Saturday, April 30, 2011

Crochet twine flowers and things!!

Hey guys!!

So I want to just share something cool I came across today. I went to Etsy looking for some crochet flowers to purchase....but instead I made some!!

I didn't want the fluffy bright colors, I wanted to see about some rustic...maybe grungy, or "rough" looking flowers, but I couldn't find any, so I looked around my room and noticed my jute twine and thought..."Shoot, why not!" I grabbed my jute twine to give it a try and needless to say, I loved it!!

I followed a tutorial here to make them. I played a little and made some different shapes! Take a look and let me know what you think!!

Oh, you know what else?...I glimmer misted one and it took the glimmer mist really well, topped it with a mini Prima rosette and I love it!! 


I later used hemp cord.....a little stiff, but I made them! I really love these!!


I wanted to see what else I could use...I tried strips of fabric! This is my muslin that I tea stained!! A little difficult to control, but I made it...I guess I got all excited about learning how to make flowers that I was grabbing anything I could at this point!! hmmm...my kids do that....I guess that's ok! :)



Try them, they are really easy to make....and fun!!!

Here is my video introducing mine. For bloggers who aren't youtubers:)
Thanks for peeking, xo, Jules:)


Thursday, April 28, 2011

What a cool start...again!!!

Hello everyone!!

Well, I've been in contact with Tasha, the drive we had was such a success and I am so happy to say that she seriously had Christmas in April! I asked her to send me a picture of what she got and she sent me 2!! Take a peek below!


I was so blown away!! You ladies are incredible! She's soo happy, she sent me a picture of a tag/book someone made for her...her text to me was "It's for me"!!  Ah!!! I don't know what to say to everyone but thank you and God Bless you guys....you have made her soooo happy and that's all I wanted!! 

We also raised $90 in donations for Tasha...I sent that to her already! Thanks so much for that! 
 

Tasha told me that she was going to do a video...she wants to thank everyone! I had a few of you that told me that you wanted to stay anonymous ....so I won't mention any names but I do thank every single one of you!!

Needless to say, she has toys to play with again and can get all messy with glue and paper and whatever she wants! :)

If you still want to participate because maybe you could not before, you still can, I would say at this point, you can just put a box of goodies together for her of whatever you want....you can still look at the comments from the last post to see what else may be needed. 

If you left a comment on the "Drive" post and never got an address from me, please let me know. I did read every comment and if you didn't leave me your email, I cannot contact you. 

Thanks again guys....what a cool start for Tasha....again huh?! way cool:)

xoxo, Jules:)
 


Thursday, April 14, 2011

"Scrappy Drive for Tasha!!"

Hey guys!

So here is all the details you need to know to participate in this drive! You guys don't know how much this means to Ms Tasha and to me. I know you'll gain brownie points for this one! ..lol...thanks you guys:)


Details on what you need to do:

~Check the list and review the comments to see what others chose to give.
~Choose what you will want to purchase to give or give from your personal stash. 
~Once you choose, leave that info in the comments below and email me so I can give you Tasha's address...that's the only way you'll get her address.
(trying to stay as private with her info as I possible can)
I ask for you to leave a message on what you chose to give so people will know and not get the same thing. This way she will have a variety of goodies!!
Please do not feel obligated to get exactly what is on the list. You can also send her something from the list plus whatever you want...like if you want to "GaG" to Ms Tasha! (GaG: "Give a Gift" also means "Got a Gift") 


This list is mainly so a variety of her things lost can be recouped! :) Thank you so much for having a giving heart and helping Tasha out:)

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#1~  I would love 5 people to give 1 12x12 paper pad, from DCWV and/or K and Company or any brand, or give from your own stash! Any old or new collection!  and 5 people to give an 8x8 or 6x6 or 4x6 for mini's and cards! Tasha loves paper!!


#2~ 5 people to give 5 spools of ribbon,
    -pastel colors (pink, yellow, lt green, lavender,baby blue...etc.)
    -spring bright colors (yellow, orange, green, hot pink, purple...etc)
    -dark earthy colors(mustards, burndt orange, burgundy,browns, etc)
    -basic colors (blue, green, red, yellow, white, black, etc)
    -patterned designs of any color! :)


#3~ 6 people to give stamps,
   -3 people for 2 packs of clear stamps (ideas: sentiments,designs for borders)
   -3 people for 2 wood mount stamps for background


#4~ 6  people to give solid color cardstock,
   -2 people for 1 pack of white card stock and kraft card stock
   -4 people for 2 packs each of any color cardstock (Mike's has all kinds of colors, a mix and solid packs, i think they are recollection brand) let us know what colors you want to get in the comments below.


#5~ 1 person to give 1 pre-packed card and envelope sets for card making.

#6~ 2 people to give a nice variety of fibers.



#7~ Anyone to give any Sizzix dies. Tasha has her machine but no dies and some old embossing folders. If you have an extra or duplicate you would like to give, It is appreciated. Please mention the name of the die for others to reference from.


#8~ 10 people to give Prima like stuff or the name brand,
     -5 people to give paper flowers, a pack, a tube...whatever!
     -5 people to give 2-4 packs of bling and/or pearls

#9~ 10 people to give paper punches, any image or border punches. There are Fiskars, EK Success, Martha Stewart, Marvy, Stampin Up (Be specific in your comment..ie "I will get a #9, 1 1/2" scalloped circle punch by Stampin'Up! my name is -------and my email is _______!"


#10~ Any 2 people to give a package of color pencils.


#11~ Any 6 people to give any type of adhesives. There is score tape, pop dots, red sticky tape, any brand liquid glue, snail glue gliders, glue sticks!

#12~ 3 people, 1 to give 1-2 clear embossing pads 1 person to give 3-4 embossing powder and 1 person to give a heat tool.


#13~ embellishments: 20-30 people (this would be for those who are on a budget...or not) Anything like stickers, thicker alphas, chipboard elements, small bookplates, small tags, Jolee's miniature image stickers, recollections bling, or flowers, flower sprays, mini envelopes, etc!! Anything to decorate a card or layout! K and Company has great embellishments that go with their paper collections! 


#14~ 1 person who can give some modge podge..there are a few out there...matte, gloss, gold shimmer and/or silver shimmer!!


#15~ 5 people to give a handful of a variety of buttons and laces.

#16~ I will be giving Tasha a couple yards of every lace I have. I will also give her tons of die cuts and Prima (when I get it). I mention this for reference.


#17~ I almost forgot...ink pads!! I would think the basics, black, brown white opaque....etc, sta-zon is a little expensive,but there are others and you can buy how many ever you want, just let us know which brand and color/s so we don't get her the same one.

I'm sure I am missing tons of things on this list, if you think of something, please tell me and I will add it!

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~~ Finally, I got a whole lotta people telling me that they are putting boxes of things together that they want to share with Tasha, which you are also so very welcome to do! Email me for her address. I am so floored by the response by all of you ladies that it blows my mind, I loved reading all the comments on the video announcing this!! You are all gems and so special in my heart!!!


This list was made so it would keep us all a little bit more organized and so that we're not guessing about what was bought and given already. I hope everyone will remember to leave a comment about what they chose from the list. Please remember to leave me your email address so then I can give Tasha's address to you via email!


I have also placed a donations button below so you can donate monetarily to Tasha. This way she can go to her favorite craft store and buy herself something she wants and likes!! This is also another option for those of you who don't have a lot of time to shop or put a package together. 


If you have any questions, please let me know by emailing me at jannaviles@gmail.com


*I have had a really hard afternoon today (the 13th), I kinda threw my back out and have been in bed all evening. I will post this but I really need your help to leave us your info below in the comments so we can use it for reference. 

I have to pick up my mama from the airport tomorrow, so I will be gone all morning and cannot answer any emails til the evening. I will also send out your invoices then as well...if you've been waiting to hear from me.

I will make post on my Facebook about the drive on later in tonight, but Please spread the word. Thank you so much you guys for your hearts and God Bless you!!

~Scrappy Drive for Tasha~






Don't forget to leave me your email, or email me!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Celebrating by Giving!!

Hello everyone! 

I recently found (yeah...I wasn't paying attention) that I have reached over 2000 subscribers on my Youtube channel! I am so excited and so humbled that there are so many people out there that want to follow my work and also admire my work!! It inspires and drives me to be more, try more and always do my best! And....I have almost 300 followers on my blog as well! I am soo happy to be where I am, but there is room to grow! To be able to share my love and passion with the world is sooo stinkin awesome! 

Normally, we do giveaways when we celebrate our subby count....but I don't think I want to make it about something I've achieved. Although I appreciate it all :) , I want this to be about who we are and what we have done in the past for each other!!  I want to "Celebrate by Giving" to someone who is in need. On Youtube a lot of us have come to know a lot about each other because we have made friends and have willingly shared things that have happened in our lives....some things happy, some things sad and some things tragic. We all share a common need....and that's love, support and compassion towards each other no matter what the occasion.

I have a really sweet and funny friend, her name is Tasha, you may know her as "mississchic" on youtube. She had been MIA for a while sometime back and I messaged her asking where she had been. Some of us know she has some physical disabilities and has a hard time with pain and is limited in what she can do....but she's a toughy and has pressed on and has not let her disabilities stop her from crafting and card making...which is her favorite! Anyways, she was MIA in the hospital fighting for her life....and I didn't know! This is her story:

I have had Chronic Rheumatoid Arthritis since 8 yrs old. Since then I've had so far 10 joints replaced & been in an electric wheelchair. I had never been sick, like a cold, cough or even a headache. One day in end of August 2010 I woke up with my head in screaming pain. I had never felt that type of pain before. I thought someone had shot me & hit me in the head over and over with abut & that I was bleeding from the head. I had my mom check my head, nothing looked wrong. I couldn't lift my head, blink, eat, drink, breathe or anything for a couple months. During that time I would barely make it to the ER so they could tell me many times that nothing was wrong. A Neurologist, in Oct put me through MRI's, CAT scans & A lot of migraine meds that didn't work.

I notice there was a smell in my room & when I left my room I would feel just a little better. We found a small Carbon Monoxide leak under my room & got it fixed but my symptoms got Worse. I was losing my memory, talking with a slur, past out, blackout, talking out of my head, stopped eating almost completely, Extreme nausea, couldn't see, wouldn't wake up, wouldn't sleep for days. I felt like I was dying set told the Drs & my mom. Mom was starting to get some of the symptoms I had already but only when she was in my room. Then it rained & snowed & mom had went upstairs to see that the leak that was way worse than Dad said & water was draining down from inside the wall onto my ceiling. There had been patched leak in our house since my parents bought it, 18 yrs ago. The hole was patched but it started leaking bad around the time I moved back home 3 1/2 yrs ago in 2007. The room with the leak is directly over my room (1st floor). We found out Mold had setup in the roof & had worked its way down the walls of my room.

There was no mold showing in my room but the spores were strong in my room & have now spread through the whole house. I moved to my parents room but that wasn't really any better. Even in my Moms room my breathing extremely shallow and all my previous symptoms were getting more intense.

I couldn't breath so I went to ER, they sent me home again. This was Feb 1, 2011. I got a hotel room because I needed to get & stay out the house. It was paid for 2 nights only. Where Mom & I were going to stay after that, no idea. I hadn't slept or eaten in about 7 days & drank no water in about 4 days. Mom was up all night with me in hotel. I had vomiting, diarrhea. By morning inside my ears were so painful. Then my eardrum busted with thick yellow pus & blood pouring from it. It was blinding pain.

Dad came quick & he drove us to the ER. They finally took me serious. I had been there (ER & hospital) over 30 times! I was barely breathing, barely awake and I was extremely dehydrated. The doctors were scared, they had no idea what was wrong. They spent 2 or3 hours trying to get an IV in me. I have no usable veins left from yrs of blood testing when I was younger. The Anesthesiologist tried everything he could think of from head to toe. He had never seen anyone like me before. I was admitted then @ bedside out of desperation I was given a Central Line (a 8-12 inch catheter inserted into Artery to the heart ) with no anesthetic. I have had them done before with almost no anesthetic. They take (for me) a couple of hours to insert because my veins are small, they roll & they like to shrink during the process. They usually take a few minutes to do on a normal patient. They are EXTREMELY PAINFUL to have done. I had to lay flat in bed trying to stop myself from vomiting, moving, breathing hard, no speaking (screaming) while he took over an hour putting it in my heart. Any movement can cause collapsing of the lung and/or cause a heart attack. I was quickly X-rayed @ bedside because the Dr. thought he collapsed my lung, he didn't. Finally the twice forcing fluids in me & while getting me an ambulance to a hospital 70 miles away I've had my surgeries there so they have all my files.

It took an hour to get to the hospital. Dad rode in front seat mom followed in van. I get rolled on the Specialty Infections floor nurses are staring@me saying,"Oh My God!" "get into the room Dr comes in instantly tells me I'm dying & they don't know how to help me so they are going to give me ALL the antibiotics for a STAFF & STREP Infections In 3 days they narrowed it down to STREP BLOOD INFECTION caused by a certain strain of Mold. The worse case they ever seen. I should've been dead way before it got this bad they say. I don't remember much before August and a lot of days until Feb 3.

I was told not to go back to that house because the spores are on/in EVERYTHING I could get reinfected & die this time. Dad brought me something from my room +it made me so so sick instantly. I had to find a place to live before I was released from hospital 2 wks later. Feb 3-16 I was in hospital. My mom used pretty much all her savings & found me an apartment @ last minute. Feb 15 the landlord came to hospital & I signed the lease. I was released next day. So glad I didn't have to go to the Shelter.

Dad brought my bed from home to my new apt so it'll be there before I get out. Still really sick & came to apt & my hospital bed caused me to have a severe migraine (no migraines since). I couldn't breathe. Bed had to be wiped down with strong bleach. New sheets. Electronic Stuff attract mold spores (a lot of it can looking dust) so, spores are in the workings of my bed.

I had to leave ALL my & my mom's belongings behind. My PC was really infected, I couldn't go near it so mom bought a HEPA vacuum to vacuum our PC's (vacuum through the vents). Two 30mins vacuuming sessions and I can use it now, not too often. I use a HEPA air filter in my room to help me breathe & catch spores coming off/out of my bed & PC. Dad is still living in house he says nothing is wrong. He's not yet affected by Mold. He doesn't want to give up his house.


I only have a pair of spring assisted Fiskars scissors from the house. I left ALL my craft stuff. I was a card maker (love making cards!) who was starting to get into the Mixed Media stuff. I do want to one day in Summer probably,go get my Gypsy (40 carts), camera, hard drive, Pazzles Inspiration die cutter, electric Big shot & embossing folders, my Cricut, brads, my table, some stamps some Pearl Ex, Lindy Stamp gang mists, I am determined to try to save! In all reality I'm probably not going to be able save my stuff (I have a dream, LoL), craft or clothes (I have l pair of pants & some PJ's, few underwear, shirts). Hard to let go My stacks of paper, flowers, lace/trims, chipboard are unusable by me. Maybe I can try to wash (many times) the lace doubt it. Every time I come in contact with mold I have a setback. I'm back on antibiotics now from some sheets we forgot were in a bag that have to be washed.

What makes me & mom crazy is NO ONE else seems to be affected by this strain of mold! We are extremely sensitive. I did research on this mold & Strep & the only symptoms I didn't have was bleeding from lungs & death. People had to leave All their things start over that's the only way they got better.

I get $674 a month in SSI and just rent is $635. Mom moved in with me since she couldn't go back because of the mold & she pays half rent and half the bills. There's no way I can even re-buy anything anytime soon. I stayed away from Craft Stores because I couldn't craft anymore. Bitter. I gave myself about a week to completely sulk. I'm a fighter and feeling sorry for myself don't really work for me. LoL. I needed to move on so a few days ago I decided that I was going to kinda give up crafting & I prayed about it, "should I quit it God?"

I'm going to stop there....she needs us you guys so I am going to put together a drive. All the details will be in a separate post since this one is super long. I will do a video again to let you guys know that sign ups are ready. Please know that there is nothing else that would make me more happy than to help Tasha! But I need your help....so please help me help Tasha! I can't imagine looking around my room knowing I'm gonna have to throuw it ALL away in the trash!!! Can you? ahhh...it kills me!

Thanks for taking the time to read this post. I am excited to fill Tasha's room with the things she lost and fill her room with the things she loves!L

Have a great day and God Bless you! 

xoxo, Jules:)

Friday, April 1, 2011

"Lace and Pearls" mini album pages!

Hey guys!

I hope you all are having a great end to your week!
 

I want to share my 4x4 mini pages for a mini album swap that I was invited to be part of! Ms Karla ("karlas001" on youtube) invited me to be part of her "Lace and Pearls" mini page swap!!! I got her message to join and was ecstatic about it! 


This was a pretty basic swap in that there were no major challenges and no color or "theme" restrictions. It was a 4x4 chipboard page and the title was "Lace and Pearls"! Which was perfect for me! lol  I was a lot late in starting it but I did get it done in 3 days...

Here are some pics of my page, video to follow at the end!!









I LOVE the colors and the layers! It was hard at first to start this side, but as soon as I saw the trim hanging on my wall.....I know I had to use it. 

Here is the other side. I love the Victorian feel all over this side! I will have these bags up in a day or two. Please subscribe to my blog so you can get an email when I upload the post! Let me know if you have any questions!








One of my loves is packaging up my projects or store items as if they were gifts!! I tea dye heavy white cardstock and with my "7 gypsies" monogram set, I stamp my signature "J" on the tags and use a flat pearl or a pretty colored bling to dot my "j" and tie it on with my tea dyed muslin! I really love doing that!! I placed each page in a vintage newsprint kraft bag (new design, I will be selling on my blog in a day or two) as a gift for the recipient and then for protection, I placed them each in a crispy clear bag self adhesive flap bag!




I want to thank Karla for hosting this cool swap, it was so much fun creating this double sided page under pressure!! :) haha... 

Please leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you!! 
xo, Jules:)