Life can throw you a curveball now and then. Two years ago, in the autumn of 2019, I was diagnosed with a medical condition, and I’ve been getting used to and learning to accept that. However, I’ve been dealing with health issues for many years. It just took a long time to find out what was wrong. My recommendation if you are unwell and unable to find a cause is to keep going and keep asking the medical professionals questions. It saved me, and as it turns out to be genetic, it has also saved my brother, who has since been diagnosed. Although we will deal with this for the rest of our lives, we can be treated and manage our symptoms now that we know what is going on.

My usual response to anything is to keep soldiering on, bulldozing my way through things in a very British way! However, now and then, I have to stop. My body and mind grind to a halt, and I have to take some time to sort myself out. Now is one of those moments, unfortunately.

I am telling you this, not to look for kind words, although they are always welcome and uplifting. But more to remind you to take care of yourselves. Life these days seems to be run at full speed, but you know what, I don’t want that. I want to enjoy this time, not see it go by in a blur. So, please excuse the fact I am not around much at the moment. However, I aim to be back soon revived and hopefully with some fun new techniques to show you.

My therapy is puddling around with paint. Not making anything, just testing and exploring and sometimes you come across something new and exciting to you in the process. Unfortunately, when we live life too fast, we don’t have time to experiment, and although I want to share everything with you, I also need to take this time out. I hope to share all of my findings with you soon in my blog posts to come.

For now, I’ll leave you with a look at the new Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp that was released today. Kits are such a great way to have new products delivered right to your door to explore and have fun with. Oh, and check out the new Pearl Distress Crayons released by Tim Holtz yesterday too. I loved the Mica Stains and look forward to trying these out.


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