Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Yellow Roses and a Versatile top

Some have asked about my flowers.   Even though I can't do any real gardening yet,  my perennial plants and gardens are doing very well as you can see in the Spring 2011 Gardens Flickr Set.    These are Golden Shower climbing roses growing near the front steps.   Today was perfect weather to wear this lengthened cotton shirt I made in March from the Relax a Little pattern over this RPL ponte knit skirt by Vera Wang for Kohl's.   I only paid $20 for it with a discount.    When I can get such style ad quality for a great price,  I buy it instead of trying to figure out how to make it.   If I want to make myself another, not only do I have a great skirt, but also a pattern.   I have received so many kind messages about my health and other peoples'  behavior.   This one pretty much sums them all up:

I can only imagine the trauma, stress and worry that you and your family have been through over the past months.  I have also been angered that you have had to endure bad behaviour from others at a time when you already have more than enough to cope with. I therefore appreciate very, very much that you are able to rise above this pettiness and continue to share your style and wisdom with those of us who truly value your input into our lives - both through your blog and through this site.  

Because of those good and decent people,  I've opened the blog back up to public view.   Thank you for your confidence and understanding of my situation.  I felt like I was going to die the week after the IVIG therapy.   Now I'm a bit stronger, but it's still going to be a long journey back.    I'm starting physical therapy again, but until the nerves recover,  I cannot rebuild the muscle and have to be very careful not to do more damage than good.   There will continue to be many days where I need help and assurance to move forward.


  1. I'm so glad to be able to read about your sewing adventures again! I hope you are making steady progress toward full and vital health.

    Love the top pattern and your version of it: so casually elegant! So throw-away chic!

    Carol in Denver

  2. So glad you're "open for business" again, Terri...I hope your health is improving. Your flowers are gorgeous!


  3. So glad to see your blog again; I missed it. And I wish you continued good progress to full and vibrant health.



  4. Hi Terry
    I've been reading your blog for a long time without leaving a comment. I just want you to know that I enjoy your sewing posts very much and I admire your courage and strength in your personal life. Please keep blogging and fighting for your health, I am sure there are a lot of women out there who appreciate your efforts. You are a role model.

    Rose in California

  5. Hi Terry! I'm so happy to see your blog back up again. I missed it too. I can't imagine how hard everything you are going through must be, but you inspire me with your strength and grace.

  6. Terri, your garden photos are just lovely. I am so glad you are posting again and sharing your expertise. I pray your recovery continues.

  7. I too am glad you reopened your blog to the public. I missed it. Your distinctive style and eye for combining fashion and fabric are an inspiration to not only me but everyone who reads your posts. Just delete the negative posts - don't even bother reading them. They are like poison. You wouldn't take poison either. Just look forward to feeling better knowing we who admire and support your recovery are right along side you.

  8. Hi Terri
    just wanted to wish you well in all areas of your healh, I , too have just gone thru a health difficulty bu am doing better < I actually STARTED to sew again ( after 12 yrs) and that is helping me SO much
    How I found you was I was looking into the Loes Hinse line and was trying to decide which of her slacks to sew up first so I looked it up to see it on real people, your style is very impressive! I hope you continue to feel better every day and continue sewing, you are a very very talented lady with real style
    Blessings to you,

  9. I'm glad your blog is now public. I'm sorry about the horrible comments you have received. Your garment construction and styling is such an inspiration. I would hate to miss out on any of your posts. Best wishes for dealing with your condition.

  10. Hope you begin to feel better each day. thanks for the new photos!

  11. Hi Terri,
    Glad to hear you're feeling much better. I missed reading your wonderful blog and your sewing adventures.


  12. Hello Terri,
    I am also so happy to see your blog here for us to see.
    Your garden is lovely and must help raise your spirits.

    Recovery is slow but hope that you are able to keep your positive outlook and continue to impress us with your stylish creations,


  13. Terri,
    It's wonderful to see you back. May you continue to go from strength to strength.

  14. Terri, I'm happy that you're feeling better. I've heard that IVIG therapy is killer, and you've confirmed it.

    I have a friend whose partner had GBS, and his was chronic. He suffered terribly. I'm so sorry you have it too.

    I have faith that you will continue to improve.

    Regards, Gail D.

  15. Terri,
    So glad you're back into blogging. I've missed reading of your sewing activities. You look lovely in your pictures and so inspire me and others. You seem in good spirits. Take care. Martha

  16. welcome back, Terri! Your blog was one of the first I ever found about sewing and then you showed photos of your gardens... I was so thrilled to find someone with such similar interests and who loves many of the same designers as I do!
    I wish you well in your journey back to health and look forward to being able to enjoy your lovely blogs... and I LOVE the new hairstyle... all the BEST!!!

    Kathie (in upstate NY where the tulips are almost open!)