Sunday, 6 March 2016

A special Mother's Day

Happy Mothers' day to everyone who either is a Mum, has a Mum or had a Mum. Mum's are very special and I am so very lucky to have my Mum fairly nearby. I am also the proud Mum to my 2 children so I like to take time on this special day to feel very thankful indeed.

I thought I would share some flower love with you all courtesy of my darling girlie.

Today is also the day that I have decided to finally share all the news that I have been hinting about since the new year.

In 2 weeks time I shall be stopping working as a physiotherapist. To cut a very long story short and spare you all the boring details the funding for my post, where I have worked for nearly 24 years, stops from 31 March. This has been grumbling away in the background for the last couple of years. I have worked as an NHS physiotherapist for 33 years so I think I have done more than my time helping people recover from musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. Without getting too political there are so many changes in the NHS, some not so good and I feel that another stage of my life is beckoning.

I have decided to follow a crafting life....I have been in contact with a new Tea Shop opening where I live who are keen to talk to me about selling my cards. I am also going to give a lecture about my jewellery making to the WI in June and I am thinking of starting up my Jewellery parties again. I will also have more time for my family and my garden.

I also decided, for the first time, to respond to a Design Team call a few weeks ago.
I was delighted to find out on Friday that I have been taken on and I am so proud to announce today that I am the newest DT member of

Yes none other than Country View. I buy most of my crafting material from Country View Crafts, who sponsor the challenges. I have been entering their challenges since they first started in 2013 and even appeared as a Guest Designer on a few occasions.
Susan's online shop service is second to none. Her prices are some of the keenest and she offers free UK postage. I think that takes some beating. If you are not familiar with her online shop have a look here.
The Country View challenge blog is  here. They run some great challenges and I would love if you would become a follower over there and join in with the crafty fun.
My first DT post will appear in April for the new challenge. I am so excited and delighted. Thanks Susan.

For my card today I am sharing the card I made my own dear Mum. I used another of my own photos from my childhood. I think they make such fun cards.
The photo is of me around the age of 3 in the garden of our old house.
 The background was made in a similar way to my February Tim tag which you can see here. I  love the effect.
I added a bee charm as  I really was a busy bee as a little girl. I was always making and doing. I was even a member of a little club called The Busy Bees which was a fundraiser for the PDSA, does any one else remember it? I hand dyed the ribbon with Candied apple distress ink...I love this colour.
 I used lots of layers and dies, the black one is spellbinders the gold is Noor.

When I put this photo up it made me do a bit of a double it just me or can you see a bit of my Daisy Jane there?

I would like to enter my Mother's Day card into the following great challenges;

Frilly and Funkie 1/3 layer it up
That's Crafty 2/3 Stencils or masks I used my heart and Gothic TH stencils.
Creative Inspirations 3/3 pretty projects
Our creative corner  3/3 previous challenge I have chosen "love those leftovers" . My black frame and heart were left over from a wedding card I made here
Pixie's snippets Playground #219 I used lots of snippets today, for my  sentiment and my heart and even the black frame was a snippet of card from another project.
Simon says stamp Wednesday  2/5 touchy feely
Fussy and Fancy 1/3 Shabby fun bingo I have gone for the bottom horizontal line; vintage, ribbon, square and my anything goes is a charm.
Crafty Calendar 1/3 Mother's day/special female
Allsorts 1/3 international women's day
Ribbon Girl 1/3 spring/easter/anything goes

So there we are lots of change in my life, something to embrace rather than try to avoid. I finish work on 23 March as I have some leave to take and it is then the Easter holidays. I suppose 24 March will be the first day of the rest of my crafty life?

Thanks for visiting and have a very peaceful Mothers' Day. My Hb and I plan a nice walk or drive later and perhaps we'll find somewhere for tea and cake, a perfect way to celebrate.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Jane, this is such a beautiful and thoughtful card and I'm sure that your Mum will be absolutely thrilled to receive it. It always makes me feel happy to see photographs of my children when they were small. I love how you've embellished it and the red and gold together look so opulent. Many congratulations on your new DT post. I started my first in December so I know what an exciting time this will be for you. I also wish you much luck in the new phase of your working life and I hope it's full of exciting new adventures. I'm happy to be your newest follower so that I can then enjoy your future creations. Wishing you a wonderful day. Sandra x

  2. What a beautiufl card Jane! I love those fancy frame pieces and the little bee charm is such a lovely touch. A big huge congratulations on your retirement and your move to a more crafty life, how you must be looking forward to the peace and joy of doing things for yourself!! Also a big congrats on your new DT assignment, so many new adventures on the horizon for you! I can't wait to see how life inspires you now!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Layer It Up' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  3. First of all Jane, what a gorgeous card for you beloved Mum - so much care and thought has gone into it - really beautiful!

    And all of your news is what I call Happy News! New beginnings and so much to look forward to - am delighted for you Jane.

    Thanks for coming to play :)


    Di xx

  4. Love your beautiful card for your Mum, Jane, so personal and never mind a bit of Daisy Jane in there, there is a real likeness!
    Such exciting news about your new adventures and many congratulations on your well deserved DT post - it will be so nice for other crafters to share your wonderful work!
    Here's to the next chapter in Jane's Journal and the wonderful places it takes us! Love and best wishes,Lisa x

  5. The card for your Mum is beautiful Jane. Very special indeed and as for the roses - I can almost smell them!

    It's very sad how things seem to be going in the NHS. I wish you every good wish for your future venture and huge Congratulations on your Design Team position with Country View Challenges. Barbxx

  6. Beautiful card Jane. Congratulation on your DT position, love Countryview crafts, their service is second to none


  7. Thanks for sharing at Fussy & Fancy and good luck with the challenge. Judy DT x

  8. I definitely can see Daisy! I'm sure your mum was delighted with her card! And I'm also sure that you're new crafting life will be successful too!
    Happy Mother's Day to you, I've had a lovely one here!
    V x

  9. Dear Jane, I am *SO* excited and happy for you that you will have more time for your crafting, family and garden - and Daisy Jane! Yes, she looks very much like you as a child.

    Happy Mother's Day!!

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  10. What an exciting post!!
    Where shall I start?
    Happy Mother's day dear and CONGRATS to you!
    This is so exciting and it looks like this new beginning will coincide with a new birthday ;)
    Your card is absolutely darling! The resemblance with Daisy is uncanny!

    I raise my glass to you and to new beginnings!

  11. Is it wrong to say congratulations?! I'd love to spend my days painting and crafting, even if you aren't happy how your job has disappeared. Even before I read your comment about your photo I was thinking that Daisy didn't fall far from your tree. She looks so much like you, clearly Grandma's little girl!

  12. I can't believe your leaving date has come round so quickly and I must email you my workshop details. Huge congrats on joining us at Country View Crafts, it will be wonderful having you on board and good luck with all your other new adventures too. Love your card and how you used a photo of yourself on it, bet your mum loved it too.
    Have a great week.
    hugs Brenda xxx

  13. Thank you Jane for sharing over at Allsorts theme
    "International Women`s Day"!
    Have a happy day;-))m

  14. Such beautiful roses from your daughter, Jane! Gorgeous card for your Mum, it is a sweet idea to use your photo as a child too. I am sure your new crafting life will be wonderful and you will enjoy it all so much. Happy new week!
    Helen xox

  15. What a treasure your beautiful card is, Jane, and how lucky you are to have your sweet mother and daughters nearby! Happy Mother's Day to both of you and huge congratulations on your new DT position! You. Had so much to look forward to. I can't wait to see everything you create! Thank you so much for sharing your art with us at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge!

  16. What a beautiful card and the roses are lush too! CONGRATS on your new DT post.

    WISHING YOU LOTS OF GOOD LUCK AND HAPPINESS as you take this new direction. I am having NHS Physiotherapy at the moment (frozen shoulder) and I think you Physio's are MARVELLOUS (if a little sadistic!!!! LOL!).

    I think your news deserves a celebratory glass or two of hooch in the Playground Tree House don't you????? Hugs, Sarn xxx

  17. Ooh, wonderful news Jane!....I'm sure you will have great fun and success in your new crafting life...a new adventure for you which you definitely deserve x
    Such beautiful flowers too...I hope you had a wonderful day...lots of (carrot) cake was had here! ;-)
    Hope you're having a good week,
    Susan x

  18. Wonderful card and using that cute image of you could not be a better idea. Things like your picture always makes the card more personal!
    sandy xx

  19. Very cute card. Thanks for playing with us at Fussy & Fancy challenge.
    Nathalie DT

  20. This is gorgeous, Thank you for playing along with us at Allsorts this week, Good Luck
    Kevin xx

  21. beautiful flowers and awesome project! thank you for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!!

  22. Hello Jane, Those roses are so beautiful and a special card for your Mum. A lot to celebrate--- congratulations on a big change in your life. Here's to more crafts, family time and gardening...... Anne D.T. xx

  23. Beautiful card and so special for your Mum.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts 'International Women's Day' challenge and good luck. Best wishes for your new venture hope it goes well for you x Susan x

  24. wonderful details. And thank you for entering our challenge at Allsorts this week!

  25. Congratulations on your DT appointment Jane, so well deserved. Beautiful card for your mum, a lovely personal touch with your photo.

  26. So first up Jane HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on your DT position with CVC - they are very lucky to have you - and it's fantastic to hear of your plans for the future (don't get me started on the NHS!!!) You deserve time with your family and doing what you love. And I love this wonderful card, beautifully layered and so very personal. Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  27. Hello dear Jane,

    Yippee for the new winds of change (I apologize possible 80s Scorpions ear-worm) in your life, that all sounds simply fantastic! You will both enjoy and succeed in your crafting-life, and it will be so much fun! Here's to a new, even more creative phase!


  28. Wow, this is more than just's utterly gorgeous and all the details are stunning :-)
    Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Inspirations!
    Kat x

  29. Gorgeous card. Congrats on the DT post. Thanks for joining in our 'Mum's Day/Special Female' challenge at Crafty Calendar this month.
    Bev x


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