Thursday, August 26, 2010

What's new? I won! I won!

Several weeks ago I entered to win Karen's (Some Days Are Diamonds) giveaway. Karen is the Head sister of the Bloggerette Society. Information about the Society can be found here. It's not too late to sign up! Karen is loads of fun and this is the first giveaway of hers that I've entered.  Even though she showed some peeks of the prizes, I was not prepared for the abundance of treasures that came to my door yesterday!

Everything was beautifully wrapped in tissue and tied with seam binding..
in a nifty wooden box...

I took my time opening all of the packets and bags...

(click to enlarge)
so many treasures for crafting!

(lots of paper ephemera)
I love the ones and paper ones! Velvet trims and laces..

all on this sweet saucer...

A beautiful bottle all trimmed out and buttons inside...

and lastly...some vintage doilies, bingo card and two old bobbins..

Thank you Karen! It was like Christmas here yesterday...I had so much fun pouring over every little thing!
Please take the time to visit Karen and consider membership in the Bloggerette Society!
PS...scroll down to my second post for today...I'm on a roll

Since my last post...

We went here

to the new Consol Energy Center
 (where our Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team will play)
with 18,000 of our closest friends

to see the opening concert...

I know it's hard to see from up here...

that's a little better...

That's right...Paul McCartney in concert!
 It was one of the thrills of my life to be at the opening of the new arena and see Sir Paul, who I have listened to since I was 14. (I love his music...not his politics. I try to keep them seperate) Of course, I must say that I am a bigger Beatles fan than a Wings fan but they played a lot of Beatles music and the crowd, which was mostly our age by the way,
sang every song and loved every minute of it.
The arena itself is beautiful and I can't wait for hockey season to start!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Is it too early to be thinking about this?

While cruising through Sam's Club last week, my eye spotted this...
I stopped short.....looked at the cover...threw it in my cart without even a second thought...
When I had a chance to sit and browse the heart started to beat fast and my palms became damp.....who wouldn't love these projects...really!

So the answer to the question in the title of this post is NO! When you participate in Craft Fairs, you should already be making things so you're not a crazy woman at the last minute. (Don't ask me how I know this....I just do!)
So here's a sneak peek at the start of my holiday crafting....

Back in November, I was lucky enough to win a $75 gift certificate for I used my winnings toward the purchase of a Cricut Create die-cutting machine. It sat in the box from November to August without being used. At the urging of friends, I finally took it out of the box and started to play with it. The snowmen are my first creations. I am in love with them. These guys will be used for a banner. (I will post pictures of the completed project...for now I'm just having fun cutting and gluing!)

You know my love of paper you see why I'm fulfilled with this project? So much fun to make!
Are you starting any early holiday.....Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas...crafting?
It does help keep you cool when the temps are in the 90's!

Monday, August 9, 2010

On the right road....I hope!

I can hardly believe it is the 9th of August already. It's almost a month since my last blog post and many things have changed. Before I get to that, however, I want to tell you all how much I have appreciated your comments and personal emails over the past month. Your words of comfort and support were overwhelming to me at a time when I was in so much discomfort and despair. Many have shared your own health histories....some have been very similar to mine and others, much more serious. Reading those notes assured me that I was not losing my mind and that my pain was real....I just needed to keep asking questions and seeking help to find answers. My family has been loving and supportive, of course, and I never would have been able to get through those days of pain and fear without David, who was a constant reminder of the steadfastness of God's love and mercy. But it is you, dear blogging friends, who reached out and offered words of kindness to me, someone you've never met personally. I was so humbled by those gestures. Random Acts of Kindness took on many forms in cards, gifts and notes. Most importantly, thank you for praying for me and keeping me in your thoughts. Words could never adequately express my appreciation for all you have done.
So what has changed? I was finally able to schedule an appointment to see a Rheumatologist in July. She went over all of my lab results and determined, by process of elimination, that what I have is a condition called Polymyalgia Rheumatica. I am not a textbook case for this illness. It is inflammation of the soft tissues surrounding the joints and normally starts in the shoulders and hips. My pain was primarily in my chest, shoulders and neck. The key to the diagnosis was found in my blood work. (Those who are familiar with such sed rate was 95 and my CRP was 49.5) The treatment for Polymyalgia is steroids (Prednisone). Three weeks ago I started my steroid regimen. Within just a few days, the pain in my chest started to subside and within a week I was able to sleep lying down for the first time in weeks and weeks. I was so grateful for the relief that the medication brought but, if you've ever been on Prednisone for any length of time, you know that there are lots of side-effects. Initially, I couldn't sleep for more than 4 or 5 hours. Over the course of a week or so, that sleep deprivation makes functioning on a productive level nearly impossible. I am starting to adjust to the drugs  and for the first time can say that I feel more like myself than I have since May. It is not clear how long I will be on the steroids.....probably 9 months-2 years, it will depend on how my blood work looks in the next months.
Now that I have been feeling better, my desire to work in my studio is returning. I have been puttering with some new projects and finally finshed up the Vintage Vacation Swap that was hosted by Jenny Heid. I was late in sending out my package to my swap partner, Karen, but she has been very understanding of my situation. We were to send along some vintage or thrifted vacation themed items, something handmade and some interesting summer food treats.  Karen and her family live in Delaware and often take day trips to Rehoboth Beach (my favorite beach location) so I made a little accordian travel album to put favorite pictures in....

I  mapped out some additional points of interest and included small maps with the routes to the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Ocean City, Maryland, in addition to Rehoboth Beach..

a travel Bingo game for the journey...

and some old time candies for snacking...

Karen also likes to sew and do paper crafting so I wrapped up some "Staycation" goodies....

Cupcakes are a favorite  for Karen so I included some supplies with that theme and also a little journal decorated with an image designed by our swap hostess, Jenny.

Hopefully, I am on the right road and it is back to life as usual for me.
 Now, I have to catch up on your blogs and see what you've been up to over the summer.
Here's to happier times!


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