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A very warm welcome to my teeny, tiny part of the huge world of blogging. This is where I share my passion for making hand made greeting cards. So - why "Always with a Heart"? Well this is for two reasons. Firstly, it is because every card I produce carries a heart on it somewhere. This can be big and bold or small and almost hidden - the fun sometimes is just trying to find it! Secondly it is because I put my heart into everything I produce. I hope that any visitors enjoy seeing what I post. If you drop by then please leave me a comment so that I know you called. It would be nice to know that you have found my heart in what I do.

Friday, 23 September 2011


Hi Everyone

Well the good news of the day is that it is my lovely baby Sister's birthday today .. .. .. happy birthday Joey!!!  Jo is 6 years younger than me and I can remember the day she was born as clear as anything.  She was born at home in the front bedroom and I was the first one to hold her .. .. even before our Mum.

As some of you will know my Sis makes lovely handbags and bridal bags and spends quite a few hours at her sewing machine. 

So I thought that this card would be very appropriate for her

This used:

Image and Papers: Pink Petticoat
Sentiment:  Computer Generated
Buttons:  Funky Hand
Martha Stewart Punch:  Valentine Lace
My Trusty Sewing Machine

She loved it to bits!!

and now to the bad news part!!

My lovely hubby has been told that he is going to be made redundant!!  Panic!!!

We heard it was a possibility on Tuesday and after panicking all week it was confirmed today.

So a whole new world hits the House of Hearts. 

We are not going to sulk or mope about .. .. .. it isn't the end of the world .. .. the end of the world would be if one of us was to have something wrong with us that doctor couldn't put better. 

Life is just taking us on another journey we didn't expect and we just need to hope it isn't too painful a one.

So to play my part in the recovery plan I have today applied for a job on line at our local hospital.  It seemed like fate that I saw it on the day Hubby got the bad news.  There aren't usually many administration jobs going at the hospital but today there was one!!!  Just part-time - 18 hours a week - which will mean if I am successful I can do my wedding work alongside it.  I suppose in the grand scheme of things the chances are I won't even get an interview .. but at least I will have tried. 

The hospital is only about 30 minutes away so I could walk there .. .. well actually it is probably 30 minutes there and 40 minutes back as you have to negotiate a steep hill!!!

Have a good evening and weekend everyone .. ..  I am back tomorrow with my last Penny Black Saturday GDT card.



Carol said...

Gorgeous card Jules, no wonder your sister was thrilled. Sorry to hear the not good news but hopefully a new door will open as the old one shuts. Carol x

angelwhispers said...

Jules the card is just beautiful and perfect for your Sister.

So sorry about your news! Ive been there and really panicked but then everything turned out just fine in the end its just like you said its a new journey!!!

Will keep everything crossed for the job you have applied for! Love & Hugs Chanelle xxxx

Sally said...

Hi Jules, I just knew you'd come up with a cracker of a card for your sis & you didn't let me down. I really love this image & have been thinking of getting it myself. You've done a smashing job with the card design & I love the papers & the buttons. So sorry to hear the bad news about hubby's redundancy, I do hope you both manage to get through it OK. Good luck with the PT job application, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.
Sally x

Creations by Shirl said...

Hi Jules~
This is sew beautiful! Your sis is going to love it..... Such a fab card.....

Denise said...

So sorry to hear that your Husband is to be made redundant and have everything crossed that you get the job at the hospital. (I used to work at our local hospital and loved every minute).
As for your card for your sister - wow!! This is beautiful - gorgeous colours and fab papers. Will be popping over to Pink Petticoat as soon as I can :0)
Denise xx

Vicky said...

Oh Jules your card is gorgeous hun....just so perfect for your baby Sis...

and I'm so sorry to hear about your hubby's job...but I just love your positive attitude and I hope things will improve soon and he can find another job..and good luck with your job too sounds perfect for you :o)

take care Jules...I'll be thinking of you and your family....biggest of hugs Vicky xx

Lynne said...

Oh Jules, I`m so sorry. I know that nothing anyone says will make it any better, it`s a terrible blow. Keep your pecker up and hopefully something will come up for one of you. Thinking of you.
Lynne xxx

Debbie said...

Hi Jules, sorry to hear your husband's news.You are so positive and up beat that I take my hat off to girlie - if I was wearing one of course! Thinking of you both - something will turn up.I'm not surprised your sister loved her card, it is beautiful.The papers are so pretty, sweet image too.Glad you had a good turn out over the weekend - I'm not surprised as your cards are stunning and appeal to everyone.You're so talented. Have loved your cards lately (nothing new there) just not had much time to comment.Hope you're well.Big hugs Love Debbie x

Amanda said...

Jules, so sorry to hear your news, I hope that you get the job and that things are ok. Been made redundant twice myself and even better things have come from it. Big hugs to you both, Amanda xx

Allison said...

sorry to hear that Jules, your card is lovely
Hope you have a good weekend

Debs M said...

gorgeous card, no wonder she loved it. Sorry to hear the news but as you say it could be something much worse. Good luck with the interview, remember positive thinking and attitude!!

lisa said...

Happy Birthday to your little, Sis. Her card is beautiful.
But I'm so sorry to hear your news, Jules. What a start to the weekend. It's something we all live with the fear of at the minute, us included, but you just have to keep going. Like you say, there are much worse things in life and sometimes a new direction is a better one.
I'll keep my fingers crossed for your job application, it sounds perfect and I'm sure you'll get it.
I hope you can still have a nice weekend.
Hugs to you both

Elizabeth said...

Hello Jules, so sorry to hear the bad news. As you say, not the end of the world but it is an unwelcome change in your lives. I wish you best of luck with your job application and your husband best of luck in his search for a new job too.

On to the card - it is lovely. I really like the sewing machine digi ... the prettiest sewing machine I've ever seen ... and the papers are so pretty too.

BTW, thanks for the information on the Teddy image.

Elizabeth x

Sarn said...

Absolutely terrific birthday card. So appropriate for your Sis.

Sorry to hear the bad news. I hope your "recovery plan" gets off to a good start and you are granted an interview, leading to you getting offered the job Jules.

Such a difficult time . . . but at least you are trying to stay positive.

Wishing you luck my friend.

Hugs, Sandra

susiestacey said...

Gorgeous card Jules and l am sure your sis loved it. Hope your hubby is not out of work long x Susan x

Faye said...

Jules, so sorry to hear about your hubby, that's a hard blow to deal with. But I am confident about this job for you. And your card is gorgeous. xxx

Janette said...

Your card is lovely Jules, your sister will love it, such a pretty design. Hope you get more good news, telling you that you got the job. Janette x

Claire said...

I am so sorry to hear about your husband's redundancy Jules, but like you say it could be worse.Perhaps he could become your assistant. It is hard times everywhere for the moment so at least we know we are not alone. The best of luck with the hospital application, if they have any sense they'll snap you up.
No wonder litlle sister loved her card it is beautiful.Great detail especially the buttons.
Have a good week-end
Claire xxxxxx

Anonymous said...

Oh what a beautiful card for your sister Jules! I think this is also the best photograph I have ever seen of an easel card - well done!!

I'm so glad you're feeling more positive about things. I thought we'd never come out the other side but we did and I know you and Dave will too. xxxxx

Jacki Daniels said...

beautiful card Jules glad your sister liked it and so sorry to hear about hubby will keep fingers crossed for you about the admin job take care
Jacki xx

Paper Hearts Handmade Cards said...

sorry to hear about your hubby Jules, I was made redundant last year after 20 yrs and it was not a great feeling being out of work for the first time, but I got another job and sure your hubby will too, your card is fab too K xx

Di said...

Hi Jules! A blow but, often as one door closes another one opens - it happened to my OH more than once in the IT world. Saying that doesn't make it any easier I know honey but you're so right about health and family being top priority. Keeping fingers crossed about the job for you and that your hubby soon finds another one too. The card for Joey is super - now, how do I craft with me fingers crossed? Love, Di xxx

craftimamma said...

Hi Buddy, you already know you are in my thoughts and I should take a leaf out of your book of positive thoughts! I shall keep my fingers and every other extremity crossed for you with regard to the job which I'm sure you would be perfect for.

You are right about the redundancy not being the end of the world. When it happened to my OH I told him we could get through it as long as we were side by side and we did ........ 3 times now!

Please wish Jo a very happy birthday from me. I can vouch first hand for her beautiful bags because as you know she made the perfect bespoke bag for me to give to my lovely Daughter on her wedding day back in May. Jenna said it was so special and it is lovingly wrapped in tissue as a wonderful reminder of her special day. Your Joey was a wonderful lady to deal with too and made choosing the bag and it's final design such a pleasure.

I'm sure the card you made her will be treasured to, especially as it came from her Big Sister.

Lesley Xx

Doreen said...

A gorgeous card Jules, so sorry to hear your bad news and I do hope you get your Job,fingers are

Sally H said...

Beautiful card. So sorry to hear your hubby's news. Good luck with the job application. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you.

Jenny said...

Oh no what depressing news seem to have a handle on it tho...positive thinking is sometimes all you need, hope you get an interview :)
Lovely card for your sis, I'm sure she'll really appreciate it :)
Jenny x

Catherine said...

Fab card Jules, such a cute image!!! So sorry to hear about the redundancy!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card Jules, I bet your sister was thrilled with it, too awesome!

So Sorry to hear about your hubby being made redundant, horrible that can happen!!!

I wish you all the best luck with getting the hosptial admin job you applied for!!!

I admire your positive attitude and wish you all the best! xoxo

Cynthia said...

Oh Jules, I'm so sorry to hear about your husband. I hope that both of you will find jobs soon and it will be business as usual in the House of Hearts. I will be praying for you! ((hugs))

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Jules I love the card you have made for your sister, that image, the colours and design are perfect I am sure she will love it so much. I am so sorry to hear the news about your hubby I hope that you get the job you have applied for.
Lorraine x

Donna Mosley said...

Hi Jules, love the very pretty card and I'm sure your sis adored it. Sorry to hear about your Hubby hun, you must be so worried. Got everything thing crossed for you with the hospital job, you would definately be the best woman for the job. Hugs.

Donna x

Jackie said...

Take care Jules, I know things will work out for you both.

PinksyDoodles said...

Hi Jules,

Happy Birthday to your sister. How wonderful for you to have been the first person to hold her - that is so special. Your card is fabulous!

Good luck with your job application - I'm sending positive thoughts your way.

After an end comes a beginning. Good luck on this new stage of you and yours husband's life.

Hugs, Clare x

coops said...

belated happy birthday to your sister jules.the image is just perfect and i love your pretty colours and design,
so sorry to hear your bad news, redundancy is not nice but am pleased that you are both being positive.
good luck with your job application.

xx coops xx

loftylass said...

Beautiful card Jules - no wonder your sis loved it.... so sorry to hear your husband has been made redundant(horrible word!)but I'm sure something will turn up for such a lovely couple, good luck with the job hunting and don't loose heart.........

Unknown said...

Sorry to hear that Jules, I hope you have success with your job application and that your hubby can find something new too.

Beautiful card BTW, looks perfect for your sister!


Jacee said...

You know you are in my thoughts and I love your positive attitude, good luck with the job, they'd be mad not to give it to you!!!
Hugs Jacee

Karen M said...

Aw Jules, really sorry to hear about your husband, but I am really impressd by the positive way you are handling this. Good for you! Hopefully, the job will be yours...keep us posted!

Kasey ~ in Oz said...

Jules, There are a number of things that I've learnt in life so far and while I don't want to be mouthing platitudes to you these two are absolutely true ....what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger and when one door closes another one opens. I'm sure your positive attitude will mean you pull through ok.

Throw some of that positive attitude towards yourself, who knows, you might be just the right person for that administration job despite the competition!

Oh and I love your card, as always, it's why I'm an avid fan!
Kasey ~ in Oz

MagsB said...

Oh sweetie, I've been there - my hubby was made redundant several years ago, and I'll never forget the awful, scared, empty feeling when we got the news. I really feel for you, and I hope so much that you'll get the hospital job, and that it'll be enjoyable! You'd be fantastic at it!

With much love and hugs - Mags x

Steph said...

Love that image and I bet your sis loved such a personal card. Sorry to hear about your hubbie's job, how awful. I know how you feel as my hubbie was made redundant 6 years ago so I know it can be such a stressful time. Things will sort themselves out, you have such an optimistic and practical outlook which will see you through xxx

Juls said...

love this so much!!! Love your little buttons!! Hugs Juls

Juls said...

p.s - sorry to hear about your hubbys job, thinking of you, and hoping that it all works out for you!! Hugs Juls

Nikbee said...

A wonderful card. I love the image. I'm sorry to hear your news and I hope all goes well with the job application.
Nikki x

Made by Mandy said...

Sorry for the bad news about your hubby, I hope he is able to find something else soon and in the meantime good luck for your job application.

Your sister's card is lovely, so personal to her and I love the button on the sewing machine :)

I'm frantically trying to catch up as it is a big birthday on Wednesday (30 plus 10 wedding anniversaries), my wedding anniversary, just having a new fence fitted and lots of things happening over the next few days so cardmaking will be on the back burner. Trying to get DT stuff done in advance just in case!!

Good luck at the wedding fayre sweetie xxx

Grenouille Greetings said...

Love this card, Jules, I think I might have to get me the image. Are you signed Juey because your baby sis couldn't manage the "L" sound? It's so sweet! Hugs, Lesley