GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED!
Monday, January 30, 2012
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED!
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
I plan to do another giveaway very soon if I can bring in some more blogger readers and reach 700 fans on my facebook!
So help me out and spread the word! Also, please leave a comment for what you would like to see in the next giveaway! (If I do it, I plan to send it to arrive on or before Valentine's day. :)
Valentine Animal (if so, what kind of animal?)
Thank you! You are all amazing!
(Mandy, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can get this yeti sent to you asap!)
Friday, January 20, 2012
So. What a start to 2012. If you have been following me for any amount of time or know me at all, you know I don't like to do anything small- I go all out and do everything big. Well, I do that in all areas of my life- not just art. When I get sick, I seem to get the most bizarre and rarest things ever.
It all started the first week of January. I was putting away the dishes and I poked my right index finger on a clean steak knife. A teeny-tiny prick. Itty bitty. I didn't even know I had broken the skin until the next day when a tiny cut appeared. Anyway, that same day I cut it, I had visited an empty warehouse I found with an old player piano where I busted out a beautiful ballad. Okay, I just pounded on the keys and then stole some vintage bottles that were on it. It was filthy in there, but oh-so-cool.
I thought nothing more about the cut or the warehouse. That was a Sunday. Monday rolled around and I noticed the cut was a little swollen, really red, and hurting really badly. By Wednesday, it was not getting better at all. I started my new job that day, and it was just not fun being there with a sore finger and I got thrown to the dogs on my first day of work. But I hadn't seen anything yet compared to what was about to happen! That Friday I woke up and my finger was literally the size of my head. Literally.
Okay, I am exaggerating. But it was HUGE. HUGE I tell you! And PAINFUL!! Oh my gosh, I seriously wanted to cut my finger off it hurt so bad. I went to the doctor who gave it a little slice, drained it, and sent me on my way with a couple prescriptions. I thought I would be good to go...oh no. Sunday morning comes around and it is even bigger, redder and has more blisters and hurts to high heavens! I returned to the doctor hoping she would have a simple solution. Ha! This is what happened that day:
- Prescribed more pills and was now up to 7 pills a day
- Tetanus shot to the left arm
- Six, count 'em SIX, shots to the finger. Or was it 7? Good gosh, I can't even remember. It was A LOT, okay?
- A shot in the hip (OHMYGOSHNEVERAGAIN)
- And another shot for good measure
It was still all kinda funny at this point! I mean, it hurt like heck, but who doesn't wanna look like E.T!
That was Sunday. I returned to work on Monday and Tuesday with my alien finger, and it was kind of miserable, but I got my co-workers to start talking like E.T. so it was still fun. THEN, it got worse. Again! What?! How can it be getting worse! I had 9 shots! I am taking 7 pills a day! I am loading this ointment crap on my finger every hour!
So that is when the big guns were busted out, and I was sent to a specialist. Quirkiest darn man I have ever met! I had a hard time keeping up with everything he said, because he talked a million miles a minute and was the oddest fellow ever, unable to stay on track of one thing. You know what he told me though?
"You're not from Ontario, are you?? You look too exotic to be from around here. You look like a California artsy girl!"
I am not sure if somebody prompted him to say that to make me feel better or if it was just my lucky day and he really though that, but either way, it made this whole ordeal worthwhile. Anyways...getting off track here, much like the doctor did. He took one look at it and decided it was not MRSA, which is what I was being treated for. Phew. Sigh of relief. He took another slice (oooouuuuucchhhhh! *Said like E.T.) and told me to stop taking all my meds, stop using the ointments, and instead wanted me to do a 5-day infusion treatment at the hospital.
Woo-hoo! My finger seems to be on the mend, this guy seems to know what he is talking about, and I get to stop taking all those pesky pills. Immediately, we headed to the hospital to start my treatments. Keep in mind, this whole time I had been very optimistic and happy still. And I was even happier, because they gave me numbing stuff for my finger and took off the stupid E.T. cast and I thought I would be able to sew and do photos and art again, finally!
Oh no. Once again, I can't do anything normal and just get a simply IV. As they were prepping me for my IV, the nurses were looking and doing everything they could to find a vein in either of my arms. Unfortunately, my arms are like brittle, little pathetic spaghetti noodles and they just couldn't find any veins. Soooo...my only choice was to have it put in my wrist, right at the bend and where a kajillion nerves are sitting. This wouldn't have been a problem because the pain would be brief, but the IV catheter stays in your body for the entire treatment. So for 5 days, I couldn't even twitch my wrist without wanting to pass out. I mean, it hurt worse than anything had in this entire ordeal!!! If I lifted my arms the tiniest bit or moved a finger it was beyond painful!
I spent 5 days on the couch doing nothing. It was not fun to say the least. I was bored, missing my art, cleaning and everything else. That day of having it put in and experiencing the pain was the first time I got really down and sad about it all and the next few days were pretty rough.
FINALLY, this Monday I returned to the hospital for my last infusion and a follow-up with the specialist. The catheter was removed and while I was incredibly bruised and sore...it felt so freakin' awesome. It still hurts, but it is nothing now.
I saw the crazy, awesome doctor again that day. Turns out, I had a staph infection that I most likely got from my doing my little piano rendition. Don't play dirty pianos, kids!
But the reason it never healed? I am allergic to Neosporin! The ointment I was prescribed had the same elements and that is why it was spreading and just getting worse...the more imflamed it got...the more I added. Thus making it a vicious cycle! I have always used that since I am prone to accidents, but I guess it was just not cutting it anymore and turned against me!
But, I am back to my normal, happy self again. My hands are free of IV cathaters, needles, and big stupid wraps! I had to return to work the next day so I have not had much time to craft or get caught up, but I am looking forward to it! And my new job is going MUCH better now. :)
But now I am back! I am waaaaaayyyyy behind on orders, photo editing and I had to cancel a few photo sessions, unfortunately. But the good news is I am healed in time to do the
January Yeti Giveaway!!
Every month is a good month to celebrate yetis obviously, but January is the best I think. And I owe all my readers, followers and supporters a good giveaway! Up for grabs is my classic mascot, Waddell. It is a 14 inch plushie and plenty big for cuddling and hugging! You can name him or her whatever you like if you win this little pal and all you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on this entry! If you follow me on facebook, leave a comment on the picture and you will be entered a second time! And then if you share this giveaway on your blog/facebook/anywhere else, leave a comment on this or the facebook entry for a third chance to win!
Please share the Spooky Pooky Yeti love! I would soooooo appreciate gaining some new followers and if I reach it to 250 followers, I will do another exclusive blog giveaway!
Good luck to all who enter, and thank you for all your support!!!
Monday, January 2, 2012
But there are a few things I know for sure I would like to make and I thought I would lay them out here! :)
I really want to make a TARDIS replica. Even if it is just a small cabinet or full size one, I want to build or reconstruct one. I do have a very large 2 door TV cabinet that is actually the perfect size and shape for a TARDIS. Unfortunately, Kevin bought a new tv and it is an inch too big for it! I may still use it for this project and save it for later. (It is being stored in my old bedroom at the parents house since we have no use or room for it at the moment.)
I WILL build my own TARDIS eventually, though!
5. An Alice in Wonderland Installment for my Planter
Ever since this my husband and I moved in together, the front of our "apartment" has been heavily decorated to the fullest extent possible. Well, this week, I took it all down and the place looks so boring and bare!!
Basically, that is it for my personal projects. As far as little things go, I don't have a desire to make much else for myself besides an occasional bag when I see cute fabric I cannot resist and get tired of my current bag.
(*I love side-sling bags and like to change them often!)
I promised myself I would not make myself any more plushes. I have way too many! If I do make any that I cannot part with, I made a deal with myself I have to sale one that I already have or donate it to something. :)
As for the rest of my projects and what I will be doing craft-wise? Since I am not doing swaps this year, all projects will be going into my shop!
I still have lots of wands and I plan to do another batch soon to get some more variation. I have 4 big plushes to finish and sell, and I would like to make many more big, medium and small plushes. Since I finally learned how make purses and bags, I plan to make several of those as I find fabrics I like. Plus other random things- paintings, mixed media art, maybe some digital art PDF, files.
So expect to see my store stock increase greatly!
Sunday, January 1, 2012
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