Birthdays, Boobs and a Blog Giveaway

What do you think about my lame attempt at alliteration? Yeah, it’s a stretch. But we’ve got a lot of ground to cover — and I’m heading all over the place today.

Birthday: My baby is 15 today. OK, maybe he’s not really “the baby” anymore, since we do have a little bitty thing here in the house. He was “the baby” for the first 12 or so years of his life, though, so I still think of him that way. The irony of it all: He’s almost six feet tall, weighs 155 pounds and wears a size 11.5 shoe. Anyway … He had a doctor’s appointment today, so I actually was able to see him, when I normally wouldn’t (even if most of  our time was spent in the car). I even picked up a couple of birthday cakes so he could share a treat with the rest of his company tonight. (We’ll do the family birthday celebration when he comes home this weekend.)

Boobs: My stepmother had her double mastectomy today. Got to talk to my dad a couple of times, including right after she came out of surgery. Everything went well and — best of all — the lymph nodes tested clear. Relief! The photo at left shows one of the two recovery pillows I made for her. I’m a member of the American Sewing Guild and the Anti-Ouch Pouch is one of our charitable sewing initiatives. (The fabric is a Martha Negley and one I thought Jo would like.)

Blog Giveaway: The fabulous Integer Generator was my handy assistant in determining the winner of my vintage apron giveaway. Oh, how I wish I could give each and every one of you this apron! But there’s only one and the lucky girl is commenter No. 24, JaimeM! Jaime, please email me with your mailing address so I can get your apron off to you! Thanks so much to all of you for moving, delurking and/or discovering my blog, and then commenting. It just makes my day!

Blog Sweet Blog

Welcome to my new blog home! Thanks so much for making the trek. I hope you’ll stick around and maybe even add/update me in your sidebar and/or feed reader.

I made the move to my own domain for a couple of reasons:

1. Much easier to share this link with people than the previous URL.

2. I can finally get a working Flickr widget.

3. Custom CSS and graphics that weren’t available to me on my prior blog host. (Although this remains a WordPress blog; it’s just WordPress installed on my own domain.)

No. 3 was the biggie for me. I had a picture in my head of what I wanted my blog to look like and now it does. (Big, huge props to Shabby Miss Jenn Designs and her beautiful blog graphics, which are key to my new look.) More or less. I’m still tinkering a bit, so if you stop by one day and it looks like someone smacked my blog with the ugly stick, you’ll know I’m cussing at the CSS.

I’ve moved all my posts, comments and pictures from my previous blog to here, although I did have a couple of issues. For a very brief period, I was “mirroring” at this blog. Because I had changed my commenting link to here, if someone followed that link and posted a comment here, when I did my final post merge, it caused me to have double entries with separate comments. I ended up manually copying over the comments and deleting one of the duplicates; otherwise it would make me nuts.

But enough with the housekeeping. Let’s get on with the crafting (and the news I hinted at earlier)!

Art in progress

My current work in progress. It’s shaping up nicely although it’s definitely a challenge not to hurry up and finish it. A totally new direction for me — and I’m finding it rather liberating and refreshing, from a creative perspective. I already am sketching out ideas for other pieces. Don’t ask me what I’ll do with them when I’m done. I have no idea. I’m just enjoying the process for the time being.

I also have a lot of fun ideas for some photos I want to take, my passion for the hobby reignited by a little bit of news I got recently. OK, not so little for me. Big. BIG. As in … two of my photos have been selected for publication in a magazine. I have waited to say anything until I got the high-res versions of my images off to the editor. And I’m still holding back just a little bit because I’m a wee bit superstitious and am afraid of jinxing myself by saying what publication and which issue. I promise to spill more details when I get confirmation that they are definitely on the page and rolling off the press (although you’ll have to see which photos were used when the magazine hits stands).

And to spread the love around, I’m going to do another giveaway!

This cute, handsewn apron is my latest flea find. (Miss L and I went “treasure hunting” Monday.) The fabric is actually a bit more pink than it looks in this photograph. I fell in love with it as soon as I picked it up, even more so when I realized all those neat, green stitches were made by hand. It is so sweet and will be going to a new home as part of my Big News/Blog Move Giveaway! All ya gotta do is comment on this post. Easy peasey, right? So what are you waiting for? Leave a comment already! LOL! I’ll draw a name on Sunday evening.