Thursday, April 28, 2011

More Natural Horrors...

You can still see the glass jars and toaster that once was the cozy kitchen to a family....
So many heart breaking disasters have been going on around the world...
and now in the southern states of the US...
a massive Tornado has killed over 200 people and made parts of Alabama look like a bomb hit it...

Alabama reported 180 people killed
Mississippi 32
Tennessee 33 (my sweet great-grama was from Tenessee)
Georgia at least 10
and Virginia has lost eight...there are even more states with more being reported missing and killed.

People's entire homes are missing, hospitals are filled to capacity, power has been out for days in some areas and the death tolls keep rising...
It doesn't matter what country we're from or what nationality we are...we all have a heart that beats and a desire to be loved and have a safe place to call home.
Please pray for the people who are now dealing with this in their day...

The poor Red Cross is trying to help out with all the disasters all over the world...and though we can't be there with our hands, we can help donate money to give the hands that can, some help

You can go to the American Red Cross website here:
or you can TEXT: REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10

Feed the Children is providing bottled water, canned and ready to eat meals, cleaning supplies, hygiene products and other disaster relief supplies. They are shipping supplies straight from their TN distribution center!

To make a gift by check, please mail to:

Feed The Children
Attn: Tornado Disaster Relief
PO Box 272186
Oklahoma City, OK 73137

If you would like to make a gift via credit card, simply call toll free: 1-866-851-9271

please pray for those in the southern states, as well as all the other disaster areas and the broken hearts and homes all around the world...
let's be a message of hope and helping hearts in a sad world...

PLEASE RETWEET, RE-POST THIS...ANYTHING TO HELP GET THE WORD OUT...TO HELP....EVERYWHERE IN THIS RECENT GLOBAL DESTRUCTION.....People are hurting, hopeless and without anything...we need to help

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Farewell Lump

Good Morning everyone! Well, it's not necessarily all that "good" ,but it IS nice to be alive. I'm up WAY too early this morning and now have about two hours to waste before I go to the hospital for my lumpectomy surgery. I am trying to be a bit more productive than just feeling hungry, thirsty and worried or sick to my stomach. (though these are all present and accounted for) I am closing my artfire and etsy shops temporarily as I won't be home for a few days while I recuperate. I have an upcoming show this weekend that I'm excited to be a part of called the Mother Earth by the Sea Festival. It's a really pretty waterfront location, the only problem is that I won't be able to do much to set up for this show because of my surgery so I am extremely thankful to have a supportive dad who can do a lot of it for me! Here is the link to the festival I'm attending. It looks like fun! I just got my very first tent too, so I'm excited to have that for the first time!

I wanted to share some images with you that make me happy. During surgery, you can't bring anything in with you. You can't have a favorite ring, cross necklace, etc. There isn't much that you can do to bring some comfort to yourself sooooo I decided to paint my nails in a fun manner. Here are my Hello Kitty nails. May they serve me well during this icky ordeal. What can I say? They make me smile. :)

I attended Easter Vigil mass this past Saturday and the church was pretty dark at the very beginning with just a few accent lights. One of them was directly over a statue that we have of the Virgin Mary and I thought that it was just stunningly beautiful. So ethereal!

Here is a quick photo of the fairy brooch/necklace that I've recently finished. I still haven't had time to do more professional looking photos of it...

Lastly here are a few of the pieces that I have been working on for Co-op 28 Handmade in Los Angeles. They are still works in progress at  this point and I probably won't be able to finish them until next week.

Thanks so much for the well wishes and prayers! See everyone on the flip side!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Good and The Bad

I apologize for not writing in awhile. I’ve been dealing with a lot of things, some bad some good.

I am going to be going in for surgery on Apr. 26th to remove a lump under my right arm. While the doctor seems pretty confident that it’s nothing to worry about, this is my first surgery and I’m naturally pretty nervous about it. I’ve also recently had my air conditioner pronounced dead and with the summer months become closer and closer in sweltering Florida, it’s a pretty dismal situation. My friend Frank, see Flowers for Frank, has recently discovered that his cancer has come back. He has been enduring all manner of tests to try to discover exactly WHERE the offending cells are. Overall, all of these things have placed me in a pretty big funk. I’ve been working hard to try to change my outlook because I realize that in comparison to many in the world, my life is still pretty amazing, but it’s hard. It’s so easy to let these things get to us isn’t it?

I have managed to keep myself feeling pretty content by reminding myself that I am blessed to have ice cold water anytime I want as well as cold water to wash my face and body with if the heat becomes too unbearable. Think of all of the poor people in third world countries who suffer so terribly without these things! It’s good to keep things in perspective sometimes.

On a good note, I have joined a new and up-and-coming co-op in Los Angeles. I recently sent in my contract and am pretty excited to be a part of this venture. To see Marci as she creates this fun and whimsical shop, check out her facebook fan page.

I am finishing up some pieces and hope to share them with you very soon. Also, for the rest of this week you can save 15% off of everything in my etsy shop by entering the coupon code SPRING upon checkout.

Have a wonderful week everyone!