Wednesday, 6 April 2016

WOYWW 357–A Brief Update

Yet again my desk has nothing to show for WOYWW this week. I had fully intended to do some art, but again, busyness got in the way, and I haven’t done anything in the studio. I’m writing this late Tuesday evening.

I have various ideas in the pipeline, and I shall shortly be posting about the redecoration of our sitting room which is nearly complete – this is the major project at the moment – in the meantime I can show you the stencil I cut:

05 Stencil for Art Deco Border

and this is what the stencilling looked like on the first bit of wall (as of Monday night):

18 Chimney Breast Stencilling Complete 4-4-16

Gary has now completed it all, bar half the long wall opposite the fireplace. With the white walls replacing the dull cream, the room is already looking a lot brighter, and once we get the new chandelier and everything is back in place, I think the room is going to be a lot nicer in every way, less cluttered, brighter, and more inviting. We are quite enjoying using Mum’s sitting room while all this is going on, as it is at the back of the house and gets the afternoon sun, and has direct access to the garden, and I think we may be using it more in the summer. I am planning to put some excess furniture in there from our sitting room to reduce the clutter – we’ve already moved one large armchair through and it’s made a big improvement.

I haven’t photographed today’s decorating progress because I’ve been poorly all day – I woke up this morning with a headache and a feeling that the bed was turning over and over – this vertigo did not improve for the rest of the day but is better now, I think – as long as I sit still and don’t move my head too much, and walking around is a pretty hazardous business – thank goodness for my mobility aids!!

I got up after lying in bed for a while, and felt very nauseous, and during the morning I was sick twice. Fortunately the headache pills I took first thing had had a chance to work. Once Gary arrived and got stuck in to the decorating, I took myself off back to bed again and stayed till mid-afternoon, and slept quite a bit of the time. When I got up I was feeling hungry and have eaten normally for the rest of the day – my dear hubby went and got us a nice ready meal from Marks & Spencer’s to save me cooking, and some delicious ice cream as a treat. I am sure I shall be fine in the morning.

I have no idea what this was – maybe a mild inner ear infection, although I have had no earache or tinnitus – just one of those weird things. My hubby has got a cold at the moment and I’ve been doing my best to avoid catching it, but maybe I picked up something from him, I don’t know.

Every time I intend to get back to making art, something seems to get in the way and prevent it. I have been far too busy lately and got very tired and spent as much time as I was at home over the weekend, resting and sleeping and trying to catch up, and was starting to feel better until today.

Ah well, these things are sent to try us, I suppose.

Phoebe, our younger cat, had another epileptic seizure a week ago on Saturday (the day before Easter Sunday) and the vet said if she had another within the following month she would have to consider increasing her medication. She had another one this evening, so we shall be phoning tomorrow to let them know. The poor little thing is so distressed and disoriented by it and I just cuddle her afterwards and try to reassure her and I can feel her little heart pounding. It’s very distressing to watch.

Wishing everyone a happy WOYWW and lots of lovely creativity in the week ahead, and let’s hope Shoshi actually manages to do some art this week!!!


  1. Hope you soon get back to feeling some sort of normality. Poor you and poor Phoebe. That must be so distressing to see her like that. Sending her and you lots of love.
    Love the stencilling - clever you.
    Hugs, Neet 3 xx

  2. Even though you haven't worked on your desk, I can see you are using your creativity during your decorating endeavors. I'm sorry you were not feeling well, and pray that you are better today. I'm also hoping your kitty is doing better. My Boston Terrier has had seizures in the past, so I know how distressing this can be for them and us. Happy WOYWW and blessings, my friend!

  3. Hi Shoshi. It's lovely to catch up with you again. I have been peeking from time to time to see how you've been going on. Keep your spirits up, it must be hard with all your health issue. My MIL suffers with vertigo and it's very debilitating isn't it. I hope you get it sorted out soon.
    Love the stencilling, that looks amazing.
    Take care
    Hugs Lisa x#35

  4. Hope you're feeling better soon. Sarah #46

  5. Oh poor Phoebe! I hope it doesn't get worse. It is distressing.
    The stencilling on the wall looks very posh and professional. I can't wait to see the rest of the room when it is finished.
    Are you feeling better today? Was that a blip of something or are you coming down with a cold? I hope not.
    So here's hoping you are A OK again and happy WOYWW,

  6. Hi Shoshi, your decorating, and the stencil, look lovely. Poor Phoebe, she must be so scared, not understanding what is happening. I'm sure you'll soon get your mojo back, and the time to enjoy it! Have a great week, hugs, Shaz #9 xx

  7. I hope you feel better and I hope you get the meds straightened out for your poor kitty and she feels better too! Hugs!
    Have a great day.
    Diane - WOYWW #30

  8. Sorry you aren't feeling well. Hope you feel better soon. Poor cat - hope she feels better soon and the seizures stop.

    The decorating is coming along nicely. I keep hoping it will warm up a little as I want to paint our bedroom but it's been so cold. I would like to paint with the windows open. Maybe soon.

    I'm glad you popped in today.

    Sharon K #42

  9. the walls looks great... sorry you've been poorly with vertigo... Country View Crafts should have the Papeartsy Infusions in , if not now, very soon... there was a delay with the bottle lids apparently! hope this enabling helps you feel better......!! xx Helen #1

  10. Headaches and nausea do sound unpleasant things to endure. But the poor cat! She cannot understand what's happened to her. :(
    I do like your stencil. It has a sort of early 20th century look to it. Also, I adore orange! Pretty border!

  11. The stencil is making art isn't it! It looks great. I have terrible morning vertigo now, no pain, no sickness, but it is most disconcerting isn't it! I would take more water with it, but I would prolly stagger just as much!!!

  12. Ooh your stencil looks absolutely stunning and beautifully Art Deco - I love it! I'm sorry to hear you've been feeling so rough today, I hope you make a speedy recovery. Lovely to see how you are getting on with the decorating, I hope you get a chance to do some art over the coming week.
    Diana x

  13. Hope you're feeling much better by this time. I LOVE the stenciling! And such a cheerful color! Praying your week gets better and better!
    Carol N #45

  14. Hugs to you. As a vertigo sufferer and I can say emphatically it sucks. I am happy to hear you are feeling stronger. If your doctor will let you take this I use Ginger vitamins and Ginger ale for my vertigo nausea. It also helps me from becoming dehydrated when I am sick to my stomach. I love the stencil design. It's so pretty. I love the orange.

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment - I couldn't find a blog to leave a reply on so I hope you return to read this. Sorry to hear about your vertigo. Fortunately mine was of very short duration and I can only think it was a 24-hour minor inner ear infection or something like that. So glad you like the stencil. The orange colour brings some sunshne into an otherwise dark room!


  15. Hope you feel better soon. Frustrating for you not to be able to get involved in decorating!

  16. Hi Shoshi, thanks for the visit to mine. Sorry I'm a bit late this week but I had a migraine Wednesday afternoon and spent the rest of the day in bed but I'm back now Lol! Room looking good. Happy crafty belated woyww, Angela x 24

  17. Hi Shoshi, I've been away from Blogland for a while. Lovely stenciling on the wall - it must feel very gratifying to see your own design emerge like that. Poor Phoebe - hope she's gonna be alright - I always worry about Oreo, so I know how worried you must be feeling. Hope your sickness bug was only a one-off. Take care! I hope to be back to blogging next week when Spring break is over.


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