Sleepy Sundays: Summers Past Flashbacks

It’s not often we do these compilation-type postings, but this week we have to make an exception.
Your charming lady host (Daydreams) is a teensy bit under-the-weather.

Daydreams wanted to talk about the Summer Solstice that just happened this Friday, and how we often celebrate the changing of seasons here at CardCastles. (The Fall Equinox, The Winter Solstice, The Spring Equinox, and The Summer Solstice.) Nature had other plans this weekend.

These are some of the most popular artworks from or inspired by summers passed:

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We wish you all a relaxing Sunday!

Happy Change of Season!

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Sneak Peeks

Working on Alicia while juggling my everyday life and work has been a blast. Getting to bring these tiny worlds to life for you has been like therapy. Look forward to the reveal of more characters coming up later this month. You will get to meet the adorable cast of characters and get to know them during my Character Profiles. Pretty soon we will be honing in on an official release date for the first episode. All of the sound, art, and animation are starting to flow together and the project is nearing completion.

Thank you for showing such love and excitement for this!

Love,

Daydreams

Like a House of Cards…

Last night I cracked my head on the floor.

It was the first panic attack I’ve had in over ten years. 

Maybe it was in light of recent events. Perhaps it was a whole host of mess that’s been building up for a while. 

All I know is I have to write this here & now to get it out of me and into my safe place here. 

I’ve been planning on sharing over at Stories about PTSD, since I had never spoken in-depth about it before. The little bit I have shared though, has helped people along the way.

I got a phonecall a few days back from my sister who lives many states away. The voice on the other end was desperate.

She wanted to move back up here to her original home, but I’d have some convincing to do on her behalf with some family members.

She’s been abusing drugs and engaging the kind of behavior where she could end up dead.

Her erratic/nervous tone over the phone had me sensing this wasn’t going to go right.

She sounded just like my mother at a certain point in time and it frightened me. It also took some of my old wounds and yanked them right back open. 

The worst part was another family member’s reaction. It hurt them. Deeply. I think this is what put me over the edge.

Needless to say no one feels comfortable bringing her up here. Though we still want to help her someway/somehow. 

She just has to truly want the help.

Before I could talk to family members, she posted some drug-infused rant on her Facebook page saying most of her family with the exception of me never cared about her. She went on & on. Of course people saw it. I’ve always told her watch what she blabs out there on the internet.

Now, I can’t hold back.

This may seem insensitive and selfish.

Until I cracked my head on the kitchen floor from the weight of it all. 

I started hyperventilating out of nowhere for about five seconds, my vision blacked out, and I went down like a load of bricks.

When I came to 

my name was being called & I was being asked what happened.

My son and his father had seen me go down quickly, but it was one of those things you couldn’t stop. 

My legs were shaking. I was shocked and embarrassed. I started sobbing hysterically like a two year old.

I was a blubbering mess. 

My son was concerned. “Mom did you slip? Are you okay? You hit your head really hard.”

I’m okay now.

Aside from my tail bone, elbow, ankle, and head hurting like hell.

But what do you do? When your anxiety that you thought was dealt with, comes back and bites you in the ass this hard

I think its time to go back to therapy.

I’m not going to let this knock me down.

I’ve got way too many great things to share with you this 2016. 

Sleepy Sundays: Underneath

Underneath

Underneath
Have you ever torn something up only to reveal a forgotten wonder beneath?

I’m slowly going through the motions of moving. I’m dragging my feet to pack little by little. We all seem so depressed, drained, you name it. The living conditions here continue to worsen. I created this short sketch of this happy little guy for some greeting cards I’m designing. I had to find something better. Something, anything, to take my mind out of the madness.

May has been a terrible month for just about everyone I know. Here’s to hoping June brings about some hidden treasure amongst all the muck.

Reveal one detail about yourself you never share.

Go on, it’s liberating. (This is about peeling back a layer or two, and showing what’s “underneath”.)

Have a freeing Sunday!

Love in the Air

 

There’s going to be a theme floating through CardCastles this month. Can you guess what it is?Canvas Hearts

I’ll give you a hint.

It’s something discussed here and touched upon often.

Give up yet?

It’s…. L O V E.

Have a look at some of the previous CardCastles about/tagged “love” for an idea of what you can expect this February.

Posts tagged “love”:

L O V E | CardCastlesInTheSky

I look forward to February with all of you!