Friday, 31 August 2007
Tuesday, 28 August 2007
I just want to say a big thank you to all the people who have left a comment or contacted me in regard to my friend who is so sick. It really means a lot to me to know you are all thinking of me and her family. I met up with her sister in law yesterday who told me that she is now totally with it again and having conversations with everyone. I told you she was an amazing women, her strength of will must be so so strong. I'm hoping to be able to visit her on Thursday. She's in a hospital that is about 1 1/2 hours away so another girlfriend and I are going to go in. Hopefully we will be allowed in to see her.
Over the weekend I also finished three layouts and a couple of cards. All of them are On line classes from Paper Doll .The first two are from the July No Scraps class where you get to complete two layouts and two cards and have no scraps left over. The first one I used a couple of old photos that I have always loved of Neil and I with Madeleine. She was such a cuddly, playful baby a pure delight.
The second layout is from when Madeleine and I went up to QLD in July. I just sat on the beach and watched as she played in the surf and had fun.
Sunday, 26 August 2007
I think I may have mentioned before a very good friend of mine who has been battling a rare form of cancer since her diagnosis back in February. Her prognosis wasn't very good from the start but she has been very brave and strong and really amazing through the whole process. I haven't actually seen her now for a month because she has been so sick and while I would go to visit her I never actually got to see her. Then last Monday I got the news I and everyone who knows her have been dreading. Things had taken a drastic turn for the worst and she wasn't expected to make it through another day.
It really knocks you for a six. Even though this has been inevitable from the start that old saying is always in the back of your head (where there's life there's hope) it has been so surreal and I suppose you never really believe it's going to happen. Not that it has happened, as she is such a strong women with such a strength of character that she has gone from not being able to communicate and slipping in and out of consciousness to being able to speak again.
Her boys aged 12 and 7 were told during the week that their mum wasn't coming home again and from what I've been told they have been wonderful. They have stayed in the hospital with her and played her music and told her stories and have been able to tell her how much they love her. Now she has the chance to tell them and say goodbye. Don't get me wrong those boys have known since they were born that they are loved and cherished beyond words. OMG it just breaks my heart and sometimes it's hard to know where to put all that emotion.
My heart goes out to her and her family at this awful awful time.
I and many others have spent the last week in a sort of Limbo really waiting for that dreaded call. It even makes me feel sick typing about it and tears are always there waiting to break free, and my oh my have they ever broken free alot this week.
You know it's probably a bit trite, but it's at times like these you tell yourself "Cease the Day", don't take things for granted. Especially not your health, your family and your friends. Make it all count, and tell the people who matter the most to you, that you Love Them.
Monday, 20 August 2007
Thursday, 16 August 2007
I've also used a lot beadifuls from Queen and Co on the title and on the each of the flowers. Here is a close up to show you what I mean. I love this technique, time consuming but very therapeutic.
Then today when I got home from coffee morning at Paperdoll the two layouts I had sent into Scrapbook Creations for the Colour Comp were on my doorstep. The pink and green one was apparently one of the finalists. The journalling on Suddenly I see are the lyrics to the KT Tunstall song of the same name which I really love and expresses how I feel about Madeleine.
Speaking of coffee morning I picked up some of the new Daisy D papers that arrived by special courier this afternoon and might i say they are luscious. Can't wait to get creating with those babies. If you're interested in having a look you better get down to Paperdoll quick smart because they won't be there for long I'm sure.
Ok thats it for today.
Monday, 13 August 2007
Friday, 10 August 2007
Last night we headed down to our favourite local Thai restaurant in Patterson Lakes, Kun Yao. We started with vegetarian curry puffs and spring rolls. Then it was onto Panang beef and the Kun Yao special (chicken), coconut rice and roti. Needless to say it was great the food is always good. We are so lucky to have such nice restaurants locally to frequent.
Neil has been saying lately I have been leading the life of Riley as I'm not really working much at the moment. so if he reads the following he'll knows its true. Today started with a coffee with a few mums from school from 9am to 10.45am. Then I had to head down to Frankston to pick up a few things for Madeleine and while I was there I ran into my ex sister-in-law Alida. I haven't
seen her for a few years, so we sat down for a coffee and catch up.
Sadly I learned that her dad was in a home and was being transferred to another hospital this week that caters for dementia patients. As is often the way with dementia he has become hard to handle physically and to top it off will now only speak Italian, so communication is even harder. I have a special place in my heart for Mr G he was always so kind and respectful to me and we spent many hours talking. He also was the one who taught me to drive and gave me invaluable tips and tricks on how to read the traffic and other safety issues. He lost the love his life about 5 years ago and has never really been the same since. It's sad for the family to have to go through this with him so my thoughts are with them all for the tough times ahead.
After that I caught up with another girlfriend for coffee. Andi usually works full time now but was home as one of her children hasn't been well. It was great to see her and find out whats been going on in each others lives.
Madeleine is at another friends party tonight. The party is a red carpet affair so they had to dress up like celebritys. Here is Madeleine's take on the necessary look. Don't you just love those big pink glasses and the feather boa. She also looked about 6ft tall in a pair of 3' wedge sandals.
That's it for now
Have a great weekend everyone.
Tuesday, 7 August 2007
The second one is a very cute baindaid tin covered in cardstock that has been put through the cuttlebug, which is very cool to use. Then inside the tin are four gorgeous little mini thankyou cards.
Neil took the camera with him today so I didn't get a chance to photograph the other projects, but I'll update again tomorrow. I saw Wendy taking photos of her projects today so if you head over to her blog, you'll probably see the others. Wendy also finished her little travel album off last night at home.
Today I've been at the shop teaching the Scraptech Shape class to six lovely ladies. It was a lot of fun and a little frenzied at times. note to self make sure you have sharp shape cutting tools when people are cutting their precious paper. It could have all gone pear shaped, but in the end the girls were just happy that it wasn't just them that couldn't manipulate the tool properly. (I like to test people hehe) They all produced such beautiful pages even in the face of adversity.
I also finished another layout on the weekend for my friend Sue B. This one is of her daughter Stacey who turned 16 back in July. The theme for her party was Fluro so besides everyone dressing in fluro colours they had a thousand glow sticks all over the place as well. It was very funky and retro, hence my layout is very bright. I used the French Twist papers by Autumn leave. I really loved working with such vibrant colours. I have sent an email with the layout through to the girls who tell me they really like the layout and it's ok to share with everyone.
Saturday, 4 August 2007
- Making Memories Mini Album and suitcase.
- Heartflower Layout with Hampton Art Clear stamps, K & Company Hopscotch Girl range and Provo Craft Silent Setter.
- Thank you & Congratulations cards with Karen Foster (CHA Summer release) Sentiments product range.
- Mini Gift tin and thanks using the Cuttlebug embossing plates and cutting dies.
One final share before I leave. This is just hot off the press. Madeleine has just brought Holly in to show me the outfit she has just made fore her. It's a crack up, have a look at this very stylish pooch. No wonder the dog has a few image issues. (lol)
Have a wonderful weekend
Thursday, 2 August 2007
Then it was off to the Blue Chair again for lunch, this time with Lynne. I had mentioned to Lynne last week that Neils sister had Lamb Shank s there last week when I went, and she has been hankering for them ever since. Imagine her dismay when we got there and they weren't on the specials board, anyway I told the waitress (who I know) that she was very sad and had come here especially for them. The gods were shining on Lynne today as the waitress confessed they actually had 4 serves of them left, but that wasn't enough to put them on the board, but she could have them if whe wanted. Yeah!! happy ending and they were worth the wait apparently. I had my usual pumpkin and ricotta lasagna, and then we indulged in strawberry crepes with caramel sauce. M mmmmmmmmmm DELICIOUS. Needless to say no dinner was needed tonight.
Believe it or not I will be at the Blue Chair again on Saturday night. Can't have to much of a good thing apparently.
Last week a girlfriend rang asking for an unusual favour. Said friend works, however her dog needed to go the groomers, and the mobile service she uses could only give her an appointment for tomorrow. So she is bringing her pooch over to me tomorrow morning (8am) and the mobile dog wash is coming here. Then Kelsey (the pooch) will be staying for a visit until 4.30pm. Good news for me as Holly is also in desperate need of the groomers, and he can fit her in too. Nothing like jumping on the bandwagon.
In other news I have finally finished the new HP book. I LOVEd it, shed a few tears here and there, but thoroughly enjoyed it. It is sad that Harry won't be taking us on anymore journeys, but I think J K Rowlings tied up all the loose ends nicely and it finished as it should.
Cheers for now