Saturday, April 9, 2016

I can see clearly now...


I had known for several years that I had a cataract in my right eye, but various circumstances, and my innate fear of anything medical, had me putting off cataract surgery.  Until now.  On the left is a fair representation of the vision out of my right eye (without the swirl effect, thank God!).  So, after my dear husband had this surgery back in November, and came through with flying colors, I gathered my courage and did the same late last month.

Whatever was I afraid of???  The surgery took about 40 minutes, with zero pain.  None, nada, zilch.  Actually, that can be a drawback because, except for the eyedrops four times a day, you can easily forget that you've just had a major surgical procedure.  Soon I will be tested for new glasses, but already my vision is so much better; no more fog in my right eye, looking much more like the image on the right side above :-)

I've been working on several projects in the last month.  Beatrix, above, and below in better focus, is another Jane Doll (pattern available on Etsy and Ravelry).  Her look was inspired by the sweet embroidered girls of LiliPopo:

And, I also completed an embroidery for my sister's birthday


Plus some other special projects not quite complete.  I have another Jane Doll on the hook, and have become enamoured of another doll pattern (thank goodness it never ends!).

In spite of snow on the ground this morning, spring is here!

21 comments:

  1. Beatrix is really stunning Beth. I absolutely adore her. You are so talented and your dolls are always a delight. Your embroidery is gorgeous as well and I am sure your sister will be thrilled with it.

    So glad you plucked up the courage to have the cataract surgery. My Dad recently had one of his done and he is amazed at how good his eyesight now is. He no longer needs glasses for distance, just reading...apparently he had to option for which way to go!

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    1. Thank you so much, Lorraine! I think just about everyone says 'why didn't I do this sooner!' regarding cataract surgery :-)

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  2. Ha nevado???? Oh! Aquí aún hace frío también... Me alegro de que tu catarata haya desaparecido, tus muñecas serán incluso más bonitas ahora; si es que eso es posible porque a mí siempre me parecen adorables y perfectas ♥
    Un abrazo! :)

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    1. Sí, nieve en abril; no debe ser! Gracias por sus amables palabras :-)

      con gusto,

      Beth

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    1. Gracias tan mucho :-)

      con gusto,

      Beth

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  4. This is great news!! :)!! Please take good care of yourself and enjoy the new clear vision :)!!
    Beatrix is lovely and i am sure the embroidery is a very loved gift!

    Lots of huggs,
    Rux

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    1. Thank you so much, Rux! The improvement in vision is simply amazing :-)

      warmly,

      Beth

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  5. Yes, bravo for your courage. You must take care of yourself, your work inspires me!

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    1. Thank you so much for your good words, Tori :-)

      warmly,

      Beth

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  6. She's so adorable ...one of my many favorites of yours. So much as to inspire me that i purchased the Jane doll pattern and have started making one of two dolls for my two sweet little nieces.I'm glad that your vision is better and that you are feeling well. I'm looking forward to seeing your next Jane doll. :)


    ~Anne~

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    1. Thank you so much, Anne, for the good words! The cataract surgery was a total success and I'm so glad I finally had it done.

      And, I love this doll pattern, and hope you do to! Enjoy...I will look forward to seeing what sweet dolls you make for your nieces :-)

      warmly,

      Beth

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  7. I love little Beatrix. You are an inspiration! Did you know that? I love all your sweet dolls and have made several Simply Amis as well as Bleuette. And I also made a Jane doll. She's sitting on my desk waiting for clothes. I constructed her able to sit by following your Simply Ami directions and it worked great. It was a little challenging attaching the arms since the regular Jane directions didn't work (since I changed everything) but somehow or another I figured out where to increase and decrease and she turned out great.

    I'm not so good at hair though. I wish I could "sit at your feet" and get some one on one tutoring! LOL

    Take care and thanks so much for your lovely blog!

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    1. Dear Linda,

      Thank you for your very sweet words :-) There are some hair making tutorials on this blog...if you scroll down the left sidebar to Tutorials you'll find one there. Start with a crocheted wig cap, and then go on from there!

      I am delighted that you enjoy the dollmaking, and that now you are at the point of changing things around to suit what YOU want the doll to be! This is part of the magic of dollmaking :-)

      Enjoy!

      warmly,

      Beth

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    2. Dear Linda,

      Thank you for your very sweet words :-) There are some hair making tutorials on this blog...if you scroll down the left sidebar to Tutorials you'll find one there. Start with a crocheted wig cap, and then go on from there!

      I am delighted that you enjoy the dollmaking, and that now you are at the point of changing things around to suit what YOU want the doll to be! This is part of the magic of dollmaking :-)

      Enjoy!

      warmly,

      Beth

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  8. And even though your vision was blurred, you were able to create all of your beautiful things. The magic of make.

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    1. Joyce, it is hard to describe how much better my vision is now. If you ever need this surgery, don't hesitate like I did :-)

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  9. Beautiful doll! Where can I purchase the dress and hat and shoe pattern?

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    1. Hi Patricia,

      The hat pattern is freely available on Ravelry...there is a link in the post that should take you there. Kelly DeSandra has a shoe pattern for her Jane Doll, and the dress was my own invention...no pattern at this time :-(

      warmly,

      Beth

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    1. Thank you! The improvement is amazing :-)

      warmly,

      Beth

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