Monday, November 26, 2012

I'm DONE!!!! No more Chemo!!!!

Spa Day #6, the LAST ONE! Today,, 11/26

I'm on my way shortly to Portland for the last chemo treatment!  I can't wait!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Spa Day #6, the Final Treatment, is scheduled for Monday the 26th.  I had the choice of having it today but decided not to spoil Thanksgiving this year.  As much as I know how I will feel for at least two weeks after, I am really looking forward to Monday.

Thanksgiving is a simple event tomorrow.  We'll watch the Macy's parade on TV and maybe the Dog Show.  At noon I'll go down the road two houses to the American Legion Hall and bring home turkey dinners for all of us.  I'm going to the bakery today to get pies and rolls and breakfast pastry.
Gracie and Magic?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Spa Day #5 on November 2nd; one more to go!

Last Friday was my fifth chemo treatment.  Only one more!  The cumulative effects of the chemo have been catching up to me this week.

I felt okay on Saturday and Sunday Dad and I went for a walk in the woods and hauled out six fir trees for wreath-making.  All that water to drink over the weekend really irritated my kidneys.  Then Monday and Tuesday were kind of not so good days.  I did go over to the shop on Monday to deliver some fabric to Connie and to pick up some things that I needed for card making.  Then I had acupuncture at the Alfond Center.  Yesterday was pretty much a pajama day.  I am feeling a bit better today, not quite so crampy and uncomfortable.  Food still doesn't interest me much.  Kind of eating a lot of cereal and jello.

Need to get out later to get some groceries--definitely need something to cook for dinner later.

The online card class I've been taking has helped to keep me busy.  I've made about forty cards in the last week and tons of tags.  This week I'm way behind already, but I'll catch up when I'm feeling better.

I'm supposed to teach a class on Monday, but I won't know whether or not I'll do that until I get my bloodwork results on Friday.  This coming weekend there's a quilt shop hop and I may or may not do that with Donna and Linda.  Again I'll have to see how I'm feeling and what my test results are.  One thing I'm realizing is that as much as I want to do things as usual I really can't.  Like there's an auction tonight, but I know I can't go as much as I'd like to.

I also have a ton of sewing to do for Christmas, but I think I'm going to be the last minute elf with all of that, too.

Trying to keep my spirits up and stay positive.  In six weeks or so all of this will be over.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Holiday Cards, Day Five

Memory Box Winter Collage stamp
Memory Box Distressed Tag die
Distress Gathered Twigs ink
Distress Markers
red/cream ribbon

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Holiday Cards Workshop, Day Four

masked the outside of the oval while coloring with colored pencils and glittering the snow scene
masked the inside of the oval while using Distress inks and stains for the postcard edges
colored holly and berries with Distress markers
mounted on Memory Box Dill notecard
this is inside the card
4X4 gift cards--I actually made 9 of these, assembly line style
stamped holly in Memento Tuxedo Black
masked outside the edges of the holly and stamped over it with script
colored with Prismacolor pencils
edged with Memories Ruby ink
mounted on Memory Box red gingham
stamped outline poinsettia in VersaFine Scarlet Red
made a mask and cut out the poinsettia image
used the outline mask to expose only the poinsettia
overstamped with different text stamps
added red Stickles for the flower centers
edged with Distress Tea Dye ink
mounted over small piece of Memory Box Winter Wonderland sheet music paper
on Poppy Red notecard
stamped Merry Christmas in Memento Tuxedo Black directly onto the card front

Holiday Cards Workshop Day Three

embossed numbers inked with two shades of red,
antique linen Distress Stain,
and edged with Gathered Twigs

dot background created by selectively dry embossing the dots
leaving the center open for the snowflakes

background created by scoring white paper
and inking with a blending tool after
to create a plaid effect