Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Tuesday.

A few years ago I had a bash at making cards, I did enjoy it, but soon came back to my needles and all of my card making stash lay gathering dust and taking up space so, when we moved house earlier this year I was very good and sorted through all my crafty stuff and gave the majority of the paper craft items to a colleague of mine. It included rubber stamps and inks, pretty papers, old cards and twiddly bits saved off crackers and gift boxes, bits of ribbons and pretty much anything I thought may be useful for making cards. Needless to say I didn't just pick a random colleague, I chose someone who had given beautiful handmade cards last Christmas.
Yesterday she 'repaid' me, not that it was expected or necessary, but look what I got.....
An assortment of Christmas cards,

A pile of all kinds of cards, from Birthday to Get well soon,
All beautifully packaged into a pretty box.

They are beautiful, ever so pretty and sparkly and shiny in real life, much better than my photography would have you believe. I am tickled pink. I'm only sorry she hasn't signed them in some way. I may have to see about getting her a special stamp or some labels. What a truly wonderful lady.

When I bought the robin fabrics to make mums mats the colleague who was with me asked to see the finished product. So yesterday I rounded up all my recent offerings and took them to work.
I think I could have sold the lot 5 times over! I also took them with me when I went to see my therapist, she had asked what happens in a good week. LOL

She was curious to see what was tucked away in the bag and also asked if I would sell them.

Stop reading now, if you don't want to see the personal stuff.
We cut our session short yesterday, two good weeks in a row, wow! Last week I finally managed to say out loud to a colleague of mine, the lady who made the cards, that I had had an awful childhood because my father is a bully. We chatted for 10 - 15 minutes about how it has affected me. Although it was difficult it was made easier by the support you folks showed to me the week before and I know I chose the right lady, she gave a huge hug and encouraged me to say it a second time. I can't begin to describe how empowering it is to find so much support. Maria asked me how I feel about myself, on a scale of 1 - 10 where is my self esteem? It was actually about a 6 - 7 yesterday, I'd had everyone praising me all day over my sewing and My friend had given me that box of cards and I felt pretty good. I'd had a good week, all my Christmas shopping is done and most of my Christmas sewing. We also talked about a few weeks ago when I was feeling very low and I admitted to feeling as low as -2. We also talked about what else may be affecting my self esteem, since quitting smoking 2 1/2 years ago I've put on weight, 3 stone or 42 ish pounds!! That is getting me down. Time I did something about it. Hunney has talked about getting a rowing machine, I love to swim, though I'm not sure that Ramsey is ready for the current me, in a swimsuit! LOL I promised myself that I would do something everyday, something extra. I have to go out to the post office today, so I'll add to that and go for a walk as well. I'm going to keep a note of what I do in my diary.

Gratitude's
1) A box of beautiful cards.
2) Wonderful friends.
3) Two late shifts!

11 comments:

Stephanie said...

How sweet to receive a box of beautiful cards. And I think we all enjoy hearing praise over our work. Continue doing what you enjoy and yippee for the 6-7 self esteem days.

Ali Honey said...

Good, good, good. You are doing SO well.

When we give we don't do it expecting anything back but it is so nice when someone who we have helped or been generous to knows just the right way to say Thankyou.Her cards look delightful.

quiltygal said...

So good Loulee......your work is beautiful so you should feel a 10 for it:)) pattern on its way to you look forward to seeing it on your blog :)

Claire
xxx

Torina said...

Hey Loulee, it is great that you are able to talk about your father and how it affected you. Blogging and crafting are so therapeutic, aren't they?!

Miss 376 said...

It has been lovely to see you so productive this week. What a lovely collection of cards too.

GARI said...

Weight loss is a great way to improve self esteem but I have always found the holidays a difficult time to start. I have been doing Weight Watchers since April with a 47# loss. However, during the holidays, I will be working on not gaining and then back to really loosing in January. Of course, loosing in December would be good, too.

GARI said...

Weight loss is a great way to improve self esteem but I have always found the holidays a difficult time to start. I have been doing Weight Watchers since April with a 47# loss. However, during the holidays, I will be working on not gaining and then back to really loosing in January. Of course, loosing in December would be good, too.

Rowyn said...

What fantastic cards and mats.

It's good that you found a colleague to confide in, and that your self-esteem is on the up.

I have a rowing machine. It's hard work, but makes you feel great (and sore) afterwards.

sewkalico said...

What a wonderful post! beautiful Christmas sewing, great cards and a happy Loulee.

Mad about Craft said...

So glad you are feeling more positive - keep up the good work!

Love the cards and the draft excluders.

black bear cabin said...

those cards are lovely...how nice of your coworker to return the favor with pretty cards!
looks like things are going well for you and i am so glad!
its amazing what a little exercise can do for your spirit (and your body)...not that i would know lately. :)
Perhaps ill join you in your journey to a healthier life by trying to do something everyday too...maybe we can inspire each other! Since ive moved to the mountains i have packed on the pounds...i used to love to go on walks, but the wind is miserable up here.
Lets get moving! :)