Friday, 31 December 2010
I wish you a very Happy New Year and may 2011 be better for all of us.
I am going to make only one resolution this year, to get better. I have two appointments at the hospital early in January, and then hopefully the surgeon might get something done and operate.
Take care and stay safe
Tuesday, 28 December 2010
Although its warmer today, its foggy and drizzly after heavy rain yesterday and during the evening the snow has all but gone, just little bits left here and there on the garden.
I know what you are thinking I rarely bring you any parchment well here today I bring you the family Christmas cards.
I am afraid these are not the best pictures the light was not good before Christmas, I don't like using sub standard photos but these cards were late being made so I had little time to wait for the light to improve. They are all the same design as such, I used the parchment Christmas CD from My craft Studio, these are the first cards I have made from the Cd's, I am not sure about the Cd's as I like to do my parchment from scratch.
I worked the designs in the middle from a grid, the pattern is the same but all done in a different way. The card above was to my Mother and is grid work all over the middle, with the crosses cut out.
This card is to special Friends and the pattern was worked in strips across the middle.
This card was to Vernon's Dad and was worked into squares.
Thursday, 23 December 2010
Another day with snow on the ground, its still freezing cold, and no sign of a let up with the weather.
Today I bring you a tatted Horseshoe which I made for one of the girls in the office who got married last Saturday. I do hope she likes it.
I made the box from white card and finished off with silver peel offs and red ribbon.
This picture shows a close up of the box.
This picture shows you the horseshoe on the base of the box, I used card that looked like leather.
This picture show you a close up of the horseshoe, using a pattern from The pattern Collection book by Mary Konior, she used this pattern for a cross, I liked it so much that I adapted it to make the horseshoe. I added two butterflies in a thread which I brought in Rhodes on holiday a couple of years ago, of red and silver. As I don't know when I can get some more of this thread I tend to only use it on special projects.
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
Saturday, 18 December 2010
Thursday, 16 December 2010
What a day, its pouring with rain now and so dark, I will have to have the light on to do the Christmas cards, I did so well yesterday by wrapping and sending all the presents that needed sending.
Today I bring you my Knitted Christmas Angels, its a very old pattern, which came from a ladies magazine, but it was so long ago I cant remember which magazine they came from.
They are all different in some ways, they are knitted with white cotton thread on number 12 needles. One has blue beads around the base, wings, collar and the halo. The halos are 30 beads on thread and then knotted and then glued onto the hair which is embroidery thread.
Another one has a halo of mixed coloured beads and another one had gold beads. They are all glued onto strong card and then have cotton ball heads. It took me at least three nights to knit each one, they are not difficult but its just a fiddly in parts.
I went to the doctor today and I have been signed off for 4 weeks in hope that the hospital will get their finger out and get the scan done. I had another bad night with no sleep after 3am, even though I took 2 painkillers at 3am the pain still did not ease off. I am on a fat free diet so far its not been easy, I expect as I get used to the diet it will become easier. There are so many things that you would not think had any fat in, so its a question of reading labels.
I hope you are keeping well, do not have any snow yet.
In the meantime of seeing you again as you pass by my blog take care and keep warm.
Tuesday, 14 December 2010
I was going to post my knitted angels but after a conversation this morning with Specsavers in Frome well I just had to write and share it with you.
I think I had the most stupidest person that works there, I rang up for an appointment for my husband between Christmas and New Year, you would think that would be simple.
The conversation went like this :-
"Could I please book an appointment for my husband between Christmas and New Year"
"We have a cancellation for this afternoon if you would like it"
"No thanks my husband is at work and he is not working between Christmas and new year"
"I have one for the 21st December",
"No I want an appointment between Christmas and New Year"
"You are confusing me" she said by now I am getting a bit annoyed.
"What is so confusing about an appointment between Christmas and New Year" I ask
Now I am angry, "No one works on Christmas day and I am not asking for Christmas day he wants an appointment between Christmas and new year are you open then"
"Yes what about the 29th"
"Fine what time"
By now I am to the point of screaming, Where do these firms find there staff because she needs a lot of training, I better not go with him I might be rude.
Sorry to share this little story with you, but I hope when you make an appointment over Christmas and New Year you have better luck than I have had at getting one.
Hope you are keeping well and warm, take care and I hope we do not any more snow before Christmas
Sunday, 12 December 2010
Well the sun is shinning, with a clear blue sky its a bit warmer today, gosh it makes a lovely change, but I'm going to have a moan so please excuse me.
During the night I was in severe pain, if there was a scale for pain 1 to 10 it was 11 and half to 12, Vernon (my husband) rang the ambulance and was told they do not come out as it was not life threatening. They said the nurse would ring in about 15 minutes to an hour, that was at 3.15am. The nurse rang at 7.20am, asked a lot of questions of course and would ask the duty GP to ring me. At 7.30am she rang for once luck was on my side, she was not only one of the doctors from my surgery but one of the doctors I have seen in the last couple of weeks. She then made an appointment for me to go to Shepton Community Hospital to see the Duty GP at 10.10am. More luck he was a lovely man and understood everything so now I have special pain killers for when I have severe pain. This is the second bout in 48 hours, I am feeling really washed out and rattling from all the pain killers. Poor Vernon must be feeling very tired and fed up I don't get much sleep at night at best, and he was awake for hours last night.
I am sorry for my moan but how many times do you see on the TV ambulance man/woman attending late night revelers that have drunk themselves into oblivion, yet for someone in need with severe pain and oh boy it was, I got no medical attention...........
Enough of my rant, and sorry to sound off.
I hope you are enjoying this rest bite in the weather and getting your Christmas shopping before it turns cold again, and hope you are keeping well.
In the meantime until you pass this way again take care
Thursday, 9 December 2010
I use on both card a 3d image of father Christmas. with shiny paper backing and then finished off both cards with peel offs and matching ribbons.
On this card I used images from the Art Deco Christmas Ladies CD. and finished off with gems and silver peel offs and white ribbon.
This card I used a Joanne Sheen image from one of her Cd's, placed it on silver card and finished off with peel offs and green/blue ribbon, the ribbon had a green/blue sheen on it which on blue card looked more blue than green, but when placed on green card looks more green than blue
I stamped the bubble stamp and used white/green heat embossing powders on black card, with a white and green paper worded background again finished off with silver peel offs .
Update on the hospital, I went yesterday to the RUH (Royal United hospital) in Bath, he is prepared to take my gall bladder out even though I am not "Text book", is everything so black and white with these surgeons? I am me not a text book and I don't like the idea of conforming to a text book. Now I have to have a scan/x ray on the pancreas and bladder first to check that they are OK, if they are clear then he will operate. At least something might be done now.
Sunday, 5 December 2010
This is a short post but I found something really beautiful in blog land and I thought you might like to check it out too.
On Carolivy I found some beautiful paper angel ornaments.
There is a video tutorial on Fred-she-said and for the Paper Angel Template go to CAROL'S POST to get the details, more angels and pic's, and template download. They are really worth checking out.
Hope you are keeping warm on these very cold days,
Friday, 3 December 2010
Sunday, 28 November 2010
There is only one word for the weather cold, very very cold, after another heavy frost last night, at the end of this piece I have put a picture of my garden at 10am GMT today Sunday 28Th November 2010. I don't think I can remember snow being this early, they say in Scotland its three weeks early, but down here it must be at least a month for a cold snap, which we seem to always get before Christmas. The sooner this goes the better. Not looking forward to going back to work tomorrow, dosed up with pain killers and doing a round around a sheltered scheme, but that's part of my job
and I am not moaning about it, just its going to be rather cold.
Today I bring you my knitted Christmas Cupcakes, I put them on my craft table yesterday at Cheese and Grain in Frome for the first time and sold all six to one customer. Now I am knitting as fast as I can because I have another craft table on Saturday, one if we don't get 6 foot of snow and two if I am well enough. I used dark green DK wool for the base and white for the top and then a poinsettia pattern from Heidi's knitting room
I did change the pattern slightly by casting on 7 sts and doing an increase row to 15 sts, then working a few rows of pattern before doing the rest of the petals separately.
I place a coloured bead in the middle, and stiffing the petals.
This is my garden today, not a lot a snow but enough for this winter. as you can see my garden is on a slope, the cream wall in the back ground is where my garden ends. Its a long garden.
Thursday, 25 November 2010
Another cold day, winter is really here now, heavy frost this morning and another one forcasted tomorrow, some parts of the country have had snow but at the moment here in Somerset we are clear.
Today I am bring you two commissioned Christmas cards, which I was asked to make.
I have used the bookatix boards and dark red card and gold miri board, both have 3d images one is an image of candles and the other is of a lantern finished off with gold peel offs, red and gold ribbon. Both were mounted on cream card
I am still in pain and still waiting for something to be done, I have had enough of doctors and the hospital, so I am planning on going back to work on Monday, I cant stay home indefinitely until they decide. I have lost faith now in doctors and the hospital, I am feeling very down and depressed. So all I can do is continue to dose myself up with painkillers and carry on which I have done for months now.
I hope you have enjoyed reading my blog and look forward to seeing you again in blog land.
In the meantime take care.
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Monday, 22 November 2010
Friday, 19 November 2010
For the card I used the flipping teenager images, he told me he had a beetle coat but his mother would not let him have a beetle hair cut. I put a sheet of black card with greetings written all over it at the back, I was going to use a 60's print but the paper was not large enough. I put a little phase at the bottom in several different colours "Now you are 64 will you still love me". Then finished off with gold peel offs.
Next year he will be retiring, something for me to look forward to, only I will still have another 5 years of work before I retire.
Thursday, 18 November 2010
Today the sun is shinning at least its stopped raining.
This is a quick post today as I am very tried, I had no sleep again last night and the pain would not ease, I took more pain killers at 2am and they never even remotely worked.
Today is the letter R and this card is rain and Robin, the Robin is sitting on the umbrella the image is mounted on blue card, with blue ribbon and finished off with silver peel offs. The image was given to me from a Do craft member but unfortunately I cannot remember who gave it to me, I really like this image as it can be done in a variety of colours, and they all would look different. I made this card several weeks ago and kept it for this challenge.
Thank you for visiting my blog and look forward to seeing you again in blog land, in the meantime I hope you are well.
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Another lovely day with the sun shinning but its cold, well I think it is, have not been out for days, but it felt cold when I put the rubbish out today.
Today its 'P' on Ginny's Christmas Challenge. and this card is P for Pheasant, its a piece of fabric which I frayed and place on the card and glittered the snow. A very simple card and easy to do.
Yesterday was 'O' and I have put this card in as O for Ornament, this card I heat embossed with white and red embossing powder on black card and then mounted it on red shinny card and finished off with silver peel offs. This was a play around piece which I felt worked out quite well.
This card was 'F' for Christmas friends, the image is from Kanban and place on green shinny card and finished off with white ribbon and peel offs. I was also late with this one too and I have not put this one in either,
Monday, 15 November 2010
What a gorgeous day after a heavy frost the sun is shinning its cold and the sky a lovely shade of blue.
Today I thought I would show you a lovely new thread I brought recently, I wanted some new threads and thought I would try the Lizbeth thread. This thread is sold in America so I ordered a batch of different colours from America, but the postage was more than the price of the order, they also questioned my address and I asked if the order could be sent by a cheaper means, they said NO, but gave me a web address in this country. Seeing I had googled this thread a couple of times and not found a UK supplier, I was a little bit confused. Anyway I tried the address I was given and found a great site called Roseground. Ordering my original order to them their postage was only £3.20, a big difference from $32. This thread is called Christmas Delight in No 20.
This is Katie Johnson's 3d-Dimensional Angel which I put on my blog last month. This is the angel which I adapted to stand up rather than the orginal pattern which had the shirt glued onto the body.
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
I cant believe it I have won an award from Jeanette
She must have known how down I am at the moment and it has cheered my up. Yesterday was a hard day, spending a lot of time at the hospital with this scan. They injected radio active dye in my arm, and I was on the scan bed for 45 Min's and unable to move, they asked if I would like some music, I asked for Elton John but they did not have any, so I asked if they had some country I had Willie Nelson. I was dozing off to some lovely country music when he came back and woke me. I had a 20 min break with a kitkat and a cup of coffee, and then back on the scan bed for another 20 Min's. They had paused the music and he started it off again when they started scanning. He was only a youngest and a trainee but he was good and very patient with this old lady, well I felt old compared to him. Now I have to wait for the results. I will be radio active for seven days, if I had to get on an aeroplane I need to carry that letter from the hospital as I could set off the security scanning equipment. I am not planning on flying in the next seven days.
Back to the award I have to say three things that would change my life:Well here goes,
1. Getting rid of the pain, getting some treatment and getting life back.
2. Vernon retires next year, retiring together so we can enjoy life together without me going to work, and leaving him home (he might do the housework for me!!!!)
3. Winning the lottery, so I can spend lots of money on craft.
I would like to award this award to the following :-
1. Suzanne she is a brilliant Friend and always there when I need someone to talk, she is not well at the moment, so I hope they can sort her out as soon as possible.
2. Typstatting one lovely lady who does wonderful tatting and has a brilliant blog
3. Sarpreet she has just got married in India and has given me loads of compliments on my blog and encouragement.
4. Ginny An lovely lady who has a lovely blog, and also gives lots of encouragement.
5. Peter I am giving this to Peter who is disabled, and gives a lot of encouragement to all the do craft members and has a great blog. Peter is always willing to give us help. Thank you Peter for all your help you have given me.
Please collect your awards and then collect your $5 award on digsiswithattitude
Thank you Jeanette you are a real star and a great crafting friend,