Saturday, March 29, 2014

What have I been up to for the past few years...


Yes, I'm still out here.

YES, the little counter in the upper left that currently says "I've created daily for 2 years...9 months...28 days...5 hours, 33 minutes" IS still accurate!  :-)

And yes, I've had a lot going on in my life for the past few years.

I started this blog intending to write about my creative projects, post lots of 'in progress' shots (LOVE those!), and highlight some of my work in my ArtFire and Etsy shops.  I still plan to do all of that but practically right after starting this blog I developed some health problems.

To my friends out there:  I'm  OK!  Promise!

This is a bit complicated but here's the Reader's Digest Condensed version...

In May, 2013 I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Systemic Scleroderma (a rare auto-immune disease).  My rheumatologist told me she doesn't see Scleroderma often and her patients that do have it go to Northwestern University in Chicago (they have a Scleroderma Program) for a day or two of testing and then she follows their protocol/recommendations.  After the initial testing, patients usually go back to Chicago a few times a year.  She asked if I was interested in pursuing this (I was) and she took care of contacting them, etc.

So, last August I had my appointment at Northwestern with Dr. Monique Hinchcliff.  During my visit with her she confirmed the diagnosis:  I have Limited Systemic Sclerosis (Scleroderma) and I was "one of the lucky ones."  After taking my medical history, etc. she said I've had symptoms going back as far as 10 years (it's a slowly progressing disease) and if it hadn't developed into one of the more serious versions of it by now, it probably wouldn't.  The worst things I have to deal with right now:  joint pain, digestive problems and fatigue.

I didn't have to go through 2 days of testing -- just some blood work and I go back in August for a yearly check-up.  (My college Roomy, Kathy, met me downtown after my appointment and we had a fun afternoon in Chicago.  Hmmm, Kathy -- what are you doing in August this year?  ;-)

Why am I revealing all of this now?  (And in a BLOG?!  AUUUGH!)  Well, I wanted to come clean and move past this and get back to my creative projects.  Speaking of which... I do plan to make/sell some teal colored creations my in Etsy/ArtFire stores.  (The sale of these items -- though I'm not sure what they might be yet -- will benefit Scleroderma Research.  And yes, Scleroderma has an Awareness Ribbon -- a teal one.)

Yeah, this is something I have to deal with -- but we'll all have something to deal with eventually.  And maybe by talking about this a little I'll be able to help someone else out there who is also dealing with it.  (Pay it Forward, right?)

Fibromyalgia and Scleroderma -- my Aunt Pat is right.  When I told her about all of this, she told me that when I do something, I do it up right!


More soon,

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Well, I DID create something everyday for the past year...with one exception:  I didn't do anything on May 24th -- but I forgive that day.  That was a sad day.  :(

I did start a brand new shiny "Create Something Everyday for a Year" project today (July 1st).  I'm not sure if I want to define the focus of it any more than that, but I do know that I want to record more of my progress more here, along with in-progress pics.  I have lots of posts I need/want to catch up on, quite a few completed items to post on Etsy, and LOTS of blog posts to catch up on. 

It's been a very busy beginning of the summer...the 2nd half should be less busy with more time to spend on blogging, posting, etc.    ;)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sad news. :-(

I wanted to let my family, friends and especially my Mooseheart Family know that my sweet little Mom passed away this evening at 7pm.

Mom & Heather - 2008
The nurses and staff at Moosehaven and the Hospice people of NE Florida were wonderful -- my Mom was peaceful and she wasn't in any pain. She was 91 years young.

I know how much she loved her family and all of her 'kids' at Mooseheart...

Thanks Everyone for all the calls and emails.  It's nice to know my Mom was loved.

Heather & Mom - 2008

Friday, March 23, 2012

I'm still out here...

Yep.  I'm still here.  (I just suck at blogging!  ;)  For those checking in, I AM still on track for completing something every day for a year!  10 weeks to go...and I haven't missed a day yet.

I've been busy updating my stores (yet again - AUUUGH!)  I decided to put all my creations in my Etsy store and all of my 'destashed' supplies in my ArtFire store.

Is 'anal-retentive' hyphenated?  He-he-heh...

Off to photograph lots o' stuff now.  More soon!


Monday, February 27, 2012