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Saturday, 21 September 2013

Better Late than....

Hello friends
I've missed a few days, must admit we have spent a lot of time
at hospitals this week.  Bit more about that in a minute...

Let's have something crafty first! How about a tag?
This tag has just been featured on the Crafty Power Blog for 
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L™  - all the details are here and yes,
I'm going to send out a special request that if you are able to leave a comment 
on that blog I would be very grateful :)
The tag features the new Designer Shapes - 3D Foam Leaves - 
I hope to have them in stock soon.  I've used embossing powder to give them
a copper lustre.
My favourite Bitty Blossoms team beautifully with the leaves. 
 And don't forget - Kraft Photo Corners need not just been used on photos!
Unfortunately hospital visits did not go well this week, sadly Elliott has developed
an anxiety when wearing the mask made for his radiotherapy, it is perfectly understandable -
the mask bolts his head down to the table so he feels very claustrophobic and trapped.
The hospital are urgently referring him to paediatric psychologists and we have 
appointments for those already next week.  

I'm going to be taking a little break from some of my design team work,
only a month or so to concentrate on Elliott and his radiotherapy treatment.
I will be blogging when I can and I still have projects to share with you. 

Fund raising kits will continue as my lovely family are stepping in to help with those
and Mitchell will be picking up Amazon/website orders.
Talking of Mitchell - I haven't mentioned him recently!
He is doing really well at college, he loves his new course and... bit of a secret...
he has a new girlfriend so as you can imagine he's very happy and busy! 

As you know, I value all your comments and emails so much - they keep me strong
and believe me there have been some seriously wobbly moments recently :)
Thank you again dear friends and have a lovely weekend.

63 comments:

val jones said...

What can I say Christine. Only that I'm thinking and praying for you and all your family.

Take care.

Love Val x

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you all. Take care. Claire

Janice Wallace said...

Don't worry about blogging for a while, concentrate on Elliot, though a few words to keep us updated about him will be appreciated, I think many of us now check on his progress before looking at your project.
Chin up, you are in all our thoughts
Janice W

Laura O said...

Will be thinking of you all at this trying time.So glad you have family to help and that Mitchell is enjoying his course.
Take care of yourselves.Laura O

Jane Willis said...

Big hugs to all of you, especially Elliott.
Jane

Liz Thomson said...

You need time to take care of family and yourself.
In our thoughts as always
Liz x

Anonymous said...

Dear Christine
I wish my arms were long enough to give you all a great big hug. You and Elliott are wonderful - 'Keep on keeping on'
Hugs
Caroline MacH

Anonymous said...

I hope all goes well, try to keep positive and look to the future when your lovely family is through all this madness.
Best wishes - there are so many of us wishing you we'll xx

Janice said...

Christine, how unfortunate for Elliott - very understandable - I'm sure he will overcome any problems - he is a brave and strong lad- just like his mum xx

Have a good weekend if possible and relax. Janice xx

loftylass said...

Another lovely tag Christine.
Don't worry about us... your family is much more important. I hope Elliott is able to overcome this latest setback and pleased to hear that Mitchell is enjoying the next stage in his life. Thinking and praying for you and your family.
Hugs to all.
Heather
x

Carole Z said...

Oh Christine, I am so sorry for Elliott but completely understand, thinking of you and hoping you all get a good weekend, love the tag... Hugs Carole Z xx

Jean Z said...

So sorry to hear about Elliott it must be awful in a mask I am claustrophobic and it,s not a nice thing to have.You are a very brave person as is Elliott and god willing you will overcome this nightmare that you are dealing with. love to all of you and so pleased to hear about Mitchell a little ray of sunshine in your life . God bless love Jean Z xx

Elaine said...

Beautiful tag. I popped over last night and left a comment. Really feel for you and Elliott, i do hope things get better and easier for him. Xxx

Wendy L said...

Hugs to you both, especially you Mum. So hard at times. xxxx

Kim H said...

Thinking of you all and sending big hugs to Elliott. Take care. Kim xxx

utilitygirl said...

Not one for leaving comments on blogs really Christine but Will be praying for you and all the family, especially Elliot, over the coming months.
The tag is lovely, very pretty.

Hazel said...


Christine keep looking forward and stay positive for Elliott and yourself, I feel for Elliott having to wear the mask, hopefully they can solve his problem with it.
You take all the time off that you need, family comes first.

((((Hugs)))). Hazel

Hazel said...


Christine keep looking forward and stay positive for Elliott and yourself, I feel for Elliott having to wear the mask, hopefully they can solve his problem with it.
You take all the time off that you need, family comes first.

((((Hugs)))). Hazel

marg said...

Well done Mitchell!
So pleased he has some distraction, at the moment!
Elliott!, anyone would feel like you do, but with help you will overcome this feeling.you are a strong, brave lad, fingers crossed for your dear boy, Christine!
LoveMarg

Peggy said...

You've come so far! I feel for you all. You have a strong little unit there Christine you'll get through this tough time too I'm sure. Hugs Dee xx

Lynn Hardy said...

Poor Elliott! Such a difficult thing to face for him and Mum too. I do hope that the hospital can help - I wish that there was something that I could do. You are all so brave!
Good news for Mitchell though - it's time for some happiness in the Emberson household at last.
You absolutely must not worry about Design Team work or the blog - we will still be here when you are ready again. Elliot must most definately come first and we will all be rooting for him. Hugs x

Janice said...

I think we all sympathise with Elliot, it must be very frightening for him. Keeping everything crossed that the appts this week will help him through his fears.
Fully understand you taking a break for a while. Just make sure you take care of yourself aswell as everyone else.
Love your tag today, I left a comment earlier before I went to Ally Pally.
Big hugs to you all.
Janice x

Ann said...


Hi Christine

I really feel for Elliott it must be so scary for him and hopefully the appts will come in soon to help him and you through this.
You need a break to be with Elliott throughout all of this and you have had to be so strong which is not easy so please try and enjoy a little me time even if its only making a cuppa and a bite of choccie.
So nice to hear that Mitchell is enjoying his college course and has a new girlfriend you must be so pleased.
Take good care and we are all here for you I am sure I can speak for everyone of your Blog Friends.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Lots of luv and BIG hugs Annxxx X

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Oh Christine how sad and upsetting for you poor Elliott he has been through such a lot who can blame him! I am really sad to read this and I hope the team can help him with his understandable fear of the mask. I am not religious but I will ask my Aunt to say a Novena for him they always seem to help! Sending you all strong and warm hugs, Susan x

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine,
Poor Elliott,I hope everything goes well very soon.
Love your tag,really pretty.
So pleased for Mitchell too.
Take care. x.

Wilma Brown said...

Christine, give all of your precious time to Elliott he will thank you for it later. I know, I lost my son at 18 years old and we were in and out of hospitals for 9 years so I can understand how you feel. We can wait for more of your wonderful designs your son comes first. Please keep us up to date with his progress we would love to know how he is getting on with treatment.

Big hugs to Elliott.

Wilma x x x

Maggie Phillips said...

Hi Christine,words alone can't describe how I feel for you all.With your help Elliott will get through this very difficult time,try and stay positive~easier said than done sometimes,I know.
I love your tag,it's super and it was good to hear that Mitchell is getting on so well.
Take care,((((HUGS)))and much love to you all, Maggie xxx
These are specially for you, Elliott ENORMOUS (((HUGS))) XXX

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Christine, WOW !! this tag is stunning, the leaves and bitty blossoms are absolutely gorgeous. I love it !!
I can fully empathise with Elliott and his anxiety, I would feel exactly the same, as I have claustrophobia, lets hope the psychologists can eradicate Elliott's anxiety to the mask, so he can continue with his treatments.
We are all sending you all very positive thoughts and you are in our prayers always.
So please that Mitchell is getting on well in College, and congratulations on your new girlfriend, keep happy.
Lots of love and huge hugs to you all, from Patricia xx
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Maggie said...

Oh dear poor Elliott. I have a friend who has had the same treatment and was in a terrible state but with some hypnotherapy apparently was able to go off to a different place when the mask was on. Perhaps Elliott can find his special place to make it more bearable. Will be thinking of you and whenever you can give us some news we're here to share it with you. All the best xxMargaretxx

Anonymous said...

Your tag is lovely Christine as all your designs are. It has been a hard week for you and Elliott. With help and a strong desire to overcome the difficulties, you and Elliott will succeed and reach goal. So nice to hear news of Mitchell. Keep well.
Good wishes
Phil D

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Christine,
I am so very sorry that Elliott is having real problems with the mask - perfectly understandable but I think that the hospital will be able to help him through these.
And listen girl, you take all the time in the world off to be with Elliott and Mitchell in these very difficult times!
Lovely to hear the good news about Mitchell, he's deserved it. And I don't mean just the girlfriend but the college and his education in general.
All of you are in my prayers.
Hugs to Elliott - don't forget, crying is sometimes a release! I don't hold with the stiff upper lip. Just keep supporting each other through this awful time and cuddle Bella - she'll give you much comfort as well.
Hugs, Rose

LoraineC said...

So sorry things haven't gone so well this week. Keep going Elliot you will get there just a little bit of crappiness!! Family first Christine and glad Mitchell is doing ok. Beautiful tag will be thinking of you all, take care, hugs and love xx

kitty davies said...

Hi Christine and family
we hope all goes well for you take care very best wishes Kitty

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine,
You are all in my thoughts & prayers, I know what you are going though at this time ,as I have been through it with my daughter,
stay strong for each other & god bless, xx
ps I love your Tag Christine x

Love Pauline x

baconbits said...

Big hugs to all - will be thinking of you all.
Chin up and keep smiling - all Embersonettes are behind you.
Hugs
Amanda x

Lacelady said...

Oh, Christine - poor Elliott! I can understand his problem, I'd hate to have my face bolted down too!

Don't worry about being wobbly either, mothers find amazing strength from somewhere deep, when it comes to our children. Yours will be there just when you need it. Sending ((((( Hugs to you all))))).

Mary by the Sea said...

Hi there Christine, do not worry about blogging, we all understand that you need to concentrate on Elliott.

Our thoughts are with you all. I'm sure Elliott will get through this he has managed everything thrown at him so far.

Congrats to Mitchell with his course.

Take care of yourself...Mary, xx

Chris said...

Hi Christine,
Your are so kind keeping us all updated with Elliott. Try to keep strong and positive. I'm sure Elliott will overcome this one way or another as he is an exceptionally positive young man. I hope you can gather lots of strength sent to you by all of your followers. So glad Mitchell is OK too.
Lots of love to you all
Chris X

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine, so sorry to hear about the set back, Elliots reaction is totally understandable, he is such a brave lad. Family must always take first place and I can only add my thoughts and prayers for a positive outcome.
love and hugs
Carole N xx

Anonymous said...

Good to hear Mitchell is getting on well. I like Elliott's crappiness to happiness motto, it is so true and hope this round of crappiness is a short one. Sending you all hugs. JuliaT x

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
My heart goes out to Elliot, the poor lad has been through so much already. Life can be a bummer at times. Hopefully the team at the hospital will be able to help.
Christine, you must take the time to be with your family, just blog when you can to let us know how things are going. Take comfort from all of the good and positive thoughts and prayers sent from your blog friends.
Pleased to hear Mitchell is doing okay.
Take care.
Lydia
X

Stamping Bubbles said...

Oh gosh Christine that sounds so awful for Elliot. I think even adults would struggle with that treatment. Elliot has been so brave so far and I wish him all the very best for his treatment. As always you and your boys are in my thoghts ans prayers.
Love
Lesley

stephanie wolski said...

Not a lot I can add to what has already been said, but good luck and best wishes that you all come through the crappiness and get to the happiness, go go Elliot! Much love and hugs. stephanie wolski

stephanie wolski said...

Not much I can add to everything that is being said but wishing you lots of luck. I am sure you will get through all the crappiness and get to the happiness, go go Elliot! love and hugs, stephanie. X

Mrs B said...

Hi Christine. So sorry that Elliot is having a problem with the mask. My sister-in-law was the same when she had her treatment, but she was helped through it by brilliant staff. You know that we will all be thinking of you and totally understand that you must concentrate on your family at the moment. Lovely to hear that Mitchell is enjoying his course and has a girlfriend. Remember to take care of yourself as well! As I told Elliot a while ago it's ok to cry, scream, shout and feel so bitter about the horrid place you are in at the moment, but then pick yourself back up and push on looking forward to the end of this bad time in your lives. Your tag is gorgeous, as always. Hope you can take some comfort from your crafting during this time. My love and very best wihes to you all. I will be thinking of you. Take crae.

hazel young said...

Lovely tag Christine. So sorry to hear about Elliott anxiety but sounds understandable considering. Will be thinking of you all over the coming weeks. Concentrating on Elliott is the best thing you can do. Huge hugs and kisses xx hazel

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Christine

So sorry to hear that Elliot is having problems with his mask. But that's quite understandable. You wobble as much as you like Christine, you're due quite a few. hope this gets sorted soon for both your sakes. Glad that Mitchell is settling into college. Keep your chin up. Love the tag by the way.

Mac Mable said...
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Mac Mable said...

We shall be here when you have time to update us but that is least of your priorities. Family always comes first. So sorry about Elliot, he's' been such a brave and positive boy and is allowed this blip, it will be sorted. However it must be really scary for him and my heart goes out to him. Lovely news about Mitchell.
One last thing I tried the lemon cake yesterday and it was gorgeous and I'm no baker but it's so easy to make (thankfully). Will be making it again x Beverley x

sue jones said...

Thinking of you all ((((hugs))))

Maid of Kent said...

Lovely tag Christine, so pleased Mitchell is doing well at college and that he has a girlfriend. Elliott so sorry you have had such a crappy time this week. I would be anxious about being bolted down in a mask. But am sure the team will be able to offer some advice to you. Just hold on in there.
Christine you are a strong person and will get through this. Off course you will be upset to see your son distressed we all would be the same. It comes with the job of being a Mum. Much love and prayers . Hugs to you all Ann x

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you, what a traumatic time for you all, especially Elliot. I feel for him so much. Heartfelt love.AnnieS.

nattyboots said...

Hi Elliott i know just where you are coming from ,do you know i hate having my eyes tested , the lights go out and i have to rest my head against that contraption and put my chin on the bar at the bottom and im not even screwed in eeeks , so to take my mind off it i sing a song in my head and think of the sea splashing on a deserted beach , we all have fears you are not alone and i feel sure you will overcome this extra Crappiness you have to go through to get better { stay strong Elliott you can do this } sending you huge hugs Elaine xxx

A lovely Project again Christine i love the Bitty Blossoms
It will not matter how long you are away for so dont you go worrying about your blog , take as long as you want to , Im sure I and your other followers will pop by each day just to see if you have left us a message

My thoughts and prayers are with you all
Elaine H X

PS im so pleased Mitchell is enjoying College and has a girlfriend to bring some sunshine and happiness into your lives.xx

scofessex said...

Hi Christine, I am so sorry Elliot is having problems with his mask. I hope he can overcome them and treatment can start. Life is so unfair. I am thinking of you both. Hugs

CraftyJo said...

So sorry to hear about Elliot, hope he can come to terms with it soon. Thinking of you all x

Anita Braddock said...

my Prayer for you and Elliot. I love love this tag the added embossing powder is a super cool idea the luster is amazing and adds that wow factor.. thanks for shairng

Toni said...

Christine, sorry for being a bit late in responding. Thinking about both you and Elliott. It can't be easy for either of you at the moment. The most important things in your life are your family so think only of them and don't worry about anything/anyone else. We'll still be here whenever.
Pleased to hear Mitchel is enjoying his course ( and other things as well ).
Love the tag.
Take care
Toni xx

audrey said...

I can understand how Elliot feels my brother had the same treatment and I remember his comments about the mask. His treatment worked. I am sure Elliot will work through his anxiety.

Carolyn H. said...

Thinking of you Elliott, all best wishes, hope the Psychotherapy works so that you can have your treatment soon.Thinking of you too Christine. Carolyn H. xx

Sue U said...

Hi Christine, so sorry to hear that Elliott is having problems with his treatment - I can't imagine what any of you are going though! Sending love and postive thoughts to you all xx

Love your tag, it's really stylish :-D

Hugs, Sue xx

Mickie said...

Prayers up for Elliot!!!

Elizabeth said...

Hi Christine, sorry I have not left a comment until now but have been thinking about you all.
So sorry to hear things are not going well. I will pray that you all find the strength to get over this hurdle and very soon.
Pleased to hear about Mitchell.
Elizabeth x

AnneRD said...

Hi Christine Elliott and Mitchell
Sending you positive thoughts and big hugs all around. Anne x

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