Monday, June 8, 2015

Thank You

Good afternoon!
Hope your week is off to a great start!

Popping in quickly with some cards using Betsy's new Make It Market Kit: Nostalgic Notions.
If you happen to have caught my post about my oldest son and the freak accident he had a couple of weeks ago then you'll understand why all of my cards today are Thank You's...
I have a long list of people to thank for dinners and gifts and such.
If you need a catch up you can read about it HERE...
but I do want to warn that there are some graphic photos and details.

Anyway...
to the cards!
My first one is a CASE of one of Betsy's...
I just kept it slightly more on the simple side because all of these have to go into the mail...

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And because I've got quite a few cards to make and I'm hoarding the gorgeous patterned paper included in the kit until (I hope) they sell it individually (PLEASE!!!)...
I dug into my stash and found some older October Afternoon paper pads that work perfectly...

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I can tell you that Tinsel and Tags is my favorite MIM kit...
though I'm REALLY excited to see what Betsy has in store for this year's holiday kit...
but Nostalgic Notions is neck and neck for favorite now.
I waited almost a year for this one...
ever since her SAF kit last year and it was worth the wait...
I LOVE this kit!
I've been cutting and stamping these gorgeous blooms all weekend and then assembling them "assembly line" style...
that way I can make 2-4 of each style easy peasy.
I still have more in the works but figured this was enough cards for one post.

And a quick update on Robert...
we got his stitches out last week and the surgeon said he's looking great.
He should be able to start summer football by the time it starts in July since his helmet pads should hit lower than where his scar is and shouldn't cause any problems.
He still has no feeling on the top of his head...there was a lot of nerve damage and the surgeon said he may recover some sensation but there is permanent damage so not to expect a lot of it to come back.
He finally let us shave the rest of his hair off to match the front of his head...
which while his haircut would have fit right in on the show "Vikings"...
he kind of stood out in our little town.

He's healing.

He's still here with me.

I get to tell him I love him every day...
and hear him say it back.

I thank God every day for that.

Thanks so much for stopping by and till next time!




Sunday, May 31, 2015

12 Kits of Occasions...May

Hello!
Hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend so far.

My sweet friend Jeanne asked me a while ago if I would join in this month with the 12 Kits of Occasions...
and how could I refuse...
I'm so glad she sent it early or else after the last week I would have absolutely nothing to show.
I got a couple of cards done when it first arrived and then got wrapped up in other projects...
Mother's Day, Teacher gifts...
and had planned on working on some more projects last weekend when rain moved in...
but plans got changed.
A HUGE thank you for all for the sweet messages and prayers...
I appreciate you all more than words can ever express.

So anyway...
par for Jeanne she sent an AH-MA-ZING kit.
There's enough goodies to make 50 cards...
no lie!

So while I did not get to explore all 50 possibilities with this kit...
I'm gonna be digging back in with the kids very soon making cards for hubby for Father's Day.
But here's what I did get...

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Jeanne...Thank You again for such an utterly incredible kit...
you just made Father's Day so easy this year!
Make sure to stop by the 12 Kits blog HERE to see what all the other girls were able to come up with using this kit...
along with a couple of special guests that Jeanne has invited!
Knowing how much of this kit I have yet to play with and explore...
I know I can't wait to see and there's probably gonna be a lot of CASE'ing going on. *wink*

Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you have a fabulous week!
Till next time!

Friday, May 29, 2015

We Had Plans

WARNING:  This post contains graphic images and details.



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We had plans.
One more day of school till summer break...
a long holiday weekend...
and hubby not only had the holiday off but also the weekend...
first time in years it worked out that way.
So we made plans.

Hunter loves the pool.
She gets so excited when they're going into the pool at school and after 4 years of not using our above ground...
not since I fell with her and busted my knees and found it difficult to get her in and out...
earlier this spring we went shopping for a new in-ground pool.
But then it hit me a few weeks ago that Hunter will be out of school in just 4 years and we have so much work to do to be ready for that...
fencing in the property...
building a greenhouse and raised berry beds...
creating paths that her wheelchair can be pushed upon between the boxes...
I decided to hold off on the new pool until we have her "job" up and going and instead ordered up everything we needed to revive our old above ground...
new liner, pump, in pool steps and talked to my uncle about building a new multi-level pool deck with ramps so that we can actually get her in the pool.
We had plans.


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It was Thursday night and with our oldest son Robert off at friend's celebrating the end of spring football...
end of the school year...
and just being 12 year old boys...
we ordered pizza for dinner and then hubby and I planned to hit outdoors and get a start on the yard so we could drop the new liner on Saturday.
Rain was expected to start moving in late Sunday so we were hoping to get everything but the deck done before it got here.
We had plans.

Then I heard him on the phone.
"Yes...this is Patrick."
"Yes...Robert is my son"
And I knew.
Before he took off back down the stairs and started out the door...
I knew.
And I said a prayer.

I prayed he was at the police station.
I prayed he had gotten picked up for some juvenile prank...
didn't matter what it was...
we would deal with it...
please let him have gotten arrested.

Please let him be alive.

It was a head injury.
Patrick was speaking to the paramedic.
They were taking him to Vanderbilt.
Then Patrick was talking to him.
I yelled to the phone "Baby we're on our way...I love you"
Even though I had spoken to him not 2 hours earlier when he called to say he had arrived at his friend's and the last words I had said to him were "I love you" before hanging up the phone...
I had to make sure that if this was the last time he was ever going to hear my voice...
those 3 words were the only words I wanted him to hear.

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We had had plans.
But we found ourselves heading to Vanderbilt where we prayed our son would still be alive when we got there.

We knew no details.
He wasn't with us and we didn't know anything other than he had a head injury.
So it was reasonable to think it was a bike accident.
And that's what I kept thinking...
it was a bike accident.
He and his friend had had one a few months ago...
they had collided and literally bent a bike in half...
and broke one of his friends ankles and he wore a cast for months.
It had to be a bike accident.
And he wasn't wearing a helmet...
he KNOWS to wear a helmet...
WHY wasn't he wearing a helmet?!!!
This is what I just kept repeating as I drove as fast as I safely could towards Nashville...
Patrick just kept saying he didn't know what had happened.

His phone rang.
It was the paramedic.
Because of where we live we're only minutes from Nashville but the accident happened in town...about 20 minutes in the opposite direction so they were just leaving out.
He was stable.
He was talking.
He was alive.

I've never been so terrified in my entire life.

We finally arrived at the ER but had to wait for him to arrive and when he finally got to the hospital and they came to take us to see him they first took us aside and into a small room to give us a more detailed description before letting us in to see him.
He and 2 friends were in a storm drain/culvert.
He slipped and fell or he raised his head as they were running...
no one knew...
but he had scalped himself from ear to ear.

Yes.
You read correctly...
I said scalped.

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By the time they let us in they had his head entirely bandaged so we couldn't see the injury but seeing as how he was he literally covered in blood we didn't need to see to know it was bad.
You know that scene in "Carrie" when she's on stage and they dump the bucket?
She was cleaner than he was!
His face...
in his ears...
his arms and hands...
even his legs.
When I walked up to the bed I just remember looking at him and saying something stupid like "I think there's something on your face"...
when I'm nervous or upset the obvious is all I can manage...
and he grinned.
He was alive.
He told me he didn't even cry.
But we heard he made the paramedic earn his paycheck when he went to put in an IV.
I can testify about his fear of needles and the fact that he can scream like a girl...
and very loud.

They did a CAT scan...
no hemorrhaging...
no broken bones...
thank God...
so they prepared for surgery.
It was almost midnight before the surgeon came out to talk to us and let us know that he required 23 external and a handful of internal stitches where he tore deeper but everything looked really well.
They were pumping him full of antibiotics and had cleaned his wound really well before stitching...
so while infection was still the biggest concern at this point they felt they had been proactive and it would be a small risk.
It was a while longer before they led us back to see him in recovery and that's when I broke.
His head was no longer covered.
I wondered how he had survived this.

Hunter had fallen asleep in the waiting room laying on one of the couches...
Ryder was still going strong with Haley chasing after him but they needed to get home and get some sleep so when they admitted Robert to the children's cancer ward since they knew he was "clean" and he needed critical care which they could provide, Patrick said he would stay with him since he was going to need help with just the basics and he would be more comfortable with his dad for those things versus mom...
he is 12...
so I brought the others home for a little sleep though I didn't do more than just doze for a bit.

When we got to the hospital the next morning he was awake and waiting...
I had promised Chick-Fil-A if the doctor's said "OK"...
and they did...
so I couldn't get there fast enough for him.
I prepared the kids before going into his room...
he didn't look like he did the morning before as I dropped him at school...
and it was a little scary but he was gonna be OK.

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We actually came home later that afternoon.
For this type of wound he was doing really well and since it was now going to just be a matter of healing and he would be more comfortable at home...
there was no need to stay.
His nurse told me on the way out that in her 37 years of being a nurse she had never seen an injury like this...
and that it was a miracle that he survived.
I agree.
And I haven't stopped thanking God since.

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The friend that he was supposed to stay the night with and was with him in the storm drain was here minutes after we got home...
his parents told us that he was so worried that they couldn't get him to go to sleep or calm down until he knew Robert was alive.
The paramedic had already told us that the boys had not been honest when questioned what happened...
Robert kept saying he just fell.
He didn't realize that he had more than a cut and a fall didn't begin to explain what had happened and when they finally got more details from them the first thing he said was "Don't tell my mom...she'll kill me".
I always tell him to be safe and that it only takes a split second for something to happen...to not take chances and he had been warned about that storm drain the last time he had been over at the 3rd boys house.
We don't have a huge homeless population in our small town...
sadly, probably more than I realize...
but apparently they hang out around this storm drain and that's why Patrick had told him to stay away from it because anything could happen.
He never imagined this scenario though.
His friend's parents told us how the police had actually thought that it was attempted murder because the boys had not been honest about what exactly had happened...
and when they finally got the truth they couldn't believe he had this injury from a concrete culvert...
they thought someone had intentionally tried to scalp him and were about to open an investigation.

He was alive.
He was home.
And since we celebrate life every year with cake I decided there had never a better reason to celebrate life than him coming home and went to buy a cake.
The lady at the bakery looked at me like I was beyond crazy when I told her what I wanted written on it...
but once I briefly explained she smiled and seemed to understood.
He loved it.

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The next day I mentioned to him that his new "do"...
what we are now calling "The Skullet"...
stitches in front...
hair in back...
would actually fit in really well on the show "Vikings" so in typical 12 yr old fashion...
he now wants to keep it.
Plus...
it will also allow what he believes is going to be the coolest scar in town to be seen...
and what good is having an awesome scar if no one can see it?

We went to have his drain removed Tuesday...
Patrick said it kind'a made him look like a cyborg with that tubing coming out of his head and normally that would be a reason for Robert to want to keep it...
but it was the thing that he said hurt the worst so he was happy to have it gone.
As the nurse was leading us back she told us that everyone had heard about him...
I guess when you think of everything an ER and surgeon see every day I still don't think it's often they see a scalping...
much less one walking and talking.

We're blessed.
He's alive.
He's healing.
We truly are blessed.
I mean he hit his head hard enough to rip his scalp from his head and yet he walked away...
how is it that he lived?
How did he not hemorrhage?
Break his neck?
How?
I can only express my heart and that's that God had his guardian angel on overtime that night...
so I will thank God every day that I still have my son.

And now I'm sharing this story so that maybe you will hug the ones you love a little tighter...
and you never miss a moment to tell them you love them.
Life turns on a dime and plans change so don't wait.
We had plans.
Our plans changed.
The pool isn't ready.
The yard hasn't been mowed.
The laundry has now piled up.
But we'll deal with all that later.
Right now my only plans are to enjoy every moment I have with my kids and to tell them how much I love them every chance I get.


Sunday, May 17, 2015

A Quckie

Hello!
Hope you've had a great weekend...
we're finally getting some much needed rain and my flowers are loving it.

Just popping in really quickly with my first stuffie using Erin's new Quick Stitch Kit from PTI...
Design-A-Softie.
One of my daughter's came to me the other day showing me a pic of one of these...


who can refuse something this precious...
and it got me to thinking and today I took a few minutes and stitched this...

Quick Stitch Design A Softie


the baby child immediately claimed it as his and took off with it...
which means I have to make another for my daughter.

This one was stitched in PTI's True Black and Vintage Cream felt...
but we've tested the dies using some polar fleece and for one's that we make to donate we're going to use the fleece...
not only because it will be more cost effective but also because washing instructions could become lost and they would be safe to wash when made out of fleece versus the wool.

I have another idea I'm wanting to try...
we'll see if it pans out.
Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful week!
Till next time!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

My Floss Organizer

Hello, Hello!
Hope your day is off to a great start!
Popping in to show you something I've been working on the last couple of weeks...
my new floss organizer. *grin*

I knew last year that life was shifting for us around here...
with Haley entering her junior year time was going to be in short supply as her junior year ended and senior year began...
college.
Applications, visits, scholarships...my time would be devoted to getting her started on her future...
so there wouldn't be as much time for crafting/blogging.
And I miss all of you...
I've made some of the most amazing friends EVER with this papercrafting hobby and I regret that I don't have the time to visit everyone like I used to...
but my babies always come first and I know that y'all understand that they just need me more now.
I'm still crafting.
Still making cards and crafts with paper and stamps...
just not blogging as much...
but I've also went back to more stitching crafts lately...
they're portable so I can take them with me wherever I am...
and I'm doing a lot cross stitch and using Erin's stitching dies from PTI so that means I have oodles of floss around here and those plastic boxes...
yeah I don't like them so much so I went searching on Pinterest for a new floss storage system...
here's my favorite idea that I found...


love that the floss bobbins were notched so that when you removed one they all didn't slip and slide everywhere...
but the person who has this said she bought it in Europe years ago and she even wishes she had bought more of them but apparently it was completely handmade and she could no longer locate another...
so I showed it to hubby and he said he could probably build something similar for me...
but along with senior year, ball season is starting around here now and we'll be in baseball till at least June with the baby child and then football starts in July with #1 son so with schedules...
no time till at least November.
And I fully admit that patience is not a virtue I possess so I didn't want to wait...
and came up with a workable solution for now.
Maybe someday...
probably when all the kids are in/graduated from college and life actually starts to slow down a bit for us...hubby will build me a custom cabinet but this actually does work pretty good.
I'm gonna apologize ahead of time for a pic heavy post but here we go...

I started with this cabinet from Hayneedle


but they're also available from Amazon.

I then primed and painted it black with chalk paint...
and a coat of clear creme wax to protect the surface.
This is it now...

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I then bought some lumber strips at Lowe's that measure 1x2x8 and hubby cut them down to fit inside the drawers to create "rows"...
lined the drawers with some cheap felt from Michael's before placing the wooden strips...
and here's what they look like...
along with my felt bobbins using the bobbin die from Erin's Quick Stitch Sewing Staples Kit from PTI...

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Aren't those bobbins gorgeous...all lined up?
Can't wait to have all my floss on them...

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but that's gonna take a while since I currently have 2 1/2 drawers of floss on bobbins...

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along with some not on bobbins yet.
This is a shot of the top drawer where I keep my floss that hasn't been put on bobbins...
floss I'm currently working with on a pattern...
you'll also notice some craft glasses because when dealing with 28-32-34 count fabric for cross stitching...
you have to have something to make the weave larger...
the gingham ones are my favorite. *wink*
There's also beads for stitching...
I ran out of the ones sent with kit really quickly but found some identical ones on Etsy at Bonnie's Bead Barn, etc.
She even sent a sample of silver lined blue beads that are gorgeous and will definitely be used on future projects...
along with some other colors that she carries that I'm ordering...
I picked up a tube of clear silver lined beads at Michael's that I thought would be pretty versatile as well.

With 6 small drawers and 2 large I have extra space for growing but right now I'm also storing some of my cross stitch patterns and projects in one of the drawers...

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These are Christmas ornaments that I need to finish out...

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my cross stitch fabric stored in one of the larger drawers...

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felt in the other.

It works quite well...
and I love it so much more than the plastic boxes all over the place.
I have integrated the felt bobbins in with the others since I store in numerical order...
I just wanted you to see them all together and how gorgeous they are.

I would like to give a few tips if you think you would like to try this or something similar...
one...
buy the drawer system from Hobby Lobby if you want one in black.
I tried to save a few $$ by purchasing a pine one and then painting...
and I did save overall about $50 but the headache...
not worth it.
I could have had this done in a day if I had just picked up the one at Hobby Lobby (we have a brand new in my little-but-steadily-growing-town...YAY!) and saved so much time and energy.
There's also white/cream drawer systems available at Hayneedle and Amazon if that color is more for you.
Two...
line the drawer bottoms with felt.
Not expensive...some that you can pick up from a big box store is perfect...
but it helps keep your bobbins from slipping and sliding everywhere when you remove one.
I left my drawers and strips natural because they seemed to make the drawer too dark when I attempted to paint the interior...
but you can paint if you like.
You can also use a different, lighter color of felt if you like to lighten the inside.
Three...
I spaced the inside strips by the size of the felt bobbins so they're a little large for the plastic bobbins but as I convert to all felt I'll need that extra room in each row or otherwise they won't fit.
If you are gonna stay with plastic bobbins...
you could probably fit another row in each drawer.

Sorry for such a long post...
if you were able to stick with it...Thank You! 
If you have any questions please feel free to ask away and I'll gladly answer if I can!
Hope you have a wonderful day and till next time!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

12 Kits...Song of the South

Surprise!
Marybeth was so sweet and asked if I would like to join in this month with 12 Kits...
and how could I refuse?
I was supposed to be able to work on this when most of my kiddos were on spring break a couple of weeks ago but 2 of my kids headed out for NYC and it was just the little guy and me so...
of course I didn't get to work on it like I had planned.

Marybeth sent such a wonderfully fun kit full of goodies...
and as always I have LOTS left over to play with later...
especially since I LOVE livin' in the South and right now we're headed into spring...
everything is blooming, greening and growing and I have one word for you...
aaachoo!!!
Actually...
say it about 40 times and you'll know what I've been up to.
Allergies.
So here's what I was able to come up with so far...

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Marybeth...thank you so much for inviting me to play along.
I can't wait to see what everyone else was able to come up with using this fabulous kit...
and make sure you head over to the 12 Kits blog HERE so you can see what all the girls were able to do!
Plus...Jeanne is giving away a kit for May and you don't want to miss your chance to get it! *wink*

Thanks for stopping by...
hope you have a wonderful week!
Till next time!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Some Quick Stitches

OMGoodness!!
It's been over a month since I've been here...
how time flies!
I knew going into this year that I wouldn't be posting as much as in the past...
the kids are growing so fast and there's just so much on our plates...
but I really didn't mean to go this long.
Maybe I should change the name of the blog to "When I Remember"...*giggle*.

3/4th's of the kids have been on spring break for the last week and 2 of them headed out early (VERY early) last Saturday for NYC with our church youth chorus...
and while waiting for them to come home Thursday night I finally broke out some of the new dies from Erin's new Quick Stitch Sewing Staples Kit at PTI.
I love that the dies from Erin's kits will eventually be sold in the store as stock...
that they aren't a one time deal...
but after growing up in a household that could never find my mother knowing where a pair of scissors were...
I knew that I wanted to make her a scissor keeper and needle book for Mother's Day so I ordered the kit so I would have everything in time.
Plus I really liked the sentiment in the little stamp set and can see using it for various handmade gifts.
So anyway...
I decided to start with the scissor keeper...
and have now made 3 of them they're so easy to put together!

The first one is mine...
I didn't have the floral cluster centered like I thought did so I'm looking at it as my "learning" one...
double check placement at all times! *wink*

Navy Quick Stitch Scissor Keeper

This one is made out of Midnight Blue and lined with White both from Felt on the Fly/Etsy...
the floral cluster uses Winter Wisteria, Lavender Moon, Royal Velvet, Simply Chartreuse and Spring Moss all from PTI

Here's my 2nd one...
floral placement much better...

Grey Quick Stitch Scissor Keeper


This is made from Slate Grey, lined with Smoke Grey and floral cluster is composed of Thistle, Baby Pink and Light Blue all from Felt on the Fly...
the leaves are Simple Chartreuse and Spring Moss from PTI.

And this one is probably my favorite...
I love the folk art feeling with these colors...

Black Quick Stitch Scissor Keeper


This one is True Black, Lined with Vintage Cream and the floral cluster is Ocean Tides, Terracotta Tile, Autumn Rose, Simply Chartreuse and Spring Moss...all from PTI.

Next up...
needle books to coordinate with the scissor keepers!
And then trying some new color combos!

And I've got some other things coming up so maybe I'll manage to make it back before another month passes.
Till next time!

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