May 2021 Round-Up: Woofa + OMG

The months are flying by with tomorrow, the last day of Autumn here in Australia. Though the last couple of days have been particularly cold, mother nature doesn't quite know what's happening. I have bulbs already blooming in my garden while the trees in the neighbourhood which would normally have put on their beautiful autumnal show before losing their leaves, are only just now turning.

Through May, I have completed a few projects. With life all up in the air round here, I tend to not make any plans, so I'm only half completing my Woofa challenge as I didn't make the plan early in the month. 

Firstly I made this sweet custom pillow for little Zoe. I do love making these sweet patchwork cushions.

I finished a number of blocks for the rainbow scrap challenge but these are ongoing projects. I then made my first Kawandi style project. I found this whole process so enjoyable that I'd make another one before the month was over.

Next up, I finished this lovely squishy crochet wrap for my mum. It's warm and cozy and she loves it. Sadly, her prognosis isn't great and the doctors have only given her a few weeks. My heart hurts at the thought of her not being around.

I made these Monstera Coasters for the Born to be Wild blog hop. I gave these to my friend Lianne, who is moving away to the country. She originally gave me the cream linen background fabric which I used in the making of these coasters. 

The Pentagon Flower Garden table runner was my next project completion. This was my Crafters Edge Ambassador project for the month of May.

Finally, I finished making my second Kawandi style project. This was a really nice, quiet project which gave me many hours of reflection. After sharing this on Instagram, I've had a number of people message me to share the pictures of kawandi's which they started making after seeing my posts. This makes me very happy to see.

I have a project which I am sharing on 1 June as part of a blog hop for the Fat Quarter Shop, so be sure to keep an eye out for that one. It's a fun project and my inspiration was the glass gem corn I grew last summer. Intrigued?


Book 16 of 26 in my 2021 reading challenge was Lockdown by Peter May. 

Lockdown was published in April 2020, though Peter May wrote this novel in 2005 after the bird flu virus (H5N1) swept through Asia. In his Foreword, May tells us how his publishers didn't initially want to publish this novel as they thought it was too unrealistic. Oh, if only they knew what was to come in 2020. 

London. The city is in lockdown in a pandemic. Martial law is in place. The hospitals and emergency services are overwhelmed. Violence and civil disorder are simmering.

'They said that twenty-five percent of the population would catch the flu. Between seventy and eight percent of them would die. He had been directly exposed to it, and the odds weren't good.'


London, the epicenter of a global pandemic, is a city in lockdown. Violence and civil disorder simmer. Martial law has been imposed. No-one is safe from the deadly virus that has already claimed thousands of victims. Health and emergency services are overwhelmed.


At a building site for a temporary hospital, construction workers find a bag containing the rendered bones of a murdered child. A remorseless killer has been unleashed on the city; his mission is to take all measures necessary to prevent the bones from being identified.


D.I. Jack MacNeil, counting down the hours on his final day with the Met, is sent to investigate. His career is in ruins, his marriage over and his own family touched by the virus. Sinister forces are tracking his every move, prepared to kill again to conceal the truth. Which will stop him first - the virus or the killers?

Written over fifteen years ago, this prescient, suspenseful thriller is set against a backdrop of a capital city in quarantine, and explores human experience in the grip of a killer virus.

Even if you're not into crime thrillers, Lockdown is definitely worth a read - even if only for the way Peter May managed to predict what the world would be like during a pandemic. 


  1. You've been busy at your place and even though you didn't CoMPLeTe your WOOFA as long as a few stitches are added...that's an improvement & every little bit helps...
    So very sorry to hear the news regarding your Mum... xox

  2. So sorry to read about your Mum.
    Working on your projects and reading is a way of keeping busy. 🤗

  3. You have had a very busy and productive month. Sorry to hear the news about your mum.

  4. I am so very sorry about your dear mum. There is nothing one can really say to make things any easier. I love your Kawandi projects..I am getting ready to start one soon. Looove the crocheted shawl. Sending some healing hugs your way.

  5. so very sorry you are losing your mother. It helps to go into this journey knowing it will always be a loss you feel. For some reason embracing that fact has allowed me to be able to think of my parents with warm feelings and even have some chuckles while remembering.
    For the Kawandi *sp} do you press the hems before stitching them on? everything is so very neat and apparently I missed something in previous writings. is their an archived article that i can refer to ? I am also wondering how you manage to create so much in such a short period of time and still manage the precision,

  6. I'm sorry to hear about your mom. It's such a hard thing to face. Wishing you both peace.

  7. You had a very productive month! Everything looks lovely. I am very sorry to hear about your mother.

  8. The shawl you made for your mom is beautiful and I know that she feels loved and cherished as she uses it. I’m very sorry that her prognosis is not good. The kawandi you have been making are perfect projects for this time in your life. I did a lot of hand stitching when my dad was sick. He died three years ago and I miss him every day.

  9. you got some lovely projects done this month.... very sorry about your Mom... it is a tough time for you all... sending much love..


  10. What wonderful projects you have worked on. Love the cushion! I am thinking I need to make those for my Great-nieces and nephews. Prayers for your dear Mother.


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