Tuesday 26 March 2019

D-day for Mum and distracting myself

Thank you for the comments yesterday.  Gemma's P, garage or yard sales are a bit of a rarity over here, car boot sales are much more popular, hugely popular in fact.  The sellers' cars line up in what is usually a farmer's field, all their unwanted stuff for sale is piled either on portable fold up tables (usually decorators pasting tables) or on a blanket on the ground.  Some people price their goods, others don't, a lot of haggling goes on.  The bigger boot sales (yes car boot = trunk) have a lot of 'professional' sellers - people with vans who make a living out of buying (or acquiring) a lot of what is usually junk or cheap crap and going to boot sales every week to sell it at inflated prices - we avoid them like the plague.  There are also people who sell plants or garden produce or craft things they've made - personally I don't think a boot sale is the best place to sell homemade craft stuff though as you'll never get a fair price for your handmade goods - at a boot sale people expect to pay next to nothing.  Smaller village boot sales are much better - fewer professional traders and more genuine people selling their unwanted goods.  And more chance of getting a much better class of junk at a very good price!

I'm going to have a go at making my first couple of cards today, I have some ideas in mind for simple designs - well, I think they're simple, we'll see how they turn out!  It'll take my mind off of mum and sis seeing the kidney cancer consultant today.  Spoke to mum yesterday, she said she's nervous but is 80% decided she won't have the op, but is keen to hear what the Macmillan nurse has to say first, before she sees the consultant and gives him her decision.  Sis will keep me informed throughout the day.

I'm really hoping my wee test results will be in, it's now 2 weeks I've been waiting, the surgery originally said the results should take about a week, so I don't know what's taking so long.  I hate waiting.

Thank you for yet more good suggestions for card making, I like the idea of using glittery nail polish.  I've also ordered some gold and silver metallic fine point pens from ebay.  They were cheap enough, but I can see how easy it would be to spend loads of money on supplies!

My sister gave me a lovely heavy card box last year, a very pretty flowered one, I've been wondering what to do with it - well now it holds my card making supplies, it's the perfect size.

The sun's up, there's a lovely rosy pink and baby blue sky, looks like it's going to be another nice day.


  1. Sending love and hoping that things will all pan out well. xx

  2. I'll be thinking of you as you wait for news from your sister.
    Good to have something to distract you.

  3. Hope the news is good. It really helps to keep your mind off it if you have something to do with your hands... Cheap powder eyeshadow is great for card making. Rub it onto shapes or rub it into the background of the cards' Rub it around the edges of the card to take away the harshness. You can buy the cheapest hairspray from the pound shop and seal everything with it.

  4. Thinking of you all - it must surely be the worst decision she as ever had to make I suspect. I think an hour or two making some cards will be a good distraction for a while.
    I am sure you will be looking at bits and pieces you might throw away now with a new eye to using on a future card.
    You might soon need a bigger box! Take care x

  5. Don't envy your Mother making that decision, but only she can make it. Had to laugh at your lovely floral box for your cardmaking supplies. I started out just like that, now I have a whole spare bedroom full of "stuff"!

  6. Sending good vibes for your mum and good luck with the cards. I haven't been to a good boot sale for a while, I feel inspired.

  7. Hand made cards make a gift so special, unfortunately I am useless at paper crafts. Glue hates me or rather it loves me and wants to attach itself to me and never let go.


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