Yesterday was another good day, although it was a long day with work and dinner with Barry’s managers. I actually felt really good most of the day and find it interesting that I can feel this good in the middle of chemo treatments. It just seems contrary to what you would expect. Maybe I’m getting used to the fatigue and it doesn’t seem to overwhelm me as much as it did in the beginning. Who knows? I’m just happy to be having good days! :)
Most of us benefit from having some form of creative outlet, whether it be traditional art, writing, needlework, paper crafts, woodwork, baking/cooking, etc. When you go through something like cancer or have a serious illness or chronic health issue, or even if you are working your way through the grief process, it’s especially important to have an outlet where you can pour some focused energy and allow the bazillion emotions you are feeling to become something beautiful. Or something ugly – nothing says art has to be beautiful, it just has to be meaningful to you. :)
Many of the books and articles about coping with cancer recommend this, and my wonderfully talented aunt/artist, Frances Wells, also suggested that I find a creative outlet to help me get through treatment.
(This is just one of the many lovely pieces Frances has created over the years. I loves the colors in this.)
Writing is one of the creative outlets I’m using right now. I’ve always enjoyed writing and tend to communicate with people much better through the written word than face-to-face or even over the phone. Writing gives me time to process my thoughts and express myself in a sincere, authentic manner. The writing I’ve been doing on this blog has been incredibly therapeutic for me, and the support I have received from all of you has touched me in ways I’m not sure I could express. Thank you!
Another outlet for me is design work. I design and maintain websites for a living, which I really enjoy, but my true love is digital graphic design, specifically creating little art pieces for my house or to give as gifts. I especially love word art and creating things with quotes and Bible verses because it combines both my love of words and my love of design.
I thought it might be fun to share some of my design work with you here and make it available for you to download for free to use in projects for your home or to give as gifts! Who doesn’t love a freebie???
I’ve never liked traditional Halloween decor – all that orange and black, yuck – makes me think of the Tennessee Volunteers (sorry, Sarah!). :) But I do like some of the Fall-themed decor pieces I’ve seen in magazines recently, especially the ones with black crows as silhouettes against a solid background. I put the following simple piece together this weekend using a black crow, and softened it a bit by adding some white roses.
I’ve created both 8×10 and 5×7 versions of this and they are free for you to download and use as you like. I think these would be so cute in black frames or maybe in a white frame with a wide white mat. What do you think?
If you use the prints, come back and let me know what you did with them! Or better yet, send me a picture at firstname.lastname@example.org – I’d love to see them being used! Enjoy!