29 March 2011

Four Down, Six To Go ...

Here's a sneak preview of my postcards for the 2011 Postcards Swap. I finished four within the last 24 hours so should have no problems finishing the remaining six until next Wednesday.

For a few days I played around with my fabric stash and scraps, browsed the web for inspiration, emptied out my large basket of ribbons, purchased some stick-on gems .... until I finally found the right combinations.

I also, for the first time, started sewing on paper and gave the postcards a decorative stitch on the reverse.

I'm quite pleased with the result so far... I'd love to keep them myself I think! I hope the person who receives them will be just as pleased.

22 March 2011

Another Swap? What was I thinking?

Well I just couldn't resist. It's the same every time - whenever I need a little kick to get my creative gears in move again, I find a swap. I don't even remember why or how, but the other night whilst surfing from blog to blog, as you do, I landed on the incredibly creative blog of ihanna, and ever the sucker for creativity that I am, I instantly fell for the Postcard Swap 2011. I have a few ideas but nothing started yet, but fact is that by April 8th, I have to have 10 completed postcards. I've never tried sewing on paper so might give that a try. Unfortunately registration is closed now but do keep an eye out for the results, I think it'll be fabulous, check out last year's cards here.

Better get started!

16 March 2011

Forgive The Silence

Thank you for your lovely comments following my last post. It is difficult finding the right words and blog post subjects for the one after your baby has died.

We're doing ok.

I think that's probably the best way to put it. They say the pain of losing a child never goes away, it just becomes a little smoother aorund the edges, and I couldn't have found a better description.

We have decided to leave Spain, well as a matter of fact we had already made this decision at the end of last year but the plan was that Joshua would be with us. It has been for various reasons, mainly for additional support through family and friends as Mr Frog is originally from Dublin. Also we had made contact with the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation, a wonderful organisation providing care and support for children with neurological development issues. Sadly Joshua never made it to Ireland, but we arrived 8 days ago and have now more or less finished unpacking the boxes. We are in the lovely countryside of County Wicklow, but only 40 minutes from the centre of Dublin, our new house is lovely, the school is great, the sun is shining (that probably won't last long) and we're slowly recovering from the strains of the last 12 months. We are taking things easy and are being kind to ourselves, which is the most important thing at the moment.

So on the eve of our first St. Patrick's Day celebration on the Emerald Isle, here's to the future. Let's take it an hour at a time.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Shona Duit!