Sunday, May 09, 2010

Happy (Grand)Mother's Day!

I love being a mother. There was nothing I wanted more when I was growing up than to be a mom. It hasn't always been easy. I had my days when I wondered whatever posessed me, wondered if could handle the screaming baby or defiant adolescent one more minute, wondered if I had what it took to raise a "special" kid. To any mom out there reading this I have to say that you wouldn't be normal if you didn't occasionally doubt yourself but remember that God won't give you more than you can handle or "That which doesn't kill us makes us stronger"! lol Being a mother has been the greatest blessing of my life. I am proud of the adults that my children have become. And the greatest reward for raising children?...................................................
GRANDCHILDREN! This is my first year celebrating Mother's Day as a Grandma. I've been blessed with not one but two beautiful granddaughters since last year! I would never have dreamed that it was possible to love someone that you didn't give birth to as much as I love these little girls! Keira was born to my son and future daughter-in-law last September and Julia Marie was born to my older daughter and future son-in-law just eleven days ago.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Saturday, April 10, 2010


Well, orange really. LOL
I went to another Mom sale with Kim and picked up this Knickerbocker Little Orphan Annie doll because I wanted to see if her clothes and shoes would fit the Fake Cakes (they do). I've decided to keep her.

Then I spotted this Susie Sad Eyes on eBay and had to have her too!

Friday, April 02, 2010

Doll Collecting + Crafting = Doll Customizing!

I've added the eight girl to my Blythe doll family and satisfied my creative urges by purchasing a "rescue" doll and fixing her up. I removed two extra layers of super glued eyelashes, sand-matted her, very lightly lip carved (mostly just used the file to scrape off the thick paint than to do any real reshaping), and opened up her head to remove her eyemech and paint her eyelids.
This is what she looked like when she arrived (already peeled off some of the lashes):

Here she is after being cleaned up before her new faceup:

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Pamphlet Stitched Book w/ Pocket

I volunteered to teach a simple bookbinding class at Death & Taxes so I thought it might be a good idea to make a couple of samples so I could work out the step-by-step instructions. The book has a soft cover folded to create a pocket in the center of two signatures of plain printer paper (watercolor papers work quite nicely for the pages, too). I made one with a colorful scrapbook paper cover and a plain one for a pseudo-period look.
Start by cutting a 12" x 4" strip of cardstock for the cover and score it at 3", 6", and 9".

Then fold in half at the 6" score line, open back out, and fold the ends toward the middle along the 3" and 9" score lines. To create the pocket apply adhesive to the bottom edge of one of the "inside" sections.

For the inside pages cut 3 3/4" x 11" strips of printer (or watercolor) paper. Cut those strips in half to 3 3/4" x 5 1/2" then fold in half again to make pages 3 3/4" x 2 3/4". I used three sheets for each of the two signatures in my samples.

To assemble the book center one signature along the fold inside the cover and mark it in the center and approximately 1/2" from each end. Use a paper piercer, awl, or large needle to piece holes through the paper and both layers of the cardstock cover. The easiest way that I have found to get holes in the pages of the second signature to line up correctly is to take one sheet from the already pierced first signature, lay it on top of the second signature and pierce through the holes.

To bind the book cut a string approximately two-and-a-half times the height of your book (I used embroidery floss for my colorful book and linen thread for the plain example) and thread it through a blunt tipped needle. Pass the needle and thread through the center hole of all layers leaving a tail. Pass the needle and thread through bottom hole, bring it up and pass through the top hole, then bring it back through the center hole. Tie the ends of the thread together catching the long stitch in the knot and trim the ends.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Crazy Doll Lady

Yup, that's what I have become! I really wasn't into dolls as a kid but I guess I am making up for it now! LOL I've collected seven Blythe dolls in six months and that has led to other doll purchases. I thought my little girl Blythes needed some dollies to play with so I bought them a Petite Blythe and an little Dollcena doll for Christmas. As I have been attending Blythe meets and browsing Flikr photostreams I have seen that many Blythe collectors collect other dolls as well including vintage and custom Strawberry Shortcake dolls. Yesterday I went to a huge Mom2Mom sale with Kim and Stephanie to look for baby gear and came upon a basket of 12/$1 toys. I picked out twelve items including two more tiny dollies for the dollhose (not sure what they are, will have to investigate later) and these two fake wannabe Strawberry Shortcake dolls. I brought them home and conditioned and detangled their long pastel hair and couldn't be happier with my 8 cent purchases!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Small Victories

Who would have thought that cleaning up dog poop could make me happy? That's just one example of something I hadn't been able to do before my doctor prescribed the Cymbalta. Raking the old winter poop into a pile then scooping it up and putting it in a trash bag was something that was just too painful to attempt. It felt great to get the yard cleaned up pain free! It makes me happy to regain my independence and not have to let things go or depend on others to do things for me.
Yes, I know I've been a bad blogger again. But this time it was because I've have been out enjoying life and too busy to blog instead of not wanting to blog because I felt like crap and figured you all didn't want to read my whiny posts. LOL

Friday, February 05, 2010

I Didn't Know

I didn't know that I needed an antidepressant. I have had joint pain and fatigue for years. It started around ten years ago when I was working full-time retail and on my feet all day. I would have pain in my hips and lower back and was just so damn tired all of the time. The doctor I had at the time chalked it up to arthritis and being on my feet too much and acted like it was no big deal. About eight years ago I quit my job (for other reasons but didn't look for a new one) and started spending more time sitting at my computer and scrapbooking. I started having pain in my shoulders and hands and again it was chalked up to arthritis and poor posture. In the past couple of years the pain and fatigue have gotten worse. I wasn't sleeping well because the the pain in my hips and shoulders would wake me up during the night. I turned into a hermit because being out in the cold made things worse (and it's cold nine months of the year here in Michigan). I avoided driving or riding in the car for any length of time because I would get too uncomfortable. Same thing with movie theaters. One busy day out and about would be followed by two or three days of rest and recovery because I would be exhausted and achy. I love to read but hadn't read a book in about a year becauuse I just couldn't concentrate. I would have a couple of days each month when every joint in my body from my jaw to my toes would hurt so much that all I could do was curl up in a ball in my bed and wait for it to go away. Anti-inflammatory meds didn't do a thing for me. Prednisone helped a little when my new doctor would let me have it which wasn't often because the side effects are ... joint pain and inflammation! Four weeks ago something happened that changed everything. First I noticed that the ring and pinky fingers of my right hand were numb but I wasn't overly concerned because I figured the inflammation in my shoulder had probably caused a pinched nerve. Then I woke up one morning and freaked out because the right side of my face was numb! Of course that prompted a visit to my doctor where we discussed how much pain I was in and how I felt like I was losing my mind. In addition to scheduling me for an MRI (which didn't show anything abnormal) and referring me to a neurologist for nerve testing (still a couple of weeks off) she suggested that I try taking Cymbalta. If you haven't seen the tv ads Cymbalta is one of the new antidepressants that increases seratonin and norepinephrine levels and has been successful in treating the pain of fibromyalgia and neuropathy. I started taking the Cymbalta three weeks ago. For the first week or so I did have some nausea and a weird "woozy" tingly skin crawling feeling but that passed. I just have to say that, even though we still don't know what was causing the pain and I still have the nerve testing coming up, I feel sooooooo much better than I have in years!!! The numbness in my face disappeared after a couple of days (but the fingers are still numb), the joint pain is virtually gone, I am sleeping, and I can concentrate and no longer feel like my brain is fried! I can't even explain how wonderful it is to feel like I have my life back! I didn't know taking an antidepressant could do that for me.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Today's the Day!

Today is the kick-off for Who's That Girl! Now if you've been following my blog you will have noticed that my posts and my scrapbook pages have been few and far between the last few months. I am looking forward to using these challenges to get myself back into the scrapping groove and hope that you will join us in exploring who YOU are!

For those who don't know me I am a forty-something wife, mother of two adult children and one high-school senior, and grandmother of one with a second coming in the spring. I have been scrapbooking for roughly ten years but, probably because my kids were older when I started, my albums have never been about recording every event in their lives but rather about telling MY stories which, of course, they are an important part of but not the main focus. I want my grandchildren to be able to look at my albums some day and learn something about who I was.

Okay, so you want to have some fun and win prizes? Get to know the Who’s That Girl Design Team… We would LOVE to get to know YOU!

START THE HOP HERE @ THE WHO’S THAT GIRL CHALLENGE BLOG, then hop along to each team member’s blog to see their wonderful takes on our VERY FIRST CHALLENGE!

Our first challenge for 2010 is One Word. But not just any word, we want to know the word that describes who you are as a person. For this challenge pick a word that tells who you are and what you are all about! (Please share your finished pages at the Who's That Girl Flikr group.)

Here is my layout for this challenge! I have a lot of hobbies but they all boil down to allowing me to be CREATIVE!

1.One lucky person who leaves a comment on all of our blogs in the DT blog hop will win this collection of goodies:

2.One person who does the challenge and posts in the Flickr group will win this collection of goodies:

Next, hop on over and check out Carla’s blog. ENJOY!

Here is the order in case you get lost along the way:
Who’s That Girl

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Who's That Girl?

Big news on the scrapping front! Jessica Bree Thompson is starting a new challenge blog and has asked me to be on her design team. The first challenge will debut on Friday and we'll be kicking things off with a blog hop to meet the design team.
Who's That Girl?