May 1, 2015

Brain Tumors Suck

Wearing grey for Jacob today - and to raise awareness of brain tumors and how common they are in children. We need a cure!

It has been almost seven years since we discovered the tumor in Jacob, and three years since his second surgery. The fear of the tumor coming back, its aftermath (both physical and psychological) and the desire to find a cure are constantly in my thoughts.

A few years ago, I moved back to Pennsylvania and became involved with the Western PA Ride for Kids. This fundraising event for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation will be held on August 2 this year and I plan to ride - to raise money for research - and for the kids that struggle with tumors. If you would like to help, find my page at Ride for Kids.

December 17, 2014

Doing Digital

I still love paper. And ink. And embellishments. But sometimes it is just far simpler to sit with the laptop and design a digital page. And even better when I have a new kit from Libby Pritchett Designs to help inspire me. Some of my recent favorites are below.

September 3, 2011

Boys and Cooties

Isn't this the truth?

I sometimes long for the days that my chores took maybe thirty minutes a day, and "office drama" meant that my brother broke my slinky. (At the time, it was very dramatic and traumatic.)

There was no pressure on a rainy day to get stuff done. If we were stuck inside for the day, I would either read a book, play with my spirograph, or beg Mike or Robert to play a board game with me. I didn't have to worry that the lawn wasn't getting mowed or that the roof still needs repaired.

So today, I plan to think of a rain day as the opportunity that it is - the opportunity to relax, read a book, and root through old photos. Because maybe looking at cute photos like this will help me forgive my brother for breaking my slinky.

ps: like the spirograph elements on the print? They are by the uber talented
Libby Pritchett/

August 23, 2011

Pinterest has sucked me IN!

Did you know that with a few clicks, you can find out how to re purpose wooden pallets, old rubber tires, t-shirts and even toilet paper rolls? I think I have pinned at least ten creative things to do with those tiny necessities... and to think of how many I have thrown out over the years just makes me shudder.

So today, completely inspired and a bit overwhelmed, I entered my craft room to find a rubber stamp with a saying found on this pin. Coincidentally, the stamp was on my floor after the earthquake and needed to be picked up anyway. I pulled together this little card for a birthday card for my neice, who is turning 20 next week.

In hindsight, I could have stamped with a toilet paper roll and then ripped it up for background paper.

August 3, 2011

Is this thing on?????

I know it has been a long time... I am not sure I remember how to do this blogging creative witty thing. It has been a bumpy road to get back to a mindset where I can be creative - but I think I am there again. My goal = use up all my stash so I don't have to pack it when I move. (I hate to move that much.)
Wish me luck.

April 6, 2010

Race for Hope - DC:

Race for Hope - DC:

Jacob is participating in this year's race and trying to raise money. Please support him with your donations!