Saturday, 29 October 2011

Odds and ends :)

Well so much for updating more often lol! Just a quick post with a few odds and ends, a birthday card, engagement card and a pretty tag. Hoping to get the rest of my Halloween stuff finished today and my pumpkin carved :)

Well what have I been upto while I've been AWOL lol! Well I have had to format my computer, something I hate doing as it takes ages to back up all my graphics folder lol! I am now using Windows 7, not sure what i think of it yet but I like that it boots up quickly :)

I have also been learning Photoshop, I almost completed Photoshop CS5 book classroom in a book, that's been fun and I've learnt some new tricks. Unfortunately my trusty old Paintshop Pro had stopped working properly when I installed it on Vista, I had to run it in compatibility mode so I thought it was time to upgrade to something new. I'm very impressed so far :)

I also treated myself to a Cricut Expression, which is fab although with work I haven't had much time to play.

Hopefully I'll get my halloween projects posted next week. So much to do, so little time lol!

My pumpkins, I grew these for the first time this year, the little things at the front are my butternut squash, unfortunately they didn't do so well this year but it's been a funny year altogether weather wise :0

Birthday card for a friend
Flowers are cut from Flower Shoppe cartridge, heart tag from Fabulous Finds cart, papers and cardstock is mainly Stampin Up with a bit of K & Co. Stamps and inks are Stampin Up too.

Our Katy and Jono's engagement card, the rose wreath is actually heart shaped and it took ages to wire it all together, it's not very clear in the photo and I had to turn the topper diagonal as I'd made it too large lol!

A pretty tag using Tim Holtz and See D's stamps TH distress inks and ribbons, buttons from stash. Some of the flowers are made by me and some were bought, I dyed some of the ribbon with distress inks to make it match, I quite like how it came out and I'm planning to send it to a lovely lady who I met through FB, can't say who it is yet as she might see lol!
Well that's it for today,
Happy crafting
Anna x

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Sick of being poked & prodded...

by doctors recently. After suffering with joint pain especially in my knees since childhood I finally caved and went to the doctors last month. My parents took me numerous times as a child and teen because of pain in my knees and all they ever said was it was growing pains. Well after being prodded and poked by the doc he refered me to a consultant and they have finally diagnosed me as having fibromyalga.

I'm kind of glad I can put a name to it now but not so happy that my treatment consists of anti-depressants, although having said that I must admit the pain has been much better the last week or so since starting them.

This plus the fact I am type 2 diabetic, I have hypertension, under active thyroid and PCOS makes me feel like I'm falling to pieces just lately.

I'm hoping I'll get some energy back soon and feel more like getting involved in more challenges and maybe do more with this blog, just sick of feeling ill all the time.

Anyhoo, sorry for the whiney post, I don't like moaning about my illnesses as there are lots of people who are worse off than me, so to cheer things up a bit I'll let you in to a bit of good news too :)

My baby sister Katy is getting arried next year, now Katy is 21 years younger than me and is more like a daughter to me than a sister. Her fiance is a wonderful guy and I'm so thrilled for them. She asked me to be matron of honour and also to make her wedding stationery, of course I couldn't refuse lol! I don't know who is more excited, Katy or me lol! She is having a gothic themed wedding and the colours are black and red, how fab is that.

Anyway, that's about it for today, I'll have a few odds and ends to post in the next couple of days when I finally get my camera set up lol!

Until next time,
Happy Crafting
Anna x