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Friday, May 25, 2012

Promises Promises!

Hi Bloggers!
A few posts and several days ago, I promised that I would post photos of what I have been doing, and explain why I have been gone from my blog.  And even though you who are closest to me already know this, I'll explain what's been going on and hope you understand.
Two years ago I became disabled.  I was always technically disabled, but always was able to rise above the challenges, work at a full-time career, and raise two children as a single parent.  However, recently, the pain of 30+ surgeries, arthritis, and joint failures, caused me to resign to the fact that I just had to slow down.  I had to quit working and became interested in my 2nd love, art and crafting.
When I was still working, between surgeries I made jewelry, learned to bead, and did some quilting.  I sewed all my life, made clothes for myself and my children from baby clothes to prom dresses,  and just loved crafts of all types.  Art has always been a part of my life, but more of a hobby than anything I did full-time.  And being a full time parent, working 50 hours a week in sales, I didn't have a lot of extra time for hobbies.
I was born with a condition called Larsen Syndrome, a genetic bone condition that affects joints and connective tissue surrounding the joints.  It can attack any (or all) the joints in the person's body.  In my case, neck, back, hips, knees and feet.  My daughter did not inherit it, but my son did.  It can vary in how much a person is affected--I was very lucky!  I was able to walk, and my son walked with crutches as a child, but now, as an adult is no longer ambulatory.  Our condition is painful due to the many surgeries we undergo to correct the many dislocations we suffer in our joints.  And it is this pain that finally caused me to have to quit working.
This was the 3rd surgery on the left leg.
I wish I could say it was the last one.
In the last few years, I have undergone several surgeries, including repeated knee surgery on my left knee.  And for reasons I won't divulge here, the knee joints I have had put in have repeatedly failed.  I'm on my 3rd knee replacement in the left leg, and found out Tuesday the hinge is broken.  I also found out that this particular implant was not a good one.  So my former doctor apparently used a sub-standard joint when better ones were available.  My bad.  I should have done better research!

See how swollen the left is?  It is swollen
due to the broken hinge in the knee joint.
Surgery is the only way to fix it.
I am now seeing a specialist in Orthopedics,  Leo Whiteside, M.D. located in St. Louis.  He is an amazing doctor!  He did my 2nd knee replacement on my right knee, and it's been in for 13 years!
See how nice it looks compared to the other one?   Why I didn't go to him for the left leg is beyond me.  I stayed in KS and went to KU.  Not smart on my part.  If you do this do your research!

Dr. Whiteside is an inventor, and his knee and hip implants are second to none.  I am happy he is going to be doing my reconstructive surgery.  It is set for June 14th...Two and a half weeks from now.
I'd be lying if I said I'm looking forward to it.  It's a very painful procedure to remove the existing broken joint.  He will have to saw the rods out from inside the shank of my femur and tibia.  Those rods are 6 inches up inside the bone.  This is a very serious and long surgery, and will take 2 years recuperation time.
So I'm a little behind in posting photos, because I've been dealing with all of this mess.  But in the next few days, I promise to put as much up as I can.  Please check back as YOUR photo may be on here!
If you've seen me, your photo will be posted here tomorrow!!!

And please don't give up on me.  I may be down, but I'm not out.        
I'll be back... I PROMISE!!!  (famous last words!  LOL!)
See you soon!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Your Living Canvas


We all have a story to tell... one that we live and paint and breathe everyday... through our heartaches and trials, joys and celebrations, insecurities and moments of clarity.  What story are we telling now and what story do we have yet to create? At the end of the day, it's our living canvas that will tell our story. And our art journal.
In mixed-media artist Christy Tomlinson's six week course, she will help you discover that through art,techniques,journaling and soul searching exercises, you can create your canvas by design, not by default. 
The workshop is broken down into a six week workshop:
Week 1: Telling your Story
Week 2: Finding Balance Every Day, the 6 F's.
Week 3: Your Vision Board
Week 4: The 80/20 Rule
Week 5: Being Present
Week 6: Purpose, Passion and Being Proud

Join me in this workshop to self discovery and soul searching with exercises and journaling that will help us grow and define our living canvas. Then we will take those things we are learning and put them into ART. Through art journaling, on canvases and other pieces of art.. things that we can see each day will remind us of the canvas we want to create!

This class will be a work at your own pace class.. where you can come in a watch the videos and read the content anytime night or day. AND this class will be available for an entire year to plenty of time to really take your time and do this class the right way! The class starts May 21st so there's still time to enroll!  I hope you will join me in taking this workshop!

Click ***HERE*** to link to Christy's workshop information

Each week I'll be reviewing what I've learned here on the blog.
Hope you'll be joining me starting May 21st!

Until then,
Happy Creating!!


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

I'm back!

Hi Bloggers! 
For those of you who follow my blog, you know I have been away from it for a couple of weeks.  I have missed you all, and want you to know I appreciated all your supportive and well wishes sent my way.
I am going to have knee surgery, but won't have it scheduled until the latter part of May.
So let's get back to normal for now, shall we?  I am ready to show you what I've been doing these past weeks, because though I was away from the blog, I was elbow-deep in new projects!  Lots of them!
For the next few days I'll be showing you some of these projects, so let me know if you like them, and also let me know what you want to see here.  I am always excited and happy to research any technique or product for you.  
Thursday (tomorrow) I will be teaching two technique classes at Ink Paper Rubber, one at 10 a.m. and one at 6 p.m. so be sure to sign up!  I will make sure you learn a lot and leave the class with lots of goodies to use on your future projects!  Just email Jen HERE and she will reserve your spot.

I'm writing this at 1 a.m. so I am going to stop for now, and will return with more Wednesday morning.
See you soon!
Happy Creating!