Monday, 8 August 2016

The Long awaited Daffodil Tutorial

Hi My lovely friends.

before I post the tutorial I would like to thank you all for your positive thoughts and best wishes for a good results after my biopsy's. On the 27th July I had to go back to the hospital for a check up from last years health scare. I had a couple of scans and then had a consultation with the specialist who said it looked like the abnormal cells had grown slightly and that she would like to do a biopsy there and then. I got taken into a room where she took 2 biopsy's and said that she would like me to have a  more in depth biopsy under a general. On the 28th July I had a phone call from the hospital asking if I could go in on Monday 1st August. I just panicked thinking they had found something. I arrived at the hospital 12.30pm and eventually went down about 3.30pm. When I came round, they said they couldn't find me a bed and that they would just send me home straight away. At this point I couldn't even lift my arms let alone walk out. Day surgery then rang through and said they had a spare bed for me, so my bed was pulled out into a corridor where my bed was attached to  little motorized cart and was driven over to the other side of the hospital. It was like the dodgems, if he hit one wall he must have hit a dozen. It was the most uncomfortable 10 minute ride I've ever had,we went from one side of the hospital to the other but the nurse that had to walk along side me had a wicked sense of humor and didn't let him get away with any knock into the walls, doors or dodging pedestrians, and also a ride in a lift too, at first the lift wouldn't move and I panicked and said I need to get out. I can't stand lifts. I was so glad the whole procedure was over I think I would have let him drive me all the way home with that little cart, that would have been a sight to see, me laying in bed a nurse running beside me and this young trainee doctor dodging the cars on the Salisbury bypass. Oh and with a big umbrella to boot as it was chucking it down. It would have looked like a Carry on Film. Stick with me girls I could show you a fun time, what do you reckon!

Regarding the tutorial, I was going to take a few more pictures of the finished flower, but yesterday Paul's brother and his wife came over for some drinks and eats and Liz asked if I had done any crafting lately. I said not since I made Claire and Toby's 2nd Anniversary card, and that the card was all about daffodil's,  when I posted Claire & Toby's card I was asked if in time would do a tutorial for the daffodil. Which I did, and for months I only had to put narration to the pictures but never found the energy to do that, sorry!

 Liz ( sister in law ) asked if she could see the daffodil, so I went to my workroom to get the said flower. I went out to the garden with replenished glasses of wine and said to Liz, this is the flower that is going on my blog tomorrow. She looked at it and said how pretty it was, then opened her handbag and said to Ellie dog. I'll put this in my handbag before you stand on it and crush it. I shall keep this with all my other cards you have made for me. Paul said my face was a picture as he thought she just wanted to see the flower and not take it home. I wanted to say Nooooo, but she seemed so happy to take that little daffodil home I didn't have the heart to say I still need it. So I hope I have taken enough pics for this tutorial. Later in conversations they both admitted that their hearing is really bad lately. so it makes it even more special that she thought I had made that flower for her.

Here Goes!

 These are the items you will need to make the daffodil.

I found it made a more full centre by cutting 2 lots of stamens.

I then shaded the petals and added some veins with a vert fine ball tool.

I then glued the centre of the flower into a tapered cylinder shape.

Then you need to fold the bottom inwards to make a base to glue to the other petals, also you need to fold the top outwards, sorry didn't take a picture but you'll see this 2 pictures down.

Next, start layering the leaves and petals onto the calyx.

Then add the cylinder to the petals.

I then glue both sets of the stamens together, then rolled them, lightly dipped the tips with clear glue and then into some flower-soft. That's a product from the past isn't it. Do they still make this product?

Finally glue the stamens to the centre of the flower.

Hope you like it.X

At this point my lovely friends, I would like to say a very very big heartfelt thank you to you all for  sharing some of the saddest and darkest days of our lives. You have cried with me sent endless hugs and never ending love. Your support over the last 5 months has been constant, to me that is called true friendship and I love each and everyone of you for still being here for us. Thank you is just not enough but it truly comes from my heart.xx

Big Hugs

Tina XX


  1. Hello my friend!
    It's lovely to see you! It's lovely to have one of your stories that make me smile too! Wow that was quite a an adventure you had on that mobile hospital bed! I do hope the news about the biopsies is good. That was really all you needed wasn't it!!
    Well, your daffodil has found a new home - it will clearly be much loved and well looked after! It just shows how pretty your flowers are - people want to adopt them!
    Thank you for the tutorial - it is as ever very clear and the daffodil is beautiful. Thank you. I also hope it has helped you a little bit to do it - the tutorial that is.
    Today has been my first day of a week's Holiday Club doing crafts with the children! So far so good! Ask me again on Friday!
    It's truly lovely to see you - if we have helped a little bit then that's great! We help each other - that's what real friends do.
    Please take care of yourself and this comes with my love and best wishes for you and all the family. Special hug for Claire! Praying that your news will be good!
    Lots of love Myra xx

  2. Tina, my your story about your trip,across the hospital was something. What a faff, could your bed not just be pushed by two strapping men? At least it makes you laugh about now I bet. We will just think positive thoughts about the out come of your biopsies!
    Well done you for doing this great tutorial, your SIL will treasure that flower, I can just picture your face when she popped it in her bag. As Myra said we are all here for you and thank you for taking the time to do this when you still have do much going on in your life. (((((( hugs)))))) Hazel X

  3. Hi Tina.
    My what a story, I'm sorry but I was laughing so much whilst reading about it.
    I so love ur daffodil. I just adore ur flowers.
    Ahhhh flowersoft I've got a nice selection of that hubby bought a set years ago for me I did use a little but couldn't get to grips with it so into the stash it went and yes they still make it!! Lol
    Better not tell him about u using it or I'll never hear the end of it.

    Caring squishy hugs chicky xxx

  4. Hi Tina it is lovely to hear from you and what a wonderful way you ha e with words as I was laughing at your hospital adventure. I do so hope that your biopsy results are good and you can stop worrying about themm.
    Your daffodils are stunning, I am not surprised that Liz would want to take it home, I know I would.
    Tina it is so nice to hear from you but please just take it easy and know that we are all thinking of you and your family and hoping for a brighter future for you all
    With love and hugs

  5. Hi Tina,
    Goodness me what a good job the hospital did in taking your mind off you're procedure, best wishes for a good outcome, my fingers are crossed for you BIG TIME.
    Thank you for posting your great tutorial, your flower is beautiful, your sister-in-law is very lucky to take it home with her.
    I hope your little bundle of fluff is keeping you amused and bringing some joy into your life, as you've been through the wars and back this year.
    Take care of yourself and let us know how you are.
    Hugs and more hugs Angela xx

  6. Hi Tina, How nice to see you back on your blog and with such a lovely tutorial about the daffodil. Would have liked to see your face when your sil put that daffodil in her bag!
    What an amazing experience you had in the hospital , are they that advanced already trying out a roboter? 😂😂😂
    Sincerely hope that the results of the biopsy is going to be good and that you all can start looking into a brighter future, which you all deserve. Take care Tina , big hug and love to you all Jane B.xx

  7. Hi Tina
    It shows how strong you are that you can laugh about your bed experience .
    A lovely tutorial and Daffodil ,i am going to hunt my white flower soft out Tina ,as i thought to put it on my Christmas cards here and there.
    Andrew was to have started his treatment at the end of June but with hiccups and things not being too good they delayed it, he sees his Consultant today so we are hoping all has settled down now and he can start the Treatment.
    I pray your results will be good Tina.
    Sending you big gentle hugs
    Elaine H X

  8. Morning Tina, oh you have made my day, I laughed so much reading about your helter skelter experience in the hospital bed................are you waiting for that call from the carry on team writers, I am sure it is sounded so funny, but I know it was very painful for you but I am hoping and praying that the outcome is going to be a good result, you could certainly do with it.

    What a canny lass your SIL is, I can just imagine your face when she put the daffodil into her bag but then saying what she did really did make it all worth it......had a thought!!! is this another carry on sketch idea......... Now what a truly gorgeous tutorial this is, I don't have those dies so I am going to have a look around in my collection of dies to see if I have something similar that I can use, the finished result is absolutely amazing, oh and yes I still have some of the snowsoft and they do still make it, would be nice to see a come back on it because it is not used so much nowadays is it.

    You know we are always there for you, we are a wonderful group of friends, most of us have never met or spoken directly to each other, only on here, but you blog is something I check every day, I know how this has been a terrible time for you (it is 8 years tomorrow since my granddaughter was stillborn) and all your family but what has made my day is reading you blog today, you have a wicked sense of humour and I am glad to see it coming out again, we have missed it. Sending lots and lots of hugs to you my friend.

    Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  9. Good Morning, I was laughing as I read it you only needed Kenneth Williams and Barbara Windsor you could have beenn a comedy act although you probably did not think that at the time. It is lovely to hear from you and I hope Claire is getting back on track. Keep on the cards coming have missed your stories both sad and happy ones,
    Fingers and legs crossed for your results. Mavis L x

  10. Hello my dear friend,
    Thank you for making me laugh with your story about the roller coaster bed ride you had at the hospital and as Mavis said I could just imagine Charles Hawtrey and Barbara Windsor in that exact same roll. On a serious note I'm sending you a mountain of positive vibes for a good result from the biopsy.
    Thank you so much for doing the tutorial of the daffodil it's perfect and I'm so pleased you let Liz take your daffodil....I think I would have been as gobsmacked as you until you realised her hearing was fading... bless you.
    I've so missed you posting on your blog and I hope your passion for crafts soon comes back again. I am so glad I took up cardmaking when I did as it has helped me get through some very dark days in the last 17 months.
    God bless you lovely lady.
    Love, hugs a many positive thoughts
    Sheila xxxxx

  11. Hi Tina
    Thank you for telling us about your Hospital outing so great that you can laugh about it now ,hope everything goes well for you .
    The daffodil is beautiful thank you for doing the tutorial i will keep that to try making some later .

    Just to let you know my Daughter doing okay after her op and has to go back september for camera again just to make sure every thing stll okay .

    love jeanie xx

  12. Hi Tina

    Your bed ride reminded me of when I was in RNOH Stanmore, the hospital is built on a hill, literally. The corridors are like climbing Everest and going down them, in a wheelchair... Well, I'd just wished I had a crash helmet and knee pads as you built up a fair bit of speed going down them. Had to go everywhere with a porter, most of whom couldn't steer to save their lives. I wasn't sorry to see the back of that place I can tell you! I did get a Carry On flashback of Jim Dale hurtling about on a trolley in Carry on Doctor reading your post and as I am not visiting till late I'm so pleased to see you results were good so I'm hoping this marks the start of a positive chapter in all your lives. I hope Claire is OK as she can be. Last night was one in which you might see a meteor shower . Due to 'circumstances beyond my control' I could only have a quick look when Billy had his night time garden break and I did see meteors, 2 very close together. There were no more than that in 15 minutes. I always look for 2 shining stars now to remember Evelyn and Anthea and think of Jake, Anthea's family and you and your family so it seemed fitting I should see 2 meteors too.

    Thank you for the tutorial, am getting some dies next month as my brother has asked me to draft for his wedding next year. I shall add a daffodil to the list and make a bunch as they are a special flower for me too.

    Billy sends you and Ellie wags, woof and cuddles. Big hugs from me too for all of you. I shall be in touch soon as I get the chance. Big changes here, that hopefully in the long run will help but adjustment will be needed. Irony not missed that something that will help long term will, in the short term, make things a little more difficult. Story of my life lmao!

    Biggest of hugs to all your family, T x