Sunday, November 26, 2017

Back to Crafting

My family left on Saturday -- my daughter, both my brothers and their families. It was hard to say good-bye. I've always hated that my brothers live so far from me. My son is here in Madison, but he's studying for his veterinary boards so we just got a glimpse of him this weekend.

I hope you had a wonderful holiday. We certainly did. However, it was a little too much activity for me. My jaw condition is worsening, and I need a lot of down time to manage the pain. Of course, I didn't want to miss too much time with my family, so I consumed a frightening amount of painkillers over the past five days.

But now I can use crafts to distract myself from the pain. This is truly the best way for me to manage pain. Most work days, I come home in agony and retreat into my knitting/embroidery chair to unwind. It does help -- without the side effects of painkillers!
I had to hide my Happinest from our guests because it is destined to be a Hanukkah 2018 gift. I'm about 2/3 of the way through it, and I just love it. I may have to make one for my own home.
The directions call for 18-count Aida cloth or linen. I went with the larger 14-count to get a bigger image.

I'm still working on my kelp-forest sundress. I think this will be the last fish:
That yellow-green fish looked lonely to me. 
A friend is coming over later today to make bracelets for me. I intend to enjoy every minute of the last day of my break!

15 comments:

  1. Sorry that you're in pain, here's hoping a little quiet helps! I love the fish!

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  2. I'm glad you had a good weekend despite the pain-I love to decompress in the craft studio, too. It is a sanctuary for my brain!
    Feel better.
    (I hesitate to give any advice to help pain-but do you chew gum? The ENT told me to stop chewing gum and to work on unclenching my jaw when I am 'at rest' to relax those muscles. It worked-I have no more clicking or pain. If this isn't the case with you-throw my words away!lol)

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  3. I am sad that you are in such pain, but your stitching is truly beautiful!

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  4. I'm so sorry that you are not feeling well, but so glad that the crafts are helping to ease the pain.

    Your HappiNest is going to be adorable. I love all those bright colors.

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  5. My dear fiend I am so sorry about the pain you are experiencing. I am sure it took so much energy to be present with your family with that pain. I hope rest and relaxation helps. Your stitching is beautiful. Wishing you a wonderful week.

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  6. Hope you are feeling better as the day goes by! Love your different embroidery projects; you are an inspiration. Thanks so much for the Zickzack post; now I have yet another project and am loving it.

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  7. Being surrounded by family is the best way to celebrate. I'm sorry you were in so much pain. I hope you'll feel better soon.

    I love both of your stitching projects.

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  8. trying to catch up on some blogs.....my goodness you have a ton of great things going! I love the stash-buster, and snowheid is one of my favorite hat patterns....and the cross-stitch is making unbelievable progress....and the fish! Too cute. And all with aches and pains.....do hope you are feeling better soon. Chronic stuff wears on a person.

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  9. So sorry to hear of your current misery. I am not sure how you did it with the pain but your stitching is just spectacular!

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  10. I pray your jaw pain improves. I have lived away from my family and am still not used to it at all.

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  11. I LOVE that cross stitch! I haven't cross stitched in years but I'm a firm believer in knitting away pain. It works 1,000 times better than any drug. Sorry to hear you aren't feeling well & hope you get quick relief.

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  12. Hope you are feeling better! Your embroidery is very pretty! I have a son that lives far away. He is going to law school and we miss him all the time. Our daughter lives in another country and that is hard also.

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  13. Happinest is so beautiful. Im so sorry about your pain Deb"

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  14. Hoping you are feeling better by now. It can be a struggle to have guests when not feeling well. Your embroidery is so very beautiful.

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  15. I'm sorry about your painful jaw! I hope things are better. I love your embroidery projects. It's going to make a beautiful gift.

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