the cure starts NOW!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 30, 2015 by Angie

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I was given an amazing opportunity this summer to give back to some causes that truly matter to me. And, one such organization is THE CURE STARTS NOW. To give you a little bit of the history of TCSN, I’ll share the following:

“Started in 2007 in tribute to a 6-year-old girl named Elena Desserich, The Cure Starts Now Foundation has revolutionized cancer research worldwide with its focus on a “homerun cure” for all cancers. The Cure Starts Now has funded over $3.6 million in pediatric brain cancer research. With over 25 chapters in 2 countries, The Cure Starts Now is making a difference in the fight against cancer.”

Please go to http://www.thecurestartsnow.org to read more about this wonderful organization, and what they are achieving!

I was excited to be asked to blog about some events that TCSN is involved in in August and September. First is the Beer, Wine, Food Festival in the Wyoming Village Green on August 28th and 29th. For any out-of-towners who may not know, Wyoming is a northern suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. I was able to promote a little on Facebook prior to the event, but as a late-to-the-party blogger, I could only really post after the fact. My hope and goal in promoting is that you will ALL get out to the event NEXT year because it was amazing fun! Various local distributors / breweries were able to bring an assorted mix of hard ciders, beers, and wine for tasting. Local restaurants and food trucks served BBQ, burgers, pastries, and more – one vendor even provided chocolate covered BACON (It’s actually very tasty!). In addition to the delicious samplings of food and libations, the event hosted artists creating fabulous sidewalk art done in chalk and pastels (Click on the photo at top for a larger view of an amazing group work where children were invited to pick up the chalk and design their own “tile” on the streetscape!). And, Graeter’s ice cream was on hand to pass out FREE ice-cream sandwich “Wheelies” to all children who attended.

I will be blogging about Graeter’s “Cones For The Cure” in September, which is the second event that I was invited to blog about. Tune in in the next few weeks for additional details on Cones For The Cure, which also benefits The Cure Starts Now. There will be opportunities to receive Cincinnati’s favorite ice cream while supporting this great cause!

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE be looking for details on other TCSN events at: events.thecurestartsnow.org/

Plan to go to the Beer, Food, Wine festival in 2016!!!  And, keep checking back in the next couple of weeks for contests and other information related to “Cones For The Cure!”

 

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Posted in Uncategorized on April 17, 2014 by Angie

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Loveys

Posted in Uncategorized on March 21, 2014 by Angie

I’ve become the ‘boy who cried wolf!’ After repeated promises to jump back into my craft blog, I have been shirking my duty! Thank you so much for your continued support of my blog. There is more work coming in the near future.

This week I made a couple of ‘Lovey’ blankets, and I will be soon sharing a free pattern for an original blanket as the new blog materializes.
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Until then, keep crafting! Keep creating!

Love

Inspiration

Posted in Uncategorized on January 25, 2013 by Angie

Inspiration comes in a variety of places. I find it around my house, in my pets, the snowstorm of this morning’s commute. I find a lot of inspiration on television. PBS is a fave network. And, tonight’s INDEPENDENT LENS did not disappoint.

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Artist Wayne White has been a favorite of mine since long before I knew his name. PeeWee’s Playhouse alone showcased his genius in set design and puppetry. But his strong typography painting skills are what really make me happy. I watched tonight’s Independent Lens documentary and was moved to work on my own typography project. I pulled out my iPad, with my iFontMaker App and created a TrueTypeface font!

You, dear readers, are welcome to check out my font by visiting URL: http://2ttf.com/dO82BSMs
And entering the following PIN: 6242

If you like it, feel free to download for free and use it!

Huge Announcement

Posted in Uncategorized on January 9, 2013 by Angie

On July 23, 2011 I posted a request for donations to my friend Amy’s transplant fund. She has been desperately in need of a lung transplant in order to receive some respite from her lifelong struggle with Cystic Fibrosis. My “Donate Life” stamp, at right, is my own little show of support for Amy. Not to mention the need for thousands of those waiting for life-saving organ donations.
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Amy received her transplant! And I have been amazed at how well she has taken to her new lungs. Receiving the tremendous gift of an organ(s) is something not to be taken lightly. The surgery is dangerous and not always successful. And it comes with a multitude of emotions. Another family is usually suffering when they give this gift. It is to be honored and protected.
Amy will, I know, do her best to live well in tribute to her donor. Please seriously consider organ donation. There are some amazing people out there who are waiting for their miracle.
Thanks to any who may have given to Amy’s fund!

A Return to Blogging

Posted in Uncategorized on January 3, 2013 by Angie

After a long absence from my craft blog, I am finally ready to return to my creative outlets. As many of you know, I have been a caregiver for nearly ten years to a parent with Alzheimer’s Disease. My Mother passed away in May of 2012 and I have been in an odd transition since. I didn’t really anticipate that there had been grief that I wasn’t dealing with while I was dealing with so much. I miss her terribly, but I am also ready to live a better life.
So as a start, my family and I took a trip to sunny Florida (USA) the week before Christmas.

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There was so much to see in the way of inspiration. Color and fantasy and – well, something other than the winter ‘grays’ we have had back here in Ohio!
One day we went to Cocoa Beach where the sky was just a tad pre’stormy’, but the pretty grass and dunes were soothing.

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Far and away, my favorite part of the whole trip was the trip to Busch Gardens, in Tampa, because I was able to feed and pet a kangaroo! I had never seen one in person before, and they were just so amazing. Not unlike sheep, their coats seemed coarse from a visual standpoint but when you touched them it was so soft! I am an animal lover, but I don’t think I am biased. They were just lovely animals.

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All of this visual stimulation, and unique moments spent in a fresh place, made me desire to get back to artistic endeavors. The timing couldn’t be better, too, as I am getting a craft room back! My sister, who had been staying with us temporarily, has moved out. My blogging over the next several weeks should share some details of setting up my new studio space!
Please join me going forward. I have new energy and new ideas to share.

A giveaway that’s NO BIG DILL…

Posted in Uncategorized on December 4, 2011 by Angie

Pop over to the No Big Dill blog for one of the most fabulous giveaways of the year! It’s your chance to win an HP TouchSmart 320 PC with AMD VISION technologyI

But, hurry. Your chance to enter only lasts until Dec. 16th!