You all are so sweet. I've gotten get-well cards in the mail, caring emails and comments and even phone calls to tell me you're thinking about me and hoping I'm better soon. I'm overwhelmed with how caring the papercrafting family is. I don't say community, because we're closer than that.....we're family!
The last 3 days have been my best days in the past 7 weeks. I know I said 2 weeks ago that I was beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel....well, that was before a major set back in my health, just as things were starting to look up. I had a MAJOR allergic reaction to a medication I took and after almost 2 weeks, the effects of that reaction are starting to wear off. I think NOW I can finally say I see the true light at the end of the tunnel. I actually felt well enough on Wednesday night to play poker with the guys, make them all dinner (an easy one, though) AND bake a peach pie from scratch. I haven't felt good enough to do much of anything except think about dinner once a night in the past 7 weeks.
I'm finally bouncing back and ready to get back to creating. I've missed it and felt like I had lost my mojo for a while. I'm getting it back! YAY!
Last weekend, I had my Open House and my friend Rhonda and I put up my new Decor Elements in my studio to show off to everyone that came for my Open House. I was originally planning on painting my studio before putting the Decor Elements up....but with the way I felt for so long, I just couldn't do it. Instead, I've decided to keep the light brown for a little while. Eventually, I'll get to painting over it, but then there was the thought of my Decor Elements.....I don't want to take it down to paint over the walls. So....Rhonda's honey, Jimmy, came up with a creative idea to paint the walls AND not have to take down the Decor Elements. But.....I'm not going to share that with you till it actually happens. Yes, yes, I know, that's so cruel of me not to tell. Trust me, though. It would ruin the surprise and creative WOW if I told you now.
So, as you can see, I chose the Create definition from the Decor Elements Brochure in chocolate. I just HAD to have that one for my creative space. It seemed right.
Off to the top right of the definition, I used the free sample that SU sent all of their demos (when they first announced the line of Decor Elements). This sample looks nothing like what it did when it came in the mail. I wanted to get as much mileage out of it as I possibly could so I REALLY modified it.
Originally, the flower outline was inside the main ring and around the solid flower. I cut each layer inside apart and then created two separate designs out of it.
When I put the flower outline off to the right, I decided it needed a little bit more to jazz it up and then realized that the main ring had little dots that you pulled off to reveal the wall underneath. I had an "ah-ha" moment when I realized I could pull those dots out and use them to decorate around the flower outline. That really filled it out and gave some extra design elements to it. It really balanced it all out. This just goes to show that you do have creative license even with the Decor Elements!
So.........I also mentioned that I have someone new to keep me company in my studio all day long.
Let me introduce you to the newest member of our family........little Tovah.
Tovah came from a shelter because we felt strongly about adopting an animal that was homeless.
She's been with us for 2 weeks now and we're still learning the whole potty training thing. I think she's training me just as much as I'm training her. Cats are so easy. You give them a litter box and they know what to do after the first time. Puppies.....a WHOLE different animal. Literally!
She's such a little love, though. She likes to sit on my feet when I'm at my desk and is great for keeping me company when the hubby and kids are off at work and school all day.
Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend! I look forward to sharing some new projects with you this week as I get back into my creative groove!