Tuesday, October 31, 2017

My Crafting Days are Numbered!

I have limited days to do any crafting I might want to do, 9 days to be exact, before I have my carpal tunnel surgery done on my left hand.

Actually it's not even 9 days when you take in account that I will be going to Houston for the weekend for the Cricut Make Something You Love event. So that knocks me down to about maybe 4 evenings since I have to think about paperwork, packing, driving, etc. 

Last night I had planned on working on my reindeer ornaments, I will be posting and offering the file for sale hopefully in a few days, but that kinda got blown out of the water since my daughter wanted to go to Hobby Lobby after work and look for things to decorate her office. I ended up spending the evening making a picture she wanted. She saw the picture at Hobby Lobby but didn't want to pay $25 for it since she had some other things picked out. I told her I would take a picture of it and make it for her.

Supplies Used:

Cricut Explore
White Vinyl
Gold Vinyl
Shadow Box Frame

The original was all white but I decided to use some gold vinyl so it tied in with the rest of her pictures she had chosen for her walls. 

When my daughter saw that I was making the picture right away she was very excited. I knew she wanted to get her decor up as soon as possible and I also knew that if I didn't do it last night then it might not get done before my surgery and I wasn't sure when I would be able to do it after my surgery. Several times during the process of making the picture I was glad I did it right away because I noticed the angles my wrists were bent and thought to myself then "oh okie, you are gonna be a sad, sad crafter if that surgery keeps you from crafting for very long".

I'm not nervous about having the surgery done as I am just hoping it does the job and my hands stops hurting, well at least one of them anyway. I don't know how long it will be before I get my right hand done. I have dealt with this for almost 10 years now and it is just getting worse. I can't tell you the last time I got a full night's sleep since I wake up multiple times shaking my hands out to get them to stop hurting. 

I guess on the bright side for now is that since I will have use of my right hand I can design files and such and use them later...I believe on looking on the bright side!


  1. Hopefully you won't be down too long and your hand will be better than new!

  2. What a fabulous picture you made for your daughter ... that is such an inspiration thought. Don't you just love it when you see something that you want, but don't have to worry about the price tag because you know you'll be able to make it yourself, or a maybe even make something better that is more personalized for your needs. I love when things work out that way.

    I am so sorry to know that your crafting will be on hold for a while. I know you enjoy crafting, and I know that a lot of people rely on you to help them make special projects, and I know you love creating the perfect gifts for your close friends and family, and I personally love the inspiration your creativity brings me. Sending prayers and positive thoughts that your surgery is successful, fixes the problem/pain you have been having, and that your recovery is a speedy one. (((*HUGZ*)))

  3. I'm excited that you are coming to the Houston Cricut event! Maybe after following (and enjoying) every one of your posts for many years I'll finally get to meet you. I'll be at the morning one.

  4. It will be hard for you to not craft for a while! But take the time to heal and don't push it. I will be thinking of you.