Sunday, October 31, 2010

30 Days of Truth

This morning, I was reading a post from another blogger... a mom who lost a son and gain a son... she writes very powerfully.. its one of those brutally honest and tear jerking writers The Redneck Mommy. From there I went onto another blog... and read... yea I didn't get enough junk email..sigh but Don't Take the Repeats has a little something going on... 30 days of truth.. sometimes we do need to be a little bit more honest with ourselves.. get to the core of who we are... remember who we are or discover who we are... the list is below if you wanted to do 30 days of truth for yourself... happy discovering.

Day 01 Something you hate about yourself.
Day 02 Something you love about yourself.
Day 03 Something you have to forgive yourself for.
Day 04 Something you have to forgive someone for.
Day 05 Something you hope to do in your life.
Day 06 Something you hope you never have to do.
Day 07 Someone who has made your life worth living for.
Day 08 Someone who made your life hell, or treated you like shit.
Day 09 Someone you didn’t want to let go, but just drifted.
Day 10 Someone you need to let go, or wish you didn’t know.
Day 11  Something people seem to compliment you the most on.
Day 12  Something you never get compliments on.
Day 13  A band or artist that has gotten you through some tough ass days. (write a letter.)
Day 14 A hero that has let you down. (letter)
Day 15 Something or someone you couldn’t live without, because you’ve tried living without it.
Day 16 Someone or something you definitely could live without.
Day 17  A book you’ve read that changed your views on something.
Day 18 Your views on gay marriage.
Day 19 What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?
Day 20 Your views on drugs and alcohol.
Day 21  (scenario) Your best friend is in a car accident and you two got into a fight an hour before. What do you do?
Day 22 Something you wish you hadn’t done in your life.
Day 23 Something you wish you had done in your life.
Day 24 Make a playlist to someone, and explain why you chose all the songs. (Just post the titles and artists and letter)
Day 25 The reason you believe you’re still alive today.
Day 26 Have you ever thought about giving up on life? If so, when and why?
Day 27 What’s the best thing going for you right now?
Day 28 What if you were pregnant or got someone pregnant, what would you do?
Day 29 Something you hope to change about yourself. And why.
Day 30 A letter to yourself, tell yourself EVERYTHING you love about yourself

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Scottsville Mom Works to Cure Son’s Disorder

A few weeks ago I was interviewed by Wendy Edwards for an article about why I do what I do. You may read this article here Scottsville Mom Works to Cure Son’s Disorder. It is tremendously important that people know about this.. not too long ago I shared an article on facebook about a young man who died on a protein overdose. 20 year old athlete.. doing the athlete thing - protein protein protein... for some of the people this is a silent killer.. silent? For some the instinct of not liking a certain food may be the hidden disguise of an underlying medical condition. I write about my son's journey here .

When I started the bath & body venture and wanting to give back I decided that the National Urea Cycle Disorder Foundation would be it. They advocate for research and the families impacted by them. The article indicates PKU testing can now be used in order to determine if there is an underlying metabolic genetic disorder, it doesn't have to be a Urea Cycle Disorder - it could be PKU itself or some other from of a disorder. Families impacted deal with a medication regimen, a heavy modified diet - in Lennon's case: protein restriction. Now realize that most anything has some form of protein and it all must be calculated out. In many cases individuals require a special formula to supplement so they still get the amino acids we need to be healthy .. to grow. If I can help find a cure or support a family affected with this disorder to cover medical costs or anything else they may need - well then I have done what I set out to do. I've been blessed and while our journey is far from over, I am glad I have a way of helping someone else.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

More Animal Hats

So orders are coming in for these awesome animal hats..even new requests..like "can you make a kangaroo?" hmm that one will take some thinking, playing with yarn and see what we can do. In the mean time check out my deer hat!Doesn't it just look awesome? The antlers are stuffed with some fiberfill to keep them up.. but gosh now imagine a red nose? Can you say Rudolph? It needs a warning label to not wear into the woods during hunting season for sure, though I don't know if it would have enough points .. or does it?

I also created what was intended to be a dinosaur more something out of the move Lilo and Stitch... imagine if Stitch were green with spikes.. yeap it would totally fly as that. Its got what I call alien eyes and a full set of teeth.. but its uber-cute.. hmm thinking a stitch hat isn't too far from the making.. in blue with ears in stead of spikes... works for me.. and then we have the plain dinosaur... no eyes.. no nose.. no teeth just spikes... but still cute or awesome nonetheless.


I will be adding more hats such as Panda, Cat, Beaver, Monkey, Mouse, Bat, Rabbit, Skunk, Squirrel (kinks to be worked out on this) and whatever else I can come up with. These are now being offered on my website for all size from infant to adult!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Happy Birthday John Lennon



Today would have been his 70th Birthday and I can't fathom the things he could have and would have accomplished if his life hadn't been cut short. I named my son after him and I do think that he was one of the greatest people that have ever walked this planet.

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Animal Hat Collection

I was inspired to create some animal hats from patterns that I purchased and won from Inner Hooker and they are taking of like a wildfire in the forest. I had to make some changes to adjust the size for adults and add some faces for a more three dimensional look.

I made the Raccoon Hat for a friend and the next morning he had several orders ready for me in addition to posting pics on facebook and receiving more orders.

So I have been feverishly working on them and am slowly closing the cap.
Hats that I am pretty good at already and have figured out are:

Raccoon                   
Fox                         
Frog
Bear
Owl

Dinosaurs
 Others that will be in the works are:

Deer - actually on order but I am trying to figure out the antlers
Wolf (not too different from the fox)
Coyote (not too different from the fox)
Rabbit
Bird (not sure what kind yet)
Panda
Mouse
Skunk
 The color choice is yours though "natural" will mean the colors they are in real life or close to it. Other than that you have a choice of what you want your hat to look like. An owl in magenta or blue? Dinosaur in purple and yellow? You pick!! It takes me a couple hours to make one - sometime more - sometimes less - depending what else I got going on!

They are $18 each and will fit teen/adults. I can also make infants and toddlers if you like even though these ones seen are for adults.
 Once I am done with the orders I will add them to the website with appropriate attributes so that everyone can own one or more. This can be a bit tricky because I want you to be able to pick the colors you want and there are sooo many color choices to pick from. It's your hat - you wear it - I will just be happy to create it for you!
 Also not in the animal hat line - Mohawk hats (support your favorite team!!) or just because Mohawks rock!

The Mohawk hat will totally rock out at any ball game or at a concert... also coming soon are anarchy hats - yes I know I'm a hippie who grew up in the middle of the 80's and some of that stuck with me.. wait isn't there something about being against the establishment and doesn't anarchy match that in some capacity? Ok yes, I am rambling back to the hats. I am filling orders and am able to create 2-3 hats a day. Fingers need to rest, online communication must occur, children must be parented and so on...
Anyway as I am working on orders and am accepting orders I want people to be aware that  my son is awaiting a liver transplant. This means that when you order I will work on it but when the call comes I will be going to Pittsburgh with him. Be assured that yarn and hook to follow - and that I will be picking up working on orders. I don't know if I will work on any of them while he is in surgery or if this will wait until I know he's has made it into recovery and then to his room and so forth. So I do ask you will be patient with me during this time. I try to get this orders done and filled as quickly as I can!!!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Hard Work and now you can be part of it too!!


I have been adding some of the items that didn't sell at the event.. but I must tell you that out of over 20 hats I don't have that many left. Hats are really the thing that people are into isn't it? Well and baby items, though I don't think baby items ever go out of style.. I have few more pictures that I need to retrieve from my camera and then I will be adding them as well .. probably tomorrow.. I tried to crochet some today but came to the clear realization that even I must take a break and just relax for a minute.. burn out.. no one wants it and rarely do I see people getting their warning signs.. I was burned out from crochet for a long time (5 years.. its a long time) and when doilies and afghans really seemed to be the thing.. now that I am a stay at home mom due to my son's medical and other special needs I have more time.. and feeling more inspired.. he does this for me.. its the ground work that helps me take him out..spend some money on him.. pay the electric bill so we have power for his feeding pump.. to pay for vitamins because the insurance doesn't cover it.. find the special foods with less protein.. yes I am inspired by him to create to help us and him..

This bunting is almost ready and will fit a newborn infant.. (the dolls is about infant size 18 inches long). It mere needs some more buttons before I can add it to the store front.. but isn't it just too cute? I think so.. and I am not having anymore babies ^_^ but I still like creating items and looking at items...