Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Happy Summer!  I am a bit late to the party but you cannot deny, summer has bloomed!  Summer brings a heavenly
Mock Orange, several Clematis, a tall Daisy, white Lilies,  a scented yellow Day Lily variety and a Sweet Pea around
our mail box with a will of it's own!

I do love cutting what I can and bringing in vases of flowers for neighbors & friends and for our own home as well.
Here we have some sweet, slightly shabby, Raspberry Sundae Peonies.



One last bouquet for the year ~


I hope these lovely flowers are a nice peace offering to you.  I have been a neglectful Blogger for some time now.
Yes, I have been taking care of family and home on a bit oaf an amped up speed.  Caitlin is doing very well now and
I do Thank God along with all of your thoughts and prayers.   Yet, it is now time to return to my friends here and look
forward to new ones...  to get back to a bit of a day.  Yet we will never be the same.  We have grown and stretched and
re-prioritized.  THAT is the clincher, some things are much more important now.  Family and home are more than ever in my heart.

Miracles DO happen, everyday. 







Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!






Links ~ 
             Home of the Brave ~ The Golden Sycamore

            America the Beautiful~ Original work by Meg Gleason


     
           




Thursday, May 15, 2014

Caitlin & ~

Hello!  It feels like early Spring this week.   I am welcoming the slow transition into Summer.



It is much like an easy shift into life again for Caitlin also!  She is looking AMAZING!  The water weight and puffiness,
to put it lightly, is gone and in fact I now see that she was puffy in her face during dialysis. This I did not realize at the time.
The Port into her heart for dialysis came out after the transplant, just before she left the RUSH UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL...
It all adds up to a MIRACLE.
She is feeling better and better each day.  Sure, she has some changes in medicine/anti-rejection meds, but is doing well!  We are
so grateful to Bridget's willingness to give such an AMAZING GIFT of a KIDNEY!  Bridget has not yet received the OK to
head on out to New Zealand, but it is anticipated shortly.  I am sure she is anxiously waiting to be re-united with Myles.

Other news ~ We have two nieces in the same family who are expecting babies this Spring.  Actually, Jessica (& Ryan) has
already delivered a handsome baby boy and her sister Lacey and husband Glen are due in early June!   Their older sister Anna
and husband Mike already started the grandchildren rolling in for their parent's with Charlotte, who is to be three this year!
Sadly they all live out of my state.  But hey!  We will be able to get out more now that Caitlin is on her way back to life!!!

Now that I am better at crocheting, I decided make up my own Modern Crochet Baby Blanket ~ as I like to call it.  It is
not the typical baby blanket, I wanted something special for them.  So I used a modern twist on a French pattern.

This was so very enjoyable to figure out a pattern for.  Once the 
half-way point was reached it was a breeze.  I used metallic gold 
for Lacey who is told she may have a girl.  The metallic yarn is 
very soft and should be nice for a baby.   I love it.





 Metalic Silver 



Some lavender sachets with petit poms & flannel receiving blankets with crochet edging.





















Adorable wooden petit hangers, poms added for fun.



Special Delivery on it's way!

*My Plan is to get back into the creativity mode = start designing again!

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Kidney Received!!!

JOYOUS!
Have you ever felt almost numb  unable to convey an emotion equal to the event?  That is how both my Husband and I 
both felt this past week.  You are told there will be a transplant, but you know that the rug can still be pulled out from 
under your baby, your little girl, your young adult child.  Even on the day it could still be cancelled.  The Transplant surgeons 
must like what they see once they start operating.  You know it will happen AFTER it happens.  They protect 
both recipient AND donor.  A very good thing.




Caitlin is blessed.  No doubt, a recipient of a miracle.  Caitlin received a kidney from Bridget, one of her very best friends from High School.  
They have been bests since 1993 when we moved here.  Her smile gave her away as she walked down the quiet  hospital corridor toward us 
at five~ish in the morning on Wednesday (almost 2 weeks ago now).  Her Ausie boyfriend, Myles, along side of her.   Bridget.  A wide, happy & 
wonderful smile.  Eyes twinkling.  Bridget is a most, most lovely young lady!   She has gone off to college, worked and traveled.  Now, one of 
the most important journeys of her life has been taken, the giving of her kidney, a life extending gift for our daughter, Caitlin.  In 6 weeks time, 
God Willing, Birdget will be in New Zealand soaking up the wonderful landscape, starting another chapter of her life with Myles!  


Many, many loved ones have tried  to donate, some coming very close, See Jennifer.  All willing to donate one of their own kidney's.  
All willing to sacrifice for another person!  Some related, some good friends.  Pretty cool.


*To all who donate ~ THANK YOU!
*To all who try to donate ~ THANK YOU!
*To all who support, give after transplant care for their loved ones ~ THANK YOU!




Saturday, March 29, 2014

UPDATE #2

Here is THE UPDATE! (4.9.14)
 One of Caitlin's girlfriends from High School has come forward and has been testing.  ALL tests have been passed.  
There is ONE more thing before the transplant... that is the final cross match!
Please keep them in your prayers.  
Again, I Thank You from the bottom of my heart for your thoughts & prayers and for continuing to stop by... I see you in my stats :)




Thursday, March 27, 2014

Update & Snow ~ And Another UPDATE!!!

Hello and Happy New Year! 
*yes it is SPRING!  I am going to start posting more ~ Thank You for your Patience.
February :
I know it has been a very long time since you have heard from me.  I had hoped to have some wonderful news to share,
a transplant for Caitlin.  It went down to the wire pretty much.  In fact it was the last appointment for our donor,
Caitlin's cousin Jenny!  A wonderful young lady!!!  She decided to donate even though she was to be married one year
from the transplant!  WOW!  Amazing gift.  She came in from Denver for her very last appointment, easy peasy,
to see which kidney to leave in her and which one to take out for Caitlin!

We all laughed when we read in the brochure that ONE in 750 people are born with one kidney.  Ha!  That turned out to be
our Jenny.  I was with her when we were told she had only one kidney.  I fought back my tears.  Would her future be
the same as Caitlin's now is?  Thankfully they told us that she is strong and healthy, gee, she was approved to donate a kidney!
That is now changed.  She continues on her healthy life and I Thank God.

We still had to tell Caitlin, who had left us earlier to get to dialysis.  Everyone at the center was so happy for her.  Now
to  have to tell her this extremely sad news.  For Jenny to realize she could not help her cousin after all.   Immense pain for us all.

So that is it.  We go on looking for a donor.  I contemplate how God must be saying,  "I got this", for we have had quit a number
of donors match and make it to near a transplant date only to be turned away after all.

I like this quote that goes something like this: PRAY, PRAY and keep rowing the boat.




NOW ~  In our neighborhood I have seen a number of snowmen but no snow forts, which are a personal favorite of mine.
We had a snow fort every year in our parents front yard.   Once we had two forts at one time.  That would have been when
my brother was involved with his friends.  We always tried to use the big chunks of snow from the snowplow coming through.
We filled up our snow saucer (remember those?) with them, some taking up the entire saucer!  We had many a good snowball fights!
No ice balls etc.  We governed ourselves in snowball fighting etiquette and no one was ever hurt.



Caitlin and her brother Doug made "snow houses" complete with snow chairs and tables and roads... ROADS courtesy of Doug!
They made the fort around our light post in the yard so they could enjoy it in the evening dusk.  They made them the only way
a snow fort can be made, entirely by themselves each year.  Great Fun and Great Memories!



What where you or your children able to make in the snow through the years?

Thank you for keeping up with me, I see you have been checking in, apologize but I had to wrap my mind around things.
I also know that we are not the only ones with challenges, so many others are in my prayers.


 *images from Pinterest

Monday, May 13, 2013

Hello!
The news today is ~ Cailtin's shop is open again!  Yes, for the first time since her not so fun 2012 Valentines Day date with
the ER and days of hand holding in ICU she is ready for a bit of fun in limited amounts.

We are still patiently waiting for a transplant ... this is a roller coaster ride we have found.

I will be back soon on another wonderful and amazing transplant of a different kind and of U.S. importance!

On to FUN CULT

With Kindness & Love,
Mary

Friday, February 1, 2013

I believe I have not even wished you all a Happy New Year~




















The new year broke with lots of hope for us.  We are
still hoping & praying.  I know that God will bring
us through this stronger.
He knows how to strengthen us, even though we do
not like the process many times and it is way too long
to get to the finish line ~ His time not ours.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

A belated Merry Christmas to you all.  Ours was very Merry and I hope all of yours were also.
No changes for Caitlin... hope...believe.

Today I would like to immediately direct you to a young persons blog and a post one of the 
girls did on December first, 2012.  99 Balloons 



With Great love for you all,



Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Caitlin, my daughter, made an Oh Merci gift guide for the Holidays!  I am still shipping U.S. orders for Christmas delivery until 
the end of Sunday December 16th.  Contact me for rush order requests. 

xmascatalog

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


nest pretty things


Earlier this summer I treated myself to a pretty summery ponytail holder From Nest Pretty Things.
The rest of my order is sent off to some special young girls.

Caitlin, my daughter, is doing well with her medical tests... getting her closer to being on the
kidney transplant lists.  She must be on the list(s) even if she is going forward with a live donor
transplant.  this covers all bases.  Right now Her father and I are perfect 6's... we match all 6 points!  

YEAH ~ and now please keep us in your prayers as further tests are done for the ability to give up a kidney.
IF all goes well... well it is so wonderful!  I will let you know when we know more facts on a transplant!

Check out Caitlin's update.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Road To Valor

As you may have noticed from an earlier post, I do enjoy bike riding.  That is as a nice casual ride.  Perhaps to the grocer,
a ride around the petit lake in our neighborhood... mostly for fun.  Although I must say that this summer has not presented
any time to do such a recreation.

Perhaps you know that the Tour de France 2012 has been running since June 30th and winding up this Sunday, July 22.
However did you ever hear of Gino Bartali?



For a wonderful end of summer read, Road To Valor, by Ali and Andres McConnon is the perfect book.
Thoroughly researched by this sister and brother writing team! A REAL LIFE story!  What a life!



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Friday, June 15, 2012

Everyday is a Holiday!



Summer is upon us.  

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Time for fun.



Are you ready?  I am!
Get your very own Beach Bungalow Collection  from Jenny and Aaron!

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P.S. 
I will show you what I make with this beautiful pack 
at a later post.  Stay tuned, summer has just begun!





Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Would you like something soft and textural to walk upon, barefooted?







How about this lovely?
















I guess one could set out to make all of these sweet flowers.
OR you can hop over to Serena and Lily.

I will try to get some cuteness from my studio to show you soon.
News on Caitlin coming soon also.  Thank You for all of your well wishes.
It is another point in life that fine tunes one.

Hugs,
Mary

Friday, May 25, 2012

Happy Memorial Day











Previously, this has been a day that pre 9/11 I took for granted.  
Not anymore. I am very thankful to the brave for protecting 
our Land of Liberty and Freedom.




Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. 
As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters. 
~ Benjamin Franklin








Friday, May 18, 2012

Ahh ~ warm sunshine, sand, water & biking.   Just a few of my favorite things.   


The bike above is about perfect, notice the two colors.  Maybe a soft aqua shade of blue and creamy white  
I love it's low bar to hop over in getting on and off.  Being able to touch the ground while still being seated & sitting up straight is what I am after!
I also like pedal brakes... old school.  



Always something to tweak.


Wonderful white on white!  So refreshing!

 Rachel Ashwell also loves biking.  Lovely
...pedal pink...

Every bike needs a bell!

...nice...



Red bells!


I do have a soft spot for yellow.


ooo la la
I'm ready for a bike ride and a picnic!  
*note, pick up bike basket
*hope for a new bike :)

x.o.
mary

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Sometimes, lately, with everything that  is happening, I feel like I am in a tunnel.
I have to make sure that I bring a light with me always.
A new direction of treatment was stated last week for Caitlin.

Mothers Day snuck up on me this year.  I like to whisper in Caitlin and Doug's ears that all I need is
a bit of the day with them.  They both have the love of their lives in their lives.  So that means that
their special someone is lucky to have their Mom near them too.  The day always works out well.

We have only purchased two homes so far in our life.  Out first home was a very nice ranch that used
 every bit of space so very efficiently and beautifully.  The perfect amount of space everywhere.  We were
the happy 4th owner of a 1953 Ranch, blessed with magnificent neighbors.  We  found it for our relator.   :)
One of the wonderful features that one of the previous home owners put in was a half door for the basement.
A much nicer "safety gate"  than the type you buy at the baby stores.



It was a bit like this beautiful Dutch Door.   Our basement door had the lower half only and was not painted.
It was secure and nice looking, keeping my babies safe as it was in a fairly high traffic area.   I do love
dutch doors for exterior doors!   Ah, the scent and feel of  the fresh breezes.

The door above came from Jones Pierce Architects 

I hope that you all had a beautiful Mothers Day!


xo,
Mary

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Have you ever gone to an auction?  I have.  We were expecting our first Child and we were given a tip from  my hubby's brother.  
So we went and during the preview we found THE PERFECT dresser.  
It had two drawers with pretty legs and sat low with a large oval mirror on top.
It was wonderful.  Perfect for a little ones bedroom, especially if we had a girl.

So I said I would love to have that one and we should  spend X $$ for it.





Finally the dresser came up and I gave the little nudge for the hubby to start bidding.  But he did not start bidding so I nudged more
and said "GO"  and he thought I said "NO".  So, said dresser went for the very amount that I wanted to pay for it.  We had a laugh
at  our nervousness to not move the "wrong way"  and our misunderstanding.

I do not belong to ebay however I know that many of you do!   I came across these beautiful knives just now and
there is time to get in on the bidding.  I hope that you hop over and develop your strategy and one of you "win" these gorgeous knives!
Let me know if you do!

What tales do you have of auctions?  Some happy ones or funny ones like mine?

Stop over  to see these knives!

xo,
Mary

Friday, April 20, 2012

Feeling wiped  out today ...yet,  after stopping by Tiff's and another favorite spot I felt much better.    To top it off, a friend
called in need of  tile design input, which always increases happiness when you can help out!

This photo brought back memories of my Dad.  My Dad died fairly young, and suddenly.   Well, my Dad was great!  He always
had time for us... all 6 of us.  He would whistle and sing on some Saturday evenings.   I  asked him once why he was
whistling and singing.  He said, "because your Mom and I are going out together tonight."
I LOVED that my Dad loved my mom so much.
My Dad also took us to find night crawlers at night.   I guess that is when you can find, said night crawlers.  Sure enough my sister
Kelly and I found some.  She was brave enough to pick them up, not me.

He also took the two of us, because we were the oldest girls,  to work and showed us his project he was making for our mailbox.
He took old, huge washers from the huge turbines and welded them together for a mailbox for our Mom.  It was wonderful!

The above design that I found this morning reminded me of my Dads project and of my Dad.  HIs was on a much larger scale
but still I see the link. *no pun intended   I miss him always but especially  right now.  I miss my Mom too.  She is a bit far away and lovingly
volunteers almost everyday at the hospital.   I know she would come if I asked.

So a post for Fathers... a bit early but still brimming with love.

XO
Mary

Friday, March 16, 2012


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**this is a repeat post from 2007, I hope that you still like it**

Happy St. Patrick Day! Yesterday while working on some new items for the shop the radio was on, talking about St. Patrick...(please read the following with an Irish brog)....

He was actually British, kidnapped at a young age and brought to Ireland to be a slave! His duty was to tend the sheep. Tending sheep gives you quite some time on your hands. He would gaze at the grass and up to the stars and talk to the heavens. This is the way he came to know God! There came a time when he escaped form Ireland. He was able to get passage on a ship with very rough, blood drinking, roughes. Now he did not partake in these events, and he was "left to be much" of the time. After sometime they found themselves on a lonely island. With starvation looming around, these men called out "hey there Christian". The men gave him this name because of his beliefs. "If your God is so great, ask him to give us food." Christian put forth a prayer. Well no sooner did these men turn around when a small group of wild boar appeared before them. They had plenty to eat from then on and they even shared a small portion with him. Christian made his way back to Ireland after hearing God speak to him. God asked him to return for there would be no other way that he could possibly return without being killed, for he was a slave that had escaped! He had the protection of God and was able to bring Christ the Lord to Ireland! For before this there was only a small pocket of Christians near Dublin that had learned of God from traders. The Irish gave him his name, St. Patrick. Also, he used the shamrock to explain the Holy spirit in one body! Three petals representing: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.
There is what I now know of St. Patrick. HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY!


Flowers

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~LOVELY~
How can a beautiful young girl not smile when she has her own floral shop/garden,
in her home (well, her parents home... but it is Her flower garden).

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These flowers came all the way from Asrai Garden in Wicker Park!  This is a neighborhood in Chicago.
That means about an hours worth of driving and then FINDING our home!

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Now these are not your everyday flowers!

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This arrangement is yummy.

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So thoughtfully composed and delivered.  Thank You dear friend of my daughter for your kindness,

care and well wishes for Caitlin. ;)

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Thank you all for your well wishes and all of the beautiful flowers 
(which i was not able to get photographs of at their peek beauty) and such very thoughtful gifts 
you have sent to her.  


Your love and care overwhelms us.  


~Thank You~

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