Life is short. Break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that makes you smile. We're not quantified; there's no chart of desire. When the roaring flames of your heart have burned down to embers, may you find that you have married your best friend. [Steven Tyler]

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Too Many Loose Ends!

I have so many projects started but not finished that it's getting to be 'more started than ever finished!' So I have decided to do something about it. I went up to my work room on Friday evening and pulled out just three of the said projects and decided that I would make a determined effort to complete them over the course of the weekend and the evenings next week. Three seems a manageable number considering I have a two hour live TV show next month that I need to start prepping for.

The first item is an altered canvas started at a workshop I taught in the summer.....

..... although it started out as a canvas I was using in the workshop to demonstrate techniques and to show how different products can be used, I actually liked the colours and worked along with the class when I could. The Grungeboard pieces are just laid on top to get a feel of what space I will have left as I want to finish the piece with some Ten Seconds Studio metal work.

There's lots of stamping onto tissue paper and layering with hot wax. The smell of the hot wax in the studio was Divine!

Next is an album started at a Workshop that Glenda and I took with the very talented Lance Anderson - Mr Rusty Pickle himself when he was over here in the summer.

The book was about 75% completed at the workshop. It was intended that you would add the photo's, journalling and the finishing touches later in your own time. I want to work in a few more pages myself and use the backs of the finished pages too, so I've bought some more Rusty Pickle papers and other bits so that I can tailor it to my own needs. I've really enjoyed doing this so far and definitely want to see it finished.

The third item I've picked out is a little chipboard box with cards on a chain inside from Maya Road which I started at the last Graphicus Open Days in September.

I chose to demonstrate with this as each of the little cards were perfect for collaging stamped images, inking and embellishing. I didn't get too much done during the open days as people wanted to see so many different products and techniques that I was swapping from one thing to the next but I would like to finish the box and its contents to put in the shop so that visitors can see what can be done with it.

I've also used some Maya Road chipboard flowers inked, stamped and embellished with Glossy Accents and brads. They are such fun to use and there's so many ways in which you can use them.

All of my good intentions have come to a grinding halt today..... I had a bad few days with my knees last week, my meds don't seem to have been helping much at all. I hate to be defeated and even more, to give in so I just ignore the pain as much as I can and do what I want. But last night it decided that it was going to get me back for not paying attention and I started to get some really nasty pain in my back so eventually I gave in and went to bed... well, it was about 1.30 a.m. so I didn't really see it as giving in! This morning when I tried to get out of bed I just screeched and couldn't move in any direction, either to get up or to get back into bed and had to just sit cursing.... everything hurt!

It took me over half an hour to get up and dressed and then I had to negotiate the stairs. It goes without saying... nothing much has been achieved today. I can't sit, walk or find a position to lay down in that doesn't hurt, so I don't think I'm going to make much of a hole in finishing any of the above today. Even sitting at the PC for too long is impossible and this has had to be written in five minute stages with time out in between and has taken most of afternoon and evening to finish.

If anyone knows of a good vet!!!


Phree said...

Oh Lynn, I am sorry to hear your knees have been giving you so much trouble. Hope by the time you read this they are starting to ease. I remember that canvas, it's lovely. The Maya Road box looks devine too, hope you feel well enough to get some work done on them soon.

Annette Lee said...

Sorry to hear of your affliction - hope you're feeling much better today. All I could picture were those stairs at work and you struggling. Take Care - I know a very good physio if that helps

Paper Engineer said...

As I have seen most of these projects when they were 'work in progress@ I look forward to seeing the finished items. So sorry to hear you're in so much pain. I know what it's like and the temptation not to give is immense, but there are times when there is no other way. I truly hope you feel better soon. Please take care xx

veronica said...

Lynn it must have been a horrible day, don't know how you managed to blog at all, but we appreciate the effort. Hope you soon feel better and find something that works on the pain - please don't do too much, we need you fit for the live shows! Love the canvas, the colours are beautiful, and will be looking forward to seeing the completed box

cazzie said...

Have been meaning to comment for days but have not, ironically because I have been in pain with my right knee and hip and have not wanted to sit for more than few mins, so know something of what you are feeling. Anyway love the Paris tags and the altered canvas,am now looking at a blank firescreen that has been sitting in my dining room for over a year and am finally starting to be motivated so thanks for the inspiration. Hope you feel better soon and that you enjoy finishing your projects.

Jill said...

Lynn I can't even imagine what it must be like for you. Sending you huge, gentle {{{{CYBER HUGS}}}}.

I love what you've done on the canvas so far. I wanted to know where it was going when you us at the workshop. I actually got thos flowers out of the packet and tried them on my canvas, but they just didn't look quite right. They look perfect on yours. pleased I left them for you!!!!

You'll have to bring to finished (if manage you get it done!)maya road box to the next Open Day so we can have a good mooch at it!!

Take care and don't try to do too much (even though i have a feeling you'll not give in).



acrylik said...

Oh Lynn, I'm really sorry to hear you've been in so much pain this weekend. Thinking of you and sending lots of healing vibes your way.

Your artwork is as beautiful and inspiring as ever, looking forward to seeing them all finished.

craftimamma said...

So sorry you're in so much pain Lynn and sincerely hope it subsides quickly.

All those three pieces of art look wonderful, but I particularly love the colours on the canvas.

Look forward to seeing the finished articles when you are feeling more comfortable.

Lesley XX

Jo said...

Hoping you're a bit more mobile by now, Lynn. Sorry to hear about your discomfort but enjoyed seeing your works in progress. I'm hoping maybe there is a hint here of exciting things to come at next month's waxing lyrical workshop. Take good care of yourself in the meantime.

Deby said...

Thinking of you and wishing we could all take some of the pain away for you x

Your art - whether finished or not is always gorgeous x

Aren't those Maya box books great, I got a couple at the open day - seeing as they were half price ! well who could resist. I've done one present with one but not uploaded the pictures yet and the other is in progress.

Wishing you well Lynn x Take care xxx

Sant said...

Lynn, sorry you are having so much trouble again, you have my sympathy. However I must comment on your lovely artwork,I especially love your canvas,the projects were well worth completing! I will have to try this myself ( have several blanks put away somewhere)
Take care and hope you feel better.


artyfartykat said...

I wouldn't go to the vet, he'll have the gun ready!!!
Oh Lynn, you really are going through the mill at the moment. Hope things start to improve soon, and you can finish those fab projects, they look stunning as they are!!
Thinking healing thoughts and sending them your way!

Moira said...

I do hope you are feeling better, I have arthritis in the spine which can be unbelievably painful so you have my absolute support in dealing with pain. Love the pieces you have selected to complete, they so deserve to be finished. I was really sorry to miss the canvas workshop last time but hope we will be making something as lovely at the next one which I ma booked for. Get well soon

Chris said...

So sorry to hear about your pain, Lynn. I hope the pain has started to lessen by now.

I love all your unfinished projects, they look great already so will be absolutely stunning by the time they're finished.

Now you have given me the impetus to get some of mine finished - I just need to see which 3 to pick out! After I've done the belated birthday cards...

Violet said...

I don't even want to count my unfinished projects ... but I am inspired to start another one of course! Thanks for sharing your work even while in pain. I hope you feel better soon.

Anne said...

I've long been amazed by your talent, Lynn, but to think you accomplish such beautiful work while going through that pain is really inspiring.

Loved the tag tree Glenda displayed on the Winter Glimmer show. I hope when you're feeling better you can share some more misty techniques.

Hugs, Anne

Billie said...

You art is amazing I love the card box.

Have you tried a Tens machine? You can get them from Boots the chemist. I use one for RSI pain and it makes a big diference if you want to cut back on anti inflamatory drugs.

Get well soon


lulunastamps said...

Lynn, feel better soon - ♥ ((hugs)) and love all your projects - the detail is amazing and intermeshes so beautifully. B.W.O. and take care.

Nozzer said...

Hi Lynne,
Just catching up with blog reading and am so sorry to hear of your pain and agony. I do hope you're better now - fingers and everything else crossed!
Your work is stunning and it must feel great to finish all these 'work in progress' projects! You've inspired me to sort mine out ........... well maybe!
Hope you're better,

Sheila - Ginger said...

Hi Lynn,
I have just come across your blog through a friends blog (although I am not a 'blogger' myself!)...and I have to say your work is absolutely stunning! I particularly love the pink and white Christmas card...although I do love everything else too. I do hope that your aches and pains are improving and hope you're feeling alot better.
By the way Diesel is a stunner too.Take care.
Sheila x (J.S. forum)