Monday, 12 June 2017

The Butterfly is good to go again.

Hi there!
Thanks for popping in.
It’s early here, the sun is coming up over the city, 
and New York is waking up. 

Last day here today. Flight back this evening at 11pm,
which puts me back in England just in time for brunch tomorrow.
I think my little Gracie Schmetterling (German for butterfly)
is getting ready to fly again; she will be okay now. 
She has the week off, except for a few voice over auditions.
?
I know! How does that equate to having the week off ??
Like mother like daughter, eh.
But I get it. No work. No income. It has been the story of my whole adult life too. It’s called self-employment. 

We stayed close to base over the weekend, lots of cat-naps, only venturing out for short walks - but it was so hot
In the mid 90’s yesterday, and promises to be even warmer today.
It’s a muggy heat, not a New Mexico desert heat.
Thank heavens for air-con!

So we found a little park near the hotel by the East river, sat in the shade of the trees and watched the world go by. 
Grace is slowly relaxing her shoulders. Poor kid. 
She has been through the mill.


I found a lovely piece of Groovi parchment art which dear Emma Burns made for me a while ago, and I thought I would share it with you today.
I find it very, very calming to look at, don’t you?

 

She has used these two plates:





See how she has mixed perforating and embossing 
to decorate the butterfly? So delicate!


See the perfect picot cutting and whitework?


This perforating was definitely done using a fine grid.
Much more delicate.


We have A4 Super-fine grids now too.
They are very expensive to make, because we get charged per drilled hole, but I think they are a worthwhile investment if you enjoy gridwork.




You do save £10 if you buy both straight and diagonal together.


Thank you Emma. xxxxx



Anyway, I really should pack my backs and get on with my day.

It has been a fraught fortnight, but with a miraculous outcome.
A little bent wing, which will mend itself in time.
But the beautiful butterfly is good to go again.
Thank goodness.
And thanks to all your wonderful positive support.

Grace has been reading all your loving messages; 
she said to me yesterday,
“Do you know Mum, your Clarity friends are amazing.”

Yes, I do know.


Love & hugs,
Barb
xxx 




55 comments:

  1. So glad that Grace is on the mend. Bet you wish you could stay for a little longer and enjoy her company, just sitting and relaxing! The butterfly is beautiful. Grace seems like that butterfly, ready to get up and fly away! Well you will be the butterfly tonight, flying away! Take care and relax.x

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  2. I totally agree with Grace that Clarity friends are amazing. We all support each other when required and I am so thankful that you have enabled this Barbara. Grace should be very proud of you and all that you have achieved.

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  3. I totally agree with Grace that Clarity friends are amazing. We all support each other when required and I am so thankful that you have enabled this Barbara. Grace should be very proud of you and all that you have achieved.

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  4. Safe journey home to the lovely Dave. It's not so warm here so hope he brings a jacket to the airport for you. That's if he's managed to stop laughing at the man trying to put a door in the car from yesterday

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  5. Glad Grace is on the mend, enjoy your last day in NY. Safe journey home ready for a busy weekend.!!

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  6. Hi Barbara! Such good news which lifts my heart. I'm sure you must feel like a ten tonne weight has been lifted from you!
    Safe journey home... You'll need your cardi on when you get home unless you manage to bring the summer home with you!
    Love and hugs and a special hug to Grace! Xxx

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  7. Thanks for sharing your news with us, we really do care. Wishing you a very safe journey back home and wishing Grace a speedy recovery. C x

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  8. Glad to hear Grace is on the mend, but it's sad that your time together is coming to an end. That reminds me of something my German teacher used to often say, (apologies for the bad German, it was a long, LONG, time ago) "Alles hat ein ende , aber die Wurst hat zwei"!!
    Hope you have a smooth flight home xx

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  9. Glad to hear Grace is recovering well and you've enjoyed time together despite the circumstances. Safe trip home x x Loving Emma's design, I have those plates .......

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  10. So pleased to hear Grace is making a good recovery and you have had some quality time together in spite of the circumstances. Safe journey home. Take care of yourself Barbara, you are such an important lady to so many people.
    Love & hugs to you dear lady, and Thank You to you and your team for bringing so much Groovi happiness to so many of us.
    I only know you Barbara through FB etc but sincerely hope to get to meet you one day your such an amazing lady xxx

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  11. Glad Grace is recovering well, hope you are feeling brighter as well, now that she is on the mend. Love Emma's design. Safe trip home bring some of that warmth back with you please. Think our summer has disappeared. X x

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  12. So pleased Grace is on the mend. The emotional toll may take time to recover from too - for all of you. Take care and a safe trip home, Barbara. Mxx

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  13. So pleased to hear that Grace is almost ready to fly solo without her mum. I don't miss that muggy sort of heat at all - used to live in Washington DC, and I used to really appreciate the AC too. My curly hair doesn't miss the humidity either - remember the episode in Friends when Monica went to Las Vegas? That was me every day from June to September!!! Safe travels x

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  14. Gladdened my heart to read that Gracie is good to go again. It's been a terrible ordeal to go through, but there are so many positives to take from the experience. If Grace is anything like her mum, and she is, then she will do just that. Nothing like this sort of scare to bring home what matters and what doesn't. Really sorts priorities and puts all the ducks in a row. Safe journey back and lots of love to Grace and her lovely fella - one in a million. Xx

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  15. Brilliant news Barbara, glad to hear Grace is bouncing back so quickly. Poor soul, voice overs of all things, so soon after throat surgery! But I get you, the work isn't going to land in her, or your lap, you've got to fight and keep fighting, and never give up. No matter what it is you want out of life, and not just career wise either. That's my philosophy anyway. Just wish I could get the break, make a bit of success/progress out of my constant battle from a very young age... But I don't give up, sometimes lose the fight, but I always find it again! You see, you never know what tomorrow might bring, good as well as bad... I wish you every success Grace, butterly is the perfect description for you methinks. Hopefully our positive thoughts for you will stay with you a while longer.

    Thank you for updating us, and still blogging, and for Emma's beautiful piece, Barbara. You are right, it is calming to look at, which is weird as the boldness, big wavy images, you'd think it wouldn't be calming.

    Hope you enjoy your last day together, despite the heat. You could always shoo a wee bit of it off in my direction... Just a wee bit mind, I'm Scottish, get heat/sun stroke very easily!!!!

    Love Brenda xx

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    1. P.s. what a brilliant mum you are Barb xx

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  16. Hello Barbara

    I am pleased to read that Grace is on the mend although it will probably take a little while for you all to get over the scare. Safe journey home and I know you will hit the ground running as it is the Open Days this Friday and Saturday. See you there.

    Love
    Roz.x

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  17. Pleased to hear Grace is feeling better. Lucky you having some sunshine, we are being blown about.. That is a lovely card, I haven't put any of mine on yet, not good enough. Wish I could get to your days in Sussex.
    Enjoy the rest of the sunshine, and a safe journey home. Xxxxx

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  18. Beautiful work by Emma, thanks for sharing it and for the update on Grace's recuperation. Wishing her all the very best and lots of luck for the auditions. Have a safe and pleasant journey home.
    Tonbridge Sue

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  19. Hi Barbara, glad Grace is improving and sad for you to have to leave so soon.
    Have a good journey home and yes it is not to warm here need a coat to put over your shoulders.
    Hugs to you both.
    Lynn xx

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  20. So glad grace is on the mend :-) at least you have spend some lovely time together and I hope you have a safe journey home xxxx

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  21. Great news Barbara that Grace is doing so well after her ordeal. May it continue until she is feeling on top again. Safe journey home to your Dave and hope you manage to get some sleep on the way back. As everyone says you'll need a coat or cardi at least, chilly here.xxx

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  22. So glad Grace has got through so well, having mum with her must have had a lot to do with it. Hope you manage to get some sleep on the plane. We have caught one at that time then had to drive all the way back to Cornwall, almost to Lands End.xx

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  23. Such good news that Grace is progressing well and hope you have a good journey home Barbara. x

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  24. So pleased to hear that Grace is improving and will be fit as a fiddle by the time he week is over. Have a smooth flight home. XX

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  25. Evening bloggy friends, getting warmer again today although a bit chilly now. Hope everyone is good today. Crafting later. XX

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    1. Hi Donna weather is warming up here too but why do the clouds always come over when the washing goes out! Sending hugs xxx

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    2. It's been much better here today too - enjoy your late crafting Donna! xx

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    3. Hi Donna,
      Travelling up to Scotland we've had every type of weather bar snow! This evening has been lovely though. Fingers crossed for the rest of the week..love and hugs, Alison xx

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  26. Enjoy your last precious day with Grace for this visit, knowing that she is well. Have a safe trip home and try to give yourself time to get over some of the jet lag before the Open days this weekend (wish I was able to come!) X

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  27. Hi Barbara
    It's good to hear Grace is getting ready to fly again, yes she's her mothers daughter. You know you can fly back home knowing Grace is bouncing back and Nick and his family are there for her while you are far away. I hope she's enjoyed starting her groovi journey, what a beautiful piece of work to encourage her with. Hope you have a safe journey home, Dave don't forget those bagels for breakfast tomorrow!
    Love Diane xxx

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    1. Hi Diane - saw your comment to Donna - I know just what you mean about the black clouds appearing just when you have put the washing on the line xxx

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    2. Hi Diane,
      Sending love and hugs, Alison xx

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  28. Good to hear Grace is bouncing back, safe journey home (hope you can get some sleep) then deep breath to prepare for the open days full of fun! Xx

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  29. Oops...beautiful card Emma xxx

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  30. It's good to read that our Gracie is getting stronger and stronger - a lot because Mummy was by her side methinks and I feel proud to be a part of our Caring Clarity community. Have a safe journey home Barb and I look forward to seeing you next weekend. Love Beryl x

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  31. So pleased to hear that Grace is well on the way to a full recovery. Hope you Barbara have a safe journey back home. x

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  32. Hi Barbara - what brilliant news about Grace, and it's lovely to hear that she has read all the comments on your wonderful blog. Yes, it is a craft blog - but also SO much more than that - I for one have benefited from the huge support from some amazing blog friends here! I have only met Pam so far - but keeping my fingers and everything else crossed for being able to go to Leyburn and meet some more of them, not to mention your good self too! Love and hugs to both you and Grace - have a safe journey home too, Gilly xxx

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    1. Hi bloggy friends - took Neill to his group physio appointment today and he has been given some more exercises to do, and has been given tips on how to reduce some of the pain too. He has to go again in 3 weeks time. Love and hugs to you all, Gilly xxx

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    2. Hi Gilly,
      That's great news! The exercises will really help him ( will be hard, but worth it honestly) Looking forward to meeting you too ( fingers crossed) . Love and hugs to you both, Alison xxx

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  33. So happy for you both . Keep on healing .

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  34. It's lovely to hear good news. Very happy for you and your Grace. Safe journey home lovely lady x 🙂

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  35. safe journey back. glad that Grace is on the mend, hugs xx

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  36. That's so good to hear and Emma's piece is amazing. Safe journey home xx

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  37. Emma's card is beautiful, pleased to hear Grace is improving. Safe journey home. xx

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  38. Good evening Barbara
    So nice to read that Grace is well on the mend now tell her to take things easy for a while though we work to live not live to work .
    Have a safe journey home try to have a nap on the flight
    Take care and god speed. T xx

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  39. Hi Barb,
    So brilliant to read that Grace is doing so well and I'm pleased that she enjoyed reading all of the comments. Hope you have a safe journey back home. Beautiful piece by Emma, and you are right when you say it is calming to look at. Love and hugs Alison xxx

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    1. Hi bloggy friends,
      Had a long drive up here to Lossiemouth on the Moray Firth - about 7 hours. Had every type of weather except snow on the way up. We have been watching a pod of Minky Whales swim past tonight - just fantastic and made my night! Hopefully we might see some dolphins tomorrow. Love and hugs to you all, Alison xxx

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  40. So happy for you, your little butterfly is on the mend, xxxx

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  41. Lovely to hear the butterfly fluttering wings again. Grid work mud flow xxxx

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  42. So glad that Grace's convalescence is such a calm and positive experience for you both. Take care of yourself Grace, you are definitely your mother's daughter continuing your voice over auditions so soon after your surgery, but bills are bills at the end of the day, I suppose. Have a safe flight home Barbara, love and hugs to you both, Jeanette xxxx

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  43. Hello Barb, so pleased to hear that Grace is doing well and thank you for sharing that lovely artwork from Emma, it is beautiful. Have a safe flight. Bx

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  44. Love the card sue Emma's clever so pleased all is well safe journey home xxx
    Love June horrocks xxxx

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Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x