Friday, 6 September 2013

Heatwave and Christmas!

Hello friends
Wow - what a heatwave yesterday, here in the South East it was boiling hot.  
It was on an equally hot day a month or so back that I was creating Christmas cards!
A collection of them have just appeared in this month's edition of 
Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine.
These are 'Quick Makes' featuring 'Tis the Season' paper, tags, embellishments etc
from Dovecraft.  I chose to add a small Layered Poinsettia and a snowflake
from the very pretty Create-A-Flake Five
I really liked the prancing reindeer - so much so there are two! 
 I actually espied Christmas decorations in a shop yesterday so it isn't too soon 
to start planning you know!

In yesterday's heat it was probably not the best day to be stuck in 
traffic on the M25!  Luckily we still made it to Elliott's appointment on time at 
The Royal Marsden.  We were greeted by an amazing team of 
people who talked us through Elliott's radiotherapy.   There is a lot to take 
on board but in Elliott's inimitable style he took it all in his stride.
We are back there next week to have a special mask made and more 
CT and MRI scans.  I'm afraid the masks looks extremely sinister!
I was going to post a photo but actually I didn't want to scare you.
They are made with a special plastic that flexes when heated and then hardens.
They have just 7 minutes to create a perfect fit - no pressure then!

I'm back at my London job today - trying to fit that in when I can at the moment.
I keep confusing my fellow colleagues by turning up on the wrong day!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend - take care friends.


Maggie Phillips said...

Hi Christine,Pleased to hear that you made it to the hospital in spite of the traffic jam on the M25 and that Elliott coped well with yet another ordeal. Hang onto that mask Elliott,it could come in handy on Halloween if it's as scary as mum says! Love the card today Christine, I really need to start thinking about mine.
Hugs,Maggie xxx

Lacelady said...

I love the card Christine, and give Elliott a hug from me - even having the mask made must be scary, let alone going through all the therapy. What a brave lad!

baconbits said...

Hi Christine
Glad you made the appointment - the M25 just gets worse.
Elliot had coped well I am sure many adults would not - I agree with Maggie Halloween is nearly here.
Love todays card, I really need to make a start.
Amanda x

Mrs B said...

Hi Christine. Glad you got to Elliots appointment on time, and that it went well. I also agree with Maggie, it will make a great Halloween mask (or good for spooking brothers!) if they let you keep it after the treatment. Your cards in Cardmaking & Papercraft are lovely. Can't choose a favourite. I will start mine next week after a weekend helping to run our Scout Group Family Camp. After all of the lovely weather it chooses today to start raining! Never mind,, can't change it. Enjoy your weekend. Take care

Laura O said...

You are marvellous to even turn up for a job at the minute.Elliott is a marvellous young man too the way he is dealing with all that is put in front of him. Hope all goes well.Laura O

Elizabeth said...

Hi Christine, I don't know how you manage to do it fitting everything in. Hope everything goes well with Elliott's mask and the treatment. You are an amazing family.
I have seen your beautiful Christmas cards in the mag and I like to "spot the Christine card" - they always stand out to me.
Have a lovely day even though you are at your other job.
Elizabeth x

hazel young said...

Gorgeous card Christine, glad you made the hospital on time traffic was a nightmare here too I made hospital on time though. Glad you had nice doctors and Elliott is ok with what is going on hes a very brave young man xx hazel

Anonymous said...

Christmas isn't yet tugging at my creative side, no doubt it will wait to the last minute as usual! Lovely card tho. Best wishes to Elliott for the next phase of his treatment. JuliaTx

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine,
Love to Elliott,he is so brave I am sure he is going to be fine.
Your Christmas card is lovely,must have a look at the others in the magazine. Take care. x.

Ann said...

Hi Christine

Gorgeous Christmas card love your style must start thinking about cards for this year.

OOOH I did feel for you and Elliott stuck in traffic and that heat. He is such a Brave lad the way he copes with everything that is thrown at him Bless him so glad that all the team is nice and explain things so well this helps. As the other girls have said hope he gets to keep the mask as scary masks are good for giving big brothers a fright and Halloween.

Bless you Christine and take good care have a lovely weekend maybe a nice pub lunch in the sunshine.

Love n hugs Annxxx X

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, So glad you had some good weather, please send some up here ha ha, it started raining during the night and is still raining now, yucky !!
Lovely card, I love those reindeers and the gorgeous poinsettia flowers.
Elliott is really being put through the mill, and I admire him immensely, he seems to be taking it all in his stride, well done Elliott, huge hugs to you.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Chris said...

Hi Christine,
What an amazing young man Elliott is, I do admire him and wish him good luck with the next phase. Perhaps you should show the mask on Halloween LOL. Love the Christmas card too.
Chris X

Janice said...

Morning Christine
Gorgeous card today, you really are making me think about starting mine instead of leaving it until the last minute!
Pleased that everything went well at King's despite the traffic and the heat.
Reading how brave Elliot is being about everything including his treatment is most humbling. He certainly is a brave lad. I agree with the other ladies about his mask, Halloween would be a good time for it to go public!
Hope you have a good day at work.
Janice x

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
The M25 can be a nightmare you never know how long a journey will be, mind you good job you don't live on Sheppey, I expect you saw the news, it was horrendous and surprising that nobody was killed. Elliot has such a positive attitude to his treatment I'm sure he will take it in his stride, probably better than mum.
Love your card, have just started mine I refuse to start until September, mind you with the beautiful weather it was a shame to think of winter.
Have a good weekend.

nattyboots said...

Well don Elliott ,i new you would cope taking each step one at a time ..

Todays card is beautiful Christine i just love tags as you know and a great idea to have a tag card especially two tags haha

It isnt any wonder you turn up for work on the wrong day with all that you have going on ,

Have a lovely weekend and try to take a break ,theres a good girl .

Elaine H X

SusieB said...

Morning Christine,

What a lovely card. Please can you tell me if the reindeer is a stamp ...or where it is from? I love it!!

Elliot is such a brave boy. This is a scary time in your lives. Sending lots of positive thoughts for his next lot of treatment. You are an inspiration in the way that YOU have handled all of this too.

Have a good weekend!


Cornish Emma said...

Morning Christine, gorgeous xmas card, love the paper and reindeer. Glad you made it to Hospital and that as least Elliotts treatment is moving forward. Sending a another big hug and positive thoughts for him. Emma

Rita said...

Beautiful card Christine. Sending lots of positive vibes to Elliot. Hugs Rita xxxx

Jean Z said...

Love the Christmas card, glad Elliott is a strong boy all my love Jean Z xx

Lynda said...

Aww shucks Christine, we don't scare easy. Seriously, very interested. Confuse away does people good to get out of their comfort zone (grin)



Mac Mable said...

Love the card today and the colours you've used. Elliott is so brave and you must be run ragged at the moment x

Linda said...

What a lovely card
hugs Linda

loftylass said...

Oh Christine.... my heart goes out to you and your family.... Elliott is such a brave soul.
Your card is lovely and I am gathering my thoughts to try to get into 'Christmas card mode!'
Hugs to all.
Heather W

Ita O'Byrne O'Keeffe said...

Hi Christine the card is lovely I also love the rain deer .You have a lot on your plate at the moment.Elliott you are such a brave boy you are an inspiration to all of us.

Maggie said...

Gosh you poor things - M25 in the heat and then a scary mask too. Elliott is so brave and such an example to other youths! Can't believe you're even trying to work during this challenging time. Thoughts and hugs and waves of positivity coming your way. xxMargaretxx

Janice said...

Yes, what a lovely day yesterday was, a bit different to today. Elliott is so brave and so cheerful he inspires me not to take life too seriously and just try and be positive. Hope the eventual outcome is good. Enjoy your weekend whatever the weather!. Janice x

Elaine said...

Gorgeous card. Elliott is so brave , hugs elaine x

Wilma Brown said...

Hi Christine, Elliott is so brave, I remember when my son was in hospital he would often say stop bubbling mum I am the one who is ill. So big hugs to him and to you for holding it all together. I also must thank you for commenting on my blog the other day, I was chuffed to say the least that you found time in your busy schedule and it was much appreciated.

Love your card but all your cards are so gorgeous.

Wilma x x x

AnneRD said...

Hi Christine, I am trying not to thing of Christmas yet, but I do like your card!
Hope things go well for Elliott at the hospital, will be thinking of him. Anne x

Carole Z said...

Evening Christine. Elliott is so inspiring isn't he? Sending a big hug...and i love your card! Carole Z X

mags said...

Gorgeous christmas card Christine. Hope all goes well with Elliott's treatment.

Mary by the Sea said...

Hi there, glad you got to the hospital ok. The M25 is a nightmare. Yesterday absolute hell..

The mask has got to be shown for Halloween. Good luck Elliott.

Love the reindeer, Spellbinders Frosty form die set has a beautiful reindeer.

Nearly time to start the Christmas cards but another day with blue sky and sunshine draws me outside instead...

Take care, Mary..xx

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

A beautiful card Christine! Good luck to Elliott with his treatment, he keeps a brave face on bless him! Just catching up after my hols! Susan x

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