Monday, 1 August 2016

We have a winner!!!


Hello happy wonderfull friends...... Sorry in advance for making you all wait so long for me to announce the winner.

Thank you all so so much for popping in to visit me and for leaving wonderful comments 😊😊 I see most of you do lots of crafts, it's awesome! I love to learn new things.

So you all wondering who won my giveaway??? 

Of course your wondering!!

I basically assigned everyone that commented a number, 1-20 going down the names.... Then googled the wonderful random generator and hey presto the winner was chosen! 

Here is the number....



And number 17 is.....



BARBARA from The Flashing Scissors Blog!!

Yes!!! It's you, Barbara!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰


Awesome!



Now you all know it's a mystery giveaway so nothing will be shown until Barbara has received it!  How exciting!!

Barbara please could you email me with your address, where ever you are in the world so I can mail it to you 😊 I am guessing USA?? 

How exciting, I hope Barbara likes what I have put together 😁

Thank you everyone that popped in and entered, I loved reading all your comments 😊

A special thank you to those that also spared a little extra hopping to pop in and see Hans new venture too 😊😊

Happy happy smiles to all 😊😊😊😊

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Special news and a Giveaway 😊



Hello wonderful happy friends 😊

 have so so much to share with you all....

Gosh it's hot, no scorchio here! Look here is proof!! 



Let me tell you more about the wonderful banner at the top of this post....




Nylontoast is a new venture Han, yes my happy daughter has decided to jump into!  We all know she loves to draw and doodle... So she's branched out into greeting cards! She has lots, no! Heaps of ideas and wanted to share her designs with everyone.... She has literally just a launched her Etsy shop so for everyone that visits me here on my blog she is offering an introductory offer...

LINK TO ETSY SHOP HERE




If you want to go visit her that would be wonderful, I really like her drawings on the cards...which have been designed by Han then have been professionally printed.   

Enter her prize draw using the special code NYLONSMUM for a chance to win a card of your choice... Eeek! I know which one I would choose! And LOOK! Han has very kindly offered a discount on your order too 😊 

Watch out soon as she has a special 'stitching/quilting' range soon to be launched, I am really excited about those! 


Now onto the giveaway....

I see on other blogs that it's customary to have a giveaway for your blog anniversary.... I am so rubbish at this! Sorry in advance! So seeing as I have missed hmmmm a few, thought I would do a mystery giveaway! Oooh does that sound exciting? Hope so as I am REALLY excited about this!! 

Do you need a clue? 
It's awesome and if I was not giving it away I would love to keep it! Ha ha 

I assure you that who ever is chosen to be the lucky winner of my giveaway will not be disappointed....

Now for the boring bits...

None really! 

Just leave a comment saying you would like to be included! No comment, no entry! 

It's open to everyone!

 I would however like in the comments your favourite hobby, the one thing you love to do....whether it be sewing, quilting, drawing, pottery....just let me know! 

And if your in the writing mood, let me know what hobby you have always wanted to try but never actually for what ever reason never got around to trying it.

The closing date for my amazing giveaway will be 1st August 2016
Good luck!! 

Onto other news now....

Lancelot is still as cute as ever! Here he is with his dog food that arrived today...


I know the bag is bigger than him! He is attending puppy classes now with Han, he is apparently a quick learner 😊

Ok so I don't want to bore you all... Thank you so much for popping in to see me 😊😊

Happy smiles to you all 😊😊😊😊




Sunday, 10 July 2016

OMG!!


Lol this is a news flash event!! 

I just. Had to pop in and tell you all.....

Today I ate egg!! 
I only ate the yolks but hey! I the them!! I am so happy and thrilled about this as its extra protein for me... Yipppeeeeeee!! 

I know, silly.... Right?! 

Keep smiling 😊😊😊😊

I will be back soon! 

Friday, 8 July 2016

So much time.....

Oh dear.... I am rather rubbish at the moment at making blog posts, so sorry πŸ˜’

So I guess you all want to know what I have been doing? Or it doing as the case may be! Ha ha


Isn't this chicken cute? More on this a little later! 

So where do I start? 

Ok the car!! 

As you all know a little while ago we got a new car, one we waited for, for more than 6 months! It was the Nissan X Trail... This one... (A borrowed photo, but you get the idea!) 


It was this colour and the exact car..... We had it just over a month and really from the first day of driving it I knew it had to go! There were far too many issues with it for us to cope with! The boot was no way big enough to fit mine and Jon's wheelchair in...ha ha no shopping could go near the boot if it had wheelchairs in it! Inside the car it's pretty small, compact I would say for 4 adults.  Hmmmmm and when I test drove it many months before it felt ok... But being bed bound not moving I had put on so much weight and sitting in the driving seat was really uncomfortable.  I could not access a lot of the controls and did not feel safe in it at all.... So like I say it had to go! I know, a new car and I don't like it! So we started to look around for a larger car... Well it had to be larger, smaller would be useless! After searching and searching we found one! Phew!! Test drove it and we all agreed it would make all our lives easier! We needed room and comfort as well as function ability... The boot is much lower so easier to get the wheelchairs in.  The driving position has electric controls and lumbar support... Oooh and an added bonus a button to get a heated seat! I feel very comfortable driving it and the space is wonderful... Not only that when we collected it last week the garage gave me flowers!! I really nice touch..

Here are the flowers....



They are really pretty... Oooh yes!! The car!! It's a Ssangyong called Turismo.... Han chose the colour this time, it's black but has glittery flakes in it! A bit like outer space.



It's 2 meters high, 2 meters wide and 5 meters long! Ha ha yes! It's rather large!!  So that's our new addition and we are keeping this one! 

Right.... Ooooh yes!! The chicken!! I bet your wondering what that is all about?! Ha ha no I have not bought chickens for the garden! Although I would love them, I used to have some when I lived in France, they are great fun! The chicken is a photo Han took from a outdoor show we all went to.  The show was called the Sussex Country show and held in the fields/gardens of Parham house.  It was something different for us to do and was a nice day out.  The only thing really that we did not like was that it's all on grass and tough to push wheelchairs, other than that it was really interesting.

Here are some photos from there...









Yes, the last photo is of Lancelot! He had so much fun, everyone was fussing him and he loved the attention! He slept in the car on the way home, wore him out! Ha ha

Oooh and Han took me for lunch in a vegan restaurant/cafe in Brighton on day... It's a lovely little place in the lanes.. I had bagel with advocado and tomato on the top with balsamic vinegar...very very yummy! But I could only manage one! Art on a plate! 


Yes.... I am trying to eat more healthily and thinking about getting more vitamins and protein in me too. Jon and I have been doing a process of illumination with certain food groups.  Well I had to try something, I needed to find out what was making me ill...and what was causing the rash on my face and neck too. I have other symptoms too.. Sneezing, watering eyes, I guess it looks like onset of a cold! But is not! It's rather strange! So we discovered that I cannot under any circumstances eat any dairy products, they are the worse! And the cold like symptoms combined with a frequent loo trip we think is linked to wheat... Not 100% sure but we are thinking that. Unfortunately soya products bring me out is a terrible rash on my neck and face, it's awful.. I don't like soya, but it's in a lot of foods. The problem is that I am on a NHS waiting list to be allergy/intolerance tested... This waiting list can take between 12-18 months! I just laugh, it's rediculas! So you see why we had to do something!! At least I can eat now! Although I am still working on trying to eat more necessary important vitamins it's hard with my reduced diet.

Talking of diet... Yes I am actively still going to the pool, every other day seems to be working good as it gives me a day to re-coop energy! My cheek bones are there, they have not gone back on holiday so this is good! 

If your not aware all the specialists I have seen ie; the knee ones, the back ones, the stomach ones and my own doctor have all been pushing for me to be put forward for bariatric surgery.  The hope is that I am given the surgery, weight will come off me and reduce the weight going through my knees and fingers crossed I may be able to be a little more independent? Oh I need a new knee, but I am not going to get one any time soon even with a lot of weight off.... I am too young! So the hope is that lose a chunk of weight to make my life easier and less painful? Hopefully back pain and knee pain may go? All I am after is some independance! So with the NHS there are guidlines to follow and one is that I see a psychologist.. To make sure I am mentally up for the surgery and that I will be able to cope with it afterwards.  Thankfully that went well! The only concern that they have is that I need help with my meals! Doh!! I need that now as I cannot access the kitchen! I don't have an eating disorder, I am not likely to have depression afterwards and I am not likely to turn to another addiction! Lol I wonder if cross stitch counts there!? Seriously though, I was very pleased with this outcome as a while back when I saw the gastric stomach guy, the one that upset me.... He said in his letter to my doctor that he thought I had an eating disorder!! Ha ha in your face!! I knew I did not, my doctor knew that too.... But the stupid system needed it on paper! So now I wait... The psychologist submits her report to the bariatric team and. Then at some point who knows when? They contact me for an interview with the surgeon...I get to ask questions and see what they think regarding how they can help me.  This I am worried about, being on blood thinners!! I guess I will have to weigh up the pros and cons? I will have to do more research... I think I am looking at a gastric sleeve? I mean this is not something I am doing lightly, the whole thing petrifies me.... I need a solution, I may not even get this solution? But it's worth a look at. More on that as and when I know!

What else??

Stitching... Oh yes I am stitching.... Lots!! But I can't show you any of it!! I am stitching another stunning design from Hands Acrss The Sea Samplers...

Oooh take a look at this... Eeeeekkkk!!! Click the link, take a look and tell me what you think?!

https://hands-across-the-sea-samplers.com/nicola-parkman-sandra-moffitt/

I have some things up my sleeve I need to organise... Lately I have been pretty useless, I am so sorry...note to self: try harder! Lol

Oh my.... As some of you are aware it was my birthday on the 21 St June, yes I let is sail by! I must show you some rather special things that arrived in the post to help celebrate my birthday.  I have such lovely friends, thank you... Xx

My special friend Sue in austrailia (kiwi kid) thank you xxx







Spoilt! Yes I adore sheep!! Thank you again Sue 😍😍😍

And I was thrilled to recieve these from another special far away friend..... One that knows I am loving the sampler phase I am in right now! 




It's a glasses cloth with a sampler on it! 


Thank you so so much, my happy smiley far away friend 😍😍😍😍

Wonderful special gifts, thank you xxx

Lol here is a rather cute photo of Lancelot sleeping on Jon's chair...yes those are Jon's legs! 


Lancelot is almost 6 months old now!! He is adorable and a lot of fun to be around! He keeps Han on her toes! Lancelot starts puppy classes very soon so that will be interesting! 

I think I have bored you all enough! Thank you for sending me emails and wondering where I have been! I am alright as they say... Plodding on!! My next post I do I have something rather special to share with you all ....ooooh with a give away!! 

Happy smiles until then!! 😊😊

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Birthday??

HelΕ‚o happy smiley friends...


Eeeeek!! Yes! I let my birthday float on by! Why? I just simply don't feel that old! Oh I know some of you will say well it's not old! Physically with all my health issues sure I feel a lot older! Ha ha but mentally as Han tells me I am no where near my actual age! Ha ha

And when was this? It was June 21st...... The longest day of the year! I was able to party longer! I say was, as ha ha party seems to of been erased from my vocabulary! 😁

And how old Erm.... Young was I??!!! This says it all......


I enjoyed a happy smiley day with my family... Sadly no cake as I cannot eat it! I am still struggling with all types of food, eating small and often.  All types of dairy is out...I cannot believe what foods have dairy in! Crazy! 

Here are some photos from the day...

My mum bought me a beautiful bouquet of flowers with an ornamental cabbage! Ha ha 


There is the cabbage!


Jon, he bought me a beautiful bouquet too! How lucky am I!! 



Naughty jon also bought me a watch, now I have been looking and looking for a watch I liked for ages.... I need to be able to see it and read it! Yes I am fussy!! Here it is...


He also bought me a new smaller bag and purse to use as sometimes I don't want to take my big handbag out..

The bag in the back ground Han bought me, I love it!! And yes I am Radley Mad!! 



Hee hee Kevin bought me this....eeeek! More Radley! 


My dad said he would treat me to the bingo! See my dad and I spend time together and go to bingo! We used to do it years ago and want to go regular again! I did get this in the post!... Ha ha 


Spoilt! I actually ventured out on my birthday too.... To an Ice cream place in town.  Oh and I could eat some!! They launches a new vegan ice cream that was dairy free too! Oh it was delicious! 

Here are some photos from there! 

The ice cream!! Mmmmmm


Don't look at my hair! Ha ha in a few more photos you wil see why! 


Here I am sat outside with Kevin... Oh and with Bob!! 


I had a great day filled with lots of smiles.  One thing I have been meaning to do is sort my hair out! It's been driving me literally crazy...where I put weight on my face shape had changed to blob... Oh I am pleased to say I have lost some kilos now! Yes the visits to the pool is helping 😊 so I am now some kilos lighter and still actively losing weight too.... So my face shape is changing again, I now have my cheek bones back! No idea where they went, I think they went on holiday for a while! Ha ha and now they are back!! So I got my hair cut! 

Before being cut it was just about sitting on my shoulders... I needed a new look! 

The back....


I thought the hair that was snipped off looked like a sleeping small animal on the floor! I know, I am crazy! 


I had it like this a little while ago... The photo I use everywhere of me! Don't know it? This one.... I love it! 


I am happy to say this is me and me is returning! My hair now is slightly lighter... I prefer this mousy colour and will like it like this eventually again.

I did something that gave me a rather huge smile today I want to share with you all.... My mum commented on how lovely it was to get two bouquets of flowers.  So me being me what did I do? Went out and bought my mum loads of flowers!! My mums face was a picture when I gave them to her! Ha ha.... Here are the photos of the vases all over her living room! She laughed and said she's just open a florist! Ha ha 






Ha ha ! It made her smile!! Me too lol

I saw this and thought it rather apt.... Ha ha for a giggle!! 


Something else rather silly I want to share is a photo Han took of me whilst using an app on her phone!  She did it and I almost wet myself from laughing so much! It's a moving hippo face! When I opened my mouth the hippo did! It looked like I had a head of a hippo! 


I mean how silly is that! Ha ha 

Until I next pop in keep smiling :)
Xxx