Monday, April 9, 2012

Happy Feet


I am not sure when my toes and feet felt so good! The pre-chemo pampering was so so nice and I am thinking could become quite addictive. When I think about it, it is kind of silly not to indulge yourself every once in a while. Why wait until you've got something awful sitting there in the background. Anyway those are my very happy feet.

The rest of me is not so happy right now. Feeling like I've been run over by a bus is a little too strong. A mini van, maybe? Mostly I am just tired and getting more tired each day. But it will pass.
I've been spending a couple of hours at a time in the studio when I can. That feels so very good I can not begin to describe the awesomeness of doing something that feels almost as much of a luxury as having my feet pampered.


Those bronze toggles have been on my to do list forever and ever. A while ago I ran across some stamps I made of Victorian iron work like you find in fences and on verandas. I had in mind that I'd reverse the images so the pattern would be raised like when I used them to etch metal. But I'm in a throw caution to the wind kind of mood right now and just went with what I had. Besides which I just wasn't in the mood to get all the stuff out and make new molds. I'm getting kind of snarly that way when it comes to taking on something I don't want to do. I really hope that attitude doesn't stick because that could be sort of hard to live with.

I'm getting used to them. They look nothing like my iron work drawings and are pretty much a complete surprise. But I'm kind of liking how the patina lays in the deeper parts of the pattern. That leafy pattern seems to creep into everything I do these days. I'm going with a consistency of design rather than stuck in a rut designing.

It does feel good to do something normal right now. Even if that normal only happens for just a wee while at a time. I'm even feeling like getting some porcelain out. The bitty birds have been gone for too long and I feel a need to reconnect with them. Must be the cardinals that are building a nest in the shrub just outside my back door. I'm pretty excited about the new family but not so excited about the mama and papa protecting the little ones when I go outside.


That's the new hair. I know it's not really short hair but for me it is. I am enjoying every minute of it as I count down to when it goes in about 6 days. Then I will be popping on outrageous scarves and hats to protect my head from the cardinals when I go out the back door.

Have a great week everyone. I'll be back soon!

30 comments:

Courtney said...

Great to see your smile! I love hte toggles, esp the heart one.

Happy Monday.

adlinah said...

Love the spiffy hairdo, and the pampered feet :-). Those new toggles are great - the leaf/vine designs are so pretty.

Jo said...

Gorgeous hair-do! All my friends who have had chemo have grown back curly hair, so you never know! I'll be thinking of you as the treatment starts.

Laura Twiford said...

Yes, most people I know have grown back thick curly hair too. Love the new do but the smile is still the best! It is so good that your studio is a room on the house that you can get to for however long you can, even in small bites it will be therapeutic! Hope the hit and run is over with soon!

mairedodd said...

beautiful toggles! i love them...
and the haircut is wonderful - as are the happy feet... there was a skit on sesame street with a very young jim carrey about his happy feet... so that is what came to mind immediately when you said that!
wishing you no more than that minivan - sending you a boost of friend strength and comfort across the miles...

Michelle said...

Sounds like your happy feet have helped you with a great attitude to attack your illness! Love your new hair cut and I hope you splurge on hats and coverings when the time comes. If you like it, it looks good on you, buy it!

Your toggles are beautiful! I love the one with the hearts on it.

You're in my thoughts.

-Michelle

Joan Tucker said...

my trip through the daffodils was wonderful.. sending that happy energy to you as well as encouragement about short haIr; scarves will help. Hoping this treatment period is not too awful and that you can do one " normal" thing a day. Your bronze charms are so very appealing.
Sending hugs, Joan T

TesoriTrovati said...

I just love to see your pretty toes and your beautiful smile, Miss LeAnn! And the toggles... So in love with those! They remind me of little nests. You know I love your birdies so. My birdie will be making a debut next month in the poetry exhibit. It will be so awesome! Rest up, dear one. And schedule that next appointment to get pampered NOW so you have something special to look forward to!
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Gardanne said...

I love your new haircut. I have a similar style but with bangs. I call it my bangtox, a cheaper alternative to botox. You are an inspiration, I wish I had a fraction of the drive you have. When I pursue new things I tend to freeze, thanks for getting me off my butt.

lunedreams said...

Thank you for the update! Your feet look lovely--what perfect little toenails you have! And while fatigue and malaise suck out loud, I'm glad to hear it isn't worse. Like with barfing or something. (One of the worst episodes of feeling hit by a truck I ever had was because of Cipro--"medicine" can really hammer your ass! I can only imagine what your "medicine" is doing!) I love your toggles, I think you have a winner there! They remind me of ornate brass doorknockers. Your hair is darling--that is one style I have always wanted to wear but my hair won't do it. It looks fabulous on you! (You might consider it for when your hair comes back, it's really flattering!) Look forward to seeing what headwear you choose, I'm sure it will be as lovely as you and your creations!

Colleen said...

Love the toes, love the hair, your wonderful smile & amazing energy! You inspire me with your beautiful attitude. The toggles are fabulous! Healing, happy thoughts your way!!

SueBeads said...

I love your hair, it looks great! And your toes! I love a good pedicure and you're right, why don't we pamper ourselves! Love the toggles, too, I like how they are!

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi LeAnn,
Happy feet make for a happy you, it is so wonderful to pamper yourself every once in a while. I love the toggles they are so pretty. Your new hair do look fabulous on you. It is great that you are keeping a positive attitude it will help you through this bad time. Sending well wishes and healing thoughts your way.
Therese

Kashmira said...

So happy to see your post! And those happy happy feet. And the toggles. And your lovely smile.

DeborahRead.com said...

Love your toggles

Nice to be pampered - I always enjoyed and pedacure/manicure

Keep well

windrock studio said...

Hey LeAnn ~ love the pretty toes and toggles and the cute 'do! Keep smiling and keep getting a bit of studio time and please keep sharing here.

Pretty Things said...

See, I told you a mani-pedi would do you some good! :-)

Izzy said...

Beautiful feet and new do! Big hug.

momster said...

<3

Thoughtfulhands said...

Love those toggles especially the heart one I will be watching for those...

I didn't get my first pedi until I was in my 40's why don't know but it was WONDERFUL! I get them pretty regular now.

Your hair looks adorable and your feet look definitely happy :>

Barb Fernald said...

Great hair cut!
A pedicure is such a good pick-me-up anytime. Thanks for the reminder to indulge.

The toggles look perfect. I really like the change from a raised pattern. You're an inspiration LeAnn, even when you are exhausted! Thanks for keeping us all in the loop. We're all rooting for you.
xoxo

sharon said...

Oh yea, pampering is the best, and we don't do it often enough! You look great, and with your wonderful attitude, you will be even greater!
I loooooove the toggles!

stregata said...

Your toes are soooo cute! And I just love your smile...
Your toggles are delightful and I love those leafy little branches.
Sending you much love and strength from across the miles of ocean.

steufel said...

Hang in there LeAnn! And your toggles are LOVELY! So is your smile:-) And besides a mani-pedi cucumber-mask and the likes are really, really good:-)

Patti Van said...

I missed reading blogs yesterday, so I can only agree with every other commentator...your hair is fab, your toes look happy, and the toggles rock!!! I will continue to pray for a quick recovery for you!!!! Thank you so much for keeping us up to date on your progress!

Cynthia@Ornamental Style said...

Glad to see you here and posting about the new toggles, which are lovely just as they are. And may there be many more 'happy feet' moments in your life.
Cyndi

Marie Cramp said...

You are beautiful and will still be beautiful without hair! After all, it will grow back! <3 I am absolutely in LOVE with those toggles! I want to buy them all! lol I think these need to be a part of your shop permanently, let me know when you list them! lol Love you! Get well fast!

My Life Under the Bus said...

So glad to hear from you . You look great and those toggles are awesome!!! Sometimes you've got to shake it up a bit! XOXO

quiltingjewel39 said...

Your haircut is wonderful - just remember it's not about the hair - it's about the person. Glad to see the post and it's wonderful you enjoyed having your feet pampered. It was nice hearing about your fun in the studio. Keep that positive attitude.I'm a 17 year survivor.

Karli @ The Bonnie 5 said...

Oh dear! I just popped over to thank you for such sweet words on my blog, and I'm just reading what you are facing. I'm so happy you were able to pamper yourself and the new hairdo looks wonderful! :-) Your attitude seems so positive and I wish you the very very best! Hugs!!