Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A scarey day!!

Hello :)))


Back home again now with loads of washing and packing away....Kindy Christmas concerts and end of year activities, make - up swimming lessons to be had since we missed one last week, getting over a 24hr bug and my day today started like this.

Up at 4.30 (yep!) getting a few things like some washing started and some odd jobs done before the boys get up, getting DH off to work....planning a great day with my two boys....I was going to finish some washing, ironing (boring I know!!) and then we were going to do lots of Christmas craft, make presents and do cards for all Riley's Kindy friends and teachers....well none of it happened!!

Well I managed 2 loads of washing and while just starting to peg the 2nd load out, Riley come around from the back of the house, screaming...and I mean screaming, like the one where your heart stops beating...saying 'I've been bitten' over and over mean while lifting up his shirt to reveal to me...2 puncture wounds on his back!!!! I did not hesitate..washing stayed outside unhung in the basket, I got both boys inside, trying to calm Riley down and ask him what he saw and what he did....of course he was in pain and couldn't clearly tell me. 

(and no..Emerald hospital does NOT look like!!)

I phoned ahead to the emergency and they were waiting for Riley.  I am forever thankful that my dear sister met me at the hospital and took Finlay for me....I was scared....totally scared I had no idea what to expect.  I didn't see it happen, I didn't go a check out the back for what it number 1 priority was my little boy...  Riley needed every person to hold him down...he was petrified...10 drs and nurses standing all over him, getting the snake kit and testing the wounds.  He just kept calling out for me, shaking, screaming...I was doing all I could to keep it together while trying to calm him down, and telling him it was going to be all right. 

After 4 unsuccessful attempts to get a vein (due to Riley moving because it hurt, therefore the vein collapsed) to get some blood tests, they decided to use numbing cream and do it that way.  So while that was doing its job (numbing the area), he calmed down, the nurses bought him some colouring pencils and book...I talked about this that and everything, trying to take his mind off it....

It was then that we found out it WASN'T a snake bite but what was it???? No one really knows....All I can say is was a huge relief...I know that snakes don't usually bite that high up on the body but my boys love to zoom their trucks around on the concrete path and when they get to the grass they like to 'crash' (as boys do) and roll onto the grass.  All I could think of was that he did this and rolled onto a snake...

Now we do live in town...we don't live in the bush but we do side onto a boundary fence, which on the other side of the fence is a vineyard and then on the other side of the house is a vacant block which much to our disgust is not kept neat and tidy.  Ever since we moved in and the neighbours said they have seen 8 brown snakes in 3 years, I have been teaching the boys to look every time they step outside...always have shoes on (!!) and if they see one, run as fast as you can back inside and tell mummy. Since the floods last year, there are alot more snakes around this summer, so you can never be too careful I reckon...

Well getting back to the hospital...can I just say how much I LOVE the small town community and the care they have for each other....I had a complete stranger come up to me and said she heard my little boy screaming so she went out to Toyworld and came back with some toys for Riley...I mean I was floored...I cannot thank her enough for being so thoughtful and really helped in keeping him distracted.

So in the end, a vein was had, the first of many bloods were taken and we were told we were being admitted to the ward for a 9 hour observation with a possible overnight stay.  He is getting on okay but at 5pm his blood tests were still showing a rising in his muscle value (?) if you are a nurse or dr you might understand.  So until they lower (they are taking blood every couple of hours) he stays in hospital.

I am sorry for typing this all up...thank you if you got this far in reading, I don't really expect you to...I was just typing this up for my records.  Think I will have to scrap this story!

I am also very, very glad that the drs and nurses of A&E took this seriously and did everything possible to make the experience less frightening for Riley and also not once did they make me feel silly for taking him to the just never know these days.

So that was my was yours????

I am dying to scrap...its been 2 weeks... but family needs must come first! Hopefully I can get back into the swing of things soon!

Take care

Monday, November 21, 2011

November Prima BAP

Hi everyone :)))

Hope you all had a great weekend! Busy busy busy here...we are going away again this week so I have been madly doing the usual packing and checking the list! Always lots to do before you go away hey!

Last week I thought I would play along again at Prima with their BAP sketch.

Weekend fun.... yeh I have scrapped this photo before but I had another one lying around so thought I would have another go at scrapping it!! Background paper is Prima...a sort of oldie I think...lots of gesso, and mists and some distress inks!

A super gorgeous Prima Resin along with a Charms Creations lollipop, topped off with some beautiful Prima mirrors! beautiful is that butterfly...I love them!

Thanks so much for visiting and for your beautiful comments !!
Have a great week...see you next week sometime! :))

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Simply Perfect.....

Hello my dear friends :))

Its the middle of the month again so that means another new sketch is up at Stuck Sketches?! and the CT have really out-done themselves again!! The sketch is created by the talented Crystal Goulding and I just love it...simple and lots of  'white space'.... just how I like it :))!


Simply Perfect..... Using lots of Prima....background paper is from the new 'Romantique' line.  Also used the Prima brick mask with some kinda went funny on me but them after a while I started to like the messed up watery look! Added a bit of glitter here and there and dived unto my Prima flower stash and came up with this... :)))

I just love this photo of Finlay...we did a day trip a few months back to a dam out of town and I fluked this photo of him perched up on the rock beside the dam...!! :))

sigh...can't half tell that I LOVE Prima :))))

Misted doiley trim....

Well I have been scrapping up a storm...mostly DT stuff for next month but I will be back shortly with a challenge share :)))

I hope you are all having a beautiful week :))
Thanks so much for visiting!!


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Summer Flowers....

Hello :)))

This month MHC launched its Summer Flowers range....bigger choice, more colours and lots of different sizes AND not so bulky for many of them....

If you haven't checked out their website you should...there is heaps being released!!!!

Here is a layout I created last month using some of the Summer flowers that are available....let me tell you they are totally GORGEOUS!!!

Now I don't usually scrap about myself but I have been struggling lately with a lot of things so I decided to do something just for myself, to remind myself that where I am in life....the stage I am at, the things that I face each exactly where I am meant to be..and I am learning (slowly) to embrace it!!.  Love the gorgeous flocked Prima iron-on quote.


I have slightly misted the pink flower to deepen it a little...

The deeper pink flower is actually a white flower which I misted and aged a make it look like an older rose bud...

Prima quote....

Look out for more of these new summers flowers...they will be hitting the online shops very soon!

Thanks again for always leaving me very encouraging comments.
Have a great day!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Stuck Sketches?!

Hello everyone,

Hope you are all having a fantastic weekend....just a quiet one for us for a change.  Our bookcase was delivered this week (at last!!)...we have only been waiting for it for 2 months!! So this morning saw us unpacking the last of our boxes of books, photo albums etc etc...the boys were quite excited...everything seemed new again!!! haha!!

Anyway onto CT sample for Stuck?! Sketches went up this morning.  I hope you get a chance to play along...Sara's sketches are always heaps of fun !!


You make me Smile...  Lots of yummy Prima here again with some Hambly...bit different for me using some paint but that was the way the sketch took me. Oh I flipped the sketch from one side to the other...

A Charms Creations page runner...layered doilies and lace :)))

And another little one at the top!

Entries are to be linked up over in the sidebar no later than 11.59pm November 30th to be in the running for one of this month's sponsor vouchers. When linking your entries, please make sure it is linked to the specific post your layout is in, not your blog as a whole as it can be hard later in the month to find your layout, especially if you blog often. You can also link from any gallery including Facebook and Flickr. Entries are to be created solely for this challenge and not to be used in any other competition or challenge.

Okay best being getting back to my weekend!


Thursday, November 3, 2011


HI everyone! Ok, well we were thrilled to bits with the entries we got for last months sketch competition. A big thank you to everyone that entered. So here is the November one and this month, the prize is a beauty! All you have to do is use some MHC flowers or some of the gorgeous paper from The Scrapcake to enter :))


Prize: 5 packs of our Christmas collection flowers....aren't they so soft and dreamy!!  You have until midnight 30 November to get your entries in.  All details can be found HERE.

And have you seen these?? They are some of the new Summer Collection which are about to hit the stores anytime soon! Keep your eyes out for them, you don't want to miss out...they are stunners! Says me who already has them!! WAHOO!!!

And here is one of my latest layouts for Manorhouse...

I used the gorgeous (oh they are so pretty) papers from The Scrapcake - The Bright Side of plenty of beautiful blooms.  This is another layout I did for my SIL of my beautiful little niece :))

Loving Life with you by my side...

Okay I am going to try and do a big catch up today with you all.  I haven't been around much lately...I have been busy with life as usual and helping out at the Kindy.  I have some baking to do today for the Kindy's garage sale on Saturday!!
I will be back in the next couple of days to share my Stuck?! Sketches layout but in the mean time why not check out the blog for some gorgeous inspiration from half of the CT.
Have a great day and thanks for visiting :))