Spring Arrangement for Door, Idea I found on Pinterest…


Photo Mar 21, 5 58 31 AM (1)This week is the first week my Spring Arrangement for my door has bloomed on the tulip side! I was so excited to see that the idea is working…I actually bought a whole pot of tulips already about to bloom and I purchased a plot of three miniature plants, two were miniature daffodils and one was a hyacinth. I took wire and wrapped where I wanted the depth to stop on the umbrella and also made a loop with the wire to hang onto door…I actually used two wires so I would get the crooked effect just right…then I added my ribbon. In the loops where I wanted to put the flowers, I tripled plastic bags and put them in the holes first, then I planted my flowers in the actual sacks. This way when I water the flowers, it won’t run down my door. Next, I had an adorable bird and moss left over from an arrangement from my mother in law’s funeral in Dec 2009 so I used it in the center. This made the whole thing so special to me. THEN I watered it just a tiny bit and I check the moisture level each day to make sure it is not dry.

I LOVE the site www.pinterest.com and I found this wonderful link there to a picture that shows an arrangement that inspired this idea. Here is original picture link if you would like to visit the site:
http://www.midwestliving.com/homes/entertaining/spring-centerpieces/page/10/0

UPDATE: I now have three tulips bloomed and two more on the way, but my mini daffodils are starting to die…thinking about changing them out to purple hyacinths…

Photo Mar 30, 3 05 47 PM

Little Tidbits of Teresa’s Life…

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A WEEK of presents!


In a few days (10 to be exact) I will have a birthday. My family has been giving me presents all week long! I feel like a kid…except most kids are not excited to get a food processor for their laundry soap. My parents have been at my house on several occasions canning and always have to bring their food processor. They know how much I love my homemade detergent, but also how much it aggrevates my thumbs because of the psoriasis (the rubbing to grate by hand causes them to crack open and bleed). SO while I was at their house for 3 days this week for dr visits, my mother surprised me with a new food processor. I thought at first it was a blender and I was like ummm…thanks. Then it hit me as I looked more closely! She saw my smile become genuine and then she showed me her laundry detergent! She and dad had bought one to do their detergent with as well because I suggested they try the homemade recipe. SO NOW instead of an hour or so for two or three batches, it took about 3 minutes!

In addition to this present, my oldest sis Tina (papercat1 on homestead’s blogsite) took me to Fashion Bug and I picked out two shirts. I had planned to buy one of them, but she grabbed it from me and said she was buying both. THEN she bought my lunch at a wonderful restaurant I had not been to in years in Cleveland, TN called Jenkins. Local folks will know what I am talking about. I won’t post pics of the shirts yet because we still have a birthday supper soon and I am sure we will have cameras there. I will wait until then.

The last day I was at my mother’s house, I had one dr’s appointment late in the day, so she suggested we go see a movie, her treat. I knew she had wanted to see the new Shrek movie ever since we saw the preview on American Idol. So I checked online and it was playing for $1 a person at the Regal Cinema! We saw it for $2 total!!! Great deal $1 all day wednesdays at Regal 10-17 behind Hamilton Place Mall for somewhat local Chattanooga folks.

My middle sis has plans underway, too. I shall tell more about them when I have pics to go along with them. She’s an awesome cook and is hosting the dinner this year. We always have dinners for each family member’s birthday. I picked my present out months ago at her Premier Jewelry Party, but will still be surprised because I have such a short memory! I ┬áremember it is rusty red colored, but cannot remember what it looked like!

Health Update: As far as doctor visits, I had quite a bit of edema again wednesday while at my internist’s office and he wanted to order tests anyway and that made him add more to it. We shall see what that shows before too long. I think it is because I have been too active lately and need to rest and get off my feet more than anything. He wants to make sure the HUMERA is not causing it. The oncologist visit was monday and I was told great news there. The lump that I had the biopsy on a year ago has not grown any, but due to the fact it is there plus family history, I have to continue to have it checked once a year now. At least it is not 4 months this time! I may have mentioned having trouble with some meds again where I am having dizzy, weak spells. I stopped taking my muscle relaxer flexeril and the spells have significantly decreased, but my back pain has increased significantly, too. I am glad to know it was that simple to get it under control, but I wish there was an easy fix to help my back pain.

I manage and God always, always blesses me so much. I feel very blessed. I do not mean because my family gives me stuff. I mean because of my family’s love and support. They try to help ease the burdens that they can control. I would like to be able to do more for my family. I used to do alot more than I do now, but I know that I have to limit myself and what I do. As I say that, I have been in a marathon of sorts this week because my cousin who I mentioned had a baby shower last saturday and I had posted pics of the baby stocking I made her…well she had her baby the very next day!

My cousin Brandi’s baby Haden Lee was born Sunday, August 8th! He needs a comforter for his cradle that his Nanny and Nana bought for him because they could not find the right size. I got the measurements and cut out a design for it. I managed to sew it together while at my parents’ house this week. I machine quilted (yes, I hate to machine quilt a baby quilt, but I did it for the first time INSTEAD of hand quilting) it last night and all that is left is finishing the binding on it. I am so glad I was able to get it done! That is one reason my back hurts so bad I am sure, sitting at the sewing machine, but it brought me great pleasure to be able to make her a handmade comforter that FITS. She was so disappointed when none of the blankets fit it at the shower. This is her first baby and I just wanted it to be extra special for her. I love the feeling of finishing a project and being able to BREATHE and RELAX again…not far now!

The most valuable things in life have nothing to do with money


I thought I would write a blog entry today just to keep my journal up to date. I have been working for a few months now on a special project for my father-in-law. He wanted to surprise his younger sister with a photo album of their history growing up, as well as any pictures he has of her children growing up. Their mother’s home was destroyed in a fire a few years ago and his sister’s pictures were in the house at the time. He came across a jewel of an album that his wife (my mother-in-law) Freda evidently had put together. We have no other explanation for its origins. SO I told him I would take care of it. For a couple months I have scanned pics here and there, but due to back pain, it has taken me quite awhile. I finally completed the task last week. The finished result is TWO BOOKS! He has one book to give her of their years growing up, and even up to two generations before him! The second book is of her children and I included a section at the end of our family, my wedding with Jamey, and several pictures in memory of my mother-in-law Freda…and then I ended the book with my favorite picture of James and Freda.

We will have a family gathering soon because there are several birthdays right now (including mine…I will be 37 this month!), so the gifts will be presented to Aunt Susie during the cookout she is hosting. She has no idea, either! They arrived today and Kodak did an AMAZING JOB! They are simply BEAUTIFUL! I am so excited. I wish we could take them to her right now! ­čÖé

Just after I ordered these books, my father-in-law brought me another box of pictures! I wish I had known about their existence before I ordered the books because I found some real jewels in there! The pic at the top of this entry is my hubby as a little boy. I showed it to him and said “now I know the REAL reason there is no longer a MUPPET SHOW!”…

Other than that, I found a holder for my plates that I had painted blue and then glued aquarium gravel and seashells to…the picture is here on my pictures blog.

I hope you enjoy. If you have old pictures and have never organized them into an album, I encourage you to try the Kodak Gallery.

Just some more little tidbits of my life…

Teresa

Seashells Decor FINISHED! YAY


I started out with what you see below:

Seashells pack and plates

Seashells pack and plates

I laid out all the seashells to get an idea of how to design the shells onto the plates.

Seashells and plates

Seashells and plates

At first, I planned to use sand in the center of a shadow box, then a trip to Walmart caused me to change to the plates, but after two more trips to Walmart, purchasing a third plate, 5 bottles of LOCTITE brand superglue (plus all superglue I could find in the house!), a bag of aquarium gravel…AND MUCH THOUGHT AND ACRYLIC PAINT…well you get the idea…

Pics of progress:

plates painted, no centerwork yet AND I found blank frames to paint!

Plates painted, no centerwork yet AND I found BLANK frames to paint!

I had several little frames that were ready to paint and just decided to paint the ocean on there. I gave one to my father in law and glued a seashell in the corner. I put my mother in law’s picture inside it from one of her many beach trips. Ignore the paint seepage b/c when the picture is added, this disappears. This is why I did not worry about it. I will not show my cute mother in law in the photo frame because she was VERY MODEST and would be mad at me just for framing her for us, much less if I posted it on my blog! Trust me, she’s adorable, though!

Progress of the Seashell Decor

Seashell Decor progress

LOCTITE superglue is AWESOME

LOCTITE superglue is AWESOME

I do not own stock in the company or anything like that, but I cannot say enough about how much better I liked using this brand for this particular project! Loctite company, if you are listening, THANK YOU SO MUCH for helping my project come together like magic!

The finished plates are below:

Seashell Decor

Seashell Decor

I plan to find plate hangers for them at a craft store and hang them on the wall. The hangers at Walmart were for plates up to 10 inches and these are quite a bit larger than they will accomodate.

Seashell Decor 4

Seashell Decor 4

Seashell Decor 3

Seashell Decor 3

Seashell Decor 1

Seashell Decor 1

NOW IF I COULD JUST GET A QUILT MADE, I’d have a pretty bedroom!!!

Little tidbits of my life!

Teresa

"Beaches" Inspiration for New Quilt


Beaches

Beaches

Beaches Painting

The painting above was my mother-in-law Freda’s painting and is now mine. The bed is full size if that gives you an idea of how large the painting is.

As you know if you have kept up with my blog, my husband’s mother passed away the day after Christmas. Her absolute favorite vacation spot was the beach. She had planned a trip with my hubby, my father-in-law and myself to go to Orange Beach for the weekend of New Years because I had never gotten to go to the beach with her. However, due to the injury she received to her shoulder on December 10, we had to cancel our vacation plans. Instead, she had to schedule torn rotator cuff repair surgery. Complications after the surgery led to her death combined with her sleep apnea problems. We never even got to say goodbye. It was all quite sudden AND shocking. Even today as I type this it is hard to comprehend she passed away almost 6 months ago. I miss her every single day.

Freda had started redecorating the master bedroom and bathroom of her house in the past couple years with the beach scene in mind. Her bathroom is beautiful and she already finished renovating it, but she had never finished the bedroom.

Freda did, however purchase a painting to go in her room once it was finished. With that in mind, I had secretly purchased some toile machine embroidery designs of seashells thinking I would surprise her and make her a quilt to match her beautiful painting. I had made her a quilt before (the one featured in my banner is the quilt I made her), but this one was going to be extra special because of the beach theme.

Due to my health issues and also because of the things going on in both our lives, neither of us ever got our projects started. The BEACHES painting (pictured at beginning of blog entry) is my inspiration to make a quilt in memory of my dear mother-in-law. I want to hang the painting above the bed and use the quilt on the bed.

Can you see my silly cat Pumpkin in the picture? She literally jumped up there just because I got out the camera! I could NOT get her to move, so I figured it made for a cuter pic, anyway. She LOVES the camera.

I am truly inspired when I look at the Beaches picture. Something about it calms me and brings me peace and reminds me where my mother-in-law now is, safe in the arms of Jesus.

Beach and Seashell project supplies

Beach and Seashell project supplies

seashells

Seashells

I had also bought some seashells one Christmas for Freda to use in decorating once she finished this room. At first, I thought about doing a shadow box with them, but after a trip to Walmart, I was inspired by these plates I found. I have posted pics here of the project supplies above and below, but keep in mind I plan to do something to make it look quite different as the final outcome. I will also post pics of the final project when completed.

My idea is to paint the outer border of each plate a hint of blue, then gradually fade between the blue to a white, then back to the tan…not sure yet, but I will definitely tape off a square for the center, then put real sand in the middle for texture AND looks on top of a glue base to anchor it into place. I will then glue three seashells on each plate. I originally purchased two plates, but now that I have laid out all the shells, I realized I need one more plate. I will put these on the side wall by the bed in the beach themed bedroom.

First Seashell plate collage

First Seashell plate collage

Second Seashell plate collage

Second Seashell plate collage

Third Seashell Collage

Third Seashell plate collage

I put the remaining seashells in two bowls to be displayed on a bookcase. I am SO LOOKING FORWARD to being able to make this quilt. I pray I can!!!

I looked at shadow boxes online for beach themes and they are about $170 each! CRAZY when it is so simple to come up with a design as an original. I am so glad I decided to go with my own idea. I think I like the plate idea better, anyway.

The curtains in this room are tan and have the huge wide open circle rivets and chrome colored curtain rod, so will match quite well with the breezy look of a beach themed room.

I now pray that my health will be restored enough that I can START and COMPLETE this beach quilt task soon. Feel free to pray this on my behalf, as well.

MRI RESULTS UPDATE

I had an MRI this week on my back because I am in such pain between shoulder blades and throughout ribs that just lifting my purse brings great distress. It also brings laughs because my father-in-law or hubby now carries it around for me! BUT this is not what I want. I want to be able to carry my purse myself.

The internist had told me I would get one of two possible outcomes from MRI. He said either I would have a bulging disk which would mean injections and likely inevitably surgery OR if normal MRI, then fibromyalgia flareup would be the culprit and nothing really to be done other than what is currently being done, I could continue with chiropractic care and meds. I have been going to a chiropractor because of the falls I had over the past few months that jarred my back. He has not been able to work on my mid-back area in weeks due to the severity of my pain.

When I went to the chiropractor today, we decided to call the doctor’s office to see if the results were back yet. I was not able to get the results, so he just worked on my neck. However, the nurse called me late this evening and told me the MRI is normal, but my doctor is on vacation and cannot sign off on it to send to my chiropractor until next week. I can still unofficially let him know, though. With the results of the MRI being normal, now I am faced with a dilemma of wondering if getting chiropractic care is actually causing the flareups, or if I should tough it out and continue to let him try to adjust my back. My chiropractor is conservative in his approach and only does what he thinks I can handle. It is just a fine line and if crossed makes for a bad week. I am in no better shape now that he has stopped adjusting me, so I am just in a “pickle”.

Maybe I should sit out a “donation jar” for prayer (instead of money!). Prayer please! Prayer please! Poor sickly one needing prayer! I would say I’d work for prayer, but I’m disabled. lol I’m just useless except I can pray for you, too, so I’m NOT REALLY USELESS!

I hope you are NOT in back pain and are having a much better day physically than I am! God is always good and I know there is a reason for this dilemma.

At least I am getting inspirational ideas again, which is a very good thing indeed!

UPDATE Year 2015

This is the finished quilt on display at a local quilt show earlier this year…

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Little tidbits of my life,

Teresa

Reflections


Three Sisters

Teresa, Lavonda and Tina

God has blessed me with two amazing sisters, Tina and Lavonda. I love them both so very dearly. With my mother just losing one of her sisters, it has made me want to hold on to my sisters even more. I think this is a normal response in times of grief, but I hope that we do not lose this lesson. We are close, my sisters and I. I have a special relationship with each one, but very different at the same time. This is how God made us women (and men, too), though. We are each unique, yet have so much commonground.

For Mother’s Day this year, my two sisters bought my parents tickets for a train ride. If you are fairly local, I have included the link here for the beautiful trip from Ettowah, TN to Copper Hill, TN, then lunch and return.

http://www.tvrail.com/hiwassee/schedule.php

On this trip, my oldest sister Tina took along her camera. She is an amateur photographer, but a VERY GOOD amateur photographer. She captured one of the most amazing pictures I have ever seen while on the train. I was captivated as soon as I saw it and had a special project in mind immediately. I asked her to send me the picture on my computer in high resolution so I could have an 8 x 10 made of it. In true BIG SIS fashion, though, that evening as I was at my parents’ house, there was my 8 x 10 waiting for me! THANK YOU TINA!

Lavonda in REFLECTION

My mother was taking me to an appointment the day after my sister had surprised me with the picture, so we decided to go to Hobby Lobby. I wanted to find a picture frame that was simply a mirror, but to no avail. I finally found a black picture frame that is very shiny and knew that with some embellishments, it would work just right. SO OFF TO THE JEWELRY AISLE WE WENT…which led to a trip to the scrapbooking aisle…and finally after a much longer trip than anticipated, I felt I had everything I needed, and my mother and I were TUCKERED OUT! Did I mention everything I got for the project was 50% off???

The next day, I laid my project out after cutting out the letters from the scrapbooking items for my frame and the jewels for the jewelry pendants. I wrote an email to my oldest sister Tina and sent her pics of my project and ideas. I had the word REFLECTIONS on the frame, but was not sure where to place it. Tina is a great one for opinions. She wrote back and said she thinks I should add 1 Corinthians 13:12 and then she wrote the following words in her email:

Reflection
The world is a looking glass and gives back to every woman the reflection of her own face.

Is that not beautiful? SO this meant ANOTHER TRIP to Hobby Lobby because I did not have enough letters to add the verse to the picture, but knew immediately that she was correct. I had also accidently bought BRADS the first visit, so on this visit, I bought self adhesive gemstones instead and did not use the brads at all.

The following are the products I used for my project (plus a picture frame large enough for an 8 x 10 picture)…I think I used 3 packs of the letters and 3 packs of the clear gemstones, as well as one pack of multicolored gemstones. I included a picture of the jewels I made from 4 plain circle mirror pendants with the colored gemstones, but I have still not decided if I will use them at all.

REFLECTIONS project products

I finished the project last night in about an hour! I did not add the jewels as I had intended originally. (Excuse the smudges, I guess I should have cleaned it with windex before taking the final picture of the picture!)

REFLECTIONS of Lavonda

The mantle is not the final place for the picture. I just wanted to get a picture of it without the flash on it. I plan to hang this picture on the wall and I think I will decide after I get it in place whether I should glue the multicolored jewels to the picture. I like it just like this.

REFLECTIONS on mantle

I Corinithians 13:12

Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. New International Version

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. English Standard Version

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. King James Version

My 35th Birthday Today


Posted August 22, 2008

Well, that’s right! I turned 35 years old today!

FIRST OF ALL, guess what had opened a bloom today on my birthday! YES, that same peace lily I had blogged about here: click here. This was the first time it has bloomed since I posted that blog! What a special birthday treat for me!

GUESS WHAT I DID TODAY? I threw myself a birthday party for my sisters/brothers-in-laws and parents/parents-in-laws and hubby’s grandmothers. No, I do not normally throw parties for myself, but this was a special occassion indeed. As I have blogged about previously, my family heard that my rheumatologist said I need to do water aerobics to help my fibromyalgia. my family all pitched in and helped me to buy a nice above-ground pool!!!

SO I threw this party as thanks to them for doing something so SPECIAL for me! They turned this FM problem into something wonderful! I LOVE exercising in the pool. As a matter of fact, it is really the only time I feel VERY good. I am still exhausted when I am in the pool, so I do not do anything major, but just to be able to move my arms and legs around freely is SO WONDERFUL! I had purchased a hammock float (which I had never heard of before researching for pools) and it is PERFECT to fit all my needs in the pool!

We had BBQ pizza delivered by a local restaurant and I decorated my dining room and back deck with a tropical theme. I had purchased two games to play: pineapple bowling and ALOHA bingo, but we ended up just sitting around and eating and talking and generally enjoying each others’ company.

I had originally planned on this being a pool party, but because everyones’ allergies have been so bad this week, we just stayed inside in the air conditioning.

NOW, on to the PICTURES! Do you ever host something like this and take pics of the decorations before everyone gets there, and THEN forget to take a single picture while all the guests are there??? WELL that is exactly what I did today. SO the following pics are just decorations. I will explain each one as we go.

This is the centerpiece…too funny, huh???

This is the entrance to the back deck

This is the back deck

This is the back deck

This is the back deck table centerpiece. I made the ducks, lily pads and flower out of play-doh.

This is a close-up of the centerpiece. I had made a mama duck, too, but I dried her too long and she cracked and lost a wing!!! SO I felt she was not up to a party in her condition. LOL

My dad built these steps because the ladder that came with the pool was WAY too unstable.

My sister Lavonda and her husband were the first to arrive and they brought these CUTE Tiki monkeys for me, so I added them to the dining room centerpiece

This was the punch we had. I will share the recipe below it because it was SUPER easy and VERY GOOD.

Both my parents are diabetics, so I was trying to come up with something they could drink, too. SO I bought Diet Sunkist (orange) and Bryer’s NO SUGAR ADDED vanilla ice cream. We put the ice cream in the punch bowl and poured Sunkist on top of it. It tasted much like creamsicles, which we ALL LOVED. I had forgotten to refrigerate the Sunkist, so it melted the ice cream too quickly, so if you use the same recipe, be sure to refrigerate the Sunkist first!

NOW, I had also had prizes ready in case we played the games I mentioned above. They were just silly prizes, but cute. Below is a pic of the prize bag.

NOW, the bag holding the prizes was actually a beach bag I had made my mother-in-law last year for her vacation to Orange Beach. I used machine embroidery and I had purchased the embroidery design online…I think I got it at emblibrary.com, but can’t remember for sure. I designed the bag myself and also put my MIL’s name on the front. I thought it turned out so CUTE. I will include pic of back, and the inside pocket that is deep enough for suntan lotion on one side and shallow enough for keys, change, whatever in the other section…and it zipped. I wish I’d made me one! LOL

Thank you for visiting! Have a great weekend!

Teresa