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December 28, 2013

i won the christmas giveaway at lil' shy...

Look what I won from Lil'Shy!

A GORGEOUS 14" Red Satin Throw Pillowcase!
It looks so soft, silky and just waiting for my head to lay on this luxurious pillowcase.

I've been following Lil'Shy Pillowcases for a while now. I am starting to make a list of "wants" for decorating my own place as soon as I get one.

They also have an Etsy store filled with lots of beautiful and unique pillowcases. Since that is all they do, they do it well!

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!
What an awesome Christmas bonus, right?

Have a great weekend and stop over at Lil'shy's and say hi!  

December 26, 2013

christmas lessons 2013...

This was a difficult Christmas for me.
With all the materialistic images of what "Christmas" is suppose to be about, it makes it that much harder for a lot of people who are really struggling this year, like me.

There was no tree, no lights, no presents for everyone piled up awaiting the moment everyone would come over. The joy of seeing the wrapping paper flying while the smell of Christmas breakfast filled the house.

No, this year was much different.
I had no presents for anyone and the closer Christmas got, I couldn't even muster enough creativity to make anything.

Except one thing.
Every year I make all kinds of fudge and this year my son and his step-daughter wanted to learn how.

So with a mini two burner electric stove, we all made fudge!

half plain and half coconut fudge:
 white and chocolate peppermint fudge:
 half Reese's peanut butter chip
 half Heath bar chip fudge:

So a new tradition gets passed on.

We had our Christmas Breakfast at my oldest son's house. I made regular and gluten free bacon cheddar drop biscuits while he made a ham and egg scramble from just laid eggs out of the chicken coup! 

I got a winter coat from my youngest that I REALLY needed AND his girlfriend gave me a gift certificate for a spa day! She said I needed a day of pampering. Isn't that sweet?

Then my oldest son's girlfriend gave me a clip on light for my art table so I can see what I am making, uh-oh:)

The best presents were to have my boys, their girlfriends, the precious 5 year old princess, my Beautiful Baby Girl and My Sissy in my life!

What I learned this Christmas:
No amount of money, presents, or lights on the tree can replace the gift of true love of the people in my life. 

I learned to receive without having to give, and be okay with that.

I learned that the people around me love me for who I am, not what I can do or give.

And even though I feel like a mess, others see the love and beauty in me.

It was an awesome Christmas!

How was your Holiday?
I'd love to hear all about it. 

December 05, 2013

strokes, tia's, complex migraines and comparing colored pencils...

I am happy to be back in blogland again!

I was admitted to the hospital once again.
It's been twice in three weeks and both times I was admitted was for what looked like a stroke.
My left side of my face was drooping and not moving, there was left side weakness, I was confused, words were not coming out right, and I was scared.

It was more intense than the first episode that I was admitted for, and released with the diagnosis of a TIA (transient Ischemic Attack). Basically a mini stroke without bleeding.

This last hospitalization I was diagnosed with a Complex Migraine. What's interesting about this type of migraine is that it can mimic a stroke and can be with or without pain. I believe it is similar to the attack several years ago that the TV reporter Serene Branson had during a televised report she was doing. There's a great article written by Leigh Vinocur, MD FACEP on Doctor Oz's website.

Never, ever ignore any symptoms of a migraine, stroke or just not feeling right. It could be a serious condition that every minute could change the outcome. I highly recommend reading the article on Dr. Oz's site.

For me, there is no telling when or if I will have another episode. Even though my cholesterol and blood pressure are great, I will have to stay on a Lipitor-type medication and of course a baby aspirin every night :)

Okay, that was alot and if you made it this far, thank you and I hope it was educating.

Now for art!

This is my work space right now;
couch, an old wooded TV tray and a coffee table:

I am resting up and doing just some easy-peasy coloring.

I wanted to compare my Prismacolor pencils to my Woodless Progresso colored pencils.
I had a drawing that I did with my new Micron 03 pen on watercolor paper and decided to play.

First the Prismacolor:

These pencils have a very heavy, rich color however did not blend well or even on the watercolor paper.

I added some leaves with the same Micron pen and used the light green Progresso pencil to color the leaves:

The green came out much smoother and blended well on the rougher surface of the watercolor paper.

I continued adding more greens to the leaves and did a few more flowers with the Progresso colors:

In my opinion the Progresso woodless colored pencils worked much better. Also the Prismacolor pencils need a lot more sharpening than the Progresso woodless pencils, so the Progresso pencils will last longer and I really enjoyed the shading ability of them since there is no wood to get in the way.
The winner is Progresso!

Time to go finish this one up.

Hope you are having a Terrific Thursday!
And to all the WOYWWers, I miss you all and hope to come out to play soon :)