Coming down out of the freezing sky with its depths of light, like an angel, or a Buddha with wings, it was beautiful, and accurate, striking the snow and whatever was there with a force that left the imprint of the tips of its wings — five feet apart — and the grabbing thrust of its feet, and the indentation of what had been running through the white valleys of the snow — and then it rose, gracefully, and flew back to the frozen marshes to lurk there, like a little lighthouse, in the blue shadows — so I thought: maybe death isn’t darkness, after all, but so much light wrapping itself around us — as soft as feathers — that we are instantly weary of looking, and looking, and shut our eyes, not without amazement, and let ourselves be carried, as through the translucence of mica, to the river that is without the least dapple or shadow, that is nothing but light — scalding, aortal light — in which we are washed and washed out of our bones. Author

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Patchwork Hopper and Gruffie

It seems an age since I last most of you will know I've had a devastating time, losing my son who was only 17. Words will never be enough to describe the horror of it all but I have to believe that there is a greater plan that we know nothing of. During the last few months I have wondered what to do and I came to the conclusion that Henry would have said why haven't you made a card? He was always so proud of what I did..and so to honour him..I've decided to get back to doing what I loved. At first it's been like learning to walk again..I couldn't remember where anything was and everything that once came naturally was really hard work..but things can only get better.The amount of kindness and support that I have received from my friends in the crafting world has been amazing..thankyou all. So without further are my first cards.

I am lucky enough to be on the design team for Gruffies and Guests..which celebrates the art work of the amazing Ellen Jareckie, the creator of House Mouse. I have to admit to a bit of a thing for the Hoppers...I just adore rabbits. These cards are for the new challenge over on the Gruffies and Guests blog. The theme is Patchwork and must include a Gruffie,Hopper or House Mouse image. I hope that you will pop over to the blog and enter the challenge. This month the challenge is sponsered by the fabulous My Creative Classroom.I hope that you will come on over as there are some fabulous cards created by the very talented ladies on the design team. They are always a fantastic source of inspiration.

My first card features one of my favourite Hopper designs. The background paper was made using all the scraps left over from making other cards. I love making this kind of background because I can use up all the papers that are just too pretty to throw away. Now I have a box dedicated to all little bits of pretty and sometimes I will just play and make a background.I got the idea from a crazy patchwork throw that I made some years ago.

The second card features a gruffie and uses the fabulous patchwork dies from Joanna Sheen. It is another way to use up the scraps that as crafters we cannot bear to throw away. On the card it says You deserve a break and I'm sure that we all know people who work so hard that they really do need to take a bit of me time...and what nicer way to do it than cuddling down under a patchwork quilt.

Well, as always, as before, the coffee is calling and the cats are demanding some So until tomorrow..take care and happy crafting.


  1. Genny, it's so good to have you creating and sharing your talent once again. Your patchwork cards are adorable! Hugs, DT sis Vickie

  2. Woohoo!
    You have the patience of a saint doing those cards!