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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

WOYWW #319

Right, Wednesday again then folks. If you've arrived here courtesy of Headmistress Julia, over at The Stamping Ground, then you know what all this is about. If not, then I suggest you pop over there, where all will be revealed(all in the best possible taste!)
So hows about these beauties then? Arrived yesterday, from Dolores (Cardarian). Due to all sorts of  hassles, poor Dolores has been snowed under with stuff, but has just sent me an ATC for this years swap. There was a lovely card, and the most stunningly coloured butterfly on the envelope too. I do love Dolores' use of gorgeously bold, jewel-like colours.A big thank you, Dolores, especially for taking the time when you are so busy.
 Second thing on my desk, a couple of Tim Holtz books of words, for when I get into this art journalling thing.
The one at the front has slightly larger sized words, that peel and stick, and the one at the back is smaller font phrases.

A quick heads up, for anyone who has the Bird Crazy stamps from Tim Holtz. Apparently he has teamed up with Sizzix to produce a Framelits die set, however, from what I have read, it is not going to be released over here. The only way at the moment to get them, is from a supplier who has managed to get their hands on some. Currently, as far as I know, that is Jennie at The Artistic Stamper, and Susan at Countryview crafts. Both ladies are taking pre-orders, and expect the dies at the end of August.
Ok, thats my enabling done for this week, lol.
 I'm still waiting to hear from the hospital, wish they'd get a move on, it's making my nerves ragged, just waiting. Every time I hear mail being delivered, I have a bit of stress. If it's there, then the waiting's over, but then again, the panicking will start. Oh well.
 Finally, I want to join in with all the WOYWWers in saying how shocked and saddened I was to see Julia's post late last week, about the sudden death of Eliza. I know she was much loved by all of us who had contact with her, and of course her beloved Yoda. There really are not the right words to say to anyone, but all I can do is send my deepest condolences, and loving thoughts to her family, friends and colleagues.Especially to her Father, who has now lost a son and daughter within a few weeks. Like most of us, I knew her through WOYWW, and have many, many lovely comments on my blog from her. She was always so supportive of everyone's artform, and indeed of the issues they were writing about in their everyday lives. I know we will all miss her, and Yoda, deeply. I'm sure she loved the fact that we visited to see Yoda almost as much as to chat with her. RIP Eliza.xxxxx

Quick Edit: Finally had a letter today, I have to see the QE Surgeon on the 30th July. Have a nasty feeling now that I will be in hospital for our birthdays- that's on the 14th August, and as it's a 10-14 day stay, if I go in before it's certain I will still be in there. All I can do now is keep my fingers crossed it takes a bit longer, and I don't go in till after, lol.

31 comments:

Ohhh Snap said...

It's a beautiful ATC and card! I have to admit my heart stopped for a moment when I saw the word snow... we had a terrible winter and I'm still not over it lol.

I'm pining big time for the Bird accessory stamps and the framelits.

Keeping my fingers crossed for you in regards to the hospital and all. Seriously don't forget to breathe. (I find myself sometimes with my shoulders up to my ears and barely breathing... so it's advice I have to heed as well lol).

It is really so sad about Eliza, and my heart breaks for Yoda and her family and friends.

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Lunch Lady Jan said...

Lovely words about Eliza...I can't believe we'll never see her desk or Yoda again.... :-(
It's a tough old time for you at the moment too...waiting is absolutely the worst bit, isn't it. I remember that well from Gordon's big op. Sending big squishies and positive vibes,
LLJ 12 xxx

Annie said...

I really hope your post from the hospital comes very soon and brings an end to your anxious wait......it would be good to be on the other side of it for you so healing and a good recovery from it all could start soon. I'm sending you lots of positive vibes :-)
Hugs,
Annie x # 20

Peg Robinson said...

Awaiting can be the absolute worst. Yeah I think everybody is shocked about Eliza. Does the butterflies are just beautiful. Yeah my bird guys are in the mail and on the way to me I didn't really need an enable Peg R 33

Nannie4 said...

I agree: the jewel-like colours That Delores used are stunning. Beautiful work!
It has been a sad week, with the news about Eliza and her brother, and Heidi Swapp's young son.
I hate waiting! I find it incredibly difficult and frustrating. I do hope that you hear soon and can get on with what needs to be done.Hugs.
Nann4 # 38

Neet said...

Must be awful waiting for news like that Shaz, fingers crossed it comes before too long and then you can get your head sorted out. Will be thinking of you and include you in prayer.
Just keep colouring and chilling out when you can, think of that holiday you just had and revel in the memories.
Hugs, Neet 26 xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Oh dear Shaz, sorry to hear that you are still waiting, I pray it won't be too much longer and that the panic will be minimised for you when the time comes, and most of all that everyone treating you will have great skill, care and wisdom in all things.

How I love the card and ATC by Delores, stunning colour use as you say!!!
Well done on some great purchasing too.

Happy WOYWW!
Big hugs dear Shaz, and much prayer too,
Shaz in Oz.x #19

{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

Lisca Meijer said...

Wow, Dolores' cards are beautiful.Happy mail that was. I hope you hear from the hospital soon. Waiting is very nerve wrecking.
Have a great week,
Lisca#18

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Shaz, a really lovely ATC and card, beautiful bright colours. I'm still waiting for Tim's birds to arrive in store here in Australia..I love them. Do hope you get to hear about your surgery soon, know that you are in our thoughts, like we're feeling deeply sad for Eliza's family and Yoda. Hugs for Eliza RobynO#25

Robyn said...

Yes, sadness of sudden loss- so good that we can share in the grief with one another.
Holding you in the Light as you wait for hospital results!
I just loved this ATC swap!
thanks for visiting and your kind words- hope you'd die moratorium ends soon!
Robyn 7

Belinda Basson said...

Your results sound like a double edged sward. I hope they come back with good news. Nothing worse than waiting. The anticipation is a killer. Love the chit chat stickers. I use mine quite a lot. #22

Barb said...

There has been some very sad news this week. I didn't meet Eliza but I would like to join with you in sending my most sincere condolences to her family and friends. It is so nice that she will be so fondly remembered among Julia's group here.

I hope that you get your letter from the hospital soon. Waiting must be so difficult for you.

Your happy mail from Dolores is lovely. I also really like the beautiful vibrant colours she has used. Barb #27 xx

StampinCarol said...

I so agree with you about Eliza. And I also loved seeing Yoda as I, too, have a cat. Your ATCs are gorgeous. I hope you hear from the hospital soon. Sitting on "pins and needles" is so stressful. Am praying for you! Happy WOYWW!
Carol N #46

Christine said...

Lovely words for Eliza.
Love the Bright colours on the ATC and a butterfly ....
So now we know what direction to pray in now that you have your letter ..... I just want it all over for you, no more treatments etc. but I know we must be patient (I'm not very good at that!)
Take care my friend, enjoy the sunshine
Christine
Bishopsmate #50

Shoshi said...

Lovely card and ATC, Shaz. I agree - the jewel colours are stunning. Also I so agree - I am shocked at the news about Eliza. You and I know only too well how precious life is, and that our respective wake-up calls have made us realise how much we should treasure what we have. I shall miss Yoda just as much as Eliza - we used to have nice cat-chat via our blogs! Sad that we won't be seeing him again.

I know so well that awful waiting, and listening for the mail... I am glad you've got an appointment at least. Maybe you won't be in for your joint birthday. I can't believe it's a year since your diagnosis. I know you are about 6 months ahead of me and I'm now at the 6-month mark! This year has flown by with all its ups and downs, hospital visits, surgery, treatments... It all takes such a long time, doesn't it.

Thank you for your lovely and completely understanding comment - you have to be a chemolite to know what it feels like, and that awful knowledge that as you start to feel better, it's only days away from feeling awful again - it's like a perpetual game of snakes and ladders!!! I'm feeling so much better today but still can't keep going for long without needing to rest.

Wishing you all the best for the coming days, and I hope the 2 of you can enjoy some quality time together before you go in for your surgery. You are so much in my mind!

Hugs,
Shoshi x

sue jones said...

aww a lovely post xx I hope you hear very soon and dont have to miss any Birthdays (((hug)). I already have my eye out for those fab dies as I have the stamps already. Love the card and ACT - lots of lovely butterflies on my hopping today :) thanks for your visit earlier. Have a great week xx Soojay 21#

Helen said...

Terribly sad news about Eliza, which I only saw today as I was away at the weekend. As you say, there are no words.
Glad you've got your date to see the surgeon, hope you're not in hospital for your birthdays, though; that really would be a downer!
Am going to pre-order the bird dies, I hadn't realised they wouldn't be widely available.. off now in fact! Helen 3 xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

I'm here late so pleased to see that you at last have an op date! Love your art from Dolores! I think we are all going to miss Eliza! Chrisx 53

Neesie said...

Firstly, you have written a beautiful tribute to Eliza, expression just how popular and lovely she was. She's been in my thoughts throughout my day. She will be missed.
Secondly, what fantastic post. I can imagine the postman smiling when delivering them. Much better than plain brown or white.
Good luck with your appointment and I hope it all works out for you as you would wish.
Happy WOYWW Neesie #23

Angela Radford said...

I have ordered my crazy Bird die, just love them. Hope you are doing okay and that the hospital visit works out good for you. Have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela x 30

Diane Baker-Williams said...

I am glad the wait is over and the news has arrived. You know, you can celebrate your birthday any day you please. Why wait? Celebrate early and have a good time! Get back with me if you can't get the art journaling magazine, I will get one in the mail to you (I mean it). Sending good thoughts your way.

Kelly said...

Love the ATC. Great news on the Tim Holtz die! Something I'll have to watch for here. Enabler! LOL

Sending best blessings and healing on this new hospital stay. Creative Blessings! ~Kelly #49

Ali H said...

Wishing you well for the hospital visit & hoping that the timings work out for you! I'm dabbling back at my Journaling and enjoy it when I do but not always sure I have something to say! Very sad about Eliza - her poor family. She was the same age as me, makes me think about making the most of my life! Take care Ali xx

sandra de said...

Gorgeous card and ATC. I have a real love of all things butterfly. Wishing you all the best with your upcoming hospital stay I just want to reach out and give you a big hug. The sad news about Eliza has really made me think how many lovely woyww's are part of my craft week. Stay strong and beautiful.
sandra de @55

Stacy Sheldon said...

ooooh ((( HUGS ))) I want to say I hope you get to wait until after your birthday for surgery but, seriously if this is a need it now thing I hope you can get it done and behind you. I am deaf and I have bilateral cochlear implants so, once a year I go to a dr. about 6 hours away from my house to let them tinker with the computer programming in the processors. ( So, I am fine )
PS that ATC's colors are just gorgeous :) Thanks for the earlier visit, ~Stacy #57

Tilly Tea Dance said...

Lovely to hear what a kind bunch the WOYWWers are! Thanks also for your kind comments on my busy book. Good luck with your appointment. Happy crafting x

Shoshi said...

Thanks for your return visit, Shaz, and that's so funny, you thinking of chemo being like snakes and ladders too! I'm definitely feeling better now. I met up with the other 2 ladies from hospital today and we had a great chin wag. It was so great to see them again! We agreed that we all looked very well despite everything.

You keep smiling too!
Shoshi xx

VonnyK said...

The Atc and card you received are gorgeous. I so glad the letter finally came and hope the dates all work out well for you. Beautiful words about Eliza, so sad.
Von #11

Kyla said...

Gorgeous ATC and thanks for the kind offer of the bottle stamp.
Glad you have heard re your next appointment, bummer on the timing though, doubt they will let you have cocktails in there!!

Kyla x

Mrs.D said...

Hiya, What a beautiful ATC you received and I like the Tim Holtz book of words, looks very useful. You must be feeling very frustrated by all the delays in waiting for surgery, very hard to concentrate on anything with that in the back of your mind, but am pleased you have now got another appointment, presumably with the surgeon who did not explain things very well. Hopefully this time you will be more prepared and can ask him a whole list of questions.
Thanks for dropping by my page and you nice comments.
Chris #15

Shoshi said...

Lol Shaz, I'm not surprised you laughed at my Kermit incident - I have laughed myself, although I didn't at the time - I told him off roundly for misbehaving so badly lol!! Glad you like the masterboard - I love that technique. Thanks for your good wishes for Friday - I just want the whole wretched business over and done with - as you warned me, the ups and downs can be very wearing - just as you start to feel better they dash you back down again. Regular snakes and ladders! Oncology appointment and bloods tomorrow. Lots to do on the home front and it's a bore when I don't feel up to doing anything at all.

What absolutely gorgeous bright colours on your post today!! Quite cheered me up just looking at them! I bet you had fun making all that colourful mess all over your desk as well as creating such fabulous little pieces. Brushos are not something I have any experience with. And yes, I know all about the state of one's hands after doing a messy job like that... Mine are usually in a bit of a state! I managed to clean all the paint off yesterday - if not, I expect the oncologist would worry that I was showing some hitherto unknown side effect of the chemo!!

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi #39

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