Sunday, June 05, 2022

Pen & Paint & Prayers

 Hello there, I hope this finds you well

It's a wet and miserable Sunday here, thankfully we had a decent day yesterday when most of the Jubilee celebration parties were planned. We stayed home and I did some painting.

My version of dragonflies and though you can't see it they have a coating of shimmer on their wings

A little bird who is happy to see summer arriving... 
And my last card I'd scrapped as the stamping is a bit off but I added some painted flowers so now it doesn't look too bad

Thanks so much for your prayers - Not only do I have my consultant appointment for my cervical spine next week, but the clinic was moved to another hospital so I managed to get an appointment with the consultant who diagnosed my neck problems and also operated on my spine. Knowing I will have someone who I know and trust means the world to me. 
I also have 2 visits to the eye hospital next week including the laser treatment so it's going to be a busy one...

Thank you all again... Have a good week

~ Ros ~


Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Windchimes... Yes or No?

 Hello friends, it's been a while

Do you like windchimes? do you have windchimes? I love them and have a few but my nextdoor neighbour who is of Chinese descent, tells me in her culture they are bad luck and that my problems are all down to my windchimes...Hmmm
I have a few cards to share and then I'll update you.

One of my drawn and painted leaves with more left over pieces

Sometimes I stamp things, paint them and then cut out just part of the image.. The grey/silver leaves above are from a large stamped image

This was one of a few mushrooms I painted, covered in glossy stuff and fussy cut it. The background is random watercolour and I added a stamped embossed image then finished it with a border of washi tape.

This one is again random watercolour, the black embossed partial stamp is the one I previously painted, and used some of the leaves in my first card and the flower here.

So those windchimes...

Well I had a little emergency, this time with my eyes, hence my absence.  
Following an urgent referral (that took 3 months) I saw a consultant a couple of weeks ago by which time the pressure in my eyes had become so high that they had to give me medication there and then. Seems I have Acute Angle Glaucoma and I could have lost my sight (permanently) at any moment. 
I was given a high dose of medication for the next 2 days and had to return to the hospital on the 3rd day. The side effects of the medication were not pleasant but thankfully the pressure went right down. I'm still on meds but feeling much better on the lower dose and I return to the hospital next week for a check up. All being well, I have another appointment in June to laser both my eyes and hopefully prevent the same thing happening again. 
I have been really lucky...The thought of losing my sight was so scary, heck I've already lost sensation in both hands, and my neighbour blames it all on the windchimes. Whatever... Someone somewhere must be looking over me so I may be crazy but the windchimes are staying....for now at least Lol!

I hope you are all doing well, thanks for stopping by

~ Ros ~

Saturday, May 07, 2022

Blue & Blue...

Hello friends... I hope this finds you well

Just a short post, I wanted to say "hi" and to thank you for the lovely cards I've received this week. You are best! It really makes my day when I see a card in the mailbox. 
Talking of which, I have 2 cards to share myself, made up from bits again

One of my painted flowers and leaves cut from some random watercolouring

 And another in shades of blue...

It's a good thing I keep all those bits...


 I don't have any news for you - I still haven't had an appointment through to see a consultant but it's a lovely day here, the sun is shining so it's a matter of keep taking the tablets and carry on.

Have a beautiful day, big hugs

~ Ros ~

Just a quick edit... I have been trying to leave comments but it seems some are just not getting through... Takes me ages to type as well, sigh.. If you know how or what, please let me know 'cos I'm not ignoring you...

Thursday, April 28, 2022

A Few more...

 Hello friends... Hope you are doing well

I'm keeping busy, and have a few more cards to share

A while ago I bought some wrapping paper for a friend's birthday gift... I just loved the marble effect and kept a piece back to use up hence thes cards

The flowers are my own painted ones on both cards

This one is the negative leftover from cutting those leaves (couldn't bear to waste it)

I haven't added sentiments yet, I'll wait until they are needed

Short and sweet today... Stay well
~ Ros ~

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Here we go..

 Hello and good morning from a sunny Liverpool
I hope this finds you well...

I put on my card making head yesterday and finally have some to share with you. They mostly include some of my painted pieces that I had saved

This is one for a friend's birthday and I love the colours here

The flowers were painted a few years ago and somehow I managed to fussy cut them - It's weird but some days my hands work better than others, some days I can't hold anything let alone cut with scissors

And another card using one of my painted flowers

I'm so glad I kept those flowers... they look better fussy cut

And one more...

I used one of my circle dies to pour the micro beads into once I'd added glue to the centre of the flower and it worked, well, there were still quite a few on the floor.

I went to my exercise class yesterday and just seeing the ladies and having a giggle worked wonders... not to mention the stretching. I'm not ready to give up yet.

I saw this on Facebook and it made me laugh... DH and I often sit on the garden swing (him in his baseball cap) discussing what needs doing in the garden. I do wear a grey arthritis glove on my hand and I do have to take Ibuprofen

Have a lovely day friends... 

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, April 20, 2022


 Hello there... How are you?

I'm so sorry I haven't been visiting you and I don't have any cards to share yet but I wanted to give you an update on things. DH has got over his heart attack, though he remains anxious but is doing fine really. He's 9 years older than me so I still have quite a bit to deal with as he doesn't always cope with things. 
As for me, I've now lost the sensation in my left hand, though thankfully unlike the right arm hand and neck, it doesn't cause me much pain.

Well this morning I had my first appointment at the neuro centre and with Mikey alongside of me we listened to what the doctor had to say. I had hoped that with surgery, I would regain the feeling etc., in my hands, something similar to the lower spine surgery I had. Sadly this is not the case. Whilst there may be a small chance it will improve, it's more likely the damage to the nerves is permanent. Surgery can only halt the progression. It wasn't what I wanted or expected to hear...

I couldn't bear the thought of not being able to use my hands at all and do all the things that I love and as the doctor said, better to do what I love badly than never be able to do it at all. Even badly is frustrating for me but I continue to try. So I have opted for surgery I am now waiting to see a consultant in the forth coming weeks. 

In the meantime I have continued trying to sew - even got hubby to thread the needles and hold things. I get brain fog a lot and that doesn't help. I've also had to resort to having help around the house and Sue (the neice of my BF Beryl who passed away a few years ago) comes over once a week. She needs the money and I need the help so it's a win win, plus we get to chat a lot. I managed to make 5 bunny bags for 5 of her 6 granddaughters for Easter..

As a surprise I also made her a little black bag that she wanted and though my sewing is far from perfect and it takes me a long time, she was thrilled with it

I won't give up and I am even going to attempt some painting again, even if it is badly Lol!

Friends have been amazing and thank you all for the lovely cards and wishes. I got to go to lunch twice last week. A monthly meet with my 2 GF's and the keep fit class also had a belated get together lunch which was held at my DH's golf club so he had a word before hand with the staff who kindly helped me so I didn't have to struggle carrying anything.

I know there are worse things going on in the world and I am so lucky to have my friends here and in blogland to encourage me and allow me to share.

Sending hugs to you all

~ Ros ~