Wednesday, July 29, 2009

E is for Ellie - Assemblage by Lucy.


At the moment we are having a few essential things done by some builders. They are lovely chaps but they are fairly messy. Work tools and equipment litter my lawn and veranda, I have to pick my way carefully through it all everytime I venture out of my door.

Today Lucy ventured outside under strict instructions not to touch any machinery or tools. I peeped my head out of the door after two minutes, only to discover she had assembled some of their detritus with some leaves she had picked from a willow.....


Friday, July 10, 2009

Etsy Project Embrace

♡Etsy Project Embrace♡

Do you know Laura? ( lauraslocumpainted.etsy.com / creativelytangled.etsy.com ) This is a photo of Laura with her son Drew. Laura has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and has just started chemo. You can read more about her on her profile page.

This is what Laura would like to say ...........

I believe that you must play the hand you’re dealt. Six weeks ago, I was diagnosed with stage 3 Ovarian Cancer. My mom died from the same. I am a huge believer in eating right, exercising, and getting regular checkups. I’ve done all those things, yet, I have cancer. WOW. That’s a life-changing situation, for sure. I just turned 46 …. (a very very young 46!) Strangely, I feel blessed. Most everyday of these 6 weeks, I’ve had a smile on my face. I’m going to play the hand I’ve been dealt in the best and most positive way I know how. I’m so fortunate my boys are older, they drive, they can do laundry and help around the house. There will always be some people in this world who have it better and some who have it worse. That’s just life.

I’ve been an Etsy addict since around this time last year, when I started doing treasuries. My sister Jenn, of jennreese7 and my niece Kelly, of SweetnessJewelry, are also crazy about Etsy. The one thing I’ve learned in the past year is that Etsy has made it a point to have their competing sellers be friends through promoting each other in the treasuries. That sounds kind of funny, but, on the quest to have the “coveted” FP, we create treasuries, we comment on other treasuries, we “convo” people all over the world to congratulate them on their successes, and we make friends. Aren’t we supposed to be competing for sales?? Well, maybe some things are just more important than sales. From the moment I had a diagnosis, while still in the hospital, my Etsy friends were first on the scene – building treasuries just for me, wishing me well, offering advice, sending gifts, and a few have gone so far as to donate proceeds to the American Cancer Society in my
honor!! Just to remind you………these are people ....I’VE NEVER MET! They have completely gone out of their way to be a friend or try to put a smile on my face. I now even talk to some of them on the phone! Now, I’m not talking 2 or 3 friends, I’m talking like 30 or 40! Some people just have checked my profile and offer words of encouragement! The first day that we learned about my chemo and all the ‘ins and outs’, the ‘goods and bads’, etc., my husband went online to search for support groups. He said to me that night, “I will never do that again, I was so depressed that I had to get off the computer” I said, in reply, “I don’t need support groups, I all need are my friends on Etsy”! They lift me up on a daily basis.

It is Sunday. Tomorrow morning, I will leave my house at 7:30 am for my first round of chemo. I will have an IV drip for about 6 hours and be home around 5:00 pm. I will do that again on Tuesday, then again on Wednesday. then again on the following Monday. I look forward to 8 months of that chemo schedule, followed by another year of some form of maintenance chemo.

There are 4 things I know for sure:
1. I am a Christian and I believe God has a plan for me.
2. I believe in myself to do the very best I can do and try to help others in the process by getting my story out there.
3. I have the most wonderful and supportive husband, family and friends.
4. Logging onto Etsy everyday and hearing from my friends will keep this smile on my face, no matter what I am going through.

♡♡♡♡♡♡♡

Some friends and I have started a project, we aim to raise money for cancer research and promote awareness in support of Laura. We are calling the project 'etsyprojectembrace'.

If you would like to be a part of etsyprojectembrace you could donate the profits or percentage of profits from one or more listings to the American Cancer Society. Add the tag 'etsyprojectembrace' to the listing (or listings) and mention the project and reason for it in your listing description/s.

If you have any questions, or any ideas as to how you could help further then please feel free to convo me or Amy at ThePeachTree.

♡♡♡A huge big thank you to all of you who are already taking part in Etsy Project Embrace♡♡♡

XOXOXOXO
Kim

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A Bit of a Builder.

My mother-in-law Vizma, and father-in-law Anthony have arrived in Latvia from the UK. They have renovated the main farm house and a few of the surrounding buildings and plan to move in to it gradually. Anthony is a very talented architect, he refers to himself as 'a bit of a builder'. The first photograph is of a barn he designed, all the materials of which were sourced on our farm.

And what about this for a roof? I love what he did here with one of the farm buildings.

These next photographs are of the main house.



They have had a few things shipped out from the UK, although they have yet to unpack everything. One of the first things they unpacked was this amazing garden seat. I love this red against the greens of the garden.
The children were more keen on this ..... a really special wagon. Lucy pulled Ellie around all afternoon. They just don't make stuff like this anymore.
A very happy little Ellie after her ride in the wagon.