Happy 60th Birthday Mum


Today would be Mum’s 60th birthday but on 23rd February 2007 Mum was taken from our lives but there is never a day passes when she is not in our thoughts πŸ˜”

Happy birthday Mum, thank you for everything you ever did for me, everything you ever gave me, everything you said to me and being the best Mum I could have asked for. The biggest gift you ever gave me was life and the confidence, support and courage to face the world, regardless of what was thrown my way.

I will never forget the card I found in my suitcase when I was in Benidorm, a much needed holiday due to problems at work, it simply read:
“Don’t let the ba***rds get you down! Mum”
I still have that card, and that sentiment is always with me. Thank you Mum!!

“Every day become more like my Mother
And I couldn’t be prouder”

A lot has changed in the past nine years, there are so many differences in my life – I hope you would be proud of the choices I have made, the decisions and options, the walking away and starting afresh. I’m happy now but I always miss you πŸ’–

πŸŽ‰ 🎈 Happy 60th Birthday Mum!!! 🎈 πŸŽ‰

Love you with all my heart, you are always in my thoughts xxxxx

Christine Thomson

Birthday wishes, sent to Heaven
from your family below
We miss and love you dearly
and we wanted you to know

Your birthday’s not forgotten
and your memory lives on
We celebrate the life you had
even though you’re gone

If we were given just one wish
one which could come true
We’d wish you back beside us
to spend this day with you

We will always love and miss you
and often shed a tear
Especially on your special day
today and every year

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πŸ’– πŸ’”Β πŸ’– πŸ’”Β πŸ’– πŸ’”Β πŸ’– πŸ’”Β πŸ’– πŸ’”Β πŸ’– πŸ’”Β πŸ’– πŸ’”Β πŸ’– πŸ’”Β πŸ’–

πŸ’– πŸ’”Β πŸ’– πŸ’”Β πŸ’– πŸ’”Β πŸ’– πŸ’”Β πŸ’– πŸ’”Β πŸ’– πŸ’”Β πŸ’–

πŸ’– πŸ’”Β πŸ’– πŸ’”Β πŸ’– πŸ’”Β πŸ’– πŸ’”Β πŸ’–

12.05.2016 – Fibromyalgia Awareness Day 2016

Fighting Fibro One Day At A Time... The life of a 30-something Fibromyalgia/IBS sufferer


Today is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.


I am NOT Fibromyalgia… I am what does everything within my power to kick Fibro’s butt every day!!

Fibromyalgia is an awful debilitating disease with no treatment… it leaves sufferers in permanent pain, from head to toe with no 100% relief – yes some days are better than others, but we are NEVER pain free.

I struggle to walk due to the pains in my legs, hips and back. I have problems with my hands and wrists which may mean that there are weeks where I work slower than people may deem appropriate. I cannot stand unaided or do the things I used to do. But I try my damn best!!!

There are days like yesterday when Fibromyalgia wins. Days where the pain is so intense that no amount of painkillers, hot water bottles and rest will help. Yesterday was one of those days…

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Planner Day with My Bestie

This was our first official “planner day” and I’m sure there will be many more to come. My mood and pain trackers from The Geeky Planner are helping me track my Fibromyalgia and I’m finding my whole planner experience really helpful, especially on those days when Fibro-fog strikes!!!

My Planner and Crafting Journey

Hello again all

Well it is approx 2:00am here as I am writing this and I can not sleep due to a IBS flare, but enough about that I thought I best do this post as I was supposed to have done it yesterday (4/5/16)

Well in one of my earlier blog posts I mentioned my best friend had introduced me to planners especially the Happy Planner, well we always have days together crafting so we had arranged to have a Planner and Chill Day… So as you can imagine it was planner heaven lol.

My best friend has been using planners a little longer than me so her collection is more than mine, I only have my Happy Planner and now my Webster’s Personal… So the day started off with a chat and giggle a bit of you tube and then we got to playing with our planners. First…

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My Addiction Is Taking Over

Well, as you know I have a huge addiction for stationery and planner/journal related goodies. I have been shopping the last few days and today I have sorted out the items I purchased in Crewe on Sunday as well as in Hanley today.

This haul includes goodies from Poundworld, Poundland and Hobbycraft:




My latest Etsy sticker order came from Anna’s Planner Bubble, I already have lots of weekly layout stickers so these ones are mainly functional:


I also placed my first order with Typo on Friday and it arrived today… not bad considering it’s only Tuesday and yesterday was a Bank Holiday. I’m really impressed with the quality and will definitely be ordering from Typo again in the future:)

Here is what I got:


Have you been crafty shopping lately? Did you buy anything nice?

If you have a blog, please feel free to leave a link in the comments:)

In Memory Of A Wonderful Mum – She Is Gone

I recently contacted Dandelion Wishes and Good Night Kisses through their Facebook page, after admiring their work for a very long time.

As most of you will know, we lost my Mum on 23rd February 2007, and as it is now coming up to Mum’s 60th birthday I had decided that I want to get something special done with a poem we were sent to be read at her funeral.

We have family who live in New Zealand (my Dad’s youngest sister, her husband and two children) who were sadly unable to make it over to the UK for Mum’s funeral so they decided on a poem and sent it over to us via email… we had this poem read during Mum’s service.

I spoke to Sarah about incorporating this poem into a special remembrance piece… after some discussion we decided that Sarah would add this poem to one of her large handcrafted blocks with a matching tealight holder.

Mum 1

Mum 2

I am absolutely overwhelmed with the attention to detail and how pretty Dandelion Wishes and Good Night Kisses work is. Sarah’s customer service is fantastic and she kept me informed every step of the way, sending me photographs of her progress and giving many options for each piece.

I would highly recommend Dandelion Wishes and Good Night Kisses to anyone looking for a special and unique gift or memorial piece.

Here is my new memorial plaque and candle holder in their new home, on the shelf above my desk. Sat next to them is my Hugs For Noah Award which we received in 2014.



In special memory of my beautiful Mum, Christine Thomson
xxx 15.05.1956 – 23.02.2007 xxx

Handcrafted Exploding Box Keepsake – Birthday Theme

We were asked to create a very special birthday themed handcrafted exploding box keepsake, the recipient had very varied tastes and we were asked to include these in her birthday keepsake.

Here is the finished result which our customer loved:)




















If you like what you see or would like to discuss ideas for your own special handcrafted keepsake then you can find us in many places, which are:

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Why You Should Read Your Friend’s Blog

Mindful Still

We all have that friend that writes stuff on the internet. I think they call it β€œblogging” or some new trendy name like that. Kids these days and their need for self-expression.

Oh, wait, I am that friend.

In fact, if we are social media friends through any outlet (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc) you are probably thinking, β€œWow, Sam sure does post a bunch of stuff all the time.”

If you have read this far, allow me a few more minutes of your time to explain why you should support a friend in his blogging endeavors? (Or at least ignore them and not let it annoy you.)


1.It’s Free! This seems like a pretty good reason to support your friend. It doesn’t cost you anything and means a lot to your friend.

2.When you click on their link to view their post it increases their views on their site…

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