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Saturday, July 25, 2009

On A Serious Note...

Hello all,


One month from tomorrow will be the 3rd anniversary of my mothers death, the life drained from a women who was a daughter, a mother, a grandmother. And a woman so active she completely wore me out.
Research estimates that 43 million women die every year due to breast cancer. It's second only to lung cancer. The problem with that is that many cause lung cancer by smoking. Breast cancer isn't caused by one's own hand. It's a sneaky, violent, silent killer - it takes all prisoner and knows no racial bounds.
In fact I was reading about breast cancer in African American woman. I don't hear much about black women getting cancer so I wondered if they were less susceptible than others. To my surprise, African American women are 3 times more likely to die from breast cancer! Why? There is an unacceptably low risk of screening procedures for starters. But more importantly studies show that a women of color is more likely to get a type of aggressive, often fatal cancer.

"The study reviewed here found that African American women are 3 times more likely than white or Hispanic women to be diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer.
Triple-negative breast cancer is:
estrogen-receptor-negative
progesterone-receptor-negative
HER2-negative
Triple-negative breast cancers are usually more aggressive, harder to treat, and more likely to come back (recur) than cancers that are hormone-receptor-positive or HER2-positive"

Further information shows that 40% of black women carrying this gene get it during the pre-menopausal phase of their life. Like women don't have enough garbage going on with their bodies and hormones at this stage!

That having been said I have opened yet another shop on Etsy, this one in honor of my mother and all the women of the world; Be-Cause of Her. (Get it? The play on Because and Cause? ok, moving on....) It's strictly for breast cancer awareness items. In addition to the awareness jewelry (which I moved from my Designs of Destiny shop) and the items pictured here, I plan to add pretty crocheted chemo caps, lap-ghans and whatever else I can think up to make the patient or the family of one a little more comfortable. If you have any ideas please leave a comment and let me know!!

(I thought these lone boobies would be good reminders for early detection-

I firmly believe if Mom had her cancer detected early (instead of waiting till it was Stage IV) she
might be with us today. I've become a great advocate of early detection and hope my items draw attention to this fact. However not everyone can afford a mammogram. We can help and it doesn't cost us a dime. Just go to this website and click on the "Click Here to Give - it's Free" box. Sponsors donate money to the cause in return for extra exposure. You can also join this site on Facebook and I believe they have a link directly to this site as well.
In other news, here's the latest of my crochet baby items. It's a petal hat! Cute, huh? A flower for your little flower. hehe


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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

A Couple Discoveries

Free! No cost! Now those are some words I can get behind.
I happen to have the Adobe Photoshop Suite but the problem is I need some help getting started with some of the software. I've got Photoshop pretty well nailed down but the programs like Illustrator and Flash are still pretty much Greek to me. I was surprised and quite delighted by the offer of a free webinar hosted by Creative Tech. I signed up for the free 10-week course which covers Adobe Flash. I tuned in last week for an Illustrator course and enjoyed it so I'm really looking forward to the upcoming Flash instruction. There are just over 2,000 registered and they need 2,500 so I thought I'd help spread the word. What have you got to lose?

As you all know, I have two shops on Etsy. Funny thing about Etsy. I'm always discovering new things about it. Today I discovered "Pounce". Pounce is great for finding out about new talent or see what the top sellers are in the handmade industry. You just chose between "Undiscovered/Just Sold" and browse through the various items. It's great for getting ideas, seeing what's new out there and just general sort of window-shopping fun. Head over and try it out!

Now for a little bit of Buster blogging: I had this box in which I was keeping the polymer clay keychains I'm making for breast cancer awareness (got the idea from Facebook's "Feel Your Boobies" Cause).....

























...and set the lid on the floor. Buster immediately claimed it for himself.













Period. I come near it and he jumps in it for a 'sit in' in protest of me retrieving it. I mentioned it previously but dear ol' Buster has a bit of a mood swing issue. He can be purring one minute and the next, he's on the attack. He goes from the sweet face you see above to the wide-eyed feral wild cat below. This is the face of Batty Buster. Funny, huh? After this look, you can be sure you'll be counting the bite marks.

Monday, July 6, 2009

County Fair, Weird Food & New Debuts

The San Diego County Fair had it's last day yesterday. The vendors have packed up their weird and sometimes nasty conglomerations and moved on to bless another county with it's delicacies.

This begs the question-What's up with the deep frying?! Just because it can fit in the Fry Daddy does NOT mean it should be!











Take a look at the photo. Krispy Kreme Chicken Sandwich?! HELLO! Chicken doesn't belong inside of donuts. Deep fried Smores (of which Steve partook and I declined), Zucchini Weeni (hot dog stuffed into a zucchini and fried) Deep fried frog legs ('nuff said), Deep Fried Avocadoes....yuck, yuck and YUCK! They should advertise "Heart Attacks Given Here". The Kookie Cookie had to be about the worst yet. It was chicken between 2 cookies with cream cheese and strawberries. The one thing Steve was determined to try this year was the chocolate covered bacon of which I was forced to taste. The second it hit my tongue it was turned into a projectile object which hit the nearest trash can. GROSS! I can't begin to describe it. So if there fair is coming to you, don't say you weren't warned.







On the more pleasant side, I came across this adorable little gray bunny...cute, huh? I coulda' scooped him up and brought him home with me. Not to be left out is the bunny in drag. He thinks the eyeliner makes his eyes look much bigger.






As they are every year, the flowers were spectacular and I took tons of photos.




High up on my scale of "What the Heck Were you Thinking?!" is this guy. I can't say that I would ever offer my hard earned money to be tied by my feet, elevated in the air so far as to see the circle of the earth and pretend to be Superman. Uh-uh. Sorry. I'd rather have a new purse.






















As I said goodbye to the fair for another year, shelved the Pepto Bismol and donned my new Z-Coil shoes (great for those with back problems and fibromyalgia, I might add), I got back down to the task at hand...a pair of earrings a friend ordered. Aren't they quite pretty? The beads were made by hand by a talented lady in Montana and I set them between sterling silver and added Swarovski crystals for added bling. I'll be making more of this type of earring shortly..



As for the crocheted items, these are the latest Moc Crocs-in lime green with cherry buttons. Yummy!
Feel free to leave a comment and tell me what you think!










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