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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! on: November 30, 2016 06:54:37 AM
This will be the first year out of 5 that I didn't complete at least 100+ items much less 50 (or even 15)
I really need to force myself to focus more and just do things so that maybe I can get back the creative drive
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! on: November 13, 2016 06:06:32 PM
Only problem with mid Autumn is I finally have craft projects planned for the holidays but with cold weather forecasted for weeks I have lots of outdoor chores.
I do plan to get some "Self Warming pet pads" made up, first for the strays I care for and then for my cats and family cats
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! on: November 06, 2016 03:41:14 PM
Another lamp shade.  We got 2 of these shades for $2 at a thrift store and I believe I have a different spiderweb sheer material I can play with.
This was a bit harder than the round one because each side had to be cut and hot glued down.  I figured that as long as I glued the top and 1 side down I could trim it easier. It isn't perfect but since I am still setting up my art area I was sitting in a rocking recliner doing this mostly on my lap which is why when I decide to take a break and find something to watch while I worked and put the glue gun on its holder and start looking at the list on Netflix. 
Queen Annabelle (1 of 4 black cats) comes up and rubs against me so I reach down and unplug the glue gun and say "last thing I need is to have this melt the carpet...or burn me"
Not a minute later Annabelle brushes past me and apparently the cord and "%#$@& ANNABELLE!!!"
She knocked it over on my ankle but at least I got it before it hit the carpet.
Now doesn't she look innocent?

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! on: November 06, 2016 03:21:38 PM
But how clever!  And I love how the pierced metal of the.second one has a Moroccan feel!

Thank you :-)
They actually are morocan candle lamps (including another I have to wait on pulling apart a lava lamp to wire because they need to be very low heat)
Right now we are trying to get more light in the room but still stay with the arty Bohemian Gothic feel.

Lyrica is really helping with what we now believe is a damaged nerve or set of nerves in my spine causing horrible night pain in my leg. The thing is I guess I never knew how badly pain and lack of sleep can tear you down over time.  And I am starting to feel more myself every day.  I am still going to be recovering my strength for a long while but hopefully I will also be crafting more

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! on: November 05, 2016 03:51:06 PM
Like many houses built in the mid 70s to well now our front room has no builtin ceiling lighting and in our case no room for more floor lamps.
I am rewiring some old lamps and a few that will work if I use small low heat LED bulbs.
I also am sacrificing some Lava Lamps for the cause, that is the hardest part, getting the light and cords off of the base.
Here is an existing light,in the middle I added the fringe and had to take the cord apart to get it through the top and then wire it to secure it.
The other will need to wait until I can get a very low heat LED bulb.  That one kept unwiring itself just as I got it hung so I had to intertwine thin strip of electricians tape through the wires after sealing each connection so they wouldn't pull loose.
And yes that is a baby pin holding the wire in place.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! on: November 02, 2016 11:19:01 AM
Trina - that bottle is beautiful in and of itself.

But it's even more special as bit of playfulness in the face of the struggles you're going thru.  My BIL has dystonia, and I've had friends who suffer from fibromyalgia; I can't begin to imagine what it's like to deal with both.  Sending you lots of love for the daily grind.

Thank you sweetie, not being able to craft, mentally to foggy and no motivation and physically exhausted took away a very important part of me.
Does your BIL take Cogentin, it helps me so much and helped to prove that I had two types of leg spasms (new med for second type has made all the difference)  between Lyrica and Cogentin I am getting back to being me.
Oh man those jams are amazing looking, I really only do fruit butters on the crockpot and freeze them in 4 and 9 oz containers  (they will be ok for about 3 to 4 weeks in the fridge but we don't use much)
I am still a bit absent minded for real jam/jelly...but getting there
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! on: November 02, 2016 11:11:08 AM
Trina, we've never swapped, never talked, wouldn't know one another from Adam, but your list is just before mine this year and I've noticed that you haven't posted anything. It's made me wonder how you were since I know from previous years that you've had some serious health issues. Just call me a "Mother Hen" but I've been concerned for you. Glad to see you've done some crafting and are willing to talk about your art. Hope your health improves and that the remainder of the year is better. By the way, the bottle is lovely!

I understand, I mother hen my closest friends, if someone (even someone I just barely know) posts an emotional post without details everyone rushes to say "there there" and I ask "are you in a safe place?"
(The next bit is about health
I started getting sick a couple of years ago, weakness, pain all over at random and a really bad inability to focus were the main symptoms of what we figured out to be Fibromyalgia, I also developed Dystonia  (muscle spasms) but the big thing was a different format of Leg spasms. Finally after the second spasms became so bad that I seldom slept without a rediculous am out of pain meds I changed Dr's and they found out it was a nerve that is pinched and got me on Lyrica.  The difference was obvious from word go and the last month changed my life a lot. Being able to sleep and not waking up with tons of drugs in me helps.
Sorry for the long health update but the moral is your Dr's work for you, if one can't find the problem or won't listen go to a different dr. if a restaurant treated you badly you would not go there why allow a doctor to do the same?

Crafting again makes me feel hope that I am becoming the person I was before getting sick.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! on: October 28, 2016 08:58:59 PM
I CRAFTED SOMETHING TODAY!!!!
My long time friends have been kind of shocked and very worried when I point out that I have not crafted a single thing so far this year.  Keep in mind that for 4 years I was part of the 50 in 20__ craftalongs and my average completed projects are around 110.
They know how devastating this last year has been for me, not just health wise but I have had no desire to craft or create art and that scares me to death because it is so much of my self identity. I am starting to get better, I have Fibromyalgia and Dystonia and those will always be an issue but the worst for me is that the osteoarthritis in my spine is crushing a nerve and causing misery every night.  Finally a dr listened and was willing to try Lyrica. And it seems to work for me (that's a surprise because usually if there is a bad side effect I get it)
I know this painted bottle isn't that complicated and due to necessity had to be done quickly and I painted some others  bottles for 4th of July to use as Luminarias but all I did was spray them with one color.
 This is different because it is a process to get the paint to look exactly like that and it worked!
I used silver spray paint then a bit of purple specks then a thick layer of clear to make the silver run a bit then before that dries up I sprayed it with blue "Stain Glass" spray paint and then soaked it with the clear gloss as soon as the blue was on. I adjusted a few places but in each case I sprayed a heavy coat of clear gloss first and after.
The whole thing has to be done quickly and a dollar store "lazy susan" is so helpful. I am sure mine would have been helpful IF I had thought to grab it off the shelf.
I taped the rubber seal with masking tape then put the lid in just enough to hold it so I could paint them at the same time.
I did this outside but it began to rain and even in a dry place outside it wasn't going to dry quickly and it already takes a few days to be completely set.
This bottle will hold a mouth rinse to help dry mouth from almost every med I take.
NO clue why they are sideways
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9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 11, 2016 03:15:51 PM
Found this picture
The signs are true but my material has never been that organized
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: December 28, 2015 01:52:36 PM

I needed a desk side lamp that wouldn't constantly wake my husband so I painted this one's frosted white cover dark metallic blue


My cats were very intrigued by my making catnip squares so I ended up taking pics of them instead of black felt squares filled with catnip and different things like those red mesh vegetable bags

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