Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Night begins to turn your head around...

Andy and I met an old chum that we haven't seen for 30 years last night. It brought memories flooding back. Do you ever wonder sometimes what happened to the people in your past?
We were part of a gang that used to travel all over the country to all nighter's and all dayers, dancing to northern soul.... if you're a lover of soul, you know that the music beats with the rhythm of your heart!

We did some catching up and the news we exchanged caused much reflection, made me know how much I've changed as a person... and thankful for the direction my life has taken....there will be lots of art journal pages to come out of this encounter!
But here's Martin (aka as Stan as his name is Martin Stanley!) We re-connected last year when we celebrated another friend's 50th birthday at a soul event. He's the most adorable chap you could wish to meet, truly, we have been able to pick up where we left off with him.

And here's my hubby dancing to "Man of Value" - very fitting 'cos he is!

In my other world, guess where I went recently? Had a fabby day at Dy's making some fabby tags - she asked all of us which were our favourites, of course the correct answer is "all of them!"
Secretly though, I'm drawn to the ones with the Santa's on! and the one with the reindeer, oh and I like the one with the lantern on because it reminds me of Narnia (I love those books by C.S.Lewis!) and then there's the beeswax one.... see its hard to choose, so I guess the correct answer is "all of them!"

The ladies at my Friday scrapbook class at the Craft Box finished their "12 Days" project and all declared they have loved it. Don't ask me why I didn't get a picture of their lovely work! I took photo's during the class and forgot at the end!

Beautiful sisters Helen and Deborah

A work in progress... tags by Karen ...... and here you can see Christine triple embossing her title tag.... everyone loved doing this and it is magic watching as the utee begins to melt....

My most favourite thing though, is my Mum gets so much pleasure attending these classes, she has always been able to 'create' ..... sewing, baking, magically making things out of nothing(!) In recent years though, she has had a few health problems but she has such tenacity and always keeps going... now that gives me a fitting ending for this post... a great old northern soul song ... 'You gotta keep on keeping on, no matter how hard it is... A great mantra for those hard days in our lives eh?


  1. How wonderful to connect with an old friend. Wow, 30 years since you had seen him!

    Love the tags, I too love the Santa ones, and the one with the trees. I think I am drawn to those warm colors as well.

    Loved the photo of your Mum, so neat she loves to make art too!!!

  2. Thanks for your comments on my journal pages - the not fine is God's perspective!! :)
    "My people are broken-shattered! And they put on band-aids saying, It's not so bad. You'll be just fine. But things are not just fine!!
    (Jer 6:14) The Message

    I love reading in this version, in a lot of the passages it speaks right to my heart!!

  3. Sounds as everyone had a great time making the tags, and the photo of your Mum is lovely. The tags look fantastic. xx

  4. Wow you've been busy, glad you're better! The night out sounds amazing, I recently met up with two friends from school who I hadn't seen in 20 years and we literally picked up where we left off! It's amazing when you can do that! Glad the Friday class managed to finish their project off! Hope you're having a fabulous weekend!

  5. Loved reading this post! You are right, we tend to lose contact, so meeting up and catching up is so important. I just love the fact that your Mum is enjoying the crafting, the photo is beautiful. Don't know her, or you for that matter but give her a hug from me and tell her how special she is! x
    PS, I love ALL the tags too.......

  6. A lovely post. So nice to see your mum at the class :-)

  7. What a lovely heartwarming post.

    Northern Soul, that takes me back to my school days when huge gangs used to trek off to Wigan Casino from Stoke on Trent.

    Loving the tags. Great colours and textures.

    Your Mum looks very comfy sitting there making. Its so good to enjoy something creative together don't you think.

    Wishing you and your Mum a very Happy Crafty Christmas :0)