Sunday, 30 March 2014

Spring at Last !!!

Hello Spring -well I hope it's now spring cos we had snow last weekend !!! what was that all about - Snow in the middle of March!!!  However looks like things are picking up.  Friday was so lovely that George was able to get the rest of the grass cut and I could leave the door open for the pets rather than having to get up & down to let them in & out all the time.

Anyway here are my latest cards, hope you like them & if you do please leave a comment to let me know :)










Finally got my hair cut last week and boy was it a relief !! I can't believe how bad it was.  Also got a colour & highlights in it too.  Can you believe it was last September when I last got it cut and about 18mths since the last colour, so you can imagine what a state it was in, my blonde hair had turned into a mousey grey mess with no shape whats so ever and it aged me terribly.  Now I feel & look like a new woman and looking in the mirror at the hairdressers I finally saw where I had lost the 3 1/2 stone from - the top half of my body, my face has lost two of the 4 chins and my shoulders were narrower too.  But I should know that because I no longer need the seatbelt extension thingy in my car :)  I knew my legs & arms were smaller but as my stomach still feels as huge as ever I began to wonder if it was all my imagination.  This has all happened since my Diabetes diagnoses.  Have a check up with the Dietician next week but honestly don't think I've lost any more since seeing her in January, just praying I haven't put any on either.  Now that the better weather should be kicking in I hope to try and get about a bit more - fingers crossed:)

Bad news is my Arthritis.  Last year my meds stopped working as well so my doctor put me on Humira but after 13wks of taking that I was in agony and felt like I wasn't taking anything, it was completely useless.  So back in October I was switched to Enbrel (both taken with Methotrexate) but now that too is no good and I am in more pain each day and having to take extra pain relief with Relifex and Paracetamol :(  Apparently there is a new one coming out soon - well when the HSE stop quibbling about the price of it that is !!

That's enough of me moaning.  Hope you all remembered to put your clocks forward last night and Happy Mother's day to all you Mother's of children & furbabies :)

Sunday, 16 March 2014

March Catch Up

How could I forget my blog again ??? well below you will see all the cards I have made and a Christening Candle.  

The 1st card is actually an A4 card and it was for a someone who is a shopaholic and the giver wanted it to somehow depict that the baby would be too, hence the shopping bag.














I have made double the amount of all the Communion & Confirmation cards but the same design as below.









Since my last post my printer gave up on me so have been researching the right printer to buy next ever since.  I asked a lot of crafting buddies and the consensus was either Epsom or Canon - well I am a Canon fan so when researching I was delighted that the Canon came out on top.  Then I decided that I needed a printer more suited to Home Office use rather than just Home use which would print the odd letter but mostly photos.  So the best Canon Printers for what I wanted were the Pixma MX range.
So on Tuesday I should be taking delivery of a Canon Pixma MX720 - I can't wait and have lost these past weeks with it.

Friday, 17 January 2014

And so it begins - 2014

Happy New Year to all my blog readers and lets hope it's a happy healthy one for us all.

Well Christmas has come & gone and so has my Mojo & energy.  I have hardly stepped inside my Craft Room, only to clear away my Christmas stash and make a couple of cards that were asked for - shown below. 

First & third card images coloured with Copics.  Embroidered butterfly is by LittleSnippets.  All papers etc are from Cardz 'n' Scrapz, who in my opinion are the best craft suppliers in the country, their customer service is second to none!!





Hope to back soon with some new creations:)

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Well that was a shock !!!!

It has been quite eventful since my last blogging post - I've been in hospital !!!  I felt myself coming down with a chest infection but instead of going to the doctors yet again this year, I persevered with it but in the end I has so little energy I went to get some antibiotics.  Whilst there the doctor I saw checked my oxygen stats and they were down to 84, where as a normal healthy persons would be around 99.  She tried to persuade me to go to A&E but I asked if I could try the nebulizer first - I did but it didn't do me any good at all really.  She gave me a letter and told me to go in for my own good.  By this stage though all I wanted to do was go home I have been in there almost 2hrs.  So off I went, home with the letter and my script for Antibiotics.

Well that was Thursday, by the following Thursday I was even weaker so thought I just needed some steroids to get me going  Off to my own doctor this time and did my stats, they were 83 and dropping, so she did no more than print me a letter and tell me to get to A&E.  I knew I had no choice this time.

I drove into my Aunt in Clonmel and she drove me to A&E.  I was seen within minutes of arriving, put on oxygen and whisked to the medical assessment ward.  I was surround by nurses and doctors and had blood taken, ECG done and all sorts.  After about an hour I had to go off to the loo when I got back, still in a wheelchair - as I wasn't allowed to walk, I saw my name on the board and in big letter under it the dreaded word ........ ADMIT !!!! OMG I said I'm not staying in, I want to go home.  I was then told in no uncertain terms that if I went home, I would be back within hours in respiratory arrest !!!
By 3.30 I was up in the ward being shown to what would be my bed for the next 5 days !!! The diagnoses was PNEUMONIA !!!!  I was so shocked and scared, I honestly didn't realise just how sick I was.
 
I was hooked up to oxygen 24hrs a day for 4 days until my stats improved.  I was IV antibiotics 3 times a day and oral twice a day + 8 steroids a day !!!  Now those steroids worked wonders as I hadn't eaten anything much for well over a week beforehand and all of a sudden I was eating anything that was put in front of me.  Now I have to say the food I got in the hospital was 1st class and the care I received was 2nd to none!!!

Monday came and I was so hopeful to go home but no, ,doctor had other ideas, she wanted me off the oxygen for 24hrs first to see how I coped without it.  I was so disappointed but understood and after all it was only one more night.
Tuesday came and I felt great - well compared to what I had done and yes she let me home with another week of oral antibiotics and 3weeks of steroids!!.
So finally I got home and could get Christmas sorted LOL.

Whilst I was in my dear hubby did the Christmas Market for me and made me a nice few quid to help with the Crimbo shopping, so that was handy

Never again will I think I can cure myself, I told my doctor today (after being the all clear) that as soon as I start coughing again I will be down to see her just to make sure it is only my Asthma !!!

Now back to crafting and below are some cards that I made since my last post.




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 Here are couple of pics of my crimbo decs, so nice to be home for Christmas instead of the hospital - what a prospect that was !!!




The above are my Christmas cake and a loaf shape one for my two aunts - I had a great plans for their decorations but due to my unexpected hospital visit I had to used the little ornaments in my tin - well there is always next year, god willing. 

Lastly a couple of pics of my 3 of my 4 fur babies relaxing !!

 Lulu & Tiger
Robbie

Please go and check out my latest Christmas cards on my Christmas card page Christmas Cards 2013

Thank you for stopping by my blog and Happy Christmas to you all.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Killenaule Shop Local Christmas Market

In 2 weeks time I am taking part in my first ever Christmas Market in my local town of Killenaule.  It is also their first Christmas Market too, so fingers crossed it all goes well and any of you out there in the local area please come along and support the local traders.  We have some great shops and traders in Killenaule - until they took the bank away, you didn't have to travel anywhere else to get anything you need.


On a personal note I have decided to stop the Wedding Stationery side of my card making as I enjoy the greeting card part much more and to be honest a lot less hassle LOL

I have updated my Christmas Card page above with all my Christmas cards that I have made to date this year so far & boy are there a lot of them .......CHRISTMAS CARDS

I have also updated my Other Crafts page with some more Candles and Decorated Frames ......... OTHER CRAFT PIECES

Now for some general cards that I have also been busy doing .......


























































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