Wednesday, 16 September 2015


Yesterday was the first day for ages that I’ve been able to get in my ARTHaven and do anything. In the morning I tidied it, which took me ages as it had become a complete dumping ground again, as always happens when I am not using it.

Anyway, yesterday evening I spent some time in there, working on some purple things – I need to make a get-well card and present for our neighbour as she recovers from an accident she had several weeks ago – she knows my situation and that I haven’t been able to do anything so she will understand why this is so late!

Here is my desk today, anyway. You can see the little box I made last night, together with the other papers I prepared ready for making her card, and a couple of other cards too. On the left is my box of dies. I got some new ones recently, with one lot left still to arrive – basic frame shapes to help me make some quick cards.

WOYWW 328 16-9-15

Behind the opened box you can see the white box template. I made a whole lot of these for my fellow chemo-ites and each one contained a lavender sachet. The lavender was given to me by our neighbour last year and I have wanted to give her some produce from that for ages. I am also going to give her some of the lavender oil I made, and possibly some soap if I’ve got the energy to make it!

Scroll down to my previous post to see the making of the little purple box. It’s great to be using up some boring stash that just wasn’t shifting – I am determined to use up stuff that I don’t like! With a bit of altering, I end up liking it, so it’s worth it in the end.

Here’s the little box.

17 Completed Box Closed 1

It will contain a lavender sachet, probably made from purple fabric with possibly some gold embellishments on it. The box has butterflies inside – she loves butterflies, and I shall put some on her card too.

Healthwise, not been doing so well since the last treatment, despite the reduced dose (although very glad to be feeling quite a bit better today) – my mood took a nose dive over the past week which was a bit alarming as I am now so close to the end! I think I’m back on track again now though. It wasn’t helped by a tummy upset last week, which set me back, and I also had some bad nights not sleeping properly. I just got fed up with feeling ill all the time and desperate to get my life back again! My poor hubby had to put up with me which wasn’t very nice for him so I am going to try to do better.

To help me get through the final month, I have made a countdown calendar to post daily on my Cancer Diary page on this blog, and seeing the days being crossed off one by one is helping. I finish in exactly one calendar month! Then the recovery period but that won’t be so bad, knowing that I won’t have to go through it again.

Also trying to remember to count my blessings and be grateful that compared with our lovely Shaz, my journey has been a relatively easy one. I have been following her hubby’s new blog where he’s been keeping us up to date daily with news of her progress in hospital What a rough ride she’s been having, and we do wish them both all the best! Today she went up onto the ward which is a huge step in the right direction. So delighted to hear this!

It’s nice to be back creating again. Have a great creative week everybody, and happy WOYWW.


  1. Love this ever-so-pretty box.Tidying is such a cleansing and calming thing to do.I did my garage and sewing room this week.Feels fab!! In control again. Thinking of you and your countdown.

  2. Hello my dear Shoshi, I am so sorry I have not been about but you have been much in my thoughts as has Shaz. Seeing your name right above mine on WOYWW made me smile straight away. I am afraid I have been a bit low myself with one thing and another and just haven't had it in me to pop by and be supportive. I feel bad about it but hope you will forgive me. Things are looking up now though, and I am so glad to hear that the end of your treatment is in sight - you go girl!! (That.s me being positive and supportive - perhaps you didn't miss much LOL). I hope that your mood continues to improve - it's a good sign I think you are in your craft room but I know it is all very tied in with the way we feel in ourselves physically and you certainly have enough to contend with at the best of times. Anyway, off to do a few visits before someone asks me to do something with my day off!! Love n Hugs, Happy WOYWW, Cindyxx #34

  3. I love that purple box, and it's just perfect for a small gift like a lavender bag. I hope you are feeling better soon .x
    Jill #30

  4. Yes great news, Shoshi on Shaz.. been reading them too.. keep meaning to pop over to your blog and say hi and not getting there.. adore this box, what a brilliant piece of work!

    The lavender sachet will have lovely home, and well done also using neglected stash too.
    Happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz.x #33

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

  5. Sorry to hear you have not been well, hopefully not long now before it is all over.
    Lovely purple box, just keep your chin up and craft when you can.
    Hugs Neet 7 xx

  6. Stunning lavender bags and I am sure they were a special gift to your neighbour. I can't imagine feeling so sick but still being able to craft and give to others. Sending you lots of hugs and prayers.
    sandra de @26

  7. Love your little box. Sending you positive vibes and healing hugs. Take care Zo xx 36

  8. Just hang in there Shoshi, you're in the home stretch! And you're perfectly entitled to have mood swings, we can't all feel happy and strong all the time - it's worst when you have to pretend for other people's sake. Acknowledge the negative feelings, embrace them for just a little while and let them go. At least, that's what I'm trying to do myself. Happy to see you're creating again! What a gorgeous gift box! Love the gold embossing against that yummy purple!

  9. I'm so happy to see you feeling spunky enough to create! That has to be a good sign and although you went through a rough patch mentally I'm hoping you continue to improve with each passing day. My prayers are with you my friend!

  10. I find that with every project my space becomes a mess . . . that's why I feel so blessed to have it separate from the house. I can just lock the door and know one knows just how messy I can get, LOL.
    Have a marvelous day!
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  11. I can so relate to your being sick and tired of being sick and tired. Only one calendar month left! That's so doable! You are almost there! Of course the remaining road will be rocky but you'll come out the other side stronger, just you see. I love that you are using up the stuff you don't like. That's admirable to give it a chance. Your little purple box came out so nice! Judy #49

  12. I do so love your little boxes and this one is no exception - the colour is beautiful and the purple goes so well with the little splashes of gold, and I love the little butterflies inside. Sorry to hear you have not been feeling so good - but it's great that you managed to get into your ArtHaven - I hope you continue to feel better and I bet it's great to see that light at the end of the tunnel getting bigger!

  13. Sorry you not too good. Love the purple and gold box. Anne x #34

  14. Hi Shoshi. I adore your little boxes they are so sweet. You are supposed to be resting, though I understand you wanting to get on with some crafting but just you try and take it easy! Pleased you appreciate the Selfie, trust you to notice that Lol! Thanks for the visit to mine and wishing you a happy crafty woyww, Angela x 29

  15. Oh well done you, your self honesty is amazing, and thats why your lovely hubby can 'put up' with you! I hope you're feeling betterer and betterer again. Love also the willpower you're exercising over stash you don't really like or want to use...its great, and you say, it turns out beautifully from your hands!

  16. love the little boxes Shoshi! Hugs across the pond.

  17. I pray you'll get to feeling better soon. Hopefully your month will go by quickly! Your boxes are cute and what a great idea you have for making them. (And your desk is a lot tidier than mine.... LOL!) Happy WOYWW!
    Carol N #43

  18. Great to see you've been able to create again - cute box you made! Helen 5

  19. That box looks so amazing and I wish there was an easier road for you to travel on towards this recovery. I keep erasing what I type because, I really am not that great with words. just ((( HUGS ))) ~Stacy #48


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