Friday, April 1, 2011

Items listed in the Etsy Shop!!

Happy Friday!! 
I've added some items to my Etsy shop,  I had originally planned to have things listed by Wednesday of this week but the weather was awful and I wasn't able to get everything done that I needed to do.  I'll have more items listed later this weekend!!

You should head over there and see! 

Hope everyone has a great weekend and that you're able to enjoy some sunshine!!


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Dining Out in Dallas, Lights, Camera & Action at our house!!

We had an insanely busy week!  We're busy getting things ready for Dining Out in Dallas, plus there was PTA and a fundraising dinner at the school, and Hoops in the Highlands. I love being involved with all that the children have going on, but I will say that the entire family was thankful for a lazy Sunday. I want this blog to be about Vintage Loving Momma, and crafting, and my Etsy shop, but I also want to be able to share glimpses of our life here. Thursday Murray Media came to our home and filmed an interview for Dining Out in Dallas.  I love this quote:   "Each time I told my story, I lost a bit, the smallest drop of pain. It was that day that I knew I wanted to tell the story of my family. Because horror on Earth is real and it is every day. It is like a flower or like the sun; it cannot be contained." — Alice Sebold (The Lovely Bones)

I read the following entry from Katsie's Caringbridge journal because I felt it encapsulated so much of our journey, and frankly, I struggled to get through the interview without tears. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Six years ago later today, an ambulance would arrive at the hospital just minutes from my office- -inside was my baby girl. Her body was ravaged with fever, 104.3 according to the transfer orders which are tucked neatly in a notebook along with all of her other medical records…but the fever didn’t buy her the ambulance ride, a seizure during naptime that lasted for approximately 5 minutes did. I signed consent forms for tests, CT, Chest X-Rays, Lumbar Puncture, and I held my girl and we waited…looking back I’m certain that by this time I was in survival mode, I don’t think I felt anything, not panic or even anxiety, I was just numb. It wouldn’t be long though and that Dr., I can still see him if I close my eyes, in a small room, with a curtain to provide some privacy behind a sliding glass door, directly across from the Nurses Station, delivered the news, and our lives would NEVER be the same. Our journey did not begin with NF, it would be almost 9 months before she would get a diagnosis of NF from Dr. Slopis. Our journey began with a million and ten unanswered questions about our little girl, the baby (I still call her that, “the baby”) and the tumor that had taken up residence inside her brain. I could probably recount each detail of that day and the weeks to follow, each of them still frightening and enough to knock the air right out of me, but I have everything documented in a journal and in that medical notebook, there is no need. Today I will celebrate. . .that same little girl is not a baby anymore. . .she has grown into a beautiful little girl. She is strong willed like nothing you could ever imagine, but that same tenacity helped her face obstacles many people never encounter and found her better and stronger on the other side. I am thankful for the gift of Katsie Rane. . .everyday, but especially on these days of reflection. If nothing gives you a healthy dose of perspective, facing your childs mortality the week before Christmas certainly will.

Six years ago Katsie began a battle for her life, and today she continues to amaze each of us. That is the only gift I need.

In 2 short weeks we'll be at Dining Out in Dallas celebrating Katsie, and raising funds for research for an eventual cure for NF. 

We hope to see lots of familiar faces there!! 


P.S.  I plan to have items in  my Etsy shop by Wednesday evening!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

We LOVE Jefferson, Texas!

We're home and refreshed after an AMAZING weekend in Jefferson!  My love affair with Jefferson began three years ago when Christian took me there for a long weekend, and we've made it a point to go back every year.  It's so quaint, and the people are so genuinely kind, and I just LOVE it! 

Last year we were in the thick of wedding planning and it was a great retreat to just get away and relax. On our drive down I was looking through some wedding magazines and came across some pictures of milk glass used to decorate tables at a wedding reception and I was in love!  We spent the entire weekend collecting milk glass and came home with so many beautiful pieces. They were not only beautiful but they were vintage and we had hand picked each one which made them so special.  This year we decided we'd look for some of the green milk glass and came home with these beauties!!

There's a Gone With the Wind Museum in Jefferson. We visited it last year and were captivated by the Bed & Breakfast next door that is owned by the sweet lady who owns the museum. We said we would LOVE to stay there if she had a vacancy when we came back. She did, and we did, and it couldn't have been more perfect.  So if any of my local friends or family are looking for an amazing weekend, antiquing and just enjoying a quick get a way, Scarlett O'Hardy's is the place!  Bobbie Hardy was an incredible hostess, and she makes the most picturesque and delicious breakfast!

Now we're home, and I'm busy getting caught up on my Indie Biz 3.0 sessions and fininshing up items to list on Etsy, hopefully by the weekend!! :)

Hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of Spring!! 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Vintage Loving Momma now has a blogspot!!


The Vintage Loving Momma now has an Etsy shop and a blogspot!!  I'm beyond excited and looking forward to sharing the things I find joy in with hope that they might bring you happiness as well!  I'm busy getting items completed to list in my Etsy shop.  I'm also currently participating in the Indie Biz 3.0 online course.  It is great, it has fed my creativity and inspired me.  It has also given me lots of great instruction and tips for having a successful indie biz. 

Just a little about me, personally!  I'm married to my best friend, as cliche as that sounds, it's the truth!  We fill in each other's empty places and he completes me! I couldn't do any of this without his support.  He allows me to dream, and he believes in my vision.  I'm the mother of three incredible children, 2 in elementary school and one in high school, who keep me extremely busy!  I'm hoping that they will appreciate handmade and creative things as adults!  I'm thankful everyday for the creative inspiration I had from my Mom as a child and even as an adult.  I love my family deeply and they are my treasure.  Our daughter, "the baby", has Neurofibromatosis-1, and has been selected as the Jr. Chef for an amazing fundraising event that is coming up very soon!!  We're proud of her!  We hope to see all of our friends and family there, it's going to be an incredible night, raising funds for research and an eventual cure. 

I look forward to blogging, and posting lots of pictures and connecting with the handmade community!

Til next time-