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Make a Wish My Friend

The sweetness of the purples of this card will bring a smile to anyones face. Some of the products are now retired, as I didn't get it posted in time. It happens. With my wrist and should issues (arthritis and many other things), using a computer this past 2019 winter just couldn't happen. See below for an update!

I thought it is still worth mentioning the card, if nothing else maybe you like the layout, or some other materials used in the project. Excuse the mess in the background. It does get cleaned up, and often. Currently I have about a two inch deep pile of scraps, and other materials on my work table as I prepare new samples for the just newly released Annual Catalog on June 4, 2019.

This stamp set was introduced in the Occasions 2019 catalog, and retired during the end of the catalog life cycle in May 2019. Sad, because I really liked it. 

Card Recipe
Stamps: Life is Grand 148744 $20 cling retired
Inks: Memento Black ink pad
Papers: Very Vanilla cardstock 101650 $9.75, Basic Black 121045 $8.75, Highland Heather 146986 $8.75, Gorgeous Grape 147987 $8.75, Needlepoint Nook DSP 148807 $11 retired, 
Accessories: Pearls jewels 144219 $5, Lace 3D embossing folder 151815 $10, Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon Vanilla 147629 $7.50 retired 

Retired product aside, I like this card and I hope I inspired you to go make something for someone special today. 

Update: History first - I started having problems with my left wrist on and off for a few years. it would shake when I would hold a punch, and doing any die cutting work left me a mess and hurting the next day. Fussy cutting? Yeah, not happening. Other housework? Who No really, it was bad. I was relegated to being a useless lump this winter around the house. I have been to an orthopod and orthopedic surgeon. Gotten injections with very short, days, relief. My activities limited. I am not going into details on my shoulder as that didn't so much limit my crafting, but mildly inhibit it. 

In late April I saw the orthopedic surgeon again. We planned for an extensive and non-reversible surgery on my wrist for sometime this summer. Orders are good for six months and I am not in any hurry. She gave me an injection as a parting gift in my wrist in two spots. I have arthritis in my wrist in two bones, and, crum, forgetting body part names, but at the base of my wrist I have a whole host of issues. I have seen the X-ray and it isn't pretty for my wrist. The thumb is just swollen and irritated. Tendonitis amongst other things. 

Yeah, this all sucked. My livelihood is at stack. Not only my livelihood, but it is my therapy, my heart and soul, one of my very reasons for getting up each day. Mentally I was not in a good place. 

Less than two weeks after I got the injection, we had been in Winona for the day moving most of my sons stuff out of his dorm and into our garage. It was a long day with a lot of stress on my wrist and thumb picking up things. 

It was probably after midnight as we were driving home somewhere between here and there. I was rubbing and massaging my wrist and thumb, pretty deep massage techniques. All of a sudden there was a loud pop from my thumb. Like over the car radio and road noises and our conversation loud. It hurt for a bout a split second. And then, relief. Suddenly I was nearly pain free in my thumb base. 

My theory is that it was every so slightly dislocated, but not visible on X-ray. Many many had looked at the x-ray in the last year and it was not visible. I suspect that the day of moving inflamed it enough that I could pop it in place. I iced it that night. And for a few subsequent days. I could type! I could do a lot of things with little to no pain in my thumb. My wrist does flare up with overuse. But the voices inside my head told me to wait on the surgery. I will still have to deal with the wrist issue eventually. That X-ray wasn't lying about that one. But if I do not use it too hard, I can get by for a while. I hope a few years, because the surgical road on this is a long recovery and not a pleasant one either. 

So I have been releasing all this creative energy in May and June. The juices are flowing faster than I can create stuff. And boy oh boy does it feel amazing. And to blog again. 

Shoulder - its a good one! i had a car accident on May 31st. Got slammed around really good. No details. Completely my fault due to a horrible intersection near the house that my son has been hit twice at, 100% other fault. Low speed accident. But I hit a fifth wheel truck that slammed on its breaks. They barely noticed. Kept making sure I was okay. My van, not so pretty. Me, not so pretty. I came home and changed my clothes. As I was doing so, same thing as thumb, loud pop and suddenly my shoulder felt better. And this is after it getting slammed and bruised in an accident. 

I told my husband Im a special sunshine. I couldn't make this stuff up if I wanted to. He calls it a blessing in a round about way, the accident, if it fixed my shoulder that had been getting rapidly worse. It was keeping me up at night. No words at all...

Happy to be back here, blogging and such. And crafting!!!!!

Keep being creative! Happy stamping, Sandy



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