Monday, 12 August 2019

Peony Circlet!

Hello Everyone and I hope you are well and looking forward to the week ahead.

I've been away for the last week in Glasgow as Alistair's brother has been quite ill and need an operation to remove his bowel. Poor man as if cancer isn't enough. Anyway, it all wen well and he will now not experience the awful problems and pain he's been having. Sadly it won't lengthen his life any, but won't have pain. It was discovered that his cancer is more aggressive than thought too, so really it's all about maintaining quality of life now. The visit was really quite fraught for many reasons which I won't go into here, but I came home feeling so dispirited, saddened and angry. All sorts of family things going on. I felt for Alistair who drops his life and races down to support and is left feeling as if he shouldn't have bothered. Families eh!!

Anyway, with all of this I've not been around to comment on your blogs, so sorry about that, and it's just now too much to catch up with, but I'm back in harness now. There is always so much to catch up with when you've been away and I didn't feel much like crafting either, so good job I had this card made a while back;
This is a Honey Doo stamp which I've coloured with Altenew water colour paint. I think it's a fairly new image called Peony  Circlet. The sentiment is from the same set. I've added Wink of Stella and a few pearls. It's a pretty image I think and peonies are another flower that I love and when I see them in the flower shop, I treat myself to a bunch.

Thank you for the lovely comments on my CCC cards, you are so very kind. 

That's me for now, I'll love you and leave you and hope to be back soon, take care,


Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Your card is quite pretty and I do like that sentiment. I haven’t heard that quote before!

I am so sorry for your family member who needs surgery. I do hope that it helps with his pain. Family is so difficult. So many misunderstandings and miscommunications, along with the other issues. Hope you are feeling back with it again soon.

Marlene Atkinson said...

Sorry to read your Brother in Law is having more problems. Your card is so beautiful I also love Peonies I think they are a lovely flower no matter what colour they are. Hope things will get better for you. Marlene

Margarets designer cards said...

Very pretty card and beautiful flower image

meg said...

A gorgeous card and sentiment, the stamp is beautifully coloured Kate, so sad to read that Alistair's brother has been so ill and in pain, I hope the surgery helps ease his pain, and that he is able to enjoy a greater quality of life than he has recently. Families can pull in different directions when under pressure and sadly make coping so much more difficult, my thoughts are with you and Alistair

Jennifer Johnston said...

A gorgeous card Kate. A really lovely image,
so beautifully coloured. A lovely sentiment
too. Very sorry to hear your Brother in Law
has been so ill. I sincerely hope he no longer
has the pain he has suffered in the past, making
his life more comfortable. Thank you for taking
the time to visit my blog recently and leaving such
a nice comment, especially at this difficult time.
Sending hugs to you and Alistair.
love Jennifer xx.

Sheryl said...

Hi Kate what a beautiful card,i am so sorry that your brother has cancer but i am glad that he wont have the pain ,my mum passed last year from cancer so i know how much pain he was in.
Sending big hugs my friend and will pray for your dear brother.
Hope everything is settling back down for you at home,take care xx

Rita said...

Hello Kate. Spoke to you earlier so will not say anymore as you have both had it so hard recently dealing with this family time. Your Peony card is Amazingly beautiful, and I'm sure you have enjoyed creating it too. I'll see you soon. Hugs Rita xxx

Flo Langley said...

Gorgeous card Kate. Beautifully designed and created. I am so sorry to hear your news. Hopefully Jim is now more comfortable and no longer suffering so much pain. Thinking of you and sending hugs.
Flo xx

Lisa said...

I'm so sorry to to hear how ill your brother-in-law is. Sending prayers for your family. The card is so gorgeous!! The flowers are beautiful and I love the sentiment!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

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Diane said...

Very sorry news about Alistair's brother. Your colored flowers are just so pretty Kate. Wishing you both the best.

Hugs Diane

Wendy L said...

Your card is beautiful Kate.
Nothing like families!!!!
But good wishes to you both in difficult times, xxxx

aussie aNNie said...

Sorry to read about your BIL Kate, my dad had bowel cancer and ended up with a bag but his life was not cut short, so hope your BIL will live a fulfilling life again, without pain..[ as yo may recall my dad was almost 103] so all can come good..
Lovely card and beautiful flowers..xx
[I often buy myself flowers too Kate.]

Marianne's Craftroom said...

A beautiful card, lovely colour. Sorry to hear bil is so poorly. As for families, well you choose your friends and not your family. I think so many have ups and downs with family. Take care of yourselves x

aussie aNNie said...

Hi Kate here is a link to the kangies in the snow, which was around 3hrs west of Sydney, we are 2 hrs north...
Alistair will love to see this too. The only snow I have seen in Australia is a long way in the snow country where skiers go each year and drive for hours to get there...xxxx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Such a pretty card Kate, beautifully watercoloured too.
So sorry to hear of your Brother in Law's health problems, I do hope that the surgery affords him a more comfortable future. Families are strange things, with emotions high there always seem to be conflicts and fraught exchanges instead of compassion and a need to be kind to each other.
Take care,

dutchess said...

A beautiful card pretty,
I hope Alistairs brother is more comfy now...and as for families...well they can give joy and pain as we all know....chin up xxxx

Anne said...

A beautiful card Kate, that stamp is very pretty.
Sorry to hear that Alistair's Brother is having such a rough time, all you can do is your best and you'll have a clear conscience that you did what you could despite anyone else.
Hope your spirits are lifted for being back home.
Anne x

Linda Simpson said...

I am so very sorry to hear about your brother's health, sending prayers to you all. A gorgeous card!
Gentle Hugs
Linda xxx

Daffodil Cards said...

How awful for your BiL and hubby, my Dad had the same, I was so angry at the time, I remember someone asking me how he was and me saying "he's dying" it upset her and me at the time. Perhaps the family feel the same?

I Love your card and what a wonderful and beautiful sentiment, lovely shape on the stamp and love it framed with the pink. So very pretty Kate.
Enjoy being back crafting, look forward to seeing your wonderful makes.
Faith x

cotnob said...

A beautiful card Kate, a gorgeous image and lovely sentiment - so pretty.
I'm so sorry to hear your sad news, I'm sure Alistair's brother appreciated him being there for him.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

scrAPpamondo said...

So sorry for Alistair's brother, hope he will not have too much pain and the surgery will be positive for his life.
Sending hugs and prayers.
Your card is so lovely and sweet, great colouring on the peonies and such beautiful design!

Karen Dunbrook said...

so pretty in pink Kate....looks lovely.
x Karen

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Kate - so sorry to hear about your brother. I'm sad that the procedure won't extend his life, but grateful that it makes him more comfortable. Your Peony card is amazing! I love those delightful colors of pink! Wishing you peace and joy. hugs, de

Pat said...

So sorry to hear that Alistair's brother has had to have his bowel removed on top of all his other troubles but hopefully he will be more comfortable without it. Families can be a trial sometimes and I'm sorry things have left you feeling a bit dispirited and hope you soon feel better. Well, your peonies are absolutely gorgeous in that pink and love the shaped edge including that lovely matching pink layer, and some pretty pearls and a great sentiment to finish it beautifully. I always think it is such a shame that peony flowers come and go so quickly. x

MiamiKel said...

Thinking good thoughts for you and your brother, Kate - you have my prayers heading your way. And your card is just gorgeous - the peonies are so pretty!

MRS DUCK said...

Fab card and beautiful colouring Kate.
The saying about choosing friends and family is so true.x

Sally H said...

So sorry to hear about Alistair's brother. Give him a hug from me (I can totally relate to brothers pushing you away when they really need the help!) A stunningly gorgeous card. I have invested in quite a few honey doo stamps of late and this is one I am seriously tempted by!

Mac Mable said...

Sending hugs Kate and yes Families xxx
Sorry about the heart wrenching news about your BIL x.
You do right to treat yourself to peonies Kate....I love flowers in my home too x.
Such a beautiful card and a wonderful sentiment x

Sue said...

That is a beautiful stamp and the card you created with it is wonderful. So sorry that your brother in law has had another set back, poor man. Hope they can keep him comfortable. I know what you mean about family, seems situations that are so sad to begin with brings out the worst in folks.