Vintage Aprons Listed In My Shop












Hello, Hello!
Hope everyone is doing great. I am almost back to normal.
I have my range of motion back, but my arm and shoulder still give me lots of problems.
Like right now I can feel the pain coming back because of the way I hold my arm while typing on my computer.
I have to set the timer for about 15 to 30 minutes to make me stop working. Otherwise my shoulder blade would start throbbing. :(
Exercise, and stretching it every day is all I can do to help.

But I'm happy I'm feeling so much better. I even went shopping with a friend and found these wonderful vintage aprons to put in my shop.
Charlotte's Collection

I love Wyanne's workshop! She is such an inspiration and I learned some great new techniques.

I'm painting some more of my crazy faces that I call my pain killers. They make me laugh. They are not finished yet.
Hopefully soon I'll have some for sale in my shop.

It's a beautiful day in south Texas and loving it. I'm sitting outside working on my blog and enjoying the breeze. I have to take advantage because at this rate summer and 100 degrees will be on us soon.

Have a great day!
C.









Hello everyone.
I want to give an update on what is going on with my shoulder. First of all I can't believe March is almost over and I have not made anything new for my Etsy shop. I'm getting anxious because I want my shoulder to get back to normal. I had the shoulder surgery a month ago. I'm still going to physical therapy. They added two more weeks of PT because I still do not have full range of motion.
FYI I had a "frozen shoulder".

I did not explain in my last post what I had, but that's what it is.  I don't know what I did to to get a frozen shoulder, but that is what I have. It's my right shoulder so it's been hard to paint, sew, clean house, sleep, just about anything because I'm right handed.

I never heard of a frozen shoulder. My daughter laughed when I told her. She was like" I'm not sure you heard the Dr. correctly, that does not sound like such a thing." But believe me it is a thing and it's common especially for women getting on in years. Not going to say how old I am because I can't believe I'm really that old. LOL. I hate it.

The worst part is, this has been going on since last September. And now I hear it could take a year to get better. However, I do feel better. I most definitely had malaise for a long time and did not really realize it.  That feeling is gone now because I'm seeing and feeling progress. Yea!

I'm taking a new art workshop so watching tons of videos. I love taking classes to get inspired. I'm taking Wyanne's Making It Big. She is such an inspiration, so glad I found her. I really needed her perspective so I don't feel so dang sorry for myself. If you don't know anything about her, she is a cancer survivor. Here are some links to her blog, website, etc. if you want to find out more about her and her art.
http://wyartjewels.blogspot.com
http://www.wyanne.com
https://www.facebook.com/WyanneArt

I have not actually started anything from her class yet. I wish I had something new to show.
In the meantime staying positive and living in the moment.






I'm Still Here

Oh where. oh where have I been?
It's been such a long time since I have posted here.
I've had so much to deal with and yet not much happening.
The last six months have been hard to say the least. I hate dealing with pain...physical pain!
I'm so tired. It wasn't enough just to have my knee scoped...I had to have my shoulder scoped too.
The pain in my knee is nothing compared to the pain in my shoulder.
This chronic pain is for the birds and now I'm going through physical therapy.
Thank God for Tramadol.
I don't think I knew what pain was until now. The stabbing, pinching in my shoulder feels like someone took a pair of scissors and jabbed them into my scapula, and I would like to take pair of scissors or a knife or just about anything and jab that into my shoulder to dig out the pain.
It's pretty pathetic.
I sleep a lot.
I try to do art work when I can. Mostly I lie in bed and doodle.
Before the pain got so bad that I could not lift my arm up over my head,  I did do some intuitive paintings.
This one is dedicated to pain. It's called "Pain Killers".....You have to use your imagination.


This next one is another intuitive abstract. I never know where the painting will lead me. It's called "Left Behind".


I'm still here, just not full force. Three more weeks of physical therapy and then who knows. 

Memories From Prague: Medieval Tower And Medieval Castle





I guess I'm just a little obsessed with the architecture from Europe. I was very taken with the look of Prague. I love the orange roofs. 
They are for sale in my Etsy shop for now. I don't know why I'm selling them....I'm going to have a hard time parting with them, so they may not be in the shop long.
C.


Christmas Holiday Full Size Aprons For Women and Girls



My Christmas aprons are made and listed in my Etsy shop. What a wonderful time of the year!!!!

I'm so glad I finished these because I had to get them listed before I had my knee surgery. I had arthroscopic surgery because of some cartilage damage done years ago. It just got worse and worse. Now I'm in the healing phase. Actually it's not too bad. I can walk without crutches today. I'm doing the exercises and hopefully will be back to normal in a couple of weeks.

Please check these out in my Etsy shop. They would make great gifts for her.

I hope you all have a fabulous Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Hugs,
Charlie


Thanksgiving Turkey Day Aprons


Thanksgiving Apron

Turkey Apron


I could not stop with only making Halloween aprons, so I continue on to Thanksgiving and made these Turkey day aprons. They are now listed in my Etsy shop.

I love displaying holiday aprons in my kitchen during each of the seasons/holidays. They look great hanging from a hook if you don't have a dress form. Just a little FYI.

I'm in the midst of decorating for my Halloween party....changing a few things here and there from last year. I have tons to do and I'm starting to get that anxiousness that comes with the holidays. I try to start early so this does not happen but here it is anyway. I guess because my calendar is filling up and I will probably have to have my knee scoped. Oh yea! I'm so looking forward to doing that....NOT!
"It's always something."  "It is what it is." "C'est la vie"....I don't know .....what other saying can I throw out?
Hugs,
C.

Halloween Aprons





Halloween is coming! Whoop! Whoop!
Here are my Halloween Aprons for the this year. 
I can't believe it's that time of year already. 
If you are interested in purchasing one they are listed in my Etsy shop.

Here are the links to each apron.





Thanks for looking.


Medieval Skyline Series Art Paintings by Charlotte Littlejohn

Since my vacation to Europe I've been having so much fun painting this series called "Medieval Skylines".  I'm so inspired by the architecture from Europe, that I had to paint my memories from that beautiful landscape.  I love the old world. I can't believe some of these structures are still around. The gothic cathedrals are unbelievable.
I went to Paris last year and got to see Notre Dame and it was amazing. I love the baroque style architecture in Paris.
I got to see some beautiful churches in Rome a few years before I went to Paris. Rome is so very ancient and has a look of its own. When I went to Prague this year I really did not know what to expect. Prague is awesome looking as well and has a unique fairy tale feel. I love, love, love it!
Prague is very old like Rome but has the baroque architecture that I love form Paris. So very cool! Prague is wonderfully colorful evan though it's so old. The orange rooftops make it unique and the gothic cathedrals make the skyline.
So here are some of the paintings I did as a result of my trips to Europe. I have them listed in my Etsy shop.


Fairy Tale Castles & Houses






Salzburg Austria My European Vacation

The last city visited on my tour was Salzburg Austria. I'd love to come back and stay awhile. It's so quaint, beautiful and historic. Nested in the hills with a castle on top, lovely old buildings, narrow streets and cafes, the oldest restaurant in Europe, home of Mozart and Maria Von Trapp from the Sound of Music. And yes I did take the Sound of Music tour. It was fabulous.
Here are some photos...enjoy because this is the last post on my vacation.


















Danube River Cruise My European Vacation

Only a couple of legs left on my trip. From Vienna not far down the road we caught a river boat in Krems to get a lovely morning cruise down the Danube. We got off the boat in Spitz and went on to visit the Melk Abby and have lunch. Next stop Landzeit which was just gorgeous scenery! But no real rest here just a quick potty break. Then it was on to Salzburg, which was the last city visited on this wonderful trip. 
Next time I'll show pictures of Salzburg.