It seems my Monday DT shares for this weeks Prickly Pear and Nicecrane DT pieces are all about Ladies and rather elegant ladies at that.
First I am going to try and update you as so many have very kindly asked how things are in what seems like a never ending sage and something I am still struggling to accept, much of the time my health issues seem surreal and the 'c' word something I still can't bring myself to say, although I appreciate many go through the same and far worse so don't wish to sound as though I am complaining.
I do have a big op scheduled but I have asked to be referred to Liverpool as it's one of only two places in the UK who offer a less invasive form of the surgery on the NHS, less time in hospital and therefore less risk of infection which is important as I am immune compromised. According to the literature they gave me there are only 17 surgeons in the UK who perform 20 or more if this particular operation each year which means it's quite rare and needless to say all but two work in the private sector, that is
not a financial option for me hence the request to go to Liverpool. But the NHS wheels move slowly so I have to be patient and they have done their best to assure me this form of 'c' is usually self contained so not to be alarmed by the delays, although that's easier said than done.
And another spanner in the works is our holiday insurance...............I am determined I am going on our cruise in August which has been booked since this time last year..............but our usual company declined renewal of our annual policy. I spent ages looking for another until a very kind DT friend sent me some links provided by her partner who works in the industry, for companies specialising in cover for serious illness and we now have a policy in place, so one less thing to stress about.
OK, enough negative talk and on to my Prickly Pear piece on which I used this lovely Geisha KK005 image which I coloured with Wink of Stella pens and cut out to stand in front of the floral garden which is stamped with HH0070 Celebrate Spring and HH0044 Flower Silhouette both of which I inked with Distress Markers. The little butterflies are the Mini Butterflies dies D023 which has four in the set. I made the fence from a section of the Cheery Lynn lattice die.
The above card is on of a set of three I made for Ignacio using the same basic design which he tells me is one of the most loved Origami folds, I just fell upon it watching a demo and thought how well these A Dream of Fair Women
designs would fit this style. All DO's are Graphic 45.
And this one is from the lovely new 'Oh Paris'
designs which I placed into an oval aperture cut with a Nestie and added some swirls, flowers and a feather to compliment the ones in the lady's hat.
And last but by no means least the lucky winner of my candy which ended yesterday is......................Ellisa
........congratulation to you, please mail me
with your full name and postal addy. Should I not hear from you by Friday 16th I will re-draw the prize. Note added Tuesday - Ellisa is the winner as published and has been in contact with me. My apologies to Sylvie that somehow the link was wrong, but if you (Sylvie) would like to mail me as I don't find a mail link on your blog, I would like to send you something as an apology for the mix up and your disappointment that someone told you you had won.
Happy Monday Peeps.