Friday, September 30, 2011

Please have regular mammograms and keep yourselves healthy to continue your own crafty addictions for a long time to come!

As you know I lost my Mother to breast cancer on July 31st.  She was an amazing person and responsible for all my crafty addictions!  She has only been gone for a short while now and although my healing has only just begun, I can only hope that she is healed, happy and with my Father again!  I wanted to take a moment to encourage you all to have regular mammograms and keep yourselves healthy to continue your own crafty addictions for a long time to come!

I also wanted to thank each and every one of you for your kinds words, prayers and just for being there for me... even if you don't know it, by having your blogs for me to visit, your projects for creativity and inspiration, not to mention all the Blog Hops and wonderful giveaways I enter (some I have won... Whoo Hoo!)  and to help me pass the time, but most importantly the wonderful friendships and camaraderie that I have found here in Blogland!  Keep up your much appreciated blogs, your wonderful projects and friendly outreaches to each other!  I hope to be scrapping, sharing and seeing you all soon. Thank you all!

Crafty Hugs,

Thursday, September 29, 2011

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month... please have a mammogram!

Lois Marilyn Smiley
April 20, 1936 - July 31, 2011

My Mother lost her battle with breast cancer on July 31st.  She had cancer for at least 15 years and had developed lymphodema in her right arm a few years ago.  It left her unable to do all the things she so loved to do. She was the creative light in my life, every craft or hobby I have ever done was because she introduced (sometimes dragged) me to it.  Just to name a few of her favorites that she so loved were:  crocheting, knitting, embroidery, sewing, upholstery, painting, quilting, paper crafting, scrap booking, and card making... and these are just a few of all the wonderful and creative crafts she loved. 
She was the most kind, caring, loving and positive person I have ever known.  Even in the midst of her illness she always told us that there was so many people so much worse than her, that she had led a long, happy and wonderful life and her heart went to others especially children who suffered from illness' or tragedies in their short lives.  Thanks to Hospice and the Edema Center, Mom was able to spend the end of her time at home surrounded by her daughters, faithful dog companions, Laci and Max and her treasures.  And thanks to my Sister Annie, who shared a home with Mom and Dad, not only took loving care of Mom, but Dad as well who passed at home in 2006 also surrounded by his family.  I owe her so much. 

Mom & Dad had a lake house on Lake Elysian and we spent many happy times there all together.  Crafting, swimming, strolling the lake on the pontoon, eating, shopping at all the antique and craft shops, 4th of July celebrations and so many more memories to last my lifetime!  She loved that lake house... her crafts and most of all her family.  She had 3 daughters, many grandchildren and great grandchildren, and over the years she had many pets that were lucky enough to be part of her family.   Thank you Mom for all that you taught me, for all that you shared with me and most important for loving me and showing me how to love.


                         I love you Mom                
                                            Give Dad a big hug,  
                                                                     I'll see you both soon...


Friday, September 9, 2011

Butterfly Award

Thanks Rexann

Thanks Susan
Butterfly Award
 I have been lucky enough to have been awarded the "Butterfly Award" twice by two lovely ladies.
Please check out their blogs, you cannot ask for kinder, sweeter or more creative online friends!
(Click on the awards above to be taken to their sites)

So here are the details:

To receive this award I need to answer the following questions and then award this "Butterfly Award" to 10 other bloggers, and contact them to let them know they have been given this award.  I also need to show a link to the person(s) who gave me the "Butterfly Award" (see above).

So here goes
Q1) Name your favorite color?  This changes everyday... today I would have to say  Pink
Q2) Name your favorite song?  Well that's a hard one, so I will just say late 60's and early 70's music! (that really dates me)

Q3) Name your favorite dessert?  That is an easy one, anything with chocolate in it!

Q4) What wizzes you off at the moment?  Rude people!
Q5) Your favorite pet?  I have Two Favorites... My Cocker Spaniel, Hannah and my big fat cat, Leyla!  Love them so much!

Q6) Black or White?  White, only because you can add any color to it!

Q7) Your biggest fear?  Anything that creeps, crawls or flies!
Q8) Best Feature?  Well that would have to be my mind... because my body went on strike about 10 years ago!
Q9) Everyday attitude?  HUMOR! 
Q10) What is perfection?  Friday night with my husband, pizza ordered, a good show on t.v. and the phone off the hook!

Q11) Guilty Pleasure?  Driving home with a BIG Joann's or Michaels Bag full of goodies and anything with chocolate in it!

Q12) When you’re upset you?  Eat, blog or scrap... not necessarily in that order.

 I am now passing this "Butterfly Award" on to:

Thanks again, Susan and Rexann and now I'm off to pass this Award around!   Please visit all 12 of these lovely ladies and their wonderful and creative sites you will love them... and tell them, Pendra sent you!

Crafty Hugs,

Friday, September 2, 2011

Blog Candy Winners

The Blog Candy Winners  for 
from Barbara are...
(please check on her site for winner info)

Day 1 - Cuttlebug Disney NEMO Combo Embossing and Die Set is:

Day 2 - Cuttlebug Disney Celebration Combo Embossing and Die Set is:

Day 3 - Sizzix Texturz Texture Plates Kit #3 is:

Grand Prize - Cricut Cartridge Luau 2011 Seasonal is:
Yours truly - Pendra
(Thanks Barbara... with my new Cricut Expression this will be GREAT!!)

My Blog Candy Winner is:
(Please email me your addy info at:  pendrah (at) comcast (dot) net

Thanks Barabara for sharing your Birthday and Hop with us... and thanks to all who joined us in the Hop! 
Congrats to all the winners!
Until next time,