Thursday, 31 May 2012

UPDATE

Im so sorry that it has been a few days since my last post. It's not been a very good week as unfortunately baby Ben died a couple of days ago. I was quite surprised as he seemed to be doing really good. I know that I did everything that I could for the little fella and there was nothing that I could have done to prevent his death. I think sometimes no matter how much we can do for them their Mummies are still the best to get them through their early days of life. I am so glad though that he died being warm, comfy and loved very much.
I put him into a tiny matchbox amongst cotton wool and me and Martin buried him by the gooseberry bush around the hedgie cabins in the garden. Amazing how something so tiny can touch your life.

Anyway I am going to share some happy stuff now. I know you have all been asking how Harry is!!!.


My gorgeous little Harry is now at the rescue centre as the treatment he was receiving through the vets was not helping. He is receiving the proper medication now and is doing really good. He will be coming back to me as soon as he is given a full clean bill of health. I will let you all know as soon as he is back.

Now for some more pic's of the littlies I am looking after at the moment.




This is little Sam and he is 10 weeks old. He was found in someone's garden laying on the ground. He had some bad head injuries. There was no sign of Mum or any siblings so how he got there is a mystery. Sam is doing amazingly and is such a happy boy, so funny and cheeky. Despite being on his own he is so with it and jumping, climbing and has a massive appetite!!!. When we can we are going to try pair him up with another squirrel/s as they are not solitude creatures unlike hedgehogs. He will eventually be released but only when the circumstances are right for him.


Yay I have got the guinea girls again!!! I am looking after them for Monica as she has gone away for a much needed break. I absolutely love looking after Piggy, Sassy, Blossom & Petal. They are so beautiful placid little things. I have been thoroughly spoiling them (I got them that hay roll!) and with plenty of fruit & veg. 

Onto hoggie rescues I have had three in the last 2 weeks. One found in my shed and the other two at the food station. I had to get the rescue centre to come out to all three as they were emergencies. One hoggy had head injuries, another with mange and lung worm and Monday night I found one with a nasty wound by his hind leg and when he was collected and examined we found he had fly strike on him which if not treated is a very slow and painful death. 

So all is busy here at the bungalow. Although I am very tired and suffering from a very painful infected thumb (now on antibiotics) it is so well worth it to look after these gorgeous creatures. 

I cannot forget about my two beautiful babies so here's a couple of pic's to share.


Here's my Bertie boy who absolutely adores all of the animals here, especially the guinea piggies. He sits down by their pen just watching them and pushes his face against the netting and the piggies come up and sniff him, so cute!!!. 



Here's my beautiful girl Simone in a playful mood. She gets a bit jealous of all of the animals so I make sure she gets buckets of love and attention so she doesn't feel left out.

Thank you all for your lovely comments it is so great knowing that you are so interested in my rescue stories. I promise to keep you all updated.

I have nearly finished a card so will try and post that tomorrow. Not getting loads done on the craft front at the moment but after Sunday things should be a bit easier again. 

Don't forget to leave a comment on my candy post if you are a follower!!!!.

Big hugs Clare xxx





Sunday, 27 May 2012

LOOK WHAT I HAVE GOT!!!!

Hey everyone!!!. I have something very special to share with you tonight. Something that I feel totally privileged to share and to be a part of. Today I had a call from my lovely friend Monica. She is going away for a few days for a much deserved break and I agreed to look after her 4 guinea piggies and she also asked me to look after a 10 week old squirrel which had gone to the centre injured but is now well and thriving. She brought them over to me on Friday so they are really settled now.
Ok so the phone call today went like this "Clare how would you like to look after a 7 day old orphaned hedgehog???" ummmm, like I really needed time to think about this one!!!.



I have never in my life handled anything this young or tiny. I'm sorry the picture's are not great and I will get some better one's tomorrow. I just took them quickly after I fed him. His name is Ben and he was one of 3 babies and the only survivor after their Mummy was poorly and she rejected them. Mum was a very young hedgehog herself and when she was found she was very underweight. She is doing good now though and is recuperating at the centre.  

I never thought that I would care for a little creature as small as this and so dependent on another. He is a real little fighter but there is always a chance that he will not survive. I have got to feed him every 2 hours day and night but if this little fella has any chance that is not going to be a hard job for me. 

I am going to do another post tomorrow to share more pic's of the little one's I am caring for and give you an update on Harry the hedgehog which you have been asking after.

Right nearly time to feed little Ben again!!!.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs Clare xxx

Friday, 25 May 2012

CANDY!!!!!

Hello my lovelies. I promised to arrange a special candy as this week my blog hit 100 follower's!!!. Still can't believe it but as a big thank you I would like to offer you the chance to win;

A £20 GIFT VOUCHER

TO



OR


YOU CAN CHOOSE !!!


All my friends need to do is add a comment to this post and on 25th June (which should give me enough time to figure out that number generator thingy!!!) I will announce the winner. 

You do not need to link my candy to your blog as I am only wanting to offer it to my loyal followers. Any newbies are more than welcome to apply but please like my blog and my work not just the candy. Oh and no candy only blogs please, you just wind me up and will be deleted!!!. 

I think that just about cover's it and look forward to announcing the winner on 25th!!!.

Big hugs Clare xxx

TEA FOR TWO???

Hello my lovelies, hope everyone is still enjoying this beautiful weather we are having. Got to admit I have just had to have a shower before climbing into bed as I was so hot. The house feels very humid even though I have the ceiling fan on. Mustn't grumble though.

I have made a card to share although it has been made since Tuesday but have not had chance to blog it yet. 

















INGREDIENTS
IVORY LINEN CARD
HOUSE MOUSE STAMP
COSMO CRICKET "MATERIAL GIRL" 6X6 MINI DECK PAPERS
KAISER PEARLS
KAISER RIBBON
CRAFTWORK CARDS SENTIMENT & SCALLOP CIRCLE DIE CUT
WILD ORCHID FLOWERS
PROMARKERS & FLEXMARKERS (ALMOND, PUTTY, WARM GREY 2, TAN, IVORY & ANTIQUE WHITE)
GLOSSY ACCENTS
ANTIQUE LINEN & PUMICE STONE DISTRESS IN PADS

I am entering my card into the following challenges;


TUESDAY THROWDOWN - 3D (I have layered the House mouse image & sentiment)
MY TIME TO CRAFT - It takes two (I have my two meeces!!!)
TOP TIP TUESDAY - Dig out the old (the stamp, paper's & sentiment)
HOUSE MOUSE & FRIENDS - Circles, polka dots & all round fun


Right best go to sleep as my eye's are drooping. 


Thanks for stopping by!!!
Hugs Clare xxx

Monday, 21 May 2012

BABY BOY CARD

Hello my lovely friends and I want to say a big thank you to all of my wonderful follower's old and new as I noticed this morning when I logged on that I have made it to 100 follower's!!!. How wonderful is that. I am going to arrange a special thank you candy so please stay tuned.

I have finally finished my baby boy card for one of my lovely friends. I wanted to make it extra special as she is an amazing crafter, and well I guess I kind of wanted to make a good job of it!!!. 



















Sorry about all the pictures but really hard getting a good one of an easel card lol!!!. Not sure if you can see but I paper pieced and layered the pram. 

INGREDIENTS
WHITE PEARLESCENT CARD
BLUE BAZZILL CARD
PEBBLES PATTERNED PAPER'S
STAMPING ALL DAY BABY SENTIMENT VERSE STAMP
WOODWARE PRAM STAMP
LOTV SENTIMENT STAMP
WILD ORCHID FLOWERS
BUTTON, RIBBON, HATPIN & RIBBON SLIDE FROM STASH
LABELS EIGHT NESTIES
PLAIN & SCALLOP CIRCLE NESTIES
DIAMOND STICKLES
CORNER CHOMPER

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

DREAM VALLEY CHALLENGES - I have "cased" Eva Marie's baby card

BUNNY ZOES CRAFTS - Anything goes
TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS - Anything goes
WHIMSY STAMPS - Anything goes
JUST KEEP ON CREATING - Anything goes
FUSSY AND FANCY - New baby


I just want to thank you all again for following me and your continued support and I will be back soon to fill you in about the special milestone candy.


Big hugs Clare xxx








Sunday, 20 May 2012

APERTURE CHALLENGE AT THE CHRISTMAS CARD CLUB!!!!

Hello all my lovelies. Hope you have all had a happy Sunday. Been a pretty nice day again in Eastbourne. 

It was the lovely Zoe's turn to choose the challenge at the Christmas Card Club this fortnight and she chose to make a card with an aperture. I really enjoyed this challenge as it is very rare that I make this style of card, and then I wonder why!!!. Will have to make more in future as happy with how it turned out.




INGREDIENTS

WHITE PEARLESCENT CARD
NITWIT PLAID CARD
PENNY BLACK STAMP
EAST OF INDIA RIBBON
KAISER RED PEARLS
WOODWARE LEAF PUNCHES
CIRCLE NESTIES
PROMARKERS (BERRY, TAN, SANDSTONE, WARM GREY 2, BUTTERCUP, KHAKI & PASTEL PINK)
ANTIQUE LINEN DISTRESS INK PAD

If you fancy joining us at the Christmas Card Club just drop one of us an email. We make a card each fortnight to a set challenge so that we will have a few cards made before Christmas!!!. Please go over to my sidebar and visit the girls blogs and check out their gorgeous creations. We are a friendly group of chicks and welcome anyone who wants to join.

Thank you for stopping by and for your continued support and lovely comments.

Big hugs Clare xxx






Saturday, 19 May 2012

IT'S A GIRL!!!

Hello and what a beautiful day it is in sunny Eastbourne!!!. Do hope that it is the same for the rest of my bloggy friends.

I have just made a card for my Brother and his partner who have just become first time Grandparents. My Brother's partner's Daughter has just had a little baby girl so wanted to get to work.




















INGREDIENTS
WHITE LINEN CARD
HANDY HIPPO PURPLE POLKA DOT CARD
LOTV BABY IMAGE & BABY GIRL SENTIMENT STAMP
WILD ORCHID ROSES
BUTTONS & TWINE FROM STASH
FLEXMARKERS
MARTHA STEWART DOILY LACE EDGE PUNCHER

I would like to enter the card into the following challenges.

WILD ORCHID CHALLENGE - Anything goes
CRAFTY CATZ WEEKLY CHALLENGE - Lets hear it for the girls

Will be back tomorrow as I have another baby card to finish off, this time for a boy and also to post my Christmas Card Club Challenge. Looks like I will be having a busy evening lol!!!.

Have a great night guys.
Big hugs Clare xxx


Wednesday, 16 May 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARD

Hello my lovely friends. I do hope that you are all well today. I just wanted to post the card that I made which I was supposed to do Monday but time got away with me. The days seems to go so fast some weeks don't they!!!.




















INGREDIENTS
WHITE LINEN CARD
LOTV STAMP
NITWIT PAPERS 
CARDCRAFT SENTIMENT & DIE CUT
FLOWRES FROM WILD ORCHID
RIBBON FROM STASH
KAISER PEARLS
PROMARKERS
DISTRESS INK PAD (OLIVE)

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

JOANNA SHEEN CHALLENGE - Happy Birthday
BIZZY BECS - Vintage
BUNNY ZOE - Anything Goes
PAPERTAKE WEEKLY - In the Garden

That's it for today!!!
Big hugs Clare xxxxx

Sunday, 13 May 2012

SUNSHINE AT LAST!!!!

Hello!!!! wow what a gorgeous weekend it has been. So lovely to have sunshine. The garden is looking amazing. My mate Steve came over and mowed the lawn and did loads of tidying up. I got out there and did some weeding (my body is sure telling me about now!!!). I just love it when the garden looks all nice and neat. I need to just go tidy up around hedgie villa's!!! fresh straw and have a clean out of their cabins as there is no one in there at the moment (mind you that can change on a daily basis). As we have had so much rain everything is soggy around there including the straw which really needs replacing. A job for this week I believe.

Ok, yesterday was a total disaster as we got to the Cats Protection and the open day was last Sunday!!! the ad that we saw a couple of weeks ago was wrong. I now have an up to date list of their future events and all is in my calendar now. Felt like a right plumb turning up on the wrong day!!!. We gave a good donation and took all of the gear I had sorted out for them, including the kittie toys, beds and rascal tunnel we collected. We went and visited the cats and kittens that are waiting to be rehomed and of course I just wanted to take them all home. I get so heartbroken seeing them and I am so baffled how people can abandon, abuse and neglect these beautiful and loyal creatures. I will never understand that for as long as I live. Thank heaven's for places like CP, RSPCA, Blue Cross, Battersea......etc.

Anyway on to one of my cards I have recently made. I got a crafty mag and they had some gorgeous Nit Wit paper's in there which I really love so have been using it on some of my cards.




















I have used one of my favourite House Mouse stamps (coloured with Promarker's), Wild Orchid flower's, East of India ribbon & a pebble's rub on. 

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

CRAFTY CATZ - Happy Birthday
CES CHALLENGES - Anything Goes

Ok my lovelies will be back with another card tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by!!!.

Big hugs Clare xxx

Saturday, 12 May 2012

WAHOO ASHLEIGH & PUDSEY WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so wanted them to win and they got my vote!!!!!!!!!


Well done Pudsey!!!. Just goes to show how amazing our furry little friends are. Just saying xxx

Friday, 11 May 2012

WILDLIFE UPDATE!!!

Hello my lovelies, wow what a lovely sunny day it has been!!!!. My prayer's have been answered at last. I really want it to be nice for tomorrow as it is our local Cats Protection open day and they always seem to get a wet day for it. I hear the forecast is meant to be good over the weekend so finger's crossed. 

I have had a busy day today. Little Harry the hedgehog went off to the vets. He is not doing any better and he has finished the course of antibiotic's he was on. Poor little sausage sounds like an old man when he breath's and cough's. I am waiting for him to be dropped off back home and I hear he has been given a stronger antibiotic injection and has to go back to vet's again on Monday. He's a tough little bugger though and sure he will get better soon.

Like I said there is an open day at my local Cats Protection (Hailsham, East Sussex) and me, Dad and Martin always go whenever they have one on to support them. So today I have had a massive de-clutter and managed to muster up 3 bin bags full of clothes, bedding etc. I still have to go through Bert & Simone's toy boxes but have to wait until they are asleep to do so as I always find them to have a renewed interest in the said toys they have neglected for months!!!. I managed to clean my washing machine and defrost my fridge freezer today too so has been a very productive day. 

I went to the rescue centre on Sunday afternoon to help out. I absolutely love it there and as it is such a busy time of the year any little thing you can do helps. They have lots of sick birds in at the moment, pigeon's, doves, crows, a robin, a cheeky duck! and.....a baby owl!!! what an amazing experience that was. I have never seen an owl in real life before. Although we are not allowed to take pic's at the centre I have found a couple of photo's to show you what the little owl looked like and just how beautiful they are.



How gorgeous!!!. They look like balls of fluff!!!. I was surprised at how big they are for babies and you also have to be very careful of those claws. Poor little thing was found in a barn on his own. Obviously they had to wait to see if Mum turned up but this never happened. He is being well looked after though, as are all of the other patients in there being loved and cared for. 

Some good new's is this little fella Glenn came home on Sunday!!!.


Glenn was the little one I found in the wooden kennel in my shed which was made for the semi feral cat I look out for. Glenn had 40 ticks removed from him and was successfully treated for lung worm. He was released at dusk on Sunday and is now happily living back in hoggy land. I see him at the food station I have just outside my conservatory door some evening so good to see he is still around. There are another 3 regular's to my garden, Ernie, Amy and Fred. I have checked them out and all 3 of them have leg defects. Amy has a rear foot missing, Fred a rear leg amputated and Ernie has like a clubbed front leg which is curled up in a ball shape. It does not seem to hinder them though and they are all really healthy. Just had to remove 13 ticks off Fred  but doing regular checks on them will hopefully help make sure they are healthy. 

Sorry this is such a long post but I know many of you requested an update but there was plenty of news to tell!!!. Promise to keep you informed about Harry and any newbies that come my way.

Thank you so much for your continued interest in our beautiful wildlife friends. Hope it helps to understand how much help these little critter's need from time to time. Even a nightly bowl of cat/dog food or cat biscuits really does help them. If anyone would like more info or advice please feel free to comment or just email me privately at earlygirl1@hotmail.co.uk

Big hugs Clare xxx



Thursday, 10 May 2012

CAROL'S LACE & RIBBON CCC CHALLENGE

Hi friends!!! don't know about you but I am getting so sick and tired of this bloody rain. I know we needed some but enough already!!!. Starting to get depressed with it now.

As usually I am starting to get traditionally late with the Christmas Card Club challenges (even though we have 2 weeks to complete them!!!). So sorry Carol but here is my card for your ribbon & lace theme.

















INGREDIENTS
WHITE LINEN CARD
LOTV STAMP
RIBBON, LACE & RUB ON FROM STASH
RED, EUCALYPTUS & DIAMOND STICKLES
BARN DOOR DISTRESS IN PAD

I absolutely love this LOTV stamp it is so pretty. If anyone is interested in joining us at the Christmas Card Club just send one of us a message for the details. Why not pop over to the other girls blogs and see their beautiful cards (see the list on my side bar).

Well it has been a busy few days since my last post. Sometimes I do not feel like I can get on top of everything and feel like im constantly chasing my tail!!!. I have been creating but 3 cards I cannot show as they are for my bloggy friends so will have to wait till after they have received them. I am working on a couple at the moment so bear with me and I will put them up shortly. I will also do an update on the animal family as on Sunday I went and helped out at the rescue centre which was amazing!!!!. 

Thank you for all of your lovely comments, they really mean so much to me. I am getting around to everyone's blogs but bear with me if I have not visited your's yet, I will get there!!!.

Lots of love Clare xxx

Saturday, 5 May 2012

HAPPY SATURDAY!!!!!

Hi everyone. Hope we are all having a happy Saturday!!!. Not sure if anyone else who has a Shabby Blog background has had problems but every time I went to go into my blog it kept coming up that the site has virus & not to go into it. Great!!!! so I took the background off and added another one and lost all of my sidebar stuff. A very grumpy Clare proceeded and after an hour of faffing around and managed to get it back but everything was out of order. I have managed to pretty much got everything back to how it was but after just checking the Shabby website all seems normal again, grrrrrrr!!!!!!!.

I sometime wonder if Blogger does things like this just to pee us all off!!!. Think I will stick with this background for a bit now.

Ok another Birthday card to share which I made for a friends Grandaughter who loves pink!!!!.























INGREDIENTS


8X8 BLANK CARD & ENVELOPE
PINK & WHITE LINEN CARD
LOTV IMAGE
DOVECRAFT SENTIMENT STAMPS
PINK GINGHAM CARD FROM HANDY HIPPO
KANBAN FLORAL CARD
WILD ORCHID FLOWERS
DOILY & RIBBON FROM STASH
PROMARKERS & FLEXMARKERS 


Will be back tomorrow with my Christmas Card Club challenge card.

Take care all
Hugs Clare xxxx


Friday, 4 May 2012

PUPPY LOVE

Hello friends, hope you are all well and looking forward to the bank holiday weekend. Lets hope this weather improves as it is so dull and cold. At least it stayed dry here today.

As promised I am posting another Birthday card today which I made this week.





















INGREDIENTS

CRAFTWORK CARDS CARD & ENVELOPE
LOTV IMAGE
OLIVE GINGHAM CARD, LACE RIBBON, TWINE & GINGHAM BUTTONS FROM STASH
PEBBLES HAPPY BIRTHDAY RUB ON
WILD ORCHID FLOWERS
ANTIQUE LINEN DISTRESSED INK PAD
PROMARKERS (IVORY,TAN, KHAKI, WARM GREY 1 & 2 & PASTEL PINK)
CIRCLE NESTIES

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

LILI OF THE VALLEY - Anything goes
INCY WINCY DESIGNS - Mother's Day or girly design
PAPERTAKE WEEKLY - Anything goes
SIMONE SAYS - Birthday
DREAM VALLEY CHALLENGES - For a special lady

I will be back over the weekend to share more cards. Hope everyone has a happy Saturday.

Big hugs from me, Bert, Simone & Harry the hedgehog xxxx




Thursday, 3 May 2012

BIRTHDAY CARD SHARE

Well I finally managed to get into the craft room and start creating again at the weekend. I was asked to make 3 Birthday cards for friends and knew they needed doing but it was good as I really ended up enjoying making them after a break. 












INGREDIENTS
WHITE LINEN CARD
BO BUNNY BACK TO BASICS "LOVE BANDIT" PATTERNED CARD
PENNY BLACK CAT IMAGE
LOTV SENTIMENT STAMP
WILD ORCHID FLOWERS
BUNNY ZOE RAFFIA LACE RIBBON
PROMARKERS (BERRY, TAN, WARM GREY 1 & 2)
SPELLBINDERS CIRCLES & SCALLOP CIRCLES
DISTRESSED INK PAD (PUMICE STONE)
DISTRESSING TOOL

I am going to enter my card into the following challenges;

LADYBUG CRAFTS - Birthday
PAPERTAKE WEEKLY - Anything goes
SIMON SAYS - Birthday
MOVING ALONG WITH THE TIMES - Summer sunshine
PENNY BLACK SATURDAY CHALLENGE - May day, spring themed cards

I will be adding the other two cards (and hopefully more!) over the next couple of days. Thank you so much for your love and support. It means so much and I love reading your comments, they make my day!.

Love & hugs Clare xxx



Wednesday, 2 May 2012

THE WANDERER RETURNS..........

Ok apologies once again for the absence. Not going to harp on, just to say that my health hasn't been good again and not been up to too much craftiness. I have been picking up the past week and something that has helped is looking after this beautiful little fella;



This is Harry and he came to me on Saturday after he was attacked (not sure by what) luckily he only managed to escape with a laceration to his ear but when he was examined by the vet they picked up that he has possibly got lung worm and/or pneumonia. They also removed 50 ticks from him which is a sign of ill health. Funnily enough although he sounds like he smokes 50 a day he is such a lively little fella and is eating, drinking.......He needs to see the vet on Friday again as I have been able to put antibiotics and lung worm treatment in his food and water but he will be assessed and decided on the next step which will probably be to go to the rescue centre which will be good as he may need longer term treatment. He will come back to me though when he is better. I will keep you posted.

The hoggy that I found in my shed 4 weeks ago which also had 40 ticks removed is coming back home on Sunday!!! I am so happy as he too has been successfully treated for lung worm. I will update and post the pic's at the weekend. 

Hope all of my friends are happy and well in blog land. I managed to get my old Blogger interface back but understand that it will all be in new format at the end of the month, blurrgghh!!!. With a bit of luck they will over look it and keep the old style!!!.

Ok my lovelies I have managed to get 3 cards done so will post them shortly.

Big hugs and lots of love Clare xxx


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