Monday, January 5, 2009

Out with the old and in with the new!

Happy New Year and so glad to be back! I bet alot of you are wondering where I've been and what I 've been up to!?!? Well to tell you the truth~ A whole lot! I had to get off the crepe carousel for a moment to catch my breath and deal with alot of life's little jabs. I recently received a note from someone near and dear who was wondering if I was OK and my whereabouts? I had to stop for a moment and remember that I forgot all about the colorful things that made me tick in my crepe world like my art, my blog, and the most important you! Most of you know I normally don't post my daily happening with my personal life (family) but I felt that this post is important and necessary. I would like to share with you some very life changing events that may reflect in my work and hopefully shows my growth as an artist, writer, designer and most of all as a person.

First, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, stage I. She had a double mastectomy and is now cancer free. She was lucky and we were Thankful! I love you mom! Second, my daughter has been experiencing difficulties in school and were left to home schooling~rough endeavor, hats off to all those moms and dads who can do it~ she is now back in school and this too is a rough road we're traveling. I love you Kendall! Third, my children are very lucky little people and have the pleasure of being able to experience life with their great grandparents , however their drastic decline in health and emotional state has brought us to a point of placing them in a nursing facility and this has been very hard on us all. They are very special to all of us and we pray for them each and every day. Last, the flu has hit our family hard, whatever this particular strain is comprised of, it was highly contagious and super icky! It started with my four year old worked it's way to my husband then to each one of my five children and then of course, ME! ugh......sadly it turned into a sinus infection and now is lingerly like a old cold gone bad! So believe it or not, all this has transpired during these past two months of my bloglandia absence! Ooohh woe is me!!!

BUT!!!!! I won't let any of this get me down........I had much time to reflect and appropriate... not appreciate but appropriate, appropriate my all of this energy to bigger and better things for the new year!

I thought long and hard about my web cam and the possibilities of using it to teach you the ins and outs of creping. Sounds exciting, huh? All I have to do is figure out how it all works and I think I shall have a go at it! ahhhh, sounds like something to tune in for! I have begun to get ready for Valentine's day, one of my favorite times of the year! LOVE, oh how I LOVE LOVE!

Oh, I love my hunky husband especially, tee hee!

I hope this explains alot of my absence and I apologize for any voids I may have caused but I do look forward to the new year, new crepe creations and most of all, thank you for listening and caring!

Love, Ann-Denise


Stacy/Creativemuse said...

My Heart goes out to you and your Family!I am so amazed at all that you do~ I was just reading your interview on the Artful Paper Doll blog which Lisa posted on the Fairezine too!....I am happy your Mommy is doing well! I am happy you have your G G's around for your kiddos... Our last Grandpa Great passed away 2 days before Christmas so I know how very precious this time and experience is for the little ones and us too.
I have had personally 3-4 colds non stop sometime overlapping since Thanksgiving and then each of the 5 rest of the family has been in and out of atleast 2 since all still kinda cruddy feeling...So the holidays werent what I had planned, expected or really wanted turns out to be that saying IT IS WHAT IT IS. ...thats it
SO I thought like Oprah says...are you listening do you hear what's being said to you?

I hear SLOW DOWN keep it simple don't expect to do soo much... a lesson I have yet to learn
(I'm trying to get me on the organized track)
I'm SOO chomping at the bit to create, swap,blog hop everything but I need to Keep IT SIMPLE Sweetie.
It sounds like you have slowed down to hear the voice/message too. Good for you!
Always looking forward to one day meeting you in person

Enchantments and Giggles said...

Hi Ann-Denise - I hvae been checking your blog every day, waiting for an update. I am sorry for all of the frustrations and trials life has thrown at you, but glad to hear you are still there and not giving up! I look forward to seeing your Valentine designs. Lord knows I will have no time to make much of anything myself this winter with my EMT classes starting again tonight! Hugs -

stacycakes said...

im so sorry, and i hope everyone continues to get well...happy new year to you and yours! xox stacy

Lola Enchanted said...

that's not very nice! I hope you all get better and things work out only for the best!

Hope you had a magical holiday season!

Enchantments and Giggles said...

Great interview with Artful Elite!

slommler said...

I am so sorry for all the stress and strains you and your family have been facing. Life isn't for wimps..that is for sure. Take care of you!!! Looking forward to your Valentine's showings. Sounds terrific.
Hugs and be well

Paper Is Cheaper Than Therapy said...

Hi Ann-Denise! I just came across your blog today while looking for crepe paper designs. What a treat! I am always looking for things that are new and different and I must say that I really like your creations. I am a cardmaker and scrapbooker, and I think handmade crepe paper elements would look great on both!

On a personal note, I am a breast cancer survivor of 2-1/2 years. Mine was also stage 1, caught very early, and I'm doing great! I wish your mother well. And I wish you and your family well also. I hope you weather these difficult times as stress free as is possible.

I look forward to your future posts!

DJ said...

You have such a positive outlook. That is so great. Bless your family. I said a prayer for you all.

Also, here's a shout out to LOVE!