Monday, June 30, 2008

Final art for June 2008

Good morning -- and goodbye ... to the month of June!

Six months down, and six to go in 2008. Time flies!

It's Monday morning again, and it's back to the day job. I am thankful for a "day job". If you've ever been "out of work", I'm sure you know the feeling. But even so, you feel like you're in a rut sometimes.

This morning, I sat at my computer looking at my creations. My mind was a total blank. What to do with it? What to do?

I'm sure we all experience that. And so, this is what I came up with.

So have a great Monday. Take it easy going into work.

And, I'll see you again soon!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sunday's Free Graphics!

Sunday, Sunday ... what a beautiful Sunday!

Good morning!

And ... it's Sunday's free graphics! Well, actually all the days I post are free graphic days.

This first one to the left was done last week, I think, but I just never got it up.

So, wanting to feature it, I've put it up in today's batch of free graphics!

I hope you'll enjoy using it.

And wow! The Fourth of July is just days away now.

Tomorrow ends the month of June, and Tuesday ushers in the new month of July! This year is just speeding by.

This picture to the left is my second free graphic for today and is looking forward to the approaching holidays and YOUR CREATIVES NEEDS.

If you design cards or scrapbook, or need some new designs for your webpage, here are the colors we will be seeing a lot of in the next several days: red, white, and blue! (Actually looks black here.)

To check out an even greater selection from this batch that was made, you'll have to go over to my website at I believe these are featured tomorrow: June 30th! *Just checked; yep! Featured tomorrow.

On my homefront, an update on my accident. Ugh! My right arm is still bothering me much more than it should be. I can do my graphics, but I just get tired so fast, as my whole arm, shoulder, wrist, hand, chest and upper right back (and neck) ache after working awhile. This also happens at work. But, I don't want to quit posting my artwork though. I have to stay in it as it is my passion.

The bills are rolling in now, and I'm waiting to see what WC will cover and won't. If this is any idea of what national heathcare would be like, I sigh a big sigh. Not good.

Here's hoping you enjoy the free graphics. If you visit my website, please do leave me a note. A little is encouragement is always a great thing. It only takes a minute.

Till I see you later ...

Friday, June 20, 2008

Good Friday morning,

Playing with colors and colored lines is fun. That's how this creation came about.

It was done yesterday morning.

Along with kaleis, I also am playing a lot with patterns. The border at the top was taken from using my kaleis to create some borders.

I will take the lines and colors and do interesting effects to them. On one project, I may have 18-20 layers of different creations. I may have one set of nothing but kaleis. Another set will be patterns from which borders or frames can be made. Another set may just be additional things I've tried with some of the previous sets of different creations. It is so much fun to see all the different items I can come up with.

In the world of accidents (if you read my last post), I am still improving from my fall. And finding new pains as well.

I saw the doctor on Monday, and then again on Wed. I go back on Monday.

I asked people at work about my fall. I was so involved in the actual event, and shaken up, that I hadn't even remembered the exact location of the fall. I fell a few feet away from where I thought I had. People walked me through what they observed. Everyone agreed where I had fallen. The flooring under the carpet is uneven in spots. It's not obvious, but it is there. My division boss mentioned it yesterday when he came to our area. He asked me how I was, and said that he needed to have someone come in and check out and fix the flooring.

While my arm is getting a little better daily, my left lower back is sore today. That is totally a new pain. One co-worker who observed the fall said, "When you fell, you were just so twisted up." I know I had to have help getting up.

I am, of course, looking forward to being totally pain-free again, and having this all behind me. That, and all the hassles that go with it.

The weather has been so beautiful this week. Mostly in the 70's. Even cool at times.

I am still sleeping a lot, which is a good thing, as sleeping promotes the healing process. I have not had time to work as much on my artwork. My website is so far behind now, that I may just have to pick up from a more current time, and try to add the days missed as I am able.

Anyway, I am trying to get back into the groove. It is hard right now.

I do hope you have a good Friday!

And, I will see you again soon.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

You are very SPECIAL

Good morning!

It's Father's Day today, so Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there. I hope you have an enjoyable, yet relaxing day!

The card front created here could be for anyone that you consider "special" in your life.

As you know, I have a website where I offer free art accessories to all that care to use them.

Unfortunately, I am way behind on it, as well as posting on this blog.

When I took my vacation, I fell behind. And then, I started trying to catch up, doing days at a time to get back to the present day. And then "IT" happened.

I took a fall at work, and trying to keep up became harder.

When I was young, I was so graceful. I was a "dancer" -- mostly teaching dance as exercise and doing partner dancing during the "disco era". It was great fun.

But as I'm aging, my balance must not be as good or something, because this is the second fall I've had in about a year.

This time, I fell right on my face. Last Tuesday. Wow! What a big shocker that was. My main concern was "did I still have my teeth?" And, yes. I did.

Of course, they bit into my lower lip and into my inside mouth which caused some bleeding, but it didn't last. And being at work, I went through the necessary actions that are expected. Hospital, dentist, etc. That was all on Tuesday.

Wednesday, I saw a doctor for followup. X-rays revealed no broken jaw and shoulder and arm fine as well. X-rays at the dentist revealed I did not break my teeth or injury the roots.

I was left with a swollen left ankle, which lasted through Thursday, and my right arm deltoid muscle is extremely painful still. It felt better yesterday than it does today. Dressing, undressing, and driving a car with a stick shift have not helped. (I've only driven 3x since my accident. And not for the last 3 days.)

The doctor I saw on Wednesday released me to go back to work, although I didn't go on Wednesday afternoon. I went home and went to bed and slept for most of the afternoon. I was in a lot of pain still.

I drove to work on Thursday. Big mistake. By 12:30, my neck was stiff, so I left, came home, and back to bed to sleep.

Friday, I took a sick day. I was driven to my followup doctor's appointment Friday morning, but upon arriving, discovered that their power was out due to the previous night's storm, and was told to come back Monday morning at 8. That's tomorrow.

I will need to return to work tomorrow also, and am hoping that my arm has improved even more by then. I am right-handed, and it is still painful to use my arm.

So. Life should return to normal, with me watching every darn step I'm taking. I must have tripped or stubbed my toe, or something. One minute, I was up; the next I was kissing the carpet. I don't recommend trying it.

One thing is for sure. I was lucky. I didn't really hurt anything, and will be fully better soon. Pride? Haven't even considered it. When I hit the floor, people told me it sounded like someone dropped a full box of xerox paper. It feels like they dropped it on my shoulder and arm!

Anyway. Have a great day! And know ... all of you are special. Special to more people than I'm sure you'd know.