Thursday, September 30, 2010

Knobs and Knockers....

yeah, you know I had to relate the title to Breast Cancer Awareness month, right? Go get your knockers checked!!

OMG, I am probably gonna get all kinds of weird hits on that title!

The last time I was in Michaels, armed with not one, but TWO gift cards from my birthday loot, I came across these adorable knobs in the dollar bin. They had one with a chandelier, the others say pull, open and discover. I bought 10 of these babies, and promptly put them on my dresser in my scraproom as soon as I came home.

I love them. Originally I wanted pink glass knobs, but at $10 per knob x 10 knobs... that wasn't gonna happen. These are cute and fun and whimsical.

dresser

Here is a a close up. I apologize for these blurry photos. I either have really bad lighting in my scraproom or really shaky hands, or both:

knobs

Last Friday, which was my last day of radiation, I hear a knock on my door. I thought it might be a neighborhood kid selling some candy... I opened the door and it was a delivery, for moi!! My dear friend Anna sent me these luscious strawberries for completing my radiation. These bad boys were delicious. Yes, they are all gone. Thank you Anna Banana!!

strawberries

Today was yet another surprise. Another good friend sent me the most gorgeous card and a pack of Lizzy K ribbons with the roses on them!! Thank you Erica! I love it!!

Ericka

(I've wanted these since like forever!!)

Well, that was my week... oh, I also worked, worked, and then worked some more. I had a very productive week.

Have a great weekend!!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

And then... she was done!

I finished all 33 radiation treatments! Woot! Happy day!

It is very exciting to reach this milestone, but also scary, almost like now what? While doing chemo and rads, I felt like I was fighting cancer, but now what? It's like being pushed out of the main boat into the big murky water in a tiny life preserver... now I'm left to float around by myself. The sharks (cancer) are swirling around me, nipping at my oars. How do I escape them? I'm only on this tiny boat. I almost miss being on the big boat.

I plan on paddling and paddling, far away from those sharks, and if need be, I will whack that shark on the head with my oar! I will paddle until I find some stable land. I feel I will forever be looking over my shoulder for those sharks. They are scary.

skunky line2

There hasn't been a whole lot of creating going on lately. I did manage to do a card.... I scraplifted it from Mish Mash, you should check out her blog, simply gorgeous stuff.

So Thankful

Work has been busy, I've got deadlines up to here! Billboards, brochures and campaigns - oh my!

Hope you have a great weekend. Watch out for those sharks.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Finally Friday.....

Has it been the longest week ever? OK, maybe not, but I am so dang tired. I think the radiation has finally and officially kicked my butt. Only 5 more left, and the last 5 are not my entire chest, just along the scar. I can't wait to be done, and healed up. Radiation wasn't a breeze for me as some people have said. I have purple peeling skin, and it ain't pretty. Of course I have to have 33 treatments. Had I only needed 20, it might be a different story, but every case is different.

Can you believe it's been a YEAR? For one very long year, I have been getting cancer treatments of some form or other. September 30, 2009 was my first chemo. And my last radiation treatment will be September 24, 2010.

I won't know what to do with myself when I don't have to go to the doctors for a month... how weird will that be?

So, now for my PSA... please, please, please, feel your boobies and get a mammogram. If, God forbid, you find anything, it would be sooner than I did and your treatments could be quicker and less invasive. Also, I recently heard that you should get a baseline mammogram at age 35, then you don't need to get another one until 40. If you have that baseline to compare - it will be of great value to you and your doctor.

Other tell tell signs are unexplained tiredness. As I look back, I recall saying things like "I am so tired, I just can't get enough rest." This was back in March, just think if I'd have gotten a mammogram then? Maybe it would have been stage zero with just a few cells to remove.

So, listen to your body. If you have an inkling that something is wrong, get it checked, waiting is the worst.

skunky line2

OK, now for pretty stuff... had to get the ugly stuff out of the way first.

I used this MME paper, Quite Contrary, love the fun bright colors. For the top part, I was wishing I had some of that American Crafts flower ribbon, the stuff that Elizabeth Karcher designed, but, alas I haven't been able to find any of it anywhere, so instead I grabbed some tissue paper and crumpled it up a bit and sewed it to this little piece of polka dot paper.

stylin' 3

Here's the whole shebang.... (isn't that a funny word? Shebang... one of those words that just looks weird when typed out.)

Stylin' 1-sm

And, of course I used my beloved Making Memories Slice for the butterflies.

stylin' 2

I hope for my birthday I get a Michaels gift card because I want to buy a new Slice cartridge.

Take care, and have a fab weekend!!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Mojo Layout #2

Last week I met a client of mine (who happens to love scrapbooking as much as I do - hi Karen!) met for a lunch meeting and a little scrapbook shopping on the side. It's a huge scrapbook store, and 3/4 of the way through it I had nothing in my basket.... N-O-T-H-I-N-G. How sad is that?

I happened upon a display of My Minds Eye, very cute little animals on it, loved both the boy and the girl paper. I got a few sheets of that, the line is Alphabet Soup. Super duper cute.

Then I discovered more of My Minds Eye paper in their trademark paper rack... oh my heavenly gorgeousness!! This paper is just stunning in person (and I don't just throw that word around!) The line is called Lost & Found and it is so, so, soooo pretty. The paper has glitter on it and all the embellishments that go with it are super gorgeous!! The designers did a stellar job. It was hard not to buy ALL of it. Karen and I must have spent 20 minutes on that rack alone!

Here's what I got (these photos do not do it justice)....

LF1

and how cool is this? it has tinsel on it!!
LF2

LF5

purdy, huh?

LF3

Tons of schtuff on here to play with!!

LF4

And finally, here is Mr. Mojo's second layout, I used the MME Alphabet Soup on it.

Zoo Day 1

Zoo Day cu2

Zoo Day cu1

I like Fridays now because it means that I don't have radiation over the weekend. I get 2 days off. Last weekend, I got 3 days off because of the Labor Day holiday. It was nice. I look very red (make that purple), and my skin is starting to peel... it ain't pretty, but all for the greater good, right? 22 treatments down, 11 to go.

Have a great weekend. I'm sending Mr. Mojo your way. ;)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Hello Mr. Mojo....

it’s been a while... where have you been? I’m so glad you’re back Mr. Mojo.

Yep, got a visit (finally!) from Mr. Mojo.

Mr. Mojo and I did 3 layouts this past weekend. Here's one of them....

first day

Some October Afternoon yumminess! Perfect for the first day of school.

And a couple of close ups:
first day cu2

Fun Jillibean canvas flower layered with a OA sticker, vintage button and topped off with a Creative Charms jewel.

first day cu1

Here I used some Martha Stewart little flag “thingies” as a base for my title.

first day cu3

And here I have an OA journaling sticker that I used as sort of a frame for these teeny photos.

I’m so excited to share this with you. It’s nice when Mr. Mojo comes a knockin’!

Have a great day!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Featured x2

I was featured twice in one week!! With all the yucky stuff going on right now, this is such a nice thing to look forward to.

On Monday, I was featured on Scrapbook Trends blog - Create. (I think I "might" have mentioned this on Monday.)

Today, I have a layout on Scrapbooking.com in their September issue. (big cheesy grin)

Today is also my girl's birthday. Yep, it's official she is 14. Actually, it will be official later tonight at 11:33 PM! Since she isn't big on cake, I made her a chocolate chunk cookie cake. I just hope it cools so I can write Happy Birthday on it before she walks in the door!

For her birthday dinner she picked Chipotle's. (yum!)

Yesterday I took the CK challenge and did a layout in an hour. It's digi, because there is no way I can pull this off with paper in an hour. The whole photographing and fixing it would take at least 15 minutes!

school days

There's a couple things I'd like to do with this, but not bad for an hour.

Take care... 17 rads down, 18 to go.... almost half way through.