Thursday, 24 February 2011

What a week!!!

Well.....you know when you have a plan, and it goes completely wrong?? Well that was me this week!!! Ian was away in Florida (...on business allegedly!!) so I decided I'd have a really crafty few days. I went blog hopping and wrote a list of challenges of all the things I felt I could tackle. I even NEARLY completed the one for Play Date Cafe...it just needed a few finishing touches.....then...I got THE PHONE CALL!!!
It went a bit like this...... "Hi Mum...thought I'd let you know...just been to the walk-in centre and they think I may have appendicitis so I'm on my way to hospital"...yes, it was Bethany...in Sheffield! Not that far away in reality, but FAR TOO FAR for my liking!!

Well to cut a long story short I spent from Friday to Sunday travelling between Manchester and Sheffield to 'the sickbed'. On Sunday I got a grip and realised I really needed to stay over there!! After many tests it was decided that it was indeed the appendix causing the problem, and it was whipped out! I was able to bring her home on Tuesday evening...much to my relief! She is still in quite a lot of pain..and has a wonderful battle scar...mum is convinced they used Glossy accents to glue her back together again...whatever happened to good old-fashioned stitches?? She said to me a couple of weeks ago that she would like to come home for Sam's birthday (yesterday) but I have to say I think these were very extreme measures to take!!
Talking of Sam's birthday...here is his card..


I coloured some old book pages with various DI's. The bird stamp is a 'freebie' from Craft Stamper but I felt he needed longer legs....just like Sam (17, and 6'3"!!)...so I drew them on. The bird is also coloured with DI's.

A closer look at 'Birdy (Crowy) Long Legs!'



It was also Ian's birthday whilst he was away....and here is his 'well-travelled' card...yes it's been to Florida, and back!!



 I coloured the background paper with Dylusions Ink Sprays and then sprayed more over a mask. The stamps are 7 Gypsies... I really wanted to use that 'crow' and couldn't think of a better opportunity! Because the envelope was black and a bit tricky to write on, I decorated that too!!



When I eventually got back onto my blog yesterday, I was greeted with wonderful news. I had a comment from Lily at The Octopode Factory to tell me that I had won her giveaway....just what I needed to cheer me up!! Can't wait for my goodies to arrive!!

I am writing tonight from a hotel room in Newport Pagnell. To be honest my feelings are mixed....I am SOOOOO excited about my class with Tim Holtz tomorrow, but a little guilty at having to leave Bethany. She is in the VERY CAPABLE hands of my wonderful mum, who has taken over nursing duties in my absence, and I know she will be more than well looked after!! So...onwards and upwards...I am going to have a ball.....and will be displaying my production VERY soon!

Bye for now...I really need an early night.....!!!

xxx



5 comments:

patcrafts said...

OMG poor Bethany and poor you it's just what you need when miles apart. I hope she continues to make good progress and I am sure she will be well looked after by your Mum.
Congrats on winning Octopode goodies.
Love the cards and the very appropriate Mr Crow.
Have a wonderful weekend with Mr T everyone I know says how great he is. xx

Sandra Hall said...

Flippin' heck Jane - I bet your heart was pumping driving over the pennines to get to Bethany! Glad she's home and on the mend.
Youj are in for a treat with Mr Holtz - he is a geniune easy going guy and a great educator - relax and have mucho fun :D! x x

flutterbycrafter said...

Aw, poor Bethany, glad she's on the mend now. It's terrible when they're away from home and all they want is their Mum, have a fantastic weekend, I'm sure you will and don't worry about your family, they're been well looked after by your lovely Mum. xx

Gez said...

Goodness Jayne what a week! Hope your DD is improving everday & you had a WONDERFUL time yesterday..xx can't wait to see your pics :D
Love your cards they are absolutely brilliant. The bird with the long legs FAB!! & what can I say about Mr Crow..love him!
Wishing you a peaceful weekend. Enjoy.xx

Sam said...

Ouch! You had a bad time of it - going to TH's must have been a blessing - four (quick) hours of hectic box construction. Love your long legged birdie! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving kind comments - Fergus was sat at the back of the room - centre table. He was sooo busy he was very quiet. He loves crafting and this isn't the first time he has been at a crafty do!!! LOL!!! If you go on tonight you should see him with Leandra and Lin!!!!
Hettie