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No really in the mood today

Great Grandma passed away last night – she had reached a truly wonderful age, but it was definitely time to go to a better place.

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Not much time, but a link added to my blogroll

have a look at this lovely blog:  Penelope’s Pitstop.

News on Oliver:  he’s not doing too bad, but there have been a few complications last night and today.  Still, we are remaining very positive, he’s a strong wee thing.

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Despite my best intentions, life just seems to keep getting in the way at the moment

I managed to do a tiny bit of crafting last week, and yesterday rushed off to get a few bits and pieces as one of my friends was due over for an early supper, unfortunately no sooner had I left the house then Guy rang me to say that my godson (expected in the middle of May) had made a very, very early appearance into the world – my best mate therefore needed me pronto.

I fortunately managed to get hold of Vicki, and then fled for the hospital to see them, finally getting home around 10.30’ish last night.

The news is that Oliver, although classed as extremely critically premature, is doing quite well – he’s so very, very tiny and has a very big mountain to climb, but fingers crossed.  Poor Di faired quite badly in the whole thing, and not unsurprisingly looked truly awful, but she’s keeping positive about the whole thing (for those of you who’ve read my blog for a long time, you will probably remember that just over a year ago, we nearly lost Di in a horrible riding accident as well, so this is just another hurdle in life).


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A little too much wine I’m afriad


and all I feel like is going to sleep.  We’ve just got back from the most scrumptious lunch at the White Dog Inn (Ewhurst Green) and now I find that the new Sugar Nellies will be on-line at 8 pm……… I can’t go and have a nap in case I miss them.  Damn!

Hopefully a lovely hot strong cup of Java will sober me up enough, so that I can stay awake long enough to order them all.

It’s my Toodles birthday today (10) and also my Mother In Law (too old to admit, but past 73), so hence the lunch.  We were also joined by my Mum, my Brother in Law and our Nephew.

It’s quite a long drive back from East Sussex, but I have to say the sunset made it completely worth it – most beautiful one I’ve seen for a long time – shame that the camera was in the boot and we couldn’t stop.

Look forward to some Nestabilities crafting tomorrow, and also some SU projects using the stamps I bought off Caz – one of the sets is called “Toy Box” and I think it might just develop into one of my favourites.

Right off to sober up now, see ya, hick………………………………

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A slight variation on yesterday’s card


made for a friend at work.

This time I used yellow Ecoline (321), with brown and cream hydrangeas’ instead of the metal flower from yesterday.  Actually, I think I like this version better.

I’ve had a few comments about the technique, so this week I’ll work on a little tutorial.  It’s very easy, and you get a big bang for your buck so to speak!


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Sugar Nellie Dog


Finally, a bit of non-Xams crafting – have to admit though that it takes you awhile to get out of the red and green mindset!

Very quick card using up one of my new stamps from Sugar Nellie, Angus’ wee dog.

Stamped in Palette Noir ink, and then coloured with COPICs R20 (Blush) and a darker pink (can’t remember what number though). Just gone around the edge if the image to create shadow with C1 (Cool Gray).

Other supplies were:-

I have to make two cards this evening, for two very lovely and special young ladies, who are the Daughters’ of my cousin, I guess they are cousins too, but I loose track of all that first cousin once removed malarkay.  They were 2 the other day, and whilst the cards will be a little late from us in the UK, hopefully they will love the cute little fairy dresses we are sending.


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It’s horrible when a friend is hurting

I’ve just found out the my friend Caz lost her Dad today – I really feel for her, and am sending out loads of cyber hugs and prayers.

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