Saturday, 26 January 2013

Don't try this at home!

Well, once again, I have been misssing from my blog but unfortunately I have a really good excuse this time!

You see, two days before Christmas I fell and broke my arm just below the shoulder and of course it had to be my right arm.  Apparently it is the worst bone to break and also the most painful - ouch.  Because of the type of plaster cast required for this sort of injury my arm has been set at a right angle and is supported by a foam sling around my neck. The consultant joked (I wasn't in the mood for jokes at the time) that patients didn't know which caused the most pain - the broken arm or the weight that is carried by your neck - hmm. And as a little extra I cannot sleep in bed, again because of the design of the plaster, and so I have to spend my nights upright in a chair downstairs and sleep is in short supply. Now, having road tested this type of break on your behalf, my recommendation is definitely don't try this at home.

However I have not taken to the blog to whinge or moan; there are many more people far worse off than me and I am sure you heal much quicker if you have a positive outlook.  I have become very inventive over the last few weeks.  You don't realise how much you use two hands - taking the top off the tooth paste, filing a broken nail, opening a packet of biscuits.  All common place jobs that we take for granted.  And as for crafting well..... can't stamp cos the paper/cardstock moves, can't cut out 'cos although my teeth have come in useful for some things (toothpaste cap, nail file etc) I have yet to perfect the art of being able to hold the paper in my teeth and cut with my left hand - am not in a hurry to go back to A & E; and colouring in... I shall leave that to your imagination.

There are some upsides - other things on my list of can't dos are dusting, ironing, hoovering in fact h*******k of any sort is out of the question! But I CAN use a computer with my left hand and although typing is slower it is possible.

So as I can't do any crafting I hope you don't mind me sharing some inspiration from the archives.  Over on Chocolate Baroque the Stamp of the Week is Damask Hearts and there is free delivery until the end of the month too. So in true Blue Peter fashion - here's one I made earlier (alot earlier).

This is very a simple but effective card.
  1. Stamp the background with Onyx Black Versafine ink (great for detail stamping).  
  2. Use Archival Black ink to stamp the heart and word 'love' onto red velvet paper and cut out.
  3. Attach the spotty ribbon and adhere the heart and word motifs with either silicone glue or foam pads
There you have a card in about 15 to 20 minutes. Great for Valentines, hubby's birthday,  engagements, ruby wedding anniversaries or change the colours and it would be good for weddings too.

Whilst digging in the archives I found one or 2 projects that are worth having the dust blown off.  I hope to share these with you soon, after all I have no excuse not to blog more often have I?  


Aquarius said...

Oh dear Lesley - that plaster arrangement certainly sounds very difficult to live with. The only upside is no h****work!! Take care and I hope you are back in full action soon.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Lesley, it's great to 'see' you here, I've been wondering how you are doing, I was surprised to see typing from you! Oh my gosh such a terrible bone to break. I hope that you don't have too many more weeks in that awful contraption and can get back to normal activity & sleep soon.

I had a wicked fall last summer, badly injured a knee and couldn't walk much for 6 weeks. I thought that was bad enough, but at least I could use both arms & hands.

Your card is beautiful, another CB set that I would love to own.. my wish list keeps getting longer!

Take it easy, good luck with healing, Shirleyx

veronica said...

sounds really painful Lesley, and very awkward - no h***k is the only good thing about it!
glad to see you back blogging though, and nice to be reminded of that lovely card

Miranda said...

Hi Lesley, great to hear from you here and poor you, it must be a real burden this crafting......the is not so bad, but I hope you will soon be released of this misery!Love your card, it's effective indeed.
Take care and wishing you a good healing, warm greet Miranda

Paula (PEP) said...

I do hope that the plaster really does do the mending after all the trouble it is causing. So good to see you blogging though & I much appreciate the archive card - I wasn't blogging then so am seeing many things for the first time via Glenda's weekly stamp feature.
Do take care of yourself.
Much love
Paula (PEP)

Debbie said...

Hi there. I can only imagine your frustration Lesley not being able to do so many basic things and relying on others for help. I hope that your arm heals quickly and that you are back to your usual busy self. Take care. Debbie.
PS Love your card.

Anonymous said...

Hello Lesley, I cannot imagine how frustrating & uncomfortable (to say the least), it must be. I hope your recovery goes without a hitch & you're back to full strength soon.
That is a gorgeous card.

Rebecca said...

Well I've heard some excuses to not do h*******k but REALLY this takes the biscuit (well not without help anyway!) On a serious note though wishing you a speedy recovery.
Happy craftin...when you can