Wednesday 28 April 2010

Well it's been 2 weeks since my last post, sorry for the lack of wednesday workdesk stuff, I have been doing odd bits but only really half heartedly, and with no inclination to update to the world hahaha how EMO is that lol

I am still in pain with my back, and after having had cancer in the past my surgeon felt I really should have a bone scan. That in itself was traumatic as my veins are so poor, it took them 8 attempts on 2 different days to get a needle into me so the radioactive dye could be injected. In the end they called an anaesthetist to do it, and it still took him 2 attempts. The scan itself was quick and easy, but the wait for results has been very stressful. Today is a good day, my nurse called and the scan shows no cancer, just inflammation due to damage to the lower back which is more than likely pressing on the sciatic nerve....So now I have to manage the pain and wait it out.

Seriously relieved is an understatement.

So onto pretty stuff, let's see, I can't even remember what i have made lately. I got together with some friends and we hired a room in a community centre for the day, most of us made bags. This is mine, I have sent it off to my sister who lives in Australia, I am spectacularly bad at remembering birthdays, so this is a non-specific occasion gift lol

Next I agreed to take part in a tag swap organised by my lovely friend Kirsty It was an ages from discussing what had to go on actually making them, and I totally forgot what was needed lol I didn't do too bad though, i only missed off the inspirational quote hahaha I made 5, all the same, sent 4 and now await 4 from other people to arrive in the post.

My coffee table finally arrived, so my magazine page bowl now has a home and is filled with mini books.

I went to a local art exhibition of work by Mackenzie Thorpe, he is one of my all time faves. It was lovely to meet him and chat. I don't look too happy, but i was really, just my back was so sore.

next I went to a quilting workshop, being taught by reknowned quilting artist Jennie Rayment. I have met her before but this was the first workshop I had done. She is a fab teacher and very funy, the day was very fast paced but we all got loads done. i was very pleased with what i achieved on the day, even though I was in pain and strapped up like a mummy to keep my back from falling apart lol After I had slept for a couple of days I finished off the panel, and now it is ready to be made into a cushion.

This is how far I got on the day of the workshop...

and this is a couple of days later, after I had rolled back and hand stitched all the twiddly bits. Photos are both taken in exactly the same position so you can see how each square changes.

I really want to make 2 coloured ones now for my new sofas.

Next a couple of birthday cards, the first for my niece...

this next one is for my friend Jean, she likes all things goth and it was her birthday on Saturday just gone. We all went to Whitby for the day as it was Goth weekend over there. The card is all hand drawn.

Finally this is me all dressed up for Goth day.

Lastly at our monthly art group we decorated some mini canvasses, but I don't know what I have done with the photos, will find them for next time. Oh and I don't have photo of my desk, because I can't actually see it lol it is totally piled up with stuff. My previously mentioned friend Kirsty has a new cd which she is promoting on tv on Saturday, and she asked me to make a sample card for her to take with her, so I did that yesterday and left my craft room in a shambolic state...bad back etc can't tidy up etc

Hope you are all well.


  1. I LOVE the Goth Day picture - you look so pretty!

    I hope your back feels better soon.

  2. I love your tags! I have the exact same stamp which I bought at the weekend but havent used yet - I love it but found it a bit daunting until I saw your tags!
    Your quilting is awesome!
    Hope you feel better very soon.

  3. Hope you feel better soon, I can't begin to imagine how stressful that must have been. I have to have a bag like that, I've just dragged my sewing machine out of the deepest depths of the craftroom & its back to stay. BTW I Lurve that hat!!!

  4. No caner FTW!

    LOVE your stuff lady, love, love, love it!

  5. hey gorgeous, LOVING this post, so talented in MANY ways ;o) How busy have you been too.....gawd, I'm exhausted just reading through it!

    LOVE all the creations in this post


    hello gorgeous xxx

  6. OH! and bonus.....NO cancer!!!!!! yaaaaay!


    hello gorgeous xxx

  7. WOW Darcy! I feel your pain. You have done extremely well considering your suffering. I love the bag, LOVE the quilting and your Zentangle image. The photo is great and I am amazed at the number of mini books in your bowl. *Ü*

    Just a thought, as I have Osteoporosis, I wondered if 'O' might be associated with your pain?

    Thank you for leaving a lovely comment on my blog. ~Glen~

  8. Your back and the thought of a return of cancer must have been scarey pleased to hear that the test results were negative.

    I really enjoyed your post ...loved all of your creativeness. That bag is so good and I admire your ?Zentangled skull but that quilting is so intricate is amazingly good.
    How come you didn't link at 'Stamping Ground' for WOYWW??

  9. Beautiful blog! And bag! And tags! And quilt! And coffee table!
    Thanks for coming by my little blog and leaving such a sweet comment.