Monday, August 20, 2018

Happy Post

Good morning and thanks for popping in for a read today.

Yesterday I managed to catch up with quite a few things but not everything.  I didnt get emails read, sorry.  I realise that I have missed birthdays, evenings out, afternoon garden parties plus more.  Lots of cards and present buying will happen later this week, tut tut.  Then hopefully lots of get togethers at the end of the week and next week.

Here is a card that was waiting for me upon my return, happy post I am calling it.

We all need something to cheer us up and this did the trick, thank you Helen.  It is from a friend in our Stampin' Up! family. Helen runs a scheme for some of her members and I was lucky enough to earn a voucher and this is the card that came with it.  Some of the products used are listed below but the Stamperatus helped make this card.

We are off to the Derby hospital first thing this morning for my jab and hopefully that will kick in within a few days.  I am not much use to anyone at the moment, I cant even make a cuppa, get dressed on my own or walk many steps.  Then we shall go to Nottingham where my mum is having her op, to be there for Dad as I believe that he needs us at this time.  We have already been told we cant see mum today but as long as all goes well, I dont mind waiting until tomorrow. She had bowel cancer last year and was lucky enough to have it diagnosed very early.  Within 7 weeks she had had an operation and made a slow recovery.  She now has lung cancer.  Again it has been found early and today they are going to remove half of her lungs.  Hopefully this is going to be done with keyhole surgery, which is the plan and we are told that within 3 - 5 days she could be home.  Once the operation starts and if they find they cant do it this way and have to do it in the more traditional fashion, she will be in hospital for around 5 weeks.  Obviously, I dont care how long she is in hospital for, as long as she comes home.

Christiana had another day with a houseful of visitors which is positive.  Katerina cooked salmon and mash for her which I am very impressed by as she says she cant cook.  The friends are all helping with the jigsaw and she sounded very happy last night.  Obviously today is a work day but I believe that a trip to see the youngest members of the family is planned for this afternoon.

Fingers crossed, I will get in the craft room tonight just to put a few things away and get all the packaging done for those folk that are waiting to play with goodies.

Have a wonderful Monday.  Tracey x

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Catching Up

Good morning and phew, I am home.  After I have been away for nearly 7 weeks we landed last night with a bump.  Yes the plane bumped down the runway and goodness what a walk around the arirport to get through to passport control too.  But we arrived safe and sound.  Obviously it is very sad to the leave the girls again, it breaks my heart each time I say goodbye.  They will take good care of Christiana for a few weeks until she comes home too.  So I have plenty of news about my time in Cyprus but that can all wait for another day.

My cases are still in the hall so today I must get those sorted out.  Tomorrow I am off for a jab at the hospital.  My Rheumatoid Arthritis is back with a vengeance.  I have struggled the last few weeks to be honest and I even tried to get "the jab" in Cyprus 2 weeks ago but the "we will ring you tomorrow to arrange it" never happened sigh......not a problem as Paul is here for a couple of days to help me.

I have so much Stampin' Up! things to look at, go through, sort out that I am excited about that. Hopefully I can catch up this afternoon and of course, check out the craft room.  I shall go through emails and messages later today too.  Lots of things came through to Cyprus but not everything.

I am really pleased to say that I managed to get booked onto the S.U. Onstage event in November.  I had to take my ipad to breakfast on the morning to book it as we were staying at the hotel at this time. The internet connection was great but the folk around me did look at me rather strangely. I didnt care and nor did Paul
Here is a card that was made some time ago that I didnt get to share with you.  
It has been made using the animal outing stamp set and Stampin' Up markers.  I would be very happy to show you how to make this, just let me know when you are free and we can arrange a get together.

Dont forget that BONUS DAYS are still here for the next few days.  For every £45 you spend in August you get a discount of £4.50 off your products in September.  If you get in touch I will be very happy to explain in more detail.

Well that is it from me today. Thank you for visiting and having a read.  I hope you have a lovely Sunday.  Tracey x

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Good Morning

 Good morning,  hoping you are managing to stay cool. We are cool (we as in Paul and I).  Paul returned to Cyprus, we checked into a hotel and although I dont know what relax is, it is nice not to think about cooking, shopping and cleaning for a while.   I am also connected to the internet which means I can see what is happening outside Livadhia.
The weather is extremely hot but we are managing to stay cool.
Because of my leg wound I cant go in the pool or the sea but I can paddle. Which I hope to do later today.
If any of my local friends would like any tomatoes or cucumbers please do nip to the greenhouse and help yourself. Have a quick look round the place for me at the same time, please.
Here are some little boxes I made that were used as favours at a Christening recently.

Thanks for having a read and wishing you a lovely day x

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Yassou (hello)

This is the offer for July when you sign up to join the Stampin' Up! team.  Did you know that if you do sign up you could come along to the November get together in Birmingham and wow, what a day that is.

Good morning from another hot and sunny day in Cyprus. Things are not going quite to plan and I think I will be here for a little while longer than I first thought.  If you have been thinking of signing up with Stampin’  Up! Dont miss out out on the wonderful joining offer during this month and if you want to chat about it, just let me know when you are free and I will give you a call.

Thanks for having a read, have a lovely day.  Tracey x

Monday, July 16, 2018

A new week and my holiday begins

Good morning and it is no surprise that the weather here is beautiful once more. It is going to be cooler today the weatherman says, only 36 degrees, yikes.

I am really pleased to say that after a gruelling 10 days everything has been done, dusted and sorted in the apartment. Rajni is on her way and Christiana can have some help at all times, which she is looking forward to.   It does mean that mum can have a rest now and catch up with some friends and family.

As this wonderful FREE papers is still available I will be putting my feet up this afternoon to see What to add to my order tomorrow

if you would like anything adding to the order just let me know.  Dont forget, it is free delivery, to your door for all orders over £30 this month.

Hoping you manage to stay cool in the heat and thank you for having a read. Tracey x

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Diane's wonderful make

Good morning, I do hope that this finds you well. At last I have managed to get into my blog and have internet at the same time.

We have had a good week here is sunny Cyprus but sadly Paul returned home this morning so I will soldier on with the girls. I must say that 4 cockroaches in the lift beat me earlier today though.

At our crafty events, we have a raffle.  The prize box is always full of different Stampin' Up! crafting items from ribbons, notebooks, stamp sets and projects kits plus lots of other surprises.  Diane H won the raffle last week and here is just one the projects she has made inspired by the raffle prize.  It is wonderful and thank you for sharing it. 

Thank you for having a read today and I am so pleased that I am able to blog again. In the temperatures of more than 32 degrees we tend to stay home during the day and just venture out in the evenings.  Mr weatherman says it will be 24 degrees in Derby so another warm day.  Tracey x

Monday, July 2, 2018

We all love a bargain

Good morning.  A new Monday morning in a new month of July.  We have woken up to blue skies and a lovely breeze.  We should have woken up in Cyprus today but we are still in sunny Derby.  We had a little hic cup which can be solved after a trip to the nearest Passport Office tomorrow - mentioning nothing else about it.

We had a bonus of a weekend, catching up with friends and family and lots of rest and relaxation.  Christiana has started a new treatment for her 3 - 4 hour cough attacks and we are keeping our fingers crossed that will help, eventually. My steroid injection is already wearing off but only 3 more months to go with the Latent TB medication and I can start something new which will hopefully help me.

I am sure you have all seen the latest offers from Stampin' Up! and boy what smashing offers they are.  The first one is to get a whole collection of ink pads FREE when you join the Stampin' Up! family.  I would love to have you on my team.

You get to pick one of these collections as well as getting £130 worth of products for £99.  This will also be delivered right to your door FREE of charge.  It is one of the best offers I have seen in the 10 years that I have been with Stampin' Up!  If you would like to find out more please, do give me a call.

Another offer that has started is this

When you buy 3 of papers in the list above you get to choose another one FREE.  If there is too much paper in this offer for you just let me know and join in a share. This is a great way to grab a bargain.  You can either order 2 packs of the papers with another person and both enjoy the discount.  Or order half a pack of all 4 and share those with another person...goodness the possibilities are endless.  Send me a message, give me a call or pop round this afternoon to let me know what you would like to do.

Here is a card made recently, note the little dragonfly.

This card has already been sent out to Tricia who has had a fall and hurt herself, including an op to build her wrist back up with a metal plate.  *waving* at you as I am sure you will read this.  We are sending lots of healing hugs and hope to see you soon.  You are welcome anytime to come and have a cuppa and keep us company you know.

The new colours that were used are wonderful, all details are below.  If you would like to try your hand at making this why not arrange a date and time with me.  One to one crafting sessions can always be sorted out.

Right then, I had best get on otherwise the day will have ended before I have begun.  Have a lovely Monday and thank you for having a read.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Dads Day

Good morning and yet another GOOD day to wake up to blue skies.  I cant believe the difference in folk when they wake up to sunshine each day.  Again not everyone likes the heat of the day but it does put a smile on most folks faces.  I enjoy it and I know I have got this for the next 5 - 6 weeks too, lucky me.

I am not the best with technology.  I must admit that I get confused by it all and dont understand the jargon but for the rest of the year I am going to be learning all about different things computer/technology wise.  I am challenging myself to not to ask Paul 'can you just do this' and learn how to do it myself.  Wish me luck.

Here is the card that I made for my dad for Fathers Day.

Something a little different and he liked it.  I enjoyed doing it and learnt a few things too, which is always good. Dad is difficult to buy for, he has everything that he needs so it was a big tub of grapes, a cucumber grown in the greenhouse and a t-shirt for his gardening. He was really pleased and it just goes to show, it is the smallest things that mean the most.

I have a very busy day today and fingers are crossed (only a figure of speech) that I can drive, we have to go to the Royal Hospital, the Chemist and into town.  We were going to go yesterday but my hip hurt so much and I couldnt walk never mind about drive but after a late start to the day, we shall see how we get on.

Lots of new and exciting things happening with Stampin' Up! next week and I can tell you more about that over the weekend.

Wishing you a wonderful day, thanks for having a read Tracey x

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Thank You cards

Good evening and I do hope you have had a good weekend.  What lovely weather we have today, if you like hot weather that is. I know that one or two dont enjoy this but at the moment, I can cope.

It is with a sad heart that I had to cancel the Saturday morning get together.  So many people dropped out one by one that I couldnt do it.  Fingers crossed that next month it will be able to go ahead.  We do have another get together this Friday night and there is one place available so, if you fancy an evening of crafting, making a couple of cards and a tag, lots of cake, brilliant company and lots of laughter please, do get in touch.

Here are my thank you cards for this month.

It is a smashing kit that is well worth the money and what fun I had putting it all together.

We have had a few bad days health wise but hopefully things are starting to look up.  I attempted to drive this morning as we were at the docs for Christiana and I am really pleased to say that I was okay.  Life would be a lot easier with an automatic car and I cant believe that I am still being given the run around by Fiat.  Hopefully the car will be here in August and life will be easier.

Thank you for having a read, I hope to be in my craft room this evening where I shall look for my mojo.  Enjoy your evening, Tracey x

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Animal Outing

Good morning and it really is a good morning.  We have blue skies, a few fluffy clouds and a bit of a breeze, let us hope it stays like this.

As promised here is another card made with the Animal Outing stamp set from Stampin' Up!

 Along with a bit of a close up.
The Happy Birthday sentiment was used from the Very Vintage Hostess Stamp Set and it just looked perfect from with the stamp.  He was stamped on to Shimmery Card with Stazon Ink.  This way when he is coloured the ink will not run onto your image when it meets with water.  Colouring in was with an Aqua Painter and a scribble of the Stampin Write pens onto a board.  You just wet the tip of your brush, gather a little paint and colour him in.  This is Ryan the Rino, we have named the whole set.  It is a great investment and can be used to create cards for all ages.

I had another dressing change yesterday and we still have a few months of doing this.  The skin underneath the damage is healthy so that is a good sign.  I am off to the TB doc in the morning to make sure that the last couple of months of medication has started to work, I will let you know how I get on.

Fancy a craft class this evening?  There is a space available.  This is on a first come first served basis as it has been advertised in a few places.

Right then, I had best go and make sure the craft room looks good for this evening.  Thanks for having a read an I hope you have a lovely day.  Tracey x

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