Monday, November 15, 2010

Getting Our Fall Crafty On....

We got inspired recently to start some fall crafts... I cut out a big acorn shape, then we tore apart an egg carton. I added some brown paint to craft glue. The boy had fun dipping the egg carton pieces into the mixture, and adding them to the acorn cut-out to make the bumpy "cap" of the acorn. It was super messy, and he loved it! We added glitter at the bottom of the acorn.... just because we like glitter.

Next, we made suncatchers by tearing/cutting up fall-colored tissue paper, and sticking it onto clear laminating film. Then, of course, we added glitter, and covered the top with another piece of laminating film. I cut them up into leaf shapes. They look SO pretty in the windows! They are bright and colorful... I wish we had some to put in every room :)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Here's the (condensed) Story, Morning Glory...

If you've been wondering what happened to me, why I closed my shop, why orders were taking so long, why I gave everyeone a refund, and will I ever be back..... Here it is, because I feel I owe it to all of you to know, in a quick version:
  • Healing from a torn ligament in my knee.
  • Got my flu shot, two days later became seriously ill for two weeks and my son got a form of strep.
  • Had an order come back to me in the mail destroyed, and it missed the person's special occasion.
  • I was finally okay and made up a whole bunch of orders.
  • I become seriously ill again and so does my son, no work, no school.
  • I find out a friend has cancer, the same day I find out another friend's mother has terminal cancer.
  • Halloween: sick but I go out anyway because I don't want the boy to miss out.
  • My depression medicine stops working - which was super handy.
  • I find out another friend's leukemia relapsed and is given a 30% chance of survival.
  • Guess what... I'm sick again! My son gets two ear infections and conjuncitivitis in both eyes.
  • On the way home from urgent care for my son, my husband (four cars in front of us) gets into a head-on collision with another car that crossed the center line.
Those are the major points. I have really been trying to stay positive through all of this stuff, but the car accident was the end for me. I want to thank all of you for being so supportive while I give my family and friends all of my attention right now. I can never stop creating, and as soon as things slow down I'll be back to my shop, I just don't know when as of now. You are all amazing, and I will still be on facebook, twitter, and my blog. (I need something to distract me!) Thanks everyone and I am sorry for all the inconveniences I've caused for my customers. I really have the best customers EVER. Love you all...


My husband will eventually heal and luckily we were not in the car with him. We did not see the accident happen, but came upon the scene less than a minute after it occurred. Ten minutes before, my husband had asked my son if he wanted to ride with mommy or daddy... He picked me.

home away from home


There is a bone marrow donation registration and fundraiser for my friend Amiee coming up. We met when we both joined the New Hampshire Roller Derby League in July. She is a strong, beautiful, fun, and amazing person.  If you are in the NH area, please consider going. There is a fund being set up for her little son (she's a 29yr old single mom), and a toy drive for her son with the excess going to charity, as well as a bake sale. You can also possibly save someone's life by joining the bone marrow registry through the mail. Visit the National Marrow Donor Program's website for more information.

Half Pint O'Rage of NHRD, is currently undergoing treatment for the return of her AML (Leukemia). She is 29 years and relapsed after obtaining remission in January of this year. She has been told that her prognosis is between 20-30%. She has a 6 year old son, Ayden and started her treatment today (Novemer 10). Her treatment entails 4 weeks of inpatient chemotherapy followed (hopefully) by a bone marrow transplant. If the transplant is not available they will attempt a stem cell transplant and a second round of chemotherapy. Her chances are increased with a bone marrow transplant.

How can you help? NHRD was invited to a donor drive help by her High School friends - we are inviting you to help in the fight!

Saturday, November 20 · 10:00am - 3:00pm

Alvirne High School, 200 Derry Road, Hudson, NH

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Handmade Halloween Featuring "Mr. Powerful Man!"

The boy wanted to be Optimus Prime from the Transformers AGAIN this year... But, unfortunately, with his new bigger glasses, the mask didn't fit! booo...So, the night before trick-or-treating we decided to make a new mask to accomodate his glasses! I cut up a shipping box (go recycling!), and traced the shape of the old mask onto the cardboard. I cut it out, with much larger holes for the eyes and mouth, and drew the basic shapes with a marker (so it would at least Kind Of resemble O.P.)! I attached a couple pieces of craft foam on the back of the mask, so it would be more comfortable to wear and added an elastic around the back. My son had a super fun time looking at the old mask and deciding where the colors should go on the new mask. He colored them in, and then we put glue and glitter.

(What fun is it really without glitter!?!)

He decided as we were finishing up that he was no longer going to be a Transformer, but "Mr. Powerful Man!" (He made that up, in case you were wondering... Oh.. and he's "electrical"!!!)

Here are a few pumpkins carved amazingly by my sister and friends:

This picture shows (although poorly) a bazillion strings of lights going across some people's whole front yard. It created an awesome effect, and I wish my camera had been able to capture it better! Totally cool for Halloween night... Orange and purple glowing EVERYWHERE! :)