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Sunday 3 January 2016

A festive round up!

Hello there lovelies! I do hope you are well! Things here have been incredibly busy over the Christmas period - I have been away at center parcs briefly before Christmas - then we had christmas day here whilst on boxing day i headed south to spend a week with Shaun's mum and his brother and family. It was lovely to see everybody and we had a great time!

I wanted to show you a couple of the homemade presents I did this christmas -

After the success of Penny's sewing box i had to make one for Lucy - 

She's really pleased with it and it will look great in her room which is going to be decorated this week.

This is a box i made for my sister in law Silvia - she loves strawberries and herbal tea!

This also went down well!

A few pictures from Christmas day!

Gorgeous girls with their new hats on!

Lucy's funny reindeer glasses!

And my mum and dad. My dad was taken into hospital on new years day - he's finding walking very difficult at present - just before Christmas he found he had a tumour on his liver - he's been knocked for six really since then. I've been to see him today and he was looking well but is also very confused still. Hopefully they'll find out why his walking is such a problem. My poor mum has had it all on! Bless her - she's such a star. 

Thats where things are here! I hope i have some good news for you soon - we are bracing ourselves for the anniversary of Shaun's death which is tomorrow- I can't believe a year has passed - things are still very fresh and raw. Hopefully having the first year out of the way will help!

Big hugs lovely people!

Rachel xx 


  1. Dear Rachel, you have made lovely handmade presents! The girls are beautiful! The last year must have been hard for you because of Shaun. But you were great! I wish the best for you and for your dad too!

  2. Hi Rachel, those presents look wonderful, as do the girls. Hope things work out ok for your Dad, and sending hugs for tomorrow, I think you've done amazingly well {through the blogworld glasses anyway :) Cathy x

  3. Great set of pics, such pretty happy girls. Thinking of you Rachel, you are sos trong and do so much with your girls, Shaun would be proud of you. Hope your Dad is better soon hugs xx

  4. Hi Rachel, what lovely gifts and what lovely girls! So good to see them happy! Sorry to hear about your dad and hope you manage to share happy memories on Shaun's anniversary, I am sure he would want you to remember the good times xxxxxx

  5. Rachel, I am so glad you and the girls have had a fun packed Christmas, yes tomorrow will be hard being the anniversary of Shaun's death, but Rachel Shaun will be so proud of you for getting on with life, making happy times with great memories with the girls. He won't want you to go back wards after coming so far he is with you in spirit what ever your doing.
    Sorry about your dad, I will hope they fine out what wrong quickly.
    Special ((((( hugs))))) Hazel X

  6. Hi Rachel, lovely pictures, so pleased you and the girls had a good Christmas. Sorry to hear about your dad..Take care dear lady, will be thinking of you. xxxx

  7. Awesome designed box here Rachel. My heart goes out to you re your dad and mum. He is in my prayers as I know how you feel. Look on the positive side. Celebrate the anniversary of hubby's passing and look back on the good times you all had...hugs.xxxx {aNNie}

  8. Great pictures Rachel and another beautiful sewing box too. Sorry to hear your Dad's news, I hope they will be able to help him. I have to agree with Annie, it's will be a sad day for you all, but look back on all the wonderful times you had together and enjoy your gorgeous girls too.

    Hugs Sue xx

  9. Hi Rachel, yopur handmade gifts look fabulous and I am sure they were greatly received. Glad you and the girls had a good time over christmas. So sorry to hear about your dad and hope things are not too hard for you all. Sending you lots of hugs and thoughts for this time as I know it's not an easy one and I am amazed by the strength you have managed for you and the girls. Thinking of you
    x catherine

  10. I was thinking of Shaun and you this morning, I hope tomorrow is not too difficult for you all, but I am sure he would be proud at how brave you have been this last year. So pleased that you got to spend time with his family too, that must have been so helpful to them too.

    So sorry to hear about your Dad though, he really has had a tough time, your Mum does really well too. Take care Rachel, thinking of you and the girls. Big hugs, Anne xx

  11. Sorry to hear about your Dad Rachel, give my love to your mum and I hope she takes care of herself too.
    Thank you for sharing your creations they are wonderful as always.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you especially tomorrow which will no doubt be difficult for you and the girls. You have been so brave and that you spent time with Shaun's family over the Christmas period.
    Love and Hugs
    Linda xxx

  12. Wonderful photo's Rachel and gorgeous creations you have made..the girls are so pretty. Sorry to hear the news about your Dad. My thoughts will be with you and the girls tomorrow I can't imagine how hard it is I'm so lucky to have Paul still with me I treasure every day. Lots of love and huge huggles Sue xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  13. Hi Rachel, finally managed to find some time to stop by. Your christmas gifts look super and I am sure they will be treasured. Looks like the girls and you had lots of fun. Sorry to hear about your Dad and will be thinking of you all tomorrow.

  14. Sorry to hear that your Dad is not well. Will be thinking of you and the girls tomorrow. Hugs Mrs A.

  15. Rachel
    Wonderful to see the wide smiles on each of the faces of your adorable girls.
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    Love the gifts you created, so special.
    I am so sorry to read of your Dad. What with his walking causing him trouble and the latest news, so sad. Rachel, I will be keeping you and your girls in my thoughts for tommorrow.
    Lynne x

  16. It looks like you had a fun Christmas Rachel, your handmade gifts look fabulous.
    Sorry to hear about your Dad, I hope they can do something to help with his walking.
    My thoughts will be with you all today.

  17. Happy New Year to you Rachel...looks like you and the girls have had some fun times over the holidays but I'm sure it was very hard for you all, as today will have been.
    Your handmade gifts are beautiful and I'm sure they'll be treasured for years to come. Sorry to hear about your Dad and hope you get some good news soon. Hugs to you all. Carol x

  18. Oh gosh looks like you had a wonderful time wonderful photos and great creativity. Just wanted to wish you a very happy new year and hope 2016 is the best yet love hugs cheryl. Xxx

  19. You can tell you've had a wonderful Christmas Rachel, all those happy faces. I hope there's good new for your Dad soon. I'm so sorry about today, I hope it's not been too hard for you. Take care xx

  20. Hi Rachel it looks as if you had a lovely Christmas and what wonderful photos of your little girls. The presents you made are beautiful and so clever. So sorry to hear about your Dad and difficult for you dear Mum too. How lovely that you spent time over Christmas with Shaun's parent. I can't begin to imagine how hard it is for you all. Take care and Great Big Hugs. Barbxx

  21. Great photos Rachel & amazing creations as always! I'll keep your dad & mum in my prayers. Hope they can help with his mobility soon.
    I hope you managed to grit your teeth & get through the day with at least one happy memory of Shaun! He'd be proud of you & the girls. You've all done amazingly well despite everything!
    Love & hugs as always
    Dawn xx

  22. A lovely festive round-up and your handmade gifts certainly look as though they went down a treat. Sorry to hear about your dad... hopefully they can work out what's wrong and take some of the pressure off you and your mum.

    Such a hard time of year to be dealing with it all, but I hope that you found a way to commemorate the anniversary of Shaun's death that meant you could remember him with love. Like Dawn, I'm sure he'd be so proud of how you and the girls are living your lives with such positivity, and sharing that with us all too.
    Alison xx

  23. Thinking of you have been so brave . Shaun would be so proud of you. This is such a difficult time and I have been thinking of you. Hugs Jxx

  24. Hello huni, so sorry I've not visited for such a long time, it's been the usual issues for me. I have no idea what to say or how to help you just know that you are in my thoughts and prayers my lovely.
    What I do know is that you are blooming awesome and your girls are awesome too. I have an idea that Shaun would be so proud of you and your girls. You have had so much thrown at you and you haven't given up or crumbled and if you do so what?! I'm sure I could not drag myself off the floor let alone have to look after your girls as well as you have and will continue to do.
    If you do dissolve it doesn't matter, you are allowed, and I wish I could reach out and give you a great big hug right now, you will get through this. I have an inkling that you and I would be good mates in the real world Karen xx

  25. Fabulous handmade gifts Rachel and love the pics-best wishes to your Dad hope they get him sorted-and one year ago time passes soo quickly
    Carol x


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