February 6, 2015

Life Lately...Some Art. No Bags. Thyroid Gone Bad.

Finding Your Style

I'll admit it. Life around these parts is slower of late.  Blogging and shop updates have become haphazard and sporadic. It's not because I don't care or love art and bags. Believe me, I care. But the fact remains, life is slower. Here's why.

Almost two years ago I began to notice a slight hand tremor. Photography became increasingly difficult. Holding a beverage or bringing a fork from plate to mouth was downright embarrassing. So, I did what any normal person would do. I hid it.

Those symptoms combined with others such as constant heart palpitations, weight loss, lack of energy and brain fog led to my diagnosis - hyperthyroidism. Specifically Graves Disease. In truth, I was thankful to find that I didn't have something worse. AND it explains my lack of energy and focus which was just as troubling than the physical symptoms.

I've gone from being someone who can't wait to hit the studio to someone who struggles to find the energy to complete daily tasks. Good news is that there's a light at the end of the tunnel. After tweaking and testing medications over the past year, next comes this treatment, which isn't nearly as scary as it may sound and should eventually lead to "the light" - no pun intended.

TMI? Why am I spilling? First, I'm no longer hiding it and want to thank you for sticking around. I love keeping this online journal and am not going anywhere. Posting here is the nudge I need to continue doing, making, creating. For now, I post when I can and do an inordinate amount of reading. :)

Second, if you've dealt with thyroid issues, I'd love to hear from you - about your experience, treatments, etc.

January 30, 2015

Intense Love and the February Desktop

Sketchbook & February Desktop

First I made a mostly turquoise painting to use as February's desktop. Turquoise is my "go to" color of choice. But for February? I headed back to the drawing board and gave this quote a tweak.

Sketchbook & February Desktop

Much better.

Sketchbook & February Desktop

Sketchbook & February Desktop

Add pretty kraft paper and a few flowers and you've got a new desktop. Quote courtesy of Mother Teresa. Click the above image or here to download. Please remember that this is for personal use only.

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