ScrapHappy May 2021

This is going to be a very pathetic ScrapHappy contribution this month, but something’s better than nothing, right?
Since lockdown last year, I have been growing out my fringe. It’s now long enough to be an entirely ex-fringe, but the shorter bits at the side irritate me when I’m typing or sewing. I clip the side back with a cheap metal clip, as you see below, which originally had some genuine fake emeralds stuck on top.

When the biggest emerald fell off the other day, I saw an opportunity to use up something scrappy – now you see the “new” clip with a masterful arrangement of bronze sequins stuck on with a bit of craft glue. The sequins are still on the string so they kind of formed a wiggly worm shape.

The pic of me below wearing the clip this morning is the best it’s going to get today – I am in a Very Bad Mood and you do not need to see my face properly! You will notice that my left hand is bandaged, and I have just had a phone call from the orthopaedic surgeon to say that the x-rays confirm a broken hand.

It will have to stay like this for the weekend because Neil is in theatre until 10 tonight, so he will put my hand in a cast on Monday. No driving, no sewing, no gardening or pottering with my indoor plants for the next 8 weeks. Grrrrrrr. This is what happens when you trip over the corner of a suitcase sticking out from under the bed and land with your hand squished up underneath you. My right knee is also rather swollen and a lovely shade of purple, but I can live with that!

In the meantime, I hope you all have a great weekend, whether it’s spring or autumn in your part of the world.
Here are the links for everyone who joins ScrapHappy from time to time (they may not post every time, but their blogs are still worth looking at): KateGun, EvaSue, Lynn, Lynda, Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Claire, JanMoira, SandraChrisAlys,
KerryClaireJeanJon, HayleyDawn, Gwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin,
Vera, NanetteAnn, Dawn 2, Noreen, Bear, Carol, Preeti and Edith

43 thoughts on “ScrapHappy May 2021

  1. insearchofitall

    Well, that is scrappy for sure. I remember growing out my hair and it drove me nuts. The front is always more fine and flyaway then the rest so it tickles. Something is saying it’s time to binge watch something and relax. It’s almost impossible to do anything one handed. It hurts just thinking about it. There are lots of delicate bones in the hand so it will take time to get it to heal correctly. Another darn lesson in patience. ;( Hang in there, Jill.

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      “scrappy” might be pushing the parameters a little but I figured, why not? A thing is still a thing. This hand business is slowing my typing down to levels below my threshold of patience but I’ll hang in there! xx

      1. insearchofitall

        I’m surprised you are even conscious right now. When I broke my ankle all I could do is sleep for the first week or two. Takes a lot of energy to heal.

      2. Nice Piece of Work Post author

        well, the timing could have been better [eyeroll]. i did quite a bit of driving today, thinking i should get in as many errands as possible – turns out to have been an even more stupid idea than falling in the first place (yes, i’m an idiot). ankle must have been dreadful – i broke my left foot once but kept on driving and working and parenting for 3 weeks without actually realising the damage i’d done. it was too late by then to milk the situation for any sympathy!

      3. insearchofitall

        My daughter tripped over her own skates and broke her arm. (dominant Left arm) so she felt stupid too. Stuff happens. I could have milked all day and not received an ounce of sympathy so I hear you. Hang on with the other hand. :)

  2. katechiconi

    I do sympathise, and know *exactly* how you feel! I’m so sorry this has happened and I feel your Very Bad Mood is entirely justified. Given the circumstances, I’m staggered you have anything at all to show us, let alone that rather fetching hair clip. Very pretty, and goes well with the colour of your hair. I hope the cast will help a lot in making you more comfortable. And just think of the decorating opportunities it offers! When I broke my wrist at art college, my cast was turned into a regular work of art, and I kept it for years afterwards because it had the work of all my friends on it. The doctors removed it very, very carefully!

  3. Gail

    Ouch Jill, so sorry for you. Sending loads of hugs and healing vibes. A few days in Kleinmond would be ideal now.

  4. Going Batty in Wales

    Really sorry to hear about your hand and no wonder you were in a VBM! When I broke my wrist it made life very difficult – especially when you live alone! That was a very ingenious solution to the floppy fringe and broken clip problem. Take care.

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      I’m just glad it wasn’t my right hand – as an alone-liver like you, that would have made things a whole lot worse. I had to run some errands this morning, which turns out to have been pretty stupid. Changing gear became extremely painful and my hand is now throbbing like a lobster. Or whatever throbs, I couldn’t think of another word. Karen brought me some wonderful painkillers yesterday, and I have always been grateful for pharmaceutical help where necessary :) Have just taken 2 so will have to lie down shortly….

      1. Going Batty in Wales

        Once my wrist was in a cast I was told not to drive which was a nuisance. Take care of yourself and I hop you have plenty of friends and neighbours who will help you when you need it. I found it was little things that flummoxed me – the big ones I anticipated and worked out a solution!

  5. Claire

    ouch! pain put me in a bad mood too, and I’m a left hander so I’d be completely useless ^^
    Do hope it feels better once you’ve got a cast on.

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      bad mood gone now – karen found some superstrong painkillers and i’ve sailed through the weekend on them… neil will put it in a cast on monday, which should help. just mad with myself for being so stupid.

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      i don’t know about clever and creative, i’ve got a feeling that the most i’m going to be able to do is read and learn to type with one hand. And eat and get fat *hahahaha

  6. Born To Organize

    I’m so sorry to hear about your fall and subsequent injury. That looks quite painful. I slipped on a wet floor a few years ago. It’s amazing how quickly you go down. I hope you’re feeling better soon.

  7. nanacathy2

    Not surprised you were in a bad mood after that news, here’s to a speedy recovery. I know just what you mean about fringe growing out. I have done the same and had to employ a Kirby grip, very envious of your hair slide with bling.

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      I think Gwynneth Paltrow brought the kirby grip back into fashion a few years (‘cos I’m so on-trend, you know!….hahaha) but I often use them when I put my hair up.

  8. Bear

    Oh, dear, ouch! I thought I was having a bad week with the fire and subsequent losses. I’d take the broken hand instead…really, I would. I DO hope you feel better soon. I like your hair clip. My hair is ‘shag’ due to not being able to get out to get it cut proper like. Hubby tries, but… he’s an engineerd! I hope you have a better week.

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      Just read your post, so sorry to hear your news. I wouldn’t let anyone except my own hairdresser come anywhere near my hair so I’m with you on that one! Hand will be fine :)

  9. tgonzales

    Hi Jill. I’m so sorry to hear that you broke your hand. I hope it heals fast and you are able to keep creating. I love your scrappy hair clip. :) Love and Hugs, Tamara

  10. cedar51

    I’ve “liked the new hair clip” but I’m not “liking” the broken hand… I acquired a broken wrist when I was creating art outdoors, I was getting some vines so that I had a underpart – somehow I wasn’t balanced and fell on the concrete driveway (not at this unit); had to go by ambulance because they were sure I had hit my head, I kept saying I hadn’t.

    Lots of things occurred over that healing time – ACC (Accident corporation) provided home help but the home help had issues; things to assist of which none did – issues with the setting of the break in the first place – having the heavier cast on for much longer due to team transfer – pin/plating wasn’t used, they said due to my age and current hand disabilities – the physiotherapy afterwards was terrible, but I managed.

    But VIP thing did happen hand with the hand surgeon that an aspect of my hand disability had an extra issue – the thumb muscle beds are stuffed and that’s why I have more difficulty lifting things – and there isn’t any exercise to regain them because there isn’t any “muscle” – family had always wondered why as many of us inherited the gene!

    And yes typing was difficult!
    Art making was difficult – and I was doing my art diploma at the time, so I had to have extn of the time period. I managed one or two things but it was very difficult. …

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      This sounds bloody awful, Catherine, and isn’t it extraordinary how such a seemingly silly accident can have such far reaching effects! I’m glad you were able to complete your diploma.

      1. cedar51

        yep, accident was something that quite a few people had thoughts on…”I thought making art wasn’t dangerous” as did the mentor, who kept insisting when I was still in cast “do it one handed” which I actually did incurring the wrath of a friend, who said “I could’ve have helped” – this because I lifted a glass box around metre x 1/2metre about 2′ off the ground. Yes it was awkward but I wasn’t in a rush.

        Hope your hand is now immobile and pain killers etc are doing their earnest to keep you a bit happier…

  11. Linne

    Oh, my! I’m sure sorry to hear about your hand, Jill; no one needs that sort of challenge. And I’m impressed by the hair clip . . . nice and shiny and the colour suits you, I think.

    If you have a hairclip Bermuda triangle, have you thought of making a long strip of fabric that you could hang up somewhere and then clipping the clips onto it? I was just admiring Marlene’s brooch displays and that made me think your pins might look cute on a strip . . .

    If you want any suggestions for reading material, I’ve been back into reading again and could suggest a few titles, with a brief description so you’d know if they would suit you or not.

    I hope you find the upside to this time of forced respite . . . and now I suppose you only have six weeks to go, so there’s hope on the horizon. Take care of yourself, eh? ~ Linne

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      That’s kind, Linne, thank you. As it happens, there is no shortage of reading material around me and I’m still staggering through the last volume of the Third Reich by Richard Evans – originally begun reading this in March 2020. I dip into other books now and then but I’m having a hard time concentrating on what I’m reading (due to entirely separate health issues, which I will spare you the boring details of here) so I tend to stick to podcasts and audiobooks. Nearly finished David Copperfield narrated by Richard Armitage – too wonderful!
      Neil told me yesterday that it was good that I was experiencing pain, it meant the bones were healing. If I wasn’t such a sweet, well-mannered woman I would have punched him in the face with my good hand.


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