Sunday, March 19, 2006

Back on Track

After my last post, I went back to the orthopedist. She took one look at my elbow and told me I needed another cortisone injection and some physical therapy. I must be getting used to the shots because this last one barely hurt. But, she went clear down to bone (I had a great honking bruise for 3 weeks!). After some more physical therapy I am now-pain free for the first time in a year. My mood is so much better I hardly recognize myself. :)

I am a bit leery of getting back to work - afraid I'll do something dumb and hurt myself again. So, to get some hand strength back, and to feel productive, I have been making jewelry. This has been a passion for a few years, but on a personal level. Now I have been doing it with selling the pieces in the back of my mind. It feels good. It feels darned good. I ran a few pieces past a friend who works in a local craft gallery and her response was: "we have got to get these out there!" It's nice to have affirmation that I'm headed in the right direction. I seem to enjoy working with little teeny twiddly seed beads. As my sister-in-law, the artist, says, "it's nice to see little tiny pieces making a greater whole." This little choker is an example of this.

I have also kept up with my drawing and feel an improvement with each one. Here is one I finished this weekend, and I am very happy with it. I cannot believe I let this go for so long! I never realized how much I've missed it, I guess. So, I will keep on keepin' on and post my progress here.

I did get to do some fabric dyeing last month, (just to prove I still can) and managed pretty well, although my hand let me know I'd used it for a few days afterward.

Signing off for now...

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