Two days ago was "my baby's" 31st Birthday - and the day I was diagnosed with Arthritis in my left, and probably both hands - specifically the thumb joint. I was prescribed an anti-inflamatory drug (still waiting for notification from the pharmacy that they've received it), and a brace to immobilize the thumb on the one hand. Both events in one day did nothing for my ego - both reminding me in very personal ways that I'm aging - and not as gracefully as I'd like. My dear husband got me a brace from the local pharmacy, and in truth - it's helped. He is also rubbing IcyHot into it my hand/joint in the evenings - that too is helping. And I got the XRays done yesterday - so supposedly they will define the flavor of arthritis I've got, and whether this is a 'flare up' or the beginning of a progressive deterioration - a prospect that absolutely turns my blood cold.
I'm sure, even if progressive, I've got a few years of useful time left - and will continue to work in a job that is 98% keyboarding - and make cards for Operation Write Home for my sanity as often as opportunities arise.
Work has been extremely demanding - 12-18 hours a day averaging 6 days a week for the past 5-6 weeks - only now on a short 'break' between phases before I jump back in. Beginning of March will be end of the project (Grand Opening!) I've lived and ate and breathed for the past 5 months. And that end is actually simultaneous to execution of another which kicks off next week, and then runs through the end of March, and this time across both locations I support.
And the cards being send off today are an attempt to satisfy 2 individual New Years Resolutions. The first to my dear husband - that of focusing on consuming the towers supplies (paper, cardstocks and more papers) I've purchased and not stockpiling any more - tools and direct consumables like the ATG refills, markers and dies not included. I did buy some new boxes for storing the paper (clear this time) and organizing my area more, and yes - a few embossing folders and dies... The second resolution was to myself, that I would try to be more balanced, if possible, in my designs, making for Him and Her equally, or unisex - but to represent both sides if possible.
As always, i'm still using StampinUp cardstock base primarily, and lots of Recollections (from big box craft store) shimmery cardstock, in White Gold, Silver and Champagne. Background papers are mostly StampinUp, from various sets. The stamps used are from various manufacturers, but the inks are all Tsukineko Memento (available everywhere!!) and the markers are LetraSet Pro and Flex Markers. The colored shimmer cardstock used is from DieCutsWithAView and there are a variety of manufacturers represented in the dies. I strip down the dies from packaging and store them on magnetic sheets in binders, so it's hard to keep track and identify manufactures directly. There are 155 cards in this shipment - and in truth i'm really pleased with some of them! I played with a few new techniques, brought back my beloved windows, and the tags in envelopes on the card fronts. I'm also trying to incorporate more embossing - although i really wanna try working with coloring on the embossing. I've also just ordered up some Watercolor paper to go with the watercolor pencils and Gelatos I now have added to my collection of 'tools' - so those are techniques i'm sure will show up next shipment!