Saturday, August 7, 2010
For probably the past 4 months I have been dealing with another flare-up. This time it got so bad that there were times that I couldn't even walk or stand up for periods of time. I went back into physical therapy, but this time nothing seemed to work and I was beginning to have nerve damage in my foot. The next time I saw my doctor he told me I needed surgery. Not another surgery! After having an MRI and a second opinion I went in for a diskectomy. As soon as I woke from surgery I was able to walk and had no pain in my leg!! I didn't want to stop walking because it was amazing to finally be pain free after so many months.
So, now that I have recovered from surgery and feel great ~~ I'm back!
Sunday, July 4, 2010
1 1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup chopped tomatillo
1/3 cup jalapeno (canned, not fresh) & a little bit of the juice
1/6 bunch of cilantro
1 pack Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
** Mix in blender until smooth. The longer it sits, the hotter it gets. Enjoy!
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Now, on to the dilemma ~ a very spoiled dog has run our house for the past 6 years. We would like the cat to be able to come inside without our dog eating Miles. I have been online and have read some ideas, but I would like to hear some success stories from actual people. Please leave me a comment or send me an email. I'd like our furbabies to get along!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
My friend Fantasy Dream Knits has done a great feature about me on her blog, which you can read here. Simply post a comment and that enters you into the giveaway! So easy even a Caveman could do it! Make sure you also check out the beautiful items on Fantasy Dream Knits site. She has a huge heart and spends all her time promoting others instead of her own business. Let's show her some love!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
My art bra is made up of discs of tin and here is a picture of how my start went and yes that is the tube of Super Glue glued to my fingers as well as the discs ~~
Let's just say that they are serious with the warning labels on the back of the Super Glue tube! I'm almost done with my bra so I'll post pictures then and I might even have a contest to name the bra! Stay tuned . . .
Monday, April 12, 2010
My friend, also a cancer survivor, and I went on our first delivery on Friday. We were there for about an hour, but what an amazing hour. I was scared that as I approached someone in the waiting room that I would get the standard wave off and "I'm not interested". That never happened and all I got were big smiles and then I witnessed a couple tears after they opened and read the cards. I felt such warmth in my heart. I met Jennifer who was responsible for allowing us to deliver at this center and she expressed the gratitude of the patients and responses that we weren't able to witness as they went in for radiation treatment.
I am writing this just before going off for our second round of deliveries. Today we are going to the center where I was treated and will be able to visit with the patients going through chemotherapy. This has memories flooding back to me, but knowing that I am going in there to spread encouragement and smiles reminds me of the positive message we are there to spread.
More on our deliveries later! I hope everyone has a wonderful week!
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
I actually own a pair of earrings very similar to these that I wear all the time. Her jewelry is great and very well made.
Stay tuned to hear about how I Super Glued my fingers together!!!
Friday, April 2, 2010
Please take a look at her ArtFire studio and see what wonderful works she has for sale. Remember, when you buy from her, you're buying from someone with a giving heart.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Again, please take a look at her Etsy shop and purchase some of her items. You know when you are buying from her that you are buying from an artist with a giving heart.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
There is still time if you are interested in sending me cards for the cancer patients in Austin, TX. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Thanks for the big hearts to all those that have already donated!
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Valmade has a studio on ArtFire that is filled with more great cards, hand knitted cuties, cross-stitched items, ans some adorable beanbag toys. Please go check out her studio and give some business to someone you know cares about those patients going through cancer.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
3 slices crisp-cooked bacon, chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped lettuce
1/2 cup finely chopped baby spinach
1/4 cup diced tomato
1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons fat-free mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 large cucumber
Minced fresh parsley or green onion (optional)
1. Combine bacon, lettuce, spinach, tomato and mayonnaise. Season with salt and pepper; set aside.
2. Peel cucumber. Trim off ends and cut in half lengthwise. Use spoon to scoop out seeds; discard seeds. Divide bacon mixture between cucumber halves, mounding in hollowed areas. Garnish with parsley. Cut into 2-inch pieces.
Nutrition info per serving (1 piece):
Calories: 26, Calories from Fat: 50%, Total Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: >Cholesterol: 3mg, Sodium: 72mg, Carbohydrates: 2g, Dietary Fiber: >Protein: 2g
Thursday, March 11, 2010
There is less than a month left until the official Cards 4 Cancer day! I've started getting cards in and of course have been using my creativity for making my own cards. I have a lot more verbal commitments than have actually signed up, but I think a lot of people sign up at the last minute. Please let me know if you would like to join our team and help bring a smile to cancer patients in Austin, TX. You can join my team at www.cards4cancer.org and my team name is Hill Country Spirit Jumpers. I'll send an email to you with the address to use to send cards.
Here are a handful of the cards I've made so far ~~
I also have the machine embroidered cards available on my ArtFire shop and $1.00 will be donated back to Spirit Jump!!!
Sunday, March 7, 2010
I have my corporate taxes due in 8 days. Yikes! Ummm, can't really say that I've started them yet. I've been attempting to start for about a week by clearing off a table to sort receipts and stuff. The craziest part of all this is that I can't tear myself away from my sewing machine! I have so many ideas running through my mind that I can't stop being creative and settling in on those now boring and non-creative numbers.
So wish me luck on getting those taxes done. I wonder if the IRS would like a nice set of embroidered coasters instead of all my paperwork? Please, tell me to, "Just step away from the Bernina"!
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Yummmm, peanut (not peanut butter) dog treats! These are made by Buckaroo Bones, which is an animal rescue assistance based business. They started the bakery as a means to help finance their dog and cat rescue efforts. Check out their rescue pages under Empathy Program Lab Rescue at www.petfinder.com. Buckaroo Bones is continually doing research for dog friendly, all natural human foods that are nutritionally beneficial for dogs. You won't find fad ingredients or dubious claims of health benefits here. Click on the above picture to see the actual listing for these delicious treats that come in a 1/2 lb. package and you can find Buckaroo Bones on Etsy for all of their delicious and fun treats. Make sure you take a look at their profile page there to see where else you can find them.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Spirit Jump has partnered with Bloggers Unite for the 1st Annual Cards 4 Cancer day. On April 10th patients at cancer centers all over the world will be honored with cards delivered from volunteers. It's amazing the impact that a simple card or gift from a stranger can do to brighten the day of someone battling cancer.
I have signed on to deliver cards in the Austin, TX area. I am looking for team members to join Hill Country Spirit Jumpers to make this day a huge success! Please send me a card, tell all your friends and neighbors, hold a card making party, and inform everyone you know. Tweet, Facebook. blog about this day and lets make it an awesome experience for all the cancer patients that need their spirits lifted. You can contact me at email@example.com for my mailing address or any other questions you have about participating. I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
I also adore this pocket photo holder ~
Wondering what she picked from my shop? She chose these great machine embroidered drink coasters.
Click on the pictures to take you to their listings.
Monday, February 1, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Here is a picture of the bra, but make sure to go to the website to see the other 5 beauties ~~
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
I finally set up my Twitter account too! You can follow me here. I sent out my first Tweet today and I hope that I can keep thinking of things to say other than mundane what I'm doing at the moment!
Monday, January 4, 2010
I hope everyone had a great holiday season! I got completely wrapped up toward the end of the year and neglected my blog unfortunately. We had a wonderful Christmas with the whole family together. This Christmas will also go down in our family history as the year that my dog took a few chunks out of the Christmas ham! Everyone was enjoying our time in the family room when I heard the tags on my dog’s collar making noise in the kitchen. I went to investigate just as he was running out of the kitchen licking his lips. I wish I had caught him in the act and gotten a picture! My dad was able to carve off the affected area and there was plenty left for dinner.
I’m really looking forward to this upcoming year. I am feeling a new energy and excitement about 2010. I am planning on posting more here, do more promoting of my online shops, actually send out tweets to my Twitter followers, set up a Facebook page for the businesses, and hope to create tons of new great products! It will be really interesting to see where I am this time next year. I hope for all of you that 2010 is your best year yet!