Monday, March 29, 2010

Newest Batch of Cards for Cards 4 Cancer

I think a professional made the last group of cards I received! Pam with Bay Breeze Designs sent the most amazing cards for Cards 4 Cancer. Take a look at her Etsy shop to see more of her cards, magnets and gift tags. They are stamped and look perfect! I wish my stamping skills were up to her standards. Here is a picture of the cards she sent in for Cards 4 Cancer ~~

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

Cards from the Other Side of The World!

I have enjoyed seeing the cards that are arriving from all over the world to be delivered to cancer patients in Austin, TX. The outpouring of kindness just give me goose bumps and warms my heart. The last batch of cards came in from Malta and was made by one of my ArtFire friends, Crystal. Her cards had the most heart felt sayings. She has a beautiful shop on ArtFire with more great cards for sale. Crystal also has a huge selection of earrings that are available at t fair price. Make sure you take a look around her studio on ArtFire and buy from someone you know has a heart! Here is a picture of the cards she sent ~~

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Cards 4 Cancer Card Making Night

I'm getting more excited about delivering cards to cancer patients for Cards 4 Cancer. We had a card making party last night and in 2 hours with only 4 people we were able to make 32 cards! They are all absolutely gorgeous. It's interesting to see everyone else's creativity as well. Here are some pictures of the cards, although it's tough to get them all in so you can the beauty in each card ~~

There is still time if you are interested in sending me cards for the cancer patients in Austin, TX. Please email me at for more information. Thanks for the big hearts to all those that have already donated!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Incoming Cards for Cards 4 Cancer

I just received the most precious package today from Hong Kong. It was filled with 10 of the most beautiful handmade cards by Valmade. I got goose bumps and almost started crying at the special messages that these cards will bring to cancer patients. It warms my heart too to think that people all over the world are pulling together for this one cause. Here is just a sample of the the great cards from Valmade (click on image for larger picture) ~~

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

This is a yummy recipe that I found in a Diabetic cookbook. I wanted to share because it is easy, fast and delicious!

BLT Cukes

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
Pinch salt
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

I have been busy spreading the word around town and the web about Cards4Cancer presented by Spirit Jump and Bloggers Unite. The goal of Cards 4 Cancer is to deliver at least 100,000 cards to cancer patients on or around April 10th. Spirit Jump has done an amazing job helping those going through cancer by having donors send a little bit of cheer their way. It's really heart warming to see how many people have been involved and how far this even reaches around the world!

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 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

Do You Think IRS Will Accept Handmade Instead of My Taxes?

I've always enjoyed numbers and math. I was probably born with that crazy gene which makes math fun for me. My Dad is also a numbers man, so maybe it isn't the genes, but that I picked it up from him over the years.

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"!