Monday, 24 April 2017

Morgan Doll........

Image- Morgan Doll.
Hi everyone!

It's my Dream Team post today and of course, it just had to be featuring the brand new Morgan Doll. This set is way too cute not to get or to pass up a make with right away! and when I saw it, several of the boy choices were so like my little man, I just had to go full throttle!!

Just look at the fun you can have merging this little guy! not only is there a stack of bits in the Morgan Doll set........

There is an add on set too called Morgan Soccer and it's super cute!!
We had an awesome weekend. I am still pootling along in my little Lou way and have managed quite well with just a couple of anti sickness tablets being taken! go me! 
Today I am going to drop Mo off at school and get a bit of ironing done, then sneak in a little crafty fun before pick up time!

Thank you for popping in! Hugs Lou xx

Sunday, 23 April 2017

You're my anchor.......

Papers- Nitwit Collections Aye Aye Captain.
Hi everyone! 

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend. I've had a wonderful one so far and I even got a bit of crafting done yesterday! go me!!!

So I had a really special card I needed to make for Scott's parents and this gorgeous little Edwin with Binoculars just had to be the guy to help me in my quest for special card making-ness! he is such a sweetheart and goes super well with the sentiment form my stampin up Guy Greetings stamp set.

I coloured this little Edwin up while I was sat having my first chemo on friday and got busy on the card as soon as we got up on saturday!! it didn't take long to get cuteness altogether on one scrummy card!


So friday was my first chemo session, I had to be there for 6 hours due to it being my first one. I had to have my herceptin injection into my left leg to start off with,it was a 5 min slow push one ....oucheroo!!!! but don't worry peeps! I braved it out Lou style!! he he!! 
Then it was time to warm up my hand and try and cannulate me.....

That went rather Lou-ish! it took them 3 attempts for them to get a cannula into my dafty fairy Lou veins but once it was in we were ready to go!!
Then I it was onto the steroids...
Then it was time for the big boy of the day, the cancer critter chaser... the docetaxel ! he was so cool he even came in a black bag !!
And after 6 hours, I was allowed home at 5:15pm and then it was onto the big shave!! I had so much fun. My Best friends came and the children were here and my gorgeous friend Kristie came to shave my hair for me. She was amazing. She got Little Mo involved and made a ponytail for Mo to cut off. That helped him to understand the whole thing so much better and really feel a part of it. It was such a wonderful thing to see. My friend Kev came to take photographs so I can't wait to share some of those with you when they are ready!!

Then it was time for the rest of that long Lou hair to go!! it didn't take too long at all!!
And so far so good, I feel ok, a little tired today but still good. I have a little bit of a flush going on but not too bad at all all things considered!

Right, time to go! it's gorgeously sunny out there and we are going to enjoy some fresh air.

Huge hugs and snuggles for you all,
Lou xxxxx

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Lou Fight Like a Girl...........

Image- Lou Fight like a Girl from Tiddly Inks.
Morning everyone!

I've been and bought some bits for making chilli for tea and had a lovely walk with my BF, her dog and the mini peeps and now I am just sitting at my pooter in the kitchen in the sunshine while my dogs lay out in the sun with the rabbits!!!

I often just sit here and watch my crazy animals! It's so relaxing to watch them all enjoying a little bit of sun. There's a bit of a chill in the air still but it's so good to see bright and sunny days!

Yesterday I had a squidge of time to finish off a make using the amazing stamp Christy from Tiddly Inks drew for me for a surprise, Lou Fight like a Girl . I love her with her fightin' face on and her big ole boxing gloves, she's just perfect. I used the colouring page version because I love those stripes in the background so much. And I added a teeny little thin thread cancer ribbon up on the top right of the image piece just to finish it off a bit.

So I have 3 more sleeps until my day of chemo and hair being shaved off. I have spent a little time taking off my black nail varnish to give my nails just a little bit of respite for today and I'll re do it tomorrow. I am treating them to a lovely bit of cuticle oil treatment from my beautiful friend, Becky. There's an absolutely stonking £1,480 in the circle of love over on my fundraising page and I can't believe it! I just can't wait to take it to the Breast Unit when the page closes! I so hope they'll be pleased with it.

Right. I am going to boil the kettle for a lovely cuppa. I've had 1L of water (...trying to be healthy and all that!!!) but now it really is time to just treat myself to a lovely warm cup of tea!!

Huge hugs for you all, Lou xx

Monday, 17 April 2017

Easter Chickie....

Image- Easter Chickie.
Morning everyone!

I'm in for you with my Dream Team make of the week. I was working on something else I wanted to show you but then the uber easter cuteness that is Easter Chickie overcame me and I couldn't resist the tweetness!!

Isn't it just so cute! It's the bunny in the basket that's the clincher!! 

Don't forget the sale is still going so take time to get a few bits from your wishlist!!

welcome-spring-17-fb.png

So today Mo is picking up a book he has ordered with his easter pennies from my Aunty and pre ordering the next book out from his Cogheart bok that he loed. He is very into steampunk so has been reading steampunk novels! That little man always has his head in a book!! So I am just going to smoosh around with the boys of the house and maybe squeeze in a little crafty time! he he!!

I also need to start popping a few bits in my 'cancer bag' ready for chemo on Friday. Scott is allowed to stay with me for this first session but I think the entire 6 hours may have him falling asleep so I figure he can come for a couple of hours and then scoot off and get some bits done until I am done and then come fetch me! So far I have a new book to read, a selection of promarkers, a few images to colour up and some nibbles!!

And my little fundraising page!! oh my my my!!! it's at a whopperoonie...



I am so, so thankful for all the love and wonderful messages people have been leaving too. It's just amazing.

Right, time for a cuppa!!Have a wonderful day evryone, Huge Hugs Lou xxx

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Scarlett West..and a little Lou update!!


Image- Scarlett West from KennyK stamps.
Morning everyone!!!

I was ever so honoured to win a GDT spot with the KennyK DT over on their Club Kenny K facebook page. The challenge this month, which you can find HERE, is as always Anything Goes but the DT girls and us GDT girls we tasked a 'Spring Flowers' theme.

Well I had to take a Lou style route around this one with my kooky sense of humour! I don't know about the rest of the world but our spring here is swinging between wonderfully warm and then blooming freezing again!! and I am totally blaming it on the groundhog!! he he!!!!

Here's a close up of the blinginess!! because I so love a lil bit of blingy glitter pen, especially on the sheer skirt.

And don't forget!! you get the gorgeous Dowager Countess free just for entering the challenge.

Yesterday I went for my oncology appointment. It's all good news and all a bit of a rush from here on in because my Chemotherapy starts next Friday (21st)at 10:30am!! And my hair, well it needs to go sooner than we thought...Like next friday night/saturday before my blood count has a chance to dip and an infection can have a party if my head gets nicked during the shave!!! But, its all good peeps because at least I don't have to have it done this weekend and I won't get mistaken for a huge Easter Egg!!!

The side effects are always a wonderful thought....errrr......!!! lol!! but the plus points are I am clearly half mortal so that's good!!!!
But in true Lincoln Breast Unit style, they were explained fully and fabulously. I'm super pleased I ordered my lovely hats because they arrived yesterday. I love the little doodled animals ones my Little Mo chose for me! they are just too cute!

I also got a wonderful big snuggle from my wound nurse, Charlotte, who saw me in the corridor and said it was lovely to see me. Honestly, that was just magic. I feel so blessed to of been cared for by this amazing team. It really has set me in good sted for kicking ass!!!!

Right, I need to get a move on because today I have my Zoladex injection into my tummy, lots of bloods to be taken an my BP to be checked....errrrrmmmm..I think that might be a bit high!!!!!

Have a wonderful day everyone! huge hugs Lou xxx

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Super Kid....

Image- my super Boys clear stamp set (now retired)
but you can use My Batty Hero.
Morning everyone!

Oh my am I enjoying the school holidays and some Little Mo time. It really feels so good to kick back from the routine of school and just play! and the bonus of having him home is that he totally and utterly inspires me to get my 'boy' makes on!! he he!!

I wanted to make Mo a special little card because his bravery after my diagnosis and his compassion while I have been sore from surgeries has been amazing. We are teaching him to come to terms with mummy going bald with humour and he has been fantastic.

So this card was just for him and he loved it when I snuck it under his door quietly while he was reading on his bed yesterday and he came down and gave me a big kiss after he had opened it. I LOVE that he is not afraid to do that.

And me...I've been struggling with the itchiness of healing through the night! OH MY GOODNESS!! there is really nothing worse than an itch you can't scratch because you can't actually work out where the route of the blooming itching is because you have no real sensation around it and it's itching inside??!!! arghhhhhhh!!! My wonderful Aunty has told me to deploy the old Piriton so that is going to be the way forward!! he he!! 

And my actual scars? well they are looking pretty damn fine :) My scars are like my bodies natural tattoos. They tell my story and they make me smile every time I see them, like a beautiful map of my journey. Don't be afraid of your scars peeps, own them.

I kinda feel a little sorry for Cancer,it totally picked the wrong girl to try!!!!

huge hugs and love, Lou xxxxx


Saturday, 8 April 2017

Lula......

Image- Lula Fairy Doll from Mo's Digital Pencil.
Flower Jar from Mo's Digital Pencil.
Morning all!!

Well I am waking up to a pretty magical day already! Not only do I have a make with the super cute Lula Fairy Doll  to share with you all, I also woke up to Maurie having drawn an image form that also raises some pennies for my fundraising page.
For the next 34 days The Fight has 50% of the proceeds from her sales going to my little fundraising page.

So I decided to kinda play peek a boo with my little Lula Fairy Doll !! I snuck her in with another one of Maurie's beautiful images, Flower Jar , so she is like a magical treat with your flowers!! he he!! but seriously, there are so many options with this little dress up Lula. Take a peek at what you get with her set...
and there is also a super sweet Lula Angel Wings set in the shop to go with her, it's free right now so don't forget to pop in quick!!
Yesterday I had my ECG done at the hospital. It took a lot longer than I thought it would ( it was about 40 mins, here was me thinking quick splodge of gel and look and job done!!) there were measurements taken, a squillion pictures and some sound clips too! it was ever so interesting. I do not know how they learn to look at all these pictures on a screen and understand them! I had to really crane my neck to peek (...I have such bad neck ache as karma for my nosiness today!!!) at the screen but it was rather magical to see my heart beating away! 
Right, I've got to scoot!! we are going out for the day and Little Mo is sooooooo excited to go he is almost jumping around!!

Huge hugs and thank you's for popping in
Lou xxx

Thursday, 6 April 2017

DP2 Challenge #274...anything Mo Goes!!

Image- Sprout.

Hi everyone! its time for a fab new challenge over on the DP2 challenge blog. And, as always, its time to explore your Mo's Digital Pencil images in your own way!! its.....

 Anything Goes with a Mo Image

                             Winners prize: a $5.00 voucher for Mo's online store.

Remember to follow Mo's Challenge Rules ...
use at least one Mo Manning image...
NEW creations only! (No back linking)...
And, please, only ONE entry per person!

I just had to use Sprout seeing as spring is getting into full swing now and the flowers are so beautiful.I love the hope in her little face at that little green sprouting seed in her pot, its just magical.

And speaking of magical, oh my was I surprised by some very special people yesterday! I was super duper lucky enough to meet some of my most gorgeous crafting budettes, Erin, Lucy and Penni, yesterday. We have had their visit planned for quite some time and I was all nervous and excited about it!! Scott took the day off so he and Mo could have some daddy and mo time doing some geocaching and I could have girlie time.

What the girlies didn't tell me was that Erin and Lucy had organised a huuuuuuuuuge surprise for me with Krista. Oh my goodness. They had asked Krista for a special Lou image (....she is seriously so gorgeous). And they had made a secret group and tonnes of people had made me amazing cards and my oh my oh my were they amazing. 

I turned into a huge Lou puddle and cried when they gave me the box. I am so overwhelmed by everyone's kindness. I really cannot find the right words, or words I feel right enough, to thank you all. I have stolen some piccies from Lucy and Erin for you to see some of the gorgeousness!!!






 I am a very lucky girl. I also got my first ever Pandora bracelet from Penni. It has super special jewel charms on it. One says courage and one says Optimism and then there is a gorgeous silver gemini charm for my birth sign. Eileen made me a stunning little guardian angel charm, Lisa made me a beautiful post it note holder and Lucy made me a super cool 'Lou's book of wonderousness' and got me a super cool diary and mug and tea and they got me a bunch of flowers too. I feel soooooooo spoilt but so loved.
No automatic alt text available.
Right, time to go! a cuppa is a calling me!! I've been up since 2am so I may need to hit the espresso soon!!!

Huge hugs Lou xxx






Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Tiddly Inks challenge #200.....Road Trip!!

Image- Scooting By.

It's time for another fun challenge over on the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog and it's time get travelling!!! the Tiddly Inkers want you to think.....

Road Trip!

 So think images with a travel theme/journeys/fun times

 (**remember...We love to see any new creation, a card, 3D project, journal page etc 
but you must use a Tiddly Inks stamp or image **)

I had 3 images in my pile to choose from for this challenge but who can resist a bit of Wryn Scooting By? not me that's for sure!!!! and her little pawsy pal on the back there in goggles just clinched the deal!! sooooo cute!!!

Today Mo and I have 'I'm not sure what' in store for us (....we are currently sat in pj's and thinking about breakfast!!!). I am most enjoying the no school run and rush around and just chilleroo, it feels soooo good!!! and Mo really needed it, he was so tired after the school pantomime and then his trip to France and was most ready for some book reading chilling out playing with his friends days!

Yesterday we were outside almost all day!! We went for a walk in the morning to pick up my Zoladex injection for next thursday and OH MY GOODNESS!!! when the pharmacist handed me the box I was kinda screaming inside in silence!! it looks so big!! but my aunty assures me its just a teeny little implant the size of a hamma bead in there so I am thinking its just like crafting right?!!! 

No automatic alt text available.

Then we played outside, only really coming in for dinner and then straight back out. Mo loved it but was as grumpy as your bum on a hot metal slide by the end of the day!! he he he!!! 

And huge thanks to the lovely Bunny who suggested Mo and Scott might like a plait of my hair before its all shaved off. I told them about it and they loved the idea so I ordered these teeny elastics to make some teeny plaits for them.
No automatic alt text available.
Right, I'm off to the teapot to get another lovely cup of tea. My arm is quite sore still this morning so I think I must need another brew!!!!!

Huge hugs and thank you's for popping in, Lou xxxx

Monday, 3 April 2017

Adventures Abroad....


Morning everyone! 

I'm popping in for you today with a super fun make using the scrumptious new Adventures Abroad. Isn't she just delightful?! I adore her. I just had to colour up that big, plumfy blanket all patchworky!!! and Bronte looks so cute following her on her journey, awwwwwwww!!!

Click on this picture below to get her and go off on your own adventures with her!!
So its easter holidays here and I am over the moon because I have my little man at home. I LOVE IT!! time with my little man is always a mummy smile maker. Scott has gone back to work this week after working from home for 6 weeks while I recover so it will be nice to have Mo home to keep me busy as I am sure I will miss Scott's presence greatly. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful husband looking after me, he really has been just amazing.

I must also say a massive huge thank you to everyone who is donating to my fundraising page or just sharing it. I cannot tell you how much it brightens my days when I wake up and check in on it.

I really do not know how to thank you all enough. You really are the best support and the biggest pair of big girl pants a girl could wish for at a time like this...so with that in mind I now have a pair of big girl pants for the day of my head shave and I am taking every one who has donated with me on the day by wearing said big girl pants!!! 40 days to go!!! it's going to whizz by!! I am so honored to have you all supporting me and know that you will literally have my back (....side!!!) on the big day. Here they are!!
It's a good job I have such a big bum with you all supporting me!!! you really are the best.

Right, time to go and have fun with my little man! thank you for popping in, 
hugs Lou xxxxx

Friday, 31 March 2017

Relax, Renew, Restore.........

Stamp- Renew from Some Odd Girl.
Hi everyone!

Well an unexpected hour of quiet while Scott and Mo rush our poor little Dasher to the vets with a yucky anal gland abscess again gave me time to just sit and play with a beautiful stamp I received through my happy mail surprise from my dear friend, Wendy. I was so excited when I saw it because I adore my SOG stamps and I don't use them nearly enough!!

The last 3 months of my lil Lou life have been a complete whirlwind so the 'relax,renew and restore' sounded just perfect! A bit of colouring, a bit of paper piecing with her dress and of course some yummy flowers and she was done.

And while I am typing away I want to say a HUGE MASSIVE thank you to everyone who has popped some pennies in over on my fundraising page. I am absolutely overwhelmed by all of your lovely support and messages. I feel so very loved and I can't wait to take the pennies to them! there are 42 days left of the page being open and me with hair!! he he!! It's so exciting! Last time I peeked in on it there was a whopping £380!!! Thank you all so very much.

Right, got to go! the men of the house have just returned home so I am going to see how my little paws is!!

Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxxx

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Be your Best..........and a Lou update!!

Stamps- Mini Remix Boys from TGF.
Dies- Mini Remix boys die cuts from TGF.
Promarkers- 
Blush, Sunkissed Pink, Coral and Burnt Orange- Skin.
Satin, Sandstone, Caramel and Burnt Sienna- Hair, trousers, sneakers & T-shirt.
Pastel Blue, Denim Blue and Midnight Blue- Over shirt.


Morning everyone!

I've had a morning of walking today as I needed to get a prescription taken to my Drs surgery so decided I'd walk there, then my BF took me for another walk when I got home so I've only just had chance to sit down and turn on my pooter!!

On saturday I received uber happy mail from my gorgeous friend, Joni. It was this amazing little stamp and die set and I am over the moon with it ( she sent me the most beautiful papers too but they are still in the 'stroke only' stage of Lou-ness!!!!).I was so excited to use it yesterday that I just had to make something for the PFP challenge this week which is 'add a button or 2'.Buttons are just perfect for those little guy cards because its like embelly minus the flower feel!! he he!!!!

I ran out of time to post it last night because I was so sore after my appointment at the hospital ( there's nothing quite like a good poke of your wound area and nipple island check to make you feel like hiding in the duvet!!! he he!!!).

But...It was such excellent news!! the lymph nodes they took came back negative so they are clear of cancer which is such a relief! My wounds are all looking good and the little bit of stitch site meanies yuckiness on Nipple Island should heal all on its own soon. The pain in my arm is also normal and could take a long time to stop but just to manage it with pain relief and exercise. I do have to have chemotherapy so I didn't get my free pass card this time but lets be honest, a few months of chemo is a very little price to pay for such a disease...and I am going to rock it.

Now, my consultants and nurses at the breast clinic are just amazing. They went through in great detail with me yesterday all the bits that are going to happen and I am going to loose my hair...everywhere! so with that in mind, I came home and put a plan into action. I want to say a Lou kinda Thank you to the amazing team at Lincoln Breast Unit. Without them, my story could be a whole tonne different and I have decided that a fun way to help will be to have all my hair shaved off after my first chemo treatment dose.

There are a couple of reasons why I want to get it shaved before it starts to fall out. I want to be in control and those locks of hair are going to work for their freedom!! I have set up a fundraising page. You can find it HERE or by clicking on the linky at the top of my right hand sidebar over there>>>>>>>>>>>

In 43 days time, on 12th May 2017 my fundraising page will close and I will be getting my hair shaved off.I am not afraid or dissapointed in the least to loose my hair, it's all part and parcel of keeping me in top Lou form and I am more than happy to listen and do all I am told by my oncologist. I have been a little surprising for them all along with firstly having the rare Pagets Disease, then having an actual invasive tumour in there too and then my HER 2+ and ER PR- results. He is still deciding how best to do my treatment plan so I'm not sure how often I will be going yet but I have to start Zolodex first in 2 weeks time to 'switch off' my ovaries to try and prevent an early menopause while I have my chemo. That is an injection in my tummy every 4 weeks until the end of chemo...ouch!! he he!!

So the search for lovely little beanie hats and crocheted fun wigs has begun!! And I have started to practice to tie thin scarves as my little hair loss booklet tells me too....Preparation is key right?!!

Sorry for all the Lou waffleage today!!!!! I'm off for a nap now!!

Huge hugs and love, Lou xxxxx



Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Fairy Tenderhearted.........

Image- Fairy Tenderhearted from Tiddly Inks.
Morning all!!

Whoot Whoot! it's results day!! at 3:30pm I should know exactly what these ittle cancer critters are up to and know how the consultans are going to blitz them away!! he he!!! but for now, I am jut celebrating getting those DVT socks off my legs! (...ok...so my legs are very comparable to the legs of a bear but I'll sort that later! I swear hairs grow faster in DVT socks!!!!!!).

My arm is still annoyingly sore and I have another little stitch site yucky looking bit on nipple island but I am going to get the surgeon to have a look at that today when I go too....like let's ask him a zillion things all at once....lucky guy!!! I have the list all ready so I don't forget anything!

There are however plus points to the stitch site meanies... 1) I see my girly time tummy swelling is going down nicely 2)..OMG?? I can see my tummy past my mini boob! whoot whoot!!! lol!!!! It isn't like that on the other side!! lol!!!!

Anyways, we'll chat about all that tomorrow when I know a bit more than the boring same old same old you've all had for the last couple of weeks!!

So onto the Lou make of the day! he he!! I couldn't resist some Tiddly Inks fun for my MIL's mothers day card. I adore Fairy Tenderhearted so she just had to be my choice. I printed her out and then masked her off to make a floaty woaty puffy wuffy cloudy woudy background!!!!

Then it was just a bit of colouring fun and using my scrummy new Marianne Designs Circle and flower stitch die. It's the first new crafty thing I've bought myself this year. I saw it in action on a gorgeous card my friend Julie sent me so I just had to have a peek and see if I could find it and the Buddly Crafts shop on eBay didn't let me down! there it was waiting for me to get it! he he!!!

Here's a close up of the gorgeous little fairy to show her little wings and shiny egg.

Right, time for another cuppa for me I think. Little Mo has popped off to school with Daddy and I need to just pop my list of questions and file into my cancer bag and get a few on the spot steps in on my fitbit to start the day off!

Huge hugs for you all, thank you for popping in on me, Lou xxx