Monday, May 25, 2015

Rhinestone Support Ribbons

I had some time in my craft room the other day . . . oh craft room, how I have missed you!

I used my Sizzix die and Big Shot to make some rhinestone support ribbons.  Yellow for the troops, Pink for Breast Cancer awareness and Rainbow for a PRIDE event that The Buckle Boutique plans to attend.

I have the pink and yellow for sale.  Click HERE to go to the store.
Let me know if you would like a few of them.  Since they are all made from the rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique, the all have adhesive on the back so they are ready for you to stick them to any project you want.

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Off Topic: Going to the Movies

My family just got back from going to the movies.  We saw the new Avengers movie . . . it was great.  But there was one thing that really bugged me.

Up in one of the first few rows there was a parent who brought a young child.  We were back further so I could not see the child really well, but I would guess they were under the age of 5.  Now, I have NOTHING against bringing a child that age to a movie, as long as the movie is something the child can handle.  This child OBVIOUSLY did NOT want to sit still for 2 hours, and it seemed that is exactly why the parent sat so far up to the front of the theater.  We could hear the child talking through the whole thing, sometimes trying to yell over the sounds of the movie . . . and then of course the movie would go quiet and all you would hear is the child yelling.  At one point the child was running back and forth in the theater.

I wanted to go up front and tell this parent to get a babysitter so that all of us don't have to listen to their child through the whole movie.  It was terrible!

I just wanted to add, after I posted this topic for discussion on Facebook a lot of people commented and I had to come back here and make one thing VERY CLEAR . . . I do not blame the child for being a child.  They want to run, laugh, talk, move and be free.  I do blame the parent for not parenting their child and teaching them that we sit quietly in the movie theater . . . and also for not doing the right thing and leave the theater when their child was disruptive in the theater.

It is the parent that is in the wrong if you ask me.  They were being selfish.  They wanted to see the movie so they did not care how many other people were disrupted.  I have been a single mom.  I have wanted to go out and do things but was not able to due to the fact that it was not appropriate to bring my child/my child could not handle the situation.  That is part of what being a parent is about.  Sometimes you have to give up some of your luxuries, like going to see a movie in the theater.

Am I the only one that thinks this way?  Anyone else agree with me?

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Blog Makeover

Today I finally sat down to do something I have been wanting to do for about a year now . . . give my blog a makeover!  While I love the black and pink pattern that I had, I have had it for YEARS and it was starting to feel dated.  It just feels like it is time for something new.

So I sat down with my digital scrapbooking software from MyMemories Suite and started to play around with some ideas.  I figured that a new header really would not be that different from doing a digital scrapbook layout.

I started by pulling papers and embellishments from all of the different collections I have and put them on to pages of a album I called "Blog Header Ideas".  Pulling all of these items into one album was kind of like digging through my scrapbook papers to pull out colors I like . . . they might get used in the layout, and they might not, but with the way I work I have to pull them all out to see what I have and what works together.

Then the problem was that I could not decide which header I liked the most.  My daughter, who has her own blog at The Creative Ninjas, suggested that I have my blog followers vote for the header they like the best.  Here are the three finalists.

Pink Roses

Charmed Life

Perfectly Trimmed

And now YOU CAN VOTE and tell me which one you like the BEST.

Go to and vote now!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Fabric Strip Case by ArtBin

If you are a quilter, there is a new storage solution you are going to want to check out.  It is a Fabric Strip Storage Case from ArtBin.

If you are like me, once you have all of your fabric for a project all ironed and cut, you HATE to fold it up to store it, since that means you will have to iron it again.  What if you could store everything in nice stacks?  {I know, you are saying "but Shawn, all of that fabric NEVER stays in a nice little stack like I want it to}

Well if that stack of fabric is nicely placed inside of the Fabric Strip Case by ArtBin, then it will!

Here is the thing I really like about this bin . . . this little clips that help to hold everything in place, so if the bin falls off of a shelf or table, the stack is still held in place.  

The clips just slide into the slots on the inside of the bin, and there are 3 different locations for them so you can decide if you want the clips to be in the middle of the fabric or way out at the edges.

This would be a great way to prep and organize a project, then snap the lid shut to store and protect the fabric . . . you could even take the project to go since you would know that all of the fabric you need is neatly tucked inside!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Cricut Explore One

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

More on me and Essure . . . good news/bad news

As I was getting up and grabbing my morning coffee, I was getting ready to post a sad and "poor me" kind of post.  But then I saw something in my news feed on Facebook that made me happy . . . well, a little happier . . .

FDA will consider banning dangerous Esssure device

Click on the text above to read the full story, but in summary it sounds like the FDA is really listening to the voices of the women who have been suffering due to this device.

Okay . . . now about me personally . . .

This week I started going back into the office full time.  I worked a little bit last Sunday in case there was a day that I was too tired or sore to do a full day, then I had a few hours "banked".  I think that Monday or Tuesday I left around an hour early, so it was good that I did this.  I was listening to my body and when it hurt, I said "I am done".

As the week went on, I was noticing that I was doing better every day.  YEAH!!!!!  There was one day that a co-worker even mentioned that I was not moving as slow as a turtle any more.  Not back up to my old "Shawn speed" but at least snails, turtles and old ladies in walkers were not passing me up any more.  Thursday we had a training meeting that required us to walk around to look at how some things are built . . . lots of walking and standing . . . and I noticed by half way through that I was leaning on things or needed to sit down every once in a while.  Then the really dumb thing came . . . I was talking with people and was not taking my time going up the steps like I should have . . . went a little too fast I think and I was just out of breath.  Even MORE stupid, since I was talking with people I just kept talking and moving with them, when I really should have said "I cannot do the stairs.  I am taking the elevator and we can talk when we get back up to our desks." I was not sore, just feeling out of breath, so I figured no harm no foul.

Friday . . . I was tired, but I figured that was due to doing a little too much the day before.  No big deal.  I left work around 2:30pm because Beth had a lacrosse game and a hockey game that night.  While at the lacrosse game I noticed I just could not get comfortable.  I would switch between sitting and standing.  Once we got to the ice rink . . . yes, we went STRAIGHT from the lacrosse game to the hockey game . . . yes, we are nuts . . . the game was at the Blaine Super Rink . . . 8 rinks in one building.  Drop Beth's stuff off at the rink she is playing at, then she needed a Gatorade so we go up the stairs (no elevator at the end we were at) to the skyway/walkway and over 4 rinks to a Concession Stand . . . back DOWN the stairs to the stand.  Now she has to go back to the rink where her game is and a parent needs to fill out paperwork.  Well, Jeff and I still needed to eat something also so we wanted to hit the main concession stand that has a full dinner menu.  So Jeff goes back to rink 7 with Beth to do paperwork while I slowly make my way from rink 5 to rink 1 where the main concession stand is so I could sit and just wait for Jeff.

I am tired, but not in pain . . . still doing okay.

After we had dinner it was time to walk BACK to rink 7, back down the stairs and find a place to sit.  I had a hoodie on the entire time, but I did not have it zipped up.  Once we are in the rink for the game, I zip up and put on my winter coat and zip that up too.  It was around the end of the first period that I started to feel "weird".  Light headed, dizzy and like I wanted to throw up.  Between the 2nd and 3rd period when they were cleaning the ice Jeff (who had been standing behind me during the game) sat down and that is when he noticed something was wrong . . . he could just see it in my eyes.  When I leaned back against him in more of a reclined position things got a little better.  I ended up watching the 3rd period reclined back against the side of the bleachers.

Once we got back to the car I THINK I figured out what the problem was!  I was taking off my winter coat and unzipping my hoodie, and that is when I noticed that the bottom of the zippers hit me right at the spot of the lowest incision!  I had 2 layers of stiff metal zippers right at that incision!  Once I unzipped I noticed the dizzy and nauseous feels went away pretty quick .  Jeff said "that is why reclining helped . . . took the pressure off".  But things still felt sore.

By the time we got home, I was in a lot of pain.  I ended up taking a pain pill.  This is the first time in over a WEEK that I have taken pain meds in the EVENING.  That kind of made me sad.  Felt like a set back.

So here is the part of all of this that makes me REALLY SAD . . . .

Beth has lacrosse and hockey games again today.  First game should be starting any minute.  Jeff knew I needed my rest and that if I was awake I would have pushed myself to get ready in time to go to the games, so he let me sleep.  I did not realize this until I heard Beth said "Time to go!" as she always does when she is ready but one of us are not downstairs at the door.  So now I am home, resting, and missing seeing her play.  Watching her play sports is something that brings great joy to both Jeff and myself, but due to the pain I have to miss it today.  That makes me said.

Also, I was planning on trying to start to wear "real clothes" to work next week, instead of the yoga pants.  Well, if the zipper from the hoodie and the jacket put me in that much pain there is NO WAY I am wearing pants with a zipper any time soon.  Looks like it is yoga pants for another week for me.

#Essure #EssureProblems

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Some Odd Girl Fairy Tag

It has been SO LONG since I have crafted! I miss my craft room so much!

 The other day while I was organizing some photos, I realized that I made this project before I had my surgery but never posted the photos.

I did this back when I was still suffering from extreme back pain, and I wanted to craft but needed to do a project where I could sit with the heating pad on my back for a while . . . so coloring these cute little fairies from Some Odd Girl seemed like the perfect project.

These are from the Fairy in Flight set.  I saw this set at CHA.  I love to stop by the Some Odd Girl booth.  My daughter had so much fun there when she came to CHA in 2014, and she was even featured on their blog . . . and the girls in the booth remembered her when I stopped by the following year!  

I did some playing around with colors, and I ended up really liking the fairy in the green dress with the orange flower.  I colored the orange flower with a glitter Sharpie, so it has some extra shimmer and sparkle.

I have this little tradition going with one of my co-workers, where I make her little tags to hang in her cube for each month of the year.  This was for the March tag.  I thought this little fairy had an Irish feel to her, with the green dress, orange flower and reddish brown hair.

I cut a large circle from a Jinger Adams cardstock pack that I have, and offset the circle and trimmed the edges to match up with the tag.  In a gold ink, I stamped the word believe.  The finishing touches . . . a glitter vinyl shamrock I cut out and a yellow mini dimensional butterfly from Little B.

I think she turned out pretty cute.  My co-worker really liked her too.  It is fun to make quick little projects like this . . . especially when they brighten up someone's day.