Saturday, 9 June 2012

You Are So Sweet.

Do you ever have those times when your craft area is such a mess that you can't even bear to go in there?  I'm having one of those times right now.  The craziness of the last couple of weeks has led to things being piled up in my room, both craft and otherwise, and I don't actually know where to start!  I know that I won't get a chance for any real crafting time until Wednesday at least but when I can grab a moment I am doing a few minutes of sorting at a time.  The last few months have been pretty chaotic generally with holidays, operations, birthdays and illness etc, and it will be nice to get back to some sort of normality.  Having said that, normality doesn't seem to be something my family can do very well.  My dear old Dad, after months of us plaguing him, has finally been to the doctors.  As we suspected, he has been diagnosed with Parkinsons which is awful of course but hasn't come as a shock.  His answer to everything is that he is getting old anyway, which makes me laugh as not many 77 year olds still work full time on a farm!  He is at least talking about slowing down and retiring now though... one day.

Of course the other thing adding to the recent craziness was the retreat I attended with Paula (who has just set up a blog, go see her, tell her I sent you).  I still have a few layouts from that weekend that I haven't shared so I've chosen a sunny one to cheer us up after the recent rains.  It features Miss Bella on the beach at Newport, Pembrokeshire, doing what both of my children love best.

Please excuse the funny angle, I think I mush have been slightly inebriated when I took this (I wish!) but I can promise you that the waves on bottom edge are actually straight...  I used This and That Graceful by Echo Park and the gorgeous blue doilies were a perfect match for the small amounts of blue in the collection (thank you Paula!)

I made a rosette flower using some washi tape which really adds interest to these wonderful embellishments. I also used some old flowers and gems for dimension.

More dimension in the shape of chipboard stickers and these groovy buttons which I've been saving for yonks.  Sometimes when you save stuff, you finally find the perfect place for it and this was one of those times.

I could actually lick these papers, they are so wonderful.

Time to catch up on some blog hopping I think!

Bye for now


  1. It is all so beautiful :) The doilies are gorgeous and those buttons found their home didn't they xxxxx
    Hope you get some peace on wednesday, and sorry to hear about your Dad, so glad he is being positive about it :)

  2. Gorgeous LO...I love it when you suddenly discover the perfect use for things in your stash! Tell your dad to stay positive and keep dad was diagnosed with Parkinson's about six years ago- and much as it's slowed him down, he refuses to give in to it....he has good days and bad days, but reckons if he was to stop trying to move about as much as possible he would end up as good as dead!
    Alison xx

  3. lovely double layout Lisa-Jane. I like how you have used washi tape on your rosette.

    Wishing your dad well.

  4. So pretty :o) Love the coloured doilies and the washi tape added to your rosettes.

  5. Stunning layout and a great use of Washi tape. Good luck with sorting out your craft room and best wishes to your dad x

  6. What a beautiful layout!

    i'm sorry to hear about your dad. We had a similar experience with my MIL who insisted she just had the "family shake", but once she was diagnosed she did find the medication a great help

  7. First, thank you for your sweet comments on my blog. They made my day even better! Secondly, My dad has had Parkinson's for many years, however during this time he designed a bed for Parkinson's patients who have difficulty moving. The bed is now being mass produced and has helped many people. It is a difficult disease to battle, but I believe his will to overcome and stay productive is what has helped him through. I will keep you in my prayers. Next, your comment, "I could actually lick these papers, they are so wonderful. " almost made me spit out my diet coke from laughing! That is too funny and so well said. I have felt this way about supplies, but didn't have the right words! Now I do. Lastly, I love your layout. I really want to do more 2-pagers and I love how you used the doilies. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

  8. Ooh, love the blue doilies, and of course I also adore all the scattered gems! So pretty, a perfect layout for little miss lovely.

    I hope things are feeling as normal as possible! x


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