I made a short visit to Hobby Lobby a few days ago, after I had my second set of x-rays done. I bought more white pens, and a set of black as well. It seems every pen I have is dying at the same time. Haha. I found a huge wall stencil on clearance for just over $3 bucks. It is tree branches with birds. I am excited to put it to use. I also found a lazy Susan supply holder, but I am still debating if it is going to work.
A few months ago, I had perfect timing. Hobby was having a huge clearance sale on paper pads and sketchbooks. I grabbed up as much as I could. Haha. For less than $30.00:
1 – Lg Canson Mixed Media sketchbook $17.79 for $4.44
2 – 7 x 10 Canson Mixed Media sketchbooks $10.99 for $2.74
2 – Canson Watercolor pads $10.29 for $2.57
2 – Sm Strathmore Visual Journal (under $3.00)
1 – Koh-I-Noor Sketchbook $3.25
5 – Master’s Choice 8 x 8 watercolor pads $5.99 for $1.49
I have been using the 8 x 8 pads for the first two series this month. I’ve used this paper many times. It has a very definite patterned texture. Most often it does not show up in scanning. Sometimes you can see it. For the third series, the florals, I used a Strathmore Watercolor Travel Pad. 140 Lb., 8 x 10.
Both papers are inexpensive. They do buckle when using a lot of water, but they shrink right back to flat when dry. If you tape the edges.
During my recent visit to Hobby Lobby, I did notice that the Master’s Touch paper has changed. Maybe that is why it was clearanced out. It no longer has a pattern, just a slight texture for watercolor. I will try it when I run out of what I have.
I mentioned x-rays. Yup. I had an appointment with my foot doctor. She has been treating a Planters’ Wart. I have been waiting for the referral to go through. Lupus fog kept me from realizing, I should have just called her first thing.
She looked over the x-rays that the clinic ordered. But the images cut off the top of the foot. So she ordered full x-rays of both of my feet. Three images each. She will have the results by the middle of the week. She is sure though, that I have some stress fractures. In my toes, or the bones before the toes. She said my ankle looks fine, and she did see that I have arthritis in the top of my foot. I told her I was having pain there once in a while, and in my toes as well. Toe pain on both feet.
After the bright red and deep dark purple bruises were mostly gone, my toes turned dark purple, even in between. This image is from when they were starting to lighten a bit.
She did not want to put me in a boot, she worried about my stability, having to carry the oxygen concentrator. Instead, I have to wear hard shoes, my sketchers, to support the foot.
Still, it’s a chore already. Haha. I have to wrap my foot, carefully put on socks, then the shoes. And I have to cover the shoes, (we don’t wear shoes in the house), to protect the carpet. And I scrub the soles after I have been outside. Eesh.
Haha. I feel like Frankenstein walking around in clodhoppers.
If there are fractures, I will have to wear the shoes for 6-8 weeks. Then she will have x-rays done again, to confirm they have healed.
I found some hard soled bootie slippers, and some elastic shoe covers online. That will make things easier. I sliced up an old pair of Pete’s hospital socks, to stretch over my shoes for now.
I love your flower paintings they are great. They are plenty of creativity. I am sorry to read about your health problems. My father used to say, we don’t do new with old! It makes me laugh every time. I supposed it is better to embrace what we have, anyway we can not change our health only do little things who will make a difference.
Haha. thank you Johanne. Yes, there are a lot of things this old one can no longer do. Haha.
Thank you, I am so glad you are enjoying the flowers. And I am so glad you are with us this month in the gathering!
I always love seeing your work. 🙂
You bagged a real treasure trove of art supplies at bargain prices; what a discovery! I am so sorry that you are having such health issues. Wonderful that the shoes have helped erase the pain. Loving seeing your art pieces, and I enjoy your inspirational art quotes.
Hi Teresa! So great to hear from you. I hope you are well. 🙂
Yeah, that was my kind of lucky. 🙂 So glad you are enjoying the posts, thank you.
Happy creative fall to you. 🙂
Sheila! Good morning! Your paintings make manifest the art in your heart, the joy you bring to living.
Good Morning Dear Dotty!
Thank you kindly, my friend. 🙂
I am sorry you are going through all this with your poor feet. The process of healing is going to take some time but you are on your way. I am sending prayers that there are no fractures. As to your art, well, this time of creativity in your life is soaring. Beautiful and innovative works are being imagined and realized by you. They are truly wonderful! And I am drooling over the large Canson sketchbook. They are my favorites! What a deal;) xoxox0
Thank you Laurelle. It sound like such a long time, butas fast as the days pass, it won’t be long. LOL.
Thank you for your prayers. 🙂 And your kind compliments. xoxox
Crazy right? Paper at that price. 🙂
God Bless you all!
Wow – super art, great shopping haul and super booties – what a time you have had!.
Haha. Thank you Val. I sort of went nuts when I saw the low LOW prices. Haha. Now I don’t have any excuses for not trying art journaling. LOL 🙂
You are amazing. What a great clearance shopper. Your talent is spectacular. Love the shapes. Colors. And compositions.
The saga with your feet and health shows how dedicated you are.
You are a suoer star
Haha. Aww, thank you Christine. ;o) So glad you like them 🙂
It could be much worse, and I am very grateful that it isn’t. 🙂
I’m just loving these florals!!! Amazing color combinations. So sorry about your foot. Mine is just now at a place where I can start my morning walks again, but I’m taking it easy. So glad that we heal. Our bodies truly are marvelously made… “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalm 149:14
Amen, Karin! I am so glad for you! That will be wonderful! 🙂
I am walking fine. And I have not had pain since I started wearing the shoes. Yay 🙂
It IS amazing, how much we can heal from. And how powerful prayer is. 🙂
So glad you are enjoying the paintings. I am so happy to see your work as well. 🙂