Saturday, 26 June 2010


Hello all of my gorgeous blog family, i am so sorry it has been a while but i do have several good reasons, believe me!!! im afraid i bring no cards at this time as i have not been doing a lot of late (which i hope to rectify shortly!).
So here goes...............deep breath........and away we go..........................
I have not been able to write about this thus far, you have probably noticed i have not been my usual chirpy self of late (again hopefully soon to be rectified!) and i have had a lot of family (who read my blog) to inform first, that being my blood family, not my blog family! unfortunately me & the hubster have decided to seperate. No one else in the frame, no animosity, no nastiness, no rowing......we still remain very close, best friends infact, which was one of the reasons our marriage did not work. We love each other dearly, but just as friends, and we want to remain in each other's lives. It has been one of the hardest decisions in my life but i think it is best for both of us. We both have many plans for our future, seperately & together. Our friendship and our furbabies will keep us linked, and as my family is  also his, this will keep us united.

I have also been feeling really unwell for the last 3 weeks with my Rheumatoid as many of you know. As well as a lot of pain i have been feeling totally exhausted and not having much enthusiasm to be creative. I know a lot of stress has not helped and i need to start taking more control over my life. I went to see my Rheumatologist on Tuesday and to say he was a little shocked at how much i have deteriorated since he last saw me is an understatement. For the past few months i have only being seeing my Biologics nurse who has been supervising my drug trials but Dr.Sam now wants to see me on a very regular basis. The first thing he wants to do is get my pain under a lot more control. Over the next 4 months he wants to get me on daily steroids (i have been having injections every few weeks) and a slow release & long lasting pain killer, along with breakthrough meds if needed. Although i am worried about being on daily steroids, at this point i am willing to give anything a go. Mum was on them for 20 years and they did so much damage to her poor body but they helped to keep her alive. There are 2 more drug trials coming out in the next couple of months so Dr.Sam wants to see which one will be suitable. He also wants me to have another MRI scan as it has been a couple of years since i last had one. He is concerned about my spine so i guess he wants to see what kind of deterioration is going on there too. So all in all it was a good appointment. I have to wait for my GP to prescribe the new meds so guessing i will be starting these some time next week.

I have many plans for my future which i will be sharing with you all over the following weeks. My main goal at the moment is to get my RA under more control. Me & hubster need to get the finances sorted and all of the crap that goes with it (lots of form filling i guess!!!). I should be able to stay in the bungalow with the furbabies which i am relieved about as could not bear that upheaval.

Thankyou to all of my beautiful friends and thankyou for listening to me harp on. I find that my blog is the best therapy around. Your comments are absolutely precious to me & keep me going through the good & bad times. I promise i will be popping by everyone's blogs very soon as i know i have let that slip big time. I have always made a big effort to update my reading list daily and comment on all of your blogs but have not even been on my laptop as regular as normal.

I love you guys and will be back soon, just bear with me! xxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 14 June 2010

An Update & Some Birthday Cards

Hi folks! sorry i have not been in blogland for a while but have been having some bad days lately with my Rheumatoid. I ended up going to the hospital on Thursday for steroid injections which have helped a lot but unfortunately they are quite short lived so will be making the most of it!!!. Back to the Rheumatologist on 22nd so will find out about a new drug trial which i was informed about on Thursday.

Anyway enough about my ailment crap!!! back to cards. It was the hubsters birthday yesterday and as his love for cats is as big as mine i knew i had to get my new Magenta cat stamps to work (i have been itching to use them on that spesh card);

They totally look like my little furbabies Bert & Simone which was my ultimate reason for buying them, he he!!

The pp i have used is by Clare Curd for Papermania, Prima flowers, brown organza ribbon (to blend in with brown fur!), bling and cannot remember who the sentiment is by.

Just another quicky card with a Penny Black image i was sent. I delved into a colour i wouldn't normaly use, a splash of red. I am trying to step out of my comfort zone of colours, the next maybe orange!!!

Just a quick hedgie update, i had the dreaded job of cleaning out the hedgehog cabins last week. Eeeww it was gross, good job i love them!!! the cabins were empty so took the decision to have a clean up. Unfortunately since i have done this they have vacated during the daylight hours. They go in there during the night though so atleast they have a resting spot. I wanted them clean in the hope that any pregnant Mum's would be comfy to have her hoglets, i still live in hope!!!
Over the past week i have witnessed a hedgie throwing up, sneezing & hobbling!!! on Saturday night one even looked right up at me behind the conservatory door & put his/her front paws on the door ledge. I gently opened the door and i was able to pet the hedgie for about 5 minutes. This is the type of reward i live for. It is as if they are thanking me for looking after them.

Have a great day everyone.

Big hugs Clare xxx

Scrapville Monthly Sketch Challenge

This is my card for this months Scrapville card challenge. The sketches were created by the wonderful & talented Melinda.

Layout Sketch

Card Sketch

On my card i have used pp MME, Bazzill card, Prima flowers, Card candy & Sentiment by Creative Cards.

I will be back later with more. Thanks for popping by!!!

Love Clare xxx

Friday, 4 June 2010

I Love Imaginisce, Did You Know That Already???

So i have been tinkering around with my new Imaginisce stash from Melinda & Keryn and have made a card. How gorgeous is that pp and flower stamp!

Hope you are enjoying the beautiful UK sun today xxx

Thankyou so Much!!!

I would just like to thank everyone so much for all of their very kind messages and support. I do not know what i would do with all of my lovely friends, you are really helping me to get through the bad times & have cheered me up no end.
I would also like to say a very special thankyou to two of my beautiful friends Melinda and Keryn who have both sent me a parcel of goodies this week. Both filled with my very favourite Imaginisce brand and more!!!

Here are some pics to share;



No matter what is going on in my life, the good & the bad i know i have always got my furbabies and my friends to cheer me up!!!

Thankyou everyone, i love you all heaps xxx


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