Thursday, 25 June 2015

Kimono and a Friend!

Hello Crafty Friends and Visitors, thank you for popping in to visit, always delighted to see you here, and if you have a live blog, I will visit you to see what you so.

Thanks to everyone who left comments on my last card, you are all very kind and I do appreciate your time in doing this.

Is everyone well, I do hope so but kind thoughts going out those who are not feeling so good.

Well the day has arrived, after 42 years of working life I am now done with it all. YIPPEE!!!!
 Mixed emotions though, no farewell party, some of my colleagues not there to say cheerio, that's a bit sad really, but hey ho that's life.  It has been a roller coaster of emotions for all of us over the last two weeks, all of us in our different ways have found it difficult to finish and strangely enough, how to be with one another.  I've felt quite annoyed, ney angry that our managers and the CE have concentrated on the clients, and rightly so as we have, but not one of them had been interested in the emotional well being of the staff.  Won't go into it here, but I felt I had to say how disappointed I was at this especially from a personal point of view as over the last couple of weeks I've been physically unwell, because of being out of routine at work so therefore my diabetes has suffered, the area manager was quite taken aback at me, but honestly, you get to a point....know what I mean.  All of us feel we have been treated quite shabby. So he want's to take us all out for a meal.  I declined,  but I think some of the others are going.

So now begins the next phase of my life, I wonder  what it holds?

I have a card;
I treated myself to this lovely CD from CC, Kimono, and all of this is made from the Card Companions, with Centura Pearl embossed with a Kimono EF, Signature Fan Die, Dazzler, Velevt ribbon from Papermania, a bit of glitter, and all put on to a stepper card, and if I say so myself I think it's quite lovely.   I would recommend this CD it is really lovely.

It was my friend Jackies funeral yesterday and what a beautiful celebration of her life it was. Many assistants from years gone by came from far and near for it, and it was lovely to see some of them who lived with me and Jackie, she would have just been delighted with it all.  I thought I would show you a couple photos of us taken many years ago, I think this was around 1991;

I have so many wonderful memories of her, some too that were not so wonderful, but she taught me so much and gave loads of love, it's like a little candle has blown out, but many lives are the richer from having known her.

Well, that's me for today, I hope I can find an "Oldie" for tomorrow, and I hope I remember not to get up for work either, LOL!!

Take care everyone and happy crafting,


Carol said...

Enjoy your retirement Kate (albeit enforced). Your card is a real beauty....such a serene image and gorgeous colours. Carol x

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

The card is fabulous, Kate, so soothing. It really sounds like you've had a lot on your plate lately, take good care of yourself now.

Love and gentle hugs

Jenny L said...

Hi Kate,
wonderful creation, and I love that super colour choice.
My husband has a saying as one door closes another is slammed in your face.
No seriously good luck with everything the future may hold for you.
It all could work out wonderfully well in the end.
Can be a big bonus as you can do more crafting, but with less money to spend on crafty items. Boo! Hoo!
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Jenny L said...

Hi kate,
forgot to say wonderful pics of your friend.
My daughter is a manager in a home for grown up people with learning difficulties.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

cotnob said...

A post full of emotions today Kate, you've certainly had a lot to contend with over the past few weeks, I hope you can take some time for yourself now and enjoy whatever you feel like doing.
A beautiful card, I love the Kimono collection - I haven't had time to play with mine yet!

Rainey's Craft Room said...

You have a had a very emotional week it seems with work finishing and funerals. Take some time to gather your emotions and settle in to retirement and I'm sure you will enjoy it and wonder where you ever had the time to go to work!
A beautiful card, I love oriental style cards and this one is gorgeous.

Sue said...

Your card is gorgeous Kate, I love the image and beautiful detailing.
It sounds like you have had quite a lot to deal with the last couple of weeks. I can imagine you must feel exhausted. I hope you are able to relax now and start to feel better.
Take care, hugs Sue xx

pam said...

Sounds like you have had enough this couple of weeks Kate, you take your time to come to turns with being at home and relax..
Beautiful card, love the soft colors.
Thank you for sharing your memorable photos with us, she looks so happy.
Hugs Pam x

rachel said...

aww Kate - I bet you have a whole load of mixed emotions at the moment - try to think of it as a new start - on the positive you'll have a whole lot more time for crafting. Love your kimono make - gorgeous - your photos are stunning - so sorry about the loss of your friend - and so glad you got to celebrate her life. Big big hugs rachel xx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Oh Kate I do hope you enjoy life without work now, I know I do. Gorgeous card, love the colours. What an emotional week you have had xx

Rita said...

Hello dear Kate. Sorry to hear your news, bad enough having to go, without any concern for the well being of staff in those circumstances. What lovely happy pictures too. Remember the good times as they are the special ones. Like me you have hobbies you love to fall back on and that is important during the next few months. Looking forward to our summer meeting too. Hugs Rita xxx

Anet van Zyl said...

Hallo Kate, so sad to hear what you went through at work. Wishing you all the best for the future you deserve that. You will definitely have more time now to spent with Alistair and on things you enjoy :).

Your card is gorgeous, love the pretty paper and that Fan die is beautiful. Well done.

Have a wonderful weekend! Sending you big hugs. Anet x

Norma said...

Hello Kate,
I'm sorry to hear about your friends passing, my thoughts and prayers with you and her family. Your card is beautiful and I do love the fan die/diecut on the corner:) TFS

Patricia said...

Kate sending you some (((((hugs))))). It's a great time ahead for you, believe me.
I know at the moment things are all over the place in your mind.
You will get on great and enjoy it.
Love your card, great image and design. I saw that CD and liked some of the images but resisted.
The photos of Jacquie are great she looks such a happy person.
Patricia xxx

Lucy Woods said...

Wow wfwt a roller coaster week Hun! Wishing you all the best for the future!
Thus card is just so stunning!! Love the colours and the sparkler!
Lucy x

Pop's Cards said...

Good morning sweetie, I love this creation and the colours you have chosen :0) and fabulous photos too <3 hugs Pops x

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Kate
Whatever lies ahead, may it be filled with love, laughter and absolute joy! Enjoy it gal!
Lovely elegant card. Think of all the crafting you can do now.
Sad to say goodbye to friends but I'm sure that Jackie's life was richer for having a kind lady like you in it too.
Your hair looks like mine on that photo lol!
Have a great weekend.
Ang x

Marie-Louise said...

So very sorry about your friend Kate. Fabulous card. Looks like a gorgeous cd. Enjoy your retirement.

scrappymo! said...

You have been through so much lately...the loss of job and of your friend. No wonder poor Teachlach's Cat Food was on the back burner so to speak! As long as you promise no birds suffered in the recording of those pictures...we will understand! lol

Your card is beautiful. The image and those papers are so lovely. The colours are so soothing and pretty.

Sue said...

Beautiful colors, and the card is so calming, love it. Sorry for the loss of your friend, may sadness be replaced with wonderful memories and thoughts of her soon. Take care of yourself, stressful past few weeks.


Asha said...

It's sad when good people leave us... but you've got such meaningful memories of her and those will live on. And you've an exciting new life without the hassle of self-centred bosses! Enjoy the summer and do whatever you want when you want. You'e your own boss now... oh how I envy you, Kate! :)
hugs Asha