Thursday 25 November 2021

November Rudolph Days Challenge

Hi there! Once again it is time for the Rudolph Days Challenge. The challenge is open till midnight on the last day of the month. You can enter your Christmas card or Christmas project in up to 9 other challenges, for a total of 10, including ours. Don't forget to leave a comment on this post!

Linda at Snail's Space blog is our designer this month. This is her last month as she is stepping down from the design team. I hope you will join me in wishing her all the best! She has been such a lovely design team member for this challenge.

Linda has made the sweetest Christmas card showcasing driving to Christmas celebrations with the vehicle full of gifts. Linda's card brought back many happy memories as there were many years that we drove 13 hours each way, to spend Christmas with our families. Our vehicle would be very full with ourselves, the kids, presents and suitcases! Linda's card sure reminded me of those times. I love the diecut houses and the sweet reindeer on this card. As always, the colouring is spot on! I hope you will follow the hyperlink above and leave Linda some praise. .

Jenny at Cardsarus blog has been busy creating two wonderful cards for us. The first is this red and white wreath card featuring some beautiful reindeer. There is lots of depth and texture here! I also like the way the red pops off the card.

Jenny'a second card features another wreath, but this time it is very classic looking. Lovely snowflakes form the wreath...with beautiful DP...all silver and elegance! I hope you will pop pver to Jenny's blog and leave her some lovely comments. Just follow the hyerlink above...
No card from me this month. I am so pleased to share that Al had the quadruple bypass, is home now, and doing so much better. The infection is resolved and he is steadily doing a bit more each and every day! He does not use the walker anymore, and is pushing himself to do more each day. He still has a long road ahead, but is well on his way to a full recovery. I am still kept too busy to have time to be creative, but time will resolve that issue as well.

Our prize this month is this Studio Light die.

Sunday 14 November 2021

October Rudolph Days Challenge Winner

We had 54 entries! I think that is great. Lots of you took part in the "Honour our Kath" paper pieced extra prize draw.

I am keeping this post very short as my time is so precious right now. I must thank my design team for even letting me get this post published. Linda S, Jenny, and Sue went thru the entries and gave me a list of who paperpieced a card and were eligible for the special prize honouring Kath. I placed those names in a hat and the winner is Suzanne H. #7. Suzanne, please drop me an email to and let me know your mailing address.

The winner of the October Rudolph Days Challenge is Loll, #46. Loll, please drop me an email as well at the addy above, and let me know your mailing address. No photos of the random org as I forgot to take one.

I have not ben round to visit very many of you as I have been kept busy looking after Al. He is home now. He ended up having a quadruple bypass.

His white count is elevated, so he is battling an infection. He is exhausted and hopefully this will improve as the white count corrects. My daughters have been gems throughout all of this. Youngest helped me every day while he was in hospital, getting the house set up for his recovery, getting in groceries, shopping for clothing that fasten at the front, etc. She was here for hours each day when he first came home, spelling off her sister and helping with his care.

My eldest (who teaches nursing), came and stayed for the first 12 days he was home. She and I took turns resting in the recliner beside him while he tried to sleep. The Dr wanted someone with him 24 hours a day for the first two weeks After 4 or 5 days of that, she told me that she is a light sleeper so she would do all the night watch times so I could get my sleep! She is a very patient nurse and could coax him into doing things that probably hurt him at the time, but things that he needed to do. She set up a book for me to record his Blood Pressure, Heart Rate, Blood sugars etc., as that determines whether he can take his heart med dosage. She even has a spot where I record what he ate each day!

It is quite the recovery, but he is getting stronger each day. Thanks to all who have sent such lovely good wishes for his recovery.

Monday 1 November 2021

October Rudolph Day

Due to my husband being very poorly, I am delaying the winner draws till November 15. I just have not had enough time to visit and separate who paper pieced etc. This will givew me time to visit everyone and type the post etc.

My husband is having a tough fight back to healing. He is a 3o min drive away, but complicated as I don't drive. My daughteers alternate taking me but in between I have been kept busy as Al was in the midst of a garage remodel when he had the heart attack. So, I have been steadily working on organizing the mountain of items that were piled in the center of the garage floor as he worked. The goal is to have the truck stored safely in the garage before he gets home.

I have also set up our ground level bottom floor as a bedroom/sitting area for him to recover in. That way, he can do the two flights of stairs to the masterbedroom when he is feeling well enough. I am amazed at the mountain of items I have carried downstairs so far! Luckily, there is a second kitchen and also my craft room on that bottom floor, so I will cook down there as well. It is moving the food items and kitchen supplies that has been quite a bit of work...