Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Where’ve Ya Bin??????

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Morning peeps and hope you are all OK xxx

I have been MIA for a few weeks now and I just have to say a quick thank you for your emails to see if I was OK. I’ll explain at the end of the post.

So it’s Tuesday and time to check otu what’s going on over at Papertake Weekly today.

Well we have a nice challenge for you – it’s Bloom & Grow and you can either use something nice and flowery on your cards or you can use a Molly Bloom stamp. 

Or you can do a bit of both if you want :)

We are sponsored by Mary & Andrea who make up The Ribbon Girl

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and there is as always a fab prize up for grabs so nip and check it all out if you get a sec peeps.

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This is what I did – I used Molly and some flowers :).

This image is Molly In The Garden – you can see her here – and I coloured her with these Copics -

E00, E21, R11, R20 (skin), E33, E35 (hair – yes no blonde today!!), C00, C1, C3, RV0000, RV00, RV02, YG0000, YG01, YG03 (clothes etc)

And there is a fair bit of  the old Glamour Dust knocking about today – just for a change!!

I used Nitwits papers – these are from the Promises Collection – and a bit of  Lord Timmy’s Scalloped Die which you can get form the good people over at the Simon Says Stamp Store

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I cannot tell you how much I love this ribbon. It’s open weave  (I used lavender)  and it is so easy to use cos it sits just where and how you want it to sit. Which of course we LIKE :)

I added a little gem to the centre of the flower charm and popped a polka dotty button on top of the bow. 

The ribbon, charm and button are all available from The Ribbon Girl and the sweet gems are of course from Wild Orchid Crafts ….

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…. as are these beauties here. I used a selection of blooms -

a 20mm open rose, some 10mm open roses, some tea rosebuds, some 4mm closed rosebuds and a couple of yummy poppy stem flowers

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So that’s me card peeps.

OK, so where have I been then?

Well it’s been a very sad time for us here because quite suddenly and without warning, my uncle died on the May Bank Holiday Monday afternoon. The day before he was laughing and joking and winding Kyla up and was in top form. To say we were shocked is an understatement and I still cannot quite believe it.  It’s just so weird because I don’t ever remember him not being there - my aunt and uncle were married for 48 years (I was a bridesmaid – a dinky one!!!!). It’s  a great way to go I have to say because there was no suffering,  just a dizzy feeling and that was pretty much it. So great for him, and we are all glad of that because he always said that he would not like to linger,  but rough on the family, especially my aunty who is coping remarkably well under the circumstances. 

I have found it nigh on impossible to actually sit and concentrate long enough to make a card,  hence the lack of stuff on here, and have felt really restless. But on Friday we went to see him at the Chapel of Rest and I cannot explain this but I have felt so peaceful since – it might seem strange to say but I am glad that I went (I wasn't going to).  Those that know me will know that this is very unlike me because usually I am spooked by this sort of stuff and poor Richard ends up having to come everywhere with me – even to the loo (poor sod!!) cos I such a wimp!!!

Today is his funeral which is quite a long time after he died but my cousin was away and also we believe that there was crematorium probs so there was a backlog – I guess it happens. Kyla has been quite fascinated with the whole thing, as only a 5 year old can,  and we have had a few ‘death’ conversations since and lots of questions like ‘what is he doing now’,  and ‘is he lying down or sitting up’ etc etc!!!!! 

So on that sad note, I am off but before I go I have to say the hugest thank you to everybody connected with the DTs I am on. Everybody has been so understanding and nobody has put any pressure on me to make anything,  and for this I am truly grateful. So I’ll see you tomorrow and normal service will be hopefully now be resumed.

I’ll leave you with a pic of my unc – a top guy, very wise,  a really good laugh and the life and soul of the party. He wasn't perfect cos he was an Everton supporter, oh bless (we are all Liverpool bods in this house!!) but for a blue, he was OK!!

Good night God bless Uncle Ed xxx


And to balance it out, new life that has arrived at chez Piggy …

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Hugs to all xxx


Jacki Daniels said...

Oh Dawny I am so sorry to hear this news it must be hard for everyone involved I totally understand.I think the reason you feel a sense of ease now is because you saw him and saw he was at peace I wish I had seen my dad when he died but I couldn't face it so never really got to say goodbye properly which I do regret my thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time
Now on to the card how gorjuss is this as all your cards are I love the colours you have used and the image is so sweet the flowers are are beautiful too and set the card off perfectly
Jacki xx

Anne-Marie said...

Oh, Sweetie....I'm so sorry....exactly same thing happened here, coupla months ago....my Uncle Ted, bless him.
Had his tea, and fell asleep watching Saturday night telly...never woke up, again. Good way to go....he'd requested I Fell Into a Burning Ring of Fire at his cremation....and All Night Long, as we left the chapel....he'd danced with me at my wedding to that groovy song, haha....so felt like he was having a last dance with me.
Will be thinking about you and your family today....warm hugs.

Mau xx said...

Oh! Dawny I am so sad to hear your news, I for one thought you hadn't popped up on my dashboard for a while...think people are just on Holiday though. Hope Things go well today and will be thinking of you xx
Your Card is Gorgeous and I just love all that layering. the colours are fab too...my colours xx Hugs Mau xx

Debs said...

Hiya Dawny
Sorry to read the news about your Uncle - thinking of you and yoiur family.
Great to see you back though hun - I've missed your work.
As always your card is stunning.
Take care.

Jo said...

Fantastic card Dawny and I am so sorry to read your sad news, he looked such a fun loving man. Thinking of you. Hugs Jo x

Marg said...

I don't think there are any words I could type that will take away your shock and hurt right now but in my experience it does get easier to bear and the memories of the happy times you spent with him should help the process. Hugs to you x

cardmaking bird said...

A true 'dolly mixture of a post'!! A beautiful card as always from la piggy, a wonderful tribute to your uncle - you've done him proud. I hope everything goes OK at the funeral this afternoon. And what an adorable piccy of the little hawks - and Kyla (coco pops and all!!) Hugs, Marie xxx

Lynda said...

So sorry to hear of your loss - something like this can really knock you sideways but also make you appreciate how precious life is. Love your card and all the wonderful detail on it. Take care.

Love Lynda xxx

Mandi said...

Aww RIP your lovely Uncle Ed

Hugs mandi

Unknown said...

Hi Dawny, you were greatly missed but so sorry to hear about your uncle, he looks like he was quite a character, I am sure you will miss him. Your card is fabulous, love the colour combo and that ribbon, just HAVE to grab some of that, its beautiful.

Take care
Hugs, Barbara xx

Kath Stewart said...

sending you the biggest hugs sweetie...kath xxx

Lisa said...

So sweet and springy and gorgeous as always Dawny!
Hope you and your family are ok.
Lisa xx

Ribbon Girl said...

Hi Dawny - special thoughts wining their way to you and your family, your're right of course, it is the very best way to go and I'm so glad you found some peace after you visited him in the c of rest, God Bless, Mary x

Angie said...

Hi Dawny lovely card great colours as always. Hope all went well today been thinking about you all.
Take care hun
Hugs Angie x

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Dawny ,,, fabulous as ever !!
have been having a lovely browse on the ribbon girl site and deciding which ribbons ( Molly Blooms) I NEED and I will definitely be adding some of this fabby ribbon :-)

Lovely photo of your Uncle , he had a lovely smile x x x and as for being an Everton supporter ,, as you said ,, no-0ne's perfect :-) Bless him xx

Lovely piccy of Kyla and the chicks too ,,, you need to scrapbook that :-) x

Lols x x x

Tracey T said...

No wonder you've been MIA, I'm so sorry. You're quite right tho' that if you've gotta go, that's the best way. Take your time getting back to normal but it's lovely to see a card (and a scrummy one at that) from you today. Hugs, Tracey x

Unknown said...

Hi Dawny, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I wish you and your family all the strength you can find to make it through this difficult time. You're in my thoughts.
Love your pretty card, great colours, it's a real summer card. Hugs, Frea

dandy_duffer said...

I've missed you and wondered what had happened. Thought it must be something bad otherwise you would have let everyone know via your blog. Please accept my deepest condolences. Time is a great healer-I lost my dad almost a year ago- but remember no one can take away all your happy memories. Love to you all, Lynne xxx

Jane said...

Oh sweetie that is such sad news, I send my condolences to you and your family. big hugs, Jane xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Dawny, a stunner of a card as usual! Hope everything went okay today. Was lovely to meet you on Saturday. xx

Sharon Caudle said...

Big hugs to you my friend! I'm so very sorry for your loss, and I'm glad to hear that you are now feeling better. Love you bunches!!

Your card is beautiful and now you've made me want to get yet another collection from Nitwits (like I don't have enough already) LOL! Beautiful colors and your coloring is gorgeous! Chat soon ladybug!
hugs, Sharon

MagsB said...

Thinking of you and your family.

hugs, Mags x

Jo Nevill said...

Thinking of you all at his sad time Dawny. Hugs to you my darlin.

Your card is just gorgeous, I love the colour combo you have used and those papers are so yummy.

Take care of yourself.


Jo x

Cherie said...

Hi Dawny, I adore your card gorgeous colours.
So sorry to hear about your dear uncle, what a shock for your family.
Hope it all went ok today, thinking of you.
Hugs cherie x

kelly ledder said...

Oh Dawny what sad news, thinking of you at this sad time. xx

debby4000 said...

Sorry to hear your sad news, sending loads of hugs.

Macpurp said...

so sorry to hear about your sad loss my dear! Here's to your Uncle Ed. I hope he is happy with his new journey and my thoughts are with you and thoese who will miss him.

Great picture! He looks like some man!

Loved the smiling pic at the end.
many hugs

love teen xx

Rosietoes said...

So sorry to hear about your loss Dawn. I'm sure it was a dreadful shock for all of you.
It is comforting to have that sense of peace and I'm sure you are glad you went to see your beloved Uncle.

Your card is fab as always and how cute are Kyla and those chicks!

Lovely to have you back posting.

Edna x

dutchess said...

oh Dawny I am soo sorry...have missed you so much and knew something must be wrong....thinking of you all...love the photo of your uncle keep it where you can see it...it keeps happy memories going...bless you all Margaret

uhooi said...

This card is good, beautiful and creative,,


Miria said...

So sorry to read that, Dawny. All my sympathy to you and your family, Miria