Happy Birthday To While Darcey Sleeps!

Morning! Grab a piece of cake and a glass of sparkle because we are celebrating!

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This little blog is 2 years old! So in the words of Craig David lets “re re wind” and have a look at how far that unicorn has flown!

The 10th of December 2014 was the first entry on this blog and the first anniversary of me suffering a panic attack and developing anxiety and panic disorder.  This major upset had left me feeling like this…….

But then I went to therapy and a wonderful lady restored me basically to factory settings, so what to do with myself now? Too sick to return to work for HM Government it was up to me to find an occupation that fitted around my disabilities. That’s how While Darcey Sleeps was born, an umbrella name for this blog and my painting/craft business. It was so called because I could only work while this madam was asleep!


After a suggestion from family I started painting and did a few test run dog portraits for friends of my daughters…….

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This has become the backbone of the business, and for me a dream come true, to paint and get paid for it feels incredible.

For me the equal pleasure is to write this blog every week and not confine our discussion to  crafts, we have talked about everything, from colour…….

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To make up…….

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Fashion (especially hand bags!)………

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To gardening…….

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We have had a good time…………

 

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

We have laughed…….

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And we have cried……

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Through it all, this has been the best place to hang out, I hope you have found it useful or thought provoking or just enjoyed the pictures.

My unicorn will be stretching her wings this year, making more, talking more and generally taking it to the next level, know this for sure, this sparkly door will be open to anyone, 2017 is going to need all the love we can give it and all the support we can give each other.

So here’s to us, and another year of spangly, glittery, emotional, funny experiences!

Kisses

Karen

 

 

Mikado, Maltesers And Mum!

Morning my lovelies! Welcome to the delayed post about my mums 70th, delayed so the birthday girl didn’t see her cake before she got to eat it! 

When I was planning this post I had in mind a very glamorous, Instagram worthy thing of loveliness but as yesterday progressed I realised that wasn’t important, it was the little details, the traditions that are important to your family that matter, that happen every birthday or Christmas, here’s ours…

1. There is always a theme, for mums birthday it was very loosely the Mikado….


My mum is a very talented lady and as a teenager had done all the set for her schools staging of the Mikado, and had the opportunity to be a window dresser.Her life took a different turn from there for one reason and another, so I just wanted to remind her of how clever she is.

2. There is quite often a themed cake but not yesterday……


This cake had to be malt as its my mums favourite, and this took it to the next level! To make your own you will need the magic gizmo that supports the pouring part, head to http://www.lakeland.co.uk. Also, my daughter to make the incredible vegan chocolate cake!

3. Indoor fireworks….that we let off outside (because of the number of asthmatics!) …….


And sometimes whilst it’s still light outside!

4. We get a little bit dressed up, sometimes according to theme but it was a bit hot for kimonos, but mum still beat me in the glittery nails competition……….


5. My sister in law always looks amazing, and never seems to get hot and sweaty like the rest of us……


Here she is looking like Jackie O….grrrrrrrr….

And let’s not forget the birthday girl……..


This was not yesterday’s outfit but she’ll kill me if I post an unmasked one! My mum is brave, talented, opinionated, supportive and as mad as a bag of badgers, and as it says at the top of this post I wouldn’t know how to love without her.

I love you, you ginger nutter!!!

So here’s to tradition and dressing up like parrots, have a great week!

Kisses 

Karen xx