Saturday, 28 March 2009

40th Birthday wishes and Sorry!

Its raining and cold, so much for the first day of spring tomorrow!!! this weather is making me feel really miserable, i hope the sun and warmth returns soon and especially for the children's easter holidays starting next saturday!

Well another week has passed, firstly i have some apologies to make. I have had to re-assess things here at home. I have had to put my blogging on the back boiler for a while. I love my blogging but with my naturally addictive nature, it was ruling my whole life. After much deliberation, i have deciding that i will schedule all my posts for the week at the weekend, i will also catch up with my blog hopping and comments at the weekend too. This means i can spend more time doing things here at home, including more cooking and dare i say it, cleaning!!! I hate those domestic duties, but needs must!! all of these things have been neglected over the last few months, and although no-one here has complained im feeling guilty about it.

I promise that i will visit you all weekly and try to leave comments too. I always enjoy visiting your lovely blogs and seeing what you've been creating.

As many of you know i have had problems here at home on a personal front, and although for the time being things have settled down, i need to concentrate on getting my family back on the right tracks and i shall be dedicating all my spare time in doing this. Family has always been the most important thing in my life and i love my children and husband to pieces, but i have i know let my crafting get in the way. I need to rectify that.

This morning Jasmine has her school Easter Egg hunt at school, its pouring of rain! how typical. I assume the teddies will be taking refuge indoors instead of outside on the field!

I'm hoping to make my DT cards this morning and then schedule them for the rest of the week, i hope you all have some wonderful things planned for the weekend.

On Wednesday my lovely friend Donna, celebrated her 40th Birthday. This is the card that i made for her special day. Im loving the Leanne Ellis images and the pink and brown combo is one of my favourite colour combinations. Hope you liked in Donna, happy birthday hunny, you are a special person and i hope you were treated like one!!!

Mothers Day seems ages ago already, but here is a photo of what my lovely children brought me. I have to say i was taken back this year, as my children really did spoil me. I am usually totally disappointed, as i have spoken about previously. But not this year, i think maybe it has something to do with the fact that Jasmine is getting older and knows exactly what i like instead of relying on Dads choice!! and also that the boys now have girlfriends!!! i think maybe the present buying was delegated. Im not complaining though, and thursday i received my new whiff of joy stamps that my middle son Jamie brought me. Can't wait to have a play with them. My hubby cooked a delicious beef wellington lunch for us all and my mum joined us for lunch. So it was a lovely enjoyable day. Thank you to my hubby and lovely children.
I trust you all had a great day too and i shall catch up with what you got up to when i visit your blogs.

I will see you all again tomorrow with another Crafty Pad challenge. Enjoy your weekend however you are spending it.
Big hugs Linda x


Moni said...

Gorgeous card, love the colours! Hugs, Moni

cats whiskers said...

i Hun I so agree with you this blogging does take over your life sometimes I get really upset that I cannot get round to everyone who comments and feel really guilty I think what you have decided it a brilliant idea.
I love the card you made for Donna and I bet she did too
Hugs Jacqui x

Tab said...

Oh sweetie, stunning card, love the colours too! Blogging is so addictive, your not alone. Great idea what your doing, hope you get more time with your family.
Hugs Tab xxx

Camilla said...

Stunning card Linda!
And thanks for the sweet words:) *hug*
About my candy: you have to add two friends who also win if you win!:)

Donalda said...

Oh hon your card is just gorgeous dear. I just love that image. And I hear you about the blogging. That is what I had to do I schedule my posts for the week and try to catch up blogging on the weekend. My work hours have went to 12 hours so doesn't leave much time . But you are right family is #1

Gry-Heidi said...

Hi Linda:) I love this card, it is sooo beautiful! You have made a lot of gorgeous cards since my last visit!
... and I know...blogging is so addictive...your decision is a great! Enjoy your weekend :)

Big hugs, Gry-Heidi

Paula said...

Linda what a beautiful card you made for Donna i know she was thrilled with it. I know where your coming from Re the blogging problem its taken over my life too the problem is its so addictive. Hope you have great weekend Linda.
Paula xxxx

Zoe said...

Hello Linda, I love your card it is stunning and I love the stamp.

Maria Matter said...

Oh, Linda, my life unfortunately echos that same situation! Blogging does take over at times! Scheduling is a great idea and using the weekends for catching up on all the fun! Sounds like you're getting a handle on things, and that's great!
Donna's b'day card is so lovely, I'm sure she so appreciated it!!!
Have a fab weekend!
Blessings to you & your family, Maria

Kristine B. said...

WOW, Linda that is so gorgeous!! I love your colors, images and those flourish cut outs!! Oh, I'm sure she just adores it so much. Have a super weekend ☺

Riet said...

wowww Linda.what a beautiful card,l love the stamp and colors.

hugs Riet.x

Nannieflash said...

HI Linda, we understand that sometimes other things come first before crafting as much as we would like to spend all our time on it. You sound as though you have a wonderful family, and if you are not careful, like mine they will be all grown up and flown, so be patient your time will come, and by the way I think your friend will be delighted with her card, its absolutely beautiful. love and hugs Shirleyxx

Jill said...

wow Linda gorgeous card I love the image and layout and wow your presents look lovely, glad you had a wonderful day hugs Jill xx

ella bella said...

totally agree with what you said about the blogging it is very addictive and does take over but i think what you have decided to do is a great idea :)
love your card the colours and layout look fabulous and i love that image
hope your having a great weekend
Tracy x

Rleen said...

Hi Linda,
Thanks for the sweet comment you left in my latest post. Much appreciated.
Your card is gorgeous, I love the color combo and the papers. The image is lovely and the design is fabulous. I'm sure your friend love it.
What a lovely presents you got on mother's day. I love everything. Thanks for sharing!
Have a wonderful weekend.

Dawn said...

Hiya Linda

Och I know what you mean - my blogging has altered drastically too - things change and as you say you have to reassess...

Gorgeous card for your friend - i love those colours¬!

See ya tomorrow at the Crafty Pad!!

Linnie said...

hi linda

beautiful card..i agree family must always come first but all mine have flown the nest so enjoy while you have them

Dena said...

What's not to love about this card? It is so pretty. The brown and pink are great! I too feel guilty about this new consuming activity, but try not to do it when the fam is home. tee hee

Susie Sugar said...

Beautiful card Linda, you have used my fav colour combo pink & chocolate yummy
Love Susie xx

Kim Piggott said...

Linda I know just what you mean. I have a hard enough job keeping up with blog and carding. If I had a young family I couldn't do it. You have definitely made the right choice. Now you wont be under so much pressure.

I love your beautiful card so much pretty detail and such a gorgeous design!

Your Mothers day sounded wonderful! Love your cards and pressies and those flowers are just beautiful! Those gloves are so funny!
kim x

Carole said...

Hi Linda, you have absolutely nade the right decision. Blogging does take over your life, I struggle to keep up with everything most of the time. Family is definitely more important. I love your Mother's Day gifts and special.
Your 40th birthday card is so gorgeous, wonderful details and colouring.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend and the extra time with your loved ones.
Carole x

Donna said...

Hi Linda, I know what you mena about the weather. its so cold here this evening :( Gorgeous card and such a lot of attention to detail, beautiful colours too. I too have a blog addiction and need to take a leaf out of your book, especially with the domestic duties lol! Hope you have a lovely weekend Linda :) Donna x

Mandi said...

FABULOUS the pink and brown it looks lush

manid xx

Bunny-Zoe's Blog said...

Your card is gorgeous Linda, Oh and I know exactly how you feel, I'm so with you and it sure does take over, I too now cannot spend so much time commenting as it does take over, Big Hugs, Nikki x

my5bratz said...

LOVE that card..and soooo know what you mean about blogging...she says as the laundry piles higher

Pinklilac said...

Hi Linda Stunning card and the colours are beautiful. I know what you mean with blogging I too have had to cut down a tad as my exams are more important oh nearly forgot the house stuff too lol.
Big hugs to you.

Macpurp said...

this is a pretty card!
I know what you mean about bloging and crafting taking over!
family need to come first.
take of yourself too.
much love
teen xx

Cazzy said...

Lovely cards Linda hunny, and didn't you do well on Mother's day! I just got two cards. I do more for my Mum and MIL.

I think I must get those stamps, they are gorgeous.

Cazzy x

Suzanne J Dean said...

Lovely card Linda! Love the colors and just the perfect embellies. Yes, we have to strike a perfect balance in our lives & that is hard sometimes. So good luck--we all understand!


fairymadjo said...

hi hun,
well you take care hun, donna's card is soo stunning hun, hugss jo x

Jodi said...

Wow! This turned out so pretty and I love all the details you added to it...I am sure she loved it! Great gifts from your kids too!
Jodi =)

Jilli said...

Gorgeous card Hun. Love the pretty colour combination. I agree with you on the blogging and have had to do similiar myself. With having Rylee all week i was trying to fit blogging in everyday else i felt bad, but it was getting to be a chore because of the pressure i was putting on myself. So now i use my time at the weekend when i dont have him to concentrate on my blog buddies! mwah Jillix

Ria said...

Gorgeouss Card!!!

Ohhh you got spoiled!! But those gloves :( hahahahahahaha

I just wanted to thank you for always leaving me such sweet messages on my blog. i wish i could find more time doing it. But making cards always win from bloghopping ;) hahahaa it also wins from cleaning :)

hugsss Ria

Lainy's Little Blog said...

Hi Linda. Glad to hear that you were thoroughly spoiled on Mother's day. You deserve it! Gorgeous card that you've made for your friend's special birthday, she'll love it. I know what you mean about the blogging, it does take over your life and before you know it you've spent many hours in front of a computer! I spend more hours blogging than I actually do crafting which is daft. Anyway, I'll look forward to catching up with all of your news at the weekend. Enjoy the rest of this one! Hugs, Lainy xxx

Jules said...

Hi Linda - thanks for your lovely comments on my blog.

I am new to blogging but can already see how it could take over if you are not careful.

I bet we can all recognise ourselves in your post in one form or another.

I no longer have children at home to run around after and yet I can see the time (and chores!!!) blogging is taking out of my normal routine - so for you to juggle a family and home with all the many demands they bring alongside the crafting/blogging must be near impossible.

I love your blog and the cards you create give great inspiration - I shall still look forward to your posts (it doesn't matter whether they are scheduled or not - they are great to look at anytime).

Take care and I hope everything settles down well for you and your family who clearly mean the world to you.

Love Jules xx

Jennifer said...

Hi Linda,
This is a gorgeous card, I love the colours.
I agree with all you say about blogging - it can be so time consuming. You've made the right decision and I'm relieved that you're not leaving us completely.
I wish you and your family lots of love and happiness.
Jen x

Marcea said...

Super lovely card Linda. Sorry it has been forever since I visited. Loving all your beautiful creations. Glad you had a great day last weekend. Had so much fun yesterday at Harrogate and got some lovely goodies

Heather said...

Hey Linda,

Your blog comments are always so sweet and nice to see!!!

I totally get the addictive time consuming nature of the blog world and respect you for your decision!!!

Family should come first and I too hate those domestic duties but need to get them back under control so I have been trying to do more of that and less commenting ect...

I enjoyed your Mothers Day gifts pictures and your Birthday card you shared too!!!


Andrea, said...

Gorgeous card, the colours and image are fabulous

Natalie said...

Stunning card Linda, I love the colours and layout. x

torpenhow07 said...

I agree with you, blogging does take up a lot of time and I tend to just upload my makes at the weekend and mainly visit blogs then too so I quite understand where you are coming from. Family must come first and things do change and we have to reassess as the need arrises

Love the card you made for your friend I bet she loved it too

Michelle said...

Beautiful card! Totally understand the family thing. Family is the most important!! It's funny how your time can get sucked into the internet. It seems like I'll just be 15 minutes on it and 2 hours later I'm still at it. I try and blog hop as much as possible which unfortunately means that I sometimes don't leave comments but just look. Hope things get better...


Ila said...

I love your Gorgeous card!! and it looks like you had a Wonderful Mother's Day!!..... a little less blogging won't do any harm...Take Care!!...Hugs, Ila

Deb said...

your card for your friend is so beautiful! I understand exactly where you are coming from Linda, I had to step back last year for a few months while I caught up! I am feeling like things are slipping again, so difficult to keep up with everything isn't it?
hugs Debx

Emma said...

Gorgeous card...stunning colours.
So lovely to see you were sopilt on mothers day, you deserve it hunny.
Emma x

Kathy said...

This is gorgeous!! Love everything about it!! That image is so pretty and the colors you combined look fabulous!!
I hope everything turns out for the best on the homefront!! Good for you.....

Love to Doodle! said...

I'm very much feeling what you are Linda....different reasons, but I havent and cant blog as much as I used to....I think we beat ourselves up more than it bothers those we dont visit. I think bloggers are aware that we all care, appeciate and love to see what everyone else does...and when we can, we stop and say hello.....and when we cant, we just more apologising are well and truly not alone!

Now, this is a fabulously beautiful and stunning card...I adore it...! xx

kay said...

gorgeous card for your friend.
family does come first but remember to make me time for yourself too,

Tasha said...

WOWZER Linds talk about knock your socks off - its amazing!
love tasha xx

Donna said...

Linda, I don't know how i missed this post, yeah i do.. what am i talking about, you know yourself I've been a bit of a scatterbrain these last few weeks, maybe its because i turned 40 lol, oh no!. I can't tell you how much your card and present meant to me, your a very special friend and are always there for me even when you have so much going on in your own life, big hugs to you hun, Donna x

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