Auntie Sceb

Paper crafting my way to an apocalypse scrapbook with some knitting sewing and cooking thrown in.

ME/CFS Recovery? Remission? Misdiagnosis?

For several weeks now I have been feeling better.  I have been dancing Ceroc (modern jive), salsa, belly dancing and burlesque!!  I have also been walking in fact I walked 7 1/2 miles on Friday, worked Saturday evening, went to Ceroc afterwards and today walked 7 1/2 miles again.  I have no PEM (post-exertional malaise) and I have been consistently doing more, ie no boom and bust.  I don’t know what’s happened but I’m happy it has.  I want to make it clear now I started doing more because I felt better and able.  I didn’t do more and therefore felt better as in graded exercise.  I have some theories but let me show you my pics first from my walk round the local reservior.

Reservoir   Reservoir Reservoir and my shadow   Wellies Reservoir by night   Reservoir by night Reservoir by night

So what has happened?  I can’t pin point it exactly.  I will tell you what has happened to me but this is not meant as medical advice merely a dialogue of events.  It may be worth discussing with your GP if anything stands out to you.

1  I split up with my boyfriend and moved in with my sister.  Unlike my boyfriend my sister had no expectations of me and didn’t push me to do more than I could.  She just let me ‘be’.  Because I had no pressure I felt able to relax and I think I finally rested and my body was able to start to heal itself.  I compare ME to landing in quick sand.  Everyone (well not everyone but those not in the know) tell you to fight but actually I believe in ME this is what stops you getting better.  If you were to land in quick sand you know that fighting would cause you to sink so you would try to relax then gradually ease yourself out.  Instead with ME we are made to feel we’re not trying hard enough so end up struggling and getting stuck deeper.

2  I had been struggling with heavy periods for some time.  Sometimes my iron went low but often it didn’t but you have to think what is it doing to your body to make that extra iron.  It got to the point that I had finally managed to get back to working two days a week with ME but then once a month I would flood so badly I couldn’t work if my period fell on my work days.  I begged my GP for help as I just didn’t want to take more time off sick.  So I now have the contraceptive implant and take the contraceptive pill without a seven day break.  The result is I have no periods so no problem.  My GP suggests this may be related to my ‘unstable hypothyroidism’ (see 3!!) and that once it is more stable I should start having the 7 day break.  I suspect it may be related to endometriosis which my sister has just been diagnosed with.

3  I have had hypothyroidism for several years.  I have regular bloods but I usually have to increase or decrease my levothyroxine each check.  More recently I have found myself to be more stable taking a different dose on alternate days on my GP’s advice and taking it at night – usually it is recommended to take in the morning but as I work shifts ‘morning’ can vary considerably also there are several foods that stop thyroxine from being absorbed effectively.  These changes seem to have kept my levels within range. Though on higher does of thyroxine my levels were normal but my heart rate when up to 130 (normal 60-80) and I felt quite anxious!  My GP says that maybe I was misdiagnosesd with ME/CFS and ALL my problems could be down to my hypothyroidism yet still won’t refer me to an endrocrine specialist!!

4  My vit D was low enough to need on prescription on one occasion.  When my levels were within range my prescription was stopped.  I found my fatigue and my bone pain increased.  I now take vit D regualarly and whether down to the above or the vit D I have very little pain (now off Tramadol and Amitriptriline) and no fatigue.

So am I fully recovered?  I don’t know but I feel good right now and I’m happy for that and I’m going to make the most of it…

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Felt Christmas Decorations

I don’t like to think about Christmas too early or at all, but I have been getting requests for Christmas decorations so because I’m not quick at crafting sewing I gave in and started sewing!!

I drew a couple of freestyle designs and transferred them onto the felt.  I then used blanket stitch to sew around and lightly stuffed them.

Felt reindeer made by me Auntie Sceb    Felt reindeer made by me Auntie Sceb Felt robin made by me Auntie Sceb

Edited – no one pointed out my robin was missing it’s beak!!


Also made a gingerbread man.


Another reindeer.


By me Auntie Sceb

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Envelope Cushion Cover on Sewing Machine

Today I finally got around to making some cushion covers.  I had the fabric for ages.  I made two for my sister who loves her tea!

I wanted a plump looking cushion so I cut out one piece of fabric about the same size as the cushion then two halves with a bit of an overlap.  Then I ironed a hem to one edge of the two halves.

Fabric pieces  DSCF7991

Next I sewed a hem to one edge of the two halves.

Sew hem

Then I sewed the unhemmed edge to the large pieces of fabric.

Sew unhemmed edge.

Then I sewed up the sides and snipped corners.

Sew long edges Snip corners

Then I realised my overlap was too small and the cushion poked out, so I added a popper to hold the edges together and I added some buttons for decoration.

Envelope cushion made by Auntie Sceb

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Sewing Slippers Part 2

I have completed the slippers after seven hours!  Did I mention I’m an amateur sewer? I was using a John Lewis Mini which is not bad but struggled getting through several fabric layers this resulted in it jamming a few times and the stitching going askew so had to be unpicked!!

I couldn’t get my markers or fabric pen to show up on my fleece so I just pinned and cut.

Cutting out for slipper

For the uppers you may want to consider pattern placement.  I couldn’t as I didn’t have enough fabric!  I had to fit one upper into the other as with my first attempt I couldn’t fit two onto my fabric (I think it was a fat quarter).

Slipper pattern layout

Pretty Prudent says leave hole on heel of lining.  I sewed as she suggested but could not work out how to turn it right sides so I unpicked a bit of outside pulled inner through then sewed outer through a small hole in the liner.  There probabaly was an easier way but I couldn’t find it!

Pulling slipper through Slipper pulled through

I got my sister to try on the slippers and found they only just fit (she is a large UK 6) – so NO ELASTIC required!  I attempted to do a decorative top stitch but the sewing machine couldn’t handle the bulk of the fabric so I skipped that too.  So I could have handstitched them after all but then it might have took even longer (though not so hard to unpick)!  This is the Sock Stop on the base – difficult to look pretty but hopefully will prevent accidents.  What I hadn’t checked is that Sock Stop takes up to 12 hours to dry – so don’t attempt to use for a last minute gift!

Sock Stop on slipper bottoms Sock Stop close up

The finished slippers:

Finished home made slippers by Auntie Sceb

Here is my sister modelling them:

Slippers made by me Auntie Sceb

Here’s the pattern from Pretty Prudent if you missed it in Part 1

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Sewing Slippers

I’ve been wanting to make some slippers for a long time. My sister has been looking for some ‘ ballet shoe’ type slippers but hasn’t had any luck.  As it’s her birthday I thought I would finally give it ago though I bought the materials a while back.  I will be using Pretty Prudent’s pattern and tutorial which is for a size 9 (US) 7 (UK).  My sister is a large 6 (UK) but this pattern uses elastic so I think it should be ok.  I chose this pattern because the elastic should help with the fit and it included using an insole which will make them more sturdy and look more professional (I hope).  Instead of ‘slipper gripper’ which is a non slip fabric I’m using ‘sock stop’ which is like a paint you dab on to make non slip, this is just because it worked out cheaper at the time of purchase.  You should definately use something though as slippers can be very slippy!  The butterfly fabric is by Red Rooster ‘Kiyomi Butterflies’ and I am using some fleece I got cheaply off eBay.

Just to note I am an amateur sewer (is that even a word?) so if this goes wrong please blame me not Pretty Prudent!!

So to start I’ve checked the tutorial to make sure I have everything!!!

Equipment to make slippers   Insoles Elastic   Paper scissors and fabric scissors Pins  Needle and cotton  Pretty Prudent's slipper pattern  Sock Stop

Red Rooster Fabric Kiyomi Butterflies

So I’ve got everything ready.  I was planning to hand sew the slippers as they are fairly small but I realised the top stitched channel for the elastic will look much neater if done on a machine.

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Mixed cards using Simply Home Made Issue 51 Papers

As I was on a card ,making roll I decided to make a few more ready for when you need a card quickly.  I used the papers from Simply Home Made Issue 51.  The photos aren’t that great quality as the battery was starting to flatten in my camera.

Mixed cards using Simply Home Made Issue 51 by Auntie Sceb Mixed cards using Simply Home Made Issue 51 by Auntie Sceb

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Birthday Cards

There’s a lot of family birthdays in July.  I made two more one for my sister and one for my brother-in-law.  I used Stampin Up’s ‘Painted Petals’ papers for both.

Birthday cards using Stampin' Up 'Painted Petals' by Auntie Sceb

Well I just struggled to find the photos and couldn’t work out why.  It was because I was looking at pictures modified today but it is now tomorrow at 00.30!  I think the one on the left is more manly.  I must have a look for inspiration for cards for boys and men.  For my 14 year old nephew I bought a card from Oxfam – I thought if I bought a card at least the money would go to charity.   In fact I was very charitable because I lost the card between there and home!!

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More Teacher Cards

I finished making the teacher cards.  Ten in total, all different.

Teacher thank you card made by me Auntie Sceb    Teacher thank you card made by me Auntie Sceb

Teacher thank you card made by me Auntie Sceb

I used the same papers etc as previous post of teacher cards.

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Beaded Angels

I’ve been busy making beaded angels.  Here are some I made today.  They make nice little gifts particularly when people are having a rough time.

Beaded angel by Auntie Sceb    Beaded angel by Auntie Sceb Beaded angel by Auntie Sceb    Beaded angel by Auntie Sceb

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Teacher Gifts – Beaded Bookmarks

I said the other day I had made cards ready for my nephew leaving his school to go to ‘big school’.  Here is some bookmarks I made to give as gifts.  I know that a lot of people don’t read books now and tend to go for e books but my hope is that teachers still have to read text books etc.  These ones I’ve tried to make gender neutral as there are quite a few male teachers/assistants.

These were pretty cheap to make though a little more than what I’d normally pays as I got supplies from the UK instead of China as needed them fairly quickly.  I think they are effective because they are all a little different so there is a personal feel.

Beaded bookmark fot teacher by Auntie Sceb   Beaded bookmark fot teacher by Auntie Sceb

Beaded bookmark fot teacher by Auntie Sceb    Beaded bookmark fot teacher by Auntie Sceb

Beaded bookmark fot teacher by Auntie Sceb    Beaded bookmark fot teacher by Auntie Sceb

I also did a few keyrings as an alternative.

Beaded keyring fot teacher by Auntie Sceb

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