Thursday, June 17, 2010

Home Sweet Home!

Check out the names on the issue slip...I wonder who 'lover boy' is?

It was a great relief to have my son finally discharged from hospital after a long 11 day stay. Unfortunately he's still unwell and at home. This sure has been a long road! Thanks to all of you who sent your well wishes, they are really appreciated and much needed! We've got another appointment with the Doctor tomorrow and we've started my son on a gluten free diet (I'm gluten and lactose free) so hopefully it will do the trick and we'll back on the road to recovery in no time. Here's hoping!!

I haven't done any art in ages and the call of my papers and threads is getting deafening! All up it's been about 4 weeks of no play and I am seriously craving some quiet time lost in the textures and colours. It's hard to find the balance between family and art.Actually, I've come to the conclusion that sometimes there is no balance. Sometimes the needs of one quite simply outweighs the other and nothing can be done to balance them out. I must say though, that even though there's been no play it doesn't mean no fun. I've managed to visit a few blogs (literally a few! please don't feel left out if I haven't made it your way yet!) which has been refreshing and inspiring and the postman has been bringing me wonderful mail!
I took a few photos of some of the things a blog friend, Danit sent me. She has just shifted back to Israel and I was lucky enough to be sent some of the things she needed to find new homes for!

This image came from a wonderful old first aid book. I'm already planning the collages for next years ICE and I think this book is going to be very useful! The image above is also from a book Danit sent me.

Old wooden stamps. They are a wonderful mix of old and new. Aged wood and rubber with glitter-ink remains on them!  I am really drawn to the old wood and text I am not sure if I should use them or display them!

Wooden bingo numbers. Off centre and quirky- just the way I like them! I had actually received a few of these before in an art swap with Danit but I've used them so you can imagine how happy I was to see these in the mail!

Look what else arrived! No wonder I am itching to play! This is Kim's book for the Pulp Redux Collab  (see her blog link on my side bar) and the pages you can see are Alicia's and Lisa J's. Their links are also on the side bar if you're curious! I still have Alicia's book here (remember Charlotte?) and my next post should be the final installation for my part in the "Museum of Forgotten Things" story. It's been painfully close to finished for what seems like forever now! Watch this space:)


Nora said...

Good luck with getting the situation with your son straightened out, Lisa. It is always such a problem to find out what exactly is wrong. I hope the gluten free diet works, although it is a hassle to follow it, as you know so well. It will be the answer, anyway.
Nice to see all you wonderful gifts. I like the stamps the best. A nice misture of old and new. Makes a nice collection to display.


ArtPropelled said...

I hope everything is back to normal soon and you manage to tip the scale in the other direction with loads of art and creativity.Sending positive thoughts for your sons quick recovery.

Lovely photographs of goodies in my favourite colours of vintage paper, fibre and wood.

I'm wondering if J.? Brock thinks he is a lover boy or if someone else thinks so.

Mick said...

There's no place like home ... I'm happy to hear you and your son are back in familiar surroundings. :)

bad penny said...

Good luck with your son's diet.

What lovely things - the stamps are fabulous!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Do hope the situation soon gets back to normal Lisa - I haven't called for a while as I have been on holiday, so I didn't know about your son's illness. I am so sorry and do hope he is recovering.

Jo Archer said...

Glad your son is home and hope he continues to get better quickly.

I can't wait to see the finished book. It's such a stunning piece of work from everyone.

重俐BuckK_N重俐ieto0904 said...

No pains, no gains...................................................................

Debrina said...

Oh Lisa - I want to scratch your back, figuratively speaking, just to relieve you of the itch to art, lol! It's just so frustrating when you can't art because of time constraints and domestic commitments (you don't need to tell me about that, lol!). Still, family is EVERYTHING and I know neither of us would trade them in for anything. I love how you've picked out the things that are making you feel inspired right now. Those library slips are such a hard case, aren't they? Lover boy is probably in his 50s by now. I'm about to send your book off to Lisa J. Can't wait to get Kims next!! In the meantime, just to fill the gap, I'm working on a little book for myself.

Debi said...

So glad at least the hospital stay is over. I really hope the change in diet is just what is needed next.

My heart aches for you, I can only imagine how you miss Art. Everything that goes on in life ultimately informs creative work. When you are able to get back to it, in many ways, it will reflect even more of you.

alteredbits said...

i'm so very glad your sweet boy is home! i've had this post open in my browser for three days and haven't been able to comment yet with father's day stuff (yesterday for us) and such.

i totally agree -- there is oftentimes no balance at all. this is the first whole week of summer break and having finn home only three of those days last week has already put a huge damper on my creative time.

what gorgeous bits you've received!! i LOVE the anatomical illustration, of course, and all of the wood things are so lovely! i think that you should use AND display the block stamps, personally. that's what i would do. :)