Monday, May 21, 2012

Random Stuff

I'm sharing some complete randomness because really...that is what life has become for me BUT I am learning to balance things. My mind is still: go, go go, but my body is just not keeping about frustrating! My biggest news is that we are going HOME. In case you are new here, I am originally from a small fishing town on the coast of North Carolina. I know what you might be thinking. Chemotherapy and travelling don't mix...but I will be going in between treatments, when I start feeling better. Of course I am scared that I might not feel better but I really need a break and I haven't been home in three years.
(Shrimp boats at dusk. Swansboro, NC)

The boys are out of school for summer, which seems hard to believe. Freshman year is done?? Kindergarten is done??? I wish we could pick and chose which part of our lives Time decides to go fast or slow...I would definitely chose my boys growing up to go s l o w (chemo treatments FAST! :)
(Keegan looking much cooler than me at 15)

I have made some wreaths for the shop. Not super seasonal, something that can be hung all the time....for those 'in between seasons'.

I had my first CT scan since starting chemo last week and I cannot WAIT to get the results. I really hope those nasty tumors are shrinking or better yet, just gone! I will share as soon as I know the results.

Look what a dear reader sent to me! How sweet is she?? I loved how her email read: "I know how hard it is to accept things from people...just do it!" Thank you so much Susan! This book is helping me on my juicing quest!

If you are wondering, yes...around the house I don't wear a hat or scarf and am referred to as the 'bald eagle' :)

See? Completely random. I start my third round of chemo today...but I'll talk to you soon.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

My Booth Space (Beautiful Vanity!)

I Finally got this beauty in my space! When I found this beautiful vanity, all it needed was a little cleaning and TLC. I also fitted it with a combination of new and old hardware (it was knobless when I found it). I went to the Habitat For Humanity Restore in Joplin to see if I could find something suitable yet old...they have a good selection of used hardware....anyway, I didn't find any knobs that I liked, but I found some little decorative back plates. I used on the lower drawers. Luckily, I was able to bend them a little to conform to the shape of the drawer. The knobs, however, are new. I found them at Lowe's and thought they worked really well with the style of the vanity and went right along with  the old back plates too. Like it was meant to be. 
The mirror is in perfect shape (and a huge 48 inches!), which is great considering how old it is. I styled it up with some girly-girl accessories......
...then moved on to revamping everything else. Since we are approaching Summer, I thought some red and blue was in order. That fabric I have hung over the mirror was another great find. It's very "Americana" and I can see someone getting very creative with it. Can you see the eagle in it?

I also brought in a shelf to sit behind the drop leaf table for some height and filled it with glassware (a real weakness of mine, can you tell? :) and dinnerware.

Some sewing machine drawers are always fun to have in the mix too.
I'm working on a couple of lamp makeovers that I hope to get finished for the booth this week. I'll be showing you those later.
One last look at such a beautiful piece.....I wonder how long it will last.

Monday, May 7, 2012

FTD $50 Coupon Winner!

I want to thank everyone who entered the coupon giveaway this weekend! I don't host very many giveaways but I thought this was a really great one. So without further delay...the winner of the $50 coupon is:
Donna from Sugar, Spice & Southern Life

Donna, please email me!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Flowers For Mom and a Great Giveaway!

Happy Friday! I am feeling pretty good today (yeah!) and boy, do I have a treat for you! How about a giveaway? With Mother's Day right around the corner, I jumped on this chance to be able to give away a $50.00 coupon from Better Homes and Garden and
Is this not beautiful?

I lost my Mother several years ago, but luckily I have a special relationship with my husband's mom. She has always been a great help to me but especially now with my health issues and chemotherapy....she has really stepped up to the plate. She is truly amazing and can I say what a wonderful Grandma she is too? I can't wait to pick an arrangement out for her for Mother's Day.
I love how beautifully this arrangement came together...I especially love the lilies and little yellow mums. It's in a nice glass container that I know I'll find a use for later. 
I am so happy to be able to share this coupon with you. I KNOW we all have special women in our lives that would love to get a beautiful bouquet like this.
I want to keep it super simple to win this $50.00 coupon to leave me a comment! I am going to let this run all weekend and announce a winner on Monday.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


I am finally coming up for air....and it's May. It just doesn't seem possible, the world keeps turning and I feel like I'm in some sort of time warp where everything centers around "getting through" chemo and then recuperating afterwards. As you probably know, I had my second round of chemo last week. Even though the symptoms were the same, I am happy to report NO headaches this time.
 My resolve suffered a little by the third day, I got really dishearten in the chemo room. Looking around at all the patients and it dawns on me that I don't want to be there...and I know none of them want to be either....and to be honest, I don't even know how I managed to go back on the fourth day at all. No amount of books or magazines helped that day. That doesn't sound very positive does it? Not every day is a good one, that's for sure. On Friday, they added a Nuelasta shot that is suppose to help my body keep my white blood cells up...we'll see when I have labs tomorrow.

I am still feeling weak, but I am going to be working in my booth tomorrow....poor thing, I haven't been in two weeks! I am moving in a beautiful vanity that I found, I'll take some pictures for you. :)