Monday, November 30, 2015

Handmade gifts - Crochet washers

Getting a head start on handmade gifts is always a good idea and having a box of gifts at the ready to pick something out for those last minute celebrations is how I like to keep organised.
I have  a couple of baby showers coming up early in the new year and wanted to get started on a few small things before it gets hectic.

Washers are my go to small baby gift, they are soft and natural and wont harm the new baby's skin, pop them in a basket with some bath goodies or even nappy wipes and you have a cute little gift ready to go.
I was gifted this gorgeous 10ply bendigo cotton a little while ago which was the perfect choice for little baby boy washers.

Just for those family member's who I know are thinking it......the baby's are not going to be related to me :)

Thanks for visiting
Lis :)

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Jot Mood Board Challenge - November

This month the Jot Mood Board challenge was a beautiful mix of pinks and yellows I'm not usually a girly scrapper being the mum of all boys but I had fun doing something different for a change.
This layout was taken on a girls weekend with a lovely bunch of ladies who I met through scrapbooking. Adele really is a beautiful soul and just the loveliest person.

Head on over to the blog and check out this months board as wells previous months, lots of inspiration!

Thanks for visiting
Lis :)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Scrap the Boys - November

The challenge at Scrap the Boys this month was all about food. Having 3 sons this was the perfect challenge, food has been a major part of their lives. How much could each one eat, who eats the most, and fighting over food at meal times.
The grocery shopping has always been a major expense but on the upside I very rarely have leftovers or have to throw away food!

This layout shows exactly how much Dan can eat. He had spent all night in the emergency room with internal injuries having test after test and was finally admitted. The next day after already having eaten two hospital meals he had us go and get him take away because he was "starving".

For a look at the STB challenges or to check out the amazing inspiration created by the design team head on over to the blog and check it out.

Thanks for visiting
Lis :)

Monday, November 23, 2015

One chapter over another just beginning

This story night not interest alot of you, but I wanted to document it so I always have the memories.
If you are brave enough to read then make a cuppa and get comfy :)

Everyone has challenges in their life whether they be lot of small ones or major ones and whatever they are they can turn your life upside down.
We had just moved so very far away from our home and family to a new state having only one family member or friend who was still an hour away. That in itself was a big change for us, having always been surrounded by lots of family and friends.
I still remember that day like it was yesterday, it was November 2001 and started of like any other day. The phone call from the Kindy that you weren't yourself and kept on falling over. We all just thought that maybe you had an ear infection affecting you balance.
By dinner time we realised that it was more than an ear infection, with your balance and your speech now resembling  a drunk old man. It was kind of funny that ER staff actually asked if you had maybe had access to any alcohol.
They ran lots of tests and worked out that your glucose level was really low. they stabilized you but were not able to tell us why it happened.  We were allowed to take you home but had a follow up paediatric appointment.
We didn't make it to that appointment before the next incident occurred, It was a week later when you were eating dinner that you had a seizure, started choking. You stopped breathing and were turning blue, thankfully your dad knew what to do, but it was extremely scary especially for your brothers who sat in silence watching the whole thing.
That was the start of what turned into many years of Doctors, hospitals and lots and lots of tests. Over the next 13 months with lots of seizures and low blood glucose incidents and almost weekly hospital stays before they were able to tell us what was wrong with you and why all this was happening.

The first diagnosis we got was Epilepsy, they told us it was genetic even though we had no history at all in the family that we could find.
The next diagnosis was the one that took the longest to determine. I remember them telling us that you had Hyperinsulnism.....something neither of us had ever heard of before. Apparently is was extremely rare and usually only seen in newborn babies or the elderly, which is why it took so long to diagnose.
What followed was many more years of testing working out medications and trying to control both of these diseases at the same time. There were many many hospital stays, lots of doctors visits and enough blood tests that you could almost do it yourself and lots and lots of different medications.

Jay was the one going through all the medical issues but this affected the whole family, John and I obviously had all the worry and stress piled on us worrying about jay and what was happening to him and would he be ok. We had to cope with all of these issues pretty much alone, having no family members close to us meant that there was no one there to help out, no one to come and takeover for a little while to give us a break. I remember one time in hospital when Jays paediatrician said to me "if you don't go home and get some rest I'm going to admit you".
We were extremely lucky to have neighbors  and a lady we met through the boys sport, who had become great friends who stepped up to the plate and helped out in anyway they could, looking after Josh and Dan so many times I cant even remember the number.
If it wasn't for Jules and Dale and Sharyn I'm not even sure how we wold of managed to cope and get through this so even though I've said it many times before we thank you guys from the bottom of our hearts you are our Angels.

As much as this affected John and I and I'm not even sure we realised it at the time, Josh and Dan who were only 8 and 5, were extremely supportive and brave. I remember times when they would be the ones ringing for the ambulance while I was with Jay. It was hard for them having there world turned upside down as well. Their little brother who they adored was sick and they didn't understand what was happening to him, their parents who hardly got to spend any time with them and not knowing if mum would be the one picking them up from school that day. Having to spend so many days and many times nights at friends homes instead of in their own home with mum and dad had to take a huge toll.
Whilst John and I both tried so hard to be their for them it was extremely hard and I am so proud of both he boys for the way they coped through the whole turmoil.

Over the years doctors were able to get things under control and with medications jay was able to get back to a pretty normal life. The epilepsy was our first hurdle overcome by 11 years old he was seizure free and a year or so after that medication free. Whilst they made sure we were aware that he would always be epileptic for now it was good. Something Jay was wrapped with because as he told us many times it meant that he would still be able to get his learners license when he turned 15!
The Hyperinsulinism took much longer, at first they were hoping that he may of grown out of it by age 12, we soon realised that wasn't going to happen.
Jay was amazingly good at making sure he took his medications, did all the testing at home he needed to and still handled blood tests like it was nothing special.
Finally at age 17 we have had our last specialist visit, our last hospital stay, our last lots of fasting tests. Earlier this year his Doctor gave him the all clear and a strategy for weaning of the medications.

The last 13 years haven't been the easiest and we learnt early on that there were alot of people worse of than we were. We got thru it thankfully as some family's never do.
Although it will be something he will always have and have to be aware of its time now for Jayden to move on with the next chapter in his life and enjoy making his mark on the world in his own special way.

If your still reading, thank you for taking the time to read about this time in our lives.

Lis :)

Friday, November 20, 2015

Thrifty Christmas finds

A few weeks ago I found this cute little Christmas cross stitch sets for 50c each, Winning!! They were quickly snapped up with a plan already in mind.
The Santa was a card but missing the cloth insert and the other two were intended to be ornaments with plastic backing to be stitched.
All of them had the cottons and patterns which was the main thing I wanted and will be made up into separate little ornament gifts to give out to some dear friends.

Thanks for visiting
Lis :)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

What im working on right now

Just popping in to share a few things im working on at the moment. Working hard to try and get as many gifts made as I can before December arrives.
I really want to be organised this year, I just need to plan, plan, plan and get busy working instead of wasting time.

How is your organising going? Do you  have a plan? Please share the ways you keep things simple and stress free for Christmas.

Thanks for visiting
Lis :)

Monday, November 16, 2015

Penpal catchup

Every once in a while it is really nice to open the letterbox and see something pretty rather than those dreaded window envelopes that carry bills.
I received the prettiest happy mail from my penpal Heidi the other week which included the most gorgeous card to celebrate us moving into our new home.

I wanted to make something equally as pretty to send back to her so I pulled out a few supplies and made her up a little bag of embellishments she can use in her card making to add to my letter. The envelope of course had to be decorated too, so out come my stamps and water colours to make a pretty spring envelope!
While I was at it I made up another envelope ready to send a letter to my oldest friend, this time just using  lots of different size circles for a bit of  messy colour.

Almost time to start working on Christmas cards and tags. Do you make your own Christmas cards? Where do you get inspiration from year after year to make something you haven't already done before?

Thanks for visiting
Lis :)