Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Freebie - Memories Quick Page

Before I give you your QP, I have a couple of things to show you. This first LO is one I did with the Breast Cancer Awareness Kit from Authentic Artistry – Christina Renee Designs. I was so pleased with the way it turned out that I wanted to share it with you here.

The other thing I want to share is part of a hybrid project that I did last year. I was involved in an exchange of themed pages to create altered books. Each person in the exchange chose a topic for his or her book. This page went to someone whose topic was mermaids. It’s actually a double page created with paper, digital art, fibers, and glitter. I liked this page so much I almost kept it! I’ve done several altered books and really love doing them. So many different art forms can be used in them. Would you like to see more of this kind of thing?

Now, here’s the QP I’ve done. It’s very heritage style this time. I didn’t start out to do a heritage QP, but that’s what developed. If I don’t have a complete picture of what I want to do in my mind when I start, I am sometimes surprised at what I end up with! Maybe I was wishing for Autumn while I was working on this. It’s still in the 80’s here. Anyway, I hope you can use this. Click on the title to download.

Freebie: Memories Quick Page

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Word Art Freebie

I have a word art freebie for you today. It’s a line from Ruby Tuesday by the Rolling Stones. “Go catch your dreams before they slip away.” I think a lot of us have had hopes and dreams that fell along the wayside as we traveled through life. Sometimes we don’t even realize we’ve let them slip away until something reminds us of them. I wrote this line on the wall of my potting shed to help me keep in touch with my dreams. It always makes me smile. (Plus it reminds me of what a great time I had at both of the Stones concerts I’ve been to!!!) I hope you can use the word art somewhere – I’ve been too busy sewing to finish any new quick pages. But I’ll have one in the near future.

Now I’m going to force you to look at this page I created with a quick page freebie I downloaded – it’s my beautiful baby granddaughter. My daughter sends me photos and videos most every day which helps me watch her grow from 3000 miles away! I hate being so far away from her.

Here’s your freebie – click on the title to download.

Word Art Freebie

Saturday, October 11, 2008

New Quick Page Freebie

I’ve been busy sewing winter clothes for my baby granddaughter this week. I haven’t done much sewing in the last couple of years. I think scrap booking took over my workspace. It’s interesting sewing for a child that’s 3,000 miles away. I have her measurements to go by and that helps, but it’s strange not being able to try the items on her! Now my daughter that lives nearby wants me to make her a scrub top with skulls on it. She’s a nurse with an off the wall sense of humor!

Anyway, I have a new Quick Page for you. I’m not sure what style you would call it, but maybe you can find a use for it.

Click on the title to download. Enjoy!

Young Beauty

Thursday, October 9, 2008

I Got An Award!

I've received an award fron Becky at! I've never received an award before, so this is really special. Thank you, Becky!

This award is called the "ProximidadeAward" or the "Friendship Around The World Award". The award is meant to highlight blogs that are pleasing or special in some way and to extend the hand of friendship around the world.

The rules are that once you receive this award, you must pass it on to eight other blogs. So here are the ones I’ve chosen:

Thanks again, Becky. This just made my day!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

A Special Encounter

I mentioned in my previous entry that I seem to randomly encounter women recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer that need the support I can give them from my own experience with the disease. Today at the grocery, I had a completely difference kind of “support encounter” that I’d like to share with you.

You may be aware that Yoplait Yogurt puts pink lids on their containers in the fall. If you save these lids and mail them back to Yoplait, they will donate ten cents for every lid to the Susan B. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation. I eat Yoplait yogurt normally, so purchasing the product isn’t unusual for me. At the grocery checkout stand, the clerk asked me if I was saving the yogurt lids and I answered, “Yes, I’m a Breast Cancer survivor and it’s an important cause to me.” She went on to say that she was also collecting them from customers and mailing them in. I paid for my groceries and the young man bagging them asked if he could help me out with them. I usually decline, but for some reason I accepted.

On the way out of the store he asked me how long it had been since I had cancer and I told him seven years. He then told me that his mother had recently been diagnosed, but she had kept it a secret. His sister found out by seeing some cancer literature in the mail and confronted their mom. He asked if he could ask me some questions and of course I said yes. We talked for a few minutes and I was fine until he said, “My Mom has to get well. We need her.” That’s when the tears came to my eyes. His, too.

I gave him a hug and my phone number. I told him to have his mother or sister call me if they wanted to. And for him to call if he had more questions. I gave him the best reassurance I could that with good doctors, treatment and support his mom would be ok. I told him that it was very important for the family to make sure she wasn’t alone in her fight. She was trying to protect them when she was the one that needed special care. He agreed and said they were trying to do that.

I think this encounter has touched me more than any other. For a young man, probably no more than 19, to have the courage to talk to me, has so impressed me. I will make a point of checking in with him to see how his mom is doing. It’s the very least I can do.

I’d also like to thank all of you that have left such wonderful comments here and on 4shared. They are amazing and if I was able to soften the pain of this disease even a tiny bit, I have been blessed.

Thank you.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Freebie - Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I have first hand experience with breast cancer so I am always aware of it, what it can do and how it affects so many areas of my life. I will always remember the fear in the eyes of my husband and daughters when we found out just how serious my cancer was. It was Stage 3. With the help of an excellent doctor, the newest treatments, the love and support of my family and close friend, and my own determination to live, I made it through an awful year. I now have seven cancer free years behind me. However, I live with the knowledge that I am at extremely high risk of it coming back. It’s not something I can put out of my mind – everyday when I shower, I see the scars on my body and am reminded of it. Because I am at such high risk, I am tested every 3 months. If something does show up, we’ll be right on top of it and can start treatment immediately. I have to admit that I get nervous before every one of those tests!

Call it fate, whatever you’d like, but I am constantly running into women who have just been diagnosed with breast cancer and are still in the awful state of shock that comes with that piece of news. I’m able to tell them that it is possible to live through it and come out on the other side a stronger woman. Sometimes, I just hold them while they cry. You have to cry. That’s part of the healing. I’ve had a couple of women tell me I was their angel when they most needed one. I am certainly no angel, just one of too many that has had to suffer from this horrible disease.

We must find a cure, or better yet, a way to prevent breast cancer. I don’t want my daughters and granddaughter to live in fear of getting breast cancer. I don’t want ANY woman to live with that fear. Do your part – take care of yourself with monthly self-exams and annual mammograms. If you can afford to, donate to breast cancer research.

I’ve made a quick page that can be used to honor a breast cancer survivor or someone you’ve lost because of breast cancer. I used a kit, French Flirt, designed by Irene Alexeeva to make this QP. She has very graciously given me permission to offer it as a Freebie, which is something she has never done before. Please visit her blog at Take a look at her beautiful work and please leave her a special thank you.

And thank you for reading all the way through this rambling.

French Flirt by Irene Alexeeva

Freebie - Find A cure