Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My Mind is Blown

I am in a bit of a stupor right now.  Today was Tuesday but I don’t know that I realized that until just now…at 10pm. If it had been like any other Tuesday, I would have been up early, writing and posting my List it Tuesday list.

But it wasn’t like any other Tuesday. Not at all.

You see, I went to those doctors appointments yesterday…the one with the disability determination doctor and I had an appointment with my regular doctor. Crazy enough, the appointment I was most relaxed about, the one with my regular doc, is the one that has completely yanked the rug of life out from under my feet.

I found out yesterday that I have had a heart attack sometime in the not so distant past.

I, at 45 years old, have had a heart attack. Me, not someone I know…someone older…but ME. I.had.a.heart.attack.

Those words have done nothing but ring around inside this otherwise empty head of mine for almost 36 hours now and they still feel as foreign as they did when they first came out of my doctors mouth to me yesterday.

I know it. I realize what it means…kinda. I mean, I do but it just still feels so very foreign…like it’s real but it’s not real.

*rolling eyes*

I know, that sounds so stupid but I can’t explain it any better than that.

We don’t know any more than that I have had a heart attack right now…more in depth information will have to wait until after I have an echo-cardiogram and stress test on Friday to determine how bad and how much of my heart muscle has been effected.

I am doing my best not to focus on it but when some crazy, out of the blue thing like this happens, how do you NOT think about it? I have played in my art journal for a while (and the outcome looks like total crap but hey, it was quite cathartic to just make a complete mess!), listened to all 22 of my unlistened-to podcasts, watched all of my recorded episodes of “In Treatment,” but my mind keeps coming back to it, repeating it over and over…you’ve had a heart attack, you.had.a.heart.attack!!!

My mind is blown.

Considering that is all I can seem to think right now, I don’t know what I can do a List it Tuesday about but I want to do one so I can focus on something else, at least for a few minutes….I just can’t seem to come up with a subject or a theme. How about…

My To-Do List for This Week

  • Finish my tree painting/collage.
  • Make both bank payments.
  • Sort through another stack of magazines.
  • Begin creating the armature for the tree jewelry holder project.
  • Get the paint out so Toad can paint the kitchen cabinets.
  • Go grocery shopping (and actually cook a meal!)
  • Go through my art books and re-read one that catches my interest.
  • Begin drawing a portrait, Frida maybe?

I don’t think I’ll overload myself with any more than that for now. I imagine if I can accomplish part of my list, my mind will stay somewhat occupied.

So, that’s what is on my mind.

What’s up with you?

Peace & Love,
Barb

Monday, November 29, 2010

It is what it is…

It’s been a good holiday weekend…we did nothing. Seriously, we didn’t do a single thing out of the ordinary. We just relaxed, ate turkey, ham and stuffing that our daughter and son-in-law brought us from their three different Thanksgiving meals they attended (yay for me not having to cook!) and we just enjoyed our quiet, peaceful house.

I usually brave Black Friday but this year, nope…no way I was venturing out into that craziness. We’re not doing a whole lot of gift giving so I had no need to go out and fight the crowds, thankfully.

Today, however, it’s back to regular life…the hubby is back at work on a regular schedule and I have two doctor’s appointments today. One is with my regular doc for my monthly visit but the other is for disability and I’m really hoping that goes well. Wish me luck.

So, it’s time for a shower and to get out the door and get this day started.

I hope your post-holiday Monday is a good one.

Peace & Love,
Barb

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

List It Tuesday 1.3

Thanks to Aimee at Artsyville, I am continuing with my List it Tuesday posts. (I know, it’s 11:45pm but hey, it’s still technically Tuesday! lol) Anyway, I love lists so much…I always have seventy-‘leven (for those of you north of the Mason-Dixon, that’s Southern for a whole dang bunch) of them going.  So, let’s get on with today’s list.

 Creative endeavors I want to try/start

  1. Quilting…real quilting, the full size, crinkley, soft, just-like-yo-granny-made kind of quilting. 
  2. Pottery…throwing clay on a wheel kind of pottery.
  3. Stained glass…how I’d love to make beautiful pieces to hang in my windows.
  4. Book binding…the real kind, where I create books that look like the kind on the bookstore shelves. 
  5. Soap making…I want some yummy goats milk and oatmeal soap; an unending supply of it.
  6. Woodworking…I love furniture and bookshelves, picture frames and ornate plaques, not to mention the smell of cut wood.
  7. Welding…don’t laugh! I love beautiful shaped metal pieces. Big ones and small ones. How fun it would be to work with metal.
  8. Sculpting…more of a paper mache kind of thing but creating 3 dimensional pieces, none the less.
  9. Encaustics…I love the smell of warm bees wax and encaustics have the most gorgeous sheen to them.

Those are a few of the art forms I’d love to try, at least once, and see which ones I like. Who knows, one of them might even stick?

What art forms are out there that you’d love to dip your tootsies into once or twice? Do tell?

Happy Tuesday…or Wednesday, now that it’s after midnight!

Peace & Love,
Barb

Monday, November 22, 2010

Things that Make Me Happy

So many Mondays many of us wake up and dread the day ahead. It’s Monday, the weekend is over, the workweek is ahead of us (or, for some of us, just another week of the same old thing is ahead of us,) and that makes Mondays a tough day.

Not this week, though…not for me. It’s a week to be thankful and to recognize all the good things in our lives.That’s what I’m doing today so here are some things that make me happy.

 
My husband, Richie. I would rather be with him than anywhere else on earth. He makes me laugh like no one else on earth, he’s the best friend I’ve ever had, I trust him without end, plus he’s the sexiest man ever!…he is my soul mate.

Art Supplies…oh how art supplies make me happy! YUM!

Books. All kinds of books. Yes, books make me VERY happy.

  Art Journaling…seeing the work of others, playing in my own art journals, experimenting, learning, playing, everything about art journals make me happy!
(This page by
Teesha Moore)

 
My little precious Chloe pup who is forever by my side.

Anything that combines caramel, pecans & chocolate but especially brownies; brownies are my downfall.
*mouth watering*


Nuff said…I adore NPR podcasts. Listen to tons of them.

The beach…more precisely Clearwater Beach, Florida…
where we’ll soon be living!

Yes, these things among many, many others make me happy…so that’s where I’m keeping my focus today.

So tell me, what’s on your list of things that make you happy this Monday?

Peace & Love,
Barb

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Haul-idays, a Chance to Win

Chronicle Books is having a fantastic contest of sorts giving bloggers and their readers a chance to win $500 haul of great Chronicle books. If you are a voracious reader like me, $500 in books is a slice of heaven!

All you have to do is post a list of Chronicle Books valued at up to $500 that you’d like to haul in, and you’re entered into a drawing to WIN your list of books! And, one of your readers who comments on the post will win the list too! Sounds great, huh? Yeah, does to me, too.

So, here’s my list (tell me what you think and be sure to comment…maybe we can BOTH win these awesome titles!):

Can you believe all the beautiful, fabulous, awesome books you can pack into a $500 shopping cart? Wholly Cannoli, that’s a whole lot of good stuff up there, huh? It has taken me two days of browsing, reading about them, and being really picky to find exactly what books I would love to win?

Does your list look something like mine? If so, be sure to leave a comment and then we can both cross our fingers and hope to all things bright and beautiful that we win this tremendous load of fabulous BOOKS! (Is there anything better than a huge haul of books…well, other than a huge haul of art supplies or fabric, right? Gimme a load of each of those and I’m set for life! lol)

Anyway, be sure to leave your comment here and let me know if you’re blogging about this great giveaway from Chronicle and I will be sure to comment on yours, too (that’ll double our chances to win!)

So, be sure to leave a comment here so we’re entered to win a matching set of all of the books on this awesome list. 

Don't be shy! 

Be sure and leave a valid email address if you don't have one in your profile.  This contest is open to U.S. residents only.  Contest ends on December 10 and winners will be announced on December 13.

Good luck to all of us…and read on!

Peace & Love,
Barb

Friday, November 19, 2010

Lonely Tree Studio

You have to leave the city of your comfort
and go into the wilderness of your intuition. 
What you'll discover will be wonderful. 
What you'll discover is yourself. 
~Alan Alda

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For two and a half years, I have blogged here under the blog title of Craft Therapy and Craft Therapy has done me well. It has been my home online, the city of my comfort, and I love it here. Wait…No fears, I’m not going anywhere…I’m just doing some minor renovating here at my little online home. All homes need some sprucing up from time to time, right?

I realized some time ago that I am no longer only about crafts but that I have grown and am finding that my focus is based more in art…my art…and learning more about the arts that I have grown to love.  This is my trek into the wilderness of my own intuition. Oh yes, I still have my crafty moments (what is life without a little craftiness here and there?) but even those moments are part of my studio and no longer just for therapeutic purposes (although the therapy part still helps, though.)

It has taken me forever to find the studio name that fit and that felt right but it finally came to me a few weeks back. That should explain the name change…I am Lonely Tree Studio.

I just didn’t want anyone wondering what the heck was up with the name change. My intuition says it’s time to narrow my focus a bit and see where it takes me. I am willing to bet that by focusing on my art and art journaling I will find out more about myself than I ever knew possible.

I hope you’ll continue to enjoy the journey with me…time will only tell where it will take me.

And hey, leave a comment every once in a while, why don’t ya? It’s nice to know visitors have stopped by and that I’m not here alone, talking to myself. LOL

Peace & Love,
Barb

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

List it Tuesday 1.2

This should tell you all that I don’t write my posts ahead of time since it is almost 10pm and I’m just now getting around to doing my List it Tuesday post. I have had two horrendous days, I’m tellin’ ya!

But, hopefully, things have calmed down a bit and now maybe I can actually catch my breath. *crossing fingers*

First off yesterday, we had an internet outage that lasted for about 5 hours then, in the midst of that, my iPhone DIED! Yea, I’m not saying that it went a little haywire…it kicked the bucket…complete hardware malfunction…my  precious little white iPhone 3Gs 16G is no more. *sniffle* Then, to top off those two technological disasters that had already made it a very bad day, a shelf in my kitchen island broke and about half of my glassware (Pyrex, mixing bowls, serving dishes, corningware, etc) shattered in the process.

Oh yeah, Monday was just not my day. Not in the least.

Today? Eh, it was just one of those days. Took me 3 hours at the AT&T store to get a new phone. They were out of iPhone 4’s so, seeing that I can NOT be without a phone, I got a Samsung Captivate that I can return within 30 days and trade for an iPhone 4 if I choose to (and I’m sure I will. I miss my iPhone, dang it!)

Enough of my whining…how’s about I List something wonderful to brighten my mood?Magazines I read regularly

    1. Cloth Paper Scissors
    2. Real Simple
    3. Consumer Digest
    4. Better Homes & Gardens
    5. Readers Digest
    6. People
    7. Art Journaling
    8. Southern Living
    9. DIY
    10. Numerous Somerset Mags

I hope that your week has started off a bit better than mine but hey, it’ll be a new day tomorrow…a whole ‘nother chance to get it all right. Right?

Peace & Love,
Barb

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

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Peace & Love,
Barb

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

List it Tuesday

I’ve decided to begin something new around these parts, thanks to Aimee at Artsyville. I love lists, so this is right up my ally, and there are so many I want (need?) to make.  So, these Tuesday soirees into listdom (is that a word?) will be a regular thing here at Craft Therapy…or, at least, as regular as I can be.

If you would like to join in, click this wonderful icon that Aimee made just for these wonderful Tuesdays to see her list and be sure to make your own list.

 Projects and goals to start, work on, and/or finish…

  1. Start the revamp of the cottage chair; begin with sanding and buying the paint (the fabric will be here today!)
  2. Clean out closets to rid us of all those clothes that we don’t and never again will wear.
  3. List lots of things on Ebay…and keep it going.
  4. Create a painting with her favorite quote for Donne’s room at her new “home.”
  5. Actualize the vision of an iPhone/iPod case that I have in my head.
  6. Begin an inspiration journal and tear out all those images from the tons of magazines I have saved around here so I can rid myself of them.
  7. Paint the bookshelves white and distress them.
  8. Make more YouTube videos to share.
  9. Clean out my bookshelf and lighten my load of books.
  10. Begin listing at least one thing on my Artfire shop each day.

I think starting with a list of ten is a nice, short start for this new Tuesday adventure. I promise the lists will sometimes be more interesting than this, my first. I do believe that these lists will be good for me to reflect on so sometimes they will be quite boring, too. At least they will be to anyone but me…but I hope you will bare with me and trudge through them from time to time.

By the way, if you’re looking for a really fun list to read through, check out iHanna’s List it Tuesday. Such fun experiments she has on her list. Do go and give it a read.

Now, to get on with my day…and work on my list.

Happy Tuesday! What are your plans for this wonderful day?

Peace & Love,
Barb

Monday, November 8, 2010

Can Thinking be Considered a Hobby?

Lots of thinking going on….

  • I worry all the time about Donne and what we’re going to do about her living situation. She’s worried, too, I can tell. My little sister and I have both been on the phone constantly trying to get things situated for her in order to get her into an assisted living place. There is also the matter of getting her VA benefits straightened out, too. I don’t feel like I’m doing enough to help out with all of this but I am trying to do what I can. I do hope that we can get everything figured out this week…it would be a load off all of our minds.
  • The older I get, the more I realize that I don’t really care what other people think of me and how I dress or wear my hair, the jewelry I wear, etc.  It’s really about being true to myself and I don’t think I’ve been doing that lately. I have to work on this little problem. My mother-in-law noticed my nose-ring since I have a hoop in it now and she called Richie about it. She said he should talk me into “taking that crazy thing out.” LOL  I can’t wait to hear what she (or anyone else) says when I get my dreadlocks in soon.  *grin*
  • I think I need to start an inspiration book…I see things I like or that I want to do to our cottage when we get to Florida and I need somewhere to keep these ideas together. Does anyone have experience in doing inspiration boards or books? I guess I need to research it…another little something to add to my ever present to-do list, huh?
  • Speaking of the Florida cottage, I have this great chair that I bought at a furniture sale years ago. The upholstery has seen better days so I decided that it’s time to repaint the wood from it’s current deep, dark to a distressed white since we want our cottage to be bright and airy and have a happy feeling to it (not a dark and dreary feeling like so much of our furniture seems to have right now)…and, to match the brighter distressed white finish I’m going to do, I thought I also need to recover the upholstered part with some great fabric. The hubby and I found and agreed on this fabulous fabric that we both love (since we’re going for blues & greens when we decorate down there): Jennifer Paganelli KIMBERLY Emerald
    What do you think…isn’t it bright and cheery and beachy? I love it! I will have to take before and after (and maybe some in progress) photos of the chair so you can all see what we’re starting with and were it winds up.
  • Savannah, my oldest daughter, and the grandboy are finally (FINALLY!) moving out into a place of their own this week. I love them both so much but living with them is impossible for us. They are so loud, messy, inconsiderate, use everyone else’s stuff (and never replace it), take over every room in the house…oh, the list could go on and on forever but suffice to say that it will be so good to have our house back to ourselves. I know that the stress level around here will decrease tremendously and we could both use it. I am certain that Richie’s mood will improve and he’ll be easier to live with and that I will feel better physically & mentally and I’ll probably feel much more creative, too. Plus they need to be out on their own…it’s time.
  • I decided to move both of my Etsy shops over to Artfire and into a single shop. I signed up for the pro account at Artfire quite a while back and cost-wise it is a much better place for my shop…not to mention that you get more traffic and more promotion from Artfire than I have gotten at Etsy. I already have everything imported, now to get it all arranged into the right categories and put up the “I have moved” signs up on my Etsy shops.
  • I think the Micro-Workshop has gone pretty good. I’ve learned more about creating pdf documents and my skills in making and editing videos has improved, too. I think the next Micro-Workshop will be even better.  If you haven’t already signed up for this first one, ‘Into the Groove’, be sure to check it out through the “My Workshops” tab up at the top of the page…I’d love to have you join.

I guess that is about it for me right now since I need to get busy on my Artfire shop and give my sweet Chloe a bath, too.

I hope your week has started off well and that your entire week is a really great one.

Peace & Love,
Barb

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