Friday, 17 June 2016

Puppy Pics

This is our little girl Callie, she is just adorable and the sweetest little girl.
Look how tiny I am 1.35kg

In my car seat I can just stretch to the middle armrest!

Posing for Mum

My favourite place between Mum's feet

with Liam

Monday, 6 June 2016

We have a new addition to our family

I decided last week that I needed a companion to love and cuddle - I don't see my grandchildren that much any more as they are growing fast and I need a reason to push forward.

So on Saturday this little beauty will join us :)

Meet Callie our Cavapoo puppy :)

She has her own Instagram account @callie_the_cavapoo

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Hysterectomy done - now for the new start!

OK So back from Florida on 16th May and I went into hospital on 24th for my hysterectomy. I stayed in for 2 days and since being home have been determined not to just sit around in my nightdress so have been doing little bits every day. Last night hubby took me over to see our 2 yr old Grandson for some much needed Nanna cuddles and out for a lovely meal at one of our favourite olde worlde pubs The Bell in Outwood. It was wonderful but the car journey was a bit uncomfortable so today I have decided to stay put and make ice cream in my new Heston ice cream maker and meringues with the left over egg whites :) add a few strawberries and mango and we will have a gorgeous dessert tonight.

I am determined to make extra effort to do more things I haven't tried before and keep busy doing the things I love more than ever now.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Hello Florida!

We are back again!! This place certainly feels like home and I am lapping up the sunshine to get me through the next few months :) We have done lots of shopping and I've eaten lots of waffles!! The kids have been to Universal Studios and the Harry Potter park which was amazing and today did Wet n Wild as it's closing this year. They have had an amazing few days so we are having a pool day tomorrow!

My new Mini

Just before we left to come to Florida I picked up my new car, my beloved Mini Cooper - called Eeyore :) I only got to drive him for a couple of days but am looking forward to getting back and driving him again before my op!

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Well I've got the date!

I went for my pre-op assessment today and got the date of 23rd May for my hysterectomy. Not having the best time at the moment I'm missing my Mum and Dad so much and am very low. We are off to Florida in 9 days time and I'm not at all in the holiday mood. I am trying so much as I want the girls and Ryan to have a wonderful time. I've got a whole new wardrobe and all the things I want but I'm just not feeling it :(

Hoping the sunshine will help, fingers crossed.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Birthday card

Using the faux letterpress method I embossed the background card and then used various Sue Wilson dies to create this card for my Mother in Law's birthday.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Anniversary card

Kraft card base, Lilli of the Valley image and edgeables cut in cream with a few mini roses and pearls added.

Die cutting tip to stop those pesky little bits from sticking in the dies!

I have tried the dryer sheet method (can't get fragrance free sheets here in the UK and it leaves a residue on the card) wax paper all of them and don't die cut very often as I hate the poking out of all the little pieces! This trick by Swathi using plastic carrier bags works an absolute treat :)

All my dies are coming out of hiding now and I'm buying new ones, especially Sue Wilson and Heartfelt Creations which I have just discovered :)

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Anniversary Card

Using Die-sire corner dies and Sue Wilson's bed of roses embossing folder which I swiped over with Adirondack Snow Cap pigment ink.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Just another quick one using Craftwork Cards Correspondence papers. This is to thank my very best friend of 46 years for her love and support during my difficult time.

First card of 2016!

I adore House Mouse and this satin finish paper prints the images so beautifully. Keeping it very simple for this one.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Update from my hospital appointment

I saw my Consultant this afternoon and she made me feel slightly better about everything. She said to go on holiday and she will get me in to do the hysterectomy at the end of May for me. They will remove the uterus, cervix and omentum and have a good look around - her words! Then depending on the histology of all of that will determine what happens next. So I have to focus on Florida in 4 weeks, enjoy it and get plenty of rest and sunshine ready for my op when I return.

So I have lots of projects lined up to keep me busy over the next few weeks. I got the Brother CM700 Scan n Cut and have to play with that :)

I will post my makes as they develop :)

A new start

So the end of 2015 and the start of 2016 have been a rollercoaster to say the least.

On 28th December I lost my beautiful, creative Mum suddenly and knew my life would never be the same again. She loved to craft so I owed it to her to re-ignite my creative spark. Little did I know what was to come.

On 20th January I had a routine MRI on my back after slipping by the pool in Florida last year and falling badly on my back. This found a large mass in my pelvis, so I was fast tracked to gynae oncology and on 4th Feb had my first appointment and was booked for a bi-lateral-salpingo-oopherectomy which I had on 23rd Feb. Fast forward some weeks,  hearing nothing I started to chase the histology report. My GP was a little reluctant to read it to me so last Thursday 24th March I finally found out I have ovarian cancer. Initially I thought ok I can deal with this now I know, but these last few days have been very difficult. I am meeting my gynaecologist today to discuss the results further and will be referred to St Lukes Cancer Centre at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford for a hysterectomy and what else I have yet to find out.

Today whilst checking Pinterest I came across an old friend from the crafting world Sharon Nettleship and this beautiful door hanging which really struck a chord with me so I contacted her and she directed me to the Unity Stamp Company and their beautiful range of stamps.

I am going to buy some and make myself a canvas to inspire me to keep strong through the coming months whatever they may bring. Thanks Shary :)