I guess the last one has been pulled out and I can now seriously start this new year properly.
Rest in peace, little voodoo doll ...
Sorry I have been away so long, dear blogging friends ...
It all started in early November when my computer crashed, once again, then totally died on me. I ordered a shiny new laptop from Dell and waited for it patiently while I barely managed to keep track of my little art business on my old dinosaur iMac.
As days turned into weeks, Dell kept on postponing delivery and I must have spent around 20 hours on the phone trying to trace the darn laptop, talking with agents from India, Morocco and Tunisia.
My wooden block prints were selling so good, I just couldn't believe it! I sold 125 of them to a lady who owns a small store in Australia, then another 75 to a couple in Arizona who wanted to offer them as party favors on their wedding day. As soon as I made a new batch, they disapeared almost instantly!
After almost giving up on it, my laptop finally showed up on a certain December afternoon. I was so excited and so happy! I waited for Ulysse to return from school to unwrap it. We marveled at its beauty for a few minutes then pushed the power button, holding our breath ... The motor started but the screen went blank and the operating system did not kick in !!! WHAT? Went back on the phone, steam coming out of my ears and after examining this devil's toy, I found out this laptop no operating system was ever installed in it. I would have to return it to the company then wait for delivery of a replacement which would take approximately 3 weeks ! WHAT? I almost threw the thing by the window then run my car over it !! ENOUGH ! Instead, I drove to the electronic store and got myself a super-dooper fast and powerful Acer laptop in a few minutes and came back home with it whithin half a hour! It works like a charm too ...
The morning after as I was cleaning my studio to make space for my new God-given tool, the cherry topped the sundae! Climbed in my ladder, I was taking down a heavy box from the top shelf in my studio when one of the steps broke and made me tumble backwards on the floor. The box tumbled too and landed right on top of my right hand. Crack! Broke a bone in two !
Noooooooooooo! Not my right hand ! Not a few weeks before Christmas when things are totally crazy and you dream of being a octopus to handle all the tasks that lie in front of you ! Not the hand I use to paint, draw and write ! Not this hand ! No choice I had ... The doctor had to put my hand in a cast for 6 weeks ...
Just image spending 6 long weeks trying to live normally without the use of your favorite hand. I was pretty upset about it ... But Christmas would be here soon, my son would be on vacation for almost two weeks, my sales were great, I had a few friends and my parents to help out on the assembly line of my Etsy store, I was not seriously sick at the hospital nor paralyzed, I was not dying of hunger, there was no war going on in this part of the world and my family was fine. This was a simple stupid accident and I would have to deal with it. So I did ...
The cast was removed a week ago and despite fears of having articulation problems my hand is doing pretty good! It has regained 98% of its capacity and yesterday I spent the first day in a long time painting my heart away. And it feels so good !
Now I am writing to you and I can type almost as fast as I used to !
Just wanted to drop by and tell you why I had been quiet for so long ...
But I read what you were up to, visited with you guys on a daily basis. Reading is one thing I did a lot of ... And walking too ... Walked 90 minutes 7 days a week, rain or snow or shine! Now I look terrific, floating in my old pair of jeans with my skinny right hand !
I will be dangerous in my studio in the coming weeks, I can tell you that!
To start with, I just listed 5 different Valentine wooden block prints in my Etsy store|. They are small and cute and painted red all around and full of love. They would make wonderful little gifts for your precious one or ones!
Come over for a visit!
And remember!| Buy two regular prints and get the 3rd one FREE!| Or buy 5 wooden block prints and get another one of your choice FREE!
I should have a few more new little things in my shop this week and a few new original paintings next week. So stay tuned!
I must go now, my poor little hand is exhausted !
Oh! I am so happy to be able to chat with you guys! I have missed it so much!