Monday, May 31, 2010

Simply Adorned Jewlery - Stampin Up!

Chic Boutique - Simply

If you have not yet purchase any of the Simply Adorned Products then you better. I absolutley love this product. The quality is amazing and the things you can create are "simply adorable".

This is my first charm I have done using the 1" by 1.25" Simply Adorned Charm with matching 34" chain. I used the stamp set Chic Boutique from the Stampin Up catalogue 2009. This stamp set is so adorable see below which is perfect for this size.

The following was used:

Simply Adorned Chain 34"
Simply Adorned 1" x 1.25" Rectangle Charm

Stamp Set:
Chic Boutique

Chocolate Chip
Baha Breeze
Encore Pads Silver

Whisper White Card stock

Blender Pens
2-Way Glue Pens
Dazzling Diamonds

Elements of Style Simply Adorned 1.25 x 2 rectangle Charm

This is the second charm I have done using the 1.25" by 2" Simply Adorned Charm. I used the stamp set Elements of Style and Tiny Tags from the Stampin Up Summer Mini and Occasions Mini Catalogue 2010. You really can use any stamp set to create these little pieces of art.

Simply Adorned Chain 34"
Simply Adorned 1.25" x 2" Rectangle Charm

Stamp Set:
Elements of Style
Tiny Tags

Old Olive
Elegant Eggplant

Whisper White Card stock
Elegant Eggplant

Versa Mark
Iridescent Ice
Smooch Spritz - Silver Foil

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Happy Sunday - Dad - WOW SWAP 2010

Happy Sunday!

Gosh it has been seriously to long between post and I apologize, things have calmed down a little for now. Dad is healing well and will be starting radiation treatments which means more trips to Kingston. All I am praying for is that he makes it through these treatments, and that he isn't to tired, nor sick from it and that he feels loved. Each day I tell him how much I love him and what a great dad he is, each moment with him is so important to me and I want him to know that. I find lately I have been telling people how important they are to me and that I love them knowing that tomorrow is another day and with that are changes. Life is to short and I want those to know how important they are to me. So if I haven't told you, thank you and I love you, thanks for being a important part of my life.

Stampin Girl's Convention 2010 WOW SWAP

Today's share is from our local Stampin Girl's Convention 2010 WOW SWAP. Each year our group gets together, we have a guest speaker, this year it was Andrea Walford and she was fantastic. All morning was spent, watching demo's, sharing and working on make and takes. After lunch we do a WOW SWAP, for this you are required to do anything you want as long as it is not a card, or cards, it should WOW and be different. Each year I try and do something unique last year I did a key chain see here using 5th Avenue Floral and the year before that a necklace.

For this years project I thought I would do something modern and totally different. I thought to myself what is something everyone has and uses everyday and can't live without. And then I thought why not a cute little iPOD Touch case and even better why not use my Big Shot? So off I went to the fabric store, I knew what I want and that was felt soft bright felt. There are many online company's that are selling rolls of felt for card making and scrap booking (e-mail me privately if you want to know) but I was able to find it locally at Fabric land in Kanata, just 1/2 drive from Carleton Place. And here is what I made:

Island Floral by Stampin Up!

Each person who participated in the swap also received a FREE iPod Touch with there case! OK it was a print out cut out of card stock but it was so much fun to say, here is your FREE IPod Touch and your case. LOL!

I used Velcro circles for the flower so that you can make different ones and change it up everyday, the ideas are endless.

I hope to be holding a local class on this and will soon add a supply list and instructions on how to create. This project is super simple, and a great thing to show your customers on how versatile the Big Shot is!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Taking Things for Granted

Sorry I am so behind on my postings and my shipments and I am so sorry for this, the past weeks have been very rough and stressful. For those waiting for their orders I apologize they will be out this week. I thank you for your patience at this time, my focus is else where.

Today's post is not going to be a short one. And I hope it makes you stop and think how wonderful life is and how thanking perfect strangers is OK. That though are health system needs help, there are wonderful nurses, doctors, ambulance drivers that go above and beyond.

Several weeks ago my Mom had told me about how she was at her local hang out where her, dad and her friends go for breakfast, when she was leaving she noticed one of the tables had two young paramedics taking a break and enjoying a cup of coffee. As she left she went to their table and thanked them for all there hard work, and hoped that they had a pleasant rest of the day. They in turn thanked her and she went on her way. When my mom told me this story I in turn rolled my eyes thinking they probably thought she was nuts, but she was so proud of herself who am I to think otherwise.

A two weeks ago Saturday my Dad was taken by ambulance approx 6:30 in the morning because he was having a seizure. Now my Dad is 76 years young, he has never really been sick, my immediate family (Mom and my brother) have really been lucky and have not had to deal with any really life threatening issues with each other. This all changed Saturday, when my brother called and left a message that Mom had called 911 that there was something wrong with Dad.

After checking with our local hospital and finding him not there we headed towards my parents house to see if they were still there, not finding them at the house we headed to the next local hospital in Smith Falls. In the panic I couldn't remember my brothers cell phone number and my phone wasn't charged so we simple kept driving. We reached the hospital within 20 minutes to find my Mom very calm, saying my dad had a seizure, had bit his tongue and was now resting quietly in the emergency room. We went back to see him, though his colour was not right, he was able to talk to us but very tired, x-rays were planned and if nothing was showing up they would let him go. So we headed out to the waiting room for further instructions. Within an hour or so not really sure the timeline my Dad had another seizure and the next thing we knew he was being sent to have a CAT and MRI at Kingston General Hospital as there were no beds available in Ottawa. An ambulance was called to transport him; as we waited outside the next thing we knew the ambulance pulled up. As the paramedics got the stretcher out my Mom turned to me and said they were the young men that she had met in the restaurant that day. Mom then went up to them and introduced herself saying she wasn't sure if they remembered her to my surprise they both said yes. We asked the paramedics if they were here to take a man to Kingston and they said yes a man who was having seizures and we said yes. The paramedics turned and said it was "karma" that they were taking him and that they would look after him not to worry. And they certainly did. For me I learned a lesson from my Mom something I never thought could happen at the age of 29++. My Mom at 73 teaching me that thanking strangers is a good thing you never know when you will need to lean on them. So today when you are out make sure you thank a perfect stranger as you never know when they will cross your path.

First Days:
As we waited in the emergency room in Kingston, for hours (16+) to be exact, we learned that Dad probably had a stroke, which in turn brought on the seizures. As we sat there thinking of what we were going to do next, were then told that he will require a CAT scan and possible a MRI, then they will determine if he can go home or would need to stay.

Towards 11 p.m. we got the news, he would not be going home and that he would require a MRI that they were not sure about the seizure or the stroke, they would have better idea once the MRI was done. Within 48 hours he was having a MRI and we learned the news that he actually had a brain tumor and swelling in the brain. That surgery would need to be done possible radiation and/or chemo but they wouldn't know that until the biopsy came back. As we sat there in disbelief, and wondered how this could be possible he has always been health, that he had a CAT scan about two years ago that showed nothing. We were told that this was an aggressive tumor that only took 3-4 months to grow, that it was the primary tumor (they had done a second MRI after to determine whether the tumor in his brain was a secondary tumor that there was nothing else going on). With that we were told that Dad would have brain surgery on Monday that they would remove the mass and would send for a biopsy to determine the next steps. I think we sat there with our mouths hitting the table, I mean if you saw him you would never have known, and he was by now up walking around, happy making jokes, just like he always had been, except now had this thing in his head.

As we got closer to the surgery and our meeting with the surgeons and the team, I started to jot down questions that we needed answers too. I mean they were opening up my dad’s brain? Have you ever noticed how our parents generation just accept things, how they don’t question doctors just nod whether they understand or not. As my mom, brother and dad sat there and I went through my 15 concerns that we understood exactly what and how things were going to be done. And I felt some relief, (it also helped that I goggled the doctor(s) and was able to find information on them). We felt that we knew what needed to be done and just had to take it all in.

The Surgery Day
Dad's surgery was to start at 8 a.m. instead of staying overnight in a strange bed we decided to stay home and get up at 4 a.m. and head to the hospital, I have never seen the sun come up so bright that morning, I hoped the doctor had a good night sleep, that he had his morning coffee, I know what I am like with out it. The nurses were so kind they were waiting for us hoping we would get there in time before he went down. When we arrived Dad was sitting up looking out the window, he is not a big staying still kind a guy. We sat with Dad waiting, me on his bed holding his hand, letting him know I loved him and asking him if he was OK. I think in his silence he was at peace with it all, I know it sounds weird but that’s the only way I can describe it. As he got on the stretch we headed down to the OR and had a few minutes with him, to say we loved him and that we would be right here when he was done. Not to worry.

As the hours went by (4.5 hour surgery) people came and went. Chris the liaison with the OR and recovery and who's job was to kept loved ones posted as to how things were going, went above and beyond, with information. She kept us posted as to how things were going and that it shouldn't be much longer, and when he was done that they were just moving him to recovery and that as soon as they had him awake that we could come in and see him. She informed us that going into recovery is something that they don't normally do, but because of the type of surgery and that we were from out of town and had been there so long they would make an exception. Which again made us feel relaxed and in good hands. They also would allow us the time we needed with Dad no rush allowing us to head home knowing that he had pulled through and was in good hands. As she took us through what seemed like endless amount of doors, we entered seeing our Dad sitting upright, waving at us, yes waving. He was alert, telling me that one of the nurses reminded him of me and was trying to find her so I could see. That he wished he would have been able to help JC (my husband Jean-Claude)with the truck before everything happened and that he felt really good. To say the least we were amazed, no tubes, alert and happy.

They said he was doing very well and would spend the night in recovery and then would head up to the 7th floor.

Day after surgery Mom cuddling with Dad. We all laughed cause it looked like Dad was tuning her out already LOL.

Dad over for a visit last Friday while Mom did grocery's I got to play babysitter, and the grand kids got to play with there favorite grandad.

Now we wait for the biopsy results and pray that treatment is fast and gentle on my Dad’s beautiful ½ bald head.

Believe it or not Dad hadn't seen what it looked like he compared it to Frankenstein movie from the 1930's. His head is half shaved, and still purple from the disinfectant.

It is hard to believe that he is already home, brain surgery on Monday and home on Thursday go figure. Since his release he is up walking, a little weak still though, his speech and response is slow but getting better each day. The swelling is going down and today he is off to his GP to have the staples removed which he is so looking forward too. But he is extremely bored, he has been told he can walk the property but absolutly no going into the garage or doing anything physical.

I will keep you posted as to how things go thank you for listening this has been very good therapy for me.

Thank you!