Friday, May 29, 2009

More ornaments from Jeanine

You remember Jeanine, don't you? She was my friend who stitched that cute turtle for this project.
Well she is at it again. First let me show you the two Ink Circle ornaments she did. They are the same pattern, but a different count fabric and two distinct overdyed threads.

I had to show the back of the pink one. It has the most fascinating colors. They are pink, brown and a touch of green. She managed to find backing fabric that has all those colors in those shades. Even her trim is perfect!

And even though the stitch pattern is the same (the blackwork one) these all look different. Remember there are different colors for different kinds of cancer. Green is for kidney or bladder cancer, blue is for colon and colorectal cancer and purple is for general cancer awareness.
Orange is for leukemia. Now these two orange ornaments might look the same, but they are not. One has a distinct starburst fabric backing and the other is almost like an overdye.

Jeanine has also designed a streamline way to finish her ornaments. The backing is finished off with a little pocket. Then she just slips her stitching into it. The way she finishes everything off (beaded hangers, cording, beads added to the bottom of the ornament, etc.) makes each one look different.
Jeanine, thank you. The job you do in your "real" life is so important, but your "stitching" life is so important also. I appreciate you so much!
By the way, we have now collected 51 ornaments with many more on the way. I have seen some on blogs that will be heading my way and I have heard from many others that they are in the process of making them.
We are going to do this!
PS. Don't forget to see the previous post about the new design from Vee.

A new ornament design

Vee, from VeeandCo Cross Stitch Designs graciously donated a new ornament design. It is called Never-ending hope and is a cute cup of never-ending hope. The link takes you to Vee's blog and you will find lots of cute designs there. Just click on the link on the right side of my blog.
Thanks so much to Vee. I found her blog while surfing last night and contacted her to ask if she would consider designing something for us. She immediately contacted me and designed it!
Hope some of you will stitch up one so I can post a picture of one here!

Monday, May 25, 2009

A letter from a mom

I received this message from MaKenzie's mom:
Thank you so much....that ornament is beautiful! Please make some more. Maybe with Hope on one side and MaKenzie's name on the other. I have several friends and family that would love to purchase them. Thank you for your love, support, and prayers.

Wendy Butler

I told her of course I would make some for their family. So stitching for the tree will be on hold for about a week or so. If I can give some of their family a little "hope" in the form of a stitched ornament, I will do it.
We are making a difference each day! Thank you for your help!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Link to my Relay Fundraising Site

I had some inquiries as to where to go if you wanted to donate money for our Relay For Life team, the Stitching for a Cure team.
Here is the link. I will also put it on the right side of my blog.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Well folks, we have some money

I was at my Relay For Life team meeting tonight. I brought Mackenzie's zebra ornament to show as an example. One of my good friends said she needed something with a zebra print that had the word hope or cure on it.
She asked if I would sell the ornament and I thought for a minute and said yes. After all a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. She asked me what I wanted for it. It is one of the simplest ornaments I have made and only took me less than an hour to do the entire thing, finishing and all. So I said $15.
She then said, wouldn't you like to make more for your Relay project. I quickly said, give me $25. SOLD!
So we now have $25 for our project so far! Just $4975 more to go!
I asked around about getting a tree donated tonight. One of the local stores said they could probably help, but they don't know if they will have their trees in by Oct. 16th which is when the tree debuts.
I think I will probably use a tree I have right now to show off the ornaments if they are not in at that time. By the time we raffle it off the day before Thanksgiving I will have the actual Christmas tree in hand.
I am also going to be setting up an online Relay account that people can donate on line to. I will post the link when I get everything set. I know several people said they would like to donate some money rather than stitch an ornament.
So now I am off to make another ornament to replace this one. Good thing I can whip it out quick!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Little Makenzie and the zebra print ornament

I told you awhile back that the new recognized ribbon for unknown cancers was zebra print. And I said I would find a way to make a zebra print ornament.
I have been successful and here it is!
I was very focused on making this in honor of a 19 month old child named Makenzie.
She was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma which is a horrible cancer that mostly affects children. There was a nasty tumor that was wrapped around her aorta.
When they removed this tumor some of the cells "escaped" and buried themselves inside of her. They have now made many new tumors. She has had a kidney removed, her uterus, some of her bladder and part of her colon. Really tough for such a little girl.
But now they don't believe it is Neuroblastoma.The Oncologists are referring to it as a "Malignant Tumor with Neurogenic qualities. Really, really bad because they are not sure how to treat it.
Most unknown cancers are fatal. I refuse to believe this is the case for Makenzie.
I am praying for a cure. So I made this ornament to help find a cure. A cure for Makenzie.
If you would like to see this sweet child, please go to the following site: and then in the website put makenziebutler

Ornaments in memory of

Sandy stitched these two beautiful ornaments. They are needle roll ornaments and are so, so pretty. She has some pulled work on them, beadwork and a Rhodes butterfly on one and a Rhodes heart on the other.
She did them in memory of some family members and added that to the back.

She did the pink one for her grandmother and the other one for her father and father in law. I think it is precious how she put the wording on the ornament.
Thanks so much for you help in this. If you would like to check out her blog, here it is:

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A very special ornament

This ornament is in honor of some friends of mine. The entire "B" family is so precious. They are the most giving people I have ever known.
They lost a son to Rhadomyosarcoma. I will do some research and report to you later about this cancer.
I thought you might like to read this. It is by Phil B. the boy's father. It was an English paper. It puts into words some of the thoughts that occur when all options run out.
Please stop before you read this. Say a quiet thought for all the parents going through this and GET A TISSUE. You will need it.
Will We Be All Right?
The time was spring, just after Easter, 1997, the season that signifies a renaissance in life. The trees were budding like butterflies escaping from the confines of a cocoon. Bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes danced in the wind. The sweet aroma of the flowers filled the air. The birds sang like a well-rehearsed string quartet. As the season brought life, it took it as well.
Paul had been battling rhabdomyosarcoma cancer for almost eighteen months. He had endured surgery in late August of 1995, struggled through nine months of chemotherapy and radiation, only to discover that the cancer had spread to his lungs. Running out of options, the physicians at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston offered us one other type of chemotherapy treatment. However, six weeks later the CT scans revealed that more tumors had reared their ugly and grotesque heads. With that discovery, my wife scrambled to find some form of treatment that could save the precious life of our fourteen year old son.
Her endless hours of searching directed us to an alternative type of treatment just over the Texas/Mexico border. We found ourselves in a very modest and unfamiliar part of the world. We were now far from the fast-paced, high-tech, and somewhat posh environment we had grown accustomed to in Houston. We soon made friends with people of various backgrounds from all over the United States who were also hoping to find a cure for their particular illness. For us, this place did not answer the prayers for which we had asked. So after three months, my wife was once again frantically searching for that one illusive miracle treatment or drug.
Her search this time guided us to the Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio and a doctor who only treated people that had exhausted all other traditional methods of treatment. The treatment regimen was somewhat similar to those we had grown accustomed to at MD Anderson. One could see the desperation in many of the patients’ faces; it was like watching a woman in heavy labor hoping for that perfect child. By Thanksgiving 1996, every hope we had had for a cure had been shattered like a glass tower crumbling to the ground. Our hours of prayer for a cure seemed almost exhausting at this point. Our prayers now turned to asking God for a little more time with our son, and a peaceful and painless end to his battle.
Before we conceded to the evils of cancer, we wanted Paul to enjoy the relaxation of a vacation, something he had not experienced in a long time. We loaded the minivan with luggage stuffed with clothing, an ice chest filled with food and drinks, a TV/VCR for entertainment, and as many big warm coats as we could find. We went on a fourteen hour trip to Cloud Croft, New Mexico, to see and bask in the freshness of new fallen snow. As we made our way to the base of the San Andreas Mountains, the view was one like our son had never seen before. The magnificent trees were covered in snow, like a baby under a freshly washed cotton blanket. The homes peeked from the hillsides like children playing hide-and-go seek. Seeing the excitement on his blushing face and the wonderment of his sky blue eyes made it truly worth everything it took to get him there. As we made our way up the steep and winding gravel road to our cabin, we were awestruck by how the enormity of the trees dwarfed our cabin. With all the beauty God had just shown us though, our enjoyment was short lived.
That evening, Paul started running a fever, and we knew we would have to return home sooner than we had anticipated. The next morning, with Paul still running a low grade fever, he insisted that we at least go into town to look around. Once again we loaded everything into the van, checked out of the cabin and headed for town. We discovered a very quaint outdoor ice rink that we insisted we must try and conquer. Oh the laughs that created! Once finished, we looked around town and agreed on a place to have lunch. By now Paul was starting to become tired, and his fever was starting to increase. On our track back home, we marveled at the many awesome creations God had created in this place and in our world.
Within months, Paul’s condition deteriorated rapidly and his breathing became more labored as the days continued to slowly pass by. He could no longer speak, so his only form of communication was by writing sweet, humorous and sometimes witty messages on his dry erase board. Then the humor and the wit faded, and the only question he kept asking was, “Are y’all going to be all right?” because he knew his days were numbered. How do you answer a question like that from a young, strong, handsome, smart, funny and talented teenager who knows he is starting his ascension of the pearly staircase to Heaven? My wife and I finally gained the courage, strength and composure to respond, “We will be fine, and you will be, too.” On the morning of Friday, April 4, 1997, as the sun broke through the clouds, like Moses parting the Red Sea, and a rainbow stretched across the sky, as if God were opening his arms to greet him, Paul took that final step and leaped over the threshold of mortal life and into his heavenly home of eternal life.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

New ornaments, new pics

Here are some new ornaments from Jeanine. She has the most beautiful, most unusual ornaments I have ever seen. Did you see the turtle? She used the actual stitching as the shell of the turtle and then made a stuffed turtle to go with it. SO, SO CUTE!
Then do you see the little pom pom one? It is stitched over one. I tried several times to photograph it but could not do it justice.
These are so nice and what's more, they are done by another person who just wants to help with this project.
Thank you so much Jeanine!
I have stitched some other ornaments and am in the process of putting them together. I will have another educational blog soon.
And I have heard from more friends that more ornaments are on their way! Check this blog frequently. There will be lots of activity soon!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

I am baaaacckkkk!

Thanks to my mother and sister I am back online with a new computer! I will have new pics to post later this weekend. Lot's of catching up to do!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Pattern Removed

This is Jennifer again. Donna and I noticed that one of the patterns called "Breast Cancer Ribbon" was not leading people to the right location. I don't know if it was something we did or on their end so we just removed this. If anyone happens to know where this is now located or saved it on their computer please e-mail me at . Thanks.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Update from Donna's daughter

This is Donna's Daughter, Jennifer. Donna had a lightening strike on her house. All 4 of her TVs are out, the water heater is out, the dishwasher is out, the hallway light is out and most importantly her computer is gone. She will not be online until she gets computer access again.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Finally some stitching, but not from me

I have some lovely photos to show you. My friend Jeannine sent me these 4 ornaments. I love the way she cut out the pink angel. That must have taken some time. Her finishes and stitching are just lovely. I am so sorry it has taken me so long to post these pics!

I also received these two beautiful tatted ornaments from Laura. She did such a lovely job. As I have said before, one of these days before I go to meet my maker I hope to learn to tat.
This week I had our annual Blood Donor Banquet. It is always nice to see the wonderful donors, volunteers and coordinators that help save lives each day.
Thursday night was the banquet. I have a very special donor that is mentally challenged and his wife who is also challenged that come to our banquet each year.
I had a woman come up to me and tell me hello. I didn't recognize her. She was bald. But once she started talking to me I realized this was that donor's wife. I will call her "S".
S tells me that she had breast cancer. They removed both breasts and several lymph nodes. She is undergoing chemotherapy. I was stunned.
Now what I am about to say may sound crazy. I have always felt that God doesn't give us more than we can handle. But I have always also (here is the crazy part) felt that if you have one really big problem, you got a "free pass" for other big problems. So S being special, I never imagined that she would have to deal with CANCER.
But I was wrong. She and her husband are dealing with it. Her husband seemed more "mature", quieter. I can imagine this is really scary for both of them.
I immediately asked her if she had contacted ACS and she said yes. They have given her two wigs (she said they were too hot to wear that night) and had helped her with a prosthetic bra. They also have provided transportation to therapy for her and and helped her to network with all the folks who can help her.
None of us are immune. We can all have this dreaded disease touch us. I better get to stitching. We have to do something about this for all of the S's in our lives.