Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Cheery Post on a Sad Day.....

Nearly a year ago I posted this post about my lovely friend Nat.

Well last night I got the sad sad news that she had died. I'm truly gutted as it is a life wasted but I hope that she will now be at peace, 36 is no age to die is it? She leaves behind two beautiful children who I hope will now be able to remember the person their mum was, not the person whom she had become. Alcoholism is evil, this terrible journey we have all been on has scarred us all - I just hope they can come to terms with everything over time.

So feeling melancholy today I've not achieved much, I've mainly been thinking and crying to be honest. When the postman arrived however I was cheered up no end! He had an armful of parcels, clearly some I was expecting but one however I was not?!

Inside my surprise parcel was this::

Look at him - how cute is he??

He was sent by my lovely friend Beth at The Linen Cat. She showed these monster purses on her blog before Christmas when she made them for her boys. I commented saying if she ever made them to sell I'd like one for 'Master M'. So here he is. A total and utter surprise, she didn't tell me that they were available, she may have even just made a special one I don't know. What I do know is that I am delighted by Beth's thoughtfulness and kindness for sending one as a surprise! 

I actually cried (I'm emotional just now!) when I saw this::

Isn't it just the little details that count??

I've also had an abundance of fabric delivered. Yay!! First up I got some de-stash bargains from another blog friend, Amanda

These yummy prints are just to stash but I'm feeling a cushion coming from the middle one!! I also got this fab Alexander Henry print from Amanda too::

I missed out on this print last year when it was readily available so am delighted to have got my hands on this!! (I'd love it in the pink colourway if anyone knows where I can get some)

I've also had a little flurry at my fave UK fabric store Seamstar too!!

Though I'm not meant to be buying fabric (huhum) I COULD NOT resist this linen!! Can you see the ickle rabbits?? I adore it and so having learnt my lesson when I missed out on the thunderflower, I simply had to get some!! Now when I buy fabric I always check out the sale section, do you? You never know what is lurking to stash build with::

This is a Tina Givens print that I snapped up the last 0.5m at a bargainous price!! I also have the blue colourway and I think they'll make great cushion backs.

Finally I decided to get this lovely quilt kit from Saints & Pinners as my friend is due a baby girl soon and will be heading off on Mat leave in the next couple of weeks::

I'd seen it a while ago and kind of made a mental note to get it and its a good job I checked back as the blue colourway is already sold out!


  1. I'm so sorry about your friend, you're right 36 is no age to die. I actually filled up when I saw the message on the back of the monster purse, so, so thoughtful. Excellent timing for all your parcels arriving, hope the rest of your day is not too sad. x

  2. So sorry about your friend and the loss her family is suffering. =(

    I really like the fabrics in your quilt kit...and isn't it just the most beautiful thing to get an unexpected package when you least expect it?!?!?! I had one just yesterday! =)

  3. I'm sorry for your loss Justine, big hugs! xx

  4. I love all your new fabrics, especially the cloud 9 and how kind of Beth to send Max his own purse - she is so lovely.
    I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. I remember well your post last year about her. Alcoholism is such a terrible thing. Her poor family and friends, of course, too. Take care, Juliexx

  5. Hiya, sorry to hear your sad news, your post made me a little sniffly, just because sometimes totally crappy things happen and I especially hate that for the little people involved. Love your fabric haul and I might go and check out seamstar (!). Kitschy coo has some RED thunderflower in her shop (at £4.25 for half a yard) but I'm guess pink is different again?

  6. So sorry you've lost your friend Justine. Alcoholism is a most terrible disease that blights and takes too many lives.

    It's so nice though when the kindness of others can brighten a dark day - Beth's monster purse is so cute.
    Lovely fabric choices too! Printstopolkadots.co.uk have the pink thunderflower :) I've had a Kitschy Coo hoodie and tunic for my little girl in the blue - I love it!

  7. Sorry to hear about your loss. We lost a friend of the family at 28 through alcohol and you're right, its far too young for a life to be taken. Thoughts are with her family, children and friends. x

  8. So sorry to hear that Justine, I just can't imagine what those children must be feeling.
    Kandi x

  9. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend, that is so sad. Thinking of you x

  10. sorry to hear your news, it is so hard to lose a friend at such a young age.

  11. I'm so sorry for your loss, hopefully she is now at peace. I lost my best freind last year with a very similar story.

    What a wonderful package to receive today! and I love your fabric purchases too :) Hugs x

  12. Hugs mrs x
    Didn't know her myself but it seems everyone I know did :-( xx

  13. so sorry to hear about your friend, thinking of you and her family. and i just LOVE this monster purse!

  14. I just want to tell you that I am really sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. You are quite right 36 is no age at all. What a waste and her children will sorely miss her as will you and the rest of her family and friends. I wish you all long life.


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