The past few weeks have been a real transition phase for me and I have had a hard time writing about it as my ability to function independently continues to slither away. I have now officially been declared ‘disabled’ by the United States government. While this means some physical assistance and a steady, if poverty level, income, I am overwhelmed by the finality of the label.
I am grateful for the fact that this benefit does exist, but it is tough to adjust to. Even after six years, I am still relatively shell shocked by the whole chronic illness thing.
One very exciting development that occurred, however, is an opportunity I was given to write for the National MS Society Blog. My first post, which I considered pretty simple and matter-of-fact, was so well received that at one point I was literally reading the comments with my mouth hanging open, I was so flabbergasted by the response. With over 500 “likes” on the MS Society Facebook page and over 120 comments, I am humbled at the impact my words have had on readers, who apparently really related to my post on “The Five Worst Things I Have Done Since Being Diagnosed with MS” . I’ll be contributing to the blog once a month.
Otherwise, trying to keep from being too wretched, I have been doing a lot of sewing, experimenting with projects and techniques I had never tried before.
I made fabric texture books for each of my youngest grandchildren.
|Maddy's was first, so it is the the one I worked the kinks out on. Also, it was well played with before I remembered to take pictures.|
|I haven't sent this yet, so don't tell him. :)|
I finished two memory quilts for a dear friend using squares cut from her late father’s shirts. I am working on a third on for her brother and pillow shams to match for her nieces.
I am learning to make little things out of wool by needle felting. This is a process that requires stabbing a clump of wool three hundred kabillion times over and over with a long barbed needle and shaping it into…something. I am proud to say I only stabbed myself once. Ok, twice. Alright, alright it was really four times, but I only drew blood once.
|The first one I did. Got a little acromegaly going on, but I was just following the pattern.|
|Just finished this little bunny.|
I learned how to make fabric yo-yos, little circles of scrap material that you then fashion into
objects no one would want in a million
years quaint crafts, such as table covers or toddler toys. I chose to make a little caterpillar for my
grandchildren because it was one of the few patterns that did not require about
one thousand little circles, just a mere one hundred each.
I also did a lot of embroidery, am experimenting with watercolor quilting (using graduated colored squares for effects), made aprons for my girls and my granddaughter (Paris-themed for the new bride who honeymooned in Paris and cupcake fabric for mommy and granddaughter, as mommy is a cupcake aficionado) and I’m making new curtains for my bedroom. I’ll post pictures next time. I also have joined a new site called Craftsy, where people post pictures of their projects. It is fun to see what other people are making. There is an incredible amount of talent out there!! You can find my page here.
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