Saturday, January 20, 2018

Creating Pizzazz For A Picture Frame How To

Hello there!
Welcome to INSPIRE.

Today I am up over on 
The Chattering Robin's blog,
sharing my latest project
using exclusive products from
The Robin's Nest.

For this project I took an aged, 
drab mini photo frame,
and turned it into
a FABULOUS frame
with pizazz, using
a variety of TRN Dew Drops.

Follow the link below
for full details and links.

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time......Happy Crafting!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

A Beautiful Dew Drop Project How To

Hello there. 
Welcome to INSPIRE.

It seems as though a great majority 
of the US is dealing with
some kind of winter blast.
Ours here, has been sub-zero temps,
for 13 days in a row now.

And that has me longing for spring.

Today I am up on
Chattering Robin's blog
sharing a tutorial on how
I created a beautiful
pendant using a variety of Dew Drops
from The Robin's Nest.

So, hop on over following
the link below pic,
and be inspired for spring to!

For Dew Drops & other exclusive products
follow this link.

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time...
Happy Crafting!

Friday, December 22, 2017

The Unexpected Challenges Of Living With Chronic Illness

Hello there,
welcome to INSPIRE.

Today my post is
inspiring (hopefully) to anyone
living with any form of chronic illness,
and the challenges that ensue.

To begin, I want
to share a brief glimpse, of where
this battle began in my life.

In February of 1997,
my husband & I were celebrating
our second year of marriage.
The truth is, I hadn't been feeling very
well, in the weeks leading up to this
momentous time, and had
scheduled an appointment
with a doctor, which just
happend to be the morning 
after our anniversary outing.

We had dinner with my sister in-law, and her husband.
And we then went to catch the theater
re-release of The Empire Strikes Back.
Being kids in the early 80's, this 
was really kind of exciting to get 
to see it again on the big screen.

My body however, didn't feel the same.

I kept passing out, and we had to make
an early exit from the movie.
My brother in-law made the
suggestion of taking me to the
nearest Urgent Care, so that is what we did.

Upon arriving, they handed me a cup for a urine specimen, and then sent Del & I
into an exam room. A brief
few moments later, the doctor came in and these
were his words:
"You have a dead woman on your hands.
EVERYTHING we should find in urine, is absent. All that is there is SUGAR".

He then stated he had called the local hospital, and the ER was on stand by, awaiting my arrival.

What a dark day that 
anniversary celebration 
had become.

Diagnosis? Type 1 Diabetes,
Adult Onset.
 Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune condition. It's caused by the body attacking its own pancreas with antibodies. In people with Type 1 Diabetes, the damaged pancreas doesn't make insulin.

So, for the last 20 years, my life
has been encompassed by insulin injections, insulin pump, and more recently back
to injections again.

All trial & error.

Twelve days ago I made
a HUGE error in my insulin dose.
I over estimated my carb intake, and took
way to much insulin.

An hour or so after dinner,
I had encountered a very
serious blood sugar low.
As I watch each glucose reading
fall first into the 60's, then the 50's, until
the critical 30's, I knew I was in
big trouble.

Insulin overdose.

I hadn't had this happen
in 20 years of dealing
with Type 1 Diabetes.

This error, was a life threatening
error, and one I am going to try my level best
to never, EVER do again.

So for the last couple of weeks
I have essentially been in a recovery mode.
Once again trying to find
a healthy balance between
my food intake & insulin doses.

Feeling much stronger day by day.

The struggle is real.
And being responsible for miscalculations
is not a mistake I plan to do again.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Many blessings to you
& yours this Holiday Season!

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

What A Mess: From Complete Chaos To Organized Clutter

Hello there!
Welcome to INSPIRE.

Today's post, begins with a question.
Have you ever stepped into your 
(messy) creative space to create
and realized what complete 
chaos & disarray your space is?

This can totally hinder 
the creative energy.

And that is exactly what happened to me.
My creative energy totally deadlocked,
because of the mess.
 As you will see in the evidence of
a mess, in these first photo's.

So right in the middle of Christmas crafting,
I decide to clean and reorganize my space.

It has taken me.....
to create a more organized mess,
instead chaos.
Needless to say, I have vowed 
never to leave it like I found it,
ever again. (Rrright)😉
I have to say, the two days spent, was
well worth it.

Definitely a better creative energy.
And I can not wait 
to get busy hem, creating again!

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Until next time.....Happy Crafting!