How long have you been on DeviantArt? July 5, 2013
What does your username mean? It describes the creatures I create from polymer clay
Describe yourself in three words. Happy ~ Optimistic ~ Loving
Are you left or right handed? Right
What was your first deviation? Baby Star Dragon Baby Star Dragon Collage!
What is your favourite type of art to create? Clay art
If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be? Watercolor painting
What was your first favourite? Wonder
What type of art do you tend to favourite the most? Clay crafts
Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist? Wood-Splitter-Lee Beautiful creatures
If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be? Ganjamira So sweet!
How has a fellow deviant impacted your life? DragonsAndBeasties inspires me a lot <3
What are your preferred tools to create art? My fingers! ^_^
What is the most inspirational place for you to create art? At my desk with headphones on.
What is your favourite DeviantArt memory? Starting my account and getting back into art again.
Well here it is! Happy 15th DA and many more to come! ^_^
I have not had a journal update in quite a while. I actually have not sculpted in quite a while either. I've delayed giving any sort of news because honestly this place has been the last thing on my mind. It makes me sad to say that, but it's true. I feel like I left my friends behind in the dark and for that I am sorry.
If you know me at all, you know that's unlike me.
So here is an update on what has been and what's to come.
In the beginning of December 2014 I received a 2am phone call from my mom telling me my dad was being taken to the hospital by ambulance with no pulse. She had found him cold and grey in the middle of the night in his chair. I couldn't even think straight. My fiance helped me get dressed and drove me to meet them at the hospital. It would be 8am before I was able to see him. My first view of him after thinking I'd never see him again. He was hooked to every machine imaginable and covered with a giant inflated plastic cover they were using to bring his body temperature back up. A machine was breathing for him. This went on for several days as they tracked down all that was wrong with him. All the while I would be there from the time I woke up until I was too tired to keep my eyes open and my fiance would come to pick me up.
He had a lot of internal bleeding though they've never nailed down what they think was the cause. So they made the decision to remove him from the blood thinners he was taking to help stop the internal bleeding. Doing so however stopped the blood flow to his left leg (reason that he was taking the thinners in the first place). Within a few days the decision was made to amputate it before the gangrene would spread. The surgeon said he would be the sickest person he ever attempted surgery on and didn't know if he'd make it. Everyone said their goodbyes again just in case though he was still unconscious. He did make it but required several more amputations after the initial to fully get all the tissue that kept dying afterward. Finally another surgery was performed to re-do a stent in an artery in his abdomen which finally seemed to help the blood flow to what remained of his leg (about half a thigh, nothing more).
He developed MRSA and pneumonia while in the hospital. They let him wake up after the amputation and talking to him for the first time since all this was so emotional for everyone. He couldn't talk back because he was still on the breathing machine. He extubated himself the next day though to the doctors' and nurses' chagrin. Seemed like we were starting to finally see old dad back to himself, but I noticed he was uncooperative when everyone who came to the room asked him to lift his arm to scan the band before giving meds. This was characteristically unlike him so I asked if anyone knew why he wouldn't/couldn't lift his arm. Doctor came and did some tests then ordered an MRI. He had suffered a stroke they said. Honestly after everything else a stroke seemed such a small thing to us. But rather than being discharged from the hospital it meant he was moved to a rehab facility where he would stay for the next 6 months.
He began to suffer depression from the amputation and refused to eat so was put on a feeding tube. Still dealing with the MRSA while in rehab so we were required to wear protective gowns and gloves when visiting. During a routine blood check (they regularly checked to see if the MRSA was gone) they found something else and ordered a PETscan. Stage 4 liver cancer my friends.
We were crushed. For him to have made it through ALL of those other things, just to find cancer at the end of the trail was devastating. Life was a roller coaster of thinking we were losing him to thinking we were keeping him, back and forth between the two. They gave him 3-6 weeks to live and let him come home finally. We have been spending all the time we can together. The deadline they gave has come and gone so we don't know how much time we have left and honestly I'd rather not know. Just making every day count for now.
That is my year so far in a really condensed version, believe it or not.
Looking ahead I can tell you that I do not know what will happen. I can't say I will be back to sculpting anytime soon, though I wish I could. I can tell you that I still think of all the friends I have made here and that I will be back when the time is right.
I once ignored the advice of someone who told me to spend time with family like it might be the last time you see them. So now that I learned my lesson the hard way I am passing it on to you.
Tell those that you love, that you love them and cherish each moment every day that you are allowed. Hold them tight. <3
About the artist:
Hi! I'm Elie! ^.^ I'm a starry-eyed soul making art to make happiness. Someone once told me that if you love your work, you never work a day in your life. Life is too short to live unhappily. I am following my dream to make happiness! ^.^
Right now, Celestial Creatures is not my full time job, but it is my labor of love. I devote more time to it than to my 9-5 job for sure! Staying up until the wee hours of morning, glazing and taking pictures! Working *all* weekends!
Thank you for your time and interest and thank you for letting me share my dream with you!