Monday, 13 August 2012

Like the Marie Celeste

I did not mean to abandon my blog quite so dramatically last week but ill health got the better of me! I have been battling a bad stomach for over a week but Friday it all took a definite downward turn and I was forced to spend the day in bed. I have started to feel a bit better over the weekend and today is the first day I have felt fully human.

All this lack of wellness has meant that I have completed my mini album of our road trip and a few new layouts so it wasn't time totally wasted.

Miss S had her visit to the specialist last week and the new regime of meds and soaps has seen her eczema all but disappear. So I am glad we waited to see the doctor as she knew exactly what to do and we now have a year long plan of attack to keep Scarlett's skin clear of the nasty stuff. Probably the only obstacle is a stubborn two year old but we are working through her impatience with moisturising and lack of bubbles in her bath!

In addition to working on the mini album of our New Zealand road trip, I have been making a few layouts of events and sights seen during our trip home.

This is just a very simple layout using some of about a dozen photos I took of the lake. The weather while we were in Tekapo was decidedly wintry and the lake was not its usual brilliant turquoise but it is still a lovely spot. Much of the lake edge is grass and at this time of the year it is covered in wild lupins. 

Much of the layout came from the SC kit Elmwood Park with a couple of scraps from Twisty Slide. I really wanted to use the Authentique navy patterned paper as the background but I had already taken a chunk from the top corner for another layout so I patched it with washi and the gorgeous red paper from Basic Grey. I inked up one of the wood veneer birds with some Spice Tin JBS ink and sealed it with some glossy accents for a bit of shine. The sticker arrow and heart are both from the original Amy Tangerine collection and I am down to the last couple of stickers from this set which makes me very sad. The round label is from OA.

I hope you all had a marvellous weekend. I am off to sort out some more PL photos and print off a couple of hundred prints from our Japan trip this year. I am not quite sure when I plan to scrap them all as my Dad arrives from New Zealand this week, which I suspect will seriously limit my crafting time!


  1. oh Claire... so sorry you were sick!! you're 100% now? *hugs* ..
    Nidhi has eczema too, we're still battling with the nasties. Can you share which Dr you saw? :)

    1. I would say 90% but heaps better than I was on Friday. We saw Dr Ghian at the National Skin Clinic. I think it is best if you get a referral from your GP. The wait for an appointment is about five weeks but we found her excellent and very reassuring.

  2. Glad you have Scarlett sorted out.
    And poor you Miss Claire. Hopefully you keep feeling better & better. Sending you hugs xxx

  3. Clever way to cover up the missing hunk of Authentique paper! Love the little cluster with the bird!

  4. Love the colors and the Washi! I love the way you matched up the papers! I work with 6x6 and 8x8 papers on 12x12 layouts a lot so I know those methods, too!

  5. I hope you feel more yourself and your little ones' eczema clears up with no problems. Love all of these photos and the clustering!