Sunday, August 26, 2012

What I Have Been Up To

Hello world!!!   Just a quick update on what has been going with me.  As many of you know, I have taken the month of August off due to surgery I had on August 3.    I had a hysterectomy at that time, and was suppose to keep both ovaries, but when my surgeon got in there, he realized one ovary had to go.  Luckily for me it was nothing serious, uterine fibroids that I had to deal with for most of my life, and it turns out endometriosis  as well.  Which explains a lot of the symptoms I was having.  But with what they found, I ended up with a larger incision than expected, which also means a little more discomfort.  Thank goodness for hospital drugs!!!   Of course, there is a six week recovery with this.  My family has stepped up to the plate and has been amazing.  No one is starving, or wearing dirty clothes.  Woohoo!!

And today was an added bonus.  I have been going a little squirrelly around here.  I am not one to sit down and after the drugs had worn off, and the pain started to subside, I got bored bored bored.  LOL  So I convinced Dave that today would be a good day to drive out to Paris, to enjoy tea, sandwich and of course a fabulous home made apple fritter at the Brown Dog Coffee Shoppe, while sitting on their patio overlooking the Grand River.  

And now I am sore and tired.  LOL  But it was worth it!!!!  

During my recovery the last three weeks, and for my birthday, I have received a whack of flowers.  I could almost open my own florist shop!!!  But I love love love flowers, and since I am not allowed to garden right now (anybody wanna come over and weed my gardens???) at least I have these beautiful flowers to look at and smell.   Here are a couple of the arrangements I have received.  GORGEOUS!!!

And during my recovery process, Dave decided to borrow my camera (apparently its nicer than his) and try some astrophotography.  I found a whack of shots when I downloaded pics off my camera the other day.  Here are a couple,  I don't have Photoshop to clean these images up, that's Dave's department.  But pretty cool, even with the light pollution we have around here.

See the meteoroid in this one?    You can see more of Dave's astrophotography on his blog here

I also had my birthday last week, and was thoroughly spoiled.  Laura and Amanda made me cake!!!   Yummmmm.  

The night before I went into the hospital I got to play around around a bit with my stamps.  As you know, our Holiday Catalogue went live earlier this month, and its AWESOME!!!  I wish I could have it all.  LOL  One of the stamp sets I purchased right away was Perfectly Perserved (#126692)  and the coordinating Cannery Set Framelits (#127822)  I decided instead of putting food in my jars, to play around with some other sets and put bugs and frogs in my jars.  Like most children, I remember how much fun it was to collect caterpillars, butterflies, and put them in jars with holes in the lid.  I used the frog from our new Toxic Treats stamp set (#127901), and color in some grass into the jar as well.

For this jar I used the butterflies from the Make a Cake set (#126742).  I colored the stamp using our amazing Stampin Write markers to get various colored butterflies.  I have no recollection of what colors I used, bad I know.  But I was just goofing around and had to go to  bed early, had to be at the hospital at 7:30 am and we live about 30 mins or so away.  But I do have some other ideas floating around me head with these jars and I forgot to put toppers on these ones so my little critters could escape.  LOL

I have also designed a thank you card for the numerous thank you notes I need to send out. I made one card about a week ago, and I needed a week long nap after that.  LOL But in designing this card I was inspired for a class later in September after I have given been given the green light by the surgeon to return to normal life stuff.  Cannot wait!!!!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Its August 1!!!!

Its hard to believe its August 1 already!!  Wow.  So many things to tell you about!!

First, its the launch of our new, bigger, and better Holiday Catalogue.  Its gorgeous!!!!  You can see the PDF version here . And the best part is Stampin' Up! now has bundles, we are taking selected coordinating products and bundling them together at a discount.  Love it!!!

Second, MDS2 is released today as well.  I am awaiting my download so I can start to play.  A ton of new features, can't wait to see it. If you are sitting on the fence and not sure if you would like to purchase MDS2, you can try it for free for 30 days.  Yes FREE!!! for 30 days.  Get your free download here.

And because it seems that releasing MDS2 is not enough, we are also having 31% off digital for 31 days.  For the month of August we have 31 digital content downloads available for 31% off.  Contact me at for the list of content available at 31% off.  

And of course, as in my previous post, you can get this gorgeous Printer's Tray kit for free just by joining my team!!!  Contact me today for further details on this amazing opportunity.  

And August gets even better!!  For all my customers, current and of course brand new.  I have free shipping on all orders.  Contact me today at, and get everything on your wishlist and pay no shipping.  

And I leave you with a project.  When I received the Holiday Catalogue, I fell in love with the ornament on the front cover.  I knew I had to recreate it.  How gorgeous will this be on my Christmas tree!!.  

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