Monday, 18 February 2013

Can I come back yet?

Better late than never, so they say!  Goodness what a few months its been!  I THINK I am starting to come out of the other side of things now and I have missed the blogging community so much that I have seized the moment, shaken the dust off the camera and found my way back here at last.  I'm gradually making my way around and catching up with everyone.  Wanna be friends again?

So what's been going on?  Well...

... actually, I'll save that.  I typed it all out and there was just too much.  Lets just saying it involved coursework, stomach bugs, new bathrooms that went wrong, unrelated leaks, unrelated electricity problems, snow, Christmas, birthdays, stomach bugs and a major depressive crash.  The good news is that things are starting to trickle along in a more normal fashion and I have, what is hoped, is the right drug for me now so that all the other things don't cause me to fall over in a snotty heap sticking pencils up my nose and shouting wibble.

Have I been dieting?  Well yes and no.  But I'll come back to that.

Have I been exercising?  Well yes and no.  But I'll come back to that.

Have I been decluttering?  You bet your sorry little box of car boot rubbish I have!

Have I been studying?  Yes!  And getting assignments in.  I'm excited about the next module because it is Life Writing... which is kinda blogging by another name innit?

Have I been crafting?  Of course I have!  Yay! (and thanks to Jennifer's advice I *think* I have sorted the issues with my photos...)


A double layout featuring my girl getting her face painted at Beaulieu.
 This was one of many layouts I completed at a retreat in early December.  The retreat itself was awful but that's another story.  We had fun and scrapped lots so that's all that matters.

Left page.

 I used Crate Paper Farmhouse and some older AC Flair badges for this bright project.

Right page

 I used lots of the stickers from the collection pack and layered up with buttons and tags and ribbons oh my!
Embellishment close up.

I'm still loving the pinwheels!  Those felt leaves were a bargain in The Works and add another pop of colour and texture.
Another embellishment close up, just cos I can!

I have such plans a-foot for my blog in terms of holding myself accountable and I mainly want to get back to why I started this in the first place; to help me heal and to reach out to others who use arts and crafts to help them deal with depression and mental health problems.

I just wanted to give a shout out to Sarah at S J Crafts because she allowed me to take a step back from the design team when I felt I should quit.  She stood by me and didn't give up on me and made me believe in myself again that I had something to give.  Thank you Sarah!  We're going away for a scrapping weekend in a couple of weeks with a few of the Artful Angels and we can't wait!  I'd better start packing!

Bye for now


  1. Great layout, fun, bright and colourful. it helps that you have great sugjects for your photos too!

    Glad to see you back...I think blogging is a good avenue for those that suffer from can always share when you need a little pickup and bloggers are always there with a private email etc.

  2. It's lovely to see you back :)
    I hope you have a few more settled months and we can see more of your beautiful layouts. xxx

  3. Attagirl! Bright colourful LO and a really cheery post talking about what's to come...I say Welcome back!

  4. Welcome back! Good to see you looking forward :o) Not always easy, is it?
    Fiona xx

  5. It's lovely to see you back! You and your lovely pages have been much missed

  6. Yay it's great to see you back! Great layout and I can't wait to hear all the things you're saving for another time :) x

  7. Welcome back. Glad you are feeling better. Love the photos of your Daughter.

  8. it's good to see you sharing again LJ....and Sarah was right to not give up on you :) great page xx

  9. It's great to see you back! Lovely layout..glad the meds seem to be working!
    Alison xx

  10. Well, hello again!! :) Very happy to see this lovely post!
    Such a gorgeous page too!!
    Thank you for the "shout" - you just needed a little time - no way was I letting you and your lovely layouts get away!! :)
    Cannot wait for our scrappy weekend ... not long now! xx

  11. Welcome back and I'm glad you're feeling better ((hugs)) x


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