Ranger educator

Monday 9 December 2013

embrassing changes!

mid november i flew back to Belgium for ten days, it was nice to see some of my friends and family because i had been feeling a little homesick. 
while i was there i had my final interview at the US embasy for my resident visa, it was nerve racking cause it's a matter of someone having last say about your future. But three hours later the kids and I came out with our tickets to pick up our visas two days later, it was a weight off of my shoulders!!

So on Thanksgiving we flew back to the US, our new home!! the plane was almost empty so we got to use the whole row! kids took a window seat each and i could take a nap streched over the three middle seats! it was so peaceful, the kids were glued to their screens the whole 9 hours and 20 minutes of the flight.

Im still doing my best to feel at home, i love the house we rented but seeing that it is only for a year because we want to buy our own next year, its hard to make it a home. i dont know if i should hang things on the wall or not, should i unpack all the boxes or just leave some things packed?

well, seeing we couldnt do Thanksgiving dinner on the actual day, I decided to do it this past weekend.
So yesterday we had turkey and tofurky roast for me, sweet potatoes with pecan crunch topping, roast potatoes, honey glazed carrots and parsnip, homemade cranberry sauce, chedder roasted broccoli, green beans, chocolate-bourbon-pecan pie and pumpkin pie cake.

we all said our thanks and it was just the kind of family occasion to make it feel like home. my little girl made a speech on how thanful she is that i am her mim, it was so moving! she is so special!!!

Christmas helps too! i searched for the perfect tree, bought new lights cause my old ones obviously only work with 220 volt! decorated the tree with some new and some old decorations plus the souvenirs we got in London and disney paris and my little irish fairy that i bought on my roadtrip to Ireland with my daughter Debby in 2011, after my cancer treatment.

i do miss my eldest kids Inez, Bart and Debby! i hope that one year they can manage to come over for Christmas. That would be the best gift ever!!

well for now, the kids are off to school, hubby at work, im still dealing with a bad cold so im going to cuddle up on the sofa with a nice hot cup of english tea and catch up on some recorded tv.

wishing you all wonderful holiday preperations!

love & peace xxx tanya

Thursday 7 November 2013

My second pink ribbon tattoo!

I got my second pink ribbon tattoo done yesterday and I love it!

It is placed on my chest to hide the very nasty scar I have from where the port-a-cath was placed. A port-a-cath is a small device they place under your skin in your chest with a tube going straight to your heart. It is used to administer the chemo. 
 Mine started to grow into my muscle and was causing physical damage so just a few months after my last treatment it was removed, so another cut on top of the barely healed scar resulted in an ugly scar that really bothered me.

So my tattoo was born!

Years ago I had already decided to get a swallow tattoo some day, some day just never came, I turned 40 and then decided I was too old for tattoos.

I'm 46 next month and you know what? I'm NOT too old! Lol apparently my skin is still perfectly suitable for ink!

I've already decided to get the top scar running from my breastbone to my armpit tattooed because wearing swimming suits it does show.
I'm going to get a branch of Japanese cherry blossom done there. Pink blossom of course!

I really liked the artist who did my tattoo yesterday so he is definitely doing my next one.

Hope to show you some of my own art soon! Still working on my art room!

Love & peace


Tuesday 5 November 2013

Design team Lisa Kettell designs!

I am very proud to announce that I am a 2013-2014 design team member for the wonderful and talented Lisa Kettell!

I met Lisa at Ranger U 2008 and fell in love with her sparkly art.
I'm very happy to be on her team.

Please go visit her blog to meet the design team http://faerieenchantment.blogspot.com/

Friday 25 October 2013

Creative chemistry 102


As a Ranger Educator or Rangerette as we called ourselves during Ranger U, I love all things Ranger and Tim of course! 
He has to be one of the most sharing people I know! I mean seriously!

I actually missed creative chemistry week but I registered today, you can register anytime you want and I highly recommend you do if you haven't already!
So seeing my back is still out due to being a bit enthusiastic with unpacking boxes on Monday, I thought it would be a great time to watch all the CC102 videos in one go and I did!
So I've had a Tim overload today lol and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Of course I had to order some things! I still didn't have any Distress Glitter and that was high on my wish list along with a 'few' other things...

I can't wait until my art room is finished so I can actually sit down and create, at the moment my table is full of things that still need to find a place. I hope my back allows me to clear it all this weekend cause I really want to play and get dirty hands.

The Rusty Angel in me is ready to go!

See you soon
Love & peace


Wednesday 23 October 2013

New beginnings!

I've been away a long time and it was high time I restarted my blog! So here goes.

A lot of things have been going on in my life, breast cancer, as some of you already know. Well after all the treatment and a year of reconstructive surgeries I was left exhausted, unmotivated and with no desire to make much art. It was a sad dark place to be but I had to get through it.
I'm not totally there yet but I can feel the butterflies if inspiration fluttering through me and now that I have all my art supplies back I feel ready to get paint and ink moving again.

Oh yeah, I made the big move from Belgium to the US.
Living in South Carolina is challenging and new and different and does take some getting used to but it is also inspiring and beautiful.

Last week we finally received all our household goods after a nine week wait!!! Military moves don't go very fast!!!. So I'm slowly but surely getting my art room ready, still loads to unpack, I think we are almost halfway through the 370 boxes that are packed up to the ceiling!

It is exciting to open the boxes with my art supplies, I'm like a kid on Xmas morning! Lots of ohhhhs and aaahhhhs when I rediscover my inks and paints and paper and canvas and and every single piece of treasure.

I hope you start my new life with me and follow me on my new journey, I should say y'all really lol
So Y'all come back soon to see my art and follow my life as a Belgian Brit in South Carolina!
Love & peace