I started this book in Seth Apter's For Your Eyes Only class (hence the name) in July 2014. It took me about a month to finish it completely. Of course I had to put my own spin on it with lots of vintage images, antique trims and German Dresden. Thanks so much Seth for such an awesome class! I like how it came out - hope you do too!
I am being very brave posting pics of the old studio and sharing my remodel/move to the larger space as it continues (right now, very slowly). Believe it or not the old studio was pretty organized. I liked to call it an organized mess - LOL! It just became so cramped with so much CRAP it wasn't conducive to creating anymore. Please be kind if you comment! :0)
Update: The studio is finished! Woohoo!
Located at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme CT this is a yearly event. 38 structures are hidden throughout the FloGris property. The level of detail in each and every structure is just extraordinary! So much fun whether you have kids or not. A magical day!
For my birthday this year we traveled to Madison CT's Barberry Hill Farm to attend 'Dinners At The Farm' an annual summer event started by Jonathan Rapp of River Tavern in Chester CT. For two weekends in July and two weekends in August he picks two host farms to host this fabulous charity event to benefit City Seed plus two other land/farm related charities. All the food we ate was locally sourced and absolutely spectacular!
It's cold again here in SE Connecticut - yuck! I REALLY want Spring! My mini Iris and Crocus are blooming - so pretty. My daffs are about 8" tall and some look ready to bloom any day. The Spring Fairies are at work even though it's only in the 30's.
I used a premade background I made ages ago from vintage papers, stamped images and paint. I didn't have any copper wings so I painted a silver one. Her crown is a tiny tulip that is a vintage foil (really heavy foil - not flimsy) bit that is silver on one side and copper on the other. I love these things! They add the perfect touch and sized just right for Inchies. I sell them on my Etsy Shop if you like to own some. They come in an assortment of shapes.
Karen's book is done. She has a bird theme running through her book and I had this gorgeous image of the green birds that I just had to use. I also made the jeweled dangle removable so, if Karen likes, she can wear it on a charm bracelet or chain.
I had pulled everything before my trip and subsequent surgery so it was just a matter of cutting and pasting. Bright Green - especially the color Kelly Green, which is associated with St Patrick's Day - is probably my least favorite color on the planet. I owned nothing in this color and had to go out and buy stuff for this spread - VBG! Sage Green, Olive Green in all their shades & hues are more my speed. However, I did have that lovely lace with the shamrocks in my vast lace stash.
Thank you all SOOO much for the outpouring of support, encouragement, flowers, cards and the offer of meals. .
Thank you for checking up on me & bringing me reading material.
Thank you for making sure I am really resting and not multi-tasking like I normally do. You know me so well! VBG!
I am doing timed walks around the house for 5 minutes several times a day. I am obsessively tracking my sodium and saturated fat intake. I even have a dry erase board on the frig to track daily intake. I am doing some creating like my Every Inchie Monday Challenge and the Holidays RR I am involved with. Simple cut & paste, no hammering metal for a while. The doctor said to get back to most regular activities except for the strenuous ones so that's what I am doing.
I am discovering a new way to eat. Healthy with full flavor. I will share what I have made and learned - as long as I remember to take a pic before I dig in.
I did have an AWESOME meal last night - my favorite so far - Wilted Greens with Cannelini Beans. The recipe is from Epicurious. I used spinach for my greens, low sodium chicken broth and instead of rice I tried Quinoa which was fabulous. I also added a 1/4 tsp of Smoked Spanish Paprika as suggested by one reviewer and it really added a lovely complexity to the flavor. To serve I spooned some quinoa into a small bowl. Then I spooned the spinach & bean mixture on top followed by a little extra broth for a satisfying meal. Sorry no pic this time!
This weeks prompt was a no brainer for me. Sinus Rhythm. That is when your heart is beating the way it should. A week ago there was a little, tiny blip on the straight part of my EKG which indicted a problem. Almost a week and 4 stents later my EKG is normal.
I just started doing Zentangles at the end of my trip to San Francisco when I had to take it easy. But I'm not the kind of person that can sit and do nothing so I started Zentangling. And I continued with it throughout my hospital stay. One of the Cardiologists was especially facinated with it, primarily the meditative benefits, and asked all kinds of questions about the process. Who knows? Maybe it's something he will suggest to his patients as a form of treatment.
First, I have to tell you my trip to San Francisco was FABULOUS! I want to go back - soon! I took LOTS of pics and will share them in the coming weeks.
The time after we got home ended up being a whirlwind of hospitals, ambulances and tests, tests, tests.
Let me back up a little.
While in SF I noticed that whenever I exerted myself (basically walk more than a 1/2 block) I would get a burning pain in my upper chest, shoulders and neck. As soon as I stopped and rested a minute or two it would go away. At the beginning of the week it was very slight. By the end of the week I knew something was not right. I was thinking Pneumonia or Bronchitis - boy was I wrong!
On Monday I went to the Navy Ambulatory Health Clinic. The doctor insisted on sending me to the local civilian hospital - by ambulance. When I got to L&M Hospital they started running tests; X-rays, blood work, and a CT scan of my chest. They were thinking a Pulmonary Embolism but everything to that point came back clear or negative. No blood clots - good news, but what the hell was wrong with me?
I spent the night under observation and the next day they decided to do a Cardio CT Scan. It showed 4 blockages in vessels around my heart, one of them was 95-99% blocked. Because they do not do Angioplasties they sent me off immediately, by ambulance, with catheter still in me, to Yale New Haven Hospital where they had a room ready and prepped for me.
I now have 4 stents in me, the chest pain is gone - thank GOD, and in a couple of weeks - God willing- I start Cardio Rehab. I am just tired and incredibly sore from the surgery and following doctors orders.
To think I was days - if not hours from having a massive heart attack is sobering and to think it could have happened in San Francisco or on the plane ?! I prefer NOT to think about that thank you very much!
I think my husband is almost as worn out from the stress. He is home and helping me around the house. He took me grocery shopping and back to the NAHC to get my prescriptions filled and on Saturday he gets to take me to the local organic farm for fresh eggs and veggies.
In the past I tried to watch what I ate but I wasn't really religious about it. I enjoy good food, I LOVE to whip up a gourmet meal for friends and family. Now I need to figure out a way to make them just as tasty with no cream and very light on the salt and fats. Anyone know any good online sites for these kinds of recipes? Epicurious was pretty light - they only had 14 recipes for main dishes in their umpteen thousands of recipes database - can you believe it?
Lesson learned here is, if you have chest pain that doesn't go away after a minute or two or that persists like in my case - do not ignore it - get thee to a doctor - IMMEDIATELY!
Another little tidbit is that I am only 50 years old and Coronary Artery Disease doesn't run in my family. I always liked to be different from the pack but this is ridiculous!
For the time being I am focusing on my recovery and have postponed all my March classes (April TBD). The Etsy site is up and running - it's not usually that busy this time of year and since I have no $$$ coming in from teaching every little sale helps. I only have one swap commitment which I had already planned out the artwork for, so I should be able to get in done and mailed out on time without to much stress.
Here are a few classes I will be teaching at Beautiful Impressions this month. If you'd like to join me you can sign up by phone or online here. Click on the 'Classes' link then scroll down to the class you'd like to sign up for.
Learn 3 different and AMAZING techniques stamping with candle soot. An easy and elegant technique to create art suitable for framing. This was one of the first techniques I learned when I started stamping over 10 years ago and it TOTALLY hooked me into rubber stamping! Bring a low, sturdy candle holder that holds a taper candle in addition to your standard class tool kit.
This Sat. March 5th.
Leave class with a tag book, each tag with a different technique. You will learn 8 different techniques using embossing inks & powders. This is going to be a fun and fast paced class! In addition to your basic class tool kit also bring an ink blending tool -the kind Tim Holtz uses. There are a couple for sale in the store if you do not have one.
Tuesday Mar 15th: 6:30PM-8PM
Saturday date TBD.
Stencil, Stamp & Stitch
Create an INCREDIBLY cool book using Industrial Interfacing, transparencies and Shrink Plastic. This is a technique PACKED class! You will learn the ins and outs of I.I. as an art material, gel medium transfers, creating paint washes and using shrink plastic. In addition to your basic tool kit you MUST bring a heat burning tool(a wood burning tool) with a fine or chisel point to class - I have no extras. They are available at any big box craft store - usually in the wood dept. Chances are you will not finish your book in class but you will be well on your way and I will provide detailed instructions so you can finish it at home. This is gonna be a messy class so bring an apron or wear your 'painting/crafting clothes.
Sunday March 20th: 1PM - 5PM (could go a little over though so be aware)
Faux Seaglass & Faux Ivory or
Adventures of Shrink Plastic!
Create small pieces of amazing 'seaglass' and 'ivory'. So amazing that people will say, "Plastic?! No Way!" Use you new found talents to create accents for cards, charms & pendants for jewelry.
Bring your basic tool kit to class. I will provide the rest of the tools you will need.
Tuesday March 22nd: 6:30PM - 8PM
Saturday April 2nd: 10AM-11:30AM
Come and play with me! You will have SOOOO much FUN!
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