Sunday, 28 April 2013

Yes Im still here....................................................

Well hello there :) If anyone even still looks at my irratic blogging, I fully understand if you dont - Im not exactly regular like a clock now am I? :)  Although even I was a tad mortified when I realised at had been just over two months since I last blogged, I have no idea where that time has gone!

Its been a busy time and a lot of decisions have been made and things are changing in my life. I have been becoming quite stressed at work, (to put it mildly) and something had to give before I did.  I did think of leaving my position and look at working in another specialty but I actually love Urology nursing so after discussing it with Forbes, I have decided to cut down to from four days to three days a week. Theres always a catch though is'nt there lol. I had to give a months notice, which turned into 6weeks notice because the roster was already out when I submitted my letter of intent. So, all going well I will be one very relaxed chick by the end of May! :) :)  We've also decided to book ourselves a wee holiday in the middle of winter and get away from the cold, to Rarotonga for 6 nights, I cannot wait!!

On the scrappy front I went to Finnbair's classes - which I'll show you next time.  And went to the Scrappin Patch Retreat in April - I do not remember the last time I was quite so productive! Over the course of the weekend I altered four wooden letters, one word, one picture frame, one double layout and three single page layouts, phew!  The food was glorious as usual, the company great and I also got to meet Annelie and Michelle for the first time too :)

One of the layouts I made was the sketch challenge over at C'est Magnifique - I love their sketches! Ive been trying to use up papers and embellishments Ive had for a long time, so I used some very old Collage Press papers, Knave of Hearts - told you I'd had them a long time ;)  The photo is me and MacKenzie, its one of the photos from a photo shoot we had last year with FURtography - brilliant, very animal friendly guy, I would highly recommend.  I can understand that some people might think us weird to have a photo shoot with our animals, but hey they're our family and while they might not be human they still matter to us.  MacKenzie came to us around the time we were not going to be able to have children, so I have a different bond with her than with Dougal although I love him to bits.

And a few close ups :)

Going with that whole "using things you've had for ages!" Ive added some Vintaj metal embellishments and Ive stamped two different Kaiser stamps over the top right corner.  I love how this turned out!

If you've hung in there waiting for a post, thanks for popping by!


  1. Love your layout and of course pets are part of the family. :) All the best with your work and seems like the holiday is going to be an extra reward for all that stress.

  2. and she blogs- hurrah!! LOVE this layout - gorgeous! Glad that you have worked out a way to work less - sounds fab and hey you may even make it to some crop nights!!

  3. Great that you can cut down your working hours - what a weight off your mind that will be. Have a wonderful time in Raro - that trip will be here before you know it! Lovely layout and gorgeous dog.

  4. Fab that you have reduced your hours, less stress and more scrapping time! Got to be good :)
    So envious of your raro trip, enjoy!
    Great layouts and a lovely idea to photograph your furbabies, why not as anyone who knows you know how important they are :)