Thursday, July 16, 2015

It has been awhile...

I have had an interesting spring and summer so far and hope that it will get settled in, straightened around, and figured out shortly.  First and for most I have not been feeling well for a really long period of time and would just defer to not posting because "I got all time time in the world to do so!"  After reading about a friend on WOYWW passing this past week it brings it home that none of us have all the time in the world and we all need to keep in touch to make sure that we can live that life to the fullest.  2.  I have not been very productive, creative, or whatever you want to call it so I haven't been doing much of anything to share of a crafty nature.  I really miss it too because it anchors me to who I am in a world that is constantly changing for me. 

As most everyone knows I have a lot of health issues and it seems that I can't seem to get on top of the issues so I choose to lay down and do nothing.  After a while everything seems to be put on hold and I just sit around moaning for bygone days.  Before I get too maudlin I just want you to know that I am okay but just keep having one flare up after another with the autoimmune disorders and it tends to effect me mentally, emotionally, and physically.  I am my worse enemy with this shut downs.  I don't have an original thought and can't seem to focus long enough to stick with even making a card or tag.  A really sad state for me. 

After reading about Eliza's passing this week I have decided to make an effort to blog and interact more.  I know that it makes me feel better when I do so here is the start... Thanks Julia for commenting on something on Facebook that reminded me I need to start back doing WOYWW... For those who don't know what WOYWW is check it out here...Now my desk...
Not a lot to look at in progress at this time on the work desk.  I have been doing a few things but not a lot.

Heather convinced me a back in April that I needed to start doing matter what it was and to use my art to help me feel better.   Heather bought some kits from Close to my Heart, a scrapbooking/stamping group that she sells for and told me that I should try and make them and I could pay her back as I used the kits.  The first kit I made was a card kit called Blossom that I finished and put on my blog back in April.   My second kit was another card kit called Pathfinding.  I like these card kits because they come with enough stuff to make 15 cards and have a little left over that you could actually make 5 or so more with your own card blanks.  Kits run $25-30.  I don't know where you can get 15 cards for $25 now days. 
 The next kit I played with was scrapbooking...hey if cards were that much fun then I thought I would work on this and get some of the pictures booked.  This kit is called Jackson and you get to make two 2 page layouts with product left over.  I have been looking for some pictures to put on these layouts but can't find the ones I want just yet.

And this last kit I made is called Pathfinding like the autumnal cards above... I  used the pictures from last Thanksgiving when we made the trip to Virginia Beach, VA to celebrate with Chad and his family. 

I used to scrapbook all the time and got out of the habit doing multimedia and painting stuff.  I need to figure out a way to incorporate them into similar projects. 

So that is truthfully all I have done since my last post.  I promise to keep in better contact and up date my blog a little more faithfully.   Think of Eliza again I want to leave you with a couple pictures of my kitties.  I so enjoyed reading about Eliza's cat Yoda and how he was doing after being so ill! My girls and my second desk...
The old sweet miss skiddy!

you would think these two hate one another then I catch them holding paws.  So cute.  Stormy is the strippy kitty and Ghostie is the baby.
Everyone have a great week!


  1. Glad to see your back out with summer here I don't spend too much time crafting these days but at least it's finally nice here in T.O. To be able to be outside happy late woyww hugs Nikki 4

  2. Glad to see your back out with summer here I don't spend too much time crafting these days but at least it's finally nice here in T.O. To be able to be outside happy late woyww hugs Nikki 4

  3. It's good to see you back. I know for certain that crafting and creating makes you feel better. It lifts your spirits and gives you something to focus on so keep up the good work. :-)
    Life is for living :-)
    Big hugs,
    Annie x # 20

  4. Welcome back ... the news about Eliza has made a lot of us think about seizing the day.
    sandra de @ 55

  5. Hi Vickie, lovely to see you back. Yes, when something happens like this, it pulls us all up short and makes us realise we don't actually know how much time we have to do all we want to. I really need to get back into doing stuff- despite being home all the time at the moment, I just haven't stirred myself into crafting at all. Stupid, really, when I'm back at work I know I will be regretting wasting all this time. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz xxx

  6. It's so great to see you back, Vickie! I'm so sorry that you've been poorly and quite understand why crafting has taken a back seat. But you're right, Eliza's death has made us all realise that the effort taken to stay in touch is never wasted....goodness, I shall miss her.
    And well done Heather for supplying those kits :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 12 xxx

  7. Hi Vickie, it's really hard when you feel so down and you have health problems but it's good to do just a little crafting and it will take your mind off other things if nothing else. You have a lovely workspace with lots of great things to use and it would be a shame not to make the most of it, as much as you can. Sending big hugs, Angela x 30

  8. Hello Vickie, how nice to see you back! I noticed your post was one before mine, so I came over to see how you are (us late posters don't get so many visits sometimes!).
    Sorry you haven't been feeling well for a while - I do hope things pick up for you. Crafting is certainly a way to focus your attention onto other things, rather than the feeling ill, so it's good that you're getting back into some making - perhaps it will help you feel better about yourself, even if you don't feel so well physically?
    I especially like the "Pathfinder" cards and your Thanksgiving scrapbook pages. Scrap pages are a lovely way to record memories - like you, I used to do a lot more of these, but Life has got in the way and I rarely make them now. Time to try harder, I think!
    I hope you have a good week. Maybe we will hear from you again next Wednesday?
    Lizzie (#61)

  9. Hi Vickie, thanks for dropping by already! Yes, Eliza's sudden passing reminds us that we never really know when our time will come, doesn't it. But I hope you will feel better as you start doing things. The scrapbook layouts are wonderful and I loved the cat pictures.
    My sister Patsy recently had some good news. She used to have to take Coumadin (a blood thinner) and wear compression stockings everyday. Her doctor told her that she would do this for the rest of her life but last week we got the news that she wouldn't have to take that medicine or wear the compression stockings. Her sharing here -
    Life's like that, we don't know what the future holds or when we'll get better but we can always continue to hope.
    Hugs and blessings, peggy aplSEEDS

  10. So sorry you're going through such a rough patch, Vickie. You really have my sympathy because I know what it is like. Going through chemo on top of M.E. flattens me... I keep positive and keep blogging and sharing, and when I can do nothing else I turn to my Pinterest and Youtube addictions and get lots of inspiration! Eliza's sudden death shook us all up, I think, and facing my cancer journey has certainly made me more consciousness of the preciousness and fleetingness of life and how we mustn't waste it.

    Thinking of you lots and hope youu feel better soon! Hang in there, and rest and relax as you need to. Fighting it only makes it worse, as I am sure you are aware!



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