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Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom
Hi, my name is Donna. I'm married and I have two lovely daughters. I have been a papercraft addict for over 15 years and love trying new things!! and sharing them with others!! If you have any questions, ideas or suggestions for this blog then please feel free to email me at the address below - Thanks for visiting, Crafty hugs Donna xx

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Please feel free to email me at - theartofpapercrafts@gmail.com

My Youtube channel is - TheArtofPapercrafts

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Update etc

Hi Everyone

I just wanted to let you all know why there have been no new posts on here since late last year.

I know some of you are aware of my ongoing health issues but some followers might not be so I thought I should add a quick update to let you know what was going on.

Although I'm doing this I'm not going into full details of my health problems because this is after-all a craft blog but I felt I owed you all some sort of explanation as to why I have not added anything for over 5 months.

For over ten years now I have been suffering from chronic abdominal pains that cause me to have to take very large doses of extremely strong painkillers, on a good day the pains are somewhat bearable with the medication but I am never pain free and on a bad day, which is most of the time currently, then the pains are debilitating. To give you a little idea of it imagine feeling like you are having labour pains 24/7 and that's not on a really bad day. On top of that I suffered a painful industrial injury to my back 17 years that causes not only pain but also limits mobility and have constant pain in my knees that also causes mobility problems too!! Urggh!!! On top of the health issues the medications that I have to take cause their own problems and side effects that can make me feel worse rather than better :( Although all these issues are ongoing I have found that these last few months have been the worst so far and have just felt like I didn't have it in me to craft or blog.

I do feel bad that I had promised you all some tutorials prior to this but I hope you can understand that if I have to suddenly stop posting without any notice it's not that I don't want to it's only ever because my health is making it too difficult for me. I hate letting people down and I hate the way these problems rule my life but I cannot do anything to change the situation, believe me if I could I would as I don't like not being able to create when I want to especially as crafting is one of the few things the takes my mind off all these problems - as it does for many other crafters.

I am not doing this update to look for sympathy, I just felt that as you all take the time to stop by just in-case I have added something new that I owed you some sort of explanation over everything, at the moment I'm not sure how soon I will start posting regularly again as I'm still going through a really bad patch that unfortunately has been made worse by recent exploratory procedures at the hospital but as soon as I have something new to share with you all I will post it. However at present everything I have done has been blogged and I haven't created anything new since my last post but I do have a few projects that are in need of finishing that I will endeavour to try and complete as soon as I can and then share with you all.

Whilst I'm writing this I would also like to say a huge thank you to everyone that has emailed me during my absence to see if I was doing okay or to let me know they were thinking of me, I have read every message and I truly do appreciate them all and I apologise for not responding but I just wasn't well enough to sit and answer then otherwise I would have.

Once again thank you for all your support, you are truly the best

Hope to speak with you again soon

Crafty hugs Donna xxx