Saturday, 20 December 2014

a gift for Bez and Shaun snoozes on

Hello Lovelies - well all is well still with Shaun but we are still awaiting him waking - I know he took his time last time but I'm still hoping he'll wake before Christmas - watch this space!

Today I have a quick post to share with you - its a gift I made for Bez my mil - for Christmas - using the steampunk cockerel from Chocolate baroque - I hope she likes it:

Here's a close up:

I'm pleased with it anyway - simple but she loves the image so I think it will work!

Here's a picture from Friday night - it was the Hornby ladies christmas dinner - 60 ladies meet in one of the village pubs for a lovely meal - it was great to catch up with them! 

Big Hugs and a Happy Christmas to you!

Rachel xx

Thursday, 18 December 2014

My Little Miracle!

Hello Lovelies! Well its been an eventful few days in the world of Shaun - currently he is doing well - the tracheostomy is in place, the balloon pump is out and the meds are coming down. He's still very cold though and he has issues with his left foot. The bloodflow was compromised there by the balloon pump but we're hoping thats not going to be a long term problem. The sedation is coming off and I'm hoping that we may have an awake Shaun for Christmas day - that would be my little miracle indeed!

I want to thankyou all for your continued support and also would like to thank the lovely Brenda over at Floral Fantasies - I was lucky enough to win her last candy - so thanks Brenda - I really appreciate it!

Back to my little miracle - this is the card I have made for him for Christmas - I've used an idea from the Clarity stencil club although I did make mine in a different way! I love this idea - what do you think?

I used the inny part of the stencil first and created the background using distress inks and other stencils. Then I covered the background and did the scene. The stamps and stencils used are all from Claritystamps and I would like to enter this for the claritystampchallenge 22 trees.

here's a closer view:

Hope you have enjoyed your visit! Big hugs Rachel xx

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

chest closure and Bez's card

Morning all! Well thankyou all for your kind comments on my last post and your well wishes too. I've been away from the hospital for a couple of days but will be off there again soon. There was a development last night - they closed Shaun's chest and touch wood - he has been stable overnight. They're going to be putting his tracheostomy back in place today and after that I assume they'll be thinking about taking the sedation off. As far as I know he still has a balloon pump in place - we'll have to see when they're thinking of removing that! So things are moving along - slowly but steadily!

I want to show you today the card I made for Bez for Christmas - I've used an old stamp st that I got years ago from lakeland when they did their crafts - they always remind me of card-io stamps in that they're on a long tubular piece of wood. I also used a TH layering stencil and distress inks.

so quick and I think quite effective - I'll have to remember this one for next year when I'm short of time with lots of making still to do......although I hope that's not going to happen!

My girls did their nativity last night - Penny was Ned the donkey and Lucy was a Shepherd:

They were both brilliant but Penny did exceptionally well - she had a big part!!!! I went to both performances - and the whole school shuld be so proud of their achievement! They're off to the pantomime today in Kendal - I think its thumbelina. I hope they have fun!

Thanks for dropping by - off to catch up with what's happening in blogland befre I head off to the hospital!


Rachel xx

Monday, 15 December 2014

Mid month for Imagination Crafts

Hello Lovelies! Well thanks for your lovely comments on my last post - I'm still feeling blessed but now I'm full of cold too. I'm thinking I won't make it to hospital today - it will be my first day not going since 4th September - I wonder if I'll manage it.

Today is the mid month for the challenge over at Imagination Crafts. Here's my mid month make for your inspiration.

I used the following imagination crafts products to make this:

Additionally I used distress inks.

I hope you can join in with the challenge which is anything goes - link up here,

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Saturday, 13 December 2014

feeling blessed

Hello my lovelies! How are you today? I hope you are well! I'm shattered - its been a big few days but also feeling good. Shaun has been stable for a couple of days now and the consultants seem happy. And I had a lovely day with my girls - well part of the day anyway. We went to Lancaster Castle to have breakfast with santa:

They had such a lovely time and it was so well done - I'll definitely do it again! Tonight I took them to the village bingo. It was a lovely evening and we had lots of fun.

Another thing that has made me feel blessed is my experience yesterday - I went out for a meal with the old Rosemary Conley crowd - we laughed and had lots of fun - and when my friend Julie gave me a lift home she presented me with an amazing hamper - full to the gunnels with everything you need for Christmas - and a lot more beside - plus a box with presents in for the girls and some vouchers for Booths supermarket.

I was absolutely gobsmacked - what a kind and thoughtful thing to do - so amazing - I really am blessed to have such wonderful friends and that includes you lovely people out there who have been so supportive at this tricky time. Thankyou!

No cards today.

Big hugs

Rachel x

Thursday, 11 December 2014

stable is good

Hello Lovelies. Well I'm feeling pretty low tonight - its been a tough old day - when I phoned the hospital last night Shaun was not good - they had taken him off the ECMO successfully then closed the skin on the chest - shortly afterwards they put the drains on and the heart started to get unhappy. The switched the drains off - but then fluid started to collect around the heart causing it to be unhappy again - they ended up fully opening his chest and sealing it with a membrane. Since then we have had stability of sorts. The consultants are about at the end of their intervention - they say the R vad is unlikely to help because it seems to be space that is the issue. They are going to maintain the drug regime in the hope that the stability will gain momentum. The issue of closing his chest would then be tackled. So we have to wait and see. I just feel so exhausted. But we must keep hoping and praying that things go well.

I have treated myself to one of the new celtic dream dies - oh my word - it cuts so beautifully. Love it. Here's what I made - again I apologise for the quality of the pictures.

I actually made 8 of these in an evening!  The background behind the die was made using inkadinks from the vintage set from Imagination Crafts - I used ochre and gingerbread and covered a sheet of A3 card. Then I cut the die cuts and added then to the sheet and then cut around them to make the toppers.

I used some printed paper from my stash and then added flowers and/or holly to the card plus the sentiment from Imagination Crafts.

I would like to enter this into the laviniastamps-challenge-12-add-a-flower

Big hugs to you and thanks for your kind words.


Rachel xx

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Its time for snow at Indigo Blu

Hello lovelies! Would you believe it - I'm sitting here watching Holby City (strange I know) and there's a baby on it on an ECMO machine - unbelieveable!

Anyway - that aside - Shaun is still stable - the ECMO is being reduced and everything is looking okay. Either today or tomorrow the consultant will reopen the skin on Shauns' chest and have a closer look at the new heart. He will remove the ECMO and either replace it with an R-vad or nothing at all - depending on how things are looking. Then they'll be able to close his chest properly and start the process of waking him up. Fingers crossed that things go well.

I am so behind on card making - I made a batch of cards using indigo blu stamps the other night - they're not what I would have liked to have made - given time - but they're okay! Here's the results:

apologies for the terrible lighting for the picture - its sooooo dark here at present - day and night it seems!

I'd like to enter these into indigoblublogchallenge challenge-22-let-it-snow

Thanks for your continued support! Big hugs! Rachel xx