Awesome Window Display

This was in the window of a printing store. They do custom invitations and the like. I almost walked past the window, then froze when I realized what I was looking at…

This ‘wedding dress’ on the dressmaker’s form is made out of paper!

As someone who covets and hoards paper, I love this for a window display! And since the picture isn’t great, I’ll just say the paper was a light cream-colored, crepe paper.

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Richard Simmons, Paul Mitchell, and my Ponytail

When I was young, in the long-ago 1980s, Richard Simmons was one of my favorite TV personalities. He just seemed like fun– loud, but sweet and gentle, always offering up words of encouragement. 

At some point in the 2000s, he hosted a show called Dream Makers, where he would offer help to someone having a rough time. One episode featured a little girl with Alopecia, a disease characterized by loss of hair. This adorable little girl, (who of course, wanted to be just like everyone else) had a wig. The wig was made for an adult-sized head, so it would slip. She couldn’t swim in it, nor could she do much to style it. But it made her feel ‘normal’… untill one day, her wig slipped off, and the parents of her classmates laughed at her

Richard Simmons contacted a charity called Locks Of Love, who custom-made a hair prosthesis for the little girl. Hair prostheses are different from wigs, in that the prostheses attach to the scalp like a suction cup. A hair prosthesis can be worn while swimming and bathing, and can only be removed by breaking the suction at the temples…. so it does not slip of fall off accidently. 

The little girl got to choose her own hairstyle and color… and when she put on her prosthesis, she transformed instantly into ‘everyone else’. The sheer joy in this child’s face because she would no longer be mocked is hard to describe.  To me, hair is no big deal… but to see the true impact of hair, for someone who cannot grow any, is just amazing. 

Locks of Love uses only human hair, all of it donated, to make these prostheses. They also accept financial donations to defray the $3,500+ it costs to make a hair prosthesis. No child is turned away because the family cannot afford the cost. 

Here is their website: 

http://locksoflove.org/mission.html 

And here I am, looking to donate nearly 8 years worth of hair… 

gimme a head with Hair...

 

... long, beautiful Hair...

 

And the after pictures- 

Shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen

 

Give me down to there hair, shoulder length or longer

 

I want to give an enormous round of applause, and a million thanks, to my friend Angie at the Paul Mitchell salon. I had no idea of a style or cut I wanted… just said ‘no bangs, and wash-and-wear’. She spent time really figuring out what my lifestyle was for my hair. Angie even had to teach me how to blow-dry my hair using a round brush (I am neither well-coordinated nor hair-savvy). 

Angie also mentioned that Paul Mitchell runs fundraisers throughout the year… a great haircut for a great cause. 

Just remember, something insignificant to you or I may mean all the difference in the world for someone else. Never underestimate the ways you can help another person. You don’t even have to be an adult to donate… Locks of Love estimates 80% of donated hair is from children wanting to help other children.

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Finding Cheap Scrapbook Supplies on eBay

Scrapbooking can be a very expensive hobby. Paper, adhesives, stickers… it really adds up. That is why shopping on eBay can net you great deals on your supplies.
Try searching for ‘lots’. Sometimes a Lot may be in a theme, like Baby Girl or Easter. Sometimes it will be a Lot of one particular brand, like EK Success or My Mind’s Eye. Sometimes a Lot will even have multiple of the same exact item in it. Ask yourself “What am I looking for?” If a Lot has identical items, consider selling them on eBay yourself, or trade with a friend. In fact, any Lot items you can’t use, sell or trade. Someone can use them.
Chances are, if you are just getting started, you don’t even know what you need. A lot that has papers and coordinating trims and embellishments may be all you need to create an entire book, or at least several pages. Look for generic colors and styles that fit the ‘feel’ of your book for . A summer vacation book would look nice in bright colors, Winter could be blues and greys, Fall would be yellow, red and orange….
A typical Lot auction will list items individually, as well as use a few pictures, so you know exactly what you are getting. Some Lot auctions will just show a picture and state ‘You receive everything pictured’. I prefer when items are individually listed, because I can estimate a retail price  for the lot.
The best lots are when people clean out their craft area and list items. You can get a ton of stuff (sometimes opened, maybe with one or two stickers missing from the sheet, sometimes brand-new). These people have great lots- papers, tools, embellishments… things they thought they would use but didn’t.
A Lot can typically be shipped in a Flat-Rate box for $11 which includes Delivery Confirmation. Do not be fooled into a high shipping fee. I have seen lots worth $50 sell for $30, with a shipping fee of $17… not much of a deal any more at $47.
Another really nice Lot idea is a Kit. A Kit will contain everything you need to make a particular project. For example, A Paper Bag Album Kit contains the paper bag album, papers (usually cut to fit the album already), stickers, brads, ribbons, embellishments etc. These are already coordinated, you just glue it all together.
I hope this helps. Remember, do your homework- check out original retail prices and seller feedback.
Happy Scrappin’!

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Even Dogs Blog Nowadays

I came across this blog through Etsy’s forums. Etsy is a website specializing in handmade goods, vintage materials, and craft supplies. I thought I had seen everything on Etsy… then I found this blog written by Wickett.

http://www.bowwowpet.blogspot.com/

Written by a schnauzer with a fantastic wardrobe, this is also a fantastic mini-mall for your favorite Fido. Handmade collars, hats, pajamas and (coming soon) tutus, are available at great prices… and all for dogs! It’s a family friendly blog which also includes fun facts about dogs.

Anyone know if cats are blogging? 🙂

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I Have a Talent… No, It’s Not What You’d Think

I bleed well. The technician at my school’s blood drive told me I had a talent for filling up a ‘unit’ really quickly. I am now an ongoing donor. I can’t run a marathon for cancer, but my red cells and platelets can help someone who is on chemotherapy.

There is no way to create or manufacture platelets. They must come from a donor.

It takes about two hours (less for me, since I AM talented, after all LOL), and I am left with no bruise. Many people are afraid to donate, but its a really great thing to do for someone… and it doesn’t hurt (and I am a pain-baby)

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St. Patrick’s Day Card Candy

I had some fun with this shape from Cricut’s A Child’s Year cartridge. So much fun, I whipped up a set of card candy…. I needed to make it for a swap anyway 🙂

The stamps were Studio G clear stamps, from different years’ editions. I added glitter and crystal effects to the three shamrocks, and three rhinestones to the sentiment candy. I am planning to add more glitter to the hat buckle, and crystal effects to the big shamrock (and I just realized I forgot to ink the edges…. ooops) , but it’s too humid and everything takes forever to dry. Maybe another day? 🙂

Did you know: The three-leaf clover is symbolic of the Holy Trinity- Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. It was a native plant to Ireland, but grew in popularity with the rise of Christianity in the nation.

Size: 2 1/2 inches tall each

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LeBron James- Free Agent or Fashion Plate?

I do not care where LeBron ends up. I DO find it hilarious that a legitimate sports channel had a lineup of photos of LeBron in different uniforms.

As if the oulfit matters… like the Bulls would say ‘Hey, that LeBron, man he looks good as a Bull. Let’s sign him’ LOL

For a minute, I was reminded of Miss America.

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