Health wise I've not been great either. My Lupus seems determined to remind me everyday that it's there and not going anywhere. I did drop one of my medications last summer. It is actually chemo drugs used for breast cancer, but in smaller doses it can really help several autoimmune conditions such as Lupus. It did work very well for me keeping the chest, back and shoulder pains at bay, and I only had a few bad flare ups while I was on it. However as with most drugs it does have side effects, and these finally got to the point where I just couldn't live with them anymore. So after a very hard decision and a long talk with my Consultant I stopped taking them, but boy do I know it now. I'm back to all the daily aches and pains and the extreme fatigue. Heyho, that's life, sometimes you get stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea with no apparent way of getting out. It will get better though, positive thoughts can help tremendously so I'm not giving up just yet, or getting down about it. It is what it is, better to find ways of working with and around it rather that than giving in to it, wasting time feeling sorry for myself and getting nowhere.
Within the family we have also had some turmoil and bad news which has made my blood boil. It's rocked my faith in human nature I can tell you, and it's made me very unsettled and unable to concentrate properly (just what I need at the moment!), I just can't comprehend how people can act in such a manor and still live with themselves. So you see blogging has been the last thing on my mind. I may elaborate more on this story later, I'm just waiting to see what happens next.
Enough waffle. Onto some crafting bits and bobs.
Polka Doodles has 2 shows on Create and Craft today (Saturday) at 11am and 3pm. She has some gorgeous new stamps for all and will be demoing her latest CD. Having spoken to her the demos are going to be well worth watching. So if you're going out set those recorders.
Kuretake sent me some more lush goodies to make them a Valentine's project. I decided to do something a little different, so I got a wooden picture frame and a wooden word from HobbyCraft and set to work. This is what I came up with. I hope you like it.
Decoration Heart corner punch
Funky Heart punch
Black Painty pen
Gold Painty pen
Zig Art and Graphic Twin pens – 76, 77, 23, 29 and 260
Heart and Triangle clips pack
Queens Gold Embossing Powder
Red Ribbon pack
Red Assorted Fibre pack
Red Gem Accent Sticker pack
Brown Gem Accent Sticker pack
Zig two-way glue
Plain wooden picture frame - Hobbycraft
Wooden ‘love’ word – Hobbycraft
Selection of vintage style printed papers in creams and brown (I used Brenda Walton Maison papers)
Selection of rubber stamps – Rose spray, dotty background, antique script, floating dandelion seeds, flourishes and suitable sentiment (I used Creative Expessions stamps)
Buff, brown and gold acrylic paints
It will be on the Kuretake website next week along with the full instructions for making it.
I have 2 Polka Doodles challenge cards for you today. The first is week 3's card which was to make a project for a new home and I used papers from the the new cd Paper Boutique III. The lush spotty ribbon is from The polka Doodles website as well. The second card is this weeks challenge card (week 4) which was set by Tracie and she wanted to see some party projects.