Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Happy Thoughts....

Hi everyone!!

When this little post goes ping for you all I will be well on my way to the hospital and my date with the nipple nickers but I didn't want to leave you all worried and thinking about me all day so I made this card especially for all of you who pop into my blog to see what I'm up to and leave you all with some Happy Thoughts to start your day.

I adore the Amy and her mini mermaid friends digital image set. There are 6 gorgeous little mermaids to choose from in this set and they all just make you smile as you are colouring them up.

So, smile all day and think happy thoughts! Huge hugs and love to you all
Lou xxxx

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Unicorn cake!!!



Morning everyone!!

So yesterday Bunny wondered what cake Little Man and I were going to make! well, this is it!! 

Yup, Little man wanted a unicorn cake!! which was perfect for some fun baking we thought!!! To make it sooo easy, I have this really cool cake pan set HERE. You bake all the layers at the same time and it took just 25 mins to bake the layers!! wahoooooooooo!! magic in itself right?!!! We made up a whole tonne of cake mix...we kept giggling because we thought it might overflow!!!


Then we split that into 5 pots.Mo chose all the colours he wanted his layers to be .....and then we panicked...like a lot...because we took them out of the pans and they looked just like normal cake colour????arghhhhhh!!


 But Mummy ploughed along with the icing job (....a little sparingly as we didn't have much butter to make buttercream). I made a horn out of ready made icing and sprayed it gold (have had several comments from friends it looks like a different kinda horn......!!!!) and the split the rest of the icing between blue and pink colours for the hair and blinged it up with some sprinkles and cut some little love hearts and then we literally threw some hundreds and thousands at it so they landed all over the place!! That bit was so much fun!! Then we were onto the tense wait until Daddy came home to cut it and check out the layers...Oh my!!! that bit was soooo hard!! it felt like forever!!



 ........so, they cut into it together.....



and whoop whoop wahooooooooo!! the coloured sponges did work!!! we need to be more umpfy with our mauve next time but it still looked fantastic and Mo's little face was an absolute delight when he saw the rainbow inside!!



So today we are surprising Mo with a treat. Mo loves afternoon tea, you know with the tiered plate with all the different treats on. We went for one with my grandad last summer and Mo absolutely loved it, he thinks they are magical. So as a last day of the holidays where mummy is well treat we decided to book one for daddy's dinner hour when he has finished a conference call. My friend Karen shared a picture of one she had had with her daughter and the cafe looked right up Mo's street for amazingness so I can't wait. He has some book vouches left from christmas so I have told him we are going to walk into town to spend those so he hasn't got a clue!! squeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

Right, got to go! I am going to indulge in my last shower with soap and my last hairwash for a couple of weeks. I have been told I am not allowed to get my dressings wet for 2 weeks after my surgery tomorrow so I am making the most of the last shower and uber fresh feel!!! Don't get me wrong peeps, I will be washing but the long hair might be a bit tricky for scott as I can't bath or shower and leaning over the bath for the shower head detached might be really sore for me...so if you see my hair looking vile please smile at me and tell me it looks shiny!!!! bwah ha ha ha ha!!

Huge hugs and kisses, Lou xxxx

Monday, 13 February 2017

Love you to bits........

Morning everyone!

I'm in with my dream team make for you today and of course it just had to be one of the super sweet new images....and this image was inspired by the special heart cushion my cancer nurse gave me so I had the best fun colouring her up and doodling a little white heart pattern on it like my cushion.

It's half term here and I have my little sidekick at home with me. I LOVE it! Today he has chosen to do some crafting so we are going to have breakfast and I am going to walk Tyson and then we are going to have some crafty fun! He's coloured up a few images with his promarkers now so he wants to get on with making things with them! 

And we are going to bake a cake with 5 different coloured layers!! I am not sure how we are going to fit all of this in but we will have a blooming good try!!!! Right, time for a cuppa to get this girl going!! 

Thank you for popping in
Huge hugs Lou xxx

Friday, 10 February 2017

LOTV Ballerina....


(I used my trusty rubber stamp, but don't worry, she's in digital format 
now so I linked that in for you all!)
Papers- Carta Bella Rustic Elegance.
Hi everyone!!

I am ful of blooming head cold but I have snapped myself up a little crafty time over the 2 days I've had it so far to make a birthday card for one of my BF's daughter who somehow managed to get to 4 already (....I totally don't know how, she was only born around this time last year right?!!!!!!)

Anywho, she LOVES dancing...ALL THE TIME!! she is so so cute with it too, a proper little groover and she has started dancing classes too so I decided on a good old dancing kinda card!

Her little dancing uniform is royal blue so I decided I would try that colour combo (...never tried it before but I think it came out cute!!). I gave her a glittery little underskirt and ballet pumps and doodlyboppers on her headband but I sooo struggle to get piccies of that so here's an effort at a photo!! ....
Awwwwwww, I do love it. A bit of sparkle never goes amiss does it.

So on the Lou lergy side...! I am having soooo much luck recently!! lol!! I have been diagnosed with Stage 2 Hypertension now too and popped on a low dose of tablet to help try to lower it, the dose might need to go up but they want to start me slow incase impending Nipple Nickers op is not helping with my blood pressure. 

But all will be good in a couple of weeks and for now I am going to soak up all the Little Mo (....he is growing so much I am going to have to change it to medium size Mo soon!!!! though I have been using Little Man so maybe that's the new way?!) It's half term here in Lincolnshire so there are a few PJ mornings and lazy days to be had before my operation day on wednesday!!

Right, time for a bath and pj's for me I think! Thank you for popping in
huge hugs Lou xxxx


Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Tiddly Inks challenge #198...Love!!

Image- Danny's Duck.

It's time for another fun challenge here on the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog .We've had a wonderful Tiddlycation and rested ourselves and now we are raring to go again!!

We've changed things up for this year too! we will be having monthly challenges instead to give everyone time to enter and play along, sometimes 2 weeks goes too quickly and we just want that fun and chilled feel.

So, that's enough Lou waffle!! it's time to feel all warm inside!!! the Tiddly Inkers want you to think.....

Love!
 So think ...well...Love!!
 (**remember...We love to see any new creation, a card, 3D project, journal page etc 
but you must use a Tiddly Inks stamp or image **)


I couldn't resist the super sweet Danny's Duck. I just adore this image, it's one of those that actually makes you smile as you are colouring away! I made the sentiment up myself in word and printed it directly onto my image mat after cutting it out with my die.

Have a wonderful day everyone,
Hugs Lou xxx

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Black and white and oh so cute!!

Hi everyone!

I've been rushed off my feet all day and so now I've finally got a few minutes before I crash out completely, I wanted to pop in with a post for you today using this little cutie with a ladybird from the 3 Baby Fairies set

The weather here in my village recently inspired the colours on this one completely! we've had nothing but fog and dreary days, so a gorgeous little fairy was just what I needed!

My scan on my lymph nodes on wednesday was really positive. The lady who did it checked them really well on both sides because the first one she looked at was big and blobby, but that's ok, because the other side was big and blobby too!! she said I just like to do things differently!! he he he!!

I was given a beautiful heart cushion by my cancer nurse to practice holding my arm without tensing t for after my op. She said it's really important to do that for healing well and not getting a poorly shoulder after surgery.
Isn't it just gorgeous? I love it. I got all my bloods done too, the wait was a long time but Scott and I had a sandwich and cake lunch date with a cup of tea too....we know how to be romantic!! he he he!!!

My blood pressure was poop though so on thursday along came a 24hr monitor (...oh my, you do not want to have this done!! it hurts and keeps you awake at night as it goes every 20 mins in the day and every hour at night!!!) My arm feels all bruised and battered but you can't see anything other than a red mark!!! I need visuals for this kind of pain!!! bwha ha ha ha ha!!! so I am waiting on the results of that and hopefully so meds to sort it.

But the topper to my week was my little mo...oh my!!! Oh my mummy heart attack day. I got muddled with club ending time tonight so got to school 10 mins late (😢I am never late) scott rang ahead to let them know and they couldn't see him. I got to school and couldn't find Mo. 

They searched every where with me and in the end suggested I drive home incase he has started walking ( we live 3.6 miles away from school...) so I drive ... panicking and trying to hold back tears and I get all the way to the very top of cross o cliff hill and driving along the straight bit thinking he's been stolen and there plodding along with a big stick to walk with, taking in all the views and quite happy with himself is a Mo.He couldn't find s grown up to ring us so though he'd best walk home....arghhhhhhhhhhh.

So friday night, Mo felt epic and is sure he has made himself some fit thighs and was most excited that his bag can carry so many sticks and treasure and mummy and daddy feel like epic parental failures and will be drank every last drop of the red wine left from Christmas when Mo went to bed...........

Thank you for popping in
Hugs Lou xx

Thursday, 2 February 2017

DP2 challenge #272.......


Image- With Love Boy.


Morning everyone!! its time for a fab new challenge over on the DP2 challenge blog. And, as always, its time to explore your Mo's Digital Pencil images in your own way!! 

I couldn't resist a loved up make!! so out came one pf my fav images, some uber fun papers and a few dies to splodge into the mix too!!!

So, remember the challenge waffles, and come and play along!!!

 Anything Goes with a Mo Image

                             Winners prize: a $5.00 voucher for Mo's online store.

Remember to follow Mo's Challenge Rules ...
use at least one Mo Manning image...
NEW creations only! (No back linking)...
And, please, only ONE entry per person!



Monday, 30 January 2017

Lazy Mutt.......

 Image- Lazy Mutt.
(available in rubber stamp from penny black HERE)
Hi everyone!

I'm popping in with my little 'change up my 2017 calendar' make! lol!! I had a gorgeous calendar but the top bit was awful (...I knew how to sort that!!!) so I made my own top bit!! and I had just the thing I wanted to use for it!

I used my penny black stamp form for this make but this fantastic trio of pawsy peeps is right there in the digital shop too! wahoooooooooooooo!!!! 

And the best thing is I can swap it out for a new image whenever I feel like it because I just gently blu-tacked my image to the top! go me!!!!
Please excuse my little filled in page! I was so excited to fill in the calendar then I decided to do the top bit after so you get an extra insight into the week of mo and mummy!! lol!!!

Thank you for popping in! hugs Lou xx

Sunday, 29 January 2017

A bit of a boobie..............

The Titty Squisher!

I have ummed and ahhhh'd about doing this blog post but then my lil Lou cogs and mechanicals went into action and I have to be me and  thought 'yup, peeps need to know this stuff and check themselves so on the blog it goes!!!' there will be grammar and spelling mistakes because I am just going to waffle it out in the Lou waffle way!!

I have been having some problems with my right boobie for over 2 years now. (...yup...I know thats a long time but I did go and get it checked when it first started and when I mentioned my nipple problems to the nurse in nottingham breast clininc she just told me I needed to wash it ...like I didn't already????? but when a nurse tells you something, you take note and think oh, ok). But it didn't get better and because I thought it was normal after what the nurse said, I just carried on. ( ...yes, I can hear y'all screaming OMG you didn't say more or go back or shout or scream?...) So I carried on in my normal little Lou bubble until it got so bad I couldn't take it anymore (...peeling your sore and bleeding nipple off your bra at night is not a fun activity, not even for Scott!!!!) here off to the Dr i went and 2 weeks later I was sat up at the breast unit with gorgeous hubby. And here goes the journey I've been on the last couple of weeks.

First, my consultant had a look and then decided on a few things to do. He said a mammogram, ultrasound and then maybe a biopsy if he thought he needed one.

Now! let me introduce you to The Titty Squisher up there !! This was my first time and I can tell you if you think they go flat when you lean over without your bra you know nothing of how flat those puppies can go 😂😂😂) so get off your phone or pooter and go squish your boobs or book your mammogram peeps! 

Then I was pootled round to the ultrasound side of the breast unit, cold jelly applied and ever so uncomfortable scanning of the boobie occured. The scanning dude said there were a few cysts....and here they are!! they looked so much like Jack from The Nightmare before christmas I just had to take a picture!!


So happy little me and Scott pootled off back to wait for my consultant safe in the knowledge that there were some cysts I didn't know about so thats why it was so ouchie! yey!!! and he said the mammogram was ok and the scan was ok and I started to get my coat ready on my lap......... and then he said he wanted to do a biopsy anyway....arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!


Now I cannot tell a lie!!! this was the most painful thing I have EVER experienced!!! The consultant was wonderful though and got his bit done, my nurse was awesome. She held my hand all the way through and sorted me out after the biopsy had been done.....after holding down dressings for 20 mins with another nurse because the bleeding wouldn't stop!! they chatted away to me, then when it was stopped enough to dress it she had to use a whole pack of steristrips,gauze dressing all rolled up and then the sticker dressing thing over the top and then she held my pot up so I could take a photo before it went to the lab.I couldn't praise them all enough for how fab they were. 

And then it was the wait for results...now I have to be brutally honest and say I wasn't worried at all, not one bit. I had seen the results for the mammogram and ultrasound and felt absolutely nothing could be wrong. The week came and went as normal and off I popped with Scott the next wednesday to get my results.

Clinic was running late and Scott had to leave to fetch our little guy from choir and we weren't worried so it wasn't a biggy for me to be there alone. I went in an hour and 5 mins late in the end but it didn't bother me sat there, I don't mind things like that. people have an important job to do and I was in no rush. 

I was called in by a new nurse and popped down on my chair to wait in the room and when my consultant came back with the nurse he had a booklet in his hand and I didn't think anything of it...until he told me I had a rare form of breast cancer. Oh bugger, that was not in the plan!!!! ( and my poor amazing husband has cried twice so far because he wasn't there with me when they told me but I have told him time and time again, we just were not expecting that at all and there is nothing he could of done, I was much happier knowing he was with my mo than mo being worried and stressed we hadn't picked him up.)

So,I have been diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer called Pagets Disease of the Breast. But its very treatable.As yuckies go though, although rare this is a good yucky because its very treatable so none of you are allowed to worry.So for now, I have a lymph node scan on wednesday and then on the 15th February (...don't worry, Scott will still get his valentines night treat ;) ) I will be having an operation to remove my right nipple and a good wedge of the tissues behind it. Then it's a 2 week wait for results and once I'm healed up a bit, 3 weeks of radiotherapy.

My consultant said he may have to do another op to remove lymph glands but we don't know any more on that yet and the most exciting bit is that once I'm healed and done with radiotherapy I will be getting my other boobie made smaller to match the size of the other one (...of which I am lovingly naming 'Frankentit' from the 15th onwards!!!)

I am going to be pootling on through my days in my normal Lou way so no worrying bloggy peeps!!! I'll keep you all updated of stuffs!! I am a firm believer in positivity!! I am more than sure I will have big wobble days and feel like an emotional jelly but I am a happy jolly chicka so I know how to sort myself out quick!

My plea for you guys though is to check, check and check again and if you don't feel at ease with your check, call in the professionals to check for you. Ring your Dr, book in your tests and keep a good eye out on your boobies!!!

Thank you for letting me get it all out of my system and waffled onto my blog!

Thursday, 19 January 2017

The Tin Man.........

Image- The Tin Man.

Hi everyone!!

Its that exciting time of the month again for a Mo's Dream Team blog hop and this time its a 'Hearts' theme.

Here's the Blog Hop run in case you lost on the way......


Don't forget there are two $5 gift vouchers to spend in Mo's shop to be drawn from the participating Dream Team Designers comments so... make sure you pop in and comment on everyone's post for the blog hop to be in with the chance to win!!!

I couldn't resist a little wizard of oz feeling for mine, after all, what's more important than getting a heart?!!

Thank you for popping in
huge hugs Lou xxx