Friday, December 3, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Let's hope that tomorrow goes a lot better.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
I feel accomplished for day one. The wreath came together really quick, and I am excited to hang it in my home.
Up next for tomorrow, I am making a special type of Advent calender for my Hubby. I can't wait!!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Let me rewind a little though... This past June was a big month for me. It had many very low down in the dumps days, days that I thought I just wanted to walk away from a lot of things. Then one night, I decided that I didn't want to stay at my work anymore, and I needed something else to do. I created DaisyCakes! I had the name rolling around in my head for some time before then, but now I really had an idea of what I wanted DaisyCakes to be. I want to make simple but beautiful items for the home. I also wanted to make simple but delicious treats for the tummy. So far things have been going well. I had a couples of months of planning and trial and error. The month of September I work my fingers off to put together enough items for a craft fair I did in October. I am happy to report that it was a very successful day! Not only did I sell most of the pillows I made, but I had a TON of great feedback on all my items.
Fast forward to two weeks ago. I had been talking to my husband and sharing my feelings about wanting more for myself other than a desk job. I prayed about it, and told him I was going to find another job, one that would make me happy. I went online, and ended up at the Michael's craft store website. They were hiring. I applied, and I got the job! Everyone, ok well most everyone has been really supportive about the move. Even though it's like a 6.oo pay cut, and I am working part time. I could not be happier! My husband has been right there beside me this whole way, and is my biggest support in this decision. He wants me to find myself again, and to take the time I need as a part time employee, and build my DaisyCakes. I totally love him for that!!
Friday was my first night. Half way through my shift, I started to wonder what in the world I had gotten myself into. It was hard!! A lot harder than I had imagined. My feet hurt, my knees hurt, my back hurt, and I felt so lost. I had been in the store about a million times, but every time a customer asked where something was I felt like a fool, and a failure. But, by the end of the night I felt accomplished. I was doing what I wanted. Yesterday was my second shift, and I found that I loved it even more. I had a little more direction, and my feet didn't hurt as much thank you to Dr Schols!
I am so grateful that I can take a step back from a desk and get to experience the wonderful world of retail, so that I can gain further knowledge, and push DaisyCakes out into the world.
I sit here this afternoon, and I wonder to myself, what do I do with my first day off? We are headed out of town for Thanksgiving tomorrow, I think I will make cookies!! Simple enough.
(By the way, I am making my full proof chocolate chip cookie recipe, and going a step further, I am dipping them in chocolate!!)
Monday, October 18, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Have you ever known something about yourself, but almost refused to accept or see it? If you have answered yes, you are not alone. In January of 2009 I was diagnosed with PCOS. What the Heck is that? PCOS is a term that has forever changed my life. It means Poly Csytic Ovarian Syndrome. PCOS is commonly linked to infirtility. Which is what led to the diagnosis I received.
My husband and I were married in August of 2007. He and I both wanted children right away. Through various pre-marriage discussions we decided to take a leap of faith and not use any kind of birth control. That December I took my first pregnancy test. It was negative. January came and went as normal. February, I took my second, third, fourth and fifth pregnancy tests. I ended up being 20 days late!!! This has never before happened! Never!! March came and went. Nothing. April... May... Nothing! June came as a shock, I was finally "normal" again. I had started to get pretty worried at this point, but had been reading on the Internet that stress, and a few other factors in my life were probably the reasons for my recent monthly changes. July came and was almost over when I started to get a weird and quite uncomfortable ache in my stomach. I was nauseous, and tired. I was also, well to say cranky would be putting it mildly. My husband and I both began to feel hopeful that things were finally happening for us. So, again with the home pregnancy tests. ALL NEGATIVE! ALL OF THEM!! Not that I took that many. Maybe 4 or 5... The point was, it that I was only making my self more crazy with each test. Each month after that, I grew increasingly sad, and then frustrated. I kept wondering what was wrong, but didn't want to believe that something could have actually been wrong. My husband finally convinced me to see a doctor and at least get some peace of mind.
I went to the Dr.
He ran all kinds of test based on the story and information that I had given him. Before leaving his office, he had explained that it could be a syndrome where cysts form on a woman's ovaries causing them not to ovulate, therefore making it almost impossible have any sort of normal life, for those who are trying to get pregnant. Before he could confirm that I had this syndrome he had to run a few specific tests. He took blood, and sent me off site to get an ultrasound done. By the way, and I have no idea of this at the time, not all ultrasounds are external. Especially when your grandma wants to come along with you to give you moral support. How was I supposed to know. 'Nuff said!!
Three days later I get a call saying my results are in, and that I need to make and appt to have my Dr read me the results. As I sat in the pretty room looking at my ovaries on a monitor, I found an answer to what was going on. I had two 6cm cysts on my left ovary. The rest of the visit was pretty much a blur, I could not take my eyes off the monitor and the two cysts that stood between me and motherhood. By the way, this condition affects only 5-10% of women in the world . And is a main cause of infertility in those women. I walked slowly to my car, holding pamphlets that were supposed to reassure me that I was not alone, and that there was hope. Yeah Right... I sat in my car and just cried. I have since January 2009 cried every single month, when the dream of being a mother has slipped further and further away. I am angry. My poor sweet husband has sat with me and cried, and sat with me while I have yelled, and have thrown fits of utter frustration.
Some days I only get through the day because I KNOW that there is hope. I just have moments when I choose to not believe it. Because of this syndrome, I have not been able to maintain a healthy weight. And because of my weight, I have not been able to treat the syndrome properly. So, for months I have ignored it. February of this year, I started to work out harder than I have since I tot married. I was working out 4 to 5 times a week. I worked out like this until June. Skipping workout sessions for a week at a time was not unheard of, but I really felt like I was giving it a proper effort. Those around me who were working out just like I was, were starting to lose, but not me. I DID NOT LOSE ONE FREAKING POUND! Not a one. I have not been back to the gym since June. Thankfully, I have not gained anymore weight, but I most certainly have not lost any either.
Ok, so now that I have vented I am coming to a resolution. My husband is away on a hunt this week, and I am all alone. For some reason this evening, tonight I came home and felt the need to once again to research how I can lose weight, and hopefully eliminate the effects of my PCOS. I want to not only become physically healthy, but I want to become emotionally healthy again. I have a little more hope today for the future than I did yesterday.
I knew that becuase of the PCOS my body creates an insulin resistance. I thought I knew what foods to eat, and stay away from, but before tonight, I didnt REALLY understand them. Or at least I have not been as receptive of this information. I guess I was really ready receive the information.
I am starting a new lifestyle tomorrow. Starting with this simple breakfast. And you know what? It happens to be one of my favorite breakfast meals!!
Here is to Hoping again!!
Friday, September 24, 2010
When seen with my huge bags I get the same question a lot. "What do you have in there!?"
Jump on over to Nice Girl Notes and see what others have been carrying in their purses!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Which leads me to this post, and my very first tutorial! So let's get down to business.
I am super in love with very natural fabrics for the last few months. I love the raw simplicity.
I started out with two 16"x 16" squares of this fabric.
I have been using this twine on a lot of my projects lately. I just let the twine to the job for me on this one. I cut a piece and let it lay on the fabric. Once I got the effect I wanted, I used some tacking glue, and put a small dab in a few places to hold it down.
From there, I cut out a few more small strips and made some smaller branches. Again, I used the glue to just keep them in place.
Once the glue was dry, I took a needle and thread and secured the branches to the fabric. (This took a LONG time!)
I knew that I had wanted to do this branch pillow last week, so I went ahead and cut out some leaves from some green burlap and a scrap piece of green fabric I had. So I don't have a picture of that.
I placed the leaves where I felt they looked best, and pinned them down. Let me just say that I have NEVER done any type of applique before, and I was really nervous at how this would turn out. Especially since I wanted it to work so bad!
Personally I think it turned out great!! It was much easier that I thought it was going to be. Once I sewed on all the leaves. It was time to sew the pillow together.
An here is my finished project! Minus the stuffing, because I am out of that at the moment.
I love how it turned out!! I am going to have to make a few more so that I can have some at my home as well as in my craft booth.
I have linked this post to the following: (The links are on my left sidebar! Click and see what others have made!!)
Fabric Fun Thursday
Strut your Stuff Thursday at some what simple
Get your craft on Thursday at Life with Lori
It's sew stinking Cute
Tea Rose Home
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
I have been playing with these rosettes the last couple weeks. Some have been really pretty, and others, well not so much... This one is kind of in the middle...
Friday, July 9, 2010
I found this one on Google
These are my very favorite!! They were found at BoxBrownie Trading
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Since we are renting our home right now, there is not much that I can do to change up our kitchen. The cupboards are bright white, the counter is a 1970's blueish color and the walls are white as well. What to do? Can't paint... Can't replace the counter top... Can't replace the cabinets...
This morning I woke up bright and early and went yard sale-ing. Oh, how I love waking up with the sun and driving around unknown neighborhoods trying to find the perfect sale! Today was the FIRST big score that I have ever made.
We moved into our house in March and the kitchen was the first thing that I unpacked. However, I have not decided how I wanted it decorated. Until now. I have decided to use black, baby blue, and white as my mediums. Here is what I have done so far.
The plate in the corner was a red charger plate that I bought for a 1.50 at big lots, years ago. The white mile glass grave boat, I bought this morning at a yard sale. The glass jar I bought a while back at Ross. There was some water deposit on it, so I painted the inside blue and then painted the decal on the outside. I bought the pewter bowl this morning for a quarter! The black frame was an unsightly gold speckle color and I spray painted that black and then added some tuille fabric in the middle. The mirror was bought at a yard sale earlier this year and it was brass in color. I spray painted it white. (If you see the post below it was that mirror). The hanging clock I bought this morning, it was a pretty red color, but I wanted it for this project so it had to be either black or white. I liked the black better. The wicker basket use to be a cherry wood color and I spray painted it black. I left the slip cover white. The wood cut out in the corner used to be plain white, but I wanted to add some blue to it. I took some normal blue paint and watered it down quite a bit. Then I brushed it all over and with a damp rag wiped off the excess. I am not too sure I am happy with the new look... The jury is still out on the subject. The black wire bread basket used to be green, I spray painted it black today. The last picture frame was also purchased at a yard sale and was a cute pink color, but not what I wanted. I painted it blue, then white. Distressed it a little and then I put a pretty blue and white tuille in the middle. The very last thing is an old iron. I am not sure how old it is, but it looks cute. I don't think it goes in the kitchen but for right now, until I can find something to fill the space, it will do. I still have a whole other set of cabinets to decorate, but I am out of stuff... Not to worry, another Saturday and another Yard sale and it will be complete soon enough.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
The block currently sits on my desk waiting to be finished. I want to put some cute saying on it, and display it above my desk so that I can be inspired while I work. But, I am stumped as to what I want on it. So, it will probably sit for a couple weeks, until I get some spark of genius and wonder why I had not thought about it before.
Of course, today I am open to suggestions.
Anyway, I was home with a stomach bug yesterday, and as I was sitting on the couch curled up, I got an awful feeling of cabin fever. To calm myself I wen to my fabric tote and pulled out my burlap and some cute green fabric that I had bought just for this project. I got lost in the job of cutting circle after circle. This job seemed to make the hurt in my tummy subside, and I was happy to be doing something productive. I am very happy with the result, and am almost happy for my stomach ache as well!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Moving on... It's now 11:00 pm, and I feel like I can take a minute to stop and sleep for the night. There is not one unopened box in my living room. I still need to make quite a few adjustments and buy some new things, but I am pretty happy about how the room turned out. Next up on my list is our bedroom. We just bought new bedding, and I want to change my whole room to match it. I have been a fan of dark sultry room decor, but now find myself wanting light and airy decor. This room will no doubt take the longest to complete.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
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