Saturday, November 11, 2017

Sincere apologies to anyone who chose to follow me via Bloglovin.  I just discovered there is no way to remove an unwanted follower on Bloglovin, so I opted to remove it as an option on my blog.  I hope this does not inconvenience anyone unduly.  I actually prefer receiving new blog posts as an email so hopefully some of you will choose that option.

I also apologize for the lack of postings.  However, the period since the last post has been filled with various joint replacement procedures and their concomitant PT sessions but most recently, I underwent over a month's worth of testing, including a bone marrow biopsy, because it was felt I might have multiple myeloma or lymphoma.  I saw the oncologist yesterday and while I do not have either, I am not completely off the hook.  I have something called MGUS - pronounced as em-gus - which means there are some abnormal proteins coming from my bone marrow which could turn into myeloma.  The "turn rate" is not high - anually, just 1% of those with MGUS go on to develop myeloma so I will be seeing the oncologist quarterly, with repeat studies, including bone marrow biopsy, annually.  The bone marrow biopsy also showed that while our iron stores should be 6/6, mine are 1/6 which might account for the profound fatigue. 

Despite 22 years of pretty severe fibromyalgia, the recent onslaught of pain has been almost unbearable and my usual meds seem unable to handle it.  As I write this, I am looking at 7 Anna Griffin card kits I have yet to assemble and many beautiful Stampin' Up stamp sets, papers and other items as yet unused.   The pain has been all-encompassing and I am producing nothing. I did join Stampin' Up as a hobbyist but should any of you need a demonstrator, I would be happy to help with anything you need.  It may be a while before I start posting cards, however, until I can get the iron levels back up somewhat.

For those who might remember Creative Inklings in Lahaska, Pa, I have recently heard they will be reopening in Hatboro, Pa.  I do not have a date, however.  For anyone near this area, this is wonderful news. 

I thank those of you who have stayed with me, despite my lack of posts, which I hope will change soon.  

Friday, August 23, 2013

Once Upon a Time

 
There is nothing I can add to the post below, from Eulanda's blog, except to thank her from the bottom of my heart for this beautiful tribute to my beloved Mom.  Eulanda asked me the other day what my favorite color was.  I thought she meant in clothing so I said "blue".  She meant overall, so I said "peach".  She returned that she did not have peach and would go with blue.  Apparently, an old friend was going through the photos in my Facebook albums and turned up a photo of my Mom and me, when I was 3.  This put the photo on my Timeline and Eulanda saw it there, and wanted to use it for a card.  Please read her blog post below, and be sure to visit her blog and sign up to receive her blog posts by email subscription, so you do not miss a one.  Also, despite several tries, I cannot get the text from her blog post to line up correctly on here.  Sorry.
 
While I follow many cardmakers' blogs, I have my favorites and Eulanda is at the head of that list.  Her cards speak to my soul (except maybe the darker ones, but I still admire her genius).  Please visit her blog to see the entire post and to learn what she used on the card. 
 
Here is the post from her blog:   Thank you, my friend, for this honor.  I am humbled to call you "friend" and am in awe of your ability. 
 

Cards, Cards and More Cards


Posted: 23 Aug 2013 04:00 AM PDT
This week at Live and Love Crafts our inspiration theme is "Once Upon A Time". 
I thought about the typical  fairy tales and books I've read but decided to go
with a real life story after seeing this photo surface on  Facebook. 
It belongs to a friend of mine, Nancy Schaub.  (More details further down the post.) 
She said this picture of her and her mom was taken in 1950.

I've used papers from Pion's "Alma's Sewing Room" and hated
covering it up but it still looks so pretty. 
I've distressed everything including the Vintage Box
Lacing Chocolate border die.  Also added the resin
pieces for some texture.  Aren't they gorgeous?!

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I made a shabby chic bow using some seam binding from LLC,
added  some brown tulle behind the bow and popped a vintage
pearl in the center of it. 
 

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I'm sooooooo excited that LLC is carrying Wild Orchid Crafts flowers
now.  LOVE THEM!!  They go so well with the Kort and Godt
 rolled flowers that I've added a Melissa Frances pearl to.
Oh and don't you  just love the bark hearts?!!  YES!!  

Nancy is the little girl here in the picture and has now retired and has
 kids of her own.  She said her mom made the dress in a color she
just loved.  I think it's soooo super cute!!  She is too. 
What a pretty picture and so inspiring.  Nancy loves anything
"Once Upon A Time" so I wanted to dedicate this post to her. 
She's such a lovely lady!  I hope I've done her photo justice.
I tried to find matching papers for this photo but nothing was
working so then I thought,  "BLACK and WHITE"...
I actually ended up tinting it more of a sepia color but it's
 kind of hard to tell in my photos. 

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Are there birthdays in Heaven?

Barbi Kantor-Goldenberg
 
Happy Birthday, dear friend.  Has it really been only 9 months since you left us, and so soon after Janice's passing?  You have not been forgotten.  Your FB page is still active and there are many loving birthday wishes on there for you.  I don't think I have ever known another person who was so special to so many people - like everyone's best friend.  Your suffering is over and God knows you fought a valiant fight.  You deserve the rest.  I just was not up to posting a tribute to you after your passing, as I did for Janice.  It was just too raw and I was hurting too badly.  Rest easy, dear one.  I do hope the angels are singing Happy Birthday!


Sunday, July 28, 2013

A quick note for the quilters among my followers

Just a quick note to let the quilters and fabriholics among my followers know that I have added 50 fabrics to my Etsy shop.  There is a link on the home page of this blog.  Thanks for looking.  Nancy

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Is there a wedding coming up in your family?

Sometimes our friends will not "toot" their own horns and we must do it for them.  I have a friend who makes gorgeous bridal headpieces and I keep telling her she needs a blog to get people to her Etsy shop.  I know she will do a blog eventually but in the mean time, I am doing some horn tooting and flag-waving for her, to promote the exquisite things she makes.  I met her because she translated and reworked French sewing patterns for a doll named Bleuette, and converted these translations into kits to sew.   I won't go into how many of her kits filled with vintage fabrics and trims are sitting in my closet waiting to be made.  Messing up terrifies me because I cannot just go out and get more of her vintage fabrics.  Suffice it to say she has an "eye" for beauty whether it be in doll clothes or bridal headpieces and her fabric and trim choices are beyond compare.
 
Anyway, back to her bridal headpieces.  If you know someone getting married, please refer her to my friend's Etsy shopped called Joy & Felicity.  The link is here:
 
 
Should the link not work, just go to Etsy and look for a shop named Joy & Felicity.  Her work is perfection and her designs are exquisite.  Thanks!
 
And here is a bit of the beauty she creates:
 
 


Wonderful quilting hoops

A very quick post today.  I came across this website today and think that both quilting hoops look wonderful  - beautifully made - and since they were made in Northern Maine, I would think they will stand the test of time.  All because a quilter had an idea.  Be sure to visit the website if you are in need of either a floor based quilting hoop, or a "sit upon" kind.

http://planetpatchwork.com/ek-pp.htm

Sunday, October 28, 2012

REST IN PEACE, DEAR FRIEND

 
 
Jan Naibert
 
JANICE NAIBERT
 
Thursday, October 25 brought news that our dear friend, Janice Naibert, had died.  For years I knew she had trouble breathing and we would wheeze together through brief phone conversations, and even though she considered slowing down of late, never once did she disappoint by not sending out an order.  While I know that other "doll people" depended on Janice too, it was my love of a little French doll called "Bleuette" that brought me to Janice first as a customer, and then as a friend.  While I never did get to meet her in person, that did not matter during all the times we chatted about dolls and dogs, Beagles in particular.  She mourned with me over the loss of my rescue Beagle in 2007.  When I was in Maine, we would always talk about meeting at "G Street" - a fabric store near Washington, DC.  Unfortunately, each party's health kept that from happening. 
 
From Janice I bought fabric and trims, patterns and sewing kits, doll bodies and wigs imported from France, but came away knowing I was more than a customer, as were so many others.  One has only to read the posts on the various doll groups - Bleuette, Rosette, French Fashion - to know the loss we are feeling.   I am saving all these posts in the hope that I can print them out to send to her son and her husband, so they know how much Janice was loved, and how many lives she has touched.  No one came away from knowing Janice without a smile.  Toot, Toot, dear one.  We are tooting your horn for you, in ways you never did for yourself, in your humility.  The doll world would not be what it is without the things you did for us.  Rest easy, dear friend, and know how much you are missed, and how you were treasured.
 
My prayers go out to Janice's family, especially her son who is doing his very best to send out the orders his Mom could not get to before this final illness.  What a son!  His Mama would be so proud.