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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Exciting to be Back

     It is exciting to get back onto my blog; May, June, July and August had me recuperating and feeling better from sciatica problems and a cracked cartilage. Then, unfortunately, September and still October have found me trying to pass a kidney stone - even after iodine CT Scan, general surgical blasting, and apple cider vinegar. Waiting to see the new urologist in town next Friday, the 17th... and, will get better from there.

     Meanwhile, the summer months still found me downsizing, organizing my little apartment in the senior housing in Kenai, teaching my granddaughters how to knit, finishing a few "unfinished projects" - hope to post a few, contributing to a couple of collaboratives... and more.

     This month our local Fine Arts Center has a showing called: "Books - An Experimental Exhibit" which I did not contribute to. They asked me to display some of my blank journals that would show different spine decoration. Here are a couple of pics before I completed the shelves, but at least a peak!

Kenai Fine Arts Center - Journals Display
"Vintage Journals" (1999-2004ish)

There are twice as many at home, and my "lace books..."
Didn't want to display those because I may "show" them at some point.

     Taking a couple of on-line inspirational activities with Co-Lab (Susan Tuttle and Alena Hennessy), Small Journeys (Jude Hill), two iPhoneography courses (one with Dave Cross), and continuing to revisit MAM (Mary Ann Moss), Kim Klassen, Lisa Sonora and Design Matters for inspiration. This winter I hope to be stitching more and incorporating items into a couple of artists books. 

     Seems like the closer I get to 70 than 60 in age, there isn't enough time for everything I want to complete - still love my knitting, too.

     Hugs for now and thanks for stopping by. Karen


Anonymous said...

I am very much in love with those books girlfriend. Funny how we cycle through different mediums of our craftiness - I too have returned to my paper arts and am making books/albums again. I'm also designing cards again! I'm coming up on 60 this November and I know exactly what you are saying... there doesn't seem to be enough time to do things... but I'm going to keep at it just the same, LOL!
Hope you are feeling better everyday my friend...
Beth P

Shirley said...

Hi Karen, I agree about as we age that we never have enough time to accomplish everything that we want. I stay a lot with my embroidering because it can travel with me wherever I go. I am always seeing something new I would like to try, but don't know when I would have the time. I do like your journals. Have a great day. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

Ida said...

Good to know you are doing well and staying busy. Life has a way of doing that it seems.

Jean said...

Hello my dear friend,
Too much time has passed. I am sorry to hear of your medical challenges and hope they resolve soon. Thank you for keeping your blog up, I am so glad to see your beautiful postings. Take care and let's make sure to connect in the coming year!! xxxooo Jean

Nonna Rose said...

I love these books, and your knits are gorgeous! I have not gotten through your entire blog yet, but hope to do so soon.