Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Withdrawal Symptoms

Well I can hardly believe where the time has gone. Since my fantastic two days at AFTH with Dina Wakley, I haven't had time to do anything big along those arty lines! (moan)
I've been busy catching up on college work and running too and fro to meetings with Social Services, Mental Health, Doctor's and Care Workers about my Auntie Gladwin. Uncle Frank desperately wants her to come home, so we are working hard to put a care package in place to make that happen.
I took my Mum and Dad to visit at the weekend, its Dad's sister and they look very alike...once, my Dad put on a wig and my sister thought it was Auntie Glad! (she was only little at the time!)

Uncle Frank and Auntie Glad have married for 62 years so you can understand why he doesn't want to be parted from her.... its so sad because I don't know if he will manage to look after her 24 hours a day, even with a care package and me and my sisters not too far away. They are both 84.

The only thing I have managed to create, besides keeping up with Kate's 365 challenge ( yes, Kate, I'm hanging in there - its my 5 minutes peace every day!!) is this for Lynn's birthday - its a voucher for a meal at 'The Walled Garden' at Wentworth Garden Centre.
I like the look of the 'voucher' very much, two of the images are from a collage sheet from artchix, the one in front (yes, I know - they match perfectly!) is from the new Graphic 45 'On the Boardwalk' collection (bathing beauties) The background looked quite good before I covered most of it up!
I love to make these vouchers for friends so they've got something to look at and hold (and I know Lynn will stroke this!) - its much nicer way of saying "I'm taking you out for a meal for your birthday"! Also, Lynn will love this because she loves to escape to Wentworth....she'll just have me for company on that particular day!

The new restaurant is open at the garden centre and it's called 'The Walled Garden', I was captivated by the name because I am following Jill's story about a place she loves and visits often also called 'The Walled Garden' but this is actually a place undergoing renovation. Jill takes fabulous photographs and is telling the story each visit by making a journal incorporating her photo's. I love it. It's inspiring. Go check it out.


  1. Wow, your artwork is very lovely indeed. And I'm most impressed that you are keeping up with your calendar (it's the only arty thing I'm managing at the moment too!) Kate x

  2. Thank you for the lovely mention Sandy. I do hope you manage to sort something out for your Auntie, dealing with all the agencies can be so stressful and you wonder how anyone is expected to cope with it all.
    Really like your 'token', what a great way of making a present of a 'lunch' - I am sure your friend will love it.

  3. I can;t believe how alike your dad and auntie are. This piece of artwork is gorgeous Sandra, I love it, but you always produce such beautiful and original work. xx

  4. Hi sweetie, you are always so thoughtful in your gifts. I am really lucky to have a gorgeous friend like you. Love you to pieces xxx ktf

  5. Hey Sandra, loved seeing all your photos. Paul and I have just celebrated our 12th Wedding Anniversary - 62 years must seem like you have been together forever... The card you made is gorgeous, what a lovely thought. xxx

  6. Awwwww I hope the situation your auntie and uncle are in is resolved - it is very sad when couples are forced apart due to ill health, frailty etc and to have been together so long , it must be heartbreaking ((((HUGS)))) XXX

  7. Wow 62 years that's a looooong time... bless them. I hope you manage to get sorted out it must be terrible for them being apart.
    love your art hun and the idea of a voucher is fab... may have to pinch
    Chris xx

  8. Hi Sandra I hope all works out for Frank and Glad 62 years of course they don,t want to be parted they look a very dedicated couple.Hugs Valencia xxxx

  9. That is the most stunning voucher I've ever seen! Wow!

    I am still in shock at my gift from Virginia, I love it so much and have never seen anything like it! You are right she did make me feel super special, I can't believe the amount of work that went into it. I keep looking at it and stroking the pages :P