Saturday, June 23, 2018

June Update - Mom & Caregiving

Well - June has been a traumatic month: further neglect from facility caregivers, denied by hospice twice, unable to move her to a lovely Care Home because of it, & bed-sores. BUT WE MOVED HER TO LIVE WITH US YESTERDAY, SAFELY & WONDERFULLY.

Our lives have changed radically, but we are much more peaceful. The checking on at all hours, feeding, changing, reminds me of the times we had a newborn. She is bed bound and mute due to strokes, but she is still there gracious and loving.

Gratefully yours, deborah lyn
Posted April, 2018
A few years ago I made this quilt to honor my mother-in-law and her battle through Alzheimer's disease. The image fades as time goes by and she is floating in the piece and in real life. I share it again to honor her. 

Mom, at 93, has been bed bound for a year now due to two strokes and can no longer speak. She is a resident in a facility and we are with her daily.  

The facility she was in for 3 years was sold and the new owner is doing a major remodel, so all residents must move. The last several weeks have been very intense due to this move and finding suitable accommodations.

We have relocated her - no easy feat! - and she is in her new room with all of her things about her. This is a huge time for readjustment for her and for us. And many items of her care must be improved.

So that's what been happening over here causing my delays in posting. Hoping for your understanding, deborah  

PS- my Calendar Journal pages for April still await me. Please share yours and give me a boost :)  
Also, you may find my caregiving articles of interest/help at:  

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Catching Up - Calendar Journal Update

Life here has calmed down a bit, and Mom is doing well. So, I'm catching up on lots of things--such as my Calendar Journal pages for March, April and May! Some in progress photos follow.

I'm taking my journal with me more often and find that I have lots more I want to capture by writing or sketching while I'm out and about instead of waiting for a particular time. Why didn't I do that sooner? !!!

Have fun with your journal as we wrap up May with birthdays and Honoring Memorial Day! 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Favorite Quotes for Your Calendar Journal

I recently adjusted my weekly schedule to allow me some off-time. Gratefully my hubby was all for it. I now have a "commitment to self" for two mornings a week. Just a few hours but wonderful for my outlook and looking forward.  Oh, and what a boost I got from my first week on! Our care-giving traumas have calmed a bit, and though daily hurdles continue we are grateful for a pinch of calming. 

“Creativity takes courage. ”   ― Henri Matisse
So, cut yourself some slack and make an appointment for some arting time a couple times a week. Maybe even a field trip to the art supply shop, or fabric shop, or threads shop. Dream, relax, let go - creative fun awaits. 

And please share what you set-up for yourself. Your friends and family will love you for it!

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
Leonardo da Vinci

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”   ― Pablo Picasso

 “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”   ― Edgar Degas

My Photos copyrighted - not for coping.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Need Inspiration for Your Calendar Journal Pages?

I sure do! 
I've pulled some of my favorite Art Books to share with you:

#1 - "Drawing From Within, Unleashing Your Creative Potential" by Nick Meglin
"Art & Fear" by David Bayles & Ted Orland
"The Artist's Quest for Inspiration" by Peggy Hadden
 I think rummaging through my magazine tear outs is next up!

Photo's taken by deborah - copies for your use.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Calendar Journal - Bookmaking Ideas

I am sharing some book making ideas with you today for inspiration.  Please share your WIPs with us all!

Zippy, happy colors, perfect for a book cover!

My Calligraphic sample notebook. Love its energy!

I patterned this book after a magazine article I read. Each heavy weight paper page is a different shape
and painted with acrylics.
I intend to add  decorative lettering to the pages.
Loved this fabric bundle I pieced together for a journal book cover.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Art Quilting Studio, Featured Article - June 2018 - Stampington & Co

"Congratulations! Your art quilt collection has been selected to be featured in the upcoming Summer 2018 Issue of Art Quilting Studio that will hit newsstands June 1st."

Very Cool news in my inbox the other day! Over the years, Stampington has published four of my articles, now the fifth. I am delighted! 
My four piece collection of silhouettes will be featured. You may have seen them as part of a nine piece solo exhibit that toured with Mancuso Shows a couple of years ago. 
Stay tuned - I'll keep you posted.  

Friday, February 16, 2018

February Calendar Journal - Catching Up

I'm catching up! My Calendar Journal for 2018 is stitched and bound, labeled and set up for monthly fun!  I have added a new category for this year -- Goal(s) for the month. 

Here's the monthly page run down:
Theme, Colors, Drawings, Notes - then - Gratitude list, Word list, Goals.
How about some pics? And please share back - show us what you are doing with your Journal.
The cover of last year's calendar journal was dedicated to my mother. This year's cover is dedicated to Teresa Shippy!

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