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Mother's Day Blog Hop with Craft Attitude


Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. ~Author Unknown

Mom passed away 5 years ago, so Mother' s Day is not about brunch and flowers, but a time to take stock of all my mother taught me.  So for this project, I wanted to frame a photo I recntly found of myself at awise and energetic two.  I wanted the wood matt tob e filled with all that  she taught me. yet still retain the teture of the wood. Craft Attitude makes this ridiculousely easy!  I simply typed out my text on the computer and printed it out on the Wood Attitutde film as I was going to adhere it to the wood section of the frame.  As I was gong to pint in boldface, I was expecting some smearing.  There was none!  The film somehow magically holds or absorbs the ink!

For this project You will need:

A package of Wood Attitutde
a 5x7 frame (mine is fom Target)
lue sick, wwhich comes coneienly with the film 
xacto knife
bonefolder (optional)

Let's create (with attitude)!


For a 5x7 frame I printed out the text verically/ portrait style. i added glue to the wood section of the frame.  Have fun with the type.  I wantd mine to be fairly simple, so just two fonts wih one boldafaced. It all depends on your omputer skills.  

I pulled away the film which is supeer easy to do.  Thank you Craft Atitude!  I centered the film over the rfame and pushed it down, smoothing out all air bubbles. HINT! To get into tight cormers I used a bone folder.


Once the film was smoothed into place, I trimmed the excess with an xacto knitfe.


Check out what other designers are creating with Craft Attitude.  Each designer has their own style, so be sure to hop through all the links to see the various approachesusing the same material an theme.

Mon. April 21 - Cindi Bisson
Tues. April 22 - Amy Bowerman

Wed. April 23 - Lyneen Jesse, http://dreamingofcastles.blogspot.com

Thu. April 24 - Lindsay Obermeyer, http://loops.typepad.com/serendipity/

Fri. April 25 - Cheryl Boglioli, http://cherylswindow.com

Mon. April 28 - Debra Quartermaine, http://www.debraquartermain.com/ceoblog

Tue. April 29 - Jonathan Fong, http://jonathanfongstyle.com
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stroke Survival Week 5


llness is the night side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place.”__Susan Sontag

¥esterday marked my 2 month anniversary of my stroke!!!  Whoooohoooo! I'd do a jig in celbration, but it might make my heart monitor go a bit wacky.  Yep,. I am now feeling like the bionic woman with my 30 day monitor.  As they couldn't figure out why I had a stroke, they are testing me for all sorts of things.  Joy.  I'm okayish with it as so little has beeen learned about heart disease as it pertains to women.  90% of the research is based on men.  And if you have't checked lately, our bodies are quite different.I'm female, young (under 50), a 20+ year vegetarian, don't smoke, only like the occasssional glass of wine wih dinner and try to get in a walk or pilates daily.  In other words, I don't fit any profiles.  That's not surprising, I neer have, but i would like them to figure it all out as I was first diagnosed with heart disease in 2007 and despite $12,000 worth of tests, all I was told was we know something is wrong and we will monitor it.  Well golly gee, ain't that swell.

I have this insane dream to be well enough to begin trianing to walk a marathon through bordeaux country where you walk from wine chateau to wine chateau.  It's the marthon du medoc. But until the cardilodist rieviews the results of my monitor, that dream is on hold.  my last cardiolodist basically yelled at me for even thinking of atempting such a dream.  He thought I was crazy.  I'm not, I like the idea.  I had the walking speed until a few months ago and need to train to keep it up hills.  Someimes such dreams are what keeps one going.  I hav this theory that to survive any terminal illness, you need to have a strong reason of why you need to stay on the planet, that could be your children, a goal to complete, whatever.  It motivates you through the aches and pains.  

MY left hand is a bit wonky these days.  I've developed neuropathy, which is not uncommon to happen several weeks after the stoke.  Basically my brian is testing my nerves and misreading the signals.  So my hand and arm will go from burning, tingling to numb.  very annoying.  i have to be mindful to not pick up the tea kettle with my left had.  The steam feels like I've touched fire.

i'm having to adjust quite a bit.  my left eye is now wondering and my right eye won't work in alignment with my left which makes reading a challenge.  i have to slow own and read arefully and not skim like is my custom.  I have all these eye exercises to do daily.  So hopefully!

My big goal is to reain my drivers' license.  i have to be cleared by the neurologist and take a test.  Just think i am 47 going on 16! ;-)  Gotta love it.

Every day, there is a new challenge.  i keep tying, taking it one step at a time. a serious illness really dos teach you to not sweat the little annooyances in life. Well, I do still and that's wehn I rely upon a dark sense of fumo to kick it in the butt.





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Stroke Survival Week 4


Well if you have been reading my blog,or what has remained legible of it, you know that I had a stroke in Februrary.  The doctors still don't know why as i don't smoke, don't drink much have eaten a low ft vegetrian diyet for 20 years and try to exercise.  

Last week I had another scare.  I erred on the side of caution and went to the ER.  I had  a bad heedache wih other symptoms,. Given that 20 mintues between the start of a stroke and getting to the hospital for treatment can mean rhe difference between life and death, let alone any chance for recovery.  i was elated to learn that it was only a migraaue.  Yay!  Especially as I couldn't stand another two months of recovery.  I am not allowed to drive and have zero energy and still some trouble with my lwft hand, though that is improving- fewer typing errors.  And being the art geek tht I am, I asked my neurologist about seein my MRI and CT scans.  Sure he said.  His sister is an artist, so he understood and geeked out himself to see me so excited.  And then he pointed out the area where my bain died.  Yep, died.  Brain cells are not like skin cells, they don't renew themselves. Thespeech and occupational therapists kept saying that a stoke permanently changes your life. Well, frankly, I didn't really ge it until I saw it in lack and White.  iI am learning to create new brain paths around the dead matter.  I no longer have much patience for distracting noises and taking an accurate phone message is a pain in the tush. He was really encouraging and said I was doing remarkably well given the severity of my stroke.  i didn't think it was so bad as my only guage was Katherine Hepurn, who had to relearn how to talk to conintue wih her acting career.  I was up an dwwlking/ talking wihin hours of admission.  The whole expeience has certainly opened my eyes.

We treat the elderly and infirmed abominally in this country. if you don't have refular converstations with others, your world shrinks.  There is so little respect or assistance for them. Once i am cleared to drive I am going to volunteer to take a patient to rehab if they need the help. High School classmates have been helping me and I am very grateful.  They've even helped me run a few errands.  When you can no longer drive,your life is limited especially as you don't have the energy for public transportation.  Life is erduced to reading and watching tv.  which is fine, but their is no companionship.  if you have an elderly rlative in a nursing home- visit them weekly. It will help them immeasurably.

I am slowly getting it through my thick skull, that there is more to life that work.  It's hard for me to not work as i love what I do!  Well, I've already arranged my first vacation in years.  Hurrah!

I am slowly getting back to crafting.  No worries, ther will b new patterns soonish.  I can create.  ut thinking logically to writ out all the steps i still really difficult.  

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