Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September Recap

Happy Tuesday and last day of September . It was still feeling like summer here the last couple of weeks. That all changed yesterday though. We had torrential rain and much cooler temperatures. It is suppose to be like that for the next few days too. At least I won't have to run the AC.
What a crazy month. It all started with Rich going on a vacation by himself to what I would call the middle of nowhere. (Big Ben State Park in Texas). This is someplace he has wanted to go for awhile It turns out it was so isolated there was very little cell service or contact which I was not happy about but there was nothing I could do about it so I just tried to go on with my week but that turned out to be a challenge.
The day after Rich left Lily got sick I woke up to what I thought was her throwing up but it turned out she had a terrible cough that came out of nowhere. I watched her for a few hours but she was not getting any better so my sister came over and we took her to the emergency vet, After waiting over an hour at the emergency vet they could not find much wrong with her and sent her home with cough meds and something for her stomach which didn’t make any sense. When we got her home I noticed when she would try to lay her head down she would do this retching thing. It was very scary to watch and she had a bad night. I called the vets office in the morning to talk to the vet I took her to when she had her foot surgery but he never called me back so we had another bad night, I finally got him to call me back on Tuesday morning but was not very nice. I ended up sending him some videos of what she was doing and after seeing them he was going to prescribe something else for her a but thankfully my home vet called and told me to give her children’s Mucinex instead and thankfully that solved the problem. I would never have thought to give her something like that but thankfully it worked. 
 In the meantime my mother had gone to the doctor because she had been holding a lot of water and when she got there the doctor did an EKG and thought she had a heart attack. She then insisted she go in to the hospital again. I had to talk to the doctor myself because my sister will not talk to her doctor because she had a bad experience with her in the past to make sure my mother heard her right and she did. After talking my mother's doctor told me the EKG showed some changes that made her think that and her sodium levels were very low so my mother agreed to go back to the hospital to be evaluated again so my sister took her over.  Her doctor was supposed to call the orders in but when they got to the hospital they had to start all over again before they would admit her and that took over 5 hours. Thankfully after more tests they decided she did not have a heart attack but had to get her sodium levels back under control so they kept her overnight.  On top of that my prescription antinflamatories that I had ordered before Rich left still were not filled so I had to call the doctor’s office to see what was going on with that. I finally got the doctor to refill it but it took over 2 weeks before it arrived and I ran out not good when you are dealing with chronic pain. Thankfully we made it through the rest of the week without anymore major problems and Rich made it home safely. 
During that time I had a big order to do. The buyers last name was Dots and their daughter loved their red polka dot coffee mugs and dogs so I put a new spin on the dog themed items and this is what I came up with.

I love how everything came out but I especially like the dog shaped favor boxes. The tops are personalized with a thank you from the birthday girl.  I don't know what the buyer ended up putting in them but I think they would be great for dog shaped cookies. 
One last thing  before I go. Below is photo one of my buyers shared with me of her dog Pixie wearing the party hat I made her. Isn't she adorable?

I hope your last day of September is a good one. I will be back next month with more to share then.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

August Recap

Happy Sunday and last day of August.  I hope you are having a good weekend. It is hard to believe Labor Day is already here. It feels like summer just flew by. Why does it have to go so fast?  The weather here has been on the cool side. We have had quite a bit of rain the last week or so. This week it is suppose to be back in the 80's though.
Emilia started 11th grade a few weeks ago. We are still using Keystone. This year she has a full load. We have already had some issues with the English but think I have it taken care of now. She is still working on finishing Algebra but thankfully she just has a few more lessons to go.
Rich and I celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary on the 3rd. We usually don't do anything special to celebrate but this year he was full of surprises.The things on the right are some of my favorite things.
The card on the left I had made for him. The photo is from our Wedding Day. Marriage is not easy but I am glad we were able to celebrate this milestone. It was very thoughtful of him to get me all those presents but it made me feel guilty since I didn't think we were giving gifts. I bought him some records to make up for it though. I wish I could have come up with something more meaningful but that is what he wanted. 
My sisters birthday was on the 20th. Once again I am so busy with orders  I did not have time to make her card and am running out of ideas for her too so I thought I would try Hallmark this time. I have a photo of she and I when were kids that I just love so I made her this card on their website and had it sent to her. She really liked it and I was really impressed with the quality too.
Today Phoebe Comfort Dog celebrated her 2nd birthday and I was asked to make her birthday hat. I was so honored to be able to do it. It looks great on her doesn't it? You can find out more about her and the wonderful work she does on her Facebook page.
That's it for now, I hope you have a great labor day and I will be back next month with more to share then.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

July Recap

Happy Thursday. I hope your July has been a good. It has been a hot one here but the last few days it has cooled off a lot and rained non stop. It was nice to have the moisture but that was to much rain at once. I love how green everything is now though. 
Not much new to report this month. Rich's birthday was on the 24th. He had to work so we didn't do anything exciting. He is very anti-birthday though. I keep telling him age is just a number but he does not believe that though. I am still swamped with work in my Etsy shop so I did not have time to make him a card plus I am still out of ideas for him so this is the card I got him. 
It was made by this Etsy seller Rich still loves birds and we get a lot of bluejays around here. They are very noisy when they come to visit so when he hears one he says Terri is here because they remind him of me meaning he thinks I yell a lot. I am still waiting for him to tell me what he wants he could not come up with anything and I couldn't either. If you have any ideas let me know.
This month it has been a lot of Nautical in my shop. What started out as 5 items last year has now evolved into this.
I also came up with a frozen inspired party theme. Emilia and I love that movie.
That's all for now. I hope the last day of July is a good one for you and I will be back next month with more to share then.

Monday, June 30, 2014

June Recap

Happy Monday . It is hard to believe it is the last day of June. It had been a pretty non eventful month until Saturday morning when I was woken up by the dogs going crazy because there was a stray cat right outside the gate, Rich went out to get the dogs and then the cat walked right through the gate and came in. The cat was very friendly but skin and bones so Rich gave her some food and water. After that the cat decided to make herself at home. Lily was not happy about it though and whined and cried for hours until Rich took it to the shelter. Thankfully it was chipped so hopefully they will find its home. 
Today I wanted to share the rest the things that went with the butterfly invitation I shared in last months post. The buyer asked me to make tags to hang on a tree branch for guests to write messages to the birthday girl and she was going to save them as a keepsake. After seeing the inspiration photos the buyer sent me I thought a birdcage would make a great centerpiece and she could put the tags in there after the party was over. She liked the idea and this is what I came up with.


She also ordered a matching door sign
 food cards
and favor tags
I was so happy with how everything came out I have listed all these things in my  Etsy shop for others to by now too.
That's all for now. I will be back next month with more to share. In the meantime I will leave you with this photo.  Emilia enjoying time in the pool Hope you are enjoying summer where you are too.
*Birdcage Caged SVG file from My Time Made Easy.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

May Recap

Happy Saturday. I hope your month has been a good one. I know they say April showers bring May flowers but this May we had a lot more showers than flowers. It is finally starting to dry out and warm up now though. 
The month started with us all continuing to be sick from the virus that started the end of April.  It was a really bad one but thankfully we all made it through it and are back to normal now.
We didn't do anything special for Mother's day because it snowed but I did get a cool new Iphone case and pj's though.  I had this card made for my mom. It is from the same person that made Emilia's birthday card. We took the photos on Emilia's birthday. My mom loves photos of us so this was the perfect gift. She loved it and now has it proudly displayed in a frame at her house. This was an extra special Mother's Day for her because she almost didn't make it to see another one. It has been almost a year since her medical nightmare happened. Thankfully she doing well now and back to her old routine. Her leg will never look normal but at least she still has it and it is usable.
Emilia is almost done with 10th grade but unfortunately she is going to have to do Algebra through the summer.  The Algebra 1 course she is taking has been extremely difficult because of this new Common Core. Neither of us has been able to help her much with it and Rich is good with math. She wouldn't even be taking this course if she didn't have to have it to get her diploma so we are getting her though it with the help of  tutor. It is still making her hate math though which is not good.
Rich's dad fell and tore both of the tendons in his quadriceps that attach the knees a few weeks ago. He had to have surgery on both of them and is immobile now. Hopefully he will be able to recover and walk again soon. It is going to a long road back though.
This month I have been working on a Garden Party Theme. I had a custom request for a shabby chic butterfly invitation and this is what I came up with . The SVG file is from The Cutting Cafe. The buttons were made with the new Button Stack Dies from Papertrey Ink.
I have some matching party decor items that go with it but are not done yet so I will share them with you next month. Until then I hope your last day of May is good one.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sweet 16

Happy Wednesday . It is hard to believe it is the last day of April. The months are flying by. Spring is definitely here which makes me very happy but the last few days have been very windy though.
Emilia turned 16 on April 2nd. Where did the time go? She will always be my baby.
I was having a hard time coming up with a card to make for her. After giving it some thought I decided I wanted to have a chalkboard card made for her documenting all of the things she loves since this is a an extra special year. I was able to find this seller on Etsy who created the layout for me and then I made it into a card.I loved how it came out and everyone else did too especially Emilia.
 Emilia is definitely a girly girl so I hired a professional stylist  to come and do her hair and makeup. She did a great job and Emilia really enjoyed it. 
Later that night we had an Italian dinner delivered from Magino's a popular Italian restaurant in Downtown Denver. The cake was made by a local Cake Decorator here in Denver. Johns Deserts. She wanted a Tiramisu Cake and he made it into shape of a purse. He did a great job.Her presents this year were mainly fashion related. Her favorite store now is Forever 21. She got some books and movies too. Rich even surprised her with a special amethyst necklace.  Below is a collage documenting most of the day.

Overall she had a great day and a sweet 16 that she will always remember.
She also got her drivers permit on April 21st along with her cousin.  We were going go right after her birthday but my sister and niece got sick so we had to wait until then. The DMV was hell but we made it though it in less then 2 hours and they both passed their tests so we have 2 new drivers in the family now. Emilia has gone out a few times so far.  Rich is the one that is teaching her. I just ride in the back seat with my eyes closed most of the time.:) She is doing well though just a little heavy on the gas. Unfortunately my sister was still sick and shared the crud she had with us so we are sick now. Emilia has it worse than us though. Hopefully she will be back to driving again soon.

This month instead starting a new party theme I added on to an existing ones. I had a request for a door sign and a 12 month photo banner to go with my farm theme. This is what I came up with.
 

That's all for now. I will be back next month with more to share then.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Little Lady

Happy Monday and the last day of March.The sun is shining but it is very windy here so it looks like it is going out like a lion. At least we made it to spring though.  Hope all is well were you are. It feels like the month flew by. My 45th birthday was on the 25th. Since it was a Tuesday we did not to anything too exciting. It was a beautiful day though and we were able to go to the park for a nice walk. I did get to celebrate with a few of my favorite things though.
My sister got me the tulips and Pinkberry. Emilia baked me some gluten free cupcakes. They were good but I have decided that I like to look at cupcakes more than eating them though. Frosting is just not my thing. Too sweet. I was able to eat just the cake part with strawberries and whipped creme though and it was really good that way.
This month my party theme was ladybugs. This is what I came up with
If you remember I  made the invitation in March of 2011 and used it for my inspiration. The wings on the ladybugs open and close to reveal the number.
Emilia's 16th birthday is Wednesday and we have some fun things planned to help celebrate it so I will be back soon to share that with you. Until then I hope your week is a good one and thanks for stopping by.