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In The Year 2020

It is hard to believe that it is already 2020.  This is the year where we supposed to have rocket ships and traveling to the moon would be easy to travel to Mexico.  Well obviously, that didn’t happen.

As well as two Christmas videos that I had planned, that didn’t work.

I had another setback in my recovery.  I am having a very hard time of getting around.  I don’t know if it is the cold weather or the fall, but both of my legs are very stiff and walking around it is very painful.  Oh heck, it has taken me 3 days just to get to the compute to type out this blog because of the pain and the effects of the painkillers.  They work, but they also make me sleep a lot.

The MRI that scheduled last month . . . well . . . lets just it was a disaster is putting it nicely.  I ended up having a panic attack and muscle spasms.  So it has been postponed until March.  With a strong recommendation to get a prescription of a tranquiller.

I was counting on that MRI so I have an idea of what is going on and what is the next step.  Especially with the craft sales.

So the question is what to do now.  I am honestly hoping and praying that I do not become like Peg Bundy.  Although that is what I have been doing for the last week or so.  Sitting on my butt, watching tv.  My Christmas cards are not even done.  I even had to get my brother to do some of my Christmas shopping.

I am hoping to work on You Tube, but that is going to depend on my knee.  Which is ironic because this is perfect time to do more videos.  I’m also been thinking of taking an online course.  I am not sure which one yet.  I am still researching and the biggest factor is I do not want to jeopardized my healing.

I hope everyone had a good new year.


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You Tube and COPPA

So I have less than 3 days before Bentley Christmas Sale on Saturday.  So instead of working on last minute cards or knitting a scarf, I have been fretting over You Tube.  A few months ago, FTC had fine You Tube for violating the COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act).  Whereas now You Tube had tighten its reins.

Now don’t get me wrong, there are some videos that I do not think that my nieces and nephews should watch.  To be completely honestly, they should never see them in their entire life.  And yes, I am an overprotective aunt and I will not apologize for it.

However because of the new rules that You Tube has set, it has turned the arts and craft channel into one giant grey area.  And they are saying that we used bright colors or happy music, considered child content.  Nothing is wrong child content except for two major things.

#1.  I don’t get paid.  I am not in it for money.  I have to have at least 1,000 subscribers and I am long away off.  However some of the channels do make money, and it is part of their livelihood.

#2.  You cannot comment in the videos.  So if someone has a question, they can’t ask me in the comment section.

So what did I do in the beginning.  Honestly, nothing computer wise.  Meaning, I whined to everyone who would listen to me in real life.  Ok, that was mature, I realized.  But I didn’t want to delete my channel.  I have heard some people had already deleted their channel.  I had thought of deleting mine, but then the question of what am I going to do now scared me.

And if I was in violation, I would be fined.  $50,000.

$50,000

Can we say oh crap.

Fortunately it has cleared up a bit where I had changed all of my videos to adults.  I honestly, I didn’t like it because my videos are not considered adult.  I don’t swear and the only bad things that happened in my videos is that I misspelled a work and the tripod falling over.  But it is better safe than sorry.

The other thing is that I am not allow to use copyright or fan art.  Like for example, I can’t paint a painting of Mickey Mouse or Channing Tatum.  I mean, I can, but it is a not allow on you tube.  I had two fan based videos planned out.

So right now, my plans are to get through Bentley sale, have that MRI on my knee and enjoy Christmas.  I am still going to make videos.  I have an idea on a penguin wreath, but right now,  Bentley sale is my first priority.

I hope every one is ok.


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November Christmas Sale 2019

You know when you had all things planned out and then it all goes topsy turvy?  Well . . . that kind of what happened to the sale.

Well, I mean nothing bad happened.  Both of my legs decided not to work and I was still unsteady on my feet where not only I was afraid of falling, I was afraid of breaking something.  And chances of breaking something expensive is extremely good.

However I didn’t sell much.  In fact, no one at the sale did good as well.  It wasn’t the weather.  Yes, it was raining, but compare to a blizzard that we had a few years back.  The other problem was that we don’t have interact.   We had to turn away 2 customers cause of it.  Nowadays, we can do it on the phone which I need to looked into.

Ghee, you can do everything on your smartphone.  I will be surprised 20 years from now, I will be telling kids, “In my day, we didn’t have our phones to turn on our washing machine or tell us when it was done.  We had to get off the couch to do it ourselves. If you want to unlock the car, you just press the button on your car keys.  I feel old now.

My next sale is next month and in all honestly, I don’t know of how we are going to handle it.  Mom’s hip is still bad and my legs are still not working.  Oh heck, it is Monday’s night and I am still sore.  Just this morning, having a shower was hard.

Which means both of mom and I kind of came up with a decision.  After the December sale, we are going on hiatus with craft sales.  We will still be selling stuff at Koda’s Kountry, and I still have YouTube, but until mom’s hip is fixed and the doctors know of what is going on with my legs and figure out treatment.  We can’t do the craft sales in our currant state.

Honestly, I do agreed with the decision, how the heck, can I help the customers or even walk around the table when we are in so much pain.   But yet, it still stinks.  I am trying to be positive in this.  Besides use this time, to work on You Tube, come up with new products ideas, figure out the online store (it’s the shipping part that is confusing me) and maybe do a book challenge.

That is all for now.

 

 


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An Update on my Health

I thought that I would give you an update of what has been happening.  Not much.  I honestly the recovery would take up to 2 weeks top.  That would be a big NO.  The physical therapist was right that it was going to take a while to get my arm work again.  I had a hard time working on a hat.  And as for art wise, this took me 3 days to complete instead of a day which it normally takes.  I know, I know, recovery takes time and it does suck a lot.

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And I was going to get tired a lot.  That lasted for weeks.  But now, I am off the steroids and which I am so relieved.  Not only I was seeing those giant red ants on the wall, my appetite had increased which I did gain wait.  Some of my clothes are tight.  As well I was really rooting and tooting.  Last week, I had to go to back to Calgary, I was hoping and praying that there wasn’t going to be any rooting and tooting or else, I was afraid that my mother would have pulled over and made me walk the rest of the way.  There wasn’t, thank goodness.

But I only had small headache, but I think it was from caffeine withdraw.  I also been avoiding stressful situations like a chicken.  I am terrified of getting headaches because they are a symptom for bleeding. 

So no, I didn’t do the December sale which was sad.  But the good news that not only I got my despot on the tables back, but I was able to used it as despot for next year.  So everything from Koda’s Kountry is profit. 

As to my health, next week I get a CT scan so fingers crossed that I don’t have the brain surgery.  As for my knee, that fall on the stairway on the first day of the brain bleed, made it worst.  I already seen a doctor about it, and he said it was torn ligaments.  I have to go in for physic, great more physic.  But at least it is not surgery.

I posted a short video in Lesley Creates to explain the long absence. 

Announcement

So what is going to happen now?  Honestly, nothing.  I am going to wait and see of what the CT says.  I going to be positive and say that there is no bleeding, and I am cleared to drive.  And this is a chapter that will be closed in our lives.

If that chapter closed, I am not planning to work on Original Things until the New Year.  I am going to work on Lesley’s stuff like my blanket, my shawl.  And maybe, just maybe make a pair of slippers for myself.  I probably still going to work on cards, watercolor cards and do some art journaling.

As for Lesley Creates, the same, hold off until the New Year.  I still needs to learn about the new editing problem and get some samples done.  As well I ordered a tripod for the channel which has not arrived. 

We had a postal strike here in Canada and even though the strike is over.  We are still dealing with the after mass.  They are behind and the people are saying that by the time they catch up, it will in March.  So obviously I cannot do any online shopping, which I was planning to do for my knee’s and the fact, I still cannot drive.

I guess that is all I can say.  So I don’t blog before Christmas.  I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 


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So what has been happening.

Today, I was supposed to be at Bentley for the Annual Christmas sale.  But obviously, I am not.

Last Friday, I woke up in the middle of the night, very groggy.  I was stumbling like crazy.  My first thought that since I had a very headache and I took a painkiller, I was feeling the side effects of it.  I assumed once I slept it off, I would feel back to normal.  I didn’t.  In fact, my left side was completely numbed, where I needed help in getting dressed.  I couldn’t even put new batteries in my hearing aids without help.  I had dinner with my family where I had trouble holding a fork.

Afterward, my mom took me to the ER where I had a MRI.  Within a hour, I was in an ambulance heading to Calgary because I had a brain bleed.  They were talking about brain surgery.

Apparently, 2 months ago, when I fell out of bed, cracking my skull.  It caused bleeding.  The idea of brain surgery scared the craped out of me.  I made it crystal clear with my mom that if I ended up brain dead, pull the plug.  I don’t want to be a financial burden.

Fortunately, they put me on steroids which they helped me greatly.  My left side is getting stronger, but I am getting more winded.  Even typing this blog out, I am getting tired. My balance is still off a bit.  The bad part of the drugs or the bleeding is that I am seeing things.  Like giant red ants crawling on the wall or furniture moving.  So driving is obviously out.

Then it gets betters.  I posted on facebook of what has been happening.  At that time, I had a very hard typing.  You needed a decoder ring to read the post.  So I asked a friend of mine to explain, except it ended up in completely disaster.  They all thought that my friend had a stroke and was in the hospital.  Good grief.

So since I surivived a brain injury, what is next.  Simple, I treated myself to alittle online shopping where I know I spent way too much money.  Oh well.

I am still bummed that I missed the sale.  I am hoping to make it to Dec sale. But honestly, when I worked on a hat, I can only knit two rows before getting worn out.  But the money from the sales is my Christmas money.  Damnit.  Fortunately, Shirley and Angela who in charged of the sale told me that everything was fine.  Just get better and it will take time.

They were right.  This is going to be a great test to my patiences.  Yippee.

So the plan ahead is in a few months, I need to get a MRI scan.  If the bleeding is still there, I will have to have to have surgery which means I will be in the hospital in 3 months  Oh goody.  And my hair dresser will have a fit over this.

I also have to go into rehab, but currently waiting, for them to call.  Forunately, it is in my town.

Hope everyone is well.


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Decluttering Original Things

I have been so busy trying to declutter and clean up my art studio, my bedroom, my place that I forgotten to declutter Original Things.

And I know you are thinking, “Lesley, how are you are going to declutter Original Things?” It is almost the middle of October and I haven’t even posted a video for Halloween.  I actually planned 4 videos for this month.  This honestly really stressed me out to the point where I was physically sick again.  I am breaking out in rashes again and dealing with insomnia and anxiety.

My big sale is in the beginning of next month, and I still need to make more stuff.  Let alone, some of you known that Halloween is a very emotional time for me.   So I made a decision to save my sanity.

I am NOT quitting You Tube, but I am going to take some time off.  Which I know that is suicide for the You Tube community.  But right now, the sale is more important that Halloween.  As well I still haven’t got You Tube down pact.  I did downloaded Shotcut, the new editing program, but I still haven’t taken the time to watch the editorals and figure it out.  It takes me two days to edit on my cell and how many days to film a video.  Days that I need to be working on knitted and crochet things as well as cards.

I am not quitting, I am just prioritizing my sanity. After the December sales, things should slow down, hopefully.

Hope everyone is well.


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Cupcake Card

Hello,

First of all, I should apologized for not blogging for awhile a bit.  I fell and hit my head hard where I ended up having a concussion.  Then the next day, my family had an emergency so basically all of my energy and time was focus on that.  But the good news is that everything is better and back to normal.

Cupcake

A few weeks ago, I made a video on this card.  It is a birthday card for my mother’s 35th birthday.

The link to the video is: Cupcake Card

The supply list as to follow:

  • Black Recollection card, 5 x 6 1/2 inches
  • Studio G 6×6 inches black pattern paper pack cut to 4 1/2 x 6 inch
  • Recollection Red Foil Signature Paper 12×12 inches cut to 4 3/4 x 6 1/4 and scrap for the Cuttlebug
  • Cuttlebug
  • Circle Dies 3″ and 1″
  • Scallop Circle Dies 1 1/2″ and 3″
  • Doubleside Tape
  • Glue Stick
  • Foam Tape
  • White cardstock scrap
  • Black Cardstock cut to 2×5 inch
  • 4 3/4 x 6 1/4 plain white paper for inside the card
  • Black Archival Ink
  • Cupcake Stamp
  • “Happy Birthday” stamp from Recollection Mini 4 Pack
  • Embossing Ink
  • Clear Embossing powder
  • Heating Gun
  • Anti-Static Pad
  • Clear Glitter glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Recollection Brush Tip Brush – Brown
  • Letraset Aqua Marker Raspberry
  • Lace Doily from Recollection Valentine’s Day Doilies, White

In other news, I finally got my Facebook page for Original Things working so today after this, I am going to work on it some more.  I am debating of whether or not to make a facebook page for my channel, because technically it is for Original Things, just with a different name.  Speaking of a different name, we did changed the name of the page to Lesley’s Original Things because there were 3 or 4 pages of Original Things.

So back to work.  I hope everyone is well.