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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

New Updates for "Putzin Around"

ImagiMeri's Creations Holiday Event 2013!


HOLIDAY ANNOUNCEMENT

Please check the "Putzin' Around" page, by clicking on the button below, for updates.

I now have a payment button on the upper left side of my blog for purchasing your spot for the class.  Class size is limited to 20, so please reserve your spot quickly.

This button (below) is for your use on your blogs, and I would appreciate it greatly if you posted it somewhere for all to see.

It is linked to my page about the 2013 Holiday Event called
"Putzin' Around"

Please check out this page for up to date information
on this exciting event!


Friday, July 19, 2013

Heartfelt thanks and an update on Mom

This is a picture of a sculpture I have from
the limited collection of "Thomas
Blackshear's" Ebony Vision
called "The Comforter" 1997

Howdy ya'll,

I want to thank all of you for your prayers and good wishes for my mom and I.  My mom had her oral surgery last Wednesday morning and came through pretty well.  When she had her bad wisdom tooth removed about a month ago, it was not known at that time the level of infection she had been dealing with for what now might have been years.  The oral surgeon does not believe that the tumor he removed was cancerous, however, we have to wait for pathology for the final word.  When the tooth was removed I saw the scans of her jaw and it looked like there wasn't much bone left in her jaw in that area.  Wednesday the surgeon removed even more bone for a biopsy as it was infected, too.  My mom is not allowed to chew for the next few weeks as the possibility of fracturing her jaw is high.  After getting her home and comfortable I promptly went to purchase instant mashed potatoes, Spaghettios, soup, pudding, Jello, Popsicles, ice cream, and all manner of mushy things so she will not need to chew.  The surgeon has suggested we talk to all her doctors as well as an infectious disease doctor about the possibility of her C. diff coming back as she will be on antibiotics for at least 6-9 weeks for now.

This is where we are for now........hoping and praying she recovers well and that the C. diff does not show up.

The above image of "The Comforter" brings me much solace when I look at it.  It is the epitome of motherhood and what a mother means.......what my mom means to me.  I'm going to keep fighting to keep her here as long as she wants to be around.

Thank you all again from the bottom of my heart.  Please excuse me for not getting around to visit you all recently........I know you understand.

Hugs N' Love,
Meri

Monday, July 15, 2013

I'm afraid it's that time again!

My mom holding me at one week old

Hello lovely friends,

I'm afraid for whats coming up on Wednesday morning, I'm not afraid to mention just how worried I am.  In previous posts I've mentioned that my mom has had to have a lot of dental work done recently.  For the most part, she's gotten through a lot of it like a trooper and it hasn't been that much of a bother.  About a month ago she had a "rotted" wisdom tooth removed...........I know, I know, 81 years old and still had a wisdom tooth!  She made it through a week of antibiotics and seemed to be on the mend, however, a week after the removal and treatment she was still experiencing pain, swelling and numbness.  Last week I took her back to the dentist and he opened her up in the area around the jaw joint and found massive infection.  My mom's immune system is already compromised due to her lymphoma, micro colitis, diabetes, severe osteoporosis, angina.....yadda yadda yadda........the list goes on.  Anyhoo, in the process of trying to clean out the infection the dentist found a tumor.  He immediately stopped and we were sent to an oral surgeon on Thursday to hopefully have it removed.

If some of you remember, my mom suffered two years ago from many life threatening infections, one of them called C. diff, which nearly took her life three or four times.  If you click on my link I just provided in the sentence before this (and you should), you'll get the "Mayo Clinic" definition, then click on "symptoms."  I have to tell you folks........it is not a pretty, nice, or an easy infection.  Imagine if you will, my mom at 97 pounds, a broken right shoulder in a sling and a broken left hand in a cast and the most vile form of diarrhea in the world.  Please excuse the graphic nature of this post, and don't feel bad if you don't want to read any further, but those of us out there caring for our elders might be experiencing this right now.  My mom, bless her heart, would have explosive "episodes" nearly every hour on the hour at her worst point and every three to four hours at the better times. I, myself, have a lot of physical limitations and yet because I'm blessed with being available to her through my disability, she lived with us for six months and I bathed her daily.........multiple times, 24/7, and literally slept 15 feet from her on the couch so as to assist her during the night.  I'm not looking for pats on the back here folks, I'm giving you the info as to why my fear is extensive.  If you did read the article from the Mayo clinic, you'll have read that antibiotics have a tendency to bring this on in the elderly, especially those with compromised immune systems like my moms.

My mom will be having the tumor removed Wednesday morning, along with a bone biopsy and a debredement.  The oral surgeon has taken the past week to consult with an infectious disease doctor as well as my moms general practitioner, as he is very concerned.  He warned us that this is a serious infection and will not go away with the normal 7 day treatment of antibiotics.  She's going to need on-going antibiotics for possibly up to six months, administered through her power port which she still has in her chest for other treatments she receives and more chemo for her lymphoma should it pick up again.

Up to six months of antibiotics??????  Needless to say, my mom and I are scared.  If you could all please keep my mom in your prayers from now on, I would greatly appreciate it.

For anyone else out there caring for your family........God Bless you!

Hugs,
Meri

Friday, July 12, 2013

Where Bloggers Create 2013


Welcome!


Hello all,

This is my first time doing this Blog Hop for "Where Bloggers Create" and I'm so excited to be doing this.  Please come in and check out my studio and let me know what you think.

Please click on collage images for a closer look

This is part of my front entry.  Under an antique window
frame I keep my little shelf unit with my vintage salt &
pepper shakers and some miscellaneous toys.  On the
Ethan Allen dry sink I keep some of my altered art
projects and a basket of vintage baby toys.
Vintage baby toys

On the other wall of my entry I have some items that have
been made and given to me by family.  My mom wove the
pine needle basket (upper right), my youngest sister
combed, carded, spun and wove the woolen bag (center
right), and my oldest sister crochet the little yellow bag
that's holding a bar of soap (lower right).

This is a view you'll see when you first come into my studio.
This is an assortment of images of my 1948 metal doll house.

I love old wooden boxes and here's a couple that hold
crafting supplies and ephemera for me.  The smaller one
was found at a thrift store and I decoupaged the top.  It
holds various metal and wood embellishments.  The larger
one was found in an antique store and is an old "seed"
package display.  I use it to store paper ephemera.

This is my collection of "friendship" banners that have been
collected over the years in trades with some of my blogging
friends.

This is just a small portion of a much larger collection of
vintage Christmas decor that will be used in my upcoming
holiday event/class in November.

A lot of my followers follow me because I post free vintage
graphics quite often.  These are images of my "Graphic
Command Center."  It gives you a small idea of the millions
of graphics I have on my one terabyte hard drive.

These are various shots around the studio showing my
vintage garden cart, my small collection of vintage children's
books (I'm saving for grandchildren, that I'm still waiting
for), my printer table and a jar holding various vintage
china figurines that I use in my shadowboxes.

This is an example of some of my "storage" arrays.  My
vintage jewelry chest holds the makings for altered jewelry,
and baubles to use in my crafting.  The red "utensil" tray
holds my everyday crafting tools such as knives, wire
cutters, glues, etc.  I also have a small collection of antique
glass bottles mixed with some newer ones.

Some of you might recognize this cabinet from my "Holiday
Craft Space" tour which I have a link for in my right sidebar.
This cabinet holds all of my paints, acrylic, enamel, metal and
sealers as well as texture modifiers like crackle mediums.

This is how my scrapbook paper and other crafting paper
is stored......in hanging files and sorted by color, as well as
theme.  My alpha stickers, embellishments, chipboard and
miscellaneous stickers are stored here, too.

This awesome little drawer unit from Ikea stores some of my
wooden block stamps, stickles glitter glue, punches and other
miscellaneous goodies.

This is one of three storage racks holding my collection of
ribbons for crafting use, again sorted by color.  In the small
jars are vintage plastic cupcake/cake toppers, candle holders,
party decor that I use in my altered art.  I'm also showing off
my little red and yellow "wind-up" mechanical bird which is
a vintage toy from the 50's.  I bought it at a local event held
every month in Phoenix called "Sweet Salvage."

Here are the other two racks of ribbons I collect for use in
crafting.  Everything I have is available for my students
and even my crafting buddies to use when we get together
on a weekly basis (every Saturday).

This blue cabinet is my shipping supply storage, but also
displays my antique doll cabinet and a small array of vintage
dolls in rubber, celluloid, etc.

I got this chest of drawers at a local antique mall in Chandler
called "Chandler Merchants Square."  I store lots of mis-
cellaneous supplies like glue sticks and yes, I collect various
plastic packaging as you never know when you can use them
as "windows" when crafting ATC's or other altered art.

I hope you enjoyed this small tour.  I have much, much more, but I refuse to show the mess....LOL

Click here for a tour of the studio during the holidays, and you can see some of the other parts of my studio where I create my paperclay sculptures or do my sewing.

Thank you so much for stopping by and please visit all the other wonderful blogs participating in this event.  Thank you Karen Valentine, for hosting this lovely activity.

Hugs,
Meri



Thursday, July 11, 2013

My very first online "gripe"


Hello lovely people,

I'm taking this short post before the exciting "Where Bloggers Create" to do my very first "gripe" post.  I love, love, love to visit my blog friends, but I have to mention something that is a setback for me when visiting........WORD VERIFICATION!  I can't stand that stuff and I usually will not leave a comment on blogs where I have to do that.  I'm 52 years old with horrible eyesight and even with my "tri-focals" I find it very difficult to see some of the letters and numbers.  I have my comments set to "always" moderate, which means that a comment will not be published unless I approve it.  In this respect, I can weed out the anonymous, or "robot" comments without hindering those who wish to leave comments.  If you wish to do the same you can go first to the settings on your blog, then go to Posts/comments and choose "always" under comment moderation.  Then choose "no" where it has "Show Word Verify" and then make sure to save your settings.

This is just a suggestion from one blogger to another and I consider all my followers, as well as those I follow, to be dear friends and I really, really do like to leave comments.  I'm asking as a friend, and I hope I have not offended anyone.

Thank you for listening, and thank you from the bottom of my heart for following along with my journey.

God Bless,
Meri

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Back to School Graphics




That's right, school is coming
 to a state near you!

Our youngest will be starting her senior year of high school on August 5th.......just a few weeks from now.  I know it's different all over the country, but hopefully these graphics are in time for ya'll to use.

I will be back on Friday, the 12th, for the blog hop party of "Where Blogger's Create" which is hosted by my good friend Karen Valentine.  I will have new images of my studio area and in August I will have my first official notification for the November holiday event with a button for ya'll to use to get the word out.  Make sure you all join us on Friday for the blog hop and check out all the amazing creative spaces.


















Have a great week!

Hugs,
Meri

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Caution.......new driver on the road


My baby is flying solo!

Yesterday's drivers test (6-5-13)

Hello all,

I hope you all had a wondrous 4th.  I watched fireworks in my backyard as our neighborhood put on quite a show of it's own and had quite a nice variety.  Dear husband took our youngest daughter and her boyfriend into Tempe to watch the "big" show at Tempe Town Lakes, but I wasn't up to it.  The monsoon season is upon us here in AZ, and although we haven't had much rain to speak of yet, we've had plenty of dust and wind, not to mention the "threat" each day of some moisture.  It plays havoc with my medical issues, so I don't fare well during the monsoon season.

I did manage to take the youngest child (my stepdaughter Abby) out yesterday for some last minute coaching and parallel parking (which she didn't even have to do on the test).  I've trained all three of my children for driving as I'm the designated defensive driver with mad racing skills.....yes, I've had training!  I started all three of my children at the age of 13 driving through the neighborhoods, empty parking lots, etc., which gave them a solid 2.5 years of driving experience before taking them for permits.

Our youngest has suffered from severe anxiety for many years and even though she's been training for this event for the past 5 years, she let her first permit expire and only recently renewed it.  She's been on Prozac for a few months now to deal with her anxiety and it's made a world of difference.  She's now legal and I sent her off to visit her mother and uncle by herself today.

So just lettin' ya all know here in AZ to be on the lookout!

I'll be back with new graphics for going back to school.

Hugs,
Meri

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Happy 4th of July



Have an awesome holiday!

Hello lovely people,

I'm wishin' you all the happiest 4th of July ever.  May you all have the most awesome hot doggie, potatoey salad, watermelony and firework watching time!

God Bless,
Meri