Monday, July 20, 2015


I can’t believe it has been 2 months (60+ days) since I last made an appearance here in Blogland. Sheesh! But I do seriously have real reasons for my absence this time…as opposed to excuses.

I haven’t been myself lately. I just feel really off, emotionally and physically. While this isn’t anything new in my world, the reasons for it are new to me. Let me explain…

For the past 3 years, almost to the day, my sister (who is also my birth-mother, her parents adopted and raised me, get it?) has lived with Richie and me. We brought her down to Pensacola to live with us in July of 2012 and have not regretted that decision…until the past couple of months. Well, regret is a strong word…I’ve just been massively overwhelmed since May.

She is 70 years old but her health took a nosedive in the past couple of months that made her more like a 95 year old. Her memory has been quickly disappearing, she’s become unable to walk normally as though her feet are magnetized to the floor, she’s weak to the point she can’t get herself up out of her chair, and she’s become incontinent both with her bladder and her bowels.


Needless to say, I have been 01adfdf9b6758bac83ef7eb242378bc0a4b338e764waiting on her hand and foot, 24 hours a day during this time. It just finally became too much for me to handle so, a week and a half ago, I took her to the Emergency Room and they admitted her. In fact, they wound up keeping her for 6 days!

They found no real concrete reason for her decline, especially as rapid as it has been, but they did find a few things that might be contributing factors. The greatest thing they did for us was to help me get her into a nursing home!

She and I had been talking about it and it’s what she wanted to do, feeling that she would receive more care than I am able to give her here at home. We both knew that I was absolutely at my max and she still needed more. As guilty as it makes me feel, I do know that we are both better off with her there.

The day I got her into the Nursing Home, I came home to find out that our house had been broken into!! (When it rains, it pours.) They took all of my husband’s pain medication, knowing right where he kept it. Hmmmm…

So yeah, we are 99.9% sure we know who did it. We spent a couple of hours with the Sheriff’s Department Deputy Thursday evening giving our statements and they dusted for fingerprints. Luckily, our next door neighbor happened to see the guy park out front and come around our house, down the driveway and into our back yard (so he could come in the back door.)

Well, guess what? This happened early Thursday morning…while I was still home…in the bed…naked!

Now I am uncomfortable being home alone. I can’t sleep if Richie’s not home with me, either. We are keeping a gun on the bedside table. Being uncomfortable in your own home is a horrible feeling.

On top of all that, I made the trip to Huntsville, Alabama with my oldest daughter to the baby shower for my youngest daughter on Saturday. Six hours there and six hours back. We left here before 7am and got home a little after 11pm. I am so glad we went and she loved the handmade baby quilt that I managed to make in the few free moments I’ve had over the past few weeks so the trip was well worth it…but I’m still exhausted!!!

So, I guess that gives y’all an idea of what my world has been like lately. Throw in the fact that I turn 50 in on Friday, the first birthday that has ever really freaked me out, and I’m just not doing too great right now. I wasn’t intending on coming here and having a pity party but I guess I kinda disintegrated into one, didn’t I? Sorry.

I have posted a few new things in the Craft Therapy Shop and hope you’ll take a minute to look. I could really use some sales so please, buy lots! Also, I am planning to add some more new items, including original T-shirt designs, so be sure come back in a few days, too.

I hope you’re all doing well. I’ll be trying to catch up with everyone but it might take a while so please, be patient with me.

Peace & Love,

Monday, May 18, 2015

Journaling Rays & Refinishing a Dresser

Art journaling is one of my favorite things in the world to do. I love everything about it…making the journals, painting and playing with every art supply known to man, spreading my thoughts and hopes and dreams across the pages, I love every single thing about it!

The wonderful Kelly Kilmer (if you don’t know her, she is an amazing art journalist/teacher/artist…click on her name to check out her blog) is so open with her journals. She shares all of her journal pages, nothing held back, journaling and all…just lays her heart and soul out there for the world to see.  And it’s not always just the pretty stuff, either…warts and all, I tell ya.

I am striving to be more like Kelly.

With that, here’s a new journal spread:

Yeah, so there’s that.

In other news, am working on refinishing a dresser I caught for a bargain ($50 delivered!!) at a thrift shop. It looks like pure hell (right now) but it’s solid wood, sturdy and well made. Here’s the before photos:


I know, butt ugly, isn’t it? And tell me, who in this world puts fake wood Contact Paper on a solid wood dresser top? The first order of business is scraping that crappy stuff off the top…immediately…then I can take off drawer handles and get busy sanding.

I’ll be sure to post some “after” pics when I’m done. It may take me a while so don’t go holding your breath. lol

Oh, be sweet and do me a favor, please…tell me which of these colors/finishes you like better:


I am leaning toward white just because our bedroom is very dark and that would help to lighten it up some…but that black sure is gorgeous….and that red!?!?

Can you tell I’m just a little wishy-washy?

I have to find all new hardware, too. I can’t stand those ornate pulls that came on it so I need to scope out new ones. But that leads me back to paint since the color will affect the hardware choice, right?

OMG, I overwhelm myself just talking about it!

If you have any words of wisdom or great ideas, throw them at me. Please. I need all the help I can get!

Back soon. Promise.

Peace & Love,

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Just a Little Journaling

I’m trying to spend more time in my art journal these days and will be trying to share more of my pages, too.

I hope you find some inspiration or maybe just a little kick in the pants through my sharing.


Just a little more of my working things out on the page in front of me.

Peace & Love,

Monday, April 20, 2015

Just a Quick Share

I hate posting from my phone (I don't type well on here), so this is short and sweet
I was just so happy to have worked in my art journal for the first time in ages, I had to share...
I hope your journals are seeing lots of action these days.
Back soon!
Peace & Love,

Friday, April 3, 2015

Looking for Trading Partner(s)

So, how is y’all’s April going so far? I am so behind on things, and I mean everything, and I find myself amazed that March flew by in such quickness. I looked and I only made one blog post the entire month, even though I had lots of things planned to talk to y’all about.

But no worries…we’re here now, right?


I think I’ll catch up with a bulleted list (I know, I’m taking the easy way out but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, right? lol)…

  • I spent far more time in March at the VA Clinic taking my sister/mother for doctor’s appointments than I care to remember. She’s not doing very well lately and we’re trying to figure out why.
  • We went on a little trip with the Grandboy and our friends, Antoyne and Donna, to one of our favorite drag races in Gainesville, Florida the weekend of March 14-15th. I won a contest to give the two of them their Baptism-by-Nitro…such an honor and a thoroughly awesome experience. (Can you tell what a blast we’re all having?)bbn platform
  • My little sister and her husband came down for a few days at the end of the month. I didn’t get to see as much of them as I’d like to have thanks to just that overall feeling like crap feeling I deal with so often. Ugh!
  • And the biggest news of late? Savannah (my oldest daughter) has her own place and she & Noah are in the process of moving out! YAY!!! It’s only about 10 minutes away but I am already starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. This weekend I’ll be able to start moving my art stuff back into the space I used to call my studio…you know, the space that she wound up using as her room. I’m not bitter, just ready to have my life and house back.
  • So she would have some furniture for her living room, we gave her our sofa and loveseat…that way we could get some new living room furniture. That doubles the goodness for me. lol

So that’s some of what happened to my March. How was yours?

While I’ve been away from blogging, my mind has been busy at work and one thing that I’ve been wanting to set up is a paper/ephemera trade. I have tons of various papers, gelli prints, clippings and bits of collage, etc. but I think we all get tired of our own stash, don’t we? I just thought that a trade would be a great way to freshen up our stashes.

If it’s something you would be interested in, please leave a comment. If there are enough that want to participate, I’ll be glad to head things up. If there are only a couple of us, we can still do it but just keep it small. I do hope you’ll join me. I think it could be fun.

If this works out then next on my list is to start an art journal exchange or round robin (depending on number of participants.) Be thinking if that is something that you might be interested in joining in on. I know that life is busy for everyone but we can keep things calm and interesting without it being one more thing to be pressured about, I’m sure of it.

There you have it…my thoughts du jour.

I hope you have a great weekend planned.

Peace & Love,

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