{3 Month Marker and Pumpkin,Apples and Bacon}

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I’m still hanging in there. I attend PT/OT twice a week at a local hospital, and they are working on trying to get my motor skills back, walking, crawling, all sorts of things. I will be fitted with an AFO (Ankle Foot Orthosis) this week to help with me right leg/knee. It has been hyper-extending since the stroke, and they fear I will do more damage if we don’t start supporting it.

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My days consist of therapy or doctors appointments still. I have been grateful for a girlfriend that took me to the cider mill and also to the state park yesterday. I don’t/can’t do much still without feeling exhausted in a short amount of time, but it does help so much getting out before the crazy Michigan winter hits. I am dreading that the most (I usually love winter) because I will feel so isolated. Currently, I am trying to come up with excursions to get me out of the house. I *hope* to visit some local universities and speak to them about “Stroke”.

Sharing an “oldie” from the archives…maybe this week I can finally complete a piece!

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I had the most delicious soup with a girlfriend yesterday while dining at Aubree’s in Dexter, Michigan. I searched the internet when I got home and found this recipe:

Pumpkin Soup with Sauteed Apples and Bacon

Ingredients:

1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
2 Cups chicken broth
1/2 Cup half and half
1/2 Tsp pumpkin pie spice
salt and pepper, to taste
2 Tbsp maple syrup

Enhance Your Dishes with Swanson® Broth

To top-
Bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 Small apple, cored, peeled and chopped
1 Tbsp butter

Directions:

Combine pumpkin, chicken broth, half and half, pumpkin pie spice and maple syrup in a medium saucepan and stir to combine. Place over medium heat and allow to simmer for about 5-10 minutes. Taste, adjust seasonings, if needed. If the soup is too thick, add a little more half and half or chicken broth.

For the apples-
Place butter and apple chunks in a small saute pan and cook over medium-low heat until apples are softened, about 5 minutes.

To serve-
Divide soup among the bowls and top with bacon and apples. Serve.

{Bewitched Cone}

Hello and Happy October! I am sharing another project from the archives today. Things are still moving along…some good days and some bad. Weather has been amazing here, and I only wish it would stay year round. It sure does lift my spirits. I am working on some fine motor skills for my Occupational Therapy, and I *hope* next blog post will be something NEW to share with you!

Thank you so much for your kind words, prayers, positive thoughts and encouragement. It means so much!

As seen on the Paper Whimsy Inspire Blog

The whisper of October’s falling leaves, crisp air, and colorful pumpkins everywhere…this “Bewitched Cone” is an enchanting project sure to get you in the Halloween spirit.

Supplies:
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Rusty Bell Garland
Studio Cloth
Kraft Shed
Rustic Folk Star
Rustic Pins
Black Ball Trim or lace
Black Ribbon
Black Craft Paint
Tacky Glue
Cheesecloth
Silver Sparkle

Technique:
(1) Trace large circle (I used a dinner plate) on to Studio Cloth. Cut out and cover with black craft paint. Once dry, flip and cover areas that will peek out when it is rolled into a cone.

(2) Roll circle into a cone shape. Glue areas where the cone meets and clamp to dry with clothespins or book binding clips.

(3) When cone is dry, add black lace around top edge. This can be done with a needle and thread or hot glue gun.

(4) Cut black ribbon for handle hanger and black ribbon streamers for front. Tack on with a few stitches.

(5) Print Single30b PNG (isn’t she spooky?) on to matte card stock photo paper. Cut out a piece of chipboard to match photo dimensions and collage image using Perfect Paper Adhesive or Matte Gel Medium. Set aside to dry.

(6) Coat Rustic Folk Stars with Perfect Paper Adhesive and dust with a coat of silver glitter. Glue star to center front of cone, and glue two of the stars to bamboo skewers. Tie black ribbon underneath.

(7) Print script from Backgrounds 02 PNG and roll. Attach a staple in back to secure.

(8) Cut and tea stain two pieces of cheese cloth (approximately 4.5 inches by 10 inches each). Set aside to dry.

(9) Stuff cone with kraft shred. Add photo, rolled script tube, tuck cheesecloth in front and back of cone, silver stars, and straw flowers.

(10) Dust the cone with black glitter in certain areas using tacky glue.

(11) Wrap rusty bell garland around the base of the cone. You may need to glue it at the back to hold the bells in place.

This cone will make a charming accent to your home, office, studio or to give as a gift this Halloween season. I would love to see your “Bewitched Cone” project. Can you share it with me by placing a link on the Paper Whimsy Inspire Blog?

{Shabby Roses Fabric Pouch}

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I wanted to share this project I did for kindredstitchesmagazine.com/ back in July. The Project was released just before I had my stroke, and I am delayed in posting and sharing it. All the instructions are available at their web site through Apple or Android (this is a digital magazine). They also have a pattern shop so I really encourage you to stop by for a visit.

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A little video made on September 1, 2014 that my daughter Alli did on her phone.
I have posted it to my personal Facebook page, but after long consideration decided to share it publicly with all of you, this way you know I am o.k.!

I want to thank you for your continued support and encouragement. I love receiving the emails, snail mail, and comments on my blog. I want to say that EACH and EVERY one of you would be doing the same thing, FIGHTING to get back what was taken.

I learn something NEW everyday about strokes. I hope to very soon share my own story of the day it happened, and share some pics of my stroke as well (need to get hold of the MRI first.) I finished with 3 weeks of wearing a heart monitor yesterday, and *hopefully* I do not have A fib. Lots of doctors still to see, and OT and PT is scheduled until the end of October.

{Somerset Holidays & Celebrations 2014}

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I was tickled to receive this in the mail last week the 2014 copy of “Somerset Holidays and Celebrations”…inside there were two articles from pieces I had submitted. “Lovely Lace Banners” on pages 50 – 51, “Sweet & Shabby Mitten Ornaments” pages 112 – 113, “Magical Snowflake Faerie Wands” page 138 and Vintage Winter Tags page 141.

I feel especially blessed with this issue seeing my art. I am hopeful to start creating in the near future. I am already using my right hand for some light typing and they have me picking up pegs, clothespins, and all sorts of things at Occupational Therapy. I cannot tell you how much your kind words and encouragement during this time mean to me, especially those that came out of the woodwork to MAKE a COMMENT! God Bless You! I will beat this no doubt in my mind, but it will take time. They are already impressed with my determination! I hope to share my story soon with all of you! Happy Tuesday!