Well yet again I've left it far too long between blogs! Even though I'm still off work with my shoulder the time seems to just fly. The main news this week is that we went to visit my Son at Exeter Uni and then picked him and his new girl friend up and went on to Salcombe. My brother, SIL and offspring came too and we had such a FANTASTIC time. We are very lucky as my other SIL owns a beautiful holiday home in Salcombe and she lets us use it more or less when we like and it's sooooo lovely. It can sleep up to 14 peeps so plenty of room to play:)
The weather was really kind to us and so we were able to spend the day on the beach on the Saturday. A great game of cricket took up quite a lot of time as well as frisby and those brave enough went surfing (not me!) we went for a lovely walk high up on the cliff edge with fabby views. It's amazing how much better a little sunshine made us all feel, even though it was a bit chilly.
It was such fun spending quality time, all of us together. Can you tell we had fun? lol. No scrapping done this week but I have sorted and scaned photo's of my daughter ready to produce an album for her 18th birthday(not till August so loads of time)
I'm going to a crop next week so I wanted to go organized for a hange and have the photos ready so hope they arrive back in time!
Have a happy weekend everyone:)
Friday, 26 February 2010
Posted by Janie at 19:20
Friday, 12 February 2010
This was the start of my day, finding one of my mad cats asleep on my craft desk, using my ATG gun as a pillow. Sorry not a good photo as I had to be quick (the black furry boy doesn't like cameras)just too sweet not to share.
My daughter then rang to say she has passed her driving theory test, YAY.
An hour later my Son rang from Uni to say he had his first exam results and got a first in both! Only his first year but soooo very pleased for him. He's loving it in Exeter but it's around four and half hours from us so always lovely to chat to him and even more so with such great news.
We are going to see him next weekend and taking hin to Salcombe for the weekend so can't wait for that. Also my shoulder seems to have taken a good step towards feeling stronger and pain is less.
It's our aim to finish decorating his bedroom this weekend too, we went for a green feature wall, not red. Will shre pics once it's done.
All in all a good day so far:)
Posted by Janie at 12:18
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
Good grief where has the last week gone? I can't believe a whole week has gone since I last blogged! You would think that being off work I'd feel I have loads of time but it still whizzes by.I've spend a lot of the time cleaning, yes mad I know but it stops me going stir crazy. I've been off 6 weeks now with my shoulder and not due to go back till the second week in March, so a while yet. I've cleaned everything I can get my hands on, all the paint work etc so the house is cleaner than it's ever been. The down side is that because I can only use my left arm, I'm going to have a strong muscle bound right arm and a poor weak left arm.lol
The weather is blooming mad here today, snowing really hard one moment then bright sunshine, wish it would make it's mind up! NO MORE SNOW PLEASE.
I made a valentines card for my lovely hubby today too so not all cleaning, helped along with a little Boyzone:)
Posted by Janie at 14:43
Tuesday, 2 February 2010
I spent a very happy Sunday clearing out my craft room. I want to spring clean all the rooms in the house but started here, I wonder why eh! I got rid of loads of rubbish and really gave it a good old clean, I was ashamed at how dirty it was. It now feels brighter and i'm more inspired to create too. I'm on a roll with the spring cleaning but am limited with what i can do with only one arm, you would be amazed what you can manage when you really want to do something though.
Maybe I shouldn't have started in here as I now want to play instead of clean, maybe a bit of both is good. The photos are starting at the right hand side of our spare bedroom, the pink draws came from a school that closed down and they were getting rid of them! I store all my rubber stamps and sizzix in them. My lovely husband put up kitchen work tops all around two walls so I can share with friends too:-)I tend to sit by the window but there is room on the other side for someone else. The boxes of draws are all Ikea but covered with PP and different alphas on them to remind me of the contents. The shelves above are also Ikea and I keep all my jars on them, filled with flowers, alphas and bits and bobs. Not as tidy as it would be if they were all in cupboards but I find I use the stash more if I can see it. The last photo is back by the left side of the door with my pc and cricut ready to roll. I feel lucky to have this room as it does mean I can start a project and leave it untouched till I can get back to it.
Just thought if you're anything like me you may like a nose:)
Now do I clean some more or play? eh not sure!
Posted by Janie at 10:13
Friday, 29 January 2010
First of all, thanks for all the comments about the bedroom. After all that,I feel the red is going to be too dark even on one wall so going for green instead.The room doesn't get any sun so I think it needs a more zingy colour. My Son said he's happy for me to decide (mad fool) I'll post again once it's painted.
My shoulder is starting to feel something towards normal again now so i'm trying to do more. The Physio is helping, even though it's painful so things are looking up. I'm going to make the most of being at home now as full time work will soon kick back in!I could get used to being at home more and going back to work is going to be hard.
I've made a couple of cards today, very different to each other. The red one is for my SIL birthday this weekend so i hope she likes it. It's good to be crafting again and having lots of time to do it in too, maybe having an operation wasn't all bad after all :)
Posted by Janie at 11:54
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
Gosh, I can't believe it's been a whole week since I last blogged, someone is deffo stealing the days from me!
We decided to decorate our Sons (19 years old) bedroom for him while he is away at uni. It's not a very big room and he had all the walls white before, with black curtains, bedding & bits & bobs.
Now do we just paint it all white again as he liked it that way, or are we brave and put some colour in there? I have put a match pot of deep red on one wall to see what it looks like but still can't decide. It looks bright red in the photo but it's more of a deep, claret red in real life. HELP I just don't know if it will close the room in too much as it's not a very light room. What do you recon ladies? I'm more temped to leave it all white at the moment as that's safer, but is safer better?If we add the colour, which wall do we put it on? Be great to hear what you lot think?
I think i'm getting worse at making decisions the older I get, I used to just bowl in and do stuff but not any more:(
No crafting done this week but maybe tomorrow:)
Posted by Janie at 13:49
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Well first of all I've been very brave and returned to Slimming World after an 8 week, gap due to ill health and operation. I was sooooo scared and nearly didn't go as I knew I'd put loads of the 21Llbs back on, that I'd already lost. NOT SO, I'd gained 4Llbs which I was thrilled about as thought it would be at least 14Llbs!!!! What a releif to get that out of the way and get back on the right road, even if it is a pain. Mad eh? to be so pleased about putting 4Llbs on lol.
I've also completed an 8x8 DCWV, All Dressed Up Album and Papers that's been hanging around for................ well, months now. I've cheated really as the photos are all 8x6 so not much room to scrap, although i'm really pleased with it. It looks very different to my other albums but that is a good thing, right? I love finishing a project, feels great:)
Posted by Janie at 16:45
Sunday, 17 January 2010
Not been a great couple of days due to the pain in my shoulder and got physio again tomorrow so that will help..............not!
At least the snow has finally gone after a lot of rain so walking about will be easier now. We have had snow around since 17th December and although it's pretty it's been around far too long. The house still seem quiet after Will returning to uni but we will get used to it. I spent some time giving my craft room a good tidy up and will take some photos soon. I've also made a couple of cards just to stop me going stir crazy! I'm enjoying popping into your blogs too and picking up tips and gossip. Thanks for such pretty things to look at:)
Posted by Janie at 15:52
Thursday, 14 January 2010
My daughter came home from town yesterday with a lovely present for me, she said it was to cheer me up after my operation. It's the word LOVE in red china letters, bless her. It looks great in the hall way and I was so touched that she thought to do it. She is still at school doing A levels so not earning much. Thanks sooo much Abi, you are a sweetie. It even made the visit to the physio not so bad :-)
I had a really good sort out in my craft room and finished an 8x8 album that's been laying around for ages, which feels good. I really want to complete all my unfinished projects this year so at least i've made a start. I found the following LO that a did a while ago but thought i'd share it as it's very fitting with our weather right now.
Posted by Janie at 15:20
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Well I got my bum into gear today and made some cards. The pain in my shoulder is still really bad and I have to face Physio again tomorrow so I needed something to take my mind off it.
Just had a play with Magnolia stamps,Prisma colours and scraps of paper. Maybe not the best ever but I enjoyed doing them. It seems odd being at home and doing things as and when I like as I'm used to working full time, quite nice in a way.
Posted by Janie at 14:36
Monday, 11 January 2010
I had to go and have Physio on my shoulder today, after my operation last Thursday. Phew it was soooo painful, i knew it would be uncomfortable but boy I wasn't ready for that!!!!!
I guess it can only get better from here but it looks like it will be a long road. Other than that not much done today as the physio wiped me out. I hope to try making some cards tomorrow so I feel i'm doing something and not just sitting around and can then share some photos with you all.
A really big thank you to Linda for helping me to sort out the problem with my comments, great you sorted it for me so people can now leave comments if they want to. You are very kind linda
Posted by Janie at 19:09
Sunday, 10 January 2010
Well my lovely Son returned to his Uni in Exeter today:-( It already feels very odd without him, quiet but tidy lol. It's been lovely having him home for Christmas but it's gone really quickly, he was ready to go back though I think and that's the way it should be. He is having such a great time there, studying Economics & Econometrics. Well I think a bit of studying goes on inbetween the parties! A funny old day really, it really feels like Christmas is all over with now and the house is back to normal, if normal is a word you can use for this house.
The photo is of the kids at Christmas, just so you know who i've been talking about.
Thanks for the lovely ladies on UKS still trying to help me sort my blog, if anyone has any ideas why people can't leave comments still please let me know so I can sort it. Thanks:)
Posted by Janie at 17:55
Saturday, 9 January 2010
This may be tricky for me, adding a link in as I am a bit blonde but Love these stamps so much I must have a go.
Pink Gem are offering Blog Candy on their site I hope this link works. I had a few stamps from them over Christmas and they are really lovely so enter and good luck
Posted by Janie at 13:31
Well, after waiting around all day on Thursday my operation finally went ahead. I got to the hospital at 11am and was asked to put my gown on at 4pm!! I was beginning to think they may run out of time and cancel but thank goodness it did happen. I was put out for around an hour and half and the used key hole surgery on my shoulder. It turns out my shoulder was frozen and the surgeon had the cut the capsules surounding my shoulder joint to allow me move movement. i've already had physio and it's b****y painful but at least it's been done, which has to be a good thing. I have loads of exercises to do which I must keep up with and will be off work for some weeks yet but I guess it's all positive from now. No photos to share today but hope to make some more cards next week as it's my left arm in a sling so hope I can work one handed!
I'm off to look at my settings again as it looks like people still can't leave comments:(
Posted by Janie at 13:07
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
Well just a quick post showing a birthday card I made this afternoon, I made three in fact but they are very similar so just sharing one. I used prisma colouring pens on the lovely stamp from Pink Gems, love their stamps and so cheap & loads of sickles! I may not be able to blog for a couple of days due to my operation so added this in as an extra today.
Thanks to all the lovely ladies on UKS for your help setting this blog up.
Posted by Janie at 16:34
Well we woke up to lots of snow today. Schools are mostly shut so everyone is enjoying a snow day:) it looks soooo pretty but such a pain to get about in! I also have a food shop due and no sign of it yet so who knows if it will arrie or not?
I'm due to have a Rotarcuff repair on my shoulder tomorrow and so I'm keeping everything crossed that it's not cancelled due to the weather. I've been waiting over a year now so really want it to happen. I've been quite run down over Christmas and have stayed inside to get well enough for the operation so will be fed up if it gets cancelled.
I plan to make some cards today so hope to share those later but untill then I hope you all enjoy the snow:)
Posted by Janie at 12:06
Tuesday, 5 January 2010
Posted by Janie at 11:05
Monday, 4 January 2010
Well, here goes, my first post ever on a blog. Not sure if I'll manage to keep up with it but wanted to have a go. It's been a lovely Christmas, busy with illness around but good all the same. We also had my DH's 50th around christmas so that that was great too. We had a party and got to see loads of good friends and all our family too. I made muffins as his cake this year, which looked very pretty.
I'll maybe start this blog by sharing my craft room, I'm very lucky to have the spare the bedroom handed over just for my crafts. It really needs new storage fitted but the photos show the room as it is now in all it's glory.
Posted by Janie at 13:04