Robocop Arm to the Rescue!
Thanks to everyone for the kind words and encouragement from my last post! It really means a lot to me and definitely encourages me that they will one day go off to new homes and be enjoyed each and every day by their owners – just as I enjoy some of the art toys I have from other artists. I’ve also have a few people interested in commissioned felties – and hoping that will pan out! I’ve still yet to have my first commissioned critter!
I confess I have not been very motivated to blog in the past few weeks – hence the lack of posts. My wrist injury has really been limiting what I can do creatively, so I’ve been a bit restless and spending a lot of time just sorta zoning out reading or watching TV. So this wrist thing – which I originally thought was a sprain from working out – turned out to instead be tendinitis in the thumb joint of my wrist… caused by – you guessed it – needle felting! So no, I don’t burn myself welding or pull muscles in pilates… instead I inflame tendons stabbing wool! Sheesh, who knew this was going to be such a dangerous hobby? =P
As per doctor’s orders, at night I get to wear this truly fabulous Robocop brace that immobilizes my thumb and wrist. During the day, thankfully I get to wear a smaller one that looks more like I got in a hardcore fight and punched someone’s lights out. Not gonna lie, I do pretend that’s the real story just to feel extra badass walking down the street or driving with it on. Hey might as well use some creativity to turn it into a positive, right?
So the past few weeks I’ve stopped felting pretty much entirely, trying to give myself a good chance to heal up. I cannot rock climb, I cannot kayak, and I’m insanely restless to do both! Thankfully, this week the pain has almost entirely subsided – Prednisone dosepack & Robocop arm to the rescue! I think I am only a week or two away from being able to do all of my favorite things again, and am even able to start doing little things this week like open bottles and cans and lift stuff. My god, I never realized how important thumbs are! I certainly have a new appreciation for these digits!
At this point its pretty obvious I won’t be making my June deadline for the art market, but you know what? That’s okay. Even if I don’t get selling at an actual market this year at all, this project has jump started some great stuff for my Etsy shop. I hope to start photographing everything soon so that I can get a bunch of it up in my otherwise barren shop in the next few months! Woo! Even if it’s not the outcome I originally desired, it’s progress! And it’s still making things I love and moving forward with my overall goals of making some money from doing what I love. =)
Well done you for being so positive. I know how you feel a bit, I sprained my ankle trying out skate boarding for the first time about 6 weeks ago and it’s (obviously) stopped me running. Which really sucks because I’m starting to feel lumpy. Luckily I flew into Hawaii yesterday and am swimming every day so it’s really not that bad haha! Like you I’m working hard on art projects and your blog inspires me to WORK HARDER! So thanks x
Stay strong with that wrist girly. I know exactly how you feel. I ended up with wrist surgery last year from tendonitis and a ganglion cyst which was all caused from over using my Wacom tablet. Had me out for months! Be sure to alternate ice and heat, it helps trust me and whatever you do..do not push yourself toward healing, you’ll hurt yourself worse. While your not actually producing anything, your still being creative cause you’re reading and thinking about your next project and making future plans. So no worries girl, you are amazing and have blown me away with your creations over the past year and a half. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up…from me…your thumb needs to stay in the brace.. Lol! <3
Good to hear from you again! I was missing your blog!