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Tea & Sympathy

Published November 17, 2009 by isisimaginings

Well, it’s official; I have a chest infection. I’ve been feeling very rough the last few days, so I saw my GP today & I’ve got to take antibiotics for a week & use an inhaler every four hours. On top of that, I have to have an xray on my left wrist. I started to get pain in September & instead of getting better, it’s just got worse. Doing anything now with my left hand is very difficult & painful – btw, did I mention I’m left-handed? And did I mention that because of Lymphodema, I’m not supposed to use my right arm or hand to any great extent?? Honestly, there’s never a dull moment with me!! Anyhoo, on to happier things.

Have you seen my blog counter? Over 1300 visitors!! How fantastic is that? AND I had my first visitor from Turkey last night! I’m so honoured that people take the time to have a look at my cards & read my ramblings. In the New Year, I think I’m going to have to organise some blog candy as a way of saying thank you.

Remember in last Saturday’s post, I said I’d made a huge decision? Yesterday, I took the final steps in that decision. I can’t remember if I’ve said on this blog what I did for a living before the cancer diagnosis. I worked as a dental hygienist. It’s not something I find easy to say – or type! – because although I was very good at what I did, I felt like a square peg being forced into a round hole, every single day. In fact, my first thought on waking the morning after my graduation was that I had made the biggest mistake of my life. I couldn’t have said this last year, I was too angry, but I now believe that the universe was screaming at me, trying to make me hear that I needed to change & when I refused to listen & just kept working, working, working, the universe gave me breast cancer. And even then it was almost too late; a month or two later & I wouldn’t be typing this right now.

So. A huge lesson & that’s why I finally made the decision last week that I will NEVER, EVER, NO MATTER WHAT, work as a dental hygienist again. I have cancelled my registration, my insurance, everything. In other words, I have burnt all my bridges behind me, there is no going back. And I feel such huge relief. It seems a strange thing to say, but the fact that I will be having more surgery soonish is a blessing; it gives me more time to sort myself out, organise my CV & send it out to M&S, Waitrose, etc! I’m also thinking of ways that I can use my crafting to make a little money, it won’t make me a millionaire, but every little helps.
Oops, I’ve been rambling again. Here’s today’s card. It went to a friend of Jen’s I met when I was in the US. Can you tell that I used my CB for this card?? 🙂 I think the little cat stamp is Stampendous, but I can’t remember where I got it. I stamped it in gold, then heat-embossed it. Everything else is from my stash.

Once again, thanks for visiting. I hope everyone is having a good week.

Love & light.

Gales, Wheezes & Sniffles

Published November 14, 2009 by isisimaginings
I have achieved precisely nothing today. The weather has been atrocious – half the fence panels in the back garden are on the ground – so I decided to cancel my artist’s date, (ref. Julia Cameron). Instead, I’ve spent most of my time either on the phone or on the computer & drinking mugs of lemon & ginger tea. I foresee a head cold in my near future & I’m trying to head it off at the pass!

I’m very grateful to those who struggled through my very long post on Thursday, I’ll try to keep things short & sweet today. I must also thank those who visit my blog from so many countries around the world. I am amazed that my blog counter is heading towards 1300 visitors, so thank you all.
This is the card I made last month for my niece’s 14th birthday. The image is one of the Manga Girls from Funky Kits & everything else is from my stash. I stamped the swirls on to plain paper, then heat embossed them. I tried not to be too OTT, as my niece doesn’t like anything too blingtastic. 🙂
So, as I promised to keep it short & sweet today, that is it. Until next time,
Love & light.

We Have All The Time In The World

Published November 12, 2009 by isisimaginings
That might have been true for Louis Armstrong, but certainly not for me. Where has the last month gone?? I signed into my blog tonight, expecting to see that my last post was about three weeks ago, but it’s exactly FOUR!!! So what have I been doing?

Well, for a start, I spent a fantastic week in London with Jen, my friend from Washington State. We did so much, we needed another week to recover. We went to the theatre a few times – saw ‘Speaking in Tongues’ at the Duke of York’s theatre & ‘Inherit the Wind’ at the Old Vic. We saw the Anish Kapoor exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art & went to the craft fair at Somerset House. We saw the movie ‘Creation’, which was about Charles Darwin & has excellent performances from Jennifer Connolly & Paul Bettany. And, in what was probably the craziest thing we’ve ever done, we went on a day tour to Wales! Yes, most of the time was spent in the tour bus, but we saw Cardiff Castle & St. Fagan’s History of Wales park. Our guide was terrific & I learnt a lot from him.Jen brought me a load of crafty stuff & I have taken pics of all the goodies, I’ll post them later.

When I returned home from London I had a few days to make the cards Jen had requested & then I was off again, this time to Dublin. My sister was 40 on October 31, so she had a party/quiz night on the 30th & then we had a family dinner on the 31st. The quiz night was a great success; my brother & I ran the quiz & were the masters of ceremonies & had great fun. My sister decided that she didn’t want birthday gifts; instead she asked for donations for our local hospice. So far, people have donated over €1000 & money is still coming in. We spent the rest of my week recovering from the party & just hanging out & catching up. It had been eighteen months since we were all together so we had fun. And we’ll be together again for Christmas.So, they were the two big events of the month. I’ve also been attending a weekly History of British Theatre at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London & I’m loving every minute of it. Last weekend I was back in London for Julia Cameron’s first ever creativity workshops in the UK. Julia wrote ‘The Artist’s Way’ some years ago & has been helping people unblock their creativity ever since. I found the workshops a great help & I’ve made a lifechanging decision as a result, more of which later.

Since Sunday, I have written four poems & I have lots of ideas for cards, which I’ve had to write down, so that I don’t forget. I’ve also been having vivid dreams & their messages are very interesting. Watch this space, there’s going to be a lot going on.

I’ve been to the Moctezuma exhibition at the British museum, which was very interesting, but the exhibition which blew me away was ‘Wild Thing’ at the Royal Academy of Art. It is a collection of sculptures by Jacob Epstein, Eric Gill & Henri Gaudier-Brzeska & it is GLORIOUS. That may sound over the top, but believe me, every piece is still glowing in my mind. I had never heard of Gill or Gaudier-Brzeska before & I was mesmerised by the beauty & power of their work. All the pieces were created in the early years of the 20th century & it’s astonishing to see how modern they appear. All three artists were fascinated by the modern world, by the human condition & by the new technology that was appearing & the effect it had, and would have, on people. The tragedy of the show is that Gaudier-Brzeska was killed in the trenches of WWI, in 1915 at the age of 23. The world lost an artist of staggering talent. It’s weird, but I feel the need to see this exhibition as many times as I can before it ends. ‘Wild Thing’ is at the RAA until January 24 & I urge you to see it if you possibly can. And if you can afford to, get the audio guide. It is full of clear & concise information about the artists & their work & is well worth listening to.

I’ve scattered the Halloween cards I made throughout this post. Yes, it’s 2 weeks late, but I had a very enjoyable time making them & I think they turned out ok. Astonishingly, other people thought so too & bought them!! For which I’m very grateful.
This has been a very long post, apologies for boring whoever takes the time to read it. But if you reached this point, I appreciate you staying with me.
Love & light.