Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Thank you for the responses to my last post, the support of the wonderful people I may have never me in person but have shared something with via crafting- is awesome. Such good spirits- which lifted my spirits so the circle continues!

This morning I felt well enough to teach Hazel about the color red. We pointed out all the red things in our kitchen and I had a basket full of red items from around the house. Maybe later I'll go through that again with her. We made some apple & raspberry applesauce, which we made yesterday and both devoured it! Then we worked on coloring Valentines and this little wooden faerie my mother picked up for her. We all drank tea and Hazel had 2 ginger biscuits. A treat I loved whenever- that I"ve passed on to her since I can't eat them anymore. Before her nap we did a little rearraging of furniture in her bedroom.

Zach is working from home, due to the snow, which takes a little bit of pressure off. The Die Off as they refer to it in the beginning stages of the SCD diet has started. Feeling very weak and almost lifeless bouts here & there. I'd worry if this wasn't protocol... it means the diet is working! It's cleansing me! I also need to remember that this, like any recovery is a long journey- where some days I will feel amazing and other days not so much.. but I shouldn't let it get me down.

(our little holiday mantle)

I've started collaging a bit at night- during TV watching. I try not to watch too much TV- hardly ever during the day, but at night.. well my new show is Being Human. I'm a sucker to a cute vampire! Luckily, my husband is a sucker for a girl who likes cute vampires lol so we watch together. Back to the collaging, since I was in high school I would make these collaged journals- pictures,artwork,whatever I could get on a book- then covered with clear packing tape.( then my BFF would write back and forth in them) Oh how I"d drive my father crazy always stealing his tape- he go to tape up a box of wooden nickels which he use to make & sell and "Doh!" the tape was MIA. Sorry, Dad!

So after Hazel is a sleep, I have taken to glue sticks,scissors and collages. Something about it is so calming, cozy and comfortable. Sometimes the collages are inspiration- or crafty with a theme- sometimes free form. I have a book I keep for recipes with all food & cozy family-like ideas on the covers, one for Hazel with baby/mama/kidlet /learning themes etc. At one point I sold a few in my ButtonChops shop- but I haven't thought about maing more to sell. In fact as much as we need the money here at home, I haven't had much push to get that machine humming with product. I want to make things with my hands at the moment. In the good old days my machine was always warm. I'd stitch a little here and there all day- but now with the cold weather and physical issues- cozying up on the couch in front of a bloodsucker, with my husband, the fire and a handcraft is more appealing! Things change and I need to embrace the change.


Heidi said...

Hey Melissa! Hope you can find some relief soon! How awful to feel crappy with a little one running around! Also...I LOVE the barn paintings over the fireplace. Where did you find them?

Hobocamp Crafts said...

They were my mother-in-laws, they came with her son! I am pretty sure they are pretty old- maybe from her mother or mother-in-law.