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Thoughts on giving . . .

Christmas Can Change the World

Thursday’s SOAP – Luke 21:1-4

21 While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box.Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins.
“I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them.For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.”

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Welcome

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If you are tired of the commercialism of Christmas and want to enjoy the Season in a more meaningful way try the Advent Conspiracy.  Visit the post below for more information.

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Love to Craft and Love Supporting NOCC

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Ever since I was a young girl I have loved to make things. My parents bought me crafting kits, oil paints and canvas to keep me busy. Remember rock tumblers, bottle cutting kits? I had those and more.

These days I prefer to work with items I have on hand. As a result I usually have a wide selection of materials from which to choose. Recently I found the Madly in Love crochet hat pattern from Moogly that I wanted to make, so I just went shopping in my yarn room for yarn. I used to call it my craft room, but in reality it is mostly yarn right now. I freely admit to having a yarn addiction and having a problem with passing up a yarn sale (but I’m working on it – LOL).

Asymmetrical Blush & Gray Set

Recently I’ve added jewelry making to my list of crafting passions. Hmm, must have started with that rock tumbler kit because I recall that there were jewelry findings in the kit. I’ve learned techniques from some classes on Craftsy and Annie’s and just played around.

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Most all of my pieces are unique and one of a kind, although I must admit to using a kit when I wanted to learn a more complex beading technique. I’ve included a few of my pieces in this post. I hope you like them!  You can see more at my ETSY shop, MarvelousMeows.  50% of all shop proceeds, until October 31, 2015, will go to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC). Enter code TealPower and get free first class shipping to anywhere in the United States.

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September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

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At the beach in N.C. with my mom shortly after finishing chemo

This year I celebrated 5 years of being cancer free after my diagnosis, surgery, and chemotherapy for ovarian cancer. Ever since my diagnosis and while going through treatment I did what I could to spread the word about ovarian cancer, its signs and symptoms. You see, while I had my annual PAP test and breast exam (oh, the joys of mammograms) I knew nothing about the early signs of ovarian cancer. In fact, I knew nothing about the disease.

Before my cancer was found I knew something was wrong, but not what.  For months, and months, and months I went to doctor after doctor and had test after test. I was checked for celiac disease, had my gall bladder tested, had blood work, I even had an abdominal ultra-sound (not pelvic), but all of the tests and exams were negative.

I was ready to give up and just live with my symptoms, but my husband pushed and pushed, so I kept going to doctors. It was only because of an abnormal PAP that my cancer was finally found by means of a trans-vaginal ultrasound. Please, please, please remember that a PAP test does NOT detect ovarian cancer.

So what are the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer?

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or Abdominal Pain
  • Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
  • Urgency or frequency of urination
  • Changes in bowel movements

If you have one or more of these symptoms on a persistent basis, please, please, please go see your doctor.

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I was lucky, my cancer had not spread beyond my two ovaries and one Fallopian tube and I have survived. Most women diagnosed with ovarian cancer are not so lucky; 70% of my teal sisters do NOT survive five years.

On Sunday, September 20th I will again walk in the Central Maryland Chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Run/Walk in order to raise earlier awareness about this deadliest of gynecological cancer and to support more research.  Please consider lending your support to help educate others and save the life of a mother, daughter, grandmother, sister or niece.

2014 NOCC Walk Run Event

2014 NOCC Walk Run Event

Team Teal’s Team Page for the NOCC Walk/Run

In order to help raise awareness and help fund further research, I am donating 50% of all proceeds, through October 31, from my ETSY shop to NOCC. In addition, you can get free first class shipping to anywhere in the United States. Just enter the code TealPower at check-out.

Bright and Sunny Summer Crochet

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Sq 1 & 2 Circles of the Sun CAL

Circles of the Sun Squares from Week 1 & 2 (unblocked)

Bright colors and small squares are my idea of a perfect summer crochet project.  The colors lift my spirits and the squares are quick to work up so they fit well into a busy summer schedule!

The Circles of the Sun CAL [CAL = Crochet Along] fits the bill perfectly.  As a plus, I get to discover and explore new techniques with yarn.  I have discovered surface crochet which adds texture and dimension to your yarn projects and have learned a better way to crochet in the back loop – – no more loose stitches – – YEA!

Sq 3 & 4 Circles of the Sun CAL

The designer, Lilla Bjorn, used a thinner yarn and smaller hook, so my squares are a bit larger than the original design, but then that makes them uniquely mine. Since I’m working on a number of other projects, I decided to go with Lilla’s color choices instead of planning my own. The end project is to be a pillow, however with my larger squares, I ought to get two pillows made. I plan to use them to brighten up the dark brown sofa in our family room. Can’t wait to see how they will look. I still need to decide on a crochet or fabric backing. Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Only four more weeks to go, and I can’t wait for each new square to be released. I have probably finished each square the same day that I started and usually on Friday when each new design is released. The design patterns may look intricate, but don’t be intimidated as they are all just combinations of single, half-double, double and triple crochet. Are you ready to get started?  You can find the patterns here or on Facebook at the OFFICIAL CCC SOCIAL GROUP.

Square for Week Five

Square for Week Five

I’d love to know if you are working on this CAL or if you decide to start!