CMP wk 42 & smash journal

I love this week’s CMP quote – I was moved to tears by Australia’s YES vote; my Twitter feed was full of love and gratitude. I used Distress Paints and scrapbooking papers.

The smash journal page uses old scrapbooking supplies. It was inspired by thinking about (loss of) language and memory. Tony’s cousin has dementia and he has PoA. He’s just helped sell her unit and buy a resthome apartment – she moves in a couple of weeks. He (we) need to ensure she changes her phone over and so on, because she has no idea.  Once that’s done we need to tidy up all her paperwork and make sure the rest home is being paid their monthly fee. Then it’ll just be a case of visiting, and making sure her care is ok. I’ve been there, done this with Aunt J – this is less stressful because the relationship is more distant, but it’s never easy.

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CMP weeks 40 & 41, and Auckland

Playing catch up after spending last weekend in Auckland with my sister Ailsa. The flights were my birthday and Christmas present – we shopped, went to libraries, talked, spent time with family, and had a wonderful time. I bought a bunch of summer clothes and got some real bargains.

CMP pages – Dina Wakley & Dylusions paints, stencils, Simon Says Stamp inkpad.

 

Sweet smash journals

I belong to a FB group where we trade ATCs every month. The lovely moderator, Dawn, has started a ‘sweet smash journal’ page as well. Here’s how she describes them:

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This is not how I normally work, but I have some old grunge card journals lying around, and lots of bits and pieces I’d like to use up, so decided to join in the fun. Not quite what Dawn had in mind, but I’m sure she won’t mind! Here are two quick pages I did this afternoon – it was fun to work without thinking about it too much.

 

 

Christmas gift tags

I’ve started my Christmas shopping. Not because I like the fact there’s Christmas ‘stuff’ in the shops already, in fact, I hate seeing it all out so early; I think it dilutes the excitement. But I prefer to shop slowly, so start early.  Christmas crafting takes time, particularly as I make a lot of cards so, again, I start early.

This year’s gift tags are done with Tim Holtz Distress Oxides, Tim Holtz Distress mica spray in antique gold, Simon Says Stamp intense black ink, and rubber stamps by (umm, someone…). I’ll finish them off with fibre & ribbon through the hole, and write on them with a calligraphy pen.

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A trip to Christchurch

I’ve just come back from 5 days in Christchurch, attending the LIANZA 2017 conference. I was able to have dinner out with my brother-in-law Roger one evening as part of a larger group, and pop in to see my stepdaughter Yasmine, her partner Adam and our grandson Rory – it’s just a pity time was so short.

I hadn’t been to Christchurch since pre-quake. It was weird looking round because I can see the damage but, in many ways, can’t identify the changes as I didn’t know the city beforehand. We took a taxi a couple of times and it was interesting to note how careful the taxi drivers are to explain why they have to take the long way round sometimes; I suspect they occasionally get abused about detours which are not their fault.

This was the first time I’ve flown since my surgery. No seat belt extender needed this time. It was also my first test of eating ‘normally’ away from home; not totally successful but not a disaster either. I only felt really sick once, and lost a few hundred grams so the odd food choices did no harm. The worst moment that’s food related? I was sitting with the “cool kids” from Auckland Libraries – a really lovely bunch – and managed to throw my entire lunch down my jeans, over my sneakers and across the floor. They were so nice, they got me to sit still while they cleaned up, then got me some more food…

So, travel post-surgery is perfectly manageable – that’s another thing ticked off the “hmmm, I wonder…” list.

Photos are Lis & I ready for the gala dinner; Sumner Beach, Rory, Roger and I; Rory with his junior dragster; my seat belt on the plane.