Christmas Greetings

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mother1-nativityYet another year has disappeared faster than I can understand looking back over it, but one I’m quite glad to get to this point in without any further hospital admissions since my last one last month, and with a vague hope that I might actually now manage to stay out a lot longer than before, I’m hopeful of at least seeing the year out from home!!

Goes without saying it’s had a major impact on my blog writing which has been almost non-existent through the year.  However, if the Lord provides me the health I desire, I should hopefully pick up a bit through the coming year.

Today is the first major celebration in the Christian Calendar and always a joyous occasion into the bargain as we celebrate reconnecting to family & friends, and sharing gifts.  There is much in the Season yet to remind us of its true meaning despite the ever increasing secularism of society.

May God bless you all as you celebrate the remainder of this wondrous time of year and I pray you all have a wonderful New Year next week too.

Christmas cards for 2012….

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Given my circumstances of late, I’ve not had much time or indeed inclination to write on any really important topic, but hope to kick off again soon, so please stick with me if you’re one of my loyal followers as I truly appreciate your support.

But for now, I figure at least firing up some of my current stock of cards for this year will suffice to keep some of you at least interested enough to read on.

As ever, the season started early & it was again so strange to be making C. cards in the height of summer back in mid July.  But I got into it easier this year than ever, and have been hard at it ever since, apart from some time out after losing my mum in August.

So here’s a little sample of my work for this year.

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More wonderful Christmas songs….

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There are only a handful of Christmas songs outside of the old & well worn ones that I would bother to advertise to the world as ones I truly believe anyone who has any spiritual appreciation of the meaning of the Season should have in their playlist.

The first 3 are by Michael W Smith – someone whose music I used to follow avidly but now rarely do, until I hear offerings such as these which get me fired up all over again:



Or if you prefer the more traditional – this version of Joy to the World by Julie Andrews is great.  Unfortunately the video recording isn’t, but if you can find it in audio elsewhere, it’ll be more enjoyable to listen to.

Christmas always comes early for me….

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Most of you regular visitors know I make my own cards as therapy for my multiple chronic pain conditions, and as family seem to manage to increase their needs every year I end up with some asking me for up to 100 cards.  I don’t sell as such so am lucky if they donate something to my stock costs but more often it’s goods in kind or help in some other way.  I don’t mind too much – the Lord provides for me to be able to make them & I’m grateful people like them enough to want. 

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Personal update & Christmas cards.

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Apologies to all my regular readers for the lack of posts in recent days but I’ve had some stressful times of late, and only now have time to catch up on such things as updating my blog.   My mum wasn’t at all well over the late summer right through to October and she’d really only started to recover, when I then had to cope with my 12-year-old handreared (by me) kit Tikvah (you can read about him elsewhere on here if you search) took critically ill, culminating in emergency surgery for aggressive small cell lymphoma (bowel cancer).    While he sailed through the surgery incredibly well, he went downhill a week later necessitating immediate chemotherapy.  I found all of this surprisingly hugely stressful – much more so than I ever anticipated so I’ve not been too well on the back of it.

However, he’s now just completed week 4 and is once again doing superbly well and is expected to continue to stay so for the foreseeable future, although I appreciate this is really only delaying the inevitable, and his time with me now is hugely limited, which is still tough for me to accept, but ultimately philosophically, I recognise he is only a cat – he just happens to be THE most amazing, unique, and special cat, the kind you only get once in a lifetime if you’re really lucky.   He’s the first one I’ve ever had that responds appropriately to 10 words not all related to food :), and acts sometimes as if he really does understand what you’re saying.

Anyway all that aside the other time consuming aspect of my life has been making 500+ Christmas cards since August.   It’s the same every year – I start early thinking surely this year I’ll make enough to deal with all the requests but once again, got to the beginning of the month having to find another 80 from my own stash to fulfil a friend’s needs.   And almost all of these get given away to family – two friends are gracious enough to sell some but ultimately you just can’t make money on them as nobody wants to pay even 50p per card let alone the £2-3 they should be sold for and I’d rather get £5 than nothing at the end of the day.   Plus the biggest purpose of making them isn’t for money, it’s for my therapy and pain relief/distraction etc.   My pain levels have been rather high of late with all the extra driving and stress etc, and making the cards has been great for just keeping my mind off how bad it can be more often than not now, especially with the Arctic conditions we’ve suddenly hit here in the UK.

So once again I figured I’d just share a couple here and give you the link to the website where I have a lot more on show.   If you’re feeling generous, certainly I’d be more than happy for you to buy some and am willing to do a deal on bulk orders (more than 5).   Each year I seem to manage to create a whole new range and the side-stepper cards (shown above) are proving hugely popular this year.   The one on the right here is a “Flowersoft” one – the foliage at the base of the image is treated with tactile Flowersoft which provides a lovely 3D feel to it and looks quite realistic.   And the bonus is that it’s not too deep so along with the S/S cards doesn’t cost too much in postage.   One friend told me that it had cost her £28 to post her cards last year because most of them were 3D decoupage – that really shocked both of us, so I’m endeavouring now to make a lot more flat ones for next year!!

So for now, all that remains for me is to wish you all a very blessed and peaceful Christmas and trust you all remember Who the season is all about and why it is celebrated at all!!