Another day, another challenge! This time it's the turn of the I ♥ ProMarkers Challenge Blog and their theme this week is (drum-roll please...) Circles.
I had originally intended to make a card using the Olympic Rings and I had another Tilda all lined up and then we got a new sponsor - Nitwit Collections. Their papers are so gorgeous I just had to make a new card to go with the papers they gave me. They are called Fairytale Too (available here) and as with all the Nitwits papers, you get an amazing assortment that all match each other perfectly and that look really beautiful when printed out.
I had already coloured this Tilda and the lovely dragon and castle and fortunately they all matched the papers to perfection so this was a no-brainer really. As for the finished card, I don't hate it but it is A4 sized and I don't usually work within that size and I have to say I found it a little daunting. If you normally make 6x6 cards, going to A4 gives you so much more room to fill and I should have looked at it like a Scrapbook page as I suppose I would have found that a little easier to work with!! My reason for working on such a big card? I did the Tilda scene and that nearly filled a 6x6 alone so I had no choice really!! Anyway, it's done now and I will just have to live with it won't I!
I have been so busy of late it's been a little overwhelming for me as real life keeps creeping in on the craft world and I like to keep those two separate at all times. I had a doctors appointment yesterday and apart from getting weighed (a monthly thing that never seems to get any better!!) I was nervously awaiting a prostate exam as I had had to have blood taken last month as I have been having a few problems lately (it's all down to my age I'm sure). My back was really bad yesterday so I told the Doctor that unless it was absolutely necessary I was in no mood for a prostate exam unless 100% necessary "Don't worry" he says "I have little fingers"!!!
How bad is that?? Anyway, I didn't need an exam because my blood came back okay so that was a massive relief. Then he dropped the bombshell that my blood test revealed I am on the verge of Diabetes and need to have another test to make sure I'm now not a diabetic. I'm still in a little bit of shock about this one because it's not something I have every really thought about before, even though most of my wife's family are diabetic and I have a nephew who has to inject himself daily. So keep your fingers crossed for me that when I have my next blood test it comes out okay.
Of course I know exactly why I am on the verge. I keep putting weight on and just can't seem to do anything about it. My back is now so bad I can barely walk and have to take the car everywhere I go, so exercise is really limited. I could swim, but I refuse to get into a pool where people are going to stare at the whale wearing the Bermuda shorts! I am so self conscious now, I am beginning to feel like a shut-in. Thank God we have no full-length mirrors in our house or I would probably get the Dyson out and use it's extra-strength suction pipe to remove the world's largest muffin top. I never had a weight problem as a kid, it only started when I got married the first time and I had to eat chips with everything because that was all my first wife could cook! Since then I have struggled with my weight and now I am the size of a small housing estate in Carmarthon I am beginning to panic as I feel I am literally now at tipping point! I work at it every day and hopefully one day I will get it under control before it finally does me in.
And on that bombshell I am going to say ta ta and get back to work on my next little work of art. Kenny K is next and I am already really happy with the final coloured image so it's just a case of putting it all together now.
See you again really soon, take care