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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Focusing on My Health & Wellness!!

I have been reminded to update my blog.  Have not done much in the crafting area lately, yet I continue to enjoy the beauty created by others. I took a backseat to crafts this year while I focused more on my health and wellness.  The next few posts will highlight what I’ve been up to.  Thank you for stopping by!
Focusing on My Health & Wellness!!
10/14/2014: Woke up this Morning thinking, I cannot believe I'm sitting here during Breast Cancer Awareness month, enjoying an awesome all-expense paid trip to Park City, Utah, compliments of the The ProForm Challenge 2014 (Icon Fitness). This amazing opportunity allows myself and 9 other amazingly, motivational women to inspire viewers to take better control of their own health, during live broadcasts on HSN (whenever ProForm is advertising their awesome fitness equipment). 

Many of you have received my texts, seen my status updates and photos regarding my at-home workout routines. You all know I don't get out much at all unless - I am out with my husband, my immediate family or in the South visiting my bonus children and grands. This at-home workout routine fits me perfectly!  Never thought this would get me here, in beautiful - breathtaking Utah!! It's an amazing chance to stick a pen in this portion, this stop on this crazy, roller coaster life of mine ~ as I travel through as graciously as I know how... while Creating My Own Pink Journey!!

Your journey may not be the same is mine... When my son Ricky was born in 1984, my precious Dad was losing his battle with cancer. His funeral was Christmas Eve and the holidays have never had much meaning for me since then. In 2001, Ricky took his own life at the age of 17 and my Mom passed away a few months after. Later on, we lost my precious nephew little Ethan, before he ever had a chance to leave the hospital. Even so... we've made it through. In 2010, we lost our oldest brother Winston, to a nasty form of brain cancer. At the end of the year, I was diagnosed with Stage 2, Grade III, Triple Negative breast cancer  - it was an aggressive form and everything was happening very fast. Early on in this process - I determined in my mind and with everything in me, I would do my best to fight. For one, because it was detected early and because I realized my brother wasn't given this opportunity. After receiving detailed information from my oncologist and surgeon, I did a little research about the two pending surgeries, chemo & radiation treatments. I begin talking to people in my life that I really trusted... family, close friends, my manager, two previous managers, special previous co-workers from Hines VAH and Bovis. The encouragement and motivation has been overwhelming! Along the way, I've met new survivors and new friends from Scraps Of Color (SOC).

I am so proud of my family & how we've used what Pastor Wiley calls, God's Bounce-Back Power, to remain focused and strengthened!

This journey has not been an easy road.  However, it's been manageable through Faith, Family & Friends. I got serious just a few days prior to turning 51 last year; Stepped up my exercise game and really started using my ProForm Hybrid Trainer/workout machine immediately after receiving it. I started enjoying the daily workouts. Seeing how my weight stopped fluctuating so much was encouraging. I actually started seeing a shape forming ;-). I have always wanted to eat healthier, stop the yo-yo dieting and become a vegetarian again, so I lucked up on this book by an awesome, down to earth nutritionist Ms. JJ Smith. “10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse."  Hubby & I detoxed by using her method, followed posts and tips from a FB friend, Ms. Kristie of the Belly Fit Club & HSN. We gained better control of our eating habits. Between my workouts on my ProForm and the change in eating lifestyle, I'm unbelievably down to my high school weight and am feeling healthy!
I would like to encourage my friends and family to take better care of their overall health.  I needed each of them to push & pull me when I felt like I was falling and couldn't push through treatments; and in the event I fall off the wagon with my health and exercise routine - I plan to lean on my friends and family as always, to motivate and push me back to a healthy state.

During My Pink Journey, I really am learning how to stand strong (when I can), lean on others (when I can't) and really/truly, put up my dukes with all that I have, to Fight Like A Girl!!!  Have Great Day!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Valentines Day... Gift Set

Greetings and thank you for stopping by. I'm hoping everyone has had a fun V-Day! 

A young man - near and dear to me - asked for a special request as a gift for a pretty young lady ~ I was very glad to create a little something special. 

Of course I used my Cameo to personalize the set with vinyl.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Sympathy Card

Good evening:
I'm stopping by this evening to share a card I've made for a co-worker in the unfortunate loss of his family member.  I really like this very nice co-worker and wanted to give him something hand created. I am praying for his strength. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Plaques for A Good Friend & Her Lovely Mom!

Greetings to you on this day-after-Super Bowl Sunday.  I'm hoping you've had a fun time with friends and family this past weekend!! 

Today, I'm sharing a couple of plaques for my friend and her beautiful, fun-loving  Mom!!

To create these, I used vinyl sheets cut with my Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine.

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Strength & Faith - Plaque & Card

Greetings to you!
I'm sharing a plaque and card I've created by request - for a friend.  I was honored to be asked to make something special for her to give to someone... It is a pleasure for me to gift this set to her. My chance to pay it forward, as so many have crafters continuously do for me.

Take care and have a great weekend!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Happy Monday!!! Brrrr

It's cold in the City!!!!
Thank you for taking time out to stop by for a quick peek.

I'm so thankful for being blessed as a survivor...wanted to give two additional gifts in celebration of my B-day.

Today, I'm sharing with you a couple gifts for co-workers. Ms. Antoinette encouraged me tremendously -

as soon as I was diagnosed. She provided me with her very own pearls of wisdom.

Ms. Susan just shared her testimony with a couple of us last week..while smiling and being grateful. She'll be surprised today when I tell her how she blessed me. 

Stay Warm!!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Weekend Crafting Fun!!

Hi all!
Thanks for stopping by...
It's my birthday weeken! I'm so thankful to the good Lord for an opportunity to celebrate another year! I'm on my way to have fun with my husband, my sisters, my brother and my nieces & nephew!
They'll be surprised ~ I'm bringing a gift for everyone (photos below).

Enjoy your weekend!!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Silhouette Cameo... Fun Projects!

Good morning and thank you for stopping by my craft space.

Lately, I've been having a great time viewing Pinterest and other blogs for inspiration!!

Today, I'm sharing a variety of projects I've created over the past five days or so. These are for couple for my bonus-grands, upcoming shower party favors for my niece, gifts for co-workers and a couple of cards. All created by the Silhouette Cameo. I'm so enjoying this new machine will have more to share in the next couple days.

Thanks so much for stopping by & have a great day!

Saturday, January 4, 2014


Wanted to create another gift or two today.  This vinyl printed, acrylic plaque will honor Ms. Minnie, the precious Mom of my beautiful bonus daughters and their family.

A Little Bit of Heaven... for my Sis...

One of my two sisters is so into silver! When I spotted these serving plates - I decided to pick one up to place this saying she asked for at least six months ago. I tried doing it on my Cricut and wasn't very successful (didn't know what I was doing).  A nice person in FB group shared the file today, so I felt I would try again.  A few years ago, my sister Kathy lost one of her very best friends who was actually just like her sister - her family is our family.  Her sister/friend, Connie says, whenever you see a butterfly, think of me. And whenever Connie called you on the phone, she'd say, 'It's me, Connie'.  Loooove her!!  So, this gift symbolizes all of this. 

Thanks for browsing.

In This House!!

I have created a note using a vinyl phrase from Silhouette America _ Online Store. I'm hoping my niece will appreciate how I manipulated the original file to fit the names of her beautiful family. 

The background paper is from the the Paper Studio, Faith paper pack. It will be covered using Grafix Clear Craft Plastic.

Thank you for stopping by... Have a great day!

Lin Rountree - Takin' It Slow

Tru-Notes Artist Management Productions

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Card, Envelope & Plaque

Happy New Year!!
Here's to all things great ~ wishing you success, along with an abundance of blessings for 2014!
I am really enjoying the ease of use of the Silhouette Cameo for card making, envelopes, cutting names and such.  I've decorated a quick plaque, with a card and matching envelope using card stock and patterned paper by Darice (from JoAnn's).  I really like the heavy weight of this paper... 80# - cuts extremely well in the machine.

Have an amazing New Year!
*Inside (below); Martha Stewart Butterfly Stamps

Thanks much for stopping by.