Carpal Tunnel Surgery

June 16th 2017 I had my carpal tunnel release surgery. This was done with local anesthetic only, which was fine.

The tugging was disturbing for sure, but really I couldn’t feel anything at all that was actually going on. Hearing them talking about the insides of my hand was… icky.

I only knew they had stitched me up because the doctor was talking to the intern about technique. And then… lots of thick bandages all taped down. Pixie gave me kisses when I got home. My fingers were very frozen and uncomfortable, but not painful.

Today I got the bandage off (yay!) and stitches out. I was surprised at what it looked like, because the surgery was supposed to be two small incisions but the stitches were holding a wound about two inches long at the base of my palm. No wonder it’s been so sore!

Looks like about 7 stitches, I think it was. They kept catching in the bandages, which bothered me a lot when I moved my hand in a rotating manner. So glad they’re gone.

And here’s what it looks like after the stitches came out. I’m supposed to keep it covered with big patch Band Aids until it’s fully closed. I felt the clipping but not the pulling out because the area has lingering numbness. I guess that’s not so bad.

I met with the physio therapist to get some exercises to help my healing and control, though the doctor said my range of motion is good. There are more I have to do to help the inflammation and scarring after the wound is closed.

The base of my thumb is feeling constantly numb-ish and tired, as if I’ve been using it a lot when I haven’t been. So, I’m allowed to only be using my hand in small batches over the day. Typing and mousing are okay, but I’m not satisfied yet with my control with a pen. I will have to work on that!

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May Deco Sendout

Sexy Cruella deco pageUp all night watching reruns of Friends while I work on deco books to send out to my May partner. I had to do extra because I sent the ones I had done out to CatPratt with the one that was going home. πŸ™‚

So first we have Cruella de Ville for a sexy villains deco. I made her bustier than her bony Disney self and took away the manic smile.

I cut her out and glued her to the scrapbook paper page in the book. Phrixy’s Kylo is in this book too. I kind of like that they’ll be traveling together. I really miss doing art with her on the regular. It’s really comfortable and enjoyable.

Forest Goddess deco pageThe Forest Goddess is for a nature goddess deco. I tried to keep her colours really natural, like no scarlet lips and such. The little antlers appeal to me, of course, and I couldn’t resist giving her elfin ears.

The rest I’m sending off was a pass on author portraits (I’m just not ready for portraits), and my own decos heading out into the world.

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Sneaky, Kawaii, and Hippy

Decos_May24_2017While Phrixy was here, we went to Tim’s to work on some deco books together. πŸ™‚ I got 3 done, one of which is slated to return home; my second return to send off lately. I still haven’t gotten any back yet. Boo!

Anyhow, the first is the one for the book going home. The theme was sneaking and peeking. Naturally I thought of my cats playing with their toys, so this one is meant to resemble Parsa.

The unicorn is for a kawaii chibi booklet. It has gold on the horn and hooves.

Lastly is an androgynous hippy for an incense and peppermints book. You can’t really see the sparkly peace symbols in the background, but they are there.

Being able to sit with Phrixy and do art again was amazing, and we got to also work out some plot ideas for my second book in the Sacrifice series, so that was also amazing. Collaboration really brings out the best, I think. I’m going to miss her company a lot.

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steampunk mercat deco page by icekatWorking on a few decos to pass on for this month’s round of swaps. This first one is themed for steampunk anthro creatures, so of course I did a mercat. I worked directly on the page in acrylics just for a change, which has a nice graph pattern in brown tones.

I’ll probably redraw this one for the second volume of Whimsical Cats colouring book. πŸ™‚

pink kitty deco page by IcekatAnd another kitty, this time for a deco book of PINK! Everyone else had done girls in pink, so of course I needed to be different. LOL I think her name would be Cotton Candy.

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ATC Alternatives Challenge

For this iATCs challenge, you had to make 1 skinny page (3×7″), 2 twinchies (2×2″), one chunky (4×4″), and one Gothic Arch that fit 4×6″. So basically, all the standard items except an ATC. πŸ˜€ Yeah, I know, there are some things that weren’t included. Frankly I’m glad we didn’t do inchies, because those are too small for me.

Sorry this scan is tipped a little. I decided the stained glass dragon Gothic arch would fit into a fantasy deco I had on hand, so I used it for that, and it can move along to the next artist. The pages inside were black, so I outlined this with white Sharpie so it would stand out a little.

Next I did the skinny page and twinchies with a moon/cosmos theme. The skinny page ended up filled in with info about the April Pink Full Moon, for my witchy journal book I’ve been featuring on my site.

These will also probably show up in my moon embellishments pack I’ve been mucking about with. Eventually I’ll put it up as a digital product on Etsy. Yay!

Last of all is a chunky I made for with Phrixy’s birthday present. It’s a painting of Noosh/Poet, one of our cats who likes to talk toΒ her on the phone when she gets home from work at night. It’s very cute. Whenever the phone rings now, Noosh starts meowing and running to me to get her chance to talk. She’ll try to talk to anyone just in case it might be her other mommy. You never know.


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Ready to Go Decos

So I spent a while prepping some deco books to go out, to round out packages going to new players at any given time. I was in the mood, so I took some images from ATCs and such I’d painted, along with other inspirations, and slapped together some booklets. The covers are mostly made from those advertising postcard-type things you get in the mail, which makes them nice and sturdy. I covered that with scrapbook paper, and then decorated them. πŸ™‚

Here are a couple shots of the finished batch. Click them to get a larger view. You might recognize some of the images I used on the covers here. I have lots more that haven’t been decorated/themed yet! Probably 20, I’d say. Whew!

Now to work on the books I need to pass on…


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Mail Art Madness

Okay, so maybe that title is hyperbole. But that’s okay. I’ve got my package prepped to send out to my March swap partner for decos. This image is from a round deco called Sea Songs. I quite liked that book for its shape and interesting images.

I also have the last page in a book of Bird on my Shoulder theme, so I’m confirming the proper address to send it to while I work on my page. I’ve never sent a book home before, so it’s kind of exciting. I hope some of mine make it home before I move. πŸ™‚

crow on my shoulder decoAnd here is my Crow on my Shoulder page for that above-mentioned deco. Tomorrow it will be on its way home!

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Goddess Swap

So February was slow for me. I didn’t really do any art at all after the frenzy to do the January 30 paintings challenge. My carpal tunnel pain was really acting up, and I just needed a break.

At the start of March, I got my first Etsy sale, which is exciting! Now that I’m getting that sorted out, I’m looking forward to more sales. πŸ™‚

Nasty Woman Goddess and Dahlia deco pageI entered CatPratt’s goddess shape swap. We all have to use the same Nile goddess shape she supplied for us.

The pink pussy hat on the Nasty Woman goddess is removable to preserve the shape for the swap. Did I mention that I got myself one of those shirts for my birthday? It supports Planned Parenthood. I’m happy about that.

Next to her is a dahlia I painted for a deco book for this month’s deco swap.


Springtime and Bast goddesses

Next are my Springtime goddess, with flowers and dragonflies, and bits of drifting spring fluff, and my Bast goddess. Her hair and ears are also a removable hat.

I like that I did two people-type goddesses and two that are decorative within the shape.

I have the option of doing 3 more for the swap, but I think I’ll hold off on that for now.

The last goddess is my Cosmos goddess. I decided after making my cosmos traveler’s notebook cover that I like to paint outer space sometimes. πŸ™‚

Cosmos goddessSo at the moment I’m just finishing up watching Nine Lives. Not the best movie but the cat is cute. My cats all come running when they hear meows and yowls on my computer, so they’ve been a constant menace while I’ve been posting this and trying to scan the art. Good grief! Sometimes Phrixy sends me videos on purpose of kittens crying just to get them riled up. *headshake*


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I win!

WITCH and fancy fox by IceKat

WITCH and fancy fox by IceKat

Finally finished my last 4 paintings for the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge, and my carpal tunnel problems are glad to be done with the whole thing! I thought last night I wasn’t going to make it, I was in so much pain. Today I took it a bit slower and managed to complete #27-30. Whew!

So the first two are a protesting witch, whose originated from an image I saw online of an anonymous group. I loved the idea and had to do just one more protest piece for this challenge. The next is a fancy fox based on Phrixy’s character, Campbell, who is an aristocratic, shapeshifting vampire. These two are both ATC sized.

steampunk woman deco by IceKat

steampunk woman deco by IceKat

Next is a steampunk lady for a deco book. My hand wasn’t happy with doing the line work this morning, but there it is. I really wanted to do a lot more detail because… steampunk, but I just couldn’t manage it. It’s still here, so maybe I’ll fiddle with it more another time. You know, when I’m bored. Hahahaha!

I believe that one is a 4×4″ piece. You can see in the upper left corner that it’s held together with some chain, which is kinda cool. And of course I had to do a peacock feather for colour, because I can’t help myself. πŸ™‚

Blue Tiger deco by IceKat

Blue Tiger deco by IceKat

Okay, last of all, but certainly not least, is a cute blue tiger I did for a larger deco book of big cats and monkeys. Naturally I chose to do a cat. Because duh. Again, I can’t help myself.

I really like how this one came out. I may have to print out a copy for myself. He is based on a photo. I say ‘he’ like I have a clue. I dunno, it strikes me as a he for whatever reason.

So that’s it. I win a digital rosette on my signature over at the iATCs forum. But more importantly I finished with a lot of deco books, and sent out a couple envelopes full to other people. One was asked for, and one will be a surprise when the recipient gets it. LOL I hope she doesn’t mind. Surprise art! Make more art!

Anyhow, that’s that. I’ll probably rest my hands a while before taking up another challenge. But I must say, the art on that challenge thread was outstanding. Truly. Wow, guys. Bravo!

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More Decos

#24-26 for the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. Whew… Almost there. Zombie Cheshire for a zombie fairytales deco, Bad Wolf for fairytale animals, and a Crystal Goddess.

Next challenge, I really need to get ahead at the start. LOL

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