Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A thank you and an update

Good evening all!

First, I want to express my gratitude to all those who have left comments, sent emails and generally showed me Love.  I cannot say how thankful I am, and how much it has helped me in this new adventure.  This has been so trying both mentally and physically.  As a Safety Manager I speak so much about Life Changing injuries, I never imagined that it would happen to me... and how the simplest things in life have become huge obstacles.  I live in a town house with multiple levels of stairs.  I have to go up 15 (steep!) stairs to go to the washroom.  One trip up and down feels like a marathon.  I conquered that obstacle the first day home, then when the Man went to work that night, I realized that I didn't know how to carry anything up the stairs with me.  I believe things happen for a reason, and over coming these little obstacles along the way are only going to make me stronger, and more appreciative for the little things in life.

Here is a picture of my new friend:

Let me introduce you...

I think it's called an "Air Cast", but it feels like it weighs 100 pounds!  LOL 

Now, back to art.  These are two pages that I finished just before my accident in my Moleskine:

Blah Blah

This first page is a little scary.  Or rather, the cat on this page is a little scary.  ;)  I am working on just sketching and not worrying what the outcome is... just trying something new.  A lot of random things on this spread.  The black and white stripes is some tissue paper.

Smell the flowers

I really like how this turned out.  I used some scrapbook paper as a background, and then tried to copy the flowers using swirls.  I used some handmade paper and a Ba sic Grey border fram from a sticker sheet.  I applied a thin layer of white acrylics over everything. I then added some purple watercolour paint right out of the tube and used my wet fingers to spread it across the page.  I finished with some Hero Arts alpha stamps for the title, with my own handwriting.

I've been trying to do a bit of art everyday so far.  It's hard because I'm limited to what I can have beside me here on the couch.  I plan on buying a table of some sort that fits under the couch so that I can work more easily.

Again, thanks so much everyone for your support and comments.  I truly appreciate all of you that have taken the time.  I will try very hard not to keep my posts so negative, please bear with me!

Much LOVE!


  1. When did this happen to you!! Oh gosh, I am so sorry...and what happened?
    Take care of yourself girl!

  2. Back again...
    I have truly, truly enjoyed your videos...I feel like I am getting to know you :)
    Take care.

  3. That looks like an industrial strength cast!! And what a challenge to learn to deal with the stairs. I broke my wrist one time and it was so much "fun" learning to dress with only one hand!

    At least you can still do art so that's a plus. I love the new pages, especially the flower one. I love purple!

  4. I'm so sorry you broke your ankle. I broke mine a couple of years ago and had to wear a similar cast although mine was black. It is indeed very heavy and hard to move around. It feels like you're walking with a dead tree attached to your body. I hope you won't have to wear it too long.

    I'm so glad you finished the audit. I know it's not the most important thing on your mind right now because I can understand how much pain you are in.

    It's your blog, go ahead and vent. Take care of yourself. Prayers being said for you.

  5. I am sorry to hear of your accident. Take good care! I like your new pages with the kitty... the B/W stripe page is amazing!

  6. Oh my, that looks like a cast and a half! Good you can still do some journalling anyway, even if you're not quite set up yet.

    Love both the pages. The tissue paper stripes on the first one are really cool!

  7. Wow! That's some cast! No wonder you are finding everything a challenge. Fun pages, nothing like getting your fingers right into it and the cat sketch may seem fierce, but in my experience cats are very fierce in their independence so it fits :-)

  8. May you heal quickly! You're going to develop muscles you didn't know you had during the coming weeks! Looking forward to seeing many more great pages.

  9. take care of yourself
    your art journals are fabulous, just sent you an email

  10. Oh, wow, sounds like your house is a big challenge for you and your friend! ;( I hope you have lots of help from friends near by - don't forget to ask for it if you need it - people really do like to be needed you know !
    Heal fast ! Loving the pages, scary or not !
    Cheers !

  11. I remember when hubby and I were both out on injury at the same time. He tore the cartilage in his knee and had surgery, so I had to take care of him with two bulging discs in my neck. A week later, I had my surgery and he hobbled around trying to take care of me! lol!
    O yes, you learn to adapt!

    How long you stuck with the IronMan leg? lol... ; )
    Take it easy Paula, and keep up the art!

  12. Oh my gosh, I just read what happened, and I'm so so sorry!! Glad to hear you are back home and playing with the journals again though. :)
    Very cool pages, and I totally dig the cat sketch. I too am learning to sketch and not care what the outcome is. Not always easy. But fun. :)

    Take care!

  13. Nice journal pages!!
    I hope your leg gets better soon!! :)


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