Thursday, 9 June 2016

a time to blog ...

Today the words of Ecclesiastes 3:2-11 do ring true...
"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.
What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. (ESV)

Facebook memories can be fun but can also be painful as they make you re-live tough times. My "masked" posts about our IVF journey 6 years ago come back to taunt me. Today is the anniversary of the conception of our twins (using ICSI). Sadly they both died in the womb and we never got to meet them, to hold them, to see them grow. All we have is this blurry photo of two little embryos and a world of "what ifs". I can't really imagine being mum to five year olds :0

I knew what today was already as I have ALL the dates written down and just happened to read them yesterday so it was not a surprise when Facebook memories showed one of my posts, but it is something else to re-read your own words of hope and others comments.

I still grieve the loss of these little ones and still strongly desire to be a mum. As the years go on this possibility grows dimmer. I do not know what God's plan is for me apart from knowing and loving him and sharing my life with others. I will continue to trust him through all the seasons :)

Sunday, 13 September 2015


I'm breaking my hiatus... from blogging and cardmaking etc although I am not sure for how long.. I guess we will see. My track record has not been so great in the past has it :o Well Birthday week is totally over but it was fun! We went to Orange for the weekend.. Two of my sisters made and decorated a most delicious cake .. Here's a picture of it in my sisters lovely cafe/ bookstore - The Dragonfly Lounge - If you are ever in Orange you should definitely check it out :D

My friend from work's birthday is the day after mine and I made her a card ...  I drew a little portrait of her and coloured it in with copics, here it is ...
Well seeing as though it's Spring now... It's time to do some Spring cleaning... hoping that once I get my craft stuff tidied up then I can get more creative again! So much has been going on in life that there really hasn't been time or headspace for much but here end the excuses... Hopefully I'll be back here soon... however in the meantime I'll still be on Instagram :D 

Monday, 6 July 2015


Hello world.. It's been a while again but never to late to start blogging again is it? I wanted to share a couple of things about Gratitude ... my good friend Bec has designed a lovely diary for 2016 and it's aim is to help people "practise gratitude" each day has the line "Today I am grateful for:.... " It includes some very lovely drawings by the talented Jess :D which I must say are just delightful to colour in... 

Yes this video is me chatting about colouring in, practising gratitude and the Gratitude Diary! Bec has a fundraising campaign going for this great project which you can back (and order your own diary) HERE
Check out the facebook page HERE

After having a lovely time on Saturday arvo chatting and colouring with Bec we went to see my MIL in the nursing home... it's tough visiting (she has recently moved into the specialised Dementia ward) and trying to think about things to talk to her about... usually lately we just end up singing songs.. anyway we took her to the cafe they have there and had a coffee.  I was telling her about the Gratitude Diary and whilst I thought it was silly and I didn't think that she would follow the conversation I still asked what she was grateful for today. She said that she wasn't sure / doesn't come here often but then said that she was grateful to be with family.  It was actually quite a lovely little conversation. I am grateful for these fleeting moments of lucidity and the glimpses we see of the old Pam! Sadly these are not too common but a treasure when they do occur.

What are you grateful for today??

Friday, 1 May 2015

A couple more dolls

I've "made under" a couple more dolls ... Here's what they look like :) 

It's quite fun giving the old dolls new looks and new life :) 

Friday, 17 April 2015

Sarah had a "makeunder"

Good morning, 

Well by now I guess you realise that I LOVE dolls! Here is a different type of doll to what you would normally see here on Stuff by Sammi. Today, I would like to introduce you to Sarah :)

I am popping on today to share the results of my attempt at "making under" a doll. I really love the Tree Change Dolls :) When I first saw them I was in awe and I just love looking at the transformations ... of course I wanted to give it a go myself... so I did!

It took me a while to remove the face makeup ... and NEXT TIME I WILL WEAR GLOVES!
I originally painted Sarah's face with Acrylic paints... but I was not too happy with the result. I did take a picture...

so I took her face off again and this time I used ... can you guess?? yup, Copics!! :D
Here is a before and after shot of the doll with her make-under :)

What do you think?? In this case I think she looks a bit less scary! :D 

I'm not sure I will do anymore but who knows if I find some old worn out dolls somewhere I might give them more life :) meanwhile I might try making some better outfits for Sarah! 

Hope you have a wonderful day! 

Friday, 10 April 2015

a little Art canvas


Well it's been A WHILE!! Hoping to get back into blogging...but that's a bit like a broken record isn't it... well we'll see!

Thought I'd pop on and share a canvas that I've been working on for a while... I THINK that I might actually be finished it now :) Started prepping a couple more today too.. so at least I might have something more to share soon.

I love this quote from Galatians which then goes on the say that because we are sons we are heirs!! It's so Amazing that Christ brings us into the family of God :D

another note about the blog.... I noticed that Izzy had started another blog post on here about the rest of our trip in France and the UK.. but I think she forgot to finish it (well in her defense - she does have a head full of stuffing)!

Off now to have dinner and go out to a card making Spread the Cheer night :D


Thursday, 12 February 2015

Aix - en - Provence

Oh yes... I promised some photos from Aix didn't I... well here goes... The TGV from Paris to Aix was not tooo bad - pretty quick... we saw snow, we didn't lose our bags, the train didn't split taking us somewhere else and we managed to get off at the right place :)


we stayed with some lovely French cousins ... in a great house in Aix-en-Provence. Gerard was "as always" a wonderful host. I just loved this chair which is very much like the one that Van Gogh painted - don't you think?

On the Monday that we were there Gerard took us to Marseille to the Musem

It was AMAZING.. the design on that building really is superb! 

This is us on the way in.... with a massive church in the background...

Sammi and Guy at the Fort....

We saw an interesting exhibition on "Food" and a quite wonderful photographic one... Raymond Derpardon a famous french photographer!

Here's another happy snap on the way out.. Sammi, Gerard and Moi (Izzi)....

 Here is Guy outside the house :D 

and I had a bit of fun inside....

There are some beautiful shops in Aix... Guy and Sammi loved this one...

and the displays of lavender are so sweet...

That's a nice lot of photos I think... now it's time to get ready to go to JL and MF's place:D

Next up the road trip.... Lyon and Gouarec :D

 Izzi xxx