Sunday, 29 September 2013

Sunday - no longer a day of rest!

Hello friends
Send me sunshine today please!
I have a task that is going to take from dawn to dusk - I need to paint the shop door.
I know, it's only a little door - the actual painting will not take too long but the paint I've 
selected says it takes 16 hours to dry!  This will necessitate the door being left open otherwise
it could be tricky trying to open it the next day!
 Giving the shop a facelift has been Mitchell's project but I've chosen to get a involved today 
as I find painting therapeutic.  
I also think we may not have many more dry days so a little bit of a rush to finish the job.
I will post some pictures soon, the colours are very similar but it will look nice and fresh.
While I'm waiting in the shop all those hours I intend to have a good tidy up,
and Elliott is going to join me  - we have a little crafty plan up our sleeves...
more news on that soon :) 
Talking of Elliott, things did not quite go to plan at the hospital on Friday.
The upshot is that the radiotherapy will definitely have to be postponed while
Elliott receives some special help with his anxiety issues regarding the mask he has to wear.  
Those of you who have contacted me, left comments - thank you so much.  
You appreciate how much of an ordeal this is for him.  
I have a great deal of confidence in the Psychology Department at The Royal Marsden, 
we are going to be back and forth a lot over the next few weeks.
We will get through this but like most things, it will take time and some careful handling.
We actually have the mask at home now so we can build up Elliott's confidence -
Bella is definitely wary of it!

Now to some craft!
How about a little decorated organza gift bag - all achieved with one die,
Rose Creations. Plenty of layers cut from burgundy felt, a rhinestone brad to the centre
(these dies create a hole to the flower centre, perfect for inserting a brad).
The finishing touch is green felt leaves. 
I made a base for the bag to keep it upright but of course if you 
fill it with goodies that will keep it standing perfectly! 
I attached everything to the bag using Fabri-Tac - this is one amazing fabric glue!
Adapt this little bag to any colour-way, perhaps for a Ruby Wedding Anniversary or...
Christmas!  Yes, I managed to mention Christmas again - 
love Christmas!!

I do hope you are all enjoying your weekend.
Take care friends.


Lacelady said...

Morning Christine, so sorry to hear about poor Elliott and 'that' mask, I do hope he is finally able to accept it.

Your little bag is very pretty, and could be useful for lots of occasions. Thanks for the idea.

Rosie said...

Pretty little bag. I hope you and Elliott enjoy your crafty session and that the paint does dry today!

Elaine said...

Hi Christine sorry to hear that all didnt go to plan. Must be quite an ordeal for him and of course you. Im sure things will turn around. Shop photo is looking good and im loving the cute little bag a great idea. Hope it stays dry for you xx

Mrs B said...

Hi Christine. Great pic to make me smile on a wet morning here, that younger son of yours has got a wicked smile. When you see a pic of him you can't help but smile too! Sorry that Elliot is struggling with his mask. I am sure he will overcome the problem in the end as he is a positive, strong young man. Goo luck with the painting, fingers crossed that the weather is kind to you! The little bag is so pretty, and as you said, could be changedto suit any occasion. Take care.

Mrs B said...

Sorry, read good luck, not goo luck! x

Anne O said...

Hi Christine
Hope the weather holds for you! A whole day in a craft shop - bliss!
Thinking of you and Elliott.
Anne O

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, I think you may have picked the right day to paint your shop front door, my fingers are crossed for you.
Poor Elliott, I really sympathise with his anxiety over the mask, I really hope the psychology dept can help him with his worries. His pic with Bella is gorgeous, he is such a lovely young man, and obviously Elliott and Bella adore each other.
Your little gift bag is really pretty, lovely colours and could be used for any occasion, in differing colours.
Have a good day at the studio.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
What a lovely photo of Elliot and Bella, I'm sure, with help he will overcome his problem with that rotten mask.
We have quite a strong wind today but it's dry so I hope its the same for you.
Love your little bag it's very pretty, love the flowers.

Rita said...

Sorry to hear about Elliots slight drawback, but I can understand his feelings. Hopefully he will overcome his fear as each day goes by. He takes such a fabulous photo and this one with Bella is brilliant. I really don't envy your task today at all. I do love the idea of the gift bag though and it looks stunning all dressed up. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxx

Mary by the Sea said...

Good morning Christine, hope you and Elliott have a lovely crafty day together.

I'm sure you'll get through everything Elliott you are one of the bravest people I have ever met.

Love the little bag.

Have a great day, take care, Mary, xx

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Hi Christine what a pretty bag I have pinned it to my Christmas board! Good luck with the painting of the door that is a heck of a long time to dry! I do hope that Elliott is able to overcome his problems with the mask, poor lad after going through so much and now having to face this yet he still has a smile on his face! My Aunt is still saying the Novenas! Hugs Susan x

hazel young said...

Morning Christine sorry to hear Elliott is still having problems with the mask. Fingers crossed he gets used to it soon. Lovely bag idea i love the look of organza bags and your decoration just enhances that. Hope the painting and Elliotts crafting go well xx hazel

Valerie said...

Morning Christine, Sorry to here that Elliot is having trouble with his mask. I am sure that this is just a little blip in his recovery. He has been so strong that l think he will conquer his phobia soon. Hope the weather holds for you today and cannot wait to see what you and Elliot come up with. Love Valerie

Valerie said...

Morning Christine, Sorry to here that Elliot is having trouble with his mask. I am sure that this is just a little blip in his recovery. He has been so strong that l think he will conquer his phobia soon. Hope the weather holds for you today and cannot wait to see what you and Elliot come up with. Love Valerie

nattyboots said...

Hi Christine

Elliott will overcome this problem im sure ,he just needs a little time to get to grips with it all.

A lovely pic of Elliott and Bella

What a pretty bag ,i have umpteen of them collected over the years { too pretty to throw away } and now i will dress them up and put little gifts in them for Christmas ,What a great idea Thank You

Take care and i hope the weather will be kind and you get the paint to dry

Elaine H X

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Christine. Im back and sorry to read things have been hard for Elliott and you. I hope that the phycology can help him with the mask, have to say I think most of us would have problems wearing it. Good luck with the painting, I hope you have it drier than us then as its super wet down here. Now im going to catch up on your other posts I have missed. Lots of love to you all. Emma xx

Jean Z said...

Hi Christine, love the bag the flowers are beautiful, Elliott will triumph I am sure as he is a strong boy full of spirit and I am sure Bella will help, dogs give lots of love and comfort. all my love Jean Z xx

Wendy L said...

Dont you just wish you could take Elliots place at times like this? Cuddles to him. Love the bag too. xxx

Anonymous said...

Love your bag Christine. Painting and projects will be great. Keep well Elliott and good wishes with your treatment.

Phil D

Loopy-Lou said...

Lovely idea. I love your style. Sending you best wishes. My dog is your dogs twin!! She's called Sasha. Lisa. X

Maggie Phillips said...

Hi Christine,I really can empathise with Elliott and the mask ~ I know that I would feel just the same.You will be able to do it though Elliott with the help of your Mum and the psychologist.Hope the sun shines all day and the paint dries well.I can't wait to hear what you and Elliott get up to with your crafting today!
Love the bag today Christine, like Elaine,I have quite a few of these bags just waiting for a 'make over'.
Take care,big hugs to you all,
Maggie xxx

Anonymous said...

I can sympathise with Elliott over the use of his mask. It will take some patience but I'm confident in his ability and his personality that everything will be fine.

Take care and love todays bag.

Love Val x

baconbits said...

Afternoon Christine
My heart goes out to Elliot it must be really scary - but he will get there. How are you taking time for you is important to.
Love the bag good for all occasions.
Amanda x

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine,
Another lovely photo of Elliott and Bella,I do hope things get better for him soon.
Your pretty bag is a very good idea it could be made for many occasions.
I hope you and Elliott have a good day and you get all the painting done. Take care. x.

Wilma Brown said...

Oh poor Elliott, come on son it is for your own good, try to persevere with the mask and get your treatment over and done with. It must be so difficult for you too Christine but try to be strong for him.

This proves you should check the tin of paint before buying but with all you have going on I don't expect you thought of that.

Such a gorgeous wee bag perfect for all the little gifts.

Wilma x x x

Laura O said...

Bag is lovely Christine,think I would have a problem with the mask too so here is wishing you all the best all of you .Hoping things work themselves out soon .Best wishes.Laura O

Janice said...

A lovely bag Christine. You are so clever coming up with new ideas all the time. Sorry to hear about Elliott's problems - I'm sure he will overcome them soon and be on his way to a healthier life. Hope the paint dries ok, it's meant to be a windy afternoon so hopefully it will dry quicker!!. Janice xx

Maggie said...

Hello Christine. Poor you and Elliott having to get used to that mask. Such a good idea having it at home as he'll feel in charge then and can take it on and off when he wants. A good plan. Hope you had a lovely crafty day and that the paint dried. xxMargaretxx

mags said...

A beautiful gift bag Christine. Hope the painting went okay.
Sorry to hear that things have not gone to plan but I am sure that with Elliott's positive attitude and outlook things will improve.

LoraineC said...

Sorry to hear things didn't go well on Friday, must be so hard but I'm sure with all the support you will get there Elliot. Super photo of Elliot and Bella, I think the weather was kind to you Christine no rain until Tuesday. I think I should make this bag and give it to my hubby it's our Ruby wedding in November maybe he will put something nice in it!!

AnneRD said...

I fully sympathise with Elliott's predicament, I know I would find it difficult too. I think we need a wacky mask decorating competition to cheer him up!
Love the little bag, so pretty.
Anne x

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine, you must be up and down like a yoyo with everything that is happening.
Hope it all went well with the painting today, it has been nice here but windy.
Hope you had a lovely day.
Elizabeth x

Janice said...

Hi Christine
I hope by now that the studio door is dry, closed, locked and looking good!
Lovely photo of Elliot and Bella. Tough times for him at the moment, but I do hope with a lot of help and strength, he will get through this ordeal and be able to face the treatment.
Gorgeous bags too, I love how you've decorated them - beautiful clever thing!
Janice x

Ann said...

Hi Christine

Sorry to hear things have not gone too well for Elliott and of course you. Bless him he has had to have so many things to get used to and cope with. I think the mad mask idea a competition and Elliott chooses the winner ???
Loving the little bag its so pretty and such a useful idea for a little gift thankyou.
Hope the paint dried and you and Elliott had a fun day together.
Take good care and love and hugs to you all Annxxx X

Anonymous said...

Sending loving thoughts & prayers to you all, especially Elliott a very brave young man, love Pauline xx

Carole Z said...

Hi Christine, hope you got your door painted! A super photo of Elliott too, I am so sorry that he is struggling with his mask and that radiotherapy has had to be postponed, but he'll get through this as you are all so positive, hugs Carole Z XX

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