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Blessed Beginnings


Mother In Law's Tongue. 4 x 6 watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.

Mother In Law’s Tongue. 4 x 6 watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.


Big Blessings. Small Blessings. This year has started with many reasons for me to be grateful. I mentioned I had received some bad news. But it is good news too.

I have never really written here, about my Lupus experience. It’s long been on my list to do so. Just to share my story, for anyone who has been diagnosed as well. There is so little information out there. I thought maybe a page dedicated to that, if any one should look.

But even to write this post, I have delayed. It’s taken three days to begin. And I wonder why. Why it is so hard to write this down. Talking about myself surely. But also, I don’t want to be a downer, or sound like a whiny baby.

So just a few facts for now. I finally have been given a diagnosis. Not a complete one, as more tests are in the works. But at last I know the cause of my most obvious symptom. There are four things wrong with my lungs. But knowing that, we can now begin treating them properly!

I was diagnosed with Lupus is 2008. I was coughing for a year before that, and seeing different doctors trying to find an answer. But all this time later, I am still coughing. I cough when I wake up, on exertion of any kind. Talking makes me cough, I cough after eating.  Cough, cough, cough. I am fine if I am sitting still, for the most part.

So Lupus, SLE, and all the symptoms that can present.  And now Asthma, COPDBronchiectasis and Pulmonary Fibrosis.

But it is important to tell you. I feel fine. I feel as fine as before. My Lupus normal. And I have had these same symptoms since 2008. So things have not taken a turn for the worse. I just have a name now. Names.

I have never smoked. Well, one puff in seventh grade I think. I did work in a casino for three years. That was right at the beginning of the Lupus diagnosis. I do believe that I may have had Asthma for at least a decade before Lupus. But I was never diagnosed.

All this time I have said, that I am fortunate that the SLE has not affected any of my organs. But the truth is, I just did not know. This is all likely related to Lupus.

At the end of January, I was put on oxygen, 24/7. Sort of mind-blowing. Scary, and heartbreaking. Six weeks earlier I was told I was close to needing oxygen. But I thought, and prayed, that if I followed the doctor’s instructions it could be avoided.

But here I am on a leash, and learning all I can about nasal cannulas and oxygen generators, and tubing and living on oxygen.

E tank

M6 tank in case.

I have an oxygen generator for when I am home. I had a large E tank for going out, but that was too difficult for me.  It took awhile, but I now have 4 M6 tanks for trips out. They each last two hours.



Whew! I knew that would get long. All of that just to say, thank you. During this time, I was surprised again and again. Some were giveaway wins. Some a thank you. Most were just well-timed shares. And all arrived at the perfect moment to lift my spirit.

So grateful to you all. More than I can say. I LOVE your work!

So BLESSED to have received your gifts!


Pleasant words are as an honeycomb,
sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Proverbs 16:24



Carol Edan, original art


Chandra Lynn


Christine Brooks


Trang Kang, original art


Christine Brooks, original watercolor


Sue Marrazzo, mixed media wearable pin giveaway.


Christine Brooks


Natasha M. Papousek


Dave Wolanski


Karin Naylor, original artwork, Giveaway.





Do not be anxious about anything,
but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Philippians 4:6


Thank you my friends!











Two weeks?


WIP. 6 x 6 acrylic and watercolor on paper. 2017 Sheila Delgado

WIP. 6 x 6 acrylic and watercolor on paper. 2017 Sheila Delgado

WOW! I knew it had been awhile since my last post. Had no idea it had been this long. Hi!

I have kept up with all of you on Instagram. Really liking that platform. So much fabulous art and scenery!! I have posted some things on there that I forgot to post here.

Well, I thought I had posted the first layers of this. But nope. I started with layers of acrylic, rolled on with a brayer. White, rust, and a soft, warm pink (skin tone).  Tonight I added layers of watercolor pencil, Inktense.  And Neocolor II crayon. I felt like scribbling. Inspired by Dotty Seiter, Simone Nijbour, and Carol Edan. I am still catching up with Pauline Agnew’s Ecourse, her influence is here as well. So grateful she offered this with an extended access time. Grateful to all of these amazing women for their creative fearlessness!

These layers were added quickly and without a plan. Just play really. Mindless, in the moment mark making. I loved the marks dry. But I am a watercolor gal. So I added water with a brush.

Yeah, that’s it. Messy goodness. This is on inexpensive paper, and I usually hate the line pattern. But I am really liking it here.

Not done yet, but it may have to sit and marinate.






Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!



Butterflies, original artwork. 4 x6 approx., pencil, pen and gouache. Carol Edan. 2017

Butterflies, original artwork. 4 x 6 approx., pencil, pen and gouache. Carol Edan. 2017



That was me when the mail came. I had no idea this sweet card would be there waiting for me. An original piece of art from Carol!! All the way from Israel! Oh JOY!!! I have followed Carol’s Journey for I don’t know how long. LOVE your work Carol! I LOVE this card!!

The image above is a photo, not a scan. Doesn’t do justice. But take a look at all that wonderful texture!! So soft and moody. A little mini-break for my soul. Breathe in, breathe out. Ahhh. This is a just-because card. Not part of LYA, and why it was such a surprise.

I guessed on the materials. You will have to correct me if I am wrong Carol. Your card did find me well. And left me in exaltation! Thank you my friend! You are a treasure!

Oh shoot, now I have done it. Christmas is in my head. But that works too. This IS “An Original Caroled”. Former choir girl here needs a fix.



I’m a dork, I admit it. I could listen to Christmas music all year long. OK, just one more…. start your day off with a shimmy and a shake!



But wait, there’s more!

For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
John 1:16

Not only was I blessed with Carol’s beautiful card, but I also received a surprise from Kat Sloma. I knew it was coming, but I sort of forgot. Sometimes brain farts aren’t so bad ‘ey?

As part of the LYA 2017 blog hop, Kat had a giveaway for a 6 x 9 print, and 10 packs of postcards. Seems the artists were super generous with their “extras” for Kat’s helpers. I was blessed with a gorgeous group of cards.

Kat's LYA 2017 giveaway gift pack.

Kat’s LYA 2017 giveaway gift pack.

Kat included one of her cards too!

"Imminent Downfall", Kat Sloma, 2014.

“Imminent Downfall”, Kat Sloma, 2014.

Artists included:

PJ Lawrence (TN), Louise Mamet (France), Sea Dean (Canada), Janice Darby (CA), ndvest, Lynda Stone, Linda Ursin (Norway), Therese Misner (OR), Laura Summer, Sarah Robinson, Catie Porter (WA), Ron Leunissen (Netherlands).

Thank you Kat for this wonderful and generous gift! And thank you to all the generous artists who shared their art! Each of these is a treasure! Yay! Thank you!



Pretty in Pink Pomegranates. Mixed media surface design. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Pretty in Pink Pomegranates. Mixed media surface design. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

For my LYA friends who may have missed it:

Spoonflower’s design challenge this week – Whimsical Watercolor Fruit. The top ten winners each week will take home a Spoonflower credit and a Skillshare Premium subscription. All submissions into May’s design challenges are automatically entered to win the grand prize full of design goodies worth over $1000!

A super opportunity to learn and grow my pattern presence on Spoonflower, and why I am so grateful for your vote!

Read more about my entry  here.