Yes, I am still here. I haven't been online much because that fall down the front stirs I took last week really did a number on my back. I am in constant and considerable pain and for some reason (probably swelling from the injury) I can't feel my legs and feet-the nerves are being crushed. I had back x-rays done last night and just waiting to hear what they show. In the meantime, I am making a valiant effort to not become unbearable grumpy. (Pain like this will do that to me.)
Sunday I taught my altered book class but due to a variety of unusual circumstances the class was uncharacteristically small. It was a very different experience than teaching my usual sized classes, but it afforded me the opportunity to get to know my students better. I had a good time and I think Judy and Karen did too! *waves*
I am teaching An Introduction to Collage on Thursday and then I am going to try (the operative word here being try!) to take it easy and see if my poor back will improve. We have a family camping trip planned with my in-laws and I just don't know what I will do if I am not markedly better by then. I can't think of anything worse than "roughing it" with a back injury.
Work continues on the "secret project". I am almost finished so I will have something to show for it pretty soon. What is the secret project? Well I thought it would be fun to gather a group of artist friends and do an art tote exchange over the summer. After asking some questions about personal preference, I matched everyone up with partners. Each person is making a tote for their partner in their favourite colours and style and "arting it up" on the outside. They are including goodies inside the tote (either handmade or store bought or a combination of both) and sending it off to their partner. Everyone is taking photos of their finished pieces and Gillian has asked to show the project on Art-e-zine when we are done.
In addition to myself, here are the other participants:
Everyone has been busy in their studios putting the pedal to the metal to make something really special for their partners. I have received a few photos of the completed work and what I have seen so far is wonderful!
And keeping with the theme of the art that I added to this post, here are 5 simple things I adore:
-Tea in my favourite cup, made for me every night by my husband.
-Kind words from a friend.
-The briny smell of the ocean.
-Snuggling under quilts that were the work of my hands.
-A good book.
Okay, that's all I have for now!