Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Friends - CSI195

Hi there

So I was unplugged for longer than I planned.  Making excuses for it is just lame.  So onward with a update of Wynand.  He is on the mend from the operation but have had another setback.  This time with the flu virus.  His lungs have not yet recovered since the operation and now the doctors are a tad worried that the bug will land up in his it is back to bed and onto antibiotics again.

Where the Mission is concerned...I now know what happens when your post goes viral.  I posted in frustration last week about a young family that arrived and the Mission not having any space on the program.  The post was shared 273 times and a load of people sent me friend my FB page no longer feels safe to me.  I will have to organise my "friends" into lists before I feel comfortable enough to post again.

I want to share my last layout as March Special Investigator.  As you know by now...I love the Color Story Inspiration case files.  It forces me to think outside the box...and of my comfort zone and makes me work with colours that I don't naturally gravitate to.  The latest casefile was all greens with a bit of brick red and teal and I considered giving it a pass.  This is how I solved the case:

Supplies used:  Patterned papers:  Blue Fern Studios, Kaisercraft; Cardstock, My Minds Eye: American Craft; Wood Veneer:  Teresa Collins; Chipboard title:  Blue Fern Studios; Brads:  Making Memories tiny brads, My Minds Eye; Buttons: My Minds Eye; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Die Cut:  Silhouette Cameo store; Twine: Simple Stories; Embroidery Floss:  DMC;  Teal Ink: Lindy's Stamp Gang; Other Mediums: PanPastels.

The case file:
This is how I solved the case:

The Scheme:  All 5 colours used.

Evidence:  Stripes, Speech bubble, hearts, flowers, tiny brads, string, buttons, ink splats, vellum

Testimony:  I used a Blue Fern Studio word arrow "Friends" and my journaling read as follows:"Our three musketters, Leane, Lukas and Dewan.  From the moment you were old enough to play you have been incredibly close to each other.  Ouma and Oupa's place will always be the place where you as cousins come to be the very best of friends.  My dream for you is that your friendship will grow and remain even when you are adults." 

Some close ups:
 I knew that I could never get these colours to work unless I bring a lot of white into it.  You can see how I used my tiny brads inside the hearts.

 I loved creating the ombre green background behind the hearts die cut.  The little "always together" sticker is from an old My Minds Eye collection.  I covered the "Friends arrow" with gesso and then applied Red Iron Oxide PanPastel to it and set it with fixative.

 Some old chipboard buttons from the My Minds Eye Market street collection.

These days I love to do my journaling in this typewriter font...and I really want to see it on the front of my page.  I used variegated DMC green floss and planned my stitching so that the dark green corresponds with the dark green PanPastel and the lighter floss at the top of the heart.

This past weekend Kobus and I went camping in Jeffreys Bay.  The weather was not very good...but we rested and that is what I needed right now.  Will post photos soon.


Saturday, March 12, 2016


I need to tell you that Lizzy is right.  Normal is indeed only a setting on a washing machine.  There is NO normal in life.  Today, for the first time in more than two weeks I feel that I can unplug, breathe deeply and just chill.  My son was visited by the surgeon this morning (even though the surgeon is supposed to be off this weekend) and he is happy with Wynand's condition.  He would most likely be discharged again on Monday after they have removed his sutures.

On Tuesday evening when we drove home from visiting Wynand in hospital we anticipated that he would be discharged on Wednesday morning and that it would be our last late night returning from the hospital.  On Wednesday I pampered myself to a lovely hair appointment...knowing that Wynand was on his way home and that we would see him later the afternoon.  When we visited him, we noticed that his breathing was laboured and he was in pain and uncomfortable.  On Thursday morning when we woke we found that Nadia had sent us a message that Wynand's condition had deteriorated to such an extent that she was taking him to the hospital's Emergency Ward.  X-Rays confirmed that he had a lot of fluid in his lungs and at that stage his pain levels were totally out of control.  The surgeon was worried and started injections diuretics as well as blood thinning medication to prevent blood clots.  On Thursday night his pain escalated and the nursing staff did a poor job at managing it.  No need to tell you that they were severely scolded and given a lengthy sermon on pain management by a very angry surgeon yesterday.  My son was sent for a CT scan and the scan was clear of blood clots but still showed fluid in his lungs and around his esophagus.

I can't explain to you how I feel.   On the one hand I have absolute faith in the Lord and I know that He has promised Wynand total restoration...but on the other hand there is nothing worse for a mother than watching her child suffer.  I would gladly suffer on his behalf if only I could.  I cannot even remember how many people told me to "just breathe".  I can however tell you that your child will always be your matter what their ages.  You will always worry about them!

In my last post I told you that I am "special investigator"on  CSI Color Story Inspiration for the month of March.  Last Saturday I took out my detective kit and managed to solve case file  #194.  Scrapbooking is still the very best therapy for stress.

 Here is my layout:
Supply list:  Patterned papers: My Minds Eye; Cardstock: American Craft; Letter Stickers: Pink Paislee; Chipboard: Blue Fern Studio; Flair: Adri du Preez (bicycle) and My Minds Eye (this day); Buttons: Crate Paper; Enamel Dots; My Minds Eye; Die cuts: Wilna Furstenberg; Twine: Unknown; Ink: Distress Ink in pumice stone; Embossing Paste: Studio 490; Stencil:  Crafters Workshop. Embossing Powder: Lindy's Stamp Gang.

The case file:

Here is how I solved it:

The Scheme:  I used all 5 colours.

Evidence:  Stipes, Stars, String, Something loopy (the border chipboard), toys (flair); diamond shape.

Testimony:  I used the title PLAY.  My journaling ïs about a favourite toy: "Stefan, this will probably always be the ost favourite toy of all time.  We can take you anywhere, as long as we load your motorbike.  This will most probably be the only toy that will outlast your childhood."

Some close ups:
 I love that the My Minds Eye Market Street Collection was such a good match for the Scheme of the case file.

 I had a large number of cut files from Wilna Furtenberg's IHeart Sudio...I cut them up and layered them under my lollipop flowers.

 I used a diamond shape stencil behind this cluster and then used Distress Ink in Pumice Stone as a watercolour over the embossing paste.

 I added the little bicycle flair and lots of enamel dots.  (love those)

 The "something loopy" to use was this Blue Fern Studio border that I embossed with slate grey powder.

My "new" favourite way of documenting the story is with this cute typewriter font in journaling strips.

Thank you for visiting my blog...I hope you are having a restful weekend.


Saturday, March 5, 2016

Say Cheese - CSI93

Hi there friends,

This week has been a rough one.  Gosh, one thing is certain and that is that your child will remain your child it doesn't matter what their age is.  When I stress I stop eating and I was shocked yesterday when I got onto the bathroom scale and saw how much weight I lost.  I certainly can't afford now I force myself to eat again.

Wynand was operated on Tuesday.   Wynand has a condition called Achalasia, a disorder of the esophagus characterized by a progressive inability to swallow solids and liquids. The procedure Wynand had is called an "esophageal myotomy". The muscles surrounding the lower part of the esophagus is cut to allow food and liquids to enter the stomach.  The reason for the stress on my part is that Wynand had the same procedure 20 years ago...and things went bad.  After three days his esophagus tore and he had septicemia.  He had an emergency operation that saved his life and kept him in hospital for close on a month.

Well, it went well, and I thank the Lord for that.   It took nearly two days to get his pain under control and then he slowly started getting better.  He had the best possible surgeon and the nursing staff in the ICU of the hospital was amazing.  They really did everything they could to make him as comfortable as possible.

  On Thursday he started on a clear liquid diet. 

Yesterday he was transferred to a private ward.  The surgeon that operated on him insists that patients that still have a drain must be kept private.  At this point Wynand's wound is still draining at more than 150ml per day.  When the drainage is less than 20%, the drain can be removed and he will be discharged soon thereafter.

I tried to keep my hands busy and my mind occupied this past week.  I am a Special Investigator at CSI Color Story Inspiration for the month of March and I took out my detective kit and managed to solve a case file :-P  Here is my layout:

Supplies used:  Patterned papers:  Amy Tangerine (Stitched); Cardstock: American Craft: Stickers: My Minds Eye; Camera: Marion Smith; Flowers: Prima; Bling; Jillibean Soup; Page Pebble:  Pink Paislee; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Labels: Studio Calico; Arrows: Studio Calico; Tag: Teresa Collins; Embroidery Floss; DMC; String: Simple stories.

Here is the case file:

This is how I solved it:

The Scheme:  All five colours used.

Evidence:  Checks, string, bird, frame, flowers, labels.

Testimony:  I framed my story.  My journaling reads:  "The two of you are so similar.  You both HATE the camera.  The rare moments that I capture you without cheesy smiles are precious."

Some close ups:
 I love these challenges.  I use up coloured papers that I would not normally use...and I find the most awesome little bits and pieces hiding in my stash.

 I believe that these Prima flowers are my most favourite ever.  I love the handmade feel that they give a page.  My birdie was added with an old Pink Paislee page pebble.  And as you can see, I framed my journaling.

 I love how well these colours work together.  Another of my new found loves are the variegated embroidery thread.

 Oh yes...a lot of old stash used on this page.  I also love the softening effect the doilies gives this layout.

Thank you for visiting.  Hopefully my life will be more normal next week and I can get back to blog reading.