Thanks so much for all of the kind words and prayers for my husband's recovery - he saw the doctor today and he agreed that he seems to be getting better and we are hopeful that things will continue to go well.
So let's get back to a bit of paper crafting for a bit, shall we?
This is a frame I made for my oldest son's teacher when he was in fourth grade and it was also published in Paper Trends. It was very easy to do and the teacher loved it, so I thought I would share. The most difficult part was getting all the kids to smile for the camera :) I tried a similar project a few years previously and asked parents to send in a photo of their child - although I got some good photos, most were less than stellar and I decided it would be easiest to do it myself.
Once you have the photos either print them out and crop - or create a photo collage first using your photo editing software. I also changed them all to black and white first. I had some dictionary paper that I loved - but there are so many fun school papers around now, the options are endless. I covered the frame with the paper, added the photos and printed some favorite quotes onto vellum and attached those over the photos. I know vellum isn't terribly fashionable anymore, but I still love it and think sometimes it's just the thing to make a project work. The vellum is only attached at the top so it lifts up and you can see the photos.
I did a post last year about a few other teacher gifts I have made (and wish that I thought to photograph some others!) - you can see that post here.
welcome back! When I said that I would be back on the 26th I didn't have a calendar in front of me and so I didn't realize that today is Sunday and the kids are not back in school until tomorrow. But, let me give you a quick run down of what I've been doing on my "spring break"...it didn't involve too much in the way of gardening, paper crafting or catching up with projects around the house...it did involve lots of doctors visits and hospitals and more than my share of nail biting worry.
For the last few months my husband hasn't been feeling great...at first nothing too specific, mainly tired, but since February he's been steadily getting worse until things finally got to the point three weeks ago that the doctor started to pay attention.
I noticed that he was losing weight, but had no idea (and neither did Joe) that it was 30 lbs! They started doing tests - and finding things that weren't right, including a bunch of enlarged lymph nodes in his chest and stomach and those, along with all his other symptoms, were pointing towards either lymphoma or a fairly uncommon disease called sarcodosis. The day after Easter the left side of his face started to become paralyzed and he lost feeling in his stomach and back and was having trouble walking. He spent most of one week in the hospital having one test after another ending up with surgery on his chest to biopsy the lymph nodes. Thankfully the biopsy didn't show any cancer cells, but it did show things consistent with neurosarcodosis and they have started some treatment for that. The good news with that disease is that it usually goes away pretty much on its own...the bad news is that it can take a long time - sometimes even years.
In the last day he's started being able to wiggle his left eyebrow and was able to take the patch off his eye (when you are unable to blink your eye it gets irritated very quickly). His mouth is even starting to work a bit and we are hopeful that he'll be able to beat this thing quickly. For the last couple of weeks whenever he smiled it looked like he was saying "aargh"...between that and the eye patch, I've been teasing him about having to start a new career as a pirate :)
So that is what I've been up to - in addition to trying to figure out how to clone myself so I can be at a soccer game, little league game and rowing regatta all at the same time - how have you been? I'm trying to get things back into a more regular routine - including blog updates - but I'll only be posting a couple of times a week - that's my plan for now anyway.
Hope you are enjoying this beautiful time of year! Here is a card I made for Card Creations - seemed to fit in with this post ;)