Thursday, July 31, 2008

Prayers Needed...and some thoughts on crafty giving

Sorry not to have been around much lately. It has been rough sailing around here lately. Computers went down, cell phones fell apart, then we received the news that my beloved sister in law was diagnosed with stage III metastatic breast cancer. This is her second time around, having been diagnosed 14 years ago at age 32. I have been out of town away from home and staying with her to be closer to her and the rest of the family as she prepares to fight once again.

If I could ask all of my sweet blog friends to include her in your prayers, especially over the coming few weeks. While I have been down here we received more bad news that my husband's grandmother passed away.This has been a rough time for my husband and his family, so please keep them in your prayers as well.

Something I want to share with you about the wonderfulness of creativity. Some awesome crafter was kind enough to donate what seemed like a lifetime supply of gorgeous beads to the thrift store that my mother in law works in. My mother in law purchased the beads for my sister in law, and thanks to that generous crafter, my sister in law has had the pleasure of making the most lovely jewelry as she recovers from her recent mastectomy. Even cooler... everyone, old, young, teen aged, male or female, that has come to visit her over the past week has sat down and made a bracelet. The process of engaging in creativity with someone you love is wonderfully therapeutic and has meant the world to my sweet sister in law. We are going to be setting up an etsy shop to sell these bracelets soon. I will post a link when it's ready.

I am sure the donor of those beads had no idea how much we would be blessed by her generosity. It has made a huge difference in my sister in law's recovery.

I love what the Fly Lady says about donating your no longer needed items to thrift and charity shops so that you can "bless" someone else. If you, like myself, have a tendency to hang on to craft supplies that you really wont likely ever use, consider donating them to a thrift store or hospital in your community. You never know how much you can contribute to the health of someone out there than can use some "crafty therapy".

With that said, I send you all huge (((((hugs)))))) and love. I am headed back home next week and should get back to regular posting then. :-)

Friday, July 11, 2008

Oh no!!!

We had a doozie of a storm here on Thursday, and as I was silly enough not to unplug my internet router, it got fried by a power surge thanks to a bolt of lightening that hit pretty close to the house!!! I, therefore, am composing this from the Java Cycle coffee house which thankfully has free WiFi (as long as you can afford the price of a latte). I'll sip slowly enough to buy time to remind all of my blog friends to please visit the Spooky Time Jingles Marketplace on Sunday for the Grand Opening! Lots of the guys below (all the Halloween and the taffy colored Snow-pixies and Bobblehead) will be available with free shipping for all. If you would like to purchase one, and you email me, please be aware that due to my internet situation, I may not be able to respond immediately, but I'll do my best to check email here as often as possible.

Boy!!! Good thing I love coffee :-)

Happy weekend everyone!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Emerging from the studio...

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

A red and white Christmas....
(a couple of these will be available at PFATT Marketplace beginning July 10)

.....or a saltwater taffy colored Christmas?
Also Some creepy concoctions that will be available at the new artist marketplace Spooky Time Jingles.....
Come join us for the Grand Opening celebration on July 13!

It feels good to be at the computer again. I am looking forward to catching up on my favorite blogs too! Be back in a few days...