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I haven't been on here much due to life stuff getting in the way, but I will stop in when I can. For those of you that stopped by my Etsy shops, you probably noticed that I am no longer selling there. I do hope to find a place to sell me arts and crafts at some point down the road and will let you all know when I do.
I am dealing with chronic illness, mostly undiagnosed, that has been going on for almost a year, which makes it difficult to commit to much. However, art has been my sanity. I joined a couple artist trading card groups on Facebook and have traded tons of mixed media and hand drawn cards. It is a wonderful experience. I made a lot of friends and have even received cards from other countries. There are fun events like swaps and themed challenge games.
It is very easy to get depressed and give up hope when you are battling chronic illness, especially when it is primarily "invisible", "undiagnosed" or "misdiagnosed" and doctors don't have the answers. I feel like as long as I have the ability to make art is some form, I can still have hope.
One of these days, I will get around to sharing some of the many Artist Trading cards I have made over the past few months. If anyone wants to know more about artist trading cards and how to join a group, comment on this post or send me a message.
Rare Artist 2020 Contest
Hi all, it's been awhile, but I'm still visiting this site on occasion. =) I've entered 2 of my art pieces in the Rare Artist Contest for this year. I would truly appreciate if you could visit the link & click the check mark to vote for them. You can vote every 10 days or so. I'm in good company...there's a lot of great pieces to check out made by people with rare medical conditions. Here are the links to my pieces; "Life Goes On" http://s.heyo.com/c65aac?media=b83d565b-32f9-4a42-a921-aa2a19152e85 and "Love Will Carry You Home' http://s.heyo.com/c65aac?media=7a6d9b03-f216-49e6-a0a7-7c604e0752df Thanks all
Rare Artist 2015 Contest-Votes Needed
Dear Artsy Friends, I know it's been awhile since I have posted here. It has been a tumultuous time between medical appointments, trying to figure out how to manage the chronic illness issues and taking care of a new 2 year old rescue dog. I have not given up on my art though, just changed some of my priorities. When I can find the time and energy, I have been making and trading mixed media Artist Trading cards in Facebook groups and making larger abstract drawings for myself. I find it to be very therapeutic. One such drawing entitled, "Fragile Body, Strong Spirit" was recently entered into a contest for artists with rare medical conditions
Birthday Sale and New Things to Come
Hey all, I was so surprised by the warm birthday wishes when I signed in today. Thank you so much! Despite all my continuing health and financial issues, I did have an enjoyable birthday on Friday spending time with relatives and eating chocolate raspberry cupcakes (gluten and dairy free but so tasty!). In honor of my birthday, I am having a sale in my Etsy shop. Use code: SUMMERBDAYBASH at checkout for 30% off any item $5 and up from July 18-July 26. Act fast because the coupon expires Friday. =) Here is the link to my shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/EscapeFromReality?ref=pr_shop_more. Now accepting Direct Checkout in addition to Paypal s
Art, Health and Hardships
Hi all, Over the past several months I have been dealing with health and financial issues. Most days I have been feeling pretty low since I lost my job in February. I resolved not to lose my creativity though and have been continuing to make crafts for my Etsy shop. As a collage artist, paper is probably my favorite media to work with. When I am feeling like the world is crashing down on me, I put on some music, get out various papers and modpodge and let the creativity determine the direction and outcome of the project. Recently that creativity took me on the path of making greeting cards. I will be uploading many of the cards here when I c