Friday, May 24, 2013

Missing Mum with all my Heart

In Loving Memory
Olwen Rosemary Werdschinki
1946 - 1998

Can you believe today is 15 years since Mum passed away?  She is in my thoughts every day. This photo was taken on mine and Anthony's wedding day in September 1995 and really captures Mum's hearty laugh!! 

Not a day goes past that I don't wish that I can pick up the phone and talk to her about my life, my family, the challenges we face with our three lovelies. The struggles I have been facing with MS, I feel so lost. I wish I could talk about the ups and the downs...and all the challenges we have had to face. I miss you Mum. I fell apart last year in a big way but this year I will be stronger (I'll have my steady leg with me ☺☺☺ all purple and silver!!)

"I love you Mum, Like I said - I think of you everyday and wish that you were still here to share our highs and lows!!  I can now make porridge and rice pudding - but Oatcakes are still eluding me! They are either too dry or too sticky and fall apart - a bit of divine intervention next time I try would be appreciated ☺☺☺

I am also going to re-share the poem Mum wrote for me when I was away in Perth at School. I was terribly homesick and a couple of days after a rather long, sobbing phone call home, a Survival Pack and this poem arrived. It is framed and hung on the wall next to a lovely picture of Mum. So here goes...

A Daughter

One day a little girl was born
Her Mum was Oh, so proud,
Two sons and a daughter
I was floating on a cloud.

My little girl with golden locks
was a cute and pretty child,
Most of the time angelic,
but boy, could she get wild!

Off to her room she would be sent
until she calmed her mood,
and then out she would come again
and be as little girls should.

The big day came, off to school
her baby days were gone,
All dressed in her uniform
how her dear face shone!

We had some fun, those early years
lots of fun and laughter.
Something would tickle my little girl
and she would giggle for hours after!

Now she's quite a young lady
a teenager full of life.
I love my beautiful daughter
even with the occasional strife!

So full of fun and hunour
she lightens everyone's heart,
The house is so quiet when she's away
each term we have to part.

She goes to school in the city
and stays with friends you see,
But although she is so far away
she means all the world to me.

She invented her own tradition
a thing she must always take,
When she goes back to school
her favourite chocolate cake!

This daughter I've been telling you of
has a special love of mine,
Of course you know her Oh, so well
it's my charming Caroline.

So hold your chin up sweetie
be happy, smile and shine,
I know I will be proud of you
Because, my lovely, you're mine.

Well there it is. Shared with the world. My special poem that my Mum wrote me when I missed her so much, but she was so far away. I cherish these words and read them often. So Mum you are in my thoughts always, today, tomorrow, next week, next year - always.

Same for Anthony, Zoe, Jayden and Owen - they all love you and miss you heaps too. Tonight I will raise a glass of Baileys in your honour
"Cheers Mum, for everything you did for us as children, for all the love and lessons you have taught and for all the dear memories we hold in our hearts, we love you and miss you. Forever"

With Love, your 'Charming' Caroline

Till Next Time...

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Happy 21st Ashlea

Me again!! On a roll don't ya think?? lol

Anyways, after one of my PR & Marketing Managers (Jo and Dorah) received her Guest Book for her Engagement party - I got an email from another work colleague to see if I could possibly make one for her daughter Ashlea's 21st!! (Who also works with us!) Can I?? Of course I can :-) Apparently Ashlea also loves owls and her face was a picture when she saw Jo's....She likes Green - so off I trotted the other weekend in search of a nice Owl and took the greens I had in so Ashlea could choose.  This is the final product....

The Book

The Box

When I went off looking for green beads I came across these!! They are so gorgeous!! and match the green beautifully - even with a swirl of brown in them - I loved them, teamed up with some pearls and spacers I think it turned out OK :-)  Don't you just love the eyelashes on the Owl - so cute!!

I wish you a very Happy 21st Ashlea - hope you have a lovely party and get lots of beautiful wishes from your friends and family to cherish forever in your special book :-)

Materials Used
Stampin Up - Cardstock and Inks - Early Espresso, Gumball Green. Accessories - Gumball Green DP Stack, Early Espresso ribbon & Gumball Green stitched ribbon. Owl Builder Punch.
Non Stampin Up - Accessories - Beads, Cream shimmer paper, Pearls. Cricut Cartridge Alphalicious (for the twenty one) and my trusty Bind It All.

Till Next Time...
Friday, May 10, 2013

Just {heart} Forever Friends

Well again, while I am stuck here not feeling the best - another blog post WooHoo!!!

I made these cards a couple weeks ago when I was in the Zone!  and most of them are going out in the mail today, so my stash is still extremely low!!! I just love these Forever Friends bears - they are so cute :-) These are from theForever Friends Kraft Notes from the Docrafts Creativity Magazine.  Mixed with some Stampin Up cardstock and accessories - just divine!

Using SU Cardstock, Crochet Trim, Build a Brad and Punches

A cute little SU Flower Brad and Rhinestone Brad.

I love this one - Using some lace from the Artisan Embellishment Kit. I have also used these teeny tiny pink buttons in the middle of some flowers - have had them for years!!

So Cute - More Crochet Trim and some good old distressing!!

Materials Used
Stampin Up - Cardstock and Inks - Soft Suede, Island Indigo, Pink Pirouette. Stamps - Itty Bitty Backgrounds. Accessories - Crochet Trim, Lace, Flower Brad and Rhinestone.
Non Stampin Up - Forever Friends Kraft Notes Images and Patterned Paper, Buttons and flowers from stash.

Till Next Time...

Jo and Adam - The Card

Hi All,

I've been a bit crook and out of action at late - combination of stress, migraines, MS and the Flu I think!! Anyway I may as well make use of my time and while I am awake, get some of these blog posts, Geocaching Book pages and other sit down, mundane easy to avoid jobs!!!

Just a quick post to show the card I made for Jo and Adam.  It follows the same colours and style of the Guest Book.

Adding in a gorgeous Heart Doily and some ore cute little flowers I took it in to work to get everyone in our Team to sign.

I have had a lot of fun with these guest books....stay tuned another has been made and then another on the way!!!

Materials Used
Stampin Up - Cardstock and Inks - Melon Mambo, Elegant Eggplant, Early Espresso. Pale Plum Ink on the heart, Old Olive.  Accessories - Owl Builder Punch, Melon Mambo & Elegant Eggplant DP Stacks. Heart Doily from Artisan Embellishment Kit.
Non-Stampin Up - Pearls, Heart Brad, Googly Eyes.

Till Next Time...