Hi! I’m Jeanie, a former family physician who is now a stay-at-home homeschooling mom with 3 daughters, ages 9, 9, and 6. My husband and I were foster parents for the past two years, and are have now adopted a lovely little girl (one of the 9-year olds) from Ghana, in West Africa. I thrive on your comments - so please leave me some feedback!
This was one of the centerpieces I made for my wedding reception 10 years ago. Inside it, we placed a glass ivy bowl, with water and a floating candle. It is a vine wreath, on which I hot-glued a variety of dried flowers. I scanned it and modified it some for you - the download includes the original wreath, a wreath with some of the center removed (to make it easier to use as a frame), and a frame made by linking a series of wreaths together. All were created at 300 ppi and are in png format. Commercial use OK - see TOU.
Well, I only have one more day of home IV antibiotics left. I'm feeling pretty tired this week, as my husband unexpectedly had to leave Tuesday for a 2-week trip to California. He produces a TV show, and he had a cameraman back out at the last minute. But, we're catching up a bit on Lydia's homeschooling, and I'm managing to keep everyone fed, get them to school on time, etc. I'm not doing a whole lot of cooking, but there's only so much I can do on my own! :)
I have yet to find time to address all the kind folks who have left awards and layouts for me - I PROMISE I will post about them as soon as I can. I hope I'll have some computer time tomorrow, but it may just be wishful thinking. I wanted to at least get one little freebie out to you today, since it's been a while.
Well, another major illness kept me away from blogging for a while (see below if you want to know more), but I'm back now (though may be slowed down for a bit!) I have a freebie for you today - it is a set of embellishments offered in both light and dark grayscale for easy recoloring, as well as in my typical 12 additional colors as samples. I have also included a metallic gold version. The set is all made from narrow, braided ribbon, and includes a 12-inch straight ribbon, a ribbon wrap with bow (also 12 inches but can be trimmed down to fit your objects), and the wrap and bow each as separate pieces to allow you more creative flexibility. All were created at 300 ppi, and are png files. The photo frame is not included in this download, but is available (free) in my June 8 post. (The photo itself is not included, either - I don't guess you have a use for a picture of MY kids! LOL)
Wow - it's been a long time away! I apologze for that - I would certainly like to keep you consistently supplied with freebies. However, I have been quite ill for about a week and a helf, and in the hospital (again!) for the past week. I am doing better now, and scheduled to go home tomorrow. For those of you who have been following my blog for some time, you may recall that in April, I was hospitalized with a bladder infection that happened to be from an ESBL-producing bacteria (these are the newest "superbugs," which can only be killed with IV antibiotics - and often requires the most powerful antibiotics in existence.) I had a week of home IV antibiotics at that time.
A little sidenote to teach about bladder infections: most are caused by e. coli from the person's own digestive system. We pretty much all have e.coli in our colons, and is considered part of our normal flora. It doesn't cause problems unless it gets into the wrong place (i.e., the urinary system.)
Well, this time, I developed a kidney infection, with high fever, chills, pain all over - was pretty doggone sick. The culture eventually showed that it was the same ESBL-producing e. coli again. Apparently, this organism can colonize the gut, and become part of the "normal flora," which is not possible to eliminate with medication. When I had my surgery, the incisions probably made an easy-access route for the bacteria to enter my bladder, and voila! Back on IV antibiotics again. This time, I was transferred to a different hospital to have the Infectious Disease specialist involved (because ESBL's are quite deadly). I felt better being under the care of someone who is very familiar with this organism, as most doctors I've talked to are not even aware of it yet. I'm stable now, and tomorrow am having a PICC line put in so I can go home on IV antibiotics, which I will need for 2-3 weeks. So now, I'm afraid that every time I get a bladder infection, it is likely to be the same organism and require IV's. NOw that we know about it, though, I hope they can just set up home health without having to hospitalize me first. Of course, I'm missing my kids terribly and can't wait to get home. I'm too far away for them to visit me here. There's no place like home...
Additionally, there are many people I feel I have neglected lately - to those of you who so kindly bestowed awards on me, tagged me, and left links to kits you made with my designs, I am very grateful. I DO plan to address all of these as soon as I can, but wasn't able to do more than post a freebie at this time. Hopefully I can catch up this week. HOPEFULLY........
Today's freebie is a gem brooch that belonged to my paternal grandmother. It is presented in both light and dark gray for recoloring, as well as in 12 additional colors, coordinating with many of my previous CU freebies. These were created at 300 ppi, and saved as png files. I hope you enjoy them!
Yes, I'm STILL working on rezipping all my previous files to increase compatibility for you - if you have any issues with my files, please e-mail me so I can reply to you and work to correct any problems.
For those of you who have been keeping Mrs. A. (see above) in your thoughts and prayers, I'd like to update you a bit. I actually met her in person for the first time today, when I was delivering another load of baby furniture and clothing. I found her to be one of the most selfless, sweet and inspiring people I could ever hope to meet. We talked for nearly 2 hours, and I felt as if I had truly found a kindred spirit. I hope you all know how very much you have done to help her and her family. For this, I am EXTREMELY grateful. The is scheduled to be delivered later this week (Thursday), after which Mrs. A. will delve into aggressive chemotherapy. Thoughts and prayers will be needed even more then. If any of you know of good books to help her family, especially her children, cope with this, I would appreciate any recommendations you may have!
I spent a good bit of this evening playing with the sewing machine my husband got me for our 10th anniversary in May. He is a video producer and needed a large fabric diffusion screen that could easily attach to a frame, which he will use to soften the lighting during filming. It's taking a lot of time (and a lot of Velcro), but I'm having fun doing it. My old sewing machine, which had been with me for 20 years, could no longer sew backward, which made it hard to lock off the seams. I didn't know what I was missing - this new electronic type has a lot of features that make things run more smoothly. I even found a lady who refurbishes old sewing machines (or uses them for parts if she can't fix them) and teaches sewing classes for homeschoolers. I'm going to donate my faithful old macine to her and see if it can still do any good for anyone. If not, may it rest in peace in sewing machine heaven...
Hi, everyone! For those of you who thought I might have dropped off the face of the earth, I haven't! :) I am so sorry it took me so long to post this, but there was a lot of tweaking to do on it, and I have also been very busy this week, having just started homeschooling my daughter.
So, today, here is my first Photoshop Action freebie - available for commercial use. This action will create a wooden block alpha in either light oak or white wood, with the letters made from a color of your choice, OR from a paper of your choice! If your paper has a larger pattern, the action also includes a sub-action to reduce the pattern size for you.
The action was created in Photoshop CS3 Extended on Mac - I believe it will be compatible with PC's, and likely with Photoshop CS2 and higher (it does involve the use of scripting). I would sincerely appreciate any feedback or comments, so I can work to make it compatible for as many of you as possible! Please be sure to read the instructions that come with the action - you will need to install the included script so that the action will run properly! :)
Lydia and I started homeschooling on Monday. She and her little sister Elena are enjoying it greatly, as am I. Lydia's first three weeks of Social Studies focuses on ancient Hebrew culture, so we are learning a lot - we even visited a Jewish temple last night, which was a wonderful experience.
Two days ago, we went to our local Town & Country Fair, and had a great time despite the heat and humidity. (It's been running about 100 degrees here lately.) This year, there was a Big Cats show, with the chance to have pictures taken with a 2 1/2 month old tiger cub - he was SO soft and adorable - but SUCH big paws!