29 Feb 2008
28 Feb 2008
Ciao Bella's. Will be back with more rafflacious news laterz
27 Feb 2008
Off to go and finish off a ton of stuff. Im a busy busy girly with a lil lady who is craving some hugs. Hugs first, work second. As always :)
26 Feb 2008
**Box of Bazzll form Scrap Magic
**Goodies to the value of £20 from Scrapshed
** Fancy Pants Clear stamps from Make The Moment Last
**Jenny Cocks has donated a lovely box of papers from her own amazing line.
**Laura Fiore has donated an awful lot of beautiful stash from her own collection. All totally current and gorgeous.
**Dont forget to go and bid at some reet lil beauties over here at Bubbly Funk
We geocached around their sweet village and mark got a lil pee'd off at not being able to find one key point. It turns out I was standing on it - the bridge. How we laughed. NOT!
How many traditional butchers use dividing little shrubberies like this? I lubs tradish butchers and this one only serves meat farmed from a radius of 10 miles. Bring back to tradish butchers!
And finally we had to give Ellie a bit of a tough decision of lates. She is not capable of looking after her guineas (they are too fast and fidgety for her and Mark and I have got to the point where we are looking after those two adorable pigsters ... even though Im allergic). We told her that she could keep them but must look after them properly or give them away to someone who can give them the devotion and hands on huggables. She knew we had got fed up of cleaning them and feeding them for her so she said she owuld give them away. It broke her heart in a way because she loves them from outside the cage but won't venture in there to pick them up. So we have two well fed and looked after guinea pigsters complete with home and all food and vitamins etc looking for a home for FREE. If you live in the Wigan area do let me know if you want them. We thought we had a home for them a few weeks back but that fell through.
Marks buddy rang us up last week to offer Belle a pet that she could manage and one that would live with her for a long time. It was thoughtful in a way because he knows how much Belle is fascinated with animals. Its a Herman Tortoise (complete with licence for all those who are hot on this kind of stuff) and he will live for 100 years or so. A friend for life and more manageable, pick-up-able and moreover - SLOW! We have thought of Speedy, Shelly and Zoom for names. Wonder if you could suggest any for us?
**As I finished off this blog post we had an earth tremor (12.58am) and I swear to god, Im sleeping with one eye open tonight. I am shaken, if you pardon the pun. In the wake of discussing our epic 5 seconds of wobbliness over at UKS, I made this overlay. And, if it wasn't for our amazing wobbleful madness (remember, the UK rarely have tremors) - you wouldn't have an overlay!
Get her HERE
22 Feb 2008
Im going to start this as an auction because initially Corrina wanted to submit it for the raffle. but its far too scrumpsh to be a raffle prize when its been lovingly hand crafted. Imagine this on your scrapping chair or in a snug little corner of your house.
20 Feb 2008
Who would have bloomin well thought it whatsoever?
This lil nibble here got rave reviews from every single one of her teachers tonight. Although she is working towards a lower level than your average 12 year old, she got straight A's in all her assesments and efforts. Both Mark and I were flabbergasted. And pleased. And if you could have bottled the pride in her face, it would power a whole county for 5 years. Unfortch this lil nibble also has a cold and despite being offered some time off school, she was adammant that its to school she went. Talk about keen!
I also fell in love with a new exhibitor called Raspberry from the land of Oz.
Now everyone is raving about Pink Paislee being the boldest of new exhibits and it is a fab range. However, they got the ravest of reviews because they are from the US and had pre-destined designers toshowcase their products. But I like the underdog/unsung heroes in a contest and the little quiet corners of a show always have hidden gems. It tends to be "who shouts loudest" rules the day and I think these abbies got overlooked, quite shamelessly. But this corner of scrapdom has a gorgous range of papers. You must seek them out.
Whilst out in CHA I got to share a room with Emilie who works for Scrapbookmate. Ive never met anyone so organised for her years, so concise and dedicated too. I took some pictures of her whilst waiting in the carpark one afternoon. The light was perfect to showcase those amazing blue eyes. Typically a french beauty who couldnt avoid my camera. I mean, you just can't bypass beauty when you see it. I was so happy to take these for her :)
Mark and I have spent a lot of time together this past week and spent hours chatting on this sofa and catching up with Shameless - right through to season 4. Am gutted that Kev and Veronica are not in it anymore. Hate that Fiona and Stever left in season 2 as well. And from what I see of the current series (season 5) - its all about the maguires and they suck. Still love the gallaghers storylines but I hate the violence they portray. But i did get a whisper that Kev and "V" are making an appearnce this season. Hopefully it will pick up. Do you watch it?
And finally - those worried about the producers questions in my last blog entry. We are fine with the questions and so was Ellie. Its part of the documentry to get a better picture of what makes Ellie "Ellie". She is very very thin and yet eats so well. She is currently 36 lbs (2 stones and 8lbs) and should weigh 6 stones (Ave 12 year old weight). The whole point of the documentry is to follow her story to the US medical side of life, to reflect the pain of a child who cannot be "fixed" and to explain to those teens toying with the size zero phenomena that although Ellie is a size zero (infact she is much less - she is age 7 clothing), its a size she has no control of. Those teens messing with their bodies have a CHOICE to try being a size zero. Belle does not have that choice but is regularly judged because of it.
So that is where we are at. But don't worry - all is well in the Wiseman household :) And Belle says its ok to post her thin pictures because she thinks it will help others like her.
Actually this cartoon is a misinterprtation of my day.
It was a good one.
Im just kidding that I was having a bad one.
Today was also interesting.
Even did a cheeky burp.
Good job it wasnt "live".
Then it was Ellie's turn to be interviewed.
Producer: So Ellie, exlpain what its like being thin.
Ellie: Well, I just have no meat on my bones.
Depending on your mood you can take that two ways. But coming from Ellie that was priceless. You cant help but love how frank our daughter is.
We love her to bits.
Meat or no meat.
18 Feb 2008
*A box of goodies from Persephone (Heather) at UKS - lots of stash from when she used to run a fabbo scrap shop
*A beautiful 12x12 picture frame and some Elsie papers/fabric paper from Jo at ScrappyDo's
*Caroline over at Bubblyfunk is having an auction overe here and bidding closes early march.
*Kerry over here rasied a whopping £343 over here by raffling off some of her goodies
*Corinne Delis did a wonderful job of auctioning some of her beautiful things over at her groovacious blog.
And if all pledges come into effect, you have helped raised over £7,000. This money will reach various charities in addition to the trip to the USA. We want to mention (again) that all of this money is being banked in a trust fund account in Ellie's name and will be spent according to her medical needs in the US and further spread to charities in the UK :) Should anyone who donated to the fund wish to view transactions relating to the fund raising, we will be happy to oblige once the trip to Nevada has taken place (April 08).
We have a TV documentry company coming to visit Ellie tomorrow. They are keen to follow her story from birth to following us to Nevada. Im hoping that they will convey the story to a wider audience so that they cover four most important details:
a. To never give up on your loved ones even when you have been told there is nothing else that can be done.
b. To reach out to those who are in a similar position and offer support (of which has been lacking until recently).
c. To show how hard it is (even after banging you head against a brick wall and almost going over the edge of depression) that as a mother - you know you are right.
d. To prove to the ignorance of every single person we meet/have met that Ellie eats 6 times a day (and not 6 meals a day as miquoted in the press) and is not anorexic, is not a spastic, is not stupid, is not special - she is just different - with luscious, ruby rosebud lips. And sprinkles on top. With a cherry. And an extra squirt of cream. And perhaps a flake. Oh, and strawberry sauce.
17 Feb 2008
16 Feb 2008
NB: Phone rang twice today - what a relief. Got so much done. Lots to go........
I love taking picture of people in thought. Mark and I had talked so much today, I wonder how he was digesting that in this picture.
Whilst he fiddled putting the box back, I stepped to the edge of this 40 foot drop. Mark takes me to the most romantic places at times ;)
I loved the angular curve in this photo, Im always trying to find shapes that amuse me. I have no idea why and I don't really do anything with the pictures. Im just fascinated with form.