Date Joined: January 10, 2011
Last Online: October 20, 2019
Birthday: March 30
Country: United States
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💜In memory of Mom 2/27/38-9/9/19💜.
October 2, 2019:
I will be updating/reconstructing my profile soon. I need to use my laptop instead of phone. Much easier.
September 4, 2019:
It looks like my sweet little mommas battle is about over. This morning when I went in to check on her she felt warm & her breathing was somewhat labored. Her temp was 103.9 & has been going up & down all day. Called hospice & had nurse come out. She is now on comfort care. She has not been awake at all today, I swab cool water in her mouth to keep it moist. Water has started choking her. I knew the time was getting close last month. But I’m not ready to loose her. Nurse will make daily visits now. Her nurses aid just lives about 5 miles away & sent me a text earlier, “If you need me call me”. Oh how I love that girl!! ALZHEIMER’S SUCKS!!! So August was physically & emotionally draining on me and it looks like September will carry it on. Got to be strong for Dad. 💜
August 2019: It’s kicking my butt! More on this later.
Hi & welcome to my profile! I’m a down to earth Texas country girl. Grew up in small town & now living in the country. Where you can sit on the porch at night and listen to the coyotes & watch the fireflies. I am married to the love of my life that actually supports all that I do, be it shopping online for craft supplies to being my parents caregiver! In January 2018 he retired from his job in Kansas, packed most of our stuff, locked the house (we actually have someone looking out for the place) and came to Tx. I’m so glad to have him here!
I’m a mom to 2 daughters (2 son-in-laws), a Mimi to 6 grandkids (1 grand-daughter-in-law) and 3 precious GREAT grand children (2 boys & girl). And a mom to one fur baby Skeeter, a Chihuahua-Italian Greyhound mix. He’s ROTTEN!
I am my parents main caregiver. Mom has Alzheimer's & dad has Parkinson's. Mom was put on Hospice in May 2017 & is in the final stage. She has really deteriorated in the last month. Very few coherent word are spoken, not able to bear weight on her legs (can be hard on my back sometimes), eating less and sleeping more. Since November 2017 Dad is no longer able to walk. He can stand holding on to something but can’t move his legs. He’s 6’ 3” probably 260+. With their personal care, meal preps, feedings, laundry, housework, by 10 pm I fall in bed, lol. I have a couple hours of "free time" during the afternoon while they nap that I can sit down and work on crafts. My stress relief.
ATC’s are my favorite craft to work on. I LOVE making and receiving ones with a 3D effect. I love the demension, the textures any raised element brings to that little 2.5” x 3.5” work of art. I have an awesome collection of both flat & 3D and I love them all. If anyone else shares this love, I’m up for private swaps. I try to match ATC’s to partners profile likes, but if it’s stated senders choice I’m usually going to do that.
Papercrafts: handmade envelopes (all sizes), cards, flip books (new love), journal pockets, and mini books are some of my latest “ohhh I like making these!” crafts. I’ll search YouTube for different tutorials to try out. I have the We Are Memory Keepers Envelope punch board, the WAMK mini envelope, the tag and pocket punch boards. I use them often.
Journaling: Junk & art are more or less for me. I jot down things that mom or dad might say, something the hubs did to lift my spirits or something hilarious he said (he’s really good at keeping me laughing these days). I can’t draw to save my life! I doodle good 🤣, but give me ephemera, stamps, Coptic markers, glue & embellishments and I’m a happy journalist! I also love to swap small art pages with others to add to my journals.
Besides having a large assortment of Tim Holtz products my newest addiction is Graphic 45! OMG, their papers & ephemera is gorgeous! So far I have:
Lost in paradise (New collection)
I’m up for private swaps on any of the above crafts
I’m also a big fan of Dyan Reaveley & Dina Wakley. I’ve started adding a few of their products to my supplies. My favorites right now are the Dylusions spray inks. Though they are a bit messy sometimes, the colors are awesome!!
We live in rural area. I am only able to leave the house once a week when I have someone to come sit with mom & dad. So I have bought a postal scale & stocked up on stamps. And if I'm in doubt on amount I will add extra stamps. So if EVER you get postage due from me please please let me know & I will send you stamps to cover. I will put my swap in the mailbox in the mornings, mail runs between noon & 3pm. I will not mark sent until any swaps have been picked up by postal carrier. Our PO closes at 3:30. So anything picked up at our rural mailbox will not be post marked til next day for those of you that check dates. And anything picked up Saturday will not be post marked til Monday. I keep track of my swaps when I send & start worrying after about a week when they are being sent in US. You may get a message from me when I feel like it's been an ample amount of time to arrive just checking with you. That way I can start on a resend. I rate as I open my swaps the day they arrive. If I haven't rated you, please contact me. It either means I got sidetracked with caring for my mom or it hasn't arrived. Ratings are important to all of us. I ask the same from you upon receiving from me. Thanks.
•Most flowers, Iris’ & Sunflowers are my favorite
•Tim Holtz products
•Fun clear stamps
(Not a fan of orange)
•Red Dirt Country
•70’s & 80’s Country
•70’s & 80’s Rock
•Good ol’ home cooking
•Red Beer (Bud Light & tomato juice)
•Water, lots & lots of water!
Ideas for profile surprise/wishes
Pieces of lace 1” to 3”
Die cuts ATC size
Small punched images: hearts/birds/flowers/etc
ATC info papers for back
Note cards (handmade are my favorite)
Your personal art 3” x 5” for my art journal
Journal pockets made by you
Vintage photos or ephemera
Anything from my “likes” list
Still waiting on a rating from:
@thevioletgypsy for January 2017 senders choice ATC.
As I finish my swaps I will upload pictures to my Flickr account. So if you want to be surprised don't peek. But I would like any and all comments on pictures.
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