Juggling life through a bi-polar lens. Sometimes up, sometimes down. Mostly trying to tread water in the middle. Creating a likeness to a normal life. Whatever "normal" is...

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Post 333!

I've just spotted that this is post 333 on my blog! If three is a lucky number then maybe today will be lucky for me. So far I have twisted my knee! Good start! But the cat food I ordered has been delivered, so that's something. At least I don't have to go for a walk or a bike ride to get them something else, limping along as I go.

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Things have calmed somewhat since a week ago. Sorry for that little outburst. Thanks, as ever, for your support....

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Over the course of a couple of evenings I've put together the following cards. Sometimes I sit and do the pictures, other times I assemble them. Occasionally I do the whole thing start to finish in one go. I've been pootling through them in front of the telly, with mum watching tv and Luvbug on his pewter..... cats off asleep somewhere: Fluffy in her new grocery box (she's lots better, by the way) and Scooter on his blanket in the window...... sounds idyllic? Well, it only lasts for an hour or so but yes, it's ok.....

These are little cards that I made for my box, as I didn't seem to have any notecards for myself, for when I write to people....
I made this next one the other night for Luvbug's brother-in-law, John, who has a birthday this weekend. It's much larger, at A5. I've put glaze on the dogs' noses to make them glossy :)
Lastly, here is my first Christmas card for the year (aaaaarghhh! Nooo!! I said the C word!!!!)This image is a stamp by Elzybells. Sadly, this is another stamp shop that is closing down. She is hoping to sell off all her stuff by the end of this month. Nip over and have a look, see if you can help her out! There are still some goodies there, and all greatly reduced in price. This stamp is red rubber and was only a few pounds. She also does inkpads, etc.

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I'm not a 'scrapbooker' and have never got into that 'branch' of crafting. But one thing I've started lately is 'memory books' for my mum, as very often she will enjoy a day out and then not remember it a few weeks later. I suppose this is sort of scrapbooking, as I've been writing next to the photo's and sticking in all sorts of decorations, just to make it nice for her. I'll get some pictures of some of the pages and show you next time ;) All you seasoned scrappers and book artists can give me some advice!

7 comments:

mrsnesbitt said...

I have read somewhere else about somebody starting such a book for their mum - a lovely lovely idea.

Cards are so theraputic - I HAVE to be calm when I am working otherwise I make mistakes and yours are lovely.

Keep it up!
Dxx

Dragonstar said...

Hi Helena, and congrats on your 333.
I'm glad you feel a bit better. I dropped in recently and read about all your difficulties, but I didn't comment - I was feeling so negative at the time that I didn't dare say anything!
Your cards are always an inspiration. I've visited that site and made an order - what lovely stuff she has! My "local" craft shop has a demonstration day on Oct. 2nd - the exact day my daughter and partner arrive for a week! Something happens every time...

Julie said...

Your cards are gorgeous and I love the doggy one. I'm glad you've had a quieter week and I think the memory book for your Mum is a wonderful idea. It will be lovely to go through it with her and share the memory.

Angel and Kirby said...

I always love your cards. The Christmas one it awesome!

Feronia said...

The memory book is a lovely idea, Helena. Love the cards too - especially the twin birds and the panda!

333 does sound kinda lucky!

Best,
Feronia :)

Stardust said...

Happy 333rd post! Be gentle on that knee...

I'm still having the notecards I've got from you, and it's a little surprizing that you didn't have any for yourself. Your cards are always lovely, whatever the size. =)

Be looking forward to sharing of the memory pages. What a sweet way of decorating your mom's days.

freebird said...

Great cards all around. Stamps just don't seem to sell like they used to but all kinds of craft stores couldn't deal with the bad economy. My husband has started getting ready for Christmas already. He's buying gifts for various family members. I sure hope they don't go shopping before Christmas!

It sounds like you are making a cross between journaling and scrapbooking. Whatever, it's a good idea and the way I tend to do it is to show a picture or two with some paint or papers behind it and then say in a very few words, what the pictures were about. Your mom might need the verbal cues as well as the pictures or she'll end up asking you what the pictures were taken for.