Thursday, 21 May 2015


As my creative mojo has returned, I thought I’d just slip in at the end of WOYWW and let you know what I’ve been doing recently.

I haven’t got a photo of my desk as such, but over the past week I have made 2 cards for my hubby – one for his birthday which was yesterday, and the other for our 29th wedding anniversary which is on Sunday. I have had to take all my get well cards down in order to make room for this new batch!

Here is the birthday card – a mixed media effort using friendly plastic, gilding wax, alcohol inks, distress inks, dye cuts, faux porcelain, glass bead gel medium and dry embossing.

01 Finished Card

Nice and manly?

This is the anniversary card, which I made this evening.

03 Finished Card

This is a piece from my backgrounds folder, created with Dylusions spray when I was colouring some cut flower pieces, spraying them against a background of watercolour paper to create a background at the same time. Matted and layered onto two layers of coloured cardstock and mounted onto a white base card coloured with distress inks. Ribbon with charm embellishment attached with coloured wire wrapped around the card over the ribbon. Hand-written sentiment.

I have also been doing some more ATC-sized Zentangle samples for my Zentangle pattern library album, but I haven’t photographed these yet.

Health Update

For those who haven’t been following my progress recently, after my cancer diagnosis in mid-January, I had major bowel surgery at the end of March, to remove the whole large bowel and rectum and the creation of an ileostomy. The cancer proved to be highly aggressive and had spread through the entire bowel wall and into one lymph node, so I am about to embark on six months’ intensive chemotherapy starting this Friday. Full details on my Cancer Diary page.

After numerous teething problems and various changes in bags, I am now managing my stoma well, and at my next stoma clinic appointment on Friday week, expect my prescription to be set up, so that I can obtain the necessary supplies direct from a home delivery service.

This past week I have been feeling a lot better since the operation as things are finally healing up and my body shape seems to be settling down with the reduction in post-operative swelling. I have my follow-up appointment with the surgeon on Friday week as well.

Very many thanks to those of you who have been following my progress and giving me such wonderful support and encouragement – you know who you are!! – and special thanks to those of you who continue to pray for me. Very much appreciated!


  1. it is so great to see you are feeling better enough to be creating again. I hope all the dr. check ups and newest treatments go well!

  2. Hi, Shoshi. Good to see you joining in with us today and for the update - glad you are recovering from the surgery, and adapting to the new way of life ahead... hope the next round of treatment goes well and is successful. We're all thinking of you. The cards are great - hope your Hubby has a happy birthday, and you both have a happy anniversary! Helen, 7

  3. Shoshi, its lovely to hear from you, I've been looking every week for your name to appear. So pleased that things are going well for you and that you are feeling like crafting again. Take care
    Jan no 38

  4. What a tough road you have been travelling.Glad you have had some time in your Art Haven.
    Judy I am having a giveaway at my place if you want to call over!
    Judy xx

  5. Wonderful to see you have been crafting. Take it easy though. I especially like the card you made for your other half, very manly and so many different mediums used.
    Good luck for the chemo.
    Hugs, Neet 17 xx

  6. HI Shoshi - two lovely cards and happy anniversary and hubby birthday. Love that you used that piece of background sprayed card with the flowers. Also pleased to read you're handling everything concerning your health and now hope the chemo does the job...thinking of you, keep positive Hugs RobynO#16

  7. Two lovley cards there, Shoshi great to see, continuing to pray for you in this long path ahead, but thankfully it is only one day one moment at a time that one needs to take it.
    Praying much for wisdom and much care by those treating you and for the LORD to bless the treatment, to its full potential,
    hugs and God bless you especially tomorrow, Friday, on your first chemo day,
    Shaz in Oz. no number not linking. Xxxxx

  8. Soshi,

    Great cards and wow so much texture and fun media has gone into the creation of these cards and they look fantastic. Good luck with your treatment, sorry I have not been around much to post and comment I am trying hard to keep up with the desk and your health. Know my prayers are always with you and your family. Stay strong and keep smiling.

    Hugs Eliza & Yoda

  9. Fabulous cards Shoshi, and I'm so glad you are still in the creative zone. Happy Anniversary for Sunday, I hope you both have a lovely day together, and I'm sure your wonderful hubby will love that card you've made. I'm glad things are settling down with you and you are feeling a lot better - good luck with your first chemo session on Friday and the meeting with the surgeon. Thoughts are with you,
    Diana x

  10. Hi Shoshi, great to see you creating again. A lovely pair of cards, please wish Nicholas belated Happy Birthday from us. Wishing you much luck for tomorrow, and hope everything goes nice and easy for you. Lots of love & hugs to you both, Shaz xxx

  11. Love the man card! Your creativity has certainly returned. Sending positive thoughts your way. Diane #27

  12. Hi Shoshi, good to see you're feeling like crafting again. I seem to have been a bit distracted myself recently and have only managed a few woyww visits this week. Hope you are enjoying your day. Hugs from Angela and thanks for the visit to mine x

  13. I'm sorry I'm late in wishing you a Happy Anniversary! I had you on my list, but a list doesn't do me any good, if I don't LOOK at it!! You are so inspirational, Shoshi, with how you are managing the cancer and your surgery and still making outstanding works of art! I am keeping you in my prayers as you travel this long and difficult journey back to good health!! You can do it!! Hugs, Darnell


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