Archives for October 2011

Christmas Craft Tutorial Link Party

Happy Halloween  everyone!

I’ve been brewing something up for the past week and I’m so excited to be sharing this with you and I hope you will participate!

Beginning TOMORROW (November 1st) I will have a Christmas Craft and Tutorial Linky Party beginning!

Blogging friends, all of you continue to amaze me with the ideas you come up with.  I thought it would be great to have projects shared with a tutorial so we can all be inspired, be copy cats or tweek the project and make it our own!

I would greatly appreciate it if you would paste the link party button somewhere on your blog to encourage others to join. 

I will  be highlighting the 3 MOST VIEWED PROJECTS that have been linked up (during that particular week) every Thursday night. 

This party will be up and running tomorrow (November 1) by 8:00am pacific time.

Hope to see you there!


Day 29 Commitment, Breast Cancer Fact

Day 29 of 31

Women with high breast density were found to have a four-to-six-fold increased risk of breast cancer compared with women with lower breast density.

Breast Cancer Facts and Figures:2009-2010.”American Cancer Society.2009. Accessed:January 19 ,2011

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A Thrifting We Will Go!

What is a person supposed to do when they are waiting for a baby to arrive?


I’m in Sacramento with my step-daughter waiting for my grandson to come into the world.  Out we went this morning (contractions and all) and headed to the thrift stores.  There are a TON here!  It was very surprising to see how many were open on a Sunday.

Here are my finds:

Lots of good finds

I was on a mission for candlesticks!

Great frames for my wall gallery that I’m working on.

Happy Halloween sign that was .43 cents!

I’m picturing these black and distressed!

These little dessert plates are going to be my Christmas gifts this year.  Add some homemade brownies or cookies, wrap in some cellophane….done!  People love to receive these because they can be re-used for serving, re-gifting or just setting out on the kitchen cabinet with fruit or a little what-not.  Add a dome (which I had NO luck finding today)…ADORABLE.

Plate .49 cents
Candle stick $1.00


If “we” don’t have a baby tonight, we are visiting thrift stores on the OTHER side of town tomorrow!  I’m on a hunt for more wooden, chunky candlesticks and domes. The hunt is on!!!! Wish me luck.

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow night for Highlights from Linky Party #6!  We had GREAT linkups this week!



Day 28 Commitment, Breast Cancer Fact

Day 28 of 31

The risk for breast cancer increases when a woman has been using HRT for more than five years.  The largest risk is when both estrogen and progesterone are given together.  Women who have had a hysterectomy and are taking pills containing estrogen alone are at less of a risk.

Bellenir, Karen, ed. 2009. Breast Cancer Sourcebook.34d ed. Detroid, MI:Omnigraphics


Day 27 Commitment Breast Cancer Fact


Day 27 of 31

Breast cancer was often called the “nun’s disease” because of the high incidence of nuns affected by the cancer.

Olson, James S. 2002. Bathsheba’s Breast: Women, Cancer, and History. Baltimore, MD: The John Hopkins University Press.

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Day 26 Commitment Breast Cancer Fact

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Day 26 of 31

Tumors are more likely to be malignant when they are firm and have irregular shapes, while benign tumors are more likely to feel round or soft.  However, it is important to see a doctor when any lump is found in the breast.

Bellenir, Karen, ed. 2009. Breast Cancer Sourcebook.3rd ed. Detroit, MI: Omnigraphics

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My Dr. Laura Moment With A Happy Ending

Eleven years ago I had a Dr. Laura moment.  I was really into Dr. Laura at the time.  She had just started her radio show and she was the “rage”.  We lived in Bakersfield and all four of our children (15, 14, 9 and 7) were in private christian schools.  I LIVED by what Dr. Laura said.  People would call in and share their problems with her and ask for advice, and I would be thinking, “Oh my gosh, how do people get into these messes.” Looking back now, I was quite judgmental.  Everything was black and white.  Why? I felt like I had total control of my life.  If I always made the right decisions, life would be simple.  If these people lived a life like I did then heck, they wouldn’t end up with problems and in situations that they were calling into Dr. Laura about.  YUCK! I was being just like Dr. Laura.  Live a certain way (Dr. Laura’s way) and life will be fine.  Make bad decisions (remember Dr. Laura doesn’t make mistakes) and life will be out of control.

It was a regular day in my life.  Wake up, make breakfast, get the kids to school (I make it sound simple don’t I? Well, trust me…it was far from that!).  I stopped by the grocery store on my way home, pulled into the driveway, grabbed some groceries and headed for the front door.  On the porch, there was a priority mail envelope addressed to my husband.  I picked it up, noticing the return address was from  Sacramento.  We had a rental in Sacramento at the time and I thought to myself, “Oh great, renters are moving out.” I tossed it on the kitchen table and headed back out to the car to get the rest of the groceries.  I continued with my daily routine until after lunch time when it was just about time to get the kids.  When I passed by the dining room table, the envelope caught my attention and I decided I’d open it up and see what was going on with the renters.  Might as well get it over with.

I was stunned.  I felt like someone had pulled the rug right out from under my feet.  It was surreal.  There was a letter inside another envelope that said, “Dear Steve, I’m sorry to have to tell you this, but Tracie, our daughter who just turned 25 years old, has a medical condition and the doctor would like to know medical history on your side of the family…” WHAT? I reread it.  I promptly picked up the house phone and called my husband’s beeper (we didn’t have a cell phone back then, we had beepers) and punched in the numbers 9-1-1.  This was our code for an emergency.   My hubby called immediately.  After I told him about the letter, he explained that there was a girlfriend when he was 16 years old…

We had a paternity test done and sure enough…99% positive.  She is the spitting image of my hubby.  Thinks like him, walks like him, laughs like him, smiles like him and she even doesn’t like ice in her drinks like him.  CRAZY.

I can’t imagine life without Tracie.  She has been SUCH a huge blessing to our family.  I don’t remember life without her.  It’s like she has always been there.  She has been a wonderful sister to our children, an honorable daughter to my husband, and a wonderful friend to me.  We have been there for a wedding and she has given us 2 amazing grandson’s – Alex and Tyler.  There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of her and our beautiful grandsons and thank God for her…and also thank Him for humbling me and realizing that Dr. Laura isn’t ALWAYS right! ha!

Where am I going with this? I’m waiting.  Awaiting the birth of her 3rd little boy, our grandson.  I tried to be there for the birth of our 2nd grandson, but I didn’t get there quick enough!  I’m praying she can hang on until Sunday when I get there (she is supposed to be induced on Wednesday).  Yesterday, at her appointment, the dr. discovered that baby Logan (that’s his name) was breech.  They were able to turn him around without a problem.  Yay!

I’m honored and excited to be with Tracie when her son, my grandson comes into this world!  Hang on baby Logan, wait till Nana gets there!

A little side note: My purpose for this blog, is mostly crafts, decorating, etc. etc. BUT, I enjoy sharing milestones in my life.  I want you to know that my life isn’t perfect.  I have days that are awesome and days that aren’t so good.  Sometimes my house is clean and sometimes it looks like a tornado hit and yes, I yelled at my children and guess what? They still love me.  We all just do the BEST we can, be the BEST person we can…and life marches on…

Written with the permission of Tracie.

Tracie and Tyler

Have a wonderful weekend!  See you back on Monday for Linky Party Highlights from Party #6!



Day 25 Commitment Breast Cancer Fact

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Day 25 of 31

There is a strong correlation between increased weight and breast cancer, especially those who gained weight in adolescence or after menopause.  Body fat composition in the upper body also increases the risk.

Carvalho, Lucia, RN/MSN, and James A. Stewart, MD.2009. The Everything Health Guide to Living with Breast Cancer. Avon, MA:Adams Media

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How To Make a Chalkboard Using A Vintage Frame

I hope everyone is having a great week.  I can’t believe that Wednesday is here already.  This week is FLYING by!

My BFF and I have been preparing for a Boutique coming up in mid-November.  We have been visiting thrift stores and yard sales for the past 3 months and we have made a MILLION BAZILLION chalkboards in the last few weeks (a little exaggeration here..but it feels that way!).

Here are a few pics of our chalkboards:

Primed and ready to be painted.

This one is HUGE  4 x 3 – very distressed.  It will be amazing when it’s done.

This is also a large one.  Gorgeous in Annie Sloan’s Provence with her dark  wax.

I wish I had a spot in my house to put this amazing green one.
Lots of detail.  One of my favorites!

Corner detail of the green chalkboard above.
I used a latex paint and a brown wax (not Annie Sloan’s…imagine that!)

I should be saying frames! ha! They don’t have the chalkboards in them!

Here are some that are finished.
Well, almost…except for the cabinet door…see it?
Can’t decide if we are doing a chalkboard on this one or something else.

and a few more…

and this one I brought home for ME!!!!

These are only a FEW of the chalkboards that we have been working on.  Most of them have the chalkboard part in them now.  We are finishing up the backs of them (just using a brown paper like you would see if you got a picture framed from Michael’s).

Here is a short tutorial (because they are so easy to make).

1.  Take the back off of your frame (save the cardboard part for cutting your board).
2.  Paint, distress, wax or glaze your frame the way you want it.
3.  Cut your board the width of the inside of the frame (I use Masonite hardboard 1/4″)
4.  Prime your board with a gray primer (I used spray).
5.  Sand with a fine grit sandpaper and make sure all of the dust is off before you paint with the chalkboard paint.
6.  Paint the board with your chalkboard paint.  It comes in a spray or a can that you can apply with a brush or sponge brush.
7.  When it is dry, attach the board to your frame.  I like to use Glazing Push Points.  They are very easy to use! They can be purchased at most hardware stores.
8.  You can finish off the back of your chalkboard with material, brown paper, or you really don’t have to put anything on the back.
9.  Before you write on your chalkboard, be sure to “season” it.  This is done by using the side of your chalk and rubbing all over the chalkboard.  Wipe with a soft cloth.  **NOTE** Instructions on the chalkboard paint say to wait 3 days before doing this so the paint cures.

They are so fun and make me happy when I look at them all!!!

I’m linking to:

Share the Love Wednesday @ Verry Merry Vintage Style

Blue Cricket Show and Tell @ Blue Cricket Design

Create and Share @ The Trendy Treehouse

Anything Goes @  Type A Decorating

Share Your Awesomeness @ Thirty Sixth Avenue

Wow Me Wednesday @ Gingersnap Crafts

Your Whims Wednesday @ My Girlish Whims

Re-Create Into Something New @ Not So Simple Housewife

Pinkolicious Thursday @ Frugalicious Me

Time to Shine @ A Diamond In the Stuff

Show Me What You Got @ Not Just A Housewife

Whatever Wednesday @ Momma Hen’s Coop

A Crafty Soiree @ Yesterday On Tuesday

Penny Pitching Wednesday at The Thrifty Home



Day 24 Commitment Breast Cancer Fact

If you are looking for Link Party #6, Please click HERE.

Day 24 of 31

White women have a higher incidence of breast cancer than African American women.  However, African American women are more likely to die from breast cancer than white women.

“Breast Cancer Facts and Figures: 2009-2010.” American Cancer Society.2009.Accessed:January 19, 2011.

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