Baby Dresses and Bracelets

July 9, 2014 at 10:21 pm (Jewelry, Sewing Projects)

I have been sewing non-stop for the last month.  My daughter’s friend Sarah and her hubby are having a baby girl.  She was Amanda’s roommate when she moved to the DC area. They lived together until Sarah and, six months later, Amanda got married.  I knew I wanted to do something special for Sarah’s baby shower.  I decided to dust off my sewing machine and make one of those tutu dresses that are so popular.  Of course, being the thrift store maven I am, I chose to re-purpose two skirts I purchased for $2.99 each.  I decided to make two dresses just in case I screwed one up royally… I would have a back-up. I always have complete confidence in my abilities.  I had no idea what I was getting myself into!!

I made the 6-12 Month

I made the 6-12 Month

For the tutu dresses, I used Violette Field Threads – Chloe. I re-purposed a skirt for each bodice. I had to purchase three different fabrics for the skirt, 2 yards each, netting, tulle and chiffon.  They suggested nylon chiffon because it doesn’t fray, but my local Joann fabric store didn’t have any, so I had to get the kind that frays like mad — and it frayed madly!!  I decided to interface the fashion fabric because each skirt piece had a slight 4-way stretch. I wanted it to be firm. Again, re-purposing is about giving pre-worn garments a beautiful second life.  It was easy to do and, once I interfaced it, the material cooperated 100% !!  I also used buttons from my Grammy’s stash.   I fully finished the bodices, buttons and all, before I even started on the skirts.  That was a good decision on my part.

The skirt… ahhhh… the skirt… three different fabrics cut 10 inches long (10 1/2 for the chiffon because I had to hem that), 2 yards wide.  The fabrics were hemmed, side seams sewed, lined up, and then I began to gather… 72 inches to 20 inches.  Each skirt took about 2 hours to hem, sew, gather BEFORE attaching to the bodice.  The one thing I will do differently next time is I WILL learn to use my serger and I WILL use it to combine the three fabrics.  I also will be purchasing a gathering foot for my machine in the hopes that it will make this step easier — quite honestly, there probably is not much that will make it easier except to use less fabric, which I won’t do because the finished product is AMAZING!!!!

Madeline's dress

Madeline’s dress

...the back (using buttons from Grammy's stash)

…the back (using buttons from Grammy’s stash)

Both dresses turned out beautifully and I was only giving one dress to Sarah.  I decided to give the second dress to my friend Tab who is having a baby girl soon too.  (You can click the link on Tab’s name to read her wonderful blog).

Dress for Tab's baby girl

Dress for Tab’s baby girl

...the back (using buttons from Grammy's stash)

…the back (using buttons from Grammy’s stash)

A sane woman would have stopped at two beautiful tutu dresses.  But I have never said I was sane!!  Sarah and Tim have named their girl Madeline.  I decided to use my machine embroidery attachment to make a pillow for her room.

Madeline's pillow

Madeline’s pillow

It took me as long to reacquaint myself with the attachment as it did to embroider the pillow. Of course, I didn’t stop there.  I had some beautiful sparkly beads that I sewed around the embroidery and I found a beautiful butterfly that I hand-stitched on.  I don’t have a picture of the back of the pillow, but it has three buttons/buttonholes.  I used buttons from Grammy’s stash.

Simplicity 1547

Simplicity 1547

Then, this crazy woman decided to make a winter dress for Madeline.  I used Simplicity 1547.  I found a sweet corduroy fabric.  I made a small pink felt flower to match.

Sweet corduroy dress

Sweet corduroy dress

And then… Sarah has always loved the earrings I made for Amanda’s bridesmaids.  She will often email me when she wears them.  I had a few of the stones in my stash…

Sarah's bracelet

Sarah’s bracelet

Now she has a matching bracelet.

And then… I went through my iTunes and made a music mix for Madeline.  I chose all women artists, including my darling daughter.  For Sarah’s music mix, I gathered all of the worship music that heals my heart and encourages me.

The baby shower was beautiful!  Sarah’s friends did a wonderful job.  I helped Judy put the little teeny-tiny appetizers together.  Of course, I forgot to take my camera and didn’t get a picture of me and Sarah 😦

Judy's beautiful "little bites."  I only helped assemble them :-)

Judy’s beautiful “little bites.” I only helped assemble them 🙂

I was putting together the mailer to send Tab her dress and decided to make her a bracelet.  I don’t know her favorite color, but green is my “go-to” when I don’t have a specific inspiration color.  I used one of my “joy” beads just to encourage her.  She is going to, very soon, have three kiddos all under the age of five and two dogs and a hubby and a blog and a business… she’s one busy, inspirational lady.  I pray she is reminded to simply en”joy” each day, no matter what it brings.

Tab's bracelet -- always remember to have JOY

Tab’s bracelet — always remember to have JOY

Oh, and last week I spent five days helping Amanda decorate her and Hengyi’s new townhouse.  We walked and walked, looked and looked (she says I touched and touched… I must confess, I touch everything!!), bought and bought (again, another story — I have to put my credit card away for a while).  I hemmed drapes and curtains and, when we got back to my house, I made two pillows out of the fabric that was her inspiration for all of the color choices for her first floor.

Amanda's "jumping off" point for her house

Amanda’s “jumping off” point for her house

Whew!!  No wonder I have been tired all week.  I am sleeping and napping and sleeping some more.  And then on Friday, we get Jasmine.

Jasmine

Jasmine

I have two sewing projects on the list.  First:  Learn how to use my serger!!  I think the tutu dresses would have been easier had I been able to use the serger.  Second:  repurpose a maxi dress I got at Goodwill into a vintage summer dress.  The dress is a newer Target dress. I love the fabric but it hits me in weird places.  I am going to use a vintage pattern, 1963 McCalls 6712.  So, in essence, I am going to do things backwards — take a new dress and make it old :-).  I want to have that done before we go to the beach.  Here’s hoping…

1963 pattern, which is awesome!!

1963 pattern, which is awesome!!

Oh, and I was going to make baby shoes.  I made one sample successfully but I ran out of time.  Another project for another day 🙂

Sample baby shoe -- too exhausted to even think about this project!!

Sample baby shoe — too exhausted to even think about this project!!

 

 

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Finishing Projects (Yay me!)

June 4, 2014 at 1:44 pm (Jewelry)

I’ve been a busy bee in between bouts of vertigo and trigeminal neuralgia pain.  My OCD kicks in big time every once in a while and I work to finish projects.  I have a brand new project I’m working on but the first version was an epic (and I mean epic) fail!!  However, I will not be deterred!!  I have the second version half-way done.  When I am successful, I will show you both the “epic fail” and the “fabulous” versions!  The weird thing about creating is, at least for me, I don’t ever feel I’ve wasted my time if I have to trash something and start over (which I did in this case).  It’s all part of the journey!!

My butterflies -- I cannot get a non-blurry picture for some reason :-(

My butterflies — I cannot get a non-blurry picture for some reason 😦

Bracelets for two sweet young girls' birthdays and something for their Momma.  Unfortunately, this isn't a final photo.  I forgot to take those :-/

Bracelets for two sweet girls’ birthdays and something for their Momma. Unfortunately, this isn’t a final photo. I forgot to take those :-/

A bracelet for Marissa

A bracelet for Marissa

A bail I made to hold some charms for my son's chain.

A bail I made to hold some charms for my son’s chain.

 

There you have it!  Now I need a nap 😀

Postscript…  Marissa loved her bracelet.  The two bracelets I sent to the birthday girls must have been stolen.  Shown delivered, but didn’t arrive!!  Grrrr… Apparently, according to the post office, if it is marked “delivered” is it out of their hands so I am out three bracelets and a pair of earrings.  Oh well.  I am not wasting negative energy on the situation.  I will just make more 😀

 

 

 

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Three Subjects, Starting with Tuesday-Shoesday

May 20, 2014 at 3:13 pm (Jewelry, Musings..., Shoes, Social Anxiety, Trigeminal Neuralgia)

Subject #1

“Life is not waiting for the storm to pass.  It’s about learning to dance in the rain!!” I know this statement is figurative, but it can be taken literally too!  In the middle of March, it was raining buckets.  I had a neurologist appointment in Altoona.  Of course, it figures, all of the handicapped spots were taken!!  Now, I am not pointing fingers at anyone, but I do know that when it rains, anyone who has a placard, even though they don’t need it on that particular day, is more likely than not to use the HP. I needed my rollater.  It is nearly impossible to manage a rollator AND an umbrella.  I parked WAAAAAYYYY far away from the entrance.  By the time my feet, in slow speed, made it to the entrance, I was soaked through to my undies!!  {{Sigh}}

It was at that point that I decided to buy a pair of rain boots.  I already have a pretty rain-resistant coat.  Since I am not going fishing, just getting from point A to point B, it will suffice.  It is pink.  I looked at many styles and colors of boots, but the yellow ones made me happy 🙂 .  So… Rain, give it your best shot!!!  I am ready for you!!! (Plus, I will look stylish dodging rain drops!)

My Awesome Rainboots!!

My Awesome Rainboots!!

Subject #2

Weekday 12 of no daytime television.  I am on a roll!  This morning I went to the high school (Subject #3), came home, took a nap, planted my herbs, took another nap, am blogging and plan to start supper soon.  Last week I finished a bracelet for my sweet niece, Kristi Brinklie (Really!!  Her last name is Olsavsky). She liked it.  I am very happy with the finished product.  I used one of my wire-worked hearts.

Jewelry-5

Subject #3

MelodyeJoy – 2  Social Anxiety (SA) – 0

I have spoken about my struggle with social anxiety.  I am working so hard to “behave my way” through it.

Last week, my friend Michelle and her group, New Journey, were singing at EBC.  I really wanted to hear them.  I waffled throughout the week.  On Thursday, I made it Facebook official.  I was going!!  I ran one errand before heading to the church.  I started panicking when I hit the Elton Road exit.  I kept driving… I parked… I pulled out my rollator… Michelle’s sweet hubby, the V man, met me at the door with a big hug.  I am so glad I went to hear them.  They blessed my heart.

Some of you know that I was the accompanist for the Central Cambria School District for 12 years until 2009.  What was later diagnosed as trigeminal neuralgia, made it necessary for me to “retire.”  I have not been back to a concert, at first, because I was so very sad that I had to stop doing something I loved.  Then this stupid SA reared its ugly head rendering me helpless to even attempt to go.  Two weeks ago I texted Paul, (the director and a wonderful friend) and asked if I could attend the double-period rehearsal the day of the concert. He said yes and to text him Monday to remind him to tell the office I was coming… Monday… every time I started to text, I couldn’t.  I promise you this is a real feeling.  Unless it has happened to you, it will make no sense at all to you!!

Finally, I figured he was home from school and couldn’t tell the office I was coming so I texted him, apologizing for not texting earlier, but not telling him the whys of it.  His answer to me was “No worries!!  It will be chaos but I would love to see you!!”

I set my alarm for 7:15 a.m. and, fortifying myself with coffee, dressing to the “nines” with my new Toms and my favorite Isaac Mizrahi scarf (and my goodwill jeans), I went to the school.  I spent two hours listening to wonderful music and talking to two of my favorite friends, Paul and Tom (Tom now accompanies the choirs). Again, I am so happy I went!!

Graduation-2004

Tom, Me and Paul Graduation-2004

PaulTomMe-2

Paul, Tom and Me One of our themed concerts (I re-made my sweatshirt)

I am feeling more confident that I can win this social anxiety battle!!

 

 

 

 

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Little Changes… Can Make a BIG Difference

May 11, 2014 at 1:50 pm (Jewelry, Musings...)

I am an empty-nester hermit whose darling hubby works long hours and I am okay with that!!  I’ve written before about my battles with MS, TN and social anxiety.  This latest battle,and a victory if I’m being honest, will make a big difference in my life.

Last week, my blogger friend, Tab, announced that she and her family would have an “unplugged, screen-free” week. (Tab, I miss you and will be glad when you are back).  That got me thinking… I have the television on during the day just for noise.  However, I’ve developed a bad habit, especially when I’m not feeling well. I fritter away good hours just watching mindless television (any Law and Order series and {{Yikes}} shopping channels).

Follow my logical thinking. If I only have a few good hours each day and I spend them watching television, I am not only wasting time, but I am not being a good steward of the days the Lord has given me.

So… I did my own version of “unplugged, screen-free.”  I did not turn the television on until 4:00 p.m. for Judge Judy.  I am usually preparing supper at that time and reasoned it was the natural line of demarcation for me.

What a difference it made!!  My week was filled with fabulous music, wonderful books and some real serious hours of creativity!!!

Instead of watching the Today Show as I drank my coffee and ate my greek yogurt, I opened my Bible, read some verses and spent time in prayer.  Instead of sitting and watching Live with Kelly & Michael, I did one load of laundry each day and spent 30 minutes in my kitchen, cleaning, sorting and organizing.  By the time Ellen came on, I was in my art studio, working on a Dooney & Burke inspired tote and bending wire and stringing beads.

Noon is the usual time my body starts falling apart. Instead of turning on the noon news or Law & Order, I had a good Paleo snack and closed my eyes for 20 minutes or so.  One of the days was very rough and I stayed lying down for a few hours, but I had my iPod set to shuffle and I enjoyed wonderful music as I dozed.  Two days, as the weather was beautiful, I took my walking stick for a walk through the back fields, came home and took a shower before starting supper.

Even as I write this, DannyO is at a call and, instead of watching TV, I am listening to music.

The week went so well that I am going to continue my version of  “unplugged – screen-free!”  Thanks Tab!!!

These are the projects I worked on this week…

The lining for my tote

The lining for my tote

Jewelry-1

A bracelet I designed for my Momma for Mother’s Day.

Jewelry-3

Earrings — these are pretty cool!!

Jewelry-4

“Marissa.” These are aptly named for my son’s girlfriend. They are a new design and I hope she likes them 🙂

This coming week, I hope to deep clean my bathroom and laundry room in those 30 minutes each morning.  Of course, if the Pirates are playing or there is a NASCAR race on, I may have to re-negotiate with myself.  I hope to finish my tote and work on a water color that I’ve had prepped for a few weeks.  I will also blog more because I am not squandering precious time.

 

 

 

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Shopping My Closet

January 28, 2014 at 4:14 pm (Jewelry, Musings..., Shoes)

What does one do when one has trigeminal neuralgia and the wind chill temperatures are -10 to -25??  One keeps her tushy parked in her warm home.

Now, I could have done a lot of things today, like, say, cleaned my art room, but I had to wash my hair and I decided to do something fun. I’d “shop” my closet.  I have clothes from size 6 to 10.  Right now I am an 8.  I like to wear black… and more black.  But, I thought I’d look through my closets and put some outfits together.

Since I am being honest… {{big gulp}} this is a “before shot.” In my defense, my face has moisturizer slathered all over it — one of my habits to keep my skin looking young.  You can see the wrinkles and circles under my eyes but I’ve earned all of them in my 54 years of living!!

Yikes!!!  Warts and all :-)

Yikes!!! Warts and all 🙂

Thirty minutes later…

It takes a village, people!!!

It takes a village, people!!!

The jeans I am wearing in most of these pictures are Michael Kors black straight jeans that I got at TJ Maxx.  I really love the way they fit.

Outfit #1:  Blouse-Iman (HSN), Jeans-Michael Kors, Pumps-Nine West,  Belt-Amazon. I made the jewelry

Outfit #1

Outfit #1

Outfit #2 — I untucked the blouse and added a Gap jacket (given to me) and my Big Buddha purse I got for $15 at TJ’s. I also added a longer necklace I made.

Outfit #2

Outfit #2

Outfit #3:  Sweater-Denim & Co (QVC), Belt-Amazon, Necklace-vintage

Outfit #3

Outfit #3

Outfit #4  Shawl Sweater-gift from Amanda,  Belt-TJ Maxx. Shoes-Sole Society, Necklace-gift from my sister, Heather, Earrings-made by me 🙂

Outfit #4

Outfit #4

Outfit #5:  Blouse-Ann Taylor (Goodwill for $4.99), Shoes-Big Buddha

Outfit #5

Outfit #5

Outfit #6:  Dress-Loft, Shoes-Franco Sarto, Belt-Amazon

I just added my vintage curly mink coat for fun

I just added my vintage curly mink coat for fun

Outfit #6

Outfit #6

 Jacket-made by me, Scarf-Isaac Mizrahi(QVC), Shoes-Jessica Simpson — Outfit #7

Outfit #7

Outfit #7

THIS is how I usually dress — all in black – Danskin tights, Gap jacket (given to me) and a black cami, my UGGs,  with a beanie,  sunglasses and no make-up but lipstick 😀

Shoppingmycloset-15

I LOVE MY BOOTS — UGGs — a gift from my darling DannyO.  He gets an “A.”

Well, the next time I go out, I will have a few outfits already put together.  Not a bad project for a cold Tuesday afternoon!!

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Finally Finished!!

July 5, 2013 at 10:58 am (Decorative Painting, Jewelry)

Like most artists, creative souls that we are, sometimes I just don’t finish a piece.  They lie around, collecting dust, in the corners of my art studio/exercise room, taking up too much of my limited space.  As I am crawling out of another hole, I have decided to undertake the very large task of finishing my decorative painting pieces, jewelry projects and sewing endeavors… except for my M.O.B. dress, which is too overwhelming right now (plus I need to lose about 15 more pounds for it to fit me).

I finished a leather necklace for Brent, which included two of his requested charms, a deer antler and acoustic guitar and one of his Momma’s… an angel wing.  I included this verse in the package:

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.”

Psalms 91:11-12

It doesn’t matter how old your kiddos are, you still pray protection over them!!

Of course, as I usually do, I forgot to take a good picture of it with my camera.  I used my cell phone so excuse the poor results!!

Brent's charm necklace.  What you can't see is that instead of a clasp, I made two sliding knots, so he could adjust the length!

Brent’s charm necklace. What you cannot see is, that instead of a clasp, I made two sliding knots, so he can adjust the length!

I also finished three decorative painting pieces.  I don’t have a clue where to hang them, but they are D.O.N.E.

I love this color of blue!

I love this color of blue!

Rosemaling piece

Rosemaling piece

A French country piece

A French country piece

Close-up... :-)

Close-up… 🙂

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Stepping Out Of The Circle

August 30, 2012 at 6:50 pm (Jewelry, Multiple Sclerosis, Shoes, Trigeminal Neuralgia)

Amanda and Hengyi — the day of their wedding reception hosted by Hengyi’s parents in China.

I last blogged on July 28 — I promise, truly I promise, to blog more than once a month.  It is so hard sometimes to blog when you are struggling — with pain mostly!  My MS has been so bad that I feared I would need to begin to use a wheelchair.  My trigeminal neuralgia pain has been off the charts.  I can’t seem to get a handle on it and every day has been a struggle.  I don’t want to be a blogger who complains, without hope.  Truly, though, I have had some moments of despair.  So… I neglect my blog.

At the same time, I was feeling intense pressure… (follow, if you can, my bouncing brain)… I have so many creative gifts so I feel I must create.  I must create, but I cannot create because just functioning takes all of my energy so I feel like a failure because I cannot create because I have the God-given ability to create so I must create…  I can paint so I must paint but I can’t paint so I must be a failure.  If I could just paint, but I can’t paint…  I can create jewelry, so I must create jewelry, but I cannot create jewelry so I must be a failure.  If I could just create jewelry, but I can’t create jewelry…  I can sew so I must sew but I can’t sew so I must be a failure.  If I could just sew, but I can’t sew… See the vicious circles???

I talked to my “therapist.”  I say that loosely because my therapist happens to be my best friend, Juel.  I called her about 3 weeks ago and said, “Put on your therapist hat for a few moments.”  She listened and asked a few questions and I came to the realization that I have “circular thinking.”  OCD probably has a lot to do with it, but nevertheless my brain works in circles.  She led me to the conclusion that I must, with purpose, step out of the circle.

So I stepped out of the circle.  My art studio is clean and ready for me to create, but I haven’t stepped into the room.  I went to the library and meandered, looking at authors I’ve never considered.  I found an author, Mercedes Lackey — I can’t put her books down!  I am reading like I used to read… walking around with a book while I do my daily chores, stopping only when I must and when my eyes become too fatigued to focus.  I have a book by my bed so when I have insomnia or when pain becomes acute and I cannot sleep — I read.  I am re-reading my library of art books and jewelry books.

One of the series I am reading

Oh, and I also bought a pair of shoes for Fall/Winter!  No one can ever have too many pairs of shoes!

Awesome shoes with a little bling 🙂

So, I will step back into the circle soon, but I am not giving myself a time limit (although THAT goes against everything that is OCD in my brain!)  I can feel myself becoming renewed again.  I just was walking through the living room today and had an idea for rearranging/repurposing some of the furniture in the room.  My brain has run in so many circles that I haven’t been able to solve the spatial problem of the current furniture arrangement!

My spirit will know when it is time to step back in… I will be renewed, refreshed and reinvigorated.  I made a cup of tea this evening and will probably stay up WAY too late to finish my book.

Until it is time for me to step back into the circle, as Grammy used to say… “It will be otay.”

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Yikes! I’ve been away for Awhile

June 27, 2012 at 10:26 am (Jewelry, Multiple Sclerosis, Trigeminal Neuralgia)

Hello, blogger friends.

I am in a hole — somewhat physical with a little mental thrown into it.   I am fragile right now, and feel like a small wind is all it will take to blow me over.

I am having an MS exacerbation.  My legs do not work 90% of the time, i.e. I drag my right foot and fall if I walk without the aid of a cane.  The left side of my face has drooped, i.e. my left eye is noticeably smaller than my right eye.  I also have vertigo, i.e., I throw up if my world spins without provocation — and it does.

My trigeminal neuralgia is also aggravating — pain that cannot be stopped with even the strongest of meds.

And… I believe I am suffering from something called Hyperhidrosis.  I have to get some more information from my doctors, but my symptoms are these to the T.  At home I carry around a towel to mop myself up.  I am not comfortable in public because the sweats come without warning.  I soak my clothes.  I am embarrassed.

So… I’ve become a temporary hermit.  I like being a hermit.  I love to be in my house, in my happy places, my sewing room, my dining room, surrounded by the things that I love.  I also recognize that this cannot be a permanent solution.

Last night I was watching “What Not To Wear.”  They were dressing a young woman who wore leg braces or was in a wheel chair.  Stacy and Clinton’s honest advice to this beautiful girl was that, while she was trying to blend in, because she used a wheel chair and/or braces, she couldn’t blend.  So, she might as well look her best at all times.  That spoke to me.  I must love myself enough to take care of ME — damn the torpedoes as it were — and press forward.

So… today I must venture to the mall — to AAA to transfer a car title with my darling DannyO.  I am going to put on some make up and head out, even for a few moments before I retreat to my safe place.

I came up with this design for a bracelet

I’ve been attempting to create while working through my physical issues.  I feel like I’m in a drought, but I’ve re-purposed some old jewelry into some beautiful new pieces.

To remind myself to always have joy.

I think these are my favorite repurposed bracelets of this group

Summer Sunshine

I do have hope.  A friend shared with me a few verses of Scripture from Psalms…  “Whom have I in heaven but you?  And earth has nothing I desire besides you.   My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”  Psalms 73:25,26

I will crawl out, but right now I am going to stay in a bit longer and evaluate, heal and grow.

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Ashley’s Scarf, Beads and My Dress

January 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm (Jewelry, Sewing Projects, Trigeminal Neuralgia)

Some of my last few blog posts are full of despair.   I don’t despair every day, some days I have hope.  Today my house is spotless — the needles from the Christmas tree are all swept up.  The kitchen floor is shiny.  I am enjoying a cup a tea and a (surprise!) bag of M&M’s I found hiding in the cupboard.

My trigeminal neuralgia is acting up, but I am medicating and feel reasonably okay.  I have a high pain tolerance… As an aside, I hate it when the doctor asks me to rate my pain from 1 to 10.  What is he using?  His scale?  My scale?  I haven’t figured that one out.

Okay — the reason for my post.  I knitted a scarf for my son’s girlfriend.  Obviously it is the 12th of January and I am three weeks late, but hey, it’s finished.  I am going to put it in the mail tomorrow.

Ashley's Scarf -- purple stripes

On Sunday I decided to sort my beads into colors.  It is so frustrating to need a bead in a certain color and size and I cannot find it because there is no order to my bead stash.  Now, as a person with a teeny tiny bit of OCD, you can imagine how I can take a task like this and run with it…  four hours later…

Blue-purple, Red-pink, Green-yellow, Brown-black, Gold-silver, Pearl-White, Miscellaneous

I also had a 40% off coupon from Joann’s Fabric burning a hole in my pocket.  I picked up all of the supplies I need to make my fabulous Mother-Of-The-Bride dress.  I have to tell you that Amanda, Juel and I went into Joann’s Fabric on Black Friday, wrote the numbers of the colors we wanted and walked out the door.  Nothing, absolutely nothing would have enticed me to stand in the line that snaked around the store, first by the cutting table and then through the checkout…  Here is the fabric and the pattern… I will blog about its progress…

Shantung and organza -- say a prayer for me 🙂

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The Mutterings of a Madwoman

May 2, 2011 at 12:40 pm (Jewelry, Multiple Sclerosis, Musings..., MVD)

I haven’t blogged in a while.  That means that I haven’t done anything stupendous worth blogging about.  I muddled through April.  I must give myself a break.  I need to talk to myself as if I was talking to my friend, Juel, giving myself props for just functioning.  I did get some good news.  That crazy neurologist, Dr. Pokharna, who told me I had mental issues, not MS, after consulting with my neurosurgeon, Dr. Bowles, has reached the conclusion that I do have MS…  Small victory!  Yay!  I am still going to make an appointment with another neurologist.

I am still struggling with chronic pain.  I do all that I can, exercising, moving, to help, but sometimes it just does me in.  It wears me down.  My pain management doctor gave me a prescription for Neurontin.  I am to take one pill at bedtime for 5 days, working up to 3 a day.  I don’t know if I can do that.  The 1 pill, even at bedtime, puts me in an altered state.  I don’t think I can/will take them during the day.  I hate the fact that I even need meds that I vowed I would NEVER take.  Be careful what you say 🙂

I am also eating way too much.  I am on the high end of what I like to weigh.  I decided yesterday to sort of take the “Special K Challenge.”  I am not registering on the site, but have decided to follow their plan.  It is simple and Lord knows I need simple.  I will report on my success 🙂

I also won a little contest.  Smarter.com is a website I look at for the trends, mostly because I design jewelry but also because I love shoes and clothing!  Their blogs are fun to read, filled with ideas even for an old lady like me!    I won a swing dress from Gaiam.com and a “fair market” turquoise necklace.    They will mail me my prizes, then I must take pictures of myself in the winnings.  I don’t win things, mostly because I don’t play the lottery or really enter contests…  I may have to re-think my contest entering.  🙂

I finished a bracelet this weekend for my sister’s mother-in-law, Mrs. P.  She gave me a box full of old jewelry and asked just that I make her a bracelet from a pair of earrings.  Once I took the earring backs off, I didn’t know what to do!  I started and stopped on this design about 4 times.  The earrings are from the 80’s and are triangle-shaped plastic with nothing to attach the wire to.  I had to figure out how to make it work.  I am also learning to work with seed beads.  I love the color freedom I have working with these little beads.

Mrs. P's bracelet

Seed Bead bracelet

A better look at the lattice work on top of the seed beading peyote stitch

I will try to blog more in the month of May.  Perhaps I will do something stupendous.  The Lord is working in my heart all the time, as I wade through the disruptive pain that is my life!!   I am working to be proactive when it comes to issues that the Lord bring to the forefront of my heart and character.  Right now, though, I’m going to take a nap!

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