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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

WOYWW # 221

8/27/13

Happy Hump Day… time for another week of jetting around the world and peeking in on friends to see what they have been up to. That's right… it's WOYWW, brought to you by Ms. Julia. If you want to see how you can join in on all the fun, click here.

I have been MIA the past few weeks, and I want to thank those of you who sent me messages of concern over my where abouts. I'd like you to know how much it means  to me. (you all know who you are.. :D ) I have not been feeling very well. I had Lymphosarcoma when I was younger, (cancer of the lymph nodes) with a poor prognosis, but by the grace of God, 3 yrs of chemotherapy and 21 radiation treatments I can call myself a survivor. The flip side to all that has left me with a small mountain of health problems, and I suffer from chronic pain due to degenerative arthritis with spinal stenosis.The past few weeks I have had some mystery thing going on that has left me completely zapped. When I am feeling like that I have a tendency to shut the world out. I find it easier to hibernate, cuz just typing that out makes me feel like a hyperchondriac. With school beginning, and dance about to start back up, I hope to find my energy and my mojo here really soon.

I digress though… needless to say I have not been doing much of anything. I did get some happy mail out, and I managed a page or two in my art journal. I can't post the happy mail stuff, but I can post my journal page. The face was actually drawn by my daughter Bridget onto a napkin, I collaged it along with some music sheets into my journal, and I used my Koi watercolors, and some Dr. Martins acrylic Ink. 
"Let Your Freak Flag Fly"



Face done on a napkin


Thank you for stopping by. Please feel free to leave a comment. I will be stopping by to visit as many of you as I can.

HUGS,
Kimmie

49 comments:

  1. Well look at you, little Miss NUMBER ONE. I was off visiting Annette when Julia posted. I knew it would happen, too.

    I'm sorry that you are not well. I had no idea you are a cancer survivor. You are so young, too, so at least that has been in your favor, I'm sure.

    Get to feeling better, find your mojo, and make more awesome art. Tell your daughter what a great artist she is, too.

    Happy WOYWW from #2.

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  2. I'm so sorry to hear about your health issues. I hope you feel better really soon. Love your daughter's drawing and the journal page. Happy crafting #3

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  3. I'm glad you are now on the upward spiral again, and art journaling is always a good way to do something artistic when you don't feel 100%. Number 1 spot too! That should keep you busy this week! LOL

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  4. I'm glad you're feeling better. Health issues are always so challenging. I'm dealing with a few myself! Ugh! Nice journal page- love all the colors and textures. It works! patsy

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  5. You are clearly a fight and I hope you are feeling better soon, Lovely pages.

    Thanks for sharing and have a great week

    Candace #18

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  6. Happy WOYWW#!!!!
    Holding your health and well being in the Light.
    thanks for the snoop around.
    Blessings,
    robyn 19

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    1. If you send me your address via email- you can find mine in my google profile, I'll send you one, and then when I have your address I'll send you one- pretty simple.
      I can't find an email for you, so email me and then I'll have it.
      Blessings,

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  7. I am glad to hear that you are feeling better. It's always hard to know what to say when someone tells you they are a cancer survivor. Everything I want to write seems to be missing the empathy and connection I want to covey. So since no profound words will appear, I will put you in my prayers.

    Your daughter has caught your talents. Such pretty art. Thanks for sharing both.

    Have a blessed day!
    Belinda (16)

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  8. Congrats on being no. 1 Kimberly!! I hope that you are feeling much better soon. I have nothing but great admiration for people that have beaten cancer. I lost my handsome husband to a malignant brain tumour so I can understand all that you went through and the strength that it took to handle the treatments. From now on you only deserve the best my dear!! Love your art journal page and your daughter has the gift :-). Happy WOYWW.
    Janene #20

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  9. Fab journal page! Your daughter drawn a fantastic face! Good wishes are sent to you. It seems cancer treatments can cause problems years after you're done with them. You sound strong so you'll make it. I'm in my 34th years C free and counting! I wish you good health!

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  10. I hope you feel better soon. The journal pages are great - what beautiful artwork. April #24

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  11. Kimmie, there are no words that I can offer to say THANK YOU enough.Your package arrived and I LOVE THE ALTERED ART..I am taking it with me tomorrow on my tour of the City to find a frame for it, so it can hang over my desk. As for every other goodie in the package - you are so generous, thank you, I promise to make something soon (using the goodies you sent) and send it to you. Glad to hear you are on an upward spiral, be strong, you are a wonderful person and have many, many people out there that care about you. Much love, kisses, hugs and other slushy stuff. Cx #33

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  12. Congrats on being # 1. It is the challenge for a few of us lol I was reading another WOYWW post when it popped up too slow and now I'm #5
    I hope your feeling better soon those treatments are good and bad all rolled into 1. Your Journal turned out lovely with your daughters picture
    have a wonderful day :) hugs Nikki

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  13. Congrats on number 1. What an amazing story and your attitude must get you through some hard times. Love the artwork (as always).
    Sandra @34

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  14. Sorry to hear about your health issues,but glad you have come through the worst of it. your art is gorgeous. Have a good week. Helen 23

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  15. Well happy #1, I guess that is a big thing.. hum I think I should give it a try too..ha ha don't worry I will never get it. Glad to hear your feeling better and keep up the mending as they say here. Bright BLessing to you and yours. Roberta

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  16. Hi there Kimmie - number 1 in every way!!! Well done for making the first spot! Lots of get well wishes! I love the napkin your daughter decorated and your idea of using it in your art journal. Don't forget to email me your address when you feel up to it! I would love to send you Happy Mail. Have a super WOYWW with lots of mojo! Julie Ann xx

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  17. Well, hopefully being no. 1 this week will cheer you up a wee bit :) sorry you've been battered - there are days/weeks/months like that, aren't there? but it's lovely to see you back at WOYWW, and thank for sharing your sketchbook pages x
    happy WOYWW and have a great week :)
    no. 38

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  18. Just read your question, Kimmie. I take it you were referring to the herbs on the kitchen table. That is sage on the front hanger, and basil on the back hanger that had been drying for about two weeks. They were now dry and ready to store. Thanks for asking.

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  19. Hope you're feeling better and it's good to see you back. The journaling is gorgeous. Hugs. Pam#36

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  20. Beautiful colors and lines!
    I hope it is coming better times and You can feel Yourself well and energy.

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  21. oh my goodness, it's letting me comment to day (Yay!!) it wasn't before, so I'm typing really quick incase it changes its mind!! Love your art work, really looks so full of energy!! Happy WOYWW!

    ((Lyn)) In the middle somewhere, If I click back to see this'll go back to google+ have a crafty day!!

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  22. happy WOYWW number 1 this week! Sorry to hear you aren't feeling well. sending healing thoughts and prayers your way. your daughter's drawing is wonderful and so are the journal pages!

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  23. See, I'm all over my blog moaning about a trapped nerve, and you're living with stuff that none of us could contemplate...big up to you. Sorry you're currently feeling low - I get the shut the world out thing, it's totally a coping mechanism..and at these times, you have to do whatever it is that works for you. Your journal pages are fab..now what a great idea to snaffle the napkin and collage it into the journal...I would have had it knocking about the bottom of my bag till it was destroyed!

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  24. Bless you, Kimmie, for your kind offer - I'd love to include your creations in my shop (properly attributed to you, of course!)
    I can't find an email contact for you, so if you can message me either through my shop or Facebook (I give links on the shop front info box), we can talk more!!
    Strokes run both sides of my family too, so I guess I was pre-disposed... our kids will get blood tests in their 20s to check if they're at risk, thank goodness!!

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  25. I did miss you last week Kim and I am sorry to hear you have been unwell. I definitely have to agree with everyone that your daughter is talented too, and I love how you have added to it for your journal page. Hope your energy levels are on the rise and you are feeling better soon. xx

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  26. Hope you are soon feeling much better and that the no 1 spot has cheered you no end.
    Thanks for sharing the napkin work - keep journalling when you can.
    Hugs, neet 25 xx

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  27. Congrats on the No'1 spot and hope that by resting and re-charging your energy you will soon be on top of the world x
    Love your journal, the colours are really soothing and Beautiful -Heather #85

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  28. So sorry to hear you've not been well again. I know what health problems can do having had childhood pneumonia, rheumatoid arthritis at 19, prostate cancer about five years ago, and now a form of emphysema, making breathing difficult if I do more than walk about the house. I use one of those electric mobility scooters outside. Anyway, well done for being number one, and I pray the Lord will bring healing to you soon, keep smiling :-) John-W #35

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  29. Hope you are feeling better soon.. Love your journal page and have this thing about faces at the moment and the one your daughter Bridget drew is so fun. What a fun thing to pop it on a journal page to keep it, so easy to loose these wonderful memories.
    Gratz on the no 1 spot this week
    Happy WOYWW
    Sandy :) #54

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  30. Hi Kimberley
    Wow you are a fighter aren't you, but don't hide away too long other people need to know you are ok too. Blog land is full of caring sharing folk embrace that. Love the pictures amazing to think it was done on a napkin
    Hope you feel better soon
    Janet @47

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  31. Your art is awesome and you are too! I am sending you warm hugs and positive thoughts. Ann107.

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  32. Congrats on #1! Gosh, you always hear about people surviving cancer but than you never hear about all the side effects that occur. So sorry! Your journal pages are great. Brigita #104

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  33. Well done for being number one! I am sorry to hear about all the health issues, but it is always encouraging to read about a cancer survivor! Your daughter is a very talented artist. I still don't feel any desire to attempt an art journal but I understand how very therapeutic it is for so many people. I do hope you find the strength you need for the new term of homeschool. Kate x #61

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  34. well done on the number one spot...I will never achieve it !...sorry to hear you've not been to good but sounds like you have a fighting spirit and if taking time out is beneficial then that's what you've go do... your journal pages are ace and well done you incorporating your daughters art work she obviously shares your talent..journalling is still on my to do one day list sending you hugs and lots of good wishes
    Andrea x #49

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  35. Love the drawings. Loads of talent here.

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  36. well I hope you get to feeling better soon! That's awesome that you saved the drawing your daughter did on the napkin and used it in your art Journal!!!
    Happy WOYWW -Tera #111

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  37. Do hope you are feeling better! My nephew has been battling what you did as a child and just finished year 3 of chemo and it is looking good. When I read your post, it brought me comfort. You never know when your write a post how it will touch someone, and yours did me. I love your journal page, and that you saved the napkin she sketched on, it is fabulous. Have a great week!! Winnie#84

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  38. Hi Kimmie!!!! I've missed you and I was out one week too. So sorry to hear your not feeling well. Its so hard when our bodies aren't cooperating with our wants and needs. Email me if you want. I completely understand. You little darling daughter is so creative! Love the pic on the napkin and what you did with it!!! Oh and you got #1 this week too!!! Big hugs, Rasz #120

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  39. Hey Kim! We've not met before. I'm sorry you've had all these issues. With what you've been through, never feel like a hypochondriac. If people don't get it, let us pray they never have to experience what you have.
    On a happier note, your daughter's drawing is lovely.

    Congrats on being #1 this week. Hugs and Blessings! Kelly #107

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  40. Hello and sorry you've not been well though your post saying that you have managed to survived against the odds gives me hope today for my friend. Hope you feel a lot better soon. Your daughter is also very talented. Hugs Anne x #71

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  41. Happy Wednesday Kim! So glad you shared from you heart today, being new, I had no idea of your health issues. I will be praying for you and hoping you get the mojo and energy you need to get up and going each day. If for anyone, your kids. Congrats on being #1 this week, that is a huge success to jot down. I sure appreciate all of your comments and friendship you have extended in the past few weeks I have been joining this group. Thank you. Kim 112 your sister in name :-)

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  42. I hope you're feeling much better now. I understand the hibernating thing, sometimes it's the only way. I love your journal page, your daughter is very talented and how clever to stick the napkin into the journal. I hope your health stays strong for you.
    Have a great week.
    Von #41

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  43. Hello, I am sending this to everyone. Im sorry I am not going to be able to get to all the desk and I have now lost my sheet of paper that I was writing them down on. I don't think my cat is going to make it through the night to even see the vet. She is old just like my dog so I guess they are going to get sick at the same time or so. I just going to copy and paste and sorry to every one that I didn't get to read.. I just cant do it right now. Thank you Roberta 40 and bright blessings to all.

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  44. I hope you are back on your feet soon, ready to take on the world : ). Love your journal page, especially that you incorporated your daughter's art work. I understand hibernation, I've coming out of a few weeks of it myself (due to big changes rather than health issues, knock wood). #17

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  45. Hi Kimmie, so sorry to read you've been unwell and glad that you are improving once more. You're not alone in withdrawing when ill, I do it myself. Just concentrate on getting well again. Your art journal is a good way of keeping going when you're feeling out of sorts. Your daughter is very talented and the journal page is a great way of preserving her napkin art. Hope you continue to recover and that you have a wonderful weekend too. Elizabeth x #59

    PS: Well done on reaching #1

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  46. Golly, here you are at number one, not feeling well, and I'm feeling healthy, and it's now Saturday and I am still trying to visit folk!!! Trust you are feeling even better now, and are able to rest in Jesus as you go through each day. Great art work - well done to your daughter.
    Margaret #37

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  47. Well, I'm back for a third time, and wanted to tell you I LOVE Italian food. I normally grow (except this year, when I didn't) eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, and bell peppers. Of course, I always have a pot or two of basil going. So, as you can tell, I'm a big fan of Italian. If we lived closer, I'd give you all the sage you could devour!!

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  48. Hi again. Thanks for visiting my blog. Happypotomus is not too difficult to make, especially as you say you can do the basic stitches and read a pattern. I put a link to the pattern under the last photo (the bum end!). It is a 35 page pdf file with very detailed instructions for making each motif, and for joining them all together, with lots of helpful photos. It might be a good project for you as the motifs are all made separately so they are nice little pieces of work to pick up when you feel well enough, and have a half hour to spare. I made a chart of how many were needed in each size and ticked them off as I made them. Then when I had made them all I put her together. You might find the crochet join method a bit hard but you could easily sew them together. Remember it is an American pattern, so if you are British (sorry I didn't stop to check), then dc means treble, and sc means double crochet! Other than that, it is very straight forward and great fun. Kate x

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