2020 Calendar – July

July Calendar Page & Life

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

I know – I’m a bit behind completing this post and getting it published!

It’s the start of a new month and time for another calendar page to be decorated, so …

The weather had become too hot, too quickly, here – but somewhere in the world it must be snowing. So I thought long and hard about what to put on Mam’s calendar for June – and this is what I came up with –

A snowman and a white dog in a whiteout snow blizzard! LOL! I even added a hill covered in snow in the background and put a polar bear walking away into the distance. Of course, you can’t see anything because of the whiteout.

What do you think of it? Is it my best effort to date?

At least it got a laugh from Mam and a few of the carers before I put up the actual picture I’d created for this month.

Jump to the “Crafting” section of this blog post to see that if you don’t want to read the next bit through. The photos of the calendar are near the end.

Life

The year is half way through – how did that happen?!?

Mam’s had the letter to keep shielding until August, so nothing much has changed here.

I covered up and masked up to go out the garden with one of my nephews to supervise him trimming the bushes that had branches going over the front wall onto the pavement one day – shouldn’t have had the bright idea that I’d have a go with my trimmer while he was takeing some branches away in my pull along truck – I was in agony for a few days after that.

I’m slowly building my strength up after the months of leg infection, but I’m not going to manage to do much in the garden this year.  As I showed you in my last post, I have been picking a few Strawberries and Loganberries, and doing a bit of weeding in my herb pots, but not much else.

I will need to start picking the gooseberries before long though.

What I’ve mostly been working on, crafting wise, is starting on Christmas Card makeing.  I’ve managed to get two or three dozen done so far.  Those will be appearing on my blog over the next few weeks.

But in the meantime …

Crafting

Well, a new month means it’s time to show you how I decorated a new page on my mother’s calendar.

If you haven’t seen the previous month’s pages you can see what I put on the January page – here. February page – Here! March page – Here! April page – Here! May page – Here! and June page – Here!

What I Did

I started by trimming a sheet of white cardstock so that it would go onto the green cardstock leaving a border.  I used some makeup application brushes to put inks through two different stencils/masks to create the background.

After it was dry I attached the background to the green cardstock before attaching single layers of fabric flowers and some foliage using a hot glue gun.  I added some of the hot glue to the centre of the flowers as well.  I finished off by adding the butterflies and folding up their wings.  The wings can be folded back flat at the start of next month when the next page of the calendar is made.

The butterflies came with small magnets in the body so can be used as fridge magnets or decoration on any surface a magnet will attract too.  They also came with little squares of double sided sticky foam to attach them to other surfaces.  I’m thinking that it will be nice to use them on cards or gifts using the foam squares so that they can be removed and kept afterwords.

The finished panel was then stuck up on the calendar with fingerlift tape.

What I Used
The Finished Page

The calendar as it looks hung up on my mother’s wall.

A closer look.

And a couple of angled looks.

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As I’ve already said that I’ve started on my Christmas Card Makeing for 2020 – guess what I’ll have to show you on my next post!

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2020 Calendar – June

June Calendar Page & Life

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

I know – I’m a bit behind completing this post and getting it published!

It’s the start of a new month and time for another calendar page to be decorated, so …

The weather had become too hot, too quickly, here – but somewhere in the world it must be snowing.  So I thought long and hard about what to put on Mam’s calendar for June – and this is what I came up with –

A snowman and a white dog in a whiteout snow blizzard!  LOL!  I even added a hill covered in snow in the background and put a polar bear walking away into the distance.  Of course, you can’t see anything because of the whiteout.

What do you think of it?  Is it my best effort to date?

At least it got a laugh from Mam and a few of the carers before I put up the actual picture I’d created for this month.

Jump to the “Crafting” section of this blog post to see that if you don’t want to read the next bit through. The photos of the calendar are near the end.

Life

At long last I’m off the antibiotics for the infection in my damaged leg.  I was on antibiotics of one kind or another for just over 4 months, including 2 stays in hospital and 11 days of A.R.T. nurses coming out here to give me intravenous antibiotics.

The good news is that my leg hasn’t flushed up red since I finished the antibiotics towards the end of May.  Unfortunately it looks as if all the infections have caused further damage inside the leg and it isn’t softening up at all at the moment, which means circulation problems.  I’m spending lots of time with my leg elevated in the hopes it improves given time.

The weather here has been very changeable.  The days of very hot weather came too hot, too quickly, for me.  It further sapped what little energy I had.  I’m feeling a bit better now the weather is cooler.

Now that I have finished the antibiotics that I wasn’t meant to go out in the sun, not even on an overcast day without covering up well, I have done a bit more weeding of the pots and troughs in the garden.  We are going to have very minimal stuff growing there this year.  Never did manage to get hold of the garden centre by phone or E-mail, despite their website saying that they were open a few hours a day now.  But as I’ve realised I have less strength than I thought I had following the long illness it might be just as well not to do too much out there this year.  The nephews are still coming over every week or two to mow the lawns, but they are not in and out daily like they were daily prior to the lockdown, so I can’t just ask them to do quick fifteen minute jobs of moving things for me, or cutting or clearing stuff.  So I’m limited in what I can do in any case.

By the time I got to weeding my strawberry tower I already had some quite advanced strawberries, and they are now ripening, as well as the loganberries.

Mam and I had some very fresh ones for elevenses on Friday.

Not the best photo I’m afraid – I took it on my little mobile phone.

The gooseberries and blackcurrants are coming near to being ready to pick I think.  I’ll need to clear any packs left over from last year from the freezer.  Makeing blackcurrant cordial and gooseberry jam is one project I’m thinking of tackling this coming week.  I don’t think I have any loganberries, strawberries or rubarb left.  The problem with this lockdown is that the boys and other family members haven’t been over for Sunday lunch and at various other times during the week, so I haven’t been doing big container of gooseberry crumble, gooseberry fool, fruit tarts, stewed blackcurrants and custard, etc., at least once or twice a week, as per what I usually do, as Mam and I can’t eat the lot before they go off.  Half of what I have made have gone off before we can eat them.

I plan on putting some of the fruit in in smaller packs this year, so as well as bagging some in the same weights as I usually do I will also do quite a few half the weight.  This will mean that I can just pull out a small bag for Mam and I when I feel like it, and still have larger bags for cooking puddings for the whole family when this lockdown is over and everybody can come over for Sunday lunch and any other meals they feel like again.  It is seriously odd not having the family in and out all the time, sepecially the boys.  One sister did come over and speak to Mam through the window last week, and we’ve done more than one video call with the other sister.  My brother and his sons also stand outside the window and shout in to Mam when they are over, but her hearing is bad so I’ve often got to repeat to her what they are saying.  But it’s better than not seeing them at all.

I just hope that everybody behaves and follows the rules so this pandemic can be properly controled soon.  Unfortunately, although things are not too bad in this area at the moment, it looks as if, when looking at the whole country, there are far too many people who are congregating for protests, days at the beach, etc., with no thought of social distancing or wearing masks to limit the chance of them spreading it to others if they have COVID-19 without symptoms.  This can only mean that far more people will get the virus over the next month or so.

Other than the carers in their PPE, we’ve not had anybody in the house past the side passage the whole of this time.  I’ve only been out the garden with one of the nephews once, and that time I covered up in my gardening clothes and used a face mask

Crafting

With it being another month it is time to show you what I put together to stick on my mother’s calendar for June.

If you haven’t seen the previous month’s pages you can see what I put on the January page – here. February page – Here! March page – Here! April page – Here! and May page – Here!

What I Did

As you can see from the photo above – I started by printing out the month title and attached it to the calendar page and left it hanging like that for Mam to have a good laugh at with some of the carers while I created the actual panel for this month.

I started off by takeing a sheet of white cardstock, trimming off 1cm from the length and width and attaching it to one of the sheets of black cardstock.

I then took the other sheet of white cardstock and used a makeup brush to work in blue ink from one long edge, before turning the card and working green ink in from the other side.  I blended a bit where they met near the middle.  I wasn’t going for a perfectly even blend, or a perfectly straight line where the colours met.  I wanted a bit of “sky” texture.

I looked at my piece and decided that the “skyline” at one end of the sheet would work well with my chosen stamp so I cut off a strip just a little wider than my stamp.  The rest of the inked cardstock was cut into three pieces and trimmed top and bottom to make three panels.  These were stuck to black cardstock and that was trimmed to leave a border around the inked panels.

The three panels were then stuck, spaced out, onto my previously prepared piece of cardstock.

I used black ink and my stamping platform to stamp my chosen stamp, placing the inked “skyline” roughly along the centre of the stamp.  The first stamping wasn’t dark enough for my likeing, but by using the stamping platform I could re-ink and re-stamp a couple of times to get a dark silhouette.

I then used a die to cut the stamped image out as well as a larger circular die to cut a mat out of black cardstock.

I used the trimmed off pieces of the ink cardstock to die cut out flowers and leaves. And trimmed off black cardstock to cut out some branches.

These where shaped using my fingers, putting some with the white, uninked side, uppermost as contrast.

The matted stamped image was attached to the centre of my piece and I stamped another stamp from the set at the bottom left corner.  I finished off by glueing the flowers and foliage down the right hand side of the calendar panel.

I then attached the panel to the calendar.

What I Used
The Finished Page

The calendar as it looks hung up on my mother’s wall.

A closer look.

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I’ve been sorting out what I’m going to use for the first batch of Christmas cards the end of last week.  The new Hunkydory collection for the first batch of course, then I’ll do some different ones later on, as and when the mood strikes me.  I’ve been putting everything I want to use for the first batch, from scoreboard to toppers to tape to scissors, etc., all in one large storage bag, so I can just pull them out to work with and then quickly put them back in the bag, rather than it takeing me ages to fetch things and then having to put the tapes back in the tapes containter, scissors back where it is kept, scoreboard somewhere else, etc.  Stuff can go back to their proper storage location once I’ve done the batch.  Hopefully that will make it easier to craft a few cards when I’ve got a short period of time and energy.  So keep an eye out for Christmas card blog posts appearing before long.

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2020 Calendar – May

May Calendar Page & Life

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

It’s the start of a new month and time for another calendar page to be decorated, so …

Jump to the “Crafting” section of this blog post to see that if you don’t want to read the next bit through. The photos of the calendar are near the end.

Life

Well, the year is a third of the way through and we are still in lockdown.  We’ve done a video call with a sister and a niece (had a walk through of her house that neither Mam nor I have been able to visit since she moved in), and spoken to nephews and brother through window and over phone, as well as phoneing other friends and family members, but it’s not the same as having people come in and out all the time.  We are still having cares from Gofal Cymru come in to help us, but they are still the only ones who have come inside the house.  Doctor’s consultations have all been over the phone the last month.

My leg infection appears to have cleared, so I’m now on a half dose antibiotic for a month in the hope that my leg will continue to heal inside rather than become a breeding ground for more bacteria.

I’ve been going outside the back door into the garden to sit and feed the fish for a short time each morning (antibiotics are ones that make you burn easily, even on overcast days, so other than covering up and doing this short job I haven’t been able to spend much time out the garden).  I did try and go for a walk a little further round the garden one day and felt so weak.  It was only then I realised quite how weak I’d become over the last few months with the infection.  While out with the fish I have started weeding a few of my herb and fruit growing pots.  Only managed half a dozen so far, one at a time.  But it looks as if we will have some blueberries, figs, mint and other herbs this year, if nothing else.  I need to get to the strawberry tower before long I think.

Crafting

With the begining of another month it is time to show you what I put together to stick on my mother’s calendar for May.

If you haven’t seen the previous month’s pages you can see what I put on the January page – here. February page – Here! March page – Here! and April page – Here!

What I Did

Much of my crafting, as and when I was able, during April was making up a lot of quick and simple cards from a Hunkydory collection called Twighlight Safari Collection, to give batches of blank cards to random friends and family members, picked from our Christmas card list, who might not be able to get out to buy cards for their loved ones and certainly wouldn’t be able to visit loved ones on their birthday.

I therefore decided to use bits from the same collection to make the May page for my mothers calendar.

I started by taking one of the black foiled sheets from the collection and trimming off a small amount.  I then took a pale blue sheet of Adorable Scoreable and trimmed a little more off it before sticking it onto the black card using fingerlift tape.

I took a sheet from the stamping background pad and stuck it to another sheet of black cardstock and trimmed it.  This matted and layered image was then stuck flush to the bottom of the blue cardstock in the middle.

I selected some of the silhouette, die cut, elements from the kit and started sticking them around my work, using glue for some and foam tape to give a little raise to others.

This is what it looked like with everything stuck in place.

I then finished off by sticking it to the May page on the calendar and adding the title “Mis Mai” which is Welsh for May.

What I Used
The Finished Page

The calendar as it looks hung up on my mother’s wall.

A closer look.  I hope that you can see that some of the added elements are a little raised where I used foam tape to attach them rather than flat glue.

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I do have several more posts of the cards made using the same collection to show you again, so please do keep an eye out for those.  Plus I’ve got some crocheting, loom knitting, and some other things on the go.  It might take me some time to finish them all but I will be showing them sooner or later.

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2020 Calendar – April

April Calendar Page & Life

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

It’s the start of a new month and time for another calendar page to be decorated, so …

Jump to the “Crafting” section of this blog post to see that if you don’t want to read the next bit through.  The photos of the calendar are right near the end.

Life

I’d like to say that March has been better for me, health wise, than February was – but no!

Unfortunately, with just one dose left of the oral antibiotics I was on after coming out of hospital, in the space of a couple of hours my temperature spiked to higher than it had been the previous time, I could barely move, was wretching, vometing and not totally with it.  So Mam had to call for an ambulance for me again and back to hospital I went.

They were thinking septicemia, but it hadn’t got quite that far thank heavens.  I do remember sitting in a wheelchair in a side ward of A&E and seeing two drips going into my arm – from what was said afterwords I think it was paracetamol in one and fluids in the other, but I’m not sure.  Couldn’t get blod so easily this time, I do remember that.  After sitting most of the night, until 9am, in a wheelchair in A&E I was moved to a recliner chair in a day ward in the CDU – but the recliner didn’t work – which meant I was sitting upright from when I was collected from home in an ambulance around midnight to 5pm – when they got me a bed in the stroke ward.  I was not so good when they finaly got me into bed – a whole night with no sleep, and that length of time sitting in a chair without having my damaged and infected leg elevated (which is what I’m suppose to do for a good portion of the day even without an infection in it) meant my spine and hip were in agony and my leg was very swolen and very red.

I did sleep that night, but it was a very disturbed and intermittent sleep according to my fitbit – which doesn’t surprise me.

It took them a couple more days to organise for an ART (Acute Response Team) nurse to come out to my home on a daily basis to give me an intravenous antibiotic drip.  Between the 3 days in hospital followed by nurse visits at home I was on having an intravenous antibiotic drip for 14 days.  Then the doctor decided to change it to oral antibiotics again – which worries me slightly as I was prescribed the second type I had way back in February that didn’t clear the infection back then, and I know I’m still not right.  Been on them for a week now, and I have spoken to a Nurse Practitioner at the doctors surgery who said that one of the nurses would be out to take another sample of blood to see whether I’m showing signs of improvement or getting worse since a sample was taken a week Monday – it is Wednesday night as I’m begining to wirte this and no sign of anybody to take blood yet. And Mam isn’t well either and is on antibiotics and the Nurse Practitioner said that she’d have a blood test to see whether her infection is showing signs of clearing as well.

So I’m praying very hard at the moment that Mam’s chest infection and my leg infection clear up with the latest antibiotics, and that neither of us get the dreaded COVID-19.

Other than our carers and nurses nobody has been into our house for over a fortnight as the doctor told us, when he was out to see Mam just after I got out of hospital, that with our bad immune systems and ongoing health issues we had to isolate ourselves in our house.  I did tell him that complete isolation was impossible as the ART nurses were comming in at that time as well as neither Mam nor I being in any fit state to manage without our carers, which he realised was something that had to continue.

But we’ve had to stop everybody else coming into the house – no immediate family, including the two nephews that seemed to spend half their time here prior to the lockdown going online doing homework, and video editing and playing on the computers; no cleaner; no wider family or friends.  And of course – no leaving the property for us, which isn’t that big a deal as Mam is mostly bedbound and doesn’t go out, and with my leg infection on top of my usuals I haven’t been out a whole lot (other than to drive a nephew home once and twice to the hospital in an ambulance) this year.

So that’s been my month.

How has March been for all of you who are reading this blog? Worrying no doubt.  Pretty much everywhere in the world is settling in for a stay indoors unless they are key workers as far as I can tell.  I hope that you are all keeping well, and keeping occupied.

If you are already a crafter I bet that you will have a good stash of crafting consumables already, so you will have at least one hobby to keep you occupied, if you can do anything with the rest of your family around and under your feet.  Unless you are home alone of course.  If you are reading this then you obviously have an online connection, which I think will be the saving grace for many who find themselves stressed by the current situation.  Keeping connected with the world outside and family will be very important for keeping sane I think.

It goes without saying that those in the medical proffesion and those that support their work in hospitals and the community are working in difficult and dangerous times.  I find it shocking that there are medical staff dieing because they are contracting this virus when doing their day to day jobs, because proper procesures and adiquate protective equipment are not in place.  They all deserve a medal, including a postumous medal for those who have passed.

But I also think of everybody else who has to keep working.  Those who can’t just stop – farmers who keep the milk flowing, the eggs in our baskets, the fruit in our fruit bowls, the veg on our plates, etc., but also all those involved in the chain in getting those items from the farms to the packers, to the stores, and for us (so far as I’d pre-booked a couple of Tesco Delivery slots) getting them as far as the doorstep.

I’m actually rather annoyed to read that some people, who are admittedly following goverment guidelines to have one form of exercise outside and walk their pets, are using public footpaths that go through farms – I know that there’s a right of way on most of these footpaths, but that does mean on the footpath – not leaving dogs go loose and create havock in farmers fields where there be ewes lambing, or any other farm animal.  You may know that your dog would come back if you call it – but to a sheep, especially one who’s been subject to sheep worrying by a dog before, a dog in their field is a predator that is to be feared and causes stress and often a stampeed – not good if animals are just about to give birth.  Worse still if the dog isn’t quite as obedient as the owner thinks, and seeing running animals gives chase.  Farm animals collapse and some die this way.  And dogs can get shot this way as well.  I don’t think any farmer likes to have to take this extream measure, but if they are looseing sheep, either because of a direct attach, or because sheep are collapsing and dieying after being chased then the law does allow that a farmer ‘may shoot a dog which is attacking or chasing farm animals without being liable to compensate the dog’s owner’.

There are other reasons that I’m not too keen on the idea of people wondering around the countryside at this present time – one person doesn’t know how long ago another person has wondered through the same place, touching gates, styles, etc., on their way through, and the way I understand it, COVID-19 stays alive on hard surfaces, such as metal gates, for quite a while after contact transfers it there, so in all honesty, the next person through, could catch the dreaded virus.  With some of these paths going through farm yards, or close to them, the next person through could be the farmer who owns the farm, or any of his or her family, and if all who work the farm goes down with the virus who’s going to look after the stock then, who’s going to milk the cows, tend the sheep, etc. Get the food from the farm to the supermarket or local shop.  Not the person who thought a nice walk in the country would be a good idea and spread the virus I bet.

Crafting

I have done very little crafting this month but have tried to do a little.  Having a canula in my arm inside the elbow meant not bending the arm a lot, and I had to have it taken out and another put in the other arm before the end of the fortnight, so most crafting was impossible.  I did manage to, one handedly, write up a few blog posts about crafting I’d done previously, such as orders for cards that I couldn’t put up pictures of until they were handed over in any case, but those took some time to do as I find it very frustrating to work one handedly on a keyboard when I’m a touch typist.  But once I could use both arms again I did start doing a few bits, including planning the April page for my mother’s calendar.

If you haven’t seen the previous month’s pages you can see what I put on the January page – here. February page – Here! and March page – Here!

What I Did

You can see what I put on the February page – Here! if you want to find out what I did. And if you haven’t already seen it, you can see what I put on the January page – here.

My mother wanted something different this month, so rather than go searching far and wide through my stash I decided to use what was out and what was closest to hand.  As I’ve not long finished my Inky-Wizz and putting a lot of my inks in it, I still had that out on the kitchen table, so my first thing to use was my ink pads.  I also still had a sheet of stamping cardstock out as I’d used some to make the labels on the side of my ink pads.  I’d started sorting out a couple of my crafting totes and so had one tote with lots of stencils in and a drawer with makeup brushes.

So basically, what I did was dip a bit randomly into my tote of stencils and picked out an assortment.  I got raindrops, trees, sun, inkspots, aftrican outline and animals, spots.  So off I went to create a picture using something from all those random stencils and inks, using makeup brushes to apply to white cardstock to build up a picture.

And before you start getting critical – I am not an artist, it isn’t the best creation every made, but it has created something that’s different from the die-cut image I put together for the March page.

I then finished off by drawing around the page with an alcohol marker to frame it a little before sticking it to the April page on the calendar and adding the title “Mis Ebrill” which is Welsh for April.

What I Used
  • Papermill Direct – 2020 Create-a-Calendar
  • 1 Sheet 120gsm good quality paper – for printing out month title
  • 1 sheet Stamping Cardstock
  • Assortment of Stencils – inc. Artisan Design UK “Raindrop” stencil, sun, tree, giraffes, spots, inkspots.
  • Assortment of Dreamies Dinky Inkies
  • Makeup Brushes
  • Purple Alcohol Marker
  • Fingerlift Tape
The Finished Page

Mam is quite happy with what I managed to put together using ink, brushes and a random selection of stencils.  This is what it looks like.

The calendar as it looks hung up on my mother’s wall.

A closer look.

Just the A4 sheet I inked and used stencils to create.

Closeup of one area.

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I had been working on several cards over the period I wasn’t so good prior to getting rushed to hospital, I need to finish off the blog posts on them when I’m feeling a bit stronger, so keep an eye out for those – they include some more fancy ones that were made on for an order.

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2020 Calendar – March

March Calendar Page & Life

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

It’s the start of a new month so time to show you what I’ve put on the March page on my mother’s calendar.  Jump to the “Crafting” section of this blog post to see that if you don’t want to read the next bit through.

Life

But first – a little bit about the eventful (and not in a nice way) end to February …

After over five weeks of fighting more than one infection in my damaged leg, with one antibiotic practically clearing it before it came back (doctor said about how more than one bacteria can cause cellulitis and that the likelyhood was that only one was cleared by the initial antibiotics, thus leaving room for the other types to take hold and multiply), on Friday 21st I took a turn for the worse.

My mother had even phoned my youngest sister to see if she could come and stay to look after us, but she had the runs and didn’t want to bring yet another bug into the house, and she said that my other sister was still ill after two weeks of antibiotics for a chest infection – and had had blood tests and a chest X-ray done – so phoneing her wouldn’t be any good either (turns out she has pneumonia).

During the day my temperature went higher and by late afternoon my mother was trying to get through to the doctors surgery after it went from 36.7 degrees C when I woke to 39 degrees C and climbing, and I was feeling very ill and strange.  Unfortunately my mother just couldn’t understand all the endless automated answering system and press 1 for this and 2 for that and had to give up when she hadn’t got through to speak to anybody in quite a few minutes.  So when the carer arrived at around 6 she rang the surgery and got to speak to the receptionist and asked for a doctor to come out a.s.a.p..  At 6.30pm the doctor phoned!  I did manage to speak to him to describe what was getting worse and he said to put the phone down and ring for an ambulance immediately, as, even if he did come out there would be no way for him to say whether I just had a bacterial infection that had got worse and needed different antibiotics, or whether I had got a virus on top of the bacterial infection.  And the only way I could get a blood test on a Friday night would be to get to hospital.

No, can somebody take you in, just phone for an ambulance.

Which I did.  Explaining my symptoms and the fact that the doctor had said to get an ambulance.

The carer had to leave to go to her other clients but she’d phoned the senior carer on call who had come to sit with me, and used our equipment to check my oxygen, pulse, blood pressue, etc., which were fine.  Just the temperature climbing higher.

An hour and a half after phoneing for an ambulance a nurse called me back to go through my symptoms with me – which I’d already gone through with the 999 opperator – endless questions.  Don’t remember them all, but including ones to see if I was having a stroke.  And perhaps she could get the on-call doctor to phone or call – what flipping good would that do, I’d already spoken to a GP from our surgery, who happened to be the one who’d been out with me previously and knew the history of this particular episode, and who’d said to get an ambulance immediately.

Another wait, and by then I was feeling practically as bad as I had the first time I had an infection in the leg, the infection that caused the majority of the damage and scaring, when I’d been in hospital for 4 weeks.

The ambulance finally arrived, and off we went through the same questions again, and more.  I know they have a procedure, but how many times do they need to do a heart trace, take my temperature, take my blood pressure, oxygen levels, etc., before they listen to what one is saying and actually get me on an ambulance and on the way to the hospital – they even tried getting hold of the on-call doctor themselves to see if he thought it was necessary before we actually got on the way at gone 10pm.

Thankfully A&E wasn’t full and I was in a side ward within very short time of arriving there.  Hadn’t even got to lie down in bed before they took four vials of blood and an urine sample, and prety soon I had a canula in.

They gave me a belly jab and I’d had an intravenous antibiotic pumped into me before I even made it into the Clinical Decision Unit the early hours of Saturday morning.

The doctor suspected a DVT on top of the infection in my leg so I received several “treatment doses” rather than “preventative dose” of the injection to prevent/disolve clots every day I was in – so my belly is black and blue, as are a couple of other places where I bumped into things because I was unsteady.  Nobody was available to do a dopplar to check if I actually had a DVT on Saturday or Sunday, and unfortunately a cock-up on my being transfered from the Unit to a ward late Sunday afternoon meant that my notes were ticked that I had had the Dopplar scan so I wasn’t sheduled for one Monday morning.  So more theraputic doses of the anti clotting drug.  It was late Tuesday before I was actually wheeled down for the scan on my leg – which they could only partially follow the veins down my leg because the very bad scarring of skin and the difformed and scarred tissue underneath meant that the dopplar machine can’t see deep enough into the veins for the majority of my calf area.  But they saw enough, to decide that the flow of blood was just fine where they could see, so in all probability I didn’t have a DVT – and by now the antibiotics were kicking in and my leg was less red and hard, with my temperature comming down.  Of course it took until one of the consultants came round on Wednesday morning to change the instructions for the jab in the belly, so I had several more before the prescription was changed.  And thankfully, the consultant also decided on Wednesday that, as my leg was responding so well to the intravenous antibiotics I could be sent hope with a strong oral dose of the same type of antibiotic.

With neither sister able to help look after Mam while I was in, my brother and his two sons had been taking shifts doing “granny sitting” duties, including sleeping over, with the carers helping her twice a day as per normal.  Unfortunately none of there were actually there when I phoned home to say that I was being discharged, and Mam couldn’t get my brother on the phone, so the hospital organised a car to get me home.  The nephews were back on duty before I arrived at gone 4pm.

So now I’m on 8 antibiotic tablets a day and praying that they are really going to get rid of every different type of bacteria that’s in my leg, not leaving any immune type to multiply again.  At the moment it looks very promissing, with my temperature staying under 37 for several days and the bright read having gone from my leg leaving it dry and mottled.

So, that’s how things are at the moment.

Crafting

As you can imagine, with the dip in my health, I didn’t feel up to being very creatinve for Mam’s March calendar page.  Lots of ideas of course, but no energy to actually sit and create for more than 15 minutes – so I had to choose what to do accordingly.

As usual, I asked Mam what she’d like this month – she asked for anything with a “lamb”.  I knew I had a lamb in amongst my collection of Hunkydory Decolarge collection – so the hardest part of this month’s creation was going through the plastic crate in the garage to find what I was looking for.

What I Did

Before I could put the March page onto the calendar I had to remove the very dimensional layers from the February page – you may remember that I had put a metal plate behind the page and magnets on the floral elements so that at the end of the month they could be removed before the page was flipped over, to keep the calendar reasonably flat to the wall when hung.  You can see what I put on the February page – Here! if you want to find out what I did.  And if you haven’t already seen it, you can see what I put on the January page – here.

So, first I trimmed a fraction from the edge of the background cardstock, pushed out all the decolarge layers, put the largest layers over the corresponding image towards the left of the background, and then started adding the decopage – but rather than build up all the layers over the main, lamb, image, I used the floral layers to extend the decopage right across the bottom of the background, using glue gel to give a little dimension without makeing it too dimensional.

I then collected the things I’d need together.

The flowers and foliage were removed and attached to the side of the fridge.

Leaving me with a page that just had the background on.

I slid a craft knife blade between the metal plate and the back of the page and cut around where the super strong tape was to be able to remove the plate with minimal damage to the back of the calendar page – it would never be seen so a removal of a small layer of the paper didn’t matter.  So I now have a metal plate to use in another project – I have an idea!

After that it was simply a case of flipping over to the March page, using double sided tape to attach the spring lamb image as well as the Mis Mawrth (Welsh for March) title that I had printed off.

I did use a black fine line pen to add a couple of wavy lines around the top of the background panel and to add a few “birds in flight” to the background as well.  No matting and layering, no added embelishments, just a quick and easy spring image.

What I Used
  • Papermill Direct – 2020 Create-a-Calendar
  • 1 Sheet 120gsm good quality paper – for printing out month title
  • Hunkydory Decolarge Spring Lamb – Background Sheet and Decoupage Layers Sheet
  • Black Fineliner Pen
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Pinflair Glue Gel
The Finished Page

This is what I added to the page looks like.

A closer look at the decoupage – hopefully you can see that there is some dimension  there despite me spreading the layers around to extend the image.

And this is the calendar back on Mam’s bedroom wall.

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I had been working on several cards over the period I wasn’t so good prior to getting rushed to hospital, I need to finish off the blog posts on them when I’m feeling a bit stronger, so keep an eye out for those – they include some more fancy ones that were made on for an order.

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2020 Calendar – February

February Calendar Page

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It’s the start of a new month so time to show you what I’ve put on the February page on my mother’s calendar.  You can see what I put on the January page – here.

This month she wanted me to surprise her.

I was thinking of a dimensional page with lots of flowers, but I realised that, if I put dimensional flowers on the February page, as soon as I flipped it over for March I would have a big problem with the calendar being pushed out and not lieing nearly flat.

So I came up with a plan of action – put a sheet of metal behind the page, and glue magnets to each flower.  The flowers should stay on the page throughout the month, but at the end of the month the flowers could be pulled off, added to another project, and the page would turn over flat behind the calendar.  (I had thought of using a magnetic sheet behind the top layer as a mat, but didn’t have magnets strong enough for this.)

What I Did

I started by stamping the Butterfly Dancer in brown ink.  I then used a makeup applicator to put ink though the sunburst stencil around the stamped image.  I sprayed a blue ink lightly over the whole page before using another ink through the raindrop stencil in random areas over the background.

After the panel had dried it was stuck to the front of the february page of the calendar and a metal plate sheet was stuck to the back of the page.

I cut strips of green cardstock and stuck them around the panel as a frame before printing out and attaching a panel that said Mis Chwefror (Welsh for February).

I then chose some faux foliage and flowers and attached small magnets to them, some with superglue, and some with glue gel when superglue refused to work.

Once the glue had dried the embelishments were put onto the calendar until Mam was happy with how they looked.  Of course, she can move them around as she wants during the month.

What I Used
The Finished Page

This is what the page looks like before any of the elements on magnets were put on it.

And this is it with some flowers and greenery added.

And with embelishments moved around a bit.

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I have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.

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December Calendar Page

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December Calendar Page

Time for another page to be decorated on my mother’s calendar.

If you haven’t seen my previous calendar posts then you can find this year’s pages by following these links : the January page – here! February page – here! March page – here! April page – here! May page – here! June page – here! July page – here! August page – here! September page – here! October page – here! and November page – here!

For this month I’ve gone for a nativity scene topper with some added foliage and flower as decoration.

What I Did

I took a sheet of blue, spotted, cardstock as my base layer, then I chose a sheet of Adorable Scorable from the Hunkydory collection that went with my chosen topper. Trimmed it, and then attached with fingerlift tape.  I separated out the frames from around the topper, attached the topper directly to the matting and layering and then offset the outer frame and attached it using foam tape to give it dimension.

I made up a flower from my stash of Forever Flowers parts, and found a holly leaf cluster left over from doing a couple of Forever Flowerz wreaths.  I also cut a piece from an ivy garland.  These were stuck to my panel using glue gel (I had to put a weight on the holly leaves to make them stay where I wanted until the glue dried – I would have been better using a hot glue gun but that was in the garage and I didn’t want to go out there to bring it in and heat it up for such a small job.)

Once everythin was tuck firm, and left to dry overnight, the panel was then stuck to the December page of the calendar and I also added the month title in Welsh – Mis Rhagfyr.

What I Used
Photos Of The December Calendar Page

This is the whole calendar page as it looks hanging on the wall in Mam’s room.  Should have straightened the plastic wallet we have hanging underneath with appointment letters and repeat prescription papers in before I took the phot.

Just the calendar page.

A photo of just the month name and panel on the calendar.

And angled, closer, looks at the panel.

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Hopefully, before long, I will have more batches of Christmas Cards to show you. I really am running behind with makeing the Christmas Cards for my mother and I to send, as well as packs to sell up in the chapel where a portion of the price goes to the Sunday School funds.

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November Calendar Page

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November Calendar Page

Time for another page to be decorated on my mother’s calendar.

If you haven’t seen my previous calendar posts then you can find this year’s pages by following these links : the January page – here! February page – here! March page – here! April page – here! May page – here! June page – here! July page – here! August page – here! September page – here! and Octoper page – here!

This month I’ve gone for papers, toppers and embelishments all from one autumnal collection (the same one I used for the 60th birthday card I showed you lately).

What I Did

I started by choosing a sheet of pearlescent cardstock from the collection.  I also picked out a few sheets of background papers, two foiled toppers and a sheet of foiled leaf embelishments.

I used fingerlift tape throughout this project to keep the page totally flat.

I cut the papers into wide and narrower strips and, as the background papers were not long enough to fit the main sheet of cardstock top to bottom, after sticking the narrower strips onto the centre of the wider strips I cut a piece of around an inch and a half off.  I positioned the background strips so that the shortest piece of one was at the bottom and the sortest piece of the other was at the top, trying to make sure that it looked a continuation when I stuck on the toppers to cover the gaps.

I finished off by adding some of the foiled leaves as embelishments.

This was then stuck to the November page of the calendar and I also added the month title in Welsh – Mis Tachwedd.

What I Used
Photos Of The November Calendar Page

This is the panel I created, ready to go onto the calendar.

I’ve taken a photo at an angle to try and show the foiling.

This is the whole calendar page as it looks hanging on the wall in Mam’s room.

Getting in closer.

And finally a photo of just the month name and panel on the calendar

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Hopefully, before long, I will have more batches of Christmas Cards to show you. I really am running behind with makeing the Christmas Cards for my mother and I to send, as well as packs to sell up in the chapel where a portion of the price goes to the Sunday School funds.

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October Calendar Page

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October Calendar Page

Time for my regular, monthly, post about what I’ve put on this month’s page on my mother’s calendar.

If you haven’t seen my previous calendar posts then you can find this year’s pages by following these links : the January page – here! February page – here! March page – here! April page – here! May page – here! June page – here! July page – here! August page – here! and September page – here!

In my last post I showed you two butterflies I’d stamped and coloured for a project, but, as I said, I had a bit of a disaster with a bottle of fizzy pop and only had the butterflies, which were elsewhere at the time, left to work with for other projects.

Having used one of the butterflies on a simple card for an Artisan DT Collective challenge I was left with one butterfly to use on this month’s calendar page.

After the fizzy pop disaster, and a few other incidents during last week, I wasn’t feeling up to doing much crafting, so what I did do was stamp out an assortment of images and have a little bit of colouring “me” time.

I wanted to have a bit more of a practive with my newest alcohol markers, The Prism Craft Markers from Hunkydory.  So before starting to colour in the stamped images I picked an image from a Prism Colouring Pad that came with the markers to colour first – it just happend to be an image of Poppies.

I then remembered seeing Joanna, from the Artisan DT Collective, had coloured up a stamped Anemone to look like a poppy so I thought I’d give it a go as well.

These are what I landed up with.

I did use a black pen to add similar detail to the centre of the Anemone as there was already printed on the three poppies.

What I Did

The butterfly for this project was stamped in flitter glue and covered in guilding flakes like the one used on the last project, before it was coloured in.

The flower was stamped using black ink.

I cut out the single “poppy” trimming off most of the leaves, and also cut out the butterfly, cutting off some of the curly embelishments.

Leaving one of the dotty cardstocks at A4 size I cut the other slightly smaller and a sheet of the white cardstock smaller again.

I used makeup brushes and green re-inker to colour in two corners of the white cardstock, leaving a white band diagonally down the middle.

The layers were attached together using fingerlift tape and the flower and butterfly were shaped a bit before attaching with glue gel.

I then put a clear drop onto the flower and added various colours of sticky back faux gems to the panel, as well as a line of peeloffs a mm or two in from the side of the inked piece of cardstock.

This was then stuck to the October page of the calendar and I also added the month title in Welsh – Mis Hydref.

What I Used
Photos Of The October Calendar Page

This is the matted and layered panel – I’ve put a photo up in the inspiration album for the “Light and Dark” challenge that is currently running on the “Create with Artisan Design” FB group.

A closer, angled view of part of the panel.

And an even closer look at the flower and butterfly.

This is the whole calendar page as it looks hanging on the wall in Mam’s room.

Getting in closer and closer.

And finally a photo of just the month name and panel on the calendar

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Hopefully, before long, I will have more batches of Christmas Cards to show you.  I really am running behind with makeing the Christmas Cards for my mother and I to send, as well as packs to sell up in the chapel where a portion of the price goes to the Sunday School funds.

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September Calendar Page

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September Calendar Page

Time for my regular, monthly, post about what I’ve put on this month’s page on my mother’s calendar.

If you haven’t seen my previous calendar posts then you can find this year’s pages by following these links : the January page – here! February page – here! March page – here! April page – here! May page – here! June page – here! July page – here! and August page – here!

I’ve gone back to using pre-printed, die-cut, toppers for this month’s page – but I made the background myself this time.

What I Did

To start this project – a few weeks ago I took a foil roasting tray that was just about big enough to put an A4 sheet of paper in and filled it with shaving foam.  I then dropped and sprayed on an assortment of ink colours, moved these about with a fork, and placed a sheet of cardstock on top.  After smoothing this down onto the coloured shaving foam I lifted it up and dabbed it with some kitchen paper to remove any foam that came up with it.  This was left to dry while more sheets of cardstock were “marble printed” using the shaving foam – adding more colour and swirling and flattening as needed.

When I was ready to do this month’s callendar page I chose one of the “marbled” sheets and trimmed off around 1cm from the width and height.  This was then attached with fingerlift tape to a sheet of black cardstock giving a border of around half a cm.

I chose 3 British wildlife toppers from a Pollyanna Pickering collection.  These were stuck to the front of the marbled layer using foam tape to give them a bit of a lift.

I then set about makeing up some flowers, choosing red and yellow stamens to pick up the flower colours in two of the toppers, and just using one fabric layer for each flower.  These embelishments were added to the panel with glue gel before attaching it to the September page of my mother’s calendar using fingerlift tape.  I also added the month title in Welsh – Mis Medi.

What I Used
Photos Of The September Calendar Page

This is the whole calendar page as it looks hanging on the wall in Mam’s room.

Getting in closer and closer.

And finally a really close look at the floral embelishments and the marbled background.

So now I’m going to go back to making cards for my order and batch making Christmas cards, though I’m not feeling too good at the moment and have lost my voice, so I’m on an even more of a “go slow” than usual.  But I have managed to make a few things and photograph them, just need to crop the photos and write up a blog post for them next.

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