Monday, 23 November 2009

Exciting news...... whoopeeeeee

At last another post, and a long one too, so grab yourself a cuppa lol. There's very good reasons for the long gap in between, but I won't bore you all.

It's been a very eventful couple of weeks with trips to the hospital and doctors and so much more, that I can hardly remember it all now. The old memory has taken a battering as well, but what's new there then.

A huge thank you to the lovely Ems of The Little Brown Rabbit blog. I won her giveaway and chose a beautiful print from her Etsy shop. I'm looking for the perfect frame for it them I'm hanging it in my bedroom where there's no danger from being damaged by the sun (not that we get that much, but I'm not taking any chances). There's a link on the side bar for both Emma's Etsy shop and blog. Take a peek she really does have some beautiful prints, paintings and cards.

This is a card I made for Michele to sell for the Candyfloss Animal Sanctuary, the papers are By Crafty Individuals, the text stamp is by Illusive Images, and the tree stamp is by Art Stamps (I think) sorry too lazy to go and dig it out to check. I partly covered the tag with versamark ink and embossed with clear embossing powder, I also clear embossed the moon behind the tree at the bottom of the card. Sadly it doesn't show that well in the photo. Oh and I nearly forgot, I highlighted the tree with a white sukura glaze pen. That reminds me I have just had the red and green glaze pens come into my possession, thanks Amanda, they really are lush, I lurve em. And I didn't even know they had done them till you told me. Don't know how I managed without them, lol.
I've been doing a spot of shopping too, so I thought I'd share a few of my purchases with you. I bought these beautious gifts from The Laural Tree Shop. There's loads of gorgeous gift ideas in this lovely little shop. Not living that near the shop I ordered it all online. Brilliant service and very well packed. There is a link to the online shop on the sidebar, just click on the picture.
And I treated myself to a new pair of boots (or should I say the credit card did). Well I didn't have a lot of choice, my sad old pair had completely worn through, and I was fed up with getting wet feet when I took Sammy for a walk. It took me ages to find a pair that was comfortable and warm, but I finally found a pair in Ecco's.
And I just had to put in a pic of my sheepskin slippers. OK so they are actually boots, and they came all the way from New Zealand. Considering I get chilblains on my feet in the summer it's essential that I keep my tootsies warm, and these fabarooney boots do the job real well. I'm on my fourth pair, and in my opinion they are far better than Uggs.
And here is Bilbo having a chocolate mousse treat, it's one of his faves and he goes right to the bottom of the pot and gets it all over his face. Sammy's always on hand to help him wash it off though.
Sammy even shares his food with him.
And her royal plumpness Baggins having a snoozle on the cushion.
And drum roll please. KaJeD Designs have at last been released for sale. You can buy them from A Card 4 U (link to the shop on the side bar). The most mahoosive thanks to Julie for going to so much trouble and making it all possible. There are 5 sets of craft papers, 1 set of additional backgrounds and loads of digi stamps. I've put a few examples of the stamps on here, but please go and have a look at the rest, and please let me know what you think of them. Right just lost one of the pics of the paper bundles so you'll have to check it out on the website. Is it just me or does it drive you crazy when you try and tidy it all up, and poof your picture disappears!!!

Take care till next time, and please leave me a comment. xxx

Monday, 16 November 2009

I've been given a Blog Award

The very lovely Kirsticoo gave me this award this week. Thanks for thinking of me! But should I be worried that it's for over the top?
The rules are: I need to pass this award on to five people, post on their blog to let them know I left this award, and then I need to answer a list of questions in ONE word. Yeah right, like that's really gonna happen, as the queen of waffle I don't do one word answers, well not often anyway lol.

Well here we go, spot the one word answers, lol:

1. Where is your cell phone? … Haven't got a clue right at this moment
2. Your hair? … Straight, light mousey brown, with gray coming through
3. Your mother?… Guildford somewhere!
4. Your father?… With Mum
5. Your favourite food? … Sunday Roast rib beef
6. Your dream last night?… I couldn't possible comment on that
7. Your favourite drink? … Full fat Pepsi of course
8. Your dream/goal?… Sorry not enough room on here
9. What room are you in?… Living room
10. Your hobby?… That might just be craft then
11. Your fear?… Thumping great spiders with hob nailed boots on
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years?… Somewhere hot and dry
13. Where were you last night? … Same place I am now
10 (Libby's birthday tea) sorry no question here chaps!!!
14. Something that you’re aren’t?… Normal!!!
15. Muffins?… Not keen on any
16. Wish list item? … World peace, ooo sorry thought I was on the stage in my tiara then
17. Where did you grow up? … Guildford
18. Last thing you did?… Fed the animals
19. What are you wearing?… PJ's and rather fetching dressing gown
20. Your TV?… Which one?
21. Your Pets?… 2 cats, 1 dog and a tank full of boring fish
22. Friends? … A few, scattered all over the world!!
23. Your life?… All over the place
24. Your mood?… I'll let you know later on about that
25. Missing Someone?… Yes
26. vehicle?… A red one
27. Something your not wearing?… A bra
28. Your favourite store? … Sorry just not enough roon for this either
29. Your favourite colour?… Purple and Blue
30. When was the last time you laughed?… this morning at Sammy
31. Last time you cried?… last week
32. Your best friend?… Jo down in deepest Cornwall at the mo, who knows where next year
33. One place that I go to over and over? … the Vets
34. Facebook?… No
35. Favourite place to eat?… The Cider House just outside Chichester, Gorge food and Cider

Well I did manage a couple of one word answers. Wonders will never cease

I'd like to pass this on to some people who give me loads of inspitation, or are just plain lurvley peeps and make me laugh. Thank you all. Dyan you would have been on my list but you've already been given it.

3. The talented and witty Kirsty
4. Leonie you never fail to make me smile
Thank you one and all.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Please help, we need your cards.

Just a quickie to let you all know I'm still alive and not buried under one of my many paper mountains.

I'm sorry it's been a while, but I've not even had time to scratch my you-know-what let alone blog. In the next couple of days though that will be rectified, honest.

Before that though, I have a request. There is a very special lady (Michelle) in the Republic Of Ireland that needs our help. Can you spare a few hand made cards or even other small handmade items to help her raise money for her animal sanctuary. Michele is battling against the tide as it were and really does needs our help. Please read the piece below, which explains all about CandyFloss Animal Sanctuary and the wonderful work she does.

For further details on where to send anything on to, please email Lynne on the address below

CandyFloss Animal Sanctuary


Thank you very much for enquiring about our Sanctuary. Before I explain about the animals I would like to explain how we came to be here.

My Partner and I are originally from the UK. My life long dream was to have an animal sanctuary, but I was too busy working and bringing up three children to do anything about it although I always had several dogs and cats. Once my children had gone through university and had started out on their own life’s adventure, my Partner and I decided to take the plunge…….

I was aware that the issues concerning animals were much worse in Ireland than in the UK so we looked for, and found, a small farm in the mid-west of Ireland. In May 2007 we packed up and with our own cats and dogs came over and settled in.

As soon as word got around that we were opening a sanctuary we were inundated with animals. We were horrified to discover that cats are classed as rodents over in Ireland. They have no rights and no one to stand up for them. Cat ‘flu is at epidemic proportions, as is FIV and FeLV. Kittens are regularly thrown out of moving cars or tied up in bags and left by the roadside to die an horrific death. Indeed, we have several cats that were literally “thrown over” our hedge into our pig meadow. Cinders, one of these kittens, suffered a broken jaw and was blinded in one eye by the impact of being thrown. Happily, she recovered and is one of our many house cats, although her jaw is still slightly crooked! We have several cats that were just left in boxes by our front gate in the middle of winter. Many suffered hypothermia but all have thankfully recovered.

It is almost impossible to re-home these cats. Primarily because no one wants them and also because they almost all have cat ‘flu (or are carriers) or have FIV. Both of these viruses mean that they have to be house cats in order to stop the virus spreading. In Ireland there is no such thing as a “house cat” unless they are pedigree cats. There are some wonderful people over here that trap cats and neuter them and then release them; this stops breeding but doesn’t stop the viruses continuing to spread.

There are probably thousands of feral cats living in colonies which all have one or more of these viruses. It is truly heartbreaking to see them.

Dogs, although technically protected by animal welfare laws, don’t fare much better. Neutering is still something that many Irish people don’t agree with, so there is constant breeding of crossbreeds and they are unwanted and discarded. Collies and Lurchers are not treated much better than cats – they are at the bottom of the dog hierarchy in Ireland.
Most dogs are kept outside in sheds or small kennels and never allowed in the house. Many roam the streets all day – this is “normal” here. We have re-homed some dogs to caring families and sent many more over to the UK or Scandinavia to be re-homed.

We currently have 18 dogs living with us. Six dogs are our own that we brought over with us from the UK and the rest are dogs that we have taken in or been given here. Most have come to us with either behavioural or psychological issues and are unable to be re-homed. All of them live in the house and have their own comfy beds (but usually end up in a pile on our settee, while we sit on hard chairs!), with regular meals, and a huge field to exercise on. They all get on very well together and we rarely have any problems with arguing. This takes a great deal of time, training, rewarding and patience but the end results are well worth it.

Laddie, a beautiful black and white collie, was brought to us by the garda (police). He had been found wandering in the town centre. His collar was a makeshift one – two pieces of belt attached together by staples. The staples had buried into his neck so that every time he turned his head he was in agony. It took us a month to get this collar off him as he would bite you if you touched his head or his neck – understandably. Two years on and he is a happy contented boy, but he will not tolerate a collar or lead.

Hannah, a yellow Labrador was brought to us by someone who had found her wandering down a country lane. She is not a young dog and appears to have had several litters as her paps are hanging at almost ground level. Her hind legs are deformed – possibly from broken knee joints and her claws curl around her pads. We think she had been kept in a small shallow kennel where she was unable to stand up properly and possible used as a brood bitch; perhaps thrown out eventually as she was too old to breed from any more.

Barney, a St Bernard, was kept for all his two years in a cow-shed and never exercised. It took us almost three months to get him to come into the house. Even now, he will go and lie outside, even in the rain.

These are just a few of our stories about the animals we care for. There are many more stories, but too upsetting to recount here. We also have a rescued goat called William, who was brought to us by the ISPCA after being rescued from life in a filthy horse box, and four pigs – two we saved from the bacon factory, and two pot-bellied who had been living inside a terraced house for six months! The pigs have their own sheds and field to run in (and share it with two feral cats) and William has his own field and shed. He runs with the dogs every day on the field and I don’t know who enjoys that more, the dogs or William!

We don’t receive any financial help from anyone and cannot register as a charity because both my Partner and I are disabled. We fund everything ourselves. My dear friends on Twitter, who I cannot thank enough, picked up on this and have offered to help us by making cards for us to sell to raise funds. I make cards in my spare time to sell for funds, but don’t have that much spare time……. Martyn Parker – who I also cannot thank enough – has offered to spread the word as well, both on air and on Twitter and Facebook.
Our main concern is the constantly huge vet bills we have to pay. If you can help in any way – by sending me cards to sell, or even some die-cuts so that I can make cards more quickly – we would be so grateful.

Thank you so much for your enquiry, I have attached a few photos of our animals for you to see.

(Sorry folks but I can't get the pictures to load at the moment. If I get it sorted I will add at a later date. Dee)

Take care,


Due to the cost of postage to the Republic of Ireland, any cards/card making materials you donate can be sent to a UK address for onward posting. Thank you.

Bye for now, luv Dee