Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Before my surgery I was experimenting with some monoprinting using black screen printing ink on white fabric. Do you remember? I put them up on my design wall to think about during my recovery. I had time to add some color to a couple with Neocolor II crayons and to try some free motion out lining with black thread. I wasn't inspired.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
I'm in a bit of a lull. Yes, the shoulder is healing, but I'm feeling a bit listless and without my usual creative energy. I imagine how nice it would be to curl up under a blanket and stay there for the day, but then at the end of the day I'd be unsatisfied. I start with a few simple chores which then inevitably leads me into my studio. It's like the adage, what's in motion stays in motion. Did I get that right? After getting my bed sheets into the wash, I mixed up these chocolate banana muffins. They're mainly sweetened with banana and unsweetened applesauce. I used a dark cocoa.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Well, I've gotten the neuropathy under control, I think, with the latest increase of gabapentin. Feeling more comfortable. The last couple of days I've had a bit of a raw throat and feel a bit tired, maybe a cold. Hopefully it will pass. I had some book work to catch up too, so I haven't done any sewing until today. I struggled a bit with the vinyl front bag from last post. Then, I decided I must try doing a little free motion on a Gelli print. It's a small piece and it was easy to do without taxing the shoulder.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Here's a little update on the zippered bag I'm making. This is definitely why I'm better at art than I am at following directions. First, I misread the materials list- I tend to be a little ADD- and I ironed on fusible fleece instead of fusible interfacing. This made it a real challenge to get nice top stitching and putting in the zipper was a trial!
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Caley and baby left yesterday around noon and for a while it felt empty and quiet in the house. She is lucky to have a baby who content and happy much of the time. When he does fuss, you can find the reason and comfort him quickly.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
I often wonder what one would do all day without hobbies. Reading can only take up so much time. Yesterday, I was lucky to have a friend take me to see the surgeon and get my stitches out. Yippee, now I can shower. Still no driving or using the arm for another month. I will start physio with passive exercise only. I'm happy to be patient, well let's saying doing my best, because the doctor said the outcome should be good. After my appointment, we met another friend for lunch and visited Walmart. That took up half the day at least. This morning, I put a roast pork into the crock pot with a homemade sort of barbecue sauce. I decided I'd like to roast a pan of veggies instead of adding them to the pot. I've been cutting them left handed a bit here and there all morning.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
I thought I would be really bored recouperating from this surgery but not so! Grant it there are lots of things I can't do; there's nothing wrong with my legs or my left arm though and I've been finding lots to do as I feel better from the surgery. I've been needing to do some sorting in my storage areas. Who doesn't! Obviously not heavy stuff. I can, however, pull out smaller items to add to a giveaway box. It's getting full!I don't go at it all at once, just when I need to get up and move about. I finished the book, The Improbability of Love; it's excellent! I also realized while sorting a few things in the studio that even though I can't do free motion work, I could likely do some regular piecing as one feeds with the left hand. I happened to have a box with some Trip Around the World blocks done, and all the rest of the strips are cut. I can strip piece easily.