The SHE SHED!
Or the Wine Shack. Or the Jewelry Hut. Or the She Shack. Or the Shedio. Whatever the name of it, I knew I wanted to build a workshop of sorts in our backyard that would give all those things back to me and it was't long before my research and planning began. I thought I knew what I wanted until I started looking at what was out there!
I have been at this for a long time, making handmade jewelry for over 11 years now and I still love the moments best where I can sit down and just create; where time gets lost and my hands can't move fastest enough for the ideas spilling out of my brain. THOSE are the best days!
I had an "Aha Moment" yesterday. We've heard Oprah talk about those for years on her talk show...did you know I share a birthday with that amazing woman? sure do!
...But you've all heard the saying, "one (wo)man's trash is another (wo)man's treasure". This has become my creative mantra since discovering Cottage Paint/Milk Paint. You would not believe the amount of furniture and decor items I've found at thrift stores, garage sales, my own basement, or even dumpsters (more on that to come) that I've entirely transformed into something lifestyle-magazine worthy using only a paintbrush and some good ol' Cottage Paint.
It was soooo cold, like teeth chattering cold, as I lay on my bed in the operating room waiting for my team to show up. Bursting through the door they came! Being the smart ass that I am greeted the docs with, "Did everyone wear their capes today?"
It was an early morning! I was prepped up on the 5th Floor. The nurses were very chipper for it being so early. I was given a little room where I was asked a bunch of questions and given a hospital gown to put on. They never ever feel soft and for some reason, I always seem to put mine on wrong, feeling completely exposed!
I was fortunate to be on a cancellation list and the university student waiting for the same surgery is in the middle of finals...lucky for me! When I received the call, my clock started counting down.
A Heart's journey is no different. A simple sterling heart that dangles delicately from a 30" chain, represents all of our hearts and the journey that they have been on. Through life, our hearts experience love, loss and even total heartbreak and yet most of us find a way to venture on to fill our hearts once again.
As milestones go, TEN YEARS is a pretty good one to reach when we are talking about cancer. The end of November marks a decade of being released from a five month hospital stay of chemotherapy treatment and clean CT results. Along the way, I have had plenty of time to gather my list of good things that came from that journey. Here they are...