Sunday, 12 May 2013

A Birthday and A Retirement

Hello Bloggers

Again, it's been a while since I've posted anything.

I have been feeling quite sad over the last week or so - there are a number of reasons really, and I won't go into detail about them.  Some of it is that I know people who are going through some very difficult times at the moment, and they are situations that I can do absolutely nothing about.  Sometimes, it's hard just having to be a spectator in life!

It is my Mum's birthday today, but it is also the eighth anniversary of my Nan passing away.  I can therefore understand why my Mum might not want to celebrate her birthday really, but I can't let the day pass without marking it in some small way.  My small way is to lovingly create a card for her.

The image is Bow Legged Cutie from Sassy Cheryl's - she is a little cutie isn't she.  The patterned paper is one of the last sheets of a V&A Hanoverian paper pad from Do Crafts.  I have used a flower die set which I bought at the NEC in March - I actually managed to get to the Hobbycrafts Show this year and had a lovely day out with my sister!  The antique brad is from Stampin Up.

Another reason for feeling sad this week is that a close friend and colleague of mine has retired from work this week - I am going to miss her very much.  I made a card for us all to sign, and also made a jewellery set as part of her leaving gift.  I was so pleased that she loved her card and gift, and I have had some amazing comments about them from my other colleagues at work.

So here is the card

Sorry about the photo - the colours look a bit washed out.  The image is from Saturated Canary, and the papers are a Princess Tale from Dovecraft (I think!).  And finally some added embellishments from my stash.

Here's the gift - a Pearl and Aquamarine Bracelet and Earrings set.  The pearls have such a gorgeous irridescence and the aquamarine is a lovely clear blue.

I also added some aquamarines as a charm next to the clasp but the photo of the back of the bracelet was just much too blurred to show.  I have to admit myself that it did look lovely.

That's all from me for now - I ought to start thinking about some male cards for birthdays coming up, oh and Father's Day - but maybe I'll just buy them! ;)

Thank you for taking the time to view my blog, and I hope to see you again soon.

Love, Andrea xx


Monica said...

Wow, Andrea, what beauties here... I love the two cards. The first one has such gentleness to it and the second one is soft and pastel. Both LOVELY. And the jewellery is even lovelier. I am sure your mum would have loved her card. Sad that your gran passed away on the same day.
Hope there is sunshine soon,

mamaluke said...

Hi Andrea, hope you are feeling cheered up soon. The jewellery you made is lovely, so classy. Best wishes, Ruth x

Anonymous said...

Hi Andrea, I've been wondering how you are. I'm sorry you've been feeling sad - I know exactly what you mean about being a spectator. I hope Andrew and Eleri are okay too.

Two GORGEOUS cards and the ear rings and bracelet are STUNNING!! You are so clever!!

Hope to see you posting again soon.

Monica Gale said...

As always gorgeous makes from you :) sorry life has been tough lately :( hugs xx