Saturday, 12 July 2014

Mallows Galore!

Hello All!

Fabulous news! My copy of 'Love at First Stitch' arrived last week! Incredibly excited! As an avid reader and fan of Tilly's blog I was thrilled when she wrote a book to ease me from quilting into clothing. I haven't actually used it to make anything yet but I am putting that down to the exam pressure. I have however spent my evening's easing my exhausted brain into relaxation flicking through the beautiful pages.

On a less relaxing note my handwriting has taken a turn for the worse. It has got to the point where at times even I cant read my own revision notes! Quite concerning! 

Sewing wise:
Bow ties are coming along nicely and I have even learnt to tie them!

Only 5 more to go! Going to relax and hit the sewing machine hard after the OSCE exams on tue and wed.

In the meantime my fabulous parents have sent me the most wonderful motivation! Marshmallows!!!!

The Marshmallowists are the bomb! Today 3 boxes of the most enormous light soft fluffy delicious marshmallows arrived from 'The Marshmallowists'. These ladies make the most incredible marshmallows. With flavours including gin and blueberry, coconut, and orange and mango you cant go wrong. These light puffs of heaven are a family favourite so it helps that Simms (one of the Marshmallowists) is a great friend of mine. Goddess of the kitchen! Check them out!

The mallows making my desk far more appealing

In fact today has been rather fabulous (other than the sky raining on my laundry) as Bear, my incredible housemates presented me with pancakes for breakfast! Such a treat!

Bear and I have also started drowning in series 2 of '24'. Why we do this to ourselves around exams I do not know! It is just so exciting!

Must go and rescue my washing off of the line, so I'll leave you with this beautiful sunflower!
Such a shame I have managed to kill it already!

Char xxxxx

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Killing my first patient, bills galore, and more exams :(

Evening all!

Ok so maybe it was a slightly over dramatic title.....I didn't kill a real person! Don't worry!

We were doing clinical skills scenario training where we have a 'sim man' who has veins, a pulse, makes sounds etc. The scenario (Trauma followed by a severe allergic reaction to a medication) was going very well and we were doing everything right. We quickly recognised it as an anaphylactic reaction and decided we should give adrenaline. Technically this is correct. However the nurse running the training was a bit tricky and handed me the wrong adrenaline! He gave me the adrenaline for when the patient is dead which you give into veins. We wanted the adrenaline to give into the muscle, like an Epipen. Stupidly I gave the adrenaline into the vein and 'killed' the patient. On the upside, I'll never forget the management of anaphylaxis!

Anyhow! Drama over! Sewing wise I am currently making some bunting for a friend.

I mentioned in the last post I had been commissioned to make some bow ties for a ball. Here is the prototype:

The boys wanted them changed up a bit so I have drawn my own pattern which I'll upload here when I have finished exams.

I also need to buy some fabric for the babies arriving in August and September, although money is not very abundant at the moment. If only I would win the lottery!!!

Speaking of money Bear (my housemate) and I currently have the stress of sorting our house bills out. The 2 fab boys we lived with have moved out and we have gained some equally as fabulous new housemates! However the boys used to manage all the bills and housey things. Bear and I are really struggling. So far we have managed to switch gas/electric provider and pay our water bill. We still cant get our head around the internet/phone. Its a nightmare! Not the stress we need right now whilst revising for our finals!

So while you are all enjoying the glorious sunshine and summery weather spare a thought for us med students still stuck inside revising! No summer yet for us! There is however lots of yummy food and revision snacks!.......and a little bit of 24 series2!
Speaking of yummy here is a cheeky hake supper I knocked up this weekend, complete with dauphinoise potatoes!

Hope you all enjoyed the weekend!
Charlotte x

Monday, 16 June 2014

Walks, willies and wonderful results!

Hello all!

Had a smashing few weeks!

Last weekend was my amazing brother's 21st, we had a hog roast at home and thankfully the weather was glorious! Papa Sutures is a dab hand at roasting a piggy now!

The weekend before that a group of us (medical students) decided to go for a walk. The boys agreed if we girls watched the football with them, they'd come to Pilates! True to their word they came! It was hilarious!
After a lot of relaxation, core and stretching we needed a good long walk. One of the boys had a map, he planned a walk and we set off!

This is us at the bottom of the mountain, big climb ahead of us!

  Gorgeous view and lake swim at the top!

It was a gorgeous day but a blooming hard walk. We topped it off with a swim in a lake! The great outdoors eh?!

We have also had time to visit the beach.......

Results are in........and I'm another year closer to being a doctor! So excited! We celebrated with a big night out and a rather heavy just finals!

Sewing! I have finally used the machine! Ok, so I'm not entirely comfortable using it, it goes flipping fast. But I have managed to make one of the girls some bunting for her birthday. The machine may have veered off of the bias binding a few times but all in all not a bad job! Oh so much quicker then sewing by hand! She has also been inspired to sew! Here we are sewing away!

I've just had my first proper commission, if I can call it that. I have been asked by some of the final year boys if I can make them bow ties and matching pocket squares for their graduation ball. Wish me luck! They want purple velvet ones! Eek! In between ward work I have managed to make some more ladies hankies. It's just so therapeutic hand sewing them! If you fancy buying one let me know and I'll send you some photos so you can pick a pattern.

Willies.....for those of you of a delicate nature you may want to skip this! Last week I was out for a naughty and very extravagant lunch with a girl friend. We were walking back to the hospital when a man exposed himself to us in the street! Well we thought this was a little bit hilarious but also realised that we probably needed to tell someone so I rang the police. All rather exciting! Long story short we had to ride in a police car to drive by and point out the man's house. Then followed a 4 hour long stint in the police station giving statements. Fortunately the suspect was arrested and was wanted for a similar episode that day involving a 14yr old girl. Such strange people in the world! Made me rethink my career choice too, I quite fancy being a police lady!

Hope you are all enjoying the glorious sunshine!

On a final note I saw this on my twitter and thought it was amazing!

Happy Suturing!
Love char xxxx

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Long time no blog!

Well hello!

I'm so sorry it's been so long! I've had an incredibly hectic few months.
Firstly I had fourth year exams, the written papers weren't too bad but the more I think about it the more questions I realise I've got wrong!
The osce's (the clinical acting out scenario things) were actually quite good, other than one station, explaining the risks of a twin pregnancy in 8minutes......impossible!

Results are on 5th June then it's back on working hard for finals in July! Eeeeeeek!

On a more sewing friendly note......I've hit a block with the next quilt. I'm not entirely sure where to go with it now. What do you think? Uncertain if I want to turn it into a a baby quilt or if I want to keep it for myself and make it a double quilt.

Talking of babies we have 2 beautiful new babies to sew for! Hope the quilt will be well received and then I'll pop some pics up of it. They are the most fabulously cute little girls! Can't wait to meet them!

My old housemate, who's bubba is due in September has found out its a little girl! I'm excited to get going on gorgeous little girlie things! Any good patterns you can suggest would be much appreciated!

It's not all hard work in medical school. Myself and a few friends decided to be a little naughty and miss the lecture week between exams and our next block of placement. We booked a cheeky all inclusive hol to Mallorca! It was incredible! I can highly recommend the Club Cala Barca Iberostar  Hotel. Ok it's not very cultural to just sit by the pool reading books for 5 days and eating yourself  silly on the all inclusive buffet but it was just what we needed. The sangria on tap wasn't too bad either!

And now? We'll I'm on placement again! This time in a and e! Having a blast. Although I have realised a year of specialty medicine has left my ability to read an ECG seriously lacking!
While here I have also celebrated my 23 birthday. I'm feeling a lot older and the realsation that hopefully this time next year I will be preparing to start work as a Doctor has hit hard! I don't feel at all ready! Hopefully this year will help me along. On the positive side I got the most incredible birthday present, (other than seeing my family and best friend), A SEWING MACHINE!!!!!!!!!!!

I am so excited!

Ok, so I haven't actually turned it on yet, but I'm almost there! Mumma and Papa sutures also bought me some rather gorgeous fabric too! Can't wait to get going!

My charming brother seems to think it's a foot rest!

Delicious Birthday Lunch out!

Mumma Sutures dug out some pics of me when I was little. Pretending to be a Doctor! Cute eh!?

Hope you are all happy and sewing away! I'm going to do a few more hankies tonight. Unless we all head off to the pub!

Almost the weekend! 
Charlotte x