Christmas Catch Up
Birthday Sketch for Addicted to CAS Challenge #79

Catching Up

Hi Everyone.

I wanted to pop in and wish you all a very belated Happy New Year.  I hope that 2016 brings you - and yours - all the wonderful joys that you can wish for.   I really am grateful to all of my wonderful blogging friends for your support and your virtual friendship.  It really means a great deal to me.

As I am still unable to craft - thanks, Chester! I have spent time trying to finish a project I started over a decade ago.  As both of my parents have been dead these 30 years and neither of them spoke much about their childhood or ancestors, I have tried to find out the stories of my families.   Doing genealogy research takes time - a lot of time - and needs dedicated hours to try to piece together the correct pieces and discard those that seem to fit, but don't.    It is so easy to find yourself off down a rabbit hole only to be led along a path that ends somewhere in the Mad Hatter's tea party.  In other words, totally in the wrong story book :-)  A couple of times over the past decade I have found myself in that situation.

As I am only able to use one hand - and am very good with a mouse :-)  I decided to dedicate some hours to try to pick up where I left off almost a decade ago and fill in some of the gaps.  It's been an interesting - and frustrating - but ultimately fascinating journey.  I still have so many gaps -and some roadblocks that I am still trying to overcome.  The one thing that has come through so powerfully is how strong the women - on both sides of my family - must have been.   I can't wait to fill out the gaps in the tree, hopefully overcome the roadblocks - and then start to build out the story of their lives.

So, although I have thoroughly missed crafting, I have enjoyed spending time with my family and getting to know a little about my ancestry and what makes me ... well, me!  The research now is so much more expansive than it was a decade ago - so much more is available than it was then.  It has allowed me to uncover connections I never knew existed and who would have guessed that my ancestors on my father's side were so deeply entrenched in the industrial revolution in the Black Country of England.  I certainly didn't.  It has been fascinating to read up on the part that those amazingly industrious people played in the growth of the empire and how hard they must have worked and how hard life must have been.  I really can't explain how powerful these discoveries have been.   On one side I have managed to go back to 1714 where my 7th times great grandfather was "shott at Stone", whatever the heck that means!   I've been trying to find out why the poor man was "shott" but have proved unsuccessful so far - but it certainly is intriguing.

Anyway, my left hand is still preventing me from crafting.   It's getting better..... I have some mobility in the damaged fingers, but am still unable to bend them more than 15 degrees.  I've always been pretty ambidextrous, but is only the last couple of weeks that have shown me how much I rely on my left hand for crafting!   I miss it dreadfully and can't wait to get back to playing with ink and paper.

In the meantime, I wanted to share a couple of cards with you that I made before my accident!  Thanks, Chester!

I used an image from Fun Stampers Journey called Hummingbird's Song.  This is an ATS stamp set and cost me $7.95!  I loved colouring the image and think it would be fabulous to use some watercolours on this image, too.  Of course, I couldn't resist some wink of stella on his throat :-)

Happy birthday (1 of 1)

The next card was made using the contents from the December Simon Says Stamp card kit.   I stamped the tree image using versa mark and heat set it with silver embossing powder and stamped the "pot" image twice as I wanted it to be a little higher.  To finish off the tree I added sequins and a star from the set.   I love the simplicity of this card.

Christmas tree (1 of 1)-2

OK... this post has taken me FOREVER to type.  I had to type it up over several sittings.  So I hope you will forgive me if I love and leave you :-)  I'll be back in a couple of days and will try to post a couple more photographs for you.   In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.





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Best wishes and hope your hand gets to feeling better each and every day.
A couple of wonderful looking cards.
You take care and hope you have an enjoyable evening

Hi Jaydee,

I hope you feeling a little better day by day. I enjoy your blog very much and did miss you but understand now why. I love your cards but also love when you post pictures from around your home. Take card.

Kathy-Bethlehem, PA

Jeanne H

So good to hear from you! Happy New Year back to you. Sending hugs to both you and Chester. Poor kitty; he can't have known what happened to you. I bet you still love him. :) Thinking of you...and look forward to whatever crafting or picture taking you can do.


Hi Jaydee!

Happy new year to you, too. Hope you will feel better every passing day. Congratulations! you managed to type that long message . . . what an effort!!

Marina . . . from far Africa

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