Seeing Is Believing

January 17, 2011

As you may have guessed after reading Saturday's post, I need glasses.  I need glasses BAD!  I still can't believe it!  I thought I had perfect vision.  I first detected a problem when I had to cover my left eye and read the alphabet chart.  Guess what...I couldn't even read the top line with my right eye!  You know the line with the biggest letters??  Yep, it was a complete blur!  As a matter of fact, everything was blurry, near or far.  I kept saying to the technician, "I can't understand why my eye is so blurry?  I could see just fine a minute ago."  She was very kind and humored me.  Well, now it was time to check my left eye...not so good there either.  MUCH better than right, but not great.  I still couldn't read the smaller letters.  Scott arrived just in time for the doctor to check things out and talk with me.  Apparently, I've needed glasses for a L-O-N-G time.  The doctor's exact words were "you've probably needed glasses since preschool."  I'm a little emotional at this point.  He asked me about headaches and fatigue.  Had I experienced them?  Yes and yes, as long as I can remember.  I've always had headaches.  Constant headaches.  Unexplained fatigue??  Yes!  I've been to the doctor dozens of times over the years and no one has ever mentioned that I should get my eyes checked.  I just lived with it.  I have a very strong astigmatism which left untreated as mine has been for the 30+ years was like a "leaky faucet" draining me of energy and causing headaches.  The doctor said "you'll be amazed at how your quality of life will improve."  Can you believe that???

Now for the fun part...picking out glasses.  I was in no mood to be picking out glasses at this point.  I had been in a hurry so I wore my hair curly, my face looked a wreck and my headache was back.  Needless to say I think I picked a cute pair out.  They're a bit sassy and fun!  I just can't wait to be able to see!  Scott was a big help picking them out!  Very supportive.  Scott has urged me for years to go to the eye doctor.  I should have listened to him a long time ago.  He never said, "I told you so!"  What a guy.  :-)

Now for class with Jamie on Saturday.  There were about 20 LA students there.  I guess I wasn't sure what the class was because it turned out to be an introduction to fabric painting for portrait quilts.  Jamie basically took his 5 day workshop and condensed it into a 10 minute explanation.  There were students from all over, even one from Canada.  I loved meeting all the other LAers.  I met a new friend Bev that has an A-1.  She was super helpful and I plan on visiting her studio soon!  Anyways, we had to pick a flower to "color" in with either pencils, markers or paints.  We had about 4 different choices.  I chose the Morning Glory.
I am not at all familiar with this kind of "portrait" quilting.  I love to learn new things, though.  I was really nervous or intimidated because I don't consider myself this kind of artist.  I don't know the first thing about painting like this!!  I was definitely a fish out of water!! As it turns out, this is a very long process.  Many steps involved.  It takes a lot of layering of colors to make the portrait come to life!  My first layers.
More depth added.  I'm starting to add the first colors on more of the leaves too.  You can see our work table.
Then Jamie walked around the room and held them up for critique from the class.  There were some amazing flowers!!  Some real artists in that room!  I wanted to sink under my chair when it was my turn!
Jamie critiquing a student's flowers.

The group of ladies I rode with want to finish our flowers, so we can put them in a show as a group.  I have so much left to do.  We all did.  There are many more steps to the process.  Not sure if I'll have the time.  We'll see...

20 comments:

  1. I hope you are on the road to no more headaches and fatigue!!
    It looks like an interesting class.

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  2. What a world of difference the glasses will make...when the kids were little (before first pair of reading glasses), I would CONSTANTLY yawn when reading to them.

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  3. Oh Linda I can't believe you have been sufferning all these years!! I have worn glasses since I was 11 years old, that's when my migraines started and it was the first thing the Dr said to my Mum - have her eyes checked and in those days wearing glasses was a no-no...not fashionable at all. I am so glad you have it sorted out....will tell you the story of my hubbys eye test one day.... Hugs Linda

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  4. Your new glasses will definitely improve your quality of life. I'm glad you finally had your eyes checked. :-)

    Looks like you had a fun class.

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  5. I'm glad you finally figured out you needed glasses! Hopefully now your headaches and fatigue will be a thing of the past! :0)

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  6. Your headaches should be better now! It will be like a new world to you :) with your glasses.
    I love teh flower project.

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  7. Congratulations on your (soon to arrive) new glasses... now you'll be a stylin' babe like the rest of us!

    I love the fabric painting... that's a beautiful morning glory!

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  8. I knew you could get headaches, but didn't know it could make you tired.
    Guess I should get into mine, been too long. Love the class you took, that looks fun and great creative exercise.

    Debbie

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  9. OMG....how have you been able to quilt all these years - and so well! You must have really been compensating, Linda! No wonder you've had so many headaches and so much fatigue. Well I'm really glad you've gotten to the root of the problem - can you imagine how your quilting will be now...what is it they say "The world is your oyster" or something like that - LOL! I can't believe the flowers - they are gorgeous! I see a lot of talent blossoming in you!
    Cheers!
    P.S. Are we going to get a peek at your cute glasses?

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  10. I've been wearing glasses since 4th grade! I used to hate them but I love them now. There are a lot of really cute frames out there now so I'm sure you picked the right ones.

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  11. Glad to hear there was a solution to your problem. I remember when I got my first pair of glasses. I was about 15, on the way home, I was amazed to see every left and the bark in the tall trunks. My Grandmother just laughed at me and said they had always been like that and they always will and that she was happy I could enjoy them now.
    You'll be amazed by the things you'll now notice. But obviously, your quilting hasn't been affected by your eyes. Glasses can only make your quilting better! Take care...

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  12. I'm glad you got to the doctor and hopefully have a solution to your problem! You'll be so cute in glasses. My eyes are both fairly consistent, so I can get by with the cheap readers for now. But I find myself having to put them on more frequently these days. haha.

    If a doctor asked me if I was tired all the time, I'd say yes, too. Wouldn't most women, with the kinds of schedules we keep?!

    Your class sounds like a hoot! I want to hear all about it tomorrow night!

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  13. I'm so happy for you! It sounds like your headaches are going to be history! I've worn glasses- contacts since second grade and my son started wearing glasses this year. He was shocked at how clear everything was with his new glasses! I added your blog to my blog list today because I enjoy keeping up with your quilting journey :)

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  14. I am so surprised your Doctor never made you go see an eye Dr. I have been in glasses or contacts since I was 5. I still have my first little cateye glasses with rhinestones. LOL!!!

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  15. Linda I'm so glad everything worked out well at the eye doctor. How funny, must be something wrong with the chart I can't see it, LOL. That is pretty weird that you have needed glasses for so long and didn't know. I hope after you get your glasses that you never have a headache again.

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  16. Your glasses will be a whole new fashion accessory! You will look adorable in them I am sure. Isn't it fun to take a class on something that you would probably never do on your own? It is great to be exposed to new ideas and techniques.

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  17. I can't believe you've never had your eyes tested. You'll be amazed!!♥

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  18. It's going to be an entirely new world for you! Just think of the color and detail you will be able to see. No idea how you managed to accomplish all that you did considering the visual challenge you've had. Just think what you are going to do now - you're really gonna rock through those classes now, lol.

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  19. Hopefully your headaches will improve - hope so. Love your flowers. Looking forward to seein which glasses you picked :)

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  20. Well, I am sure you hubby is so glad you finally got your eyes checked. That was a bold statement from the doctor. Let's hope she is right.
    I think your flower is really great.

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