I’m feeling a lot better, and the steroid burst I’m taking is giving me a lot of energy.  I have been using the inhaler too, so between the two medicines, I have a lot of energy and am a little bit shaky, since that’s a side effect of the inhaler.

I decided I needed to get back in the craft room, so made a video showing a diamond painting haul that shows how you don’t have to do paintings to diamond paint.  I really enjoy the craft aspect of diamond paintings, but don’t have the wall space for them.  I talked to a company called Fansells, and they sent me five items, with only two being paintings.  I wanted to show viewers that you can try this craft with a very small investment (usually under $6,) and come away feeling relaxed.  I’m not sure why I like diamond painting so much, but I do.  I guess it’s because you don’t have to do much thinking, and the feeling of accomplishment comes quickly.  I loved the finished results when I used diamonds called rhinestones, as the end result is really sparkly and exciting.  I made a luggage tag that Rich didn’t think was practical, as the luggage handlers could easily destroy the art just by throwing our bags around….so I decided to convert it into a note pad.  It was easy and I liked the end result.  Of course, you can always use this luggage tag on your carry-on bag, but I wanted to give people options.

On vacation, during the evening, I finished covering the front of a notebook with diamonds (rhinestones.)  It is really attractive, and I think I could give them as gifts.  I received another notebook from Fansells, that has a peacock on the front, and I think it will be even better looking when it’s complete.

I was going through one of the drawers where I store cardstock, and found a bunch of smaller images that I had colored with watercolor pencils after my hip replacement four years ago.  There were so many of them, and there were a wide variety of images, I decided I needed to do something with them.  I decided I would get out a bunch of the pre-made card bases many of us have purchased at Michaels at one time or another.  In my case, I’ve bought a lot of them, and in a wide variety of colors and styles.  I thought I would make a video showing you how to use scraps of cardstocks, as well as the colored images, to make a bunch of quick and easy cards.  Of course, with that being said, I’ve only finished two cards, because I started making big mistakes, and that’s when I know it’s time to stop.  Rich had gone to the gym to hang with his basketball buddies, and our humidifier made a loud noise because it needed water, thus putting Honey into a state of panic.  I decided to take all of the images I’d colored into our bedroom with watercolor pencils, and add more color and highlights to them.  It took me almost an hour to play with them because, as I said, there are a lot of images, but now I’m ready to put them to use.  I’m going to use a bunch of my dies to cut the images and then cut another layer to line the image out of my scrap box.  I plan on making a video showing the end result, and maybe showing how I made one of the finished cards.

Today, I had to go to the dermatologist to have a biopsy of the skin on the top of my scalp.  Last year, I had some skin cancer removed from that spot, and it left a small spot that is still really tender to touch.  My dermatologist can’t decide if it’s scar tissue, pre-cancer, or more skin cancer, so he wanted to take a small biopsy, which he did.  He’s really good at removing tissue, and his injections to numb me never hurt for more than a few seconds.  The whole procedure maybe takes five minutes, and since my mother had melanoma, and that’s hereditary, I try to be diligent about having my skin checked annually.   I have very fair skin and have a lot of (I’ll call them) freckles, all over.  I’ve had so many of them removed, and it’s not made a dent in the sheer volume, but I’m always glad when I get the results, and really, have only had my scalp come back with skin cancer, and luckily, not melanoma, which is far more dangerous.

I’m going back into the craft room to work on the simple cards I want to make, and hope I can make a small dent in the number of images I’ve colored.  It was funny when I found them, as I completely forgot coloring them.  Now if I could only find the art journal I’ve been working on for the past year….I’d be extremely happy if it turned up.




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