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Boz Towers, Essex, United Kingdom
I'm a Red Hat Society member with a love of crafting of all sorts. A very proud mum to four fabulous children and Nan to six gorgeous grandchildren. I started work as a milliner and now have an abiding love of scrapbooking and card making.

The lovely people that drop by ~ thank you.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Vintage, My favourite!

I love looking through old family sepia tint photographs.  I came across this one of my Mum who passed away forty years ago.  I believe this was taken when she was about twenty-one.  I was just in my twenties when she died and she didn't speak much about her early days.  In the sixties, you just didn't ask probing questions of your parents. I wish I had but might have got a clip round the ear!  It might have answered a couple of mysteries.

I am so pleased that we are so open with our own four children and the grandchildren are always asking for stories about what we got up to when we were small.  I can't remember how many times we bunked off Sunday school to play in the park. Yep! Sunday school!!

I've used papers from the First Edition Desert Bloom pad and some old tea-dyed gathered lace around the frame for this card. A couple of the new Spellbinders Floral Flourishes and some pearls and small flowers to finish.

 I'd like to enter this into the following:

Craft Your Days Away ~ Challenge 23 Vintage
 My Mum's Craft Shop Challenges ~ Challenge 12 Something Old, Something New
Lollipop Crafts Special Summer Challenge  ~ Anything Goes

Getting on with life!

I've been able to breathe easy these last four years as my eldest son, Paul, has been in remission from throat cancer. He had radiotherapy and chemo to shrink a massive tumour on his neck. There were many dark days at that time but his dad and I helped to pull him through it. Now another scary time approached as a couple of months ago he started to have seizures and was eventually diagnosed with a brain tumour.  He had his operation to remove it 10 days ago and, as he recovered so well, it's hard to believe that he was allowed home three days after the operation.  His surgeon, Mr Chandler, at Kings College Hospital in South London, is renowned for operating on small children so we knew he was in safe hands.  Paul was up and out of bed and escaping from the ward just a few hours after the op in search of coffee and muffins. He'd spotted a Costa Coffee franchise at the bottom of the stairs and was off to get himself  'munchies'.  He'd even taken photo's of himself and posted them on Facebook not long after coming round.  Now I'm holding my breath for the results that we will know on Tuesday but I know in my heart that whatever happens Paul will do his very best to get through this setback.

I made him a 'get well soon' card that he loved and he asked me to make something similar for all the nursing staff on his ward. I used an image from the 'Wine Buffs' CD along with some SU's razzleberry card stock and ink.    

I've kept quite a low profile these last few weeks but I have been totally overwhelmed by the love and support shown to me.  There are some pretty amazing people whom I've never met but absolutley amaze me especially those beautiful people on MSE.  My Red Hat friends in the US have kept a prayer vigil for Paul and I know that they helped me once before.    Keep Paul in your thoughts and prayers to give him the strength to face what ever comes on Tuesday.