Friday, December 24, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

I love the Internets

An hour or so after I posted the update on my future SIL and her twins, I got an email from Sue of Prem2Pram. It's a webshop where you can buy clothes and accessories for babies as tiny as 0-1lbs! She also donates premature baby items to hospitals to help look after those tiny babies, and even have a whole section of 'angel blankets' for those who sadly do not make it...

Sue asked me for my address because she wanted to send a little something for our tiny Jenson and Lewis. This is what arrived here yesterday:

Isn't that amazing? Look at how tiny those clothes are! And they've got buttons on the side especially for those little ones in incubators. The hats are adorable, and I love the fact that she put their names on them.

And all because she just happened to read my blog and wanted to help! I love the Internets!

A quick update: SIL has finally been able to see her boys yesterday, after 3.5 weeks. She got to hold Lewis in a 'kangaroo-cuddle', which means skin on skin contact with a blanket over the two of them, and got to change little Jenson's bum who then decided to poo all over his mum's hand and arm. Nice!

Jenson it turns out has a hole in his valve which apprently all babies are born with, and he is now on medication which should help heal it over. He's put on a waiting list for the operation should he need it, but the doctors feel they should give him a little more time to do it on his own. If he does turn out to need the operation then of course he will, but they'd rather him do it himself, of course.

Teeny-tiny little babysteps every day... But in the right direction now!
SIL feels so much better now she's seen them, and got to hold one of them and hold the other one's tiny hand, and is amazed at how everything's there but in miniature. And they respond to their names, which is just mindblowing.

Thank you everyone for keeping the boys and their mummy in your prayers, for sending positive energy and thinking of them. Thank you for asking about how they are, and thank you to everyone who's offered to send them a card. And thank you so much Sue for those adorable little clothes. We are all so grateful.

Things are looking much, much brighter today than they were just a few days ago.
Time to go and celebrate Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

And then we spotted these two...

While doing our last Christmas shopping a few weeks ago (oh yes, you read that right, we finished out Christmas shopping in November) we spotted these two pigeons on the wall:

With everything going on I have been doing a lot of journaling in my Art Journal, adding bits of hand decorated tape here and there, so I'm sure there will be more journaling on this page too. But then again, I might leave this page like this, the pigeons deserve it.

Do you use street art in your Art Journal? Show me show me show me!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Moleskine flip through found on Youtube

As annoying as I find the 'recommendations' on Amazon and other places, I love them on Youtube. You stumble across videos that you would otherwise miss out on.

Here's a Moleskine flip-through with some amazing nudes and other work by Zipchips

Sunday, December 12, 2010


Those of you who follow me on Twitter have already heard about this, I'm sure.

Little over three weeks ago, my SIL was taken into hospital. She was 7 months pregnant with twins, and in terrible pains. She thought she was having them then and there, but instead was diagnosed with pneumonia.

Three days later, she told the nurse she was feeling the urge to push. The nurse said that she was being silly, she was not in labour, the babies were not ready to come out yet. But SIL said that yes, they were coming. Before the nurse could even get a doctor in, Jenson was born at 2 lbs 10. His brother Lewis followed less than 30 minutes later at 2 lbs 6. Both so tiny, they were taken away to be put in incubators. Mum was too ill to go and see them. She was still complaining about stomach pains, and the doctors were trying to figure out what was wrong with her. A hernia, another infection?

Then, two days after they were born, the hospital staff felt they could not give the twins what they needed, and the boys were taken to a hospital in London, where they have specialist care for premature babies.
At near enough the same time, Mum was rushed to ICU. There they found out that she had peritonitis. Her appendix was leaking into her abdomen. It was taken out and fell apart...

Very quickly, was Lewis started doing really well, and after a few days was breathing on his own. Jenson however had more problems. He was having difficulty breathing, had fluid in his lungs. When Lewis was taken off the special ICU, Jenson still needed a lot of help.

When Lewis was taken to another ward, still in an incubator though, he got MRSA, the dreaded hospital-infection. Another baby on the ward got infected too, but thankfully it was caught early.

And just now, we were told that poor little Jenson has a hole in his heart and needs to be taken to yet another hospital for surgery...

I don't know how much more this family can take. SIL is heart-broken. She is still so weak from all she has been through herself, and not having been able to see her babies since they were born is eating away at her. She is scared. We all are. Her husband has been an absolute rock, going from the hospital here in Chelmsford to see his wife to the hospital in London to see his boys, taking pictures and keeping everyone up to date on what is going on. Her other three children, two boys of 13 and 10 and a little girl of 7 have been absolutely brilliant, looking after their mum and doing those little jobs that they can.

I am not a religious person, I don't know how to pray. But I am so very grateful for all those amazing friends who have kept the twins, my dear future sister-in-law and the rest of the family in their prayers. I cannot thank you enough.

I have been telling my SIL about you. She can't imagine there are people outside our family who care. She certainly can't imagine people across the world holding her little boys in their prayers.

Today I was pouring my heart out on Twitter, as I tend to do these days, and the lovely @MagicBartender asked if she could send a card, to make this support a bit more tangible. I asked my MIL how she felt about that and she said that it is a lovely thought and that her daughter would deeply appreciate it.

If you would like to send my sweet future sister-in-law a card, letting her know that you are thinking of her boys, please contact me through Twitter, the Ning site or my email address ( ukeveline @ blueyonder dot co dot uk) and I will give you the address to send your card to.

Thank you so so much for all your prayers, thoughts, energy, for all the candles that have been lit and the suppport I have gotten through Twitter, and other places. It means more than I can ever tell you.

Saturday, December 11, 2010


Remember my sketchbook, the one that looks like a Moleskine but is much-much cheaper and turned out to have squared paper instead of plain?
After a couple of sketches I got fed up with the squares. I tried to gesso the pages but they were too thin to take the gesso and it just didn't work.

So now, that sketchbook is my notebook. I keep the notes on the
'zine in there, blog ideas, video ideas (yes, that means that in future there will be more videos on Youtube!) and the odd note or two about which episode of House M.D. Season 1 we're up to and what page I am on when going all the way back on this blog I really like..

Anyyywayy... I needed some tabs, so I knew exactly where all my stuff is.
I nearly picked some up at the store and then I remembered this video:

and I made myself some tabs. OK, so they are not perfect, but at least they do the job. Look:

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Art Journaling -It's All Good! Holiday Special

Remember our 'zine 'Art Journaling - It's All Good'? The great 'zine about anything Art Journaling?

Well guess what: we made you a Holiday Special, all about Art Journaling through the Holidays. Why you should and how you can, with great ideas and pages you can print out and use in your own Art Journal.

And because it's a Holiday Special, it's available for just $3!

Go to here to order your copy. Please allow 24 hours for your order to be processes.

And if you want to let us know what you think of the 'zine, or if you want your Art Journal pictures to be featured in our next issue, please email us at , or become a member of Art Journaling Ning, a free site where you can get in touch with other Art Journal enthusiasts and join in on conversations and show off your work!

Ohhh my goodness, I completely forgot to mention that if you purchase a copy of the 'zine this month you will help us support Hopeline, which is a suicide hotline and so much more. If you know anyone effected by depression or have personal connections with suicide, you know how important it is to get help. Please help us support this wonderful charity, especially during these dark days at the end of the year.