In the 20 year gap Mark married and had a child, the marriage broke down but he has remained in his daughters life. Isabella was 17 when we reconnected, Izzy and I slowly made contact discovering that we have a lot of similarities and like/love each other. Getting to know her has been a delight she calls me with every little thing and I get her past it by laughing at her. Everyone is surprised by our relationship not least of all us but we have become very good and close friends.
Father and Daughter at a get together in London last year. Mark is a chef and was working at this pub at that time. Izzy is a pink sparkling princess!
During the past year I opened a shop on Etsy for my jewellery makes. This has been another fascinating experience, Izzy's mother was instrumental in getting this started. Her support along with Mark's has meant a great deal to me, although being London based Mark is convinced that I sell my makes for much less than I should.
My interest in Genealogy continues to take up a lot of my time, as well as money! Last Saturday saw me driving to Bolton (130 miles or so away) for a course on searching for family history. It is a 4 week course at the end of which I hope to have a better understudying of visiting and searching archives as I've gleaned pretty much all I can from the internet at the moment. I need to go and visit the archives but what questions should be asked? What information is needed to make a start? This is a hobby that Izzy is taking an interest in as well which as she lives 300 miles away is something we can do together over the phone. All 3 of us have had our DNA report much to Mark's disappointment we are European through and through.
Now my stamps and inks are starting to call to me again. This time of year Valentines is very much in our thoughts, essentially the loves of my life are My Family, Friends and of course Felines.
MDF shape with stencilled embossing paste, mica powders, stamped and embossed wording. Triple embossed added elements. Distress inks used to colour bare board, embossed owl and letter F picked out with fine line coloured pen. Highlighting wax touched to the outer edge of the Heart tag. Photographs flatten the colour and shine of the various mediums (& I'm out of practice) so you are not seeing this at its very best.
I'm inviting people from the following challenges to take a look at this latest make.
613 Avenue, a monthly anything goes challenge with the "twist" this month of the word LOVE.
Love to Create, a monthly challenge always looking for anything mixed media.
Crazy 4 Challenges, this is a weekly challenge this week their prompt is Add a Heart.
OK peeps well if you read this whole post you'll realise that retirement is good and I have stacks of things to keep me out of mischief. Right now it is a visit to the local coop.