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Thursday, 11 January 2018

Thursday, 11th January 2018

No change with Henry on Ritalin.  Phoned for the Paediatrician, who phoned me back.  Dr Dede advised me to increase Henry’s dose to TWO tablets in the morning and one at lunchtime ... let’s see how this goes ...

Gave two tablets this morning and 1/2 lunchtime.  Henry has been the grumpiest, volatile and tempestuous little boy today ... throwing tantrums and stomping his feet when he doesn’t get his own way. It was remarked on by his classmate’s mum at lunchtime today. Managing this boy’s behaviour is hard work; in the meantime, Lewis had his autism Diagnosis Assessment yesterday .... why will Medicare refund most of Paed appointments, and not Autism Assessments? Surely, people are not going to subject their child to a unnecessary assessment on a capricious whim ...

$300 for a Paed appointment x 2 .....
$210 for an Autism Assessment .... plus no job in the house = disaster.

Thank God I do start a new job next week .... no guarantee of financial security, but at least it is something ...

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Henry - first day on medication 02.01.18

I document this largely for myself,  but also for my son ... if it helps others, then that is great too.

The family had our first paediatrician’s appointment on 29th December ... not impressed, but then I guess, i really don’t need to be if the treatment plan and strategies put in place actually work ...

  • The Paed was late for the appointment and kept us all waiting.  As it was a double appointment for both Henry and Lewis, then I felt sorry for the patients for the remainder of the day, as they would have been even more delayed. 
  • He clearly hadn’t read the paperwork I had laboured to compile.  A definite arrogance and indifference, I feel .... 
Still, at least he seemed to confirm Henry’s diagnosis of ADHD without issue .... there was no discussion about the Sensory Seeking Disorder which is just as difficult to manage.

With Lewis, there is a more arduous testing process for Autism, and I very much respect that if the eventual diagnosis means that it is managed more responsibly and treated with gravitas ....

So upon being paid and being worn out with Henry’s tumultuous behaviour, I made the decision to fill the prescription for Ritalin today.  I then decided that there was no better time for closely monitoring than school holidays, so I gave him his lunchtime dose of 1/2 Ritalin tablet at lunchtime.  

The Paed has prescribed 1 tablet in the morning, which does seem like a largish dose to me.  So we shall monitor Henry’s behaviour, in an attempt to observe changes.

All I can say is that at the moment, Henry is an extremely challenging 6 year old who is full of his own importance and is always right. He is argumentative and demanding, constantly seeking stimulus  who will do anything to get his own way. He is needy and like a whirlwind, having to be involved in everything, doesn’t hear ‘no’ and would spilt your eardrums at 1000 paces .... yet, get him at a good moment, is extremely affectionate, loving and can be very helpful. Doesn’t like loud noises, yet is the loudest hellion on two thin, wiry pins this side of the Equator.  

Day 1: no change.  Exhausting, constantly pushing boundaries, rude, cheeky with incessant energy until his battery runs out at lights out .... 

Let’s see what tomorrow brings. 

Saturday, 3 January 2015

CTMH - Yuletide Carol Christmas cards

Close to My Heart released two Christmas ranges in this year's Annual Inspirations - one called Snowhaven, and the other Yuletide Carol. 
I vowed when moving back to Australia to stay away from snowy images as that wasn't representative of our Christmas, so that only left me with the only choice of Yuletide Carol, a much more traditional range, reminiscent of Victoriana. 
I had no time to blog before Christmas, so I am trying to be in catch-up mode and post them here, just to record them. 

I quite liked the first one, but wasn't crazy about the washi underneath the "Noel". 

I preferred the ivy wreath embossed onto white, and felt that the black glitter trim was a bit stark. 
I much preferred this third one - much more simplified and less cluttered. 
All CTMH supplies, except for the addition of "Layered Poinsettia" die by Spellbinders, and "Labels Four" - an old staple I constantly use.  I was pleased to have almost completely finished using my first ever jar of embossing powder, bought some 10+ years ago.  That gives me a real sense of satisfaction!
This is the card I made for Paul.  It was more difficult to resolve and the background is too busy for me.  But it was a paper in the pack that I wanted to try and use comprehensively.  

I loved the little ribbon sitting on top of the pile of presents and shall probably use that stamp set more thoroughly for next Christmas.  I used my Tim Holtz die "" here and covered the New England Ivy diecut with Stardust Stickles and then outlined in black for a bit more emphasis. 
I discovered that you can punch through the shimmer tape quite well, so I have used my EK Success scallop border punch on all the cards. 

Close to My Heart "Yuletide Carol" Workshop on the Go
CTMH Red, Black Shimmer Trim; Sequins Assortment:  Gold, Bling Gems Assortment:  Gold, Shinhan Marker:  Carmine, Versamark, Gold Embossing Powder
CTMH Exclusive Inks:  Cranberry, Black, New England Ivy
CTMH stamps:  Make It Merry, Noel
Tim Holtz Alterations die Stacked Words: Christmas
Spellbinders die:  Layered Pointsettias
Spellbinders die:  Labels Four
Francheville washi tape
Ranger Stickles Stardust

I will have other Christmas cards to share, when next I get a chance to blog them!  Thanks for your visit.  :)

Thursday, 1 January 2015

2015 Project Life album - Title Page

Well, it's the New Year, so best to start as I mean to continue! Less procraftination, more action ...

Not a brilliant photo, but taken at night so the page is now done and blogged, whilst very fresh.  It's not necessarily the crafting that is difficult to fit in, it's usually the blogging, so want to start on a different note ....
A very simple page which seems to represent me fairly well, I think.  A real combination of elements from a number of different sources, which hopefully gel together. 
Yellow Chevron Paper - Echo Park: Paradise Beach "Flip Flops"
Heidi Swapp: Favourite Things
CTMH: Chalk It Up
CTMH:  Brushed
Gold Foil Elements: CTMH: Year >>Noted
Black Cardstock
Heidi Swapp Sheer Stickers
Papermania Vinyls: Butterflies 2
American Crafts Thickers: Black Glitter Letter Stickers
The CTMH "Year >>Noted" mini collection is a bonus for January 2015 during National Papercrafting Month.  When a qualifying purchase is made of $75, then this $37 value kit can be purchased for only $10.  How immediate of me to use something so hot off the press!
I wouldn't have normally chosen this 4 pocket 6 x 6 layout design for the title page, but it was the Australian Project Life Forum on Facebook raving about the Heidi Swapp card which decided for me.  A good focus point, as it seems to embody the hopes and ambitions for this year ... I wondered how I was going to use it. Wonder no more and as an added bonus, I've sold the other one!   Thanks for stopping by.  :)

Kreative Koncepts January 2015 Sketch Challenge


American Crafts Black cardstock
Heidi Swapp Citron Colour Shine
Studio Calico mask
Pebbles Accent and Phrase Stickers
Green sequins
Doodlebug Expressions Medium Limeade Alphabet rub-ons
Patterned papers: MME Bloom and Grow "Bloom", October Afternoon "Detours": Walk in the Park, Daisy D's "Railway Journal", Crate Paper "Farmhouse Collection": Apple Pie, Heidi Swapp "No Limits": Traditional, Doodlebug

Here's my layout - of Henry and Lewis in Chinchilla at their daycare centre, Charley's Place.  I can safely say that it is the best daycare centre that the boys have ever been to - well, out of a choice of three, but still! Very professional, well run and so well organised.  I particularly loved seeing their own educators, no matter what time of the day, and getting their email reports entailing the days' activities. 
Sadly, the journaling can't be read (I don't understand why?) but it says:
"On this day in June 2013, Charley's Place took part in the World's Biggest Breakfast where the children came dressed for the morning in their pyjamas.  You both had great fun. 
You were helping yourselves to lots of snacks and juice in between playing.  We had to stop you both, as you kept coming back for ever more juice! More importantly, lots of money was raised for a great cause". 
 I fundamentally stuck to the four photo idea but turned the sketch around, so that the semi circular element was underneath.  I used a banner mask instead, and some citron colour shine all over the background. 
Most of the patterned papers are aeons old and came from my scraps bag - great when you just want snippets of colour or a small area of interest dotted around the page.  I also unearthed My Doodlebug Expressions rub-on letters - I think they are all reaching close to the end of their natural lives, as they just fly off the plastic with the least resistance.  I shall make it my mission to try and use them up more! I just coat them with Glossy Accents so that they don't rub off the page. 
All in all, I am pleased with my interpretation and that I have used up more scraps! Thanks for stopping by and hope 2015 is the year for all of us.  :)

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Project Life - Playdate November 2014

Hello friends - after a lengthy absence, here to share my most recent page from November. 

Stamps all Close to My Heart, and Project Life Cards mainly from the Baby Boy mini kit, and one new one (blue stripey) from the Maggie Holmes edition of a part kit that I bought - who wants the same card umpteen times - just boring!
Other bits from Kaisercraft "Capture This" and so pleased to have used up some of my oldest stash - the Making Memories aqua sticker labels. 
A fairly quick page which documents our new friendship with Riley and Cooper and their family.  So lovely to see four small boys all playing well together.  Hopefully the start of many more similar playdates!
American Crafts Thickers "Dear Lizzy" foam
Kaisercraft Capture This
Becky Higgins Project Life
Doodlebug Tangerine dotty washi

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

52 Card Challenge UK Scrappers - Week 42

This week, Nat set the challenge as autumnal colours - a very different thing is happening here in Queensland in Australia - it is heating up and getting set to fry us in summer. 

As per the previous post, I found some ancient stripey paper that came in a magazine, together with the leaf pattern on the other side.  I try to set myself challenges as to ways to produce an end result that is pleasing - in this case, I really didn't like the original papers. 
I found an old die cut in my stash in matching brown tones and some lovely velvet ribbon.  I turned again to my favourite Curly Cute sentiments from Stampin' Up! and gold embossed around the edge.  Liberal mistings and dollops of gold mist together with faux stitching and distressing add more interest and texture.  The bronze sequins really do sparkle IRL and add lots of interest.  Very reminiscent of a beautiful autumnal day in England with the crunchy and variegated leaves underfoot, turning to mush and mould with dampness and the inevitable rain. 
 I got a couple more cards from the same paper and am now pleased to say that I've used it up - I do still have some leaves left and sometimes I wish I was ruthless enough to throw the remainder away - it would certainly relieve a lot of the clutter! However, I do know that I enjoy these kinds of challenges, and it does kind of justify the stash build-up .... (maybe?)

Stripe and Leaf patterned paper - unknown
Brown die cut
Bronze sequins
Tan velvet ribbon
Curly Cute sentiment stamps - Stampin' Up!
Gold Embossing powder
Cosmic Shimmer mist - Antique Gold
CTMH ink - Autumn Terracotta
Project Life journalling pen - brown

I'm not game enough to count how many cards I am down now - we shall have to wait and see how we go, to see if I can complete this years' cards .... thanks for visiting here today.