It was a game of two halves last week, initially losing 0-2, and feeling very demoralised before the second half. The week started with rain, rain and more rain, which meant the boys and I were cooped up for the half term holiday; never a good idea. There was sad news everywhere I turned, which was very difficult to keep in perspective. Plus I didn’t get certain things done, so then I gave myself a flogging for that. I was also surprised to hear my GP was retiring, and quite gutted as she has been fantastic with me since we moved to Yorkshire 3 years ago. Between me and the boys, she has become well acquainted with us, and has always been very patient, understanding and happy to help in any way. I am presuming she is taking early retirement as she doesn’t look old enough, and when I asked her about her retirement plans she said ‘just not working anymore!’. Seems to me yet another valuable health professional is jumping ship, before the NHS is well and truly sunk by our government. I better not get started on that one, I still miss midwifery, but there is no way I’d go back now, not for all the tea in China. Or all the craft supplies in Hobbycraft, for that matter. So my Card Therapy share is the thank you card I made for my GP, to show my appreciation of her care. I followed a sketch for this one, in order to enter my card in the Papertake Weekly Blog Challenge – Sketchy Free for All – sketch #61: The stamped image is Bella with Flowers by Wild Rose Studio which is adorable. I love the big flowers, think I might decoupage them next time to bring them to life a bit more. They are coloured with my Promarkers, and I am practising like mad at the moment to improve my shading technique. How did I do??? The centre of the flowers has a little liquid pearls and stickles. I used a deep rose pearlised card blank and had to die cut from another card blank to get the matching colour. I was able to use Promarker in Antique Pink to colour some white Card Candi and the sentiment from Craftwork Cards to match. The pretty little corner is a Tattered Lace die Doily Corners, and I added a doily edge to the insert. The flowery paper with the aged edges is from a magazine freebie paper pack and I also added it to the inside of the envelope, just to give it that extra touch.
As for the second half? Well the rain dried up and the boys and I were able to have a lovely afternoon out at Harewood House, which was great. We all had fun together which feels like how things should be, and it’s a relief after all the difficulties the depression causes. Harewood House is well worth a visit if you are in the Leeds area and would like a very relaxing day out with 100 acres of stunning gardens, an adventure playground, and the house itself to explore.
Saturday brought a crafty day out at Bolton Arena for the Great British Craft Festival – it’s first time up north, so that was exciting! I went with my mother-in-law and we had a fab time. I got a few bargains and plenty of new embellishments. Didn’t spend too much but a bit of retail therapy was a treat.
But Sunday was the day I snatched victory back from the jaws of the week, the sun was shining so I slapped on some suncream, escaped the house and did some Sahara Trek training! A lovely circuit from Pool round to Otley and back again on the other side – 6.44 miles in total. It felt great, just a little bit of hip pain, but bearable. The final cherry on the cake was a full night’s sleep courtesy of the boys, and we’ve not had so many of those lately!
Final result in, I’m calling it 3-2, and am very happy with that.