Saturday, April 20, 2019

March Recap

Happy Saturday,  Hope you are enjoying Spring were you are. The weather has been beautiful here the last few days. It is even going to be in the 80's today but that is all suppose to change tomorrow. We are suppose to get rain and possibly snow.  That is going to suck but hopefully it won't last long and we will be back to spring soon.
Hello March I made this piece on my Ipadpro and procreate. I was inspired by something similar I saw on Pinterest.
Lily: The month started out with me trying to find a new vet. What a nightmare that was, I started with VRCC another specialty hospital here in Denver but they would not even talk to me without a referral from another vet. I thought was ridiculous. They were not nice either. I called CSU to see if they had any trials available for her but they one they had sounded awful and I would never put her through that. They had nothing else to offer me. I called another vet who's father I had used a few years ago for Sophie but didn't really like and found out his daughter was practicing now. It took 2 days to get a call back from her but I really liked her though. She admitted that she was very busy and could not be readily available if needed which is no better then I have now so she was out. I called Dr Sherry on the recommendation of a friend on Facebook. We actually know her from Wash Park Vet which was the vet office we used years ago when we lived in Washington Park. I didn't think she was practicing anymore though.  She was very nice but is too far away to get her if needed. I tried  another mobile vet I had heard about she is the one with the mobile vet office. It said she was not taking new patients but I emailed anyways and got a response.  She wanted a fortune just to go over her records/consultation though so she was out. I called another vet who was recommended by another Facebook friend and they got back to me quickly but their first appointment was not for 10 days though. I asked if I could speak to the vet before I made the appointment, but they were not open to that. Said she was too busy and that concerned me but I went ahead and made the appointment for the 14th to meet them anyways since they were suppose to be holistic and provide palliative care too. I wasn't very optimist though because I saw they had a bad review saying it took days to get a response for their sick dog. I ended up contacting the person that did the review and she referred me to someone else. I called that vet and she was nice but was very far out too and would not be able to get her easily either. She also said that steroids could be use without waiting. I talked to another integrative vet that was recommended by someone on Facebook. She was very against a lot of things I was doing like feeding her fish and giving her regular drinking water which are things I had never heard of before. She started throwing a lot of information at me all at once and was very negative. Telling me we did not have a lot of time and that her dog died from bladder cancer because he could not pee. Nothing else was wrong with him though. Not what I needed to hear. I know this is not good. I don’t need to be reminded about it.  She continued to bombard me with another CBD product and information about it saying it had good tumor shrinking properties but all that information started to overwhelm me and I could not keep up. I was trying to write things down as she was saying them but had just woken up from a bad migraine when she called and I kept getting even more confused and frustrated. I told her that and asked her to slow down but she started getting  angry with me  and had a terrible attitude which made me even more upset and she said I was yelling at her. I was not really yelling at her though I was just frustrated and she was making me feel terrible. She ended up giving me the CBD guys number then ended the conversation. I was in tears after that. She sent an email a few minutes later with all the information which was all she needed to do in the first place and none of that would have happened. I was not going to have anything else to do with her after that but decided to thank her for the information and see if I could explain what happened better in an email. I didn’t think she was going to respond but she eventually did and said she was grateful for the email and was willing to continue working with me never heard from her again though.  I talked to the guy that makes the CBD  His company is call Colorado Sun and he was super nice and sent me a bottle for free which was really nice of him. There should be more people like that. After that I emailed and called more vets from the American Holistic Veterinary Medicine list that was shared with me on Facebook. I got a free phone consult with Harmony Vet Center on Wed, March 13. They were very nice and even requested her records to look at prior to the call which gave me some hope they actually really want to help. Another person I called on the list wanted to charge me to just to talk to them. I talked another vet on the list she was very nice but could only offer a few things and was not a full service vet. I talked to another vet that was referred to me from someone else on Facebook. She made me feel terrible too though. She thought I was doing too many things and they were fighting each other and I was suppose to take her off the Peroxicam. I didn't  want to do that though because I think it is still helping. She was going to charge me to talk to her too but when she heard I was not on board with taking things out she ended the conversation and didn’t charge me which was a good thing because I didn’t feel right paying for her advice in the first place. I was in tears again after taking to her. At that point I decided just to wait to talk to the Vet from Harmony's see the vet from Journeys. 

We ended up getting a big snow storm that day and the new vet called to tell me they would not make it because the roads were still closed where they were. They waited to call me at the appointment time though which sucked. Said they tried to text but the number I gave them is my land line, I don’t understand why they didn’t just call me when they didn’t hear back. They were suppose to come the next day at 4:30 but  they canceled again saying they still could not get out of their driveway and had no idea when a plow would come so could we move the appointment to Sunday. I said okay.

 Third time was the charm. Candy finally showed up and spent 2 hours with us. She seemed very nice, compassionate, knowledgeable and agreed that she has more life to live.  She went over everything and was in agreement with me about the Peroxicam vs the steroids and to leave her on it. We went over a lot of things and she added in some more supplements. She suggested I make my own food using fresh vegetables and bone broth then adding in lightly cooked meat because she felt it was better than the freeze dried food I was feeding her from Dr. Harveys. . I told her I would try it. She also discovered she had a slight heart murmur and that could be the cause of the cough. She put her on something for that but she had to ship it to me because she didn’t have it on her. She said to stop the Deamarin and she will put her on a different milk thistle that is easier to absorb without fillers. She also said don’t do the honey which I was questioning too. The visit and supplements ended up being expensive. 280.00 later. i was told the visit was only going to be 80.00 so was a bit confused and asked for an itemized bill which she said she would send later. She was also supposed to email me everything we talked about because it was way too much for me to remember which she understood. I had some hope again but was still being cautiously optimistic because I have had my hopes dashed before.

I started the supplements she gave me while she was here later that night and she did okay with them. I got the plan a few days later and it was very overwhelming. She wanted me to do a lot of things all at once. I tried to contact her with questions but was only getting responses from her office girl. I decided to just add things slowly instead of all at once because I didn't want to overload her and not know what was working and what wasn't. I was most hesitant to do the Artemesinin and the Apocaps because I didn't know enough about them. I started researching on my own and decided to start with the Apocaps on the 28th. I thought she was doing okay with them but about 5 days later she started hesitating to take her treats which was really odd then she was not wanting to eat her food. I had changed her to all homemade. I tried the turkey backs and legs in the crock pot but that was a real pain so switched back to ground turkey. I was grinding the fresh vegetables in the food processor and she seemed to be eating them okay but when she started to not want to eat I went back to her old food and took her off the Apo caps and she started eating again. I emailed the holistic vet to tell her what was going on but it took 3 days for a response and she didn't really seem concerned and then she disappeared again. I don't understand this especially since I thought I made it very clear telling her that I needed someone with good communication and follow up and she still didn't answer all my questions. I tried emailing again but still no response. I decided to to just play around with the supplements and try to figure out what is going to work best for her on my own. It is physically and emotionally exhausting not knowing if I am doing the right things for her though. A lot more has happened since I wrote this but I will fill you in on that next month. 

My birthday was on the 25th and it was a big one.  It turned out to be a pretty good day. We took the dogs to the book store. (Barnes and Nobel) something I have been wanting to do for while now. Indie did great in there. Lily was a little whiny in her stroller though. I think she wanted out but I didn't want to risk her peeing in there. People in there were very dog friendly. Emilia had me pick out a book for a gift and then we got ourselves and the pups a drink at Starbucks. Rich got stuck at home waiting for the mailman to come get the packages but he surprised me with more sunflowers when he came home and is going to help me pay off the Ipad I bought at Christmas. Emilia also surprised me with Winnie The Pooh Candyland. I had bought that game for her when she was little but gave it away for some reason and have always regretted it so that was a big surprise. She also got me some paints too but they were just shipped yesterday. We ended the evening watching American Idol and eating some yummy vegan/gluten free tarts from Make Believe Bakery. This was a milestone birthday. I have decided that instead of looking at it in a negative way I am going to be grateful for getting 50 years of life so far and hoping that this next decade will be a good one even though I know there will be challenges ahead. I think this quote Emilia found sums it up perfectly "turning 50 doesn't mean you're approaching the end it means you're nearing the top rejoice and be grateful! 

Things in our Etsy shop were still going okay. I made a new fabric and ribbon banner to go with out pink lemonade tutu outfit that I have wanted to make for awhile. I love how it came out. Hope you do too.  

My Art: I started a new challenge called Florals And Praise For His Glory on Instragram hosted by @tiny_sparrow_design and @artuplifted. Each week you letter a bible verse and floral chosen by them. I am really enjoy it. 

I also did a few more pieces for Stefan Kuntz half baked sketches challenge. 
Finally I did this piece to welcome in Spring. The brushes and tutorial are from Tina at Sketchwerx. She is an amazing artist and has a lot of great brushes and tutorials on her website so be sure to check it out. 
Finally Rich decided to go Keto and I found this great recipe for Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders
They are really good we all love them.

That.s all for now. I will be back next month with more to share then. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

February Recap

Happy Wednesday and 1st Day of Spring. I hope the sun is shining were you are. As I began to write this blog post last week we were experiencing a bomb cyclone. That was a first for me. I have seen a lot of blizzards though.  Our last big one was on March 17th 16 years ago. Thankfully we made it through this one without any problems and it has melted quickly. Others in the state were not so lucky. Hopefully we have had enough moisture for awhile now.
Hello February. I learned how to draw and paint the flamingos in Irina Skillshare Class. I did mine on my Ipad Pro using procreate though.
Feb did not start out very well. Monday morning Feb 18th I heard Lily coughing before Rich left for work. I went down to check on her and found her shaking, short of breath and her gums were pale. Scared the crap out of me. I called Rich but he would not come back so I gave her some Gabapentin and texted the vet. It was only around 6:30 am though. The vet didn’t get right back to me and she was not getting much better so Emilia and I took her to Alameda East ER. They took her right back when we got there but did not keep her long and said she was stable. We had to wait awhile after that to see the vet. She was doing better when the vet finally walked in but was very nervous to be there which I understood after all she had been through there. It was the last place I wanted to be too.  After telling the vet the situation and taking a look she said she thought the tumor was pressing on her trachea now and that was what was causing the cough. She had nothing to compare it to though. I asked her about trying an antibiotic and she agreed. She was pretty much doom and gloom and had her dead in a few days so that did not make me feel any better about things. We got the Doxcycyline and paid $140.00 and left there. My vet finally texted back while we were there and asked if we needed anything. I got her to come look at her later that afternoon because she was the only one that would know if it really changed. When she got here Lily was still coughing but she was able to take a look. She said it looked gray which might mean infection, so it was good we got the antibiotic. She said she probably would have put her on a different one but it was okay to start with this one and we could add another one in if this one did not work. She also said I could try a natural cough med I heard about in a Facebook group but would need to look at the ingredients first. I sent her the link after she left but did not hear back. I texted her about it again the next morning and she said it was okay to try so I ordered it. I got it later that night but did not give it to her until the next day. Wednesday. It seemed to make her agitated and restless and didn’t really help. I increased the CBD/THC that night and it seemed to help. She slept well and did not cough much until after noon the next day it started again shortly after that. I texted the vet to ask about trying the other antibiotic but did not hear back. Thursday night was bad she woke coughing every couple of hours. She coughed so hard she fell over that morning. Finally got a text back from the vet Friday morning and said she would call it in to Safeway. I called a few hours later and was told they did not have it and could not get it until Monday she asked if there was another pharmacy she could call it into I told her Clearsprings which is where I get her Peroxicam. I didn’t hear anything back until the next morning again. She said they were supposed to call me but never heard from them. I called the next morning Saturday and they said they didn’t have anything from her. I texted her again but no response. I tried calling a little while later and no answer. Finally heard from her saying she got it done. I still don’t know who’s fault this one was but I called them and they said they could have it ready by 3 so Emilia and Rich went to get it. I noticed that there was not a lot in the bottle and didn’t know how it was going to last that long but decided to worry about that later.  I was going to start it Saturday night but was confused by the directions on how much to give her so texted the vet again. She texted back awhile later and told me what the right dose was, so I waited to start it until Sunday Morning. I gave it until Wednesday and emailed the vet again because I was not sure how well it was working and the cough was keeping us both from sleeping at night. I asked if we had any other options. 24 hours went by before she responded and she said we could try steroids but that we had to take her off of the Peroxicam for 4-5 days before we could start it and her cough could get worse during that time. I did not like the sound of that. I was worried that being off the Peroxicam for that long would just make things worse and asked if there was something else we could give her during that time but she said no which was really upsetting. I could not believe that she would leave her with nothing during that time and take the chance things/the cough could get worse. Thursday morning, I decided to start looking for other vets again. I heard back from one that told me we did not have to wait that long to start the steroids if we were willing to take the chance it could cause more problems with her liver and kidneys. My vet never told me why we would have to wait so long. This vet also said that she was worried it could be her heart or lungs filling up with fluid while she was sleeping which freaked me out more. I don’t remember anyone saying anything about her heart or lungs as a cause for the cough before. This vet was very nice though and took the time to listen to my story and answer all my questions, but I decided that it was not worth her coming to see her for $250.00 when she told me she had limited working hours. That is no better than I have now. I wrote emails and left messages for 3 other vets but never heard back from any of them. Almost another 24 hours went by before I heard back from my vet after my last email again. This time she offered me a cough suppressant from Chewy’s online that has the same ingredients as Children’s Mucinex which I have given her before. I didn’t understand how that was going to be of help especially since I would have to order it??  She then offered for us to try the narcotic cough syrup I had asked for the week before in a text and never got an answer for but said I would need a written prescription for it. She didn’t say how long that would take to get though and now it was Friday.  I had a feeling that I was going to have to wait all weekend to hear from her again and had no idea how long it was going to take to get the prescription and fill it. I hoped it did not have to be compounded because I had nothing but problems with the compound pharmacy lately. They did not give me enough amoxicillin/ I called to tell them about it Friday because they were not answering their phones on Thursday and they said they would get me some more and have it delivered that afternoon but no on showed up so I called to see what was going and they told me it would take days to get it ready when they promised me they would get it done that day. I asked to speak to a manager and told her what happened, and she agreed to bring to me after she got off work which was really nice but I don’t really want to deal with them again right now if I don’t have to. I finally heard back from my vet late Saturday morning and said she would drop off the prescription She also recommended trying an acupuncturist and gave me a number to call but I doubt Lily would sit still for that. She said she would ask around for someone that is more knowable with Chinese Herbs. She texted me around 4:30 to say she was coming by to drop it off and I told her that was fine I was home. About 15 mins later I got another text that she put it in the mailbox and ran. I don’t understand why she didn’t ring the doorbell. I needed to ask her if it was okay to give her before bed with the cbd/thc. I texted and asked. It took hours for a response and she said it was okay and that was it. That did not sound right to me though. I think she just said yes to get rid of me. I was not happy with how she handled things at all and I am still not happy with her response time. She has not checked on her since either which is really upsetting. I need someone that is more dependable and will continue to follow up on her. I don't understand why that is so hard to find. It feels like what I go through with my own health. Why does this keep happening? I ended up changing her Peroxicam to the evening Thursday night and I think it may be helping some. I also upped her CBD/THC and started a new bottle of the daytime CBD too I am thinking the other one was expired. She started sleeping better too. I started looking for new vets soon after that. As you have read this has been a nightmare. There is a lot more to tell but I have already written a novel so I will tell you more about that in my March recap. I just don't understand why this has to be so hard. 

More things continued to go wrong after that though. My printer broke, My Silhouette was not working right. I got an extended warranty but they wouldn't honor it because it was not a year old so I had to deal with Silhouette direct and that was a nightmare because of all the hoops they made me go through to get help. Thankfully I was just putting the blade in wrong and didn't have to get another one after all
After that my vacuum broke. Then I had a psycho buyer who was threatening me because she wanted her money back for express shipping when a package arrived a day late 3 months ago. I told her before she purchased it shipping was not guaranteed and was not refundable to which she agreed and purchased anyways. I was about to lose my mind thankfully things started to turn around a bit. 

Things in our Etsy shop slowed down a little. We still kept busy, I didn't really make anything new though. I got this great photo from a return buyer of her dog wearing our hat and bowtie set though. Didn't they look great on him? 

I made the digital piece on the left in procreate with my Ipad pro using floral brushes from ipadlettering in honor of Valentines day. On the right are the surprise gifts I received from Emilia and Rich even though I told them I didn't want anything. They were still appreciated though.

I continued to participate in Stefan Kuntz weekly challenges that I started last month. These are the 4 pieces I made for February. 

I also  learned how to make this piece from a tutorial I saw from Jamie Kim @inksnthings on Instragram. I did mine digitally on my Ipad pro in Procreate using the watercolor canvas from @simplyallison and brushes from @tinycactusdesigns. 

Finally I made these Paleo apple bars awhile ago but never got around to sharing them. They are really yummy. You can get the recipe here.
That's all for now. I will be back next month with more to share and hopefully things will have gotten better by then.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

January Recap

Happy Sunday. I hope the weather is warmer where you are. After a few days in the 50's we are back to snow and cold.  Winter is definitely here and I am already over it. Spring can't get here soon enough. I hope your New Year started off well. We woke up to snow on the ground but other than that It was pretty uneventful here which is good.
I was inspired to make this piece from a few different things I saw on Pinterest. I did mine digitally on my Ipad Pro using my new watercolor skills that I learned in the Watercolor Wonders Course.

Things with Lily continued to be stable and she was doing well. We had a recheck a few weeks ago and the vet said the mass looked the same which was great news. We decided to continue to do the same regimen since it seemed to be working. Last week she started coughing and retching though which has me worried especially because it has been happening the most after she has been sleeping.  I just hope that does not mean the tumor got bigger. She is acting pretty normal other than that though. I think it bothers me more than her. I just don't want her to suffer. My biggest fear is that the tumor will get so big it will block her airway. I pray that will not happen. All we can really do is continue to take things one day at a time though.  In the meantime I will try and continue to focus on the good.  I think this piece I made with inspiration from Pinterest will help remind me of that too.

Things in our Etsy shop continued to keep us busy which was great. I had a custom order to make matching party decor to go with our bird tutu set. Below is a collage with everything we made for her.
We also got this great photo from a buyer of her daughter wearing our winter wonderland outfit. She also bought the matching party decor. Isn't she a cutie? 
One of my favorite Letting Artists Stefan Kunz started a new weekly challenge sharing his sketches and allowing us to put our spin on them. They have really inspired me to create more especially because I have a really hard time coming up with layouts on my own.  I really admire his work so this has been great for me. These are my first three pieces and I really enjoyed making them. I look forward to continuing to do more in the future.

Finally I made these Paleo Cinnamon buns at Christmas time and forgot to share them here. I loved them and would highly recommend them.
That's all for now I hope the rest of your February is a good one and I will be back with more to share next month.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

December Recap

Happy Tuesday. Hope your New Year started off well. Ours started off with snow and cold. It took a while to melt but thankfully it was back in the 50's again a week later. We ended up with more snow last Saturday it is still hanging around because of the cold. We are suppose to get one day in the 50's this week and then another round of snow and cold the end of the week. Spring can't get her soon enough. Hope the weather is better where you are.
December started off okay. I made the piece above from Liz Kohler Browns Winter Watercolor Class on Skill Share.

 Hanukkah was really early this year, It started on the 2nd. I made this piece to welcome it in.

As of this writing Lily continues to do well and made it through Christmas and New Years. I am so thankful for that. We are still doing the same regimen and taking things one day at a time. I took this photo when the heat went out in November and had her covered with a blanket to keep her warm. Looking at her you would never know she has cancer and she doesn't act like it either. I just pray that things continue to go well with her. 

Things in our Etsy shop continued to keep us busy. I got another order from a return buyer from last year. This year she is having a combined Pineapple and Flamingo Birthday for her daughters. This is what we came up with.

I use my Ipad Pro so much I was running out of storage so it was time to upgrade to a newer model with more space. I was trying to find the best deal that would allow me time to pay it off without interest over time since they are expensive and that turned into a nightmare. I was going to buy it from Amazon but somehow the credit I was given to buy it was canceled by mistake. I was going to get it from Best Buy but they didn't have both the Ipad and the new pencil so I finally ended up buying it directly from the Apple Store and using Pay Pal Credit. I ran into a problem getting all my Procreate Files to transfer over all at once and have had to do them a little at a time which has been time consuming but overall I am loving it though especially the new pencil. I have found it to be much easier to use than the first one. Once I get everything copied over I am going to try and sell the old one so if anyone is interested in buying it let me know.

I made this piece for a Christmas Cactmus challenge from Mommyartsalot on Instagram. I had seen this tutorial on YouTube for how to paint a digital cactus a few months ago and added the lights and planter. I also used Nurse Abby's watercolor texture background and brushes.

The piece below was from a Skillshare Class by Jamie Kim. She is known as Inkandthings on Instagram and I am a big fan of her work. I was thrilled to find out she was a Skillshare teacher now too. This was suppose to be done in traditional watercolors but I did it digitally with the new skills I learned from Watercolor Wonders. I love how it came out. 
I learned how to do this piece from Karin Ipadlettering in the watercolor wonders course. I loved doing this piece and was the first one I did on the new Ipad. 
I skipped ahead in my monogram letter alphabet and decided to do snowflakes instead of flowers. The snowflakes are from Liz Kohler Browns Winter Water Color course on Skillshare. 
I shared this piece on Christmas. I saw something similar from Stefan Kunz he did a similar piece on YouTube using pen and paper. I changed up the colors and did this on my Ipad. Christmas and New Years were not good for me. I was dealing with a lot of family problems.  I just wish everyone could get along. Thankfully Emilia was still able to enjoy it though. 
Finally I made these Paleo Cranberry Bliss Bars. They were really good. You can get the recipe here.  

That's all for now. I hope the rest of your first month of the year is a good one and I will be back next month with more to share then.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

November Recap

Happy Thursday.  Hope your December has been good so far and it is not to cold where you are. It had been really chilly here the beginning of the month but finally warmed up last weekend. A few weeks ago our furnace went out and it was only in the 30's. We spent 2 days without heat. That was terrible but we made it through and have a new furnace now. The one we had was not that old. Turns out the company that put it in did not do it correctly. Thankfully it was still under warranty and they had to replace it. You don't realize how much you appreciate the little things like heat until you don't have it. I am very grateful that we have it back now. I hate to be cold.
November started out pretty well. I was inspired to make this piece from something similar I saw on Pinterest. I used my new watercolor skills that I learned from the IpadWatercolor Wonders course to color it in. I also did this piece from the course as well. It was a lot more challenging than it looks because it had so many layers but I finally got it to a point that I was happy with it. I love how whimsical it came out. Sunflowers are my favorite flower too.

I also made this piece from the course using an Alphabet from Amanda Arneille and more digital watercoloring. I added the little white flowers to finish it off. Hope is one of my favorite words.
I finished another letter in my digital floral watercolor alphabet. This time it was the letter H. This time I did fall colors with mums.
Things with Lily continue to be about the same. We did blood the end of the month and everything looked good except her liver enzymes were a little elevated. We are trying a new supplement to get it down. I was just so grateful that she was here for Thanksgiving and doing well. Praying that will continue and we can get through Christmas and New Years with her too. Still taking things one day at at time though.

Sales in our Etsy shop really picked up with our winter onederland theme which has been keeping us busy. I forgot to share this photo I got from a buyer last year who did a photo shoot with the tutu set, crown and high chair banner. We just loved how it was staged. She is adorable too.
Your Creative Adventure did another Illuminate Lettering live in her Facebook group. This time she choose the bible verse Be Strong and Courageous to letter and talk about. Once again it was very inspiring and helpful with everything I have been going through. After I lettered it I thought it would go perfectly with this floral piece I had been working on from Liz Kohler Browns Skillshare class on How To Paint Modern Gouache Florals on your Ipad Pro. I hope this piece helps to encourage you if you are going through a difficult time right now too.
I love the look of Modern Folkart and was really excited to take Liz Kohler Browns Modern Folk Art illustrations on your iPad class on Skillshare . I love how the original piece came out so decided to take it a step further and see if I could make it into a Pattern design. It didn't work exactly how I wanted to, I was hoping to get more repeats out of it but could not get it to work I still like it though. 

After that I decided to look into doing more pattern designs with my doodles. I found another great class by Liz Kohler Brown on Skillshare again called Create Seemless Patterns on your Ipad and learned how to do it. It was a lot harder then it looks but I finally got it. These are my first pieces. The one of the right with the colored background is a basic repeat. The one of the left is a half drop repeat. Which one do you like better?  It took a long time to learn how to do this but I am really enjoying it and hoping the next one will be easier. Inspiration for the doodles came from Doodles By Sarah she has some great books and videos on youtube if you want to check her out. 
I also learned how to do this piece in Liz Kohler Browns Winter Holiday Illustrations on Skillshare. I really enjoyed doing this one and was another great class from her.
Thanksgiving was different for us this year. Rich decided to go and visit his mom and brother in New Mexico it was the first time in almost 27 years we did not have Thanksgiving together. It was really strange not having him here but we got through it. We had my family over as usual so we were not alone. I made this digital chalkboard piece in honor of Thanksgiving. 
Finally I have been trying to add oats back into my diet a little bit because I was low on some nutrients and found this recipe from The Real Foods Dietitians  for Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies. They are are really yummy.
That's all for now I hope your holidays are good ones and I will be back in the New Year to share more with you then.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

October Recap

Happy Tuesday. Hope you are having a good November. I can't believe Thanksgiving is just a few days away. It had been pretty nice here weather wise until last weekend when we got freezing rain and cold.  Thankfully it didn't last long though and is suppose to be nice the rest of the week before more snow and cold arrive this weekend. We are going to enjoy the warmer weather while it lasts though.
Hello October. I made this piece to welcome it in.  I got the idea for it from it from Doodles By Sarah on Youtube. I just love her work.

October didn't start out very well because of the news we got about Lily on the 1st but we are still doing the same protocol to treat her that I talked about in the last post and it must be working because she is doing things she has not done in months. She even wants to walk when we go out now and not sit in the stroller as much so that is very encouraging. We are still taking things one day at time with her though because that is all we can really do but are so thankful for everyday we have with her like this. We have also been making these dog cookies for her that are very low in carbs and she loves them Indie does too. You can get the recipe here. I have the holistic home vet coming to for a recheck next week and am praying that it has not gotten any bigger or spread and we get some good news.

In the meantime I am part of a group on Facebook group called Your Creative Adventure. The women that runs it Shelley Hitz is such an inspiration and has a very strong Christian faith. Even though I am Jewish I have still been able to apply these verses in my life too.  She has started doing something called Illuminate Lettering a few times a month in her Facebook group. She picks a bible verse and then letters it and talks about it. I have found it to be so encouraging to me especially right now especially with everything I am going though with Lily. The first verse she lettered was The battle is not yours but gods and it really spoke to me as I really have no control over what is going to happening right now even though I wish I did. This was what I came up with. I look forward to her doing more of these in the future and come and join us there if you are an artist and need some encouragement too.
I also made this piece to to help remind me to take things one day at a time with Lily too. I was inspired by marijketekent on Pinterest who did something similar. I love her work. 

Things our Etsy shop were pretty good. We got a custom order from a buyer a that wanted to celebrate her foster daughter turning 1. We thought that was a wonderful thing to do and is planning on adopting her too. The theme was cupcakes and the colors were lavender pink and aqua. This is what she ordered. She loved how it came out and we did too.

I also got this great appreciation photo from a return buyer of her dog Theo wearing our party hat and bow tie set. This is her 3rd year buying from us and it is fun to see the different photos of him each year. We think he is adorable. Hope you do too.

I finished a few more lessons from the Ipadwatercolor wonders course. First off this cute little penguin.
I also did this galaxy landscape
I also finished the Letter G in my floral monogram series. It is getting harder to come up with what flowers and colors to use.
Finally I made these paleo pumpkin pie bars from The Real Food Dietitians. They are so good. I would highly recommend them.
That's it for now. I hope the rest of your month and Thanksgiving is a good one for you and your family.  By the way thanks to those of you that take the time to read by blog. I am very thankful for your support. I will be back next month with more to share then.