Saturday, 30 January 2010

How Long!!!!

Well what can I say, it's been a while again!

I can honestly say I've had stressful few weeks. My Uncle is very ill and I have been doing the hospital run and picking up my Auntie, and just generally running around and organising. It's worn me out I can tell you. But I wouldn't do it any other way, I couldn't leave my Auntie to cope on her own, not that she's entirely on her own, but her son has had to be in London with important business for some of this time, and the other 2 Daughters are too far away to help with the everyday things, as much as they would like otherwise. Between us though we have done what we can for them. It's still a battle with Uncle, but we will keep at it. Just please bare with me and forgive me if there is another long gap.

Unfortunately while Uncle was in the hospital, I found his care sadly lacking. I won't go into details, but quite frankly I was disgusted with the whole kit and caboodle. It has not always been this way, I worked at that hospital for 17 and a half years and I can honestly say it was nothing like it is now. Cuts in budgets have done no one any favours except the government. I do not directly blame the nurses or the Dr's, as I know they too despair with what they can no longer do. It's a mess and it needs sorting.

Onto things of a lighter note. I received some lovely delayed Xmas pressies. One of which was this little fellow. Isn't he gorgeous, sure beats seeing an old towel rolled up at the cupboard door. And so far Sammy has left him alone too. What a miracle, lol. Thanks Marilyn, I really lubs him.
I did manage to find a bit of time to make Sam a new coat. He does have a padded waterproof one, but being only small it is a bit stiff, so this snugly fleece one does the job well for non rainy days. He does look very handsome in it and trots along the path flicking his feet out like he was in a show ring, the little show-off. I only just managed to snap this pic before he ran off with it!

Here is a set of cards I made for a Magazine article. Unfortunately it seems as though the floral rub-ons by Artoz have been discontinued! Not helpful and very annoying, after you've put in the work. Nothing you can do though, but have a whinge and move onto the next thing. If you look around I'm sure you can find plenty of other things you could use instead. The papers are by 7 Gypsies and the sentiments are Delish Designs Snack Pack rub-ons.

I made this one for my Mum. Nearly fainted coz I'm so early in making it, no last minute panic make this year, or worse buying one from a shop. I'll probably lose it by the time I need it though now. It'll be put in that 'safe' place. You know, that place that mysteriously disappears as soon as you put anything there! I've got hundreds all over the house lol.
Some more playing, this time with papers and embossing powders by Blond Moments, totally lush. You can get these from Art From The Heart, Just click on the link on the side bar to see all the fab products in the range. The flower is a Woodware chipboard shape from A Card 4 U. A link to the shop is also on the side bar. And while I think about it have you seen the Charity digital stamps and backing paper bundles on the site. All the proceeds are going to the Meningitis Charity so if you like the look of them please buy them, it really is a good cause. You can see them here
Got out my friendly plastic and cookie cutters out for this card. The colours have gone a little odd, but it does I'm glad to say look better in real life, honest.
And just a couple of pics of his royal handsomeness Sammy.
Take Care all.

Saturday, 9 January 2010

I'm back at last!

Hello everyone. I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and new year. But where did it go? it was over in a flash!

Before Christmas my laptop threw a wobbly and stopped working, well almost but the screen was unreadable, so that has been sent back to the manufacturers for repair. My PC in the mean time had been playing up and kept crashing, so I took that to the man that can. The only problem was it wouldn't go wrong for him (WTF It would barely stay on for more than 5 mins here, if I got it to come on at all), don't you just love them. They cause so much heartache when they go wrong. I felt like my left arm had been cut off. Why do they have to both go wrong at the same time, I mean how cruel was that!

Anyway I have the PC back for now, but I've had to move it into the living room with a wireless adapter so I can get online. It seems It doesn't like living under the stairs. Can't say I blame it that much, I didn't much like using it out there either, sitting in the drafts. Only problem is it sits on a proper full size desk, not one of these small PC units and I don't really have much room in the living room, but hey ho there's nowhere else for it. After much puffing, panting, bad language, crushed ribs, pushing and shoving it's now in it's new home. And one of my armchairs is now under the stairs, useful if I'm puffed after coming down! lol. I did however take out a rather large chunk of wall in the hallway, Oops.

Well I haven't really done much crafting over the holidays, but here's a few I did do.

The person I sent this to loves dots. Just as well me thinks, lol
A sympathy card for my friend who sadly lost her mum to cancer on the Sunday after Christmas. And two birthday cards for men made with the Polka Doodles Back to Nature CD which can be found by clicking on the link on the side bar. Oh and the sympathy card was made with this CD too.
And now loads of Sammy pics (sorry but just can't resist showing him off, he's so scrummy I could eat him). I love the first couple of shots of him looking out the patio doors.
Playing with Colin and his new toy, the squeaky, quacky duck.
And I can't forget Baggins, she's being very sensible and staying in the warm.
Look at all the footprints where I put the food out for the fox. It got a few different visitors. Fox, cat and bird prints.
The seagulls waiting to be fed. I don't like the look of that sky!!!
This white stuff would be fun mum, if it wasn't so cold.
Stay warm and safe everyone.