Sunday, September 9, 2012

Some crafting therapy


I am feeling better……

I am seeing some positive changes in me and feeling better so I would like to show you two of the projects that helped me to keep at it….

First was a Halloween Witches' Hat Swap from Viv’s Whimsy.    Viv partnered me with a wonderful lady named Jeannie, and I will have another post to show you what she made me….but this is what I made her….

Meri came over and stayed with me thru the whole project, imagine, I finished it in a day!  This is what we started out with….


Bought three of them at Michael’s just in case…:)

And here are some shots of the finished hat, I have to say I am very proud of my self.  Meri gave me a template to use for cutting the paper for the cone and the brim, it made cutting the papers so easy…..and she also gently guided me to think for myself on what to put on it…you see, that is one of my main issues…if it isn’t perfect I can’t deal with it…..and she helped me past those moments.  And with the gluing, her hands are stronger than mine, we went and purchased some large bottles of Tacky Glue so they aren’t so hard to squeeze, for those of you with arthritic hands, the large bottles are easier, and you can always refill them… so without further ado….Ta-Dah!


Is this not cute?  ( Small pat on the back)…



What a wonderful day this was!  Spending time with a really good friend and confidante and making something that was so fun!

The next item was for Deb from Garage Sale Gal.  She had a Fall Banner Swap….I had my buddy, Chris McKinley as my partner and I almost backed out of the swap….but then decided No! I am doing this….so this is what I made her…. again, I will do another post for the BEAUTIFUL gifts she sent me!


I used Graphics 45 papers from last year, I finally cut into them! ( Joyce you know how hard that is! )

Meri came over again and helped me cut out the shapes with my Cricut and then I used what I had on hand for embellishments. ( Elizabeth, look, I did it! )

The back….








I forgot to take photo of the goodies I sent with these items, so hopefully Jeannie and Chris have photos…lol

It feels good to feel like “myself” again.  Not totally there but I can recognize the person in the mirror now……

I cannot tell you how much all of your prayers and thoughts and emails and phone calls meant!  I feel loved, and that is just as healing as anything!  Weekly appointments with a counselor and the right meds are allowing me to be positive!  And believe me, that is something I am not the best at when it comes to myself….I am sure more than one of you can relate…..have a wonderful week! 


Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Hi Sandy!

Your hat and banner are marvelous! Is it okay to borrow a few of your ideas for the hat? I LOVE IT!

And please know that I am also wishing you the best and I wish I'd stopped by earlier to let you know that. I am glad to hear things are better.


Carla said...

How cool!Halloween is my favorite for decorating. I love the before and after views
Take care

vivian said...

I'm go glad youre feeling better. yOu definitely deserve to be happy. the witches hat and fall banner are both wonderful! perfect! your partners are going to LOVE them.
I have skellys on the ones I made too!
I hope you have a great week!

Perfectly Printed said...

Sandy i consider myself so very lucky to have received your lovely fall banner!! How much fun to have someone like Meri close by to help in a pinch!!!Crafting always makes me feel better, and with a friend....priceless!! I did take photos of the goodies and I will put up a post about the swap!

Hugs from a grateful and lucky partner!!


Anonymous said...

Glad you're feeling a bit better, Sandy! Crafting has always been therapy for me- that's why it can't be too hard.

What a blessing to have Meri help you. ♥

I love the FALL banner!
Looks like it was a fun swap.

Tammy's in Love said...

First off, glad to hear you are feeling perky again! Secondly, what a great fall garland! Those papers are pretty and it's much more fun to USE them than to look at them in a pile isn't it? Happy Monday!

Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

Hi Sandy-
I'm so happy to hear that you're feeling a bit better. I've actually thought about YOU quite often over the last couple of weeks. It just made me so sad to know that you were struggling...because I can really relate. I'm not sure what kind of arthritis you have (I have R.A), but it all hurts just the same, and can really bring you down.
I'm so glad you have Meri so close. What fun to work on your Halloween Hats together!
Erica :)

Shirley Hatfield said...

I love your FALL banner...I saved the pictures for my file. I have a file just for swaps with my blogging's amazing how fast it grows. It's fun to look at the pix and remember how fun it was to create the tags, banners and other items. You and your lovely team member Meri have done a wonderful job on that witch's hat. Makes me feel like I need to do more on mine!

LBP said...

I am so glad you are feeling better and more like you! Your witches hat is gorgeous! I'm sure your swap partner is delighted. Your Fall banner is cute as can be as well. You and Meri make a great team. I wish I had someone who I could craft with, that would be so much fun!



Andy's Attic said...

Great news that you are feeling better!! Your banner is lovely and the hat is so fun...but mostly I am happy you are better. Just keep taking care of YOU!!

Hearts Turned said...

So glad you're feeling more like your old self, Sandy...

LOVE your witch hat--it's fabulous! And your banner is absolutely adorable--beautifully done, my friend!

Wishing you the most wonderful day...


Debby said...

Glad you are feeling better. I am in the same two swaps. I am wrapping things up so I can mail mine soon. It's so much fun.
Hope things continue to go in the right direction.

Dorothy Prudie Vintage said...

What wonderful news to hear that you are feeling better. I am so sorry that you are having to go through this. I know crafting can be a form of therapy and I hope it helps you through. Your hat and banner are simply adorable.

ImagiMeri said...

Hey girlfriend,

Your banner turned out awesome! See ya tomorrow for another day of fun!

Love ya

Fran said...

So happy that you are feeling better! I don't know which I like most....the hat or the banner--they are both lovely. How lucky you are to have Meri in your life. :)--Fran

My Vintage Mending said...

Sandy this turned out amazing...I can't believe how sweet. Looks like such fun. So jealous that you and Meri get to have all the fun. Nice to see you poking around again...thinking of you...smiles...Renee

craftyles said...

Sandy, I'm so glad you are back and feeling better. That hat is the cutest one I've seen. You did a wonderful job. The banner is really cute too. Glad you're having fun crafting away.

Jean Knee said...

cute stuff. I like the way you have the frill on top spread out---doing it now

Short and Sweet said...

Brilliant! The hat is to die for and the banner is just as cute as can be. I'm glad that you are feeling better and I hope that you are back to 100% very soon. Hope to see you at Meri's luncheon.

Short and Sweet said...

Brilliant! The hat is to die for and the banner is just as cute as can be. I'm glad that you are feeling better and I hope that you are back to 100% very soon. Hope to see you at Meri's luncheon.

Jenny said...

I'm glad you're feeling better!

It's Insanity-Central around here as always - ha!

I feel a lot more autumnal after seeing your work.

I just need to crank up the AC a teensy bit more! ha!

Be well. You are amazing.

Gavintoez said...

Great news that you are feeling better!! Your banner is lovely and the hat is so fun...but mostly I am happy you are better. Just keep taking care of YOU!!


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