These are rocks I made when too sick to do much but had enough energy to sit with a rock I collected earlier and engage in the quiet, meditative state of create mandalas.
Please indicate which rock you’d like. Happy to customize the colors.
Acrylic paint protected by a varnish. To me te varnish is odorless (and I’m chemically sensitive). However, if you forsee the varnish negatively impacting you, please let me know and I won’t use a varnish.
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I’ve had Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), a neuroimmune disease for 21 years. ME is a “mysterious illness” (meaning there has been very little research dedicated to it, I won’t get too political here but women are much more likely to have ME than men) It ranges from severe to mild. I now live in mostly a moderate version of it. I function at about 60% of who I once was. When you have ME you pay for overdoing it– one day you do 15 minutes of yoga, the next week you are bedbound. You learn to live permanently on this tightrope, doing as much as you can without falling off. We all fall off.
For myself, ME can be extremely unpredictable. Some days I live the joys of being outside with my dog, working, and after a long nap, making art. Other days/months, I have the feeling of poison coursing through my veins, display neurological symptoms, and experience pain, vertigo, and extreme exhaustion. On my worst days, laying still with my eyes closed in the dark, is the only way to get through it.
To live with any grace with this illness, I’ve had to shed much of my old identity and embrace a new one My new identity uses a wheelchair as an act of self-love, participates in disability activism when able, is kinder, more present, and savors the joys of life that have become so, so much richer.
I’ve been crafting since I was 13 years old. I’ve dreamed of selling some of my creations online for years, but I never had the bandwidth to do it. Lately, with a new medication, I’ve been gifted more time out of bed and more time indulging my love of art. For a life counted my hours out of bed, I am present for each moment I am gifted the opportunity to create art.