I can't believe it has been so long since my last blog post .. .. but having said that so much has been pulled in during those few weeks that I wouldn't have been surprised if it had been longer!
Thank you to everyone who has made contact to make sure all is well here in the House of Hearts. You are all such lovely blog buddies and I feel certain at the moment that I do not deserve to have you calling by my little corner of blogland.
But I am pleased to report that all is fine and dandy here.
Lots of good things have been happening .. .. and one not so good one .. .. but we will come back to that later.
During my mammoth absence Mr Heart and I celebrated our Ruby Wedding Anniversary .. .. and we had a brilliant time.
Our anniversary night was spent in the honeymoon suit at the fabulous Weston Hall
. What a fabulous place .. .. we would love to go back again .. .. even if is only to sit by the lovely open fires. Everything was perfect and nothing was too much trouble for anyone.
Although the place was super busy they still managed to make you feel special and as though your custom mattered. Shame more places in the world aren't run on the same basis!!
So this lovely room was ours .. .. for one night only!!
We never had a honeymoon when we got married .. .. funds didn't stretch that far .. .. and I can remember us sitting up in bed the morniing after our wedding reading a cooking book to learn how to roast a chicken for our first Sunday dinner together in our first home. I was a whole three days 19 with so much to learn .. .. and I still haven't learnt it all. I bet we never do!
We also spent some of the time visiting the London Kids and took our youngest with us so we could all celebrate together .. .. and see their new home too. It was so lovely. The kind of house you get a "good vibe" from as you walk in. I feel sure they are going to be super happy there.
We celebrated in various places and with different people over the course of just about a fortnight! A very super special time for us .. .. and I took no work away with me (except for a bit of colouring which I took to London LOL!!). I had a complete break.
But of course escaping and enjoying yourself has consequences!! Especially when you have lots of work you need to get through.
I had to work super hard before we went to get invitations and orders finished .. .. and then even harder when we came back.. .. with a few very late night shifts needed :-(
But I am slowly coming out of the other side.
As for the "not so good news". Well .. .. someone decided to hack into my wedding website and write gobbledygook all over it!! But as the old saying goes .. .. when life gives you lemons .. .. make lemonade. The old website has been "sort of sorted" for now whilst I try to find time to get a new one organised.
So although it wasn't a nice thing to have happened I am certainly excited about the planning and designing of a new one and once again my overactive brain is buzzing with ideas about what I want to do and have showing on it and my book of notes is getting fuller and fuller LOL!!
They say things happen for a reason .. .. so this clearly happened to bring the "sort out the website box" that has been sitting on my do list for months nearer to the top of the pile.
Well it would be rude of me to disappear without having a little crafty share with you.
I have one super lovely customer who I used to work for years ago (before I got into this crafting malarkey), who asked me to make a special ruby wedding anniversary card that she could give to Mr Heart and I! So this is what I made .. .. with the idea being to put it into a frame on the wall .. .. when I find the right frame. I made one very similar for the Quick Cards Made Easy magazine and loved it so much that I made another (the same but different LOL!)
Penny Black Clear Sentiment Set: Gratitude
Clear Embossing Powder
Translucent Embossing Paste
Creative Expressions Mica Mask: Distressed Dots
Distress Ink Pad: Barn Door
Woodware Daisy Punch
Gems and Ribbon
An old paperback book
My Trusty Sewing Machine
and that is me.
Now you know where I have been.
Hopefully it won't be so long before I make my next appearance.
I hope all is well with everyone.
Oooo .. .. and don't forget there is always a heart hidden on my creations somewhere .. .. did you find it this time? LOL!!