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Just a little updating

It’s like where in the world have I been? Like waldo? I’m somewhere between the mess in my life and the mess in my house!

I quickly decided to update my kitchen and bathroom. It’s been two areas of my home that needed some TLC. Since I have been thinking about selling my home, this would help me more than ever to sell quickly. I found someone who likes to do updates in homes and does not charge an extraordinary amount. It may be fully complete by Saturday.

I’m still unsure if I want to move. So that might be something that pops up quickly as well in the future.

Before pictures of the kitchen (forgot to get the before for the bathroom) just wait to see my cabinet colors!

Here’s some photos of what’s been happening.

The bathroom has been on hold but it may be done by Friday. Some technical things happened but nothing that cost money to fix.

Here’s the floor for the bathroom.

As for the art. Well my art table is being used for painting the cabinet doors. I’ll be treating myself to a new craft table in the future. My little 4pawsartstudio is not in a condition to use at this time. That’s ok. I’ve been busy at work. Always busy right before Thanksgiving.

I have started a new headband knit pattern. Waffle stitch great for beginners.

Cross stitching is on hold, it’s too messy and dusty to work on it.

I’ll be back to cross stitching once the house is clean and reorganized.

Maybe the next post will be about the completed updates.

Happy Day

Caroline

Etsy shop Https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com

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Dedication

Etsy shop is open Https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com

I thought to share photos of my pets, the ones still roaming the house and the ones who have went to the rainbow bridge.

My studio is named after my pets. I am never alone. One or several will be with me. My art studio is also my yoga studio. I turned one bedroom into studio about a year ago. It’s slowly taking shape but still needs more work. Just minor things.

Here’s photos of my cats and dogs that I have been blessed to have in my life.

I am a crazy cat lady. But I wouldn’t change it.

Happy Day

Caroline

art studio · art therapy · cross stitch · Derby cross stitch · horse cross stitch · needlepoint

Stitching Sunday

It’s been awhile since I shared on this blog. I have been focusing on my job and my health.

The decision to sell my house was decided awhile ago. I decided it was better to stay where I am currently living. I love my townhouse.

Today a stop at the store to pick out a new bathroom cabinet and fixtures and to make decisions about my cabinets in the kitchen and a countertop was decided.

The reno begins tomorrow…

Yikes, I’ll be on a financial budget starting this morning!

That’s ok. It’s been long overdue to update my bathroom and kitchen. I have been there for 11 years.. it’s time to put a little me in those rooms. After it’s completed I am done. Except I might paint the garage this summer.

This is the update on Derby the cross stitch. It’s almost done. 6 columns left to stitch.

I would love to say it will be done by Thanksgiving. I think it will definitely be done by Christmas.

Happy Day

Caroline

Etsy shop is open: Https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com

crafts · cross stitch · Derby cross stitch · etsy · knit · knitting · needlepoint

Stitching All Day Long

I added more knit headbands to my Etsy shop.

https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com

I have been stitching on Derby cross stitch. I am almost ready to start the final page to complete it!

My goal is to keep knitting and cross stitching. The main goal is to continue the cross stitch and finish by the end of the year.

Happy Day

Caroline

art studio · art therapy · autoimmune · etsy · gluten free · knit · rheumatoid arthritis · scarf · shawl · winter garments · winter knits

Where am I? What am I drinking?

If you have been following this blog, you would know I have had some intense times living in my townhouse community.

I was ready to move 2 weeks ago, then it hit me, the financial issue of another 30 year loan as I am wanting to quit counseling in the near future. So I decided to stay at my house and update the bathroom and kitchen.

Those hostile neighbors need to just get over it.

Anyway, the tension, fatigue, uneaseness about life caused a huge amount of swelling from rheumatoid arthritis. But my eating habits have been anything less desired.

When I first found out I had a gluten intolerance and dairy and soy intolerance, my diet change over night. Seriously, over night.

I was told to drink bone broth daily. And eat anti-inflammatory foods.

You know where I’m going…

The stress of being on the HOA board and my job got to my mental health…I wasn’t eating healthy. I was just eating.

I went to the kitchen tonight and got bone broth out, warmed it and poured it in a cup. As I write this blog, I am sipping it. It’s really not that bad it’s kind of tasty.

Afterwards I’m going to have some watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew with water. My acupuncturist who I haven’t seen in a several months, told me to eat foods that release water retention.

This evening I have been knitting the shawl which is really an oversized scarf.

Tomorrow my plan is to drink bone broth in the morning as I did in the past. It filled me up in the morning where I was not hungry. I will then bring green tea to work.

If I snack I’m going to be bringing one of my gluten-free snacks or dried fruits with me to work. And since I might not be able to get lunch tomorrow as my car will finally get work done I will have a salad with vegetables and fruit for late lunch/dinner.

I think being back on this diet with bone broth everyday will help decrease the swelling from the rheumatoid arthritis. It will help the swelling from edema and it most likely will help me not feel so tired. Lately the chronic fatigue has been the worst since I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance dairy intolerance and soy intolerance.

It has been proven by scientists and medical providers that stress causes autoimmune to flare. I have no doubt about the proof of that as I live with it daily. I am hoping getting back on track with my diet and lifestyle change will put me in a better mood and help me lose the water retention.

And then maybe I will feel ready to get back into making more art and doing yoga daily. I want to feel happy about my life.

Happy day

Caroline

Etsy shop https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com

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Sunday Painting

I have not been posting for awhile. Simply because I needed a break. Most of my free time has been cross stitching. My goal is to finish Derby by February.

Also my hours at work has increased slightly as new clients are calling. I have a goal to pay off some bills this early part of the year. I will need to consider buying a car later next year.

With that being said, I decided to not move. It saddens me but I need to focus on my long term goal. The long term goal is to not work as a counselor in my 60’s, and find other work to do. Or to work from home full time in 5 years. If I got another 30 year loan, then I would have no choice but work more hours and for a longer time.

Therefore, I am staying at my townhouse. And plan on finishing updating the bathroom and kitchen.

Since it is getting colder out the neighbors have stayed inside. I’m looking forward to the cold months ahead because there’s less chance my neighbors will harass me. (I am being harassed because I’m on the HOA board) trust me we made positive changes, gave owners more freedom. Someone people are just mean and hateful and don’t want others to have freedom and happiness.

Sunday, I finished a column on Derby early. I decided to close up the house early and found my way to a canvas. Afterwards I did yoga, read the Bible and read some paragraphs about chakras. Then I went to bed at 8:30! I have been exhausted and really need the sleep. I hope this extra sleep will decrease the inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis.

Here’s the beginning of the painting. I believe it will change drastically. It might not even look like this next time you see the update.

I have items on Etsy shop. Paintings and knit headbands and scarfs that’s great for the winter.

Below some examples of what’s in my Etsy shop.

Etsy shop: Https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com

Happy Day

Caroline

cross stitch · Derby cross stitch · etsy · horse cross stitch · needlepoint

Sunday Stitching Day

It’s been a few weeks! Things have settled down. I’m still considering moving. But I might hold off on it for awhile. I’m thinking of moving closer to the lake. I might have to wait until home prices reduce.

In the meantime, I’m trying to get back to my normal. Stitching on Derby cross stitch has been the focus.

Here’s the latest. I’m now 2 pages away from completing this. It’s exciting as I began this June 2018!

I’ll post again

Happy Day

Caroline

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Intuitive Painting #6

I have been painting on a canvas for the past week. Each night instead of journalling in a notebook or in an art book, I took my journalling to a canvas.

Below is the previous journal entries in a 24″x 30″ canvas

Here’s the #6 intuitive Painting from yesterday.

I have been feeling more like myself. In the past few days decisions were made. I’m going to look into buying a home. I live in a townhouse, which I do love, but the neighbors and being on the board has caused toxic relationships to appear. I was happier here when I was not on the board. I had more free time and didn’t know what people were like here. Until now.

Yesterday, was house cleaning day. I started in my closet, took clothes to donation. And shredded papers and took that to recycle bin. In between of that, my art supplies got organized. I am happier to know that going inside a craft store is not needed any time soon. I certainly have own store!

During the evening it was relaxing, exercise and knitting. I fell asleep on the sofa. That felt great. I forgot to write and post this blog. So now it’s morning.

I will be seeing a few clients. And I will be resting maybe cross stitching. I’m glad to have my free time back.

I still want to quit being on the board, but not sure how soon I’ll find a house to buy. Until then I’m going to try to keep my peace.

Happy Day

Caroline

Etsy shop is open. Https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com