Wednesday, March 21, 2018

WOYWW #459

My desk doesn't have a lot going on but I did get busy and make a few tags and ATC this week.  I am finally starting to feel better for the most part except for the pain issues...that's life! If you are interested in WOYWW and seeing what other crafters are doing check out Julie's blog and she will tell you how to play along!

Not a lot going on on my desk...I have been cutting out and gluing together these little suit cases from the Sidekick set you see there on the left.  I have been having so much fun playing with that darn thing!  Guess that's what it is all about...having fun!  I decided I was going to try and color in some of the ATC but don't know how much coloring I will do...I never like the way I color!
The tag I made for a swap on Creativeblock-StampersAnonymous. I always try and do the back of the tags too cause I hate it when they are always so messy so it is like making two tags sometimes.  
This is the free stamp we got for playing along last month.  It is from Stampers Anon Tim Holtz called Watson.  Tags were to be flat so that the 5 tags could be mailed in a legal envelope.  Sometimes all the embellishments play havoc with postage so we are trying to conserve by going flat!  

This has been an interesting week all things told!  Didn't have a single doctor's appointment except my weekly visit with the talk therapist...I have PTSD from various and sundry issues in both my personal and professional life!  Guess only so many bombings, building collapses, and natural disasters(tornadoes) etc till it takes its toll.  I worked ER and ICU/CCU for most of my 42 years as an RN and sometimes what you see can set off a chain of events that isn't good so I took care of myself so I could take care of others!

Weather has been pretty nice around here this week.  We got up in the low 80°F one day but we have mostly stayed around the 60-70° range.  The fruit trees and flowering trees are putting on a show and my front flower bed is bursting with hyacinth and daffodils that Chuck planted last year.  I am really happy it is starting to warm up.  Next week I will post some pictures of the yard and what is up and blooming.  The workers are suppose to come out soon to start tearing out the old patio and pouring a new one and I have been staying busy trying to get that cleared away so they can do their job!

More later!  Have a great week!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

It has been another crazy week here at Casa Doswell!  WOW!  I am not really sure what happened or why but another week has slipped away.  I have pretty much been left on my own while Chuck traveled to a conference in Japan and still managed to get next to nothing done!

My desk this week is a disappointment I am sure to some...nothing really going on today.   If you would like to see other desks and join in the fun check out WOYWW on Julia's blog to learn how!   I made some cards last week and managed to only remember to take a picture of one of them!!
St. Patrick's Day cards on the left...The new stamp and die from The Stamps of Life stamp of the month these little butterflies!!  My grandkids will too!  The folder with stamp and the rectangle die is from I have started buying a few things from them and for the most part have been satisfied with the quality of the dies and stamps.   This lot was 'free' and I paid about $3 postage.
I went to my young nieces birthday party on Sunday.  Betty Rae turned on March 11!  Carol, my sister and her grandmother, would have turned 60 years old the day before.  Betty loves big jewelry, anything glittery and sparkling, and unicorns so I made her a special card for her special day!
 Jenn my niece in law had balloons that we wrote notes to my sister on and tied to the balloon to send to heaven to celebrate Carol.  It was exciting for all my sisters grand babies to send Grammy a birthday balloon!
Organizing the balloon lift off!
The Birthday Girl helping her Mom!  

lots of notes and love winging their way home!
Short and sweet...well at least for me it is...  I need to get dressed and go for a doctors visit this afternoon so I had better get off here and get ready!  I will try and get around to the desks this afternoon and not leave it till the last minute this week!  

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Fun times! WOYWW #457

Welcome to Wednesday!  It is bright and sunny here in Oklahoma and the temperature today is only 30°f (4°c) but it is dry and sunny!  I slept in late today so my post for WOYWW is late is here.  What is WOYWW?  Go check out Julia's blog Stamping Ground for details on how to join!

Been busy doing nothing this past week...too cold in the craft room and my arthritis doesn't handle that well.  I just learned I have psoriatic arthritis in my hands...say what????  Never heard of it so I had to look it up.  Doesn't look like it is going to be a lot of fun to have...  I have ordered a radiant heater that should be here later today so watch for cards and scrapbook layout next week.

My desk isn't any different then last week so thought I would show what I did last night.  I went to a painting party and drank margaritas and painted!  It was a lot of fun!
my painting...not quite done yet but we only had 2 hours!!

 My friend Beth (on the right) and her sister Janet host this fundraiser every year to raise money for Relay for Life...a fundraising group of the American Cancer Society.  I try to go to events like this and support research as I can.  See  huge margarita sitting here?  This is a local Mexican food restaurant about 2 miles from our house and they have good food and awesome margaritas...luckily I didn't have to drive too far to get home!
Most of the group but not quite all

 one of the instructors
another instructor and her husband helper! 

This is what we were suppose to paint but you know me...I have a hard time following directions!

Okay that is it for me today.  I managed to make it around...although some were on everyone in the group!  I really enjoy seeing what everyone is doing.  Have a great week!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

WOYWW #456

Happy Wednesday!  I am going to type up a post and show off my desk on WOYWW even if I haven't gotten much in the way of arts and crafts accomplished.  WHAT!  You haven't heard of WOYWW...go over to Julia's blog and check it out...lots of fun!

It has been a relatively quiet week all things told.  I was house bound due to the weather until last Friday when I ventured out and went to the dentist.  Nothing horrible just a routine cleaning and checkup for my upper denture.  I had such horrible teeth as a child that it came as no surprise two years ago when I was told I needed the upper plate.  I have been having a flare up of most of my autoimmune issues this past week along with the on going back pain from the surgery so I have been staying in and staying warm...haven't done much in the way of arts and crafts.

Enough about desk is a mess for sure!
a wide view of my desk all a mess.  I have been working in my journal a little bit.  The cart is all my journaling paints, inks, etc.  I have 3 such carts I roll about as needed!
laid out a few things from my last shopping trip.Found those travel tins with brushes and sketch pencils for 60¢ each rather then the $6 they originally sold for.  The magazine Crafts Beautiful had that free stamp set...I had never heard of the magazine but had to have those 'free' stamps.
The art journal pages I am working on!
The Creativeblock-StampersAnonymous group I belong to had a swap this past month 3 for 3 tags and a free stamp from Stampers Anonymous!  I like this old vintage style stamp a lot!  I have several men facing forward this is the first turned away!  The challenge this month is to use the stamp on the tags (3/3) and the challenge is to keep them flat to mail all 3 in a #10 (legal size envelope.  Some of us are guilty of using a lot of embellishments and it really runs up the price of postage.  These are the tags I received and the stamp...
 I didn't get around to all the desks last week but will definitely try and do so today after I get back from my appointment this afternoon.  Have a great week!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

WOYWW #455 is Wednesday and as such it is time to get on the ball and show off my desk and tell you what I have been up to this week!  I enjoyed  last week so much I decided to set my alarm to alert me in needed join in the fun going on at Julia's blog Stamping Ground and WOYWW!  Check it out and come join in the fun!

What a quick run through of a week...It seems that it was just yesterday that I posted!  WOW!  Time goes by fast considering I am retired and have very few an article on that...seems us old farts (SS or OAP depending on of where you are located) have already been so many places and done so many things that we have huge frames of references and don't learn as much...since we don't learn as much there isn't as much to slow us down!  Right!

My desk in all its glory...
I decided to get busy this week and work on organizing and may be a few cards...which I did! I had some questions about this little SideKick die cutter on my desk last week and thought I would answer them today.  I bought this machine from The Stamps of Life and it is a Sizzix machine like the Big Shot that handles small dies...up to 2 1/2 inches and small embossing folders.  Tim Holtz came out with a similar machine then a set of dies and folders called SideKick Side Orders! That I bought from Craft Direct.  It will handle any small thinlet and framelet dies though without a problem and I don't have to trot out the bigger machines.  I own the Vagabond and The Big Shot Pro also so from small to big I have it covered now.  I have been using this one all week for cards.

 The cards I made this week of course I could make just one of each so I did more then it looks like!  I had fun!  I also did some art journaling but not ready to share any of that!  Anyone a fan of Dylusions and Effy Wild?
A birthday card that I thought would be good for a boy! 
Left this one open...could be birthday, thank you, or whatever
A card for a swap...they give you a layout and you swap with another!
Weather here has been really on the horrible side the past couple days.  I have been in my craft room trying to keep warm cause it is the coldest room in the whole house I do believe!  My arthritis, fibro, and the damn back surgery pain has been giving me grief and I am trying to work through it with the art journaling etc.!  I hate the drugs cause the mess with my mind and not in a good way!  Started using the CBD Hemp Oil and it really seems to be helping me a lot! How about a few photos of isn't now it is ice and sleet!  Oklahoma doesn't get a lot of snow but frequently freezing rain and sleet in the winter...won't complain...I am hope warm and dry and we need the moisture!  They aren't very good photos cause I took them through the glass and screens cause there was no way I was going outside in 29°F (-4°C) weather to take a photo!
my pool covered over for the winter
looking north down the cul de sac...see the icicles?

my craft room window where the freezing rain had collected...guess I don't have a heat leak!
Well I guess that is it for me this week.  I made it around to almost everyones desk last week and had quite a few come and visit mine.   I am hoping to be able to do the same this week.  Hope everyone has a crafty week!  

btw...for those who were asking...
My brother in laws Mothers funeral went off really well!  I felt so sorry for Stan having to go through this whole thing twice in less then a month.  Can't say I every want to lose my spouse and another family member in a week.  I think he is doing really well coping with his wife (my sister) and his mothers passing.  I don't think I could do as well!  

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentines Day and welcome to my desk.  It has been a while since I have posted to WOYWW but thought today was a good time for me to just jump back in...first off my desk...
I haven't really done much but have decided I was going to get started again TODAY!  I bought the little Sizzix die cut machine and a few dies the other day on sale so stay tuned to what I produce!  I did join a group for a tag swap and made this and only thing in months!
Being and over achiever I made six instead of the 3 we were told to make!
Up close!
On a personal note!
It has been a year and then some for me!  I am not going to whine...much.  Still having problems post op back surgery.  Sat down too hard at PT and caused a hairline fracture to one of the vertebrae.  Evidently the disc he put in between them is stronger then my back bone!!  That's the bad news...good news is I am developing bone matrix and that should be healed in a few more months.

My baby sister Carol Ann passed away on the 16 January this year.  Carol was 6 years younger then me and was a whiz kid with numbers and mathematics and besides being so intelligent she was an awesome person both inside and out!  It came as a surprise when she was diagnosed last May with stage 4 adenocarcinoma.  Carol was married to Stan for 42 years this June.  They have 3 boys and 8 grandchildren.  Poor Stan got a double whammy when his mother passed away on the 9 Feb!  I feel for him that is really hard on a person.  I will be going to her funeral tomorrow to support Stan!
Carol a couple years ago!

Okay that is it for me!  Go check out WOYWW and follow Julia's info for joining in the fun!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

still here...

I thought I would take a few minutes and write a short post to let everyone know I am still here...alive and kicking...sort of!

First off I want to wish everyone a happy holiday whatever religion or lack there of you embrace!  We call it Snowman Day in our house because there are so many different beliefs in the works.  I quit trying to remember who is what and I just send out winter wishes to everyone.  My card this year!  The family all came home for Thanksgiving and while here pitched in and got the house decorated for the holidays...I have an awesome family!
I thank everyone for their interest and concern over my health and wellness issues....

I went to the surgeon on December 23 and was told my set back with the laminectomy and spinal fusion was due to me having broken one of the vertebrae some how.  I am fused L4-L5 and L5-S1 with plastic spacers in-between the discs...evidently sitting down too hard one day caused a spacer to slam into the vertebrae and crack will heal but hurts like hell!  I can truthfully say I am sitting down rather gingerly to keep from cracking more!  I am still having memory issues and haven't been too good in retaining says it will come back...I am hoping so!

I started radiation therapy to a recurrent issue with basal cell cancer on my face.  Evidently they think that this might help and I started treatments a week ago.  The treatments are at Norman Regional Hospital Cancer Management Center five days a week for another 2 weeks.  The treatment itself is painless...unless you count having to get up and go every day.  While it is a low dose of radiation my system already being compromised by autoimmune disorders has decided to react with fatigue, headaches, dry eye etc.  Dr. Yeh assures me that it will go away as soon as the treatments are done.  
The girls at the treatment center took a picture for me to share and I want to point out that I figure it was meant to be because of all the purple!  

I haven't been doing much of anything exercise, craft, cooking etc because of not feeling like doing much of anything.  I try and push myself and I do get stuff done

Anyway I hope everyone has a great week end and a happy start to the new year.