Saturday, 17 November 2012

Happy Mail, Xmas cards and a lovely sunrise

Hi you guys! I have had a busy week here, with lots of doctor's appointments, and was up early each day to get somewhere and be examined. I have been poked, prodded, looked into and looked through, and survived it all! You will be pleased to know that they found nothing at all in my head - apart from what should be there! And no nasties lurking in other places, except for a lot of little spots in my lungs, which are evidently little scars, and will need a long time to clear up.  Apparently it is all connected to the erythema nodosom, the recent high fever, and the rheumatic inflammations I have had all year, so there is a pattern in it somewhere. I have to keep taking my medis, although the cortisone has been reduced, so that is something. And I just need lots of rest, so have been lounging around reading and watching old DVDs on TV.

I had a lovely surprise in the post this morning. I won this beautiful sun-catcher from Debbie at Craftymoose Crafts recently. She makes the most wonderful beaded flowers and other things  which she sells in her Etsy shop  - well worth a visit. My sun-catcher is much more beautiful and very sparkly in real life; it will look gorgeous hanging in front of my window. Sorry my photos are just bad right now, as I am still very shaky.
Thanks a lot, Debbie!


I have made a few Xmas cards. They are not quite what I was hoping to do, and stamping is still impossible because of the shakiness, but I did what I could using some coordinating Xmas papers, die-cut shapes from Donna, and some vintage German images. It was rather frustrating trying to make the little bows, I needed ages to get the ends pulled through - it can only get better! The photos are not very clear, but it's the best I can manage just now.






And this was a beautiful sunrise taken early one morning last week. I had to be up early most mornings, and we had some good weather, so it was good to watch the sunrise while drinking my coffee and 'enjoying' my daily medis!


So, that was all for today. Take care of yourselves, have a great weekend, and thanks for coming by!



30 comments:

  1. So happy to hear from you and see all your goreous cards, Valerie! Sounds like things are on the up hill now, thank heavens!

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  2. Hi Val, good to see you posting. Sorry you still not well, but I am sure it will get better sooner or later! Hugs, Sarah

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  3. wow your suncatcher is gorgeous Valerie, and you so deserve it my friend.

    I have been pretty much tied up with looking after Mum these last few weeks, but will get a letter in the post to you soon, I promise.

    Terrific christmas cards Valerie and hope you get better soon, in the meantime enjoy the rest. Hugs Annette xx

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  4. good results, and you have done brilliantly with your cards. Hope to see you back up to full speed soon. x

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  5. Hi Valerie

    So lovely to see a post from you....
    your cards are gorgeous ....

    Keep taking it easy! and stay on that path to recovery which leads to more crafting!

    Karenxxxx

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  6. I am so glad your were able to do some creative "work" and be up and about a bit. Sometimes you are just meant to be still - which is very hard for me! Lovely cards and how wonderful to win the beautiful sun catcher

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  7. You're sounding a lot better Valerie, and nice cards today!

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  8. So happy to hear you are on the mend! I'm glad the sun catcher arrived safely! The cards are lovely!

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  9. Glad to hear that all your tests were OK as it must have been rather worrying. Hope everything clears up soon and that the shakes stop.
    Looks like you've been busy though and the cards are all just gorgeous.
    Beautiful sunrise too.
    Take care and have a good rest.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

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  10. Wonderful news with the tests! As someone with a lung disease, you have my very heartfelt good wishes. My consultant has my problem more or less under control and although I still have a steroid spray, I don't take the steroid tablets. So glad your dose has been reduced. Sorry, I'm waffling!
    Your gift is beautiful. That sunrise is fab too! Lovely traditional cards.
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
    Juliaxx

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  11. Glad to read that the tests went well. Hope they can get you feeling better soon. A wonderful selection of cards as well.
    Take care, hugs Yvonne

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  12. HI Valerie
    Sorry I have not visited for a wee while.
    A beautiful collection of cards and congratulations on your win.
    Take good care of yourself.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  13. thats a beautiful sun catcher, such a lovely gift.
    I'm so glad hat you have had a good report except the spots but hopefully they will heal.Your cards are beautiful and they really make me feel like Christmas.
    Thats an amazing sunrise photo, I'm glad you could start your day with this encouraging beauty

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  14. Helloooooo Valerieee! So happy to see you've been doing a bit of crafting. Your cards are gorgeous, I love those scraps and you've used such beautiful papers. The crystal hanging from Debbie is beautiful - maybe it has some healing powers! Sending you even more hugs. Suze xx

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  15. Well you may not be able to do what you would like, but these Christmas cards are still gorgeous! Glad to hear that the doctors have not found anything bad and hopefully you will feel better with each new day! With such a beautiful sunrise as the one you share, that has to be so uplifting! Have a lovely weekend, Hugs!

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  16. Sounds like better news for you Valerie and hopefully you will pick-up again soon.

    Great cards you have made and the photos look fine to me. Well done for doing any crafting at all I say and lovely of you to share what you made with us.

    So pleased that you won the lovely crystal as they are supposed to bring healing as well.

    Thinking of you--Kindest regards Chrissie xx

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  17. Glad to see you are on the mend and managing to craft again - I do love the images on your cards.
    What a beautiful sun catcher...:)
    Keep taking the meds...and look after yourself!!
    Hugs xx

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  18. Beautiful sun catcher, Valerie. You will enjoy that for a long time to come. Your cards are delicious - love the Christmas papers you have used. A great days work. Take care of yourself. hugs, Donna

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  19. sorry to hear you've not been good val, but pleased nothing nasty hiding anywhere, sparkles...

    love your cards and the sunset is stunning, so beautiful, would make a fab card...

    take care of yourself, hugs, mxxx

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  20. Lovely cards. Your head is still full of all it's wonderful creativity I see!

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  21. Beautiful cards Valerie! Love the pretty diecuts you used to mount them with too. The sun catcher from Debbie is gorgeous, that was such a sweet thing for her to do for you. Hope you start feeling better soon.

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  22. Wonderful news, Valerie! And gorgeous makes. So glad to hear you had good news!

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  23. Glad to hear you might be looking at the better end of all this! Wow you have more cards done that I do..I do get distracted. The sunrise is beautiful, I have been up very early for weeks...at 4 this am...I must remember to turn around and watch the sun come up! Hugs,

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  24. Hi Valerie! I'm glad to read that you are on the mend! Continue to take it easy! I appreciate that you stopped by my blog! Your cards are lovely--so happy to see you crafting again!

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  25. Your cards are lovely even with no stamping. Lovely surprise with your happy mail too. Continue to take that rest! x

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  26. Val ,I'm surprised your even able to craft at all with all you've been through. Hoping your feeling better with each passing day.
    Hugs Lynn

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  27. Great news Valerie! Take it easy and wishes for a speedy recovery! LOVE your cards! So much to look at!
    Wishes
    Debbie
    ^..^

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  28. Hi Valerie, so glad you're doing better :)
    Gorgeous sun catcher and christmas cards!! love the vintage look and beautiful papers.
    xoxo

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  29. Glad to hear the tests found nothing bad! Hopefully the scars will heal and you'll be good as new soon. Love the sun catcher! Aren't those fun to have around?! And your cards are wonderful! LOVE this time of year, getting in the mood for all the festivities. :) Take care of yourself and get find some time to rest!

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