Sunday, January 30, 2011

It was just a filter.

I dropped Harry's hearing aid off to be fixed on Tuesday afternoon. I happened to be near there for work so I thought it would give the tech's a little extra time to fix it - however, I was certain that it was beyond fixing.

They told me to come and pick it up Thursday morning (Wednesday being Australia Day) I thought I better call first - no need to call I was told - it will be ready.

I called first thing Thursday and it was indeed ready - how did they fix it???

It was just a filter. There is a tiny filter at the top of the hearing aid (before you get into the mechanics of it) As soon as it gets filled with water it stops working. The top was replaced and that was that.....

Luckily we tried it on at the hearing aid shop (according to Ella) as it did not fit. A few more adjustments and we were all good to go.  45 minute journey to get home and as I lifted Harry out of the car I noticed that the hearing aid was missing.

"Crap crap crap - please let him not have pulled it out as I carried him to the car - which is all of about 15 metres.... crap crap crap"  Initial search of the car I found nothing. "Crap crap crap - now I am going to have to call them to see if they can look in the carpark for it, crap crap crap"  

As I put Harry in the house I had visions of the little hearing aid lying in the carpark squashed. I looked again, desperately hoping I would not have to make the call to Australian Hearing. Luckily I found it under underneath the car seat.

Now I am too scared to put the bloody thing on. It breaks or it falls off - I wonder if Fisher Price makes hearing aids??????

Thankyou thankyou thankyou

Thankyou to those that entered my auction. With the massive list of bloggers who held auctions and raffles,

Thankyou to Justine for her winning bid. Your puppet show tunic will be coming out to you on Monday. 

Monday, January 24, 2011

Last chance Last chance

It is the last chance to place a bid on the Queensland flood auction tonight. It finishes at midnight AEST tonight.

You can bid on the dress here. It is currently up to $55.00, I would love for it to go for more. Please give generously as it goes to a really good cause


We broke the hearing aid......

How long did we have it - not even three weeks. Take into account that he cannot wear it from Monday to Wednesday as he is either at daycare or mother-in-laws - so he has probably worn it for one week total.

When you put it on, until you get it into the right position it whistles. Yesterday, when I was putting it on I didn't notice it whistling, however, Harry using it as a lolly to suck on probably didn't help either.

Surely they would be more rhobust than that - I know they are not waterproof, but surely a little bit of slobber can't hurt....... right?????

We pay a massive $26.50 per year for maintenance and replacement - so I think that I have just spent that amount 100 times over.,

Sunday, January 23, 2011

It had to be invented by a man

Do you love your iPhone??? I love love love mine. I am on my second iPhone. Ella inherited mine when I upgraded to the new iPhone 4.

The only problem that I have with this phone, is that it must have been invented by a man!  Why a man???     It cannot do more than one thing at a time!

Whenever I am taking on the phone, I like to be doing something else at the same time. I usually hold the phone between my ear and my shoulder and then I have my hands free.  My iPhone obviously does not like productivity and as soon as I start doing something else the phone call gets cut off.

What gadget do you have that you know must have been invented by a man?

Saturday, January 22, 2011

I am on a roll

I have been sewing away to my hearts content. Yesterday I was lucky enough to have Harry sleep for 3 hours!!! OMG!!! That does not happen. Ella had a reasonable 2 hours sleep as well, so that left me to revel  in all my fabric goodness without being disturbed. 

I managed two while Ella and Harry were sleeping - the first one is very girly pink. All these fabrics, barr two came out of my scrap bucket - so I am very excited that my scrap hoarding has paid off.   

I really love this block and really would love to make a quilt using blocks with these fabrics.

The next one is a disappearing 9 patch. This is a really quick block to put together. It is made using a 9 charm squares from the Lily&Will collection.  Thanks Fiona for my birthday present - it has been put to good use.

The final block that I have made, I made this morning - while Mat was taking the dog to the vet - don't talk to me about the $230.00 bill for 5 mins and the extra $100 they want for 5 days worth of antibiotics.  Anyway.... back to quilts. 

This block I did not want to have a colour theme, just use all the scraps that I could find. I find it clashy - but in a good way. I love it.

What I love the most about these blocks - is that apart from the D9P block they are all made using fabrics that I have previously used to make clothes for Ella or for gifts and they hold a special meaning.

Friday, January 21, 2011

I've dusted off the machine......

I finally dusted off the machine this morning. I feel like I have not sewn anything for ages. I don't really know how long it has been, but it feels like forever!

My machine came out of hiding for a good reason


I pledged that I would make a couple of quilt blocks and a lap quilt. I am not a quilter by any stretch and the only quilt block that I have ever made is a disappearing 9 patch - so it was a bit daunting what to do.

Retromummy has put up lots of tutorials for blocks - however, this morning I was blog surfing and came across Nic's blocks. These are the first quilt blocks that Nic has ever made - pretty impressive!

Straight into the sewing room for me, and I came up with this

What do you think? I love it!    I have used some of my favourit fabrics here.  Saffron Craig Owls for the centre - there is a couple of pieces of Amy Butler in there, plus the Japanese fabric that my auction dress is made out of.  

Now I have made this one. I have caught the quilting bug. I need the kids to go to sleep so I can make some more.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Queensland Flood Relief Auction


 I have thought long and hard about what to auction. I thought about offering a semi-custom dress, I thought about offering a softie, however, there is one dress that means so much to me, that I have decided to put up for auction. 

Front of dress

Back of Dress - 5 fabric covered buttons

Sleeve and collar detail

The dress is a size 2T and made using the O+S Puppet Show Tunic pattern (which is no longer in print) it is made with Japanese Quilters Cotton and it is so lovely and soft.

It also looks good when layered for winter with a long sleeve top, tights and boots.

This dress has only been worn for modelling purposes.

How the auction works

1. Bidding will start at $10.00 (Australian)
2. You can place a bid by leaving a comment on this blog post with your bid amount and your email address. Please make sure that your bid is higher than the previous bid.
3. Your bid must be whole dollar increments
4. The auction is open to everyone - I will cover the postage world wide
5. The auction begins NOW and will END at midnight Monday 24th January 2011
6. At the close of the auction, I will contact the winning bidder (Please make sure your bid comment includes your email address) The winning bidder will pay the winning amount directly to the Premier's Flood Relief Appeal  and send me proof of payment via email. Once proof of payment has been received, I will send the dress out to you.
7. Thank you for participating and happy bidding!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Its devastating


The images that I saw on the TV this morning of the destruction caused by the flood waters in QLD has shocked me to my core. How did we get to this? Aren't we the driest continent on earth? The Australian spirit is tough and we will bounce back, but the a true Australian rallies around helps out their mates.

Toni from Make it Perfect has started a QLD flood appeal. If you can help out an anyway - please go to Toni's blog for more information. If you cannot auction anything, then please dig deep and put your hands in your pocket and help raise money for a very worthwhile cause.

I am going to auction something handmade - I am not sure what yet.  I have so much fabric and so many patterns that I am sure I will come up with something by the time the auction starts on 17th January 2011.

Hope to see you back here on Monday.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Do you hear what I hear?

Harry got fitted for his hearing aid on Wednesday. As I have said a couple of times I was a bit hesitant about having one fitted, but on the advice of Harry's specialists, I went ahead with it.

I had visions of the old large brown hearing aids, yet was really surprised when I saw how tiny they were.   You can choose from about 30 different colours and a few out there patterns.

  Would you believe that 70% of people still go for the brown/skin colour (don't know whose skin colour they are trying to match), however, I thought that there was no point trying to disguise that he was wearing one, so went with the clear casing so that you could see the workings.

This little gadget comes with two bags of gear for it, cleaning equipment, fitting gel, batteries galore (you have to change the battery weekly - thank goodness they provide batteries) and a little container to put the aid in overnight to draw out the moisture. 

From the minute Harry put the hearing aid on, you could tell he could hear more. Straight away he was responding to sound on his bad side.

At the appointment Harry had fluid in his ears (this seems to be the norm with Harry) so we are now on the countdown to our next appointment with the ENT Specialist as we are looking at grommets to be fitted to hopefully sort this out.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

I was counting on more time

More time until what?

More time until Harry started to crawl. Ella didnt crawl until she was 10 months, so I was hoping I had another two months before Harry was mobile. 

I was wrong! The little boy is on the move and so far the only thing that has been a hinderance to him is the floor tiles - they are big shiny white tiles and they have prooved to be a little slippery.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

I got a new blog

The title of this blog came about because Mat told me 'to get a hobby' and shopping could not be classed as a hobby. He has many hobbies - some which have slipped by the wayside in the last couple of years to be replaced by a new one.  When we lived in Sydney he was always mountain biking, golfing and I didn't have anything to do. So I got my hobby - I took up sewing and the obsession took over. 

As you will know for my birthday I got my new DSLR and that obsession is taking over too. I am loving a new challenge and learning all I can about this craft.

So, to make my new hobby, I have started a new blog here - I am going to document my learning over the next year or so - and posting a lot of pictures (I hope) along the way. 

Join me, and share the journey

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Its pays to question

I thought I would give you a Harry update. I have received some lovely emails and many words of support since my post about Harry's hearing.

When I received the letter to say that Harry was having an MRI under a general for the possibility of a Cochlear Implant, I was floored! I was in a head spin and did not know what to do. To make matters worse, I was called twice by the hospital to ask if I could put Harry in the next day for the MRI as they had a cancellation. I told them 'no - as until I had a proper explanation I was not doing anything'

I had rung the ENT rooms, only to be told by a rude receptionist that this would be discussed with me at my appointment in February.

A week or so later at my appointment with Australian Hearing - I broke down in tears - I was at my wits end. I told our hearing consultant that I was close to telling every hearing person to go to hell and we would be doing nothing more - how had we got to this?

To cut a very long and teary story short - and save you a box of tissues, we were told that Harry would not qualify for a Cochlear implant. These things are thousands of dollars - I mean $25,000 for the unit alone - not that this would cause Harry not to qualify for one, but these things are not handed out like candy. The hearing consultant thought that there must have been a terrible mistake and that Harry had been mixed up with another child. Cochlear implants are only fitted where normal hearing aids don't work.

A few weeks later I got a phone call from the social worker at the hospital saying that a mistake had been made and Harry's hospital sticker had accidentally been placed on the MRI request and next time they will check.

So no MRI or Cochlear implant for Harry. Such a relief! I am annoyed though that no one wanted to talk to me and if I did not question things, and I just went along with the Doctors requests without question and put Harry in when the hospital had a date free my son would have gone under a general anaesthetic for no reason. A lesson learnt here - question everything!

Harry had moulds taken for a hearing aid before Christmas. Not too sure how I am feeling about that at the moment. It is due to be fitted tomorrow - so we will see how we go. Watch this space.

Thanks again to the people that have taken the time out to email me with their stories. Believe me every bit of knowledge advice or just a friendly shoulder has made a huge amount of difference and made this journey a little less stressful.