. And I am not coping. We are currently in a severe flooding situation. Homes are washing away, and roads are closed, because of the flooding and sink holes forming. I will share some pics and links, so you can see.

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No video today

Hello, friends. We had a family emergency this morning so no video from me today. I did finish my sewing room and will share that next week.

Take care,

❤️ Jennifer

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Finished Laundry Corner!

Hello, friends! I won’t be sharing a video today as I am driving to pick up my kiddo for Thanksgiving break. I did want to share that I FINALLY have my laundry corner finished up, complete with new (and hooked up!) washer & dryer, recently installed and painted cabinets, some fun decals I found on Amazon, as well as a magnetic lint bin. There’s also a fun laundry-themed rug I didn’t manage to get in the photo. I hope you’re all well and I will see you next week. Not bad for a tiny corner of my garage!

(These are affiliate links, btw, but you are more than welcome to not use them if you choose to buy. ♥)

I hope you’re all well and that you have a lovely week.

Stay safe.

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*waves* Time for an Update

Hi there, I didn’t make a video last week, and clearly am headed the same direction this week, so I wanted to pop in to say hi. I think I’m going to have to start recording my videos on the weekend, even if I don’t post them until Tuesday. Weekdays are hectic. 3 adults sharing 2 cars and then one vehicle ups and dies last week. So there has been a lot of shuffling. However, we got the old truck into the shop yesterday morning and it turned out to be an easy fix, so we are back to 2 vehicles at least!

Right now in the Project Room the only thing I have been doing is working on a “new” pressing station. I really like having the frame in the middle of the room, but it made it too crowded for the mobile pressing station I had made previously.

Remember this handy monstrosity?

So over the past couple of weeks I have completely emptied and disassembled it, and am in the process of taking some of the parts to make a new one. I plan to finish that this weekend, hopefully in time for my next video. I also need to get some of those finished quilts bound (nope, haven’t done that yet). Because the next Linus meeting is a week from Saturday.

Once the pressing station is done and quilts are bound, it’s time to start loading more quilts and getting them quilted. Also finishing piecing some UFOs. I will be so ready for Labor Day Weekend. I miss having more than just a regular weekend in which to do ALL THE THINGS.

I am behind watching videos but hope to be caught up soon.

Take care and stay crafty!


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Personal update

Morning everyone,
Just to let everyone know, I am doing ok.

Thank you to everyone who reached out to me. And for your prayers.

I emailed OfenJen last week to say that things are bad here where I live, and at the time I was in fear of my life. Civil unrest broke out suddenly in two major provinces, the Gauteng area, and in Kwazulu Natal, which is where I live. It lasted nearly two weeks.

We are nearly back to normal, there are small, targeted areas, that are still be hit by looting. My friend, who lives in the town next to mine, phoned this morning to say that they are still burning down buildings in his area.

Just a brief outline of what happened.

About two weeks ago, mobs formed (after our previous president was convicted and sent to jail) In protest they started by attacking malls and major grocery outlets, stealing everything, then breaking everything in sight and setting whole malls and a lot of shops on fire. They stopped and stole everything from trucks transporting goods, and setting them on fire.

They then moved into the residential areas, and started targeting homes. In the town where I live, each street set up barricades at each end of the street, with fire, people with guns, cricket bats, golf clubs, paint ball guns, just a variety of ammunition. Specifically in our town, the local induna, sent all his warriors with shields and spears to patrol the perimeter of our town. Zulu Impi picture below.

As soon as a crowd of people approached, the barricades, with people guarding, the police, the military and the Zulu Impis, would whatever force necessary to drive them off. People took shifts to man the barricades and to look out. For nearly two weeks, the sound of gunfire, and explosions, screaming people, and the smell of smoke from burning cars and buildings, kept us away and basically terrified.

Most of this has passed now, but there is a lot of damage.

A lot of buildings, factories and warehouses have been burned down. And our food supplies are low. Most of the shops will never open again. There has been some Samaritan groups, who are flying supplies in during this week and for the next following weeks. Things like bread, eggs and milk, is non existent. We managed to barter something chicken for some eggs and flour, and have made some lovely home made bread, that was like heaven in your mouth.

What this whole experience has taught me,

  • is that we take things for granted, we don’t appreciate what we have
  • having a stockpile of food and water is a good idea
  • making sure you have basic bag of medicines is a necessity
  • making sure your car’s fuel tank is full all the time
  • keep in contact with your family and friends

Love to all, Vanda

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Video tomorrow!

Hello, my awesome friends! I am traveling home from Maine today and will share a video tomorrow. Have an awesome Tuesday!

💜Jennifer O.