A New Look – Website Design

Vicki O'Dell The Creative Goddess

 

If you read my blog posts on a blog feed or in your email you may not know that I have a new look on my website.

I’m super excited about the new look. I love the bold colors on the mostly white background, the clean lines and the whole general lay out.

I’m still working in the back room organizing and streamlining to make using this site to find great craft and home decor projects easier for you.

If you have any suggestions, think I’m missing something or would like me to think about adding a new section be sure to drop me a line at creativegoddess (at) vickiodell (dot) com.

I can’t promise anything but this is OUR space and you can sure put in your two cents about what you might like to see.

If you haven’t been by in a while be sure to grab a cup of tea and spend some time looking about. I have 6.5 years worth of crafts, recipes, DIY’s and diary type entries to keep you occupied for a while. You are bound to find something that you want to try. :)

 

If you are looking for someone to work with to design your own site I highly recommend Sarah at XOSara.com. She is a very good designer who is patient and flexible.

 

PS. I’ve been sort of taking a break and taking it easy while I deal with this whole breast cancer thing but I’ve also been working on a few projects and will be back next week with some fun new stuff. ♥♥♥

Stanley is a Liar – Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Breast Cancer Diagnosis

 

Stanley is a sneaky bastard.

First he hid from us on the mammogram and then he said he wasn’t cancer when the doctor shoved a needle in him and told him to tell the truth.

Stanley lied.

Torture doesn’t seem to phase him.

Stanley is cancer.

I received the diagnosis on Monday when the surgeon called to let me know about the pathology report from my lumpectomy. Not long after I published this post saying I was cancer free.

Life is funny like that.

Stanley is in for a rude awakening. Torture by needle is just the tip of the iceberg. We have evil plans for the little booger.

 

Don’t worry, I’m in a good place and I’m in good hands.

So many lovely people have stepped forward to prop me up for a bit while I fight this. And I’m going to let them.

It takes a village to fight cancer.

I’m determined to not only survive it but also to find a way to THRIVE.

This is a life changing event but I know that I’m going to come out better than ever. I’m constantly amazed as I am able to see a little magic in the things that are happening around me. Little things coming together to make this bearable, hopeful and loving.

It might get a little quiet here now and then as I nap or read instead of make projects or spend time digging through the thrift store but I have no doubt that by Thanksgiving (maybe even Halloween) I’ll be back to my old self again.

Only better.

 

 

 

Finding a Lump

 

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Back in June when Warren and I were in Providence on our working vacation I discovered something that was kind of scary.

I had just gotten showered and crawled into bed when my intuition (call it god, guides, angels – whatever you want to call it) directed me to “TOUCH HERE” and my finger landed on a small, hard, pea sized lump in my breast.

The same intuition (or whatever you have decided to call it – it’s OK, I won’t tell you what to call it) told me that I was going to be OK.

I’m not going to lie, I turned over the possibilities in my head for a bit but I did go to sleep. The next day I showed it to Warren and we both felt it wasn’t anything serious but that I should have it checked out. We knew that whatever the outcome we would deal with it together.

I found the lump on Friday (6/27) and called my insurance company on Monday. They set me up the very next week with a surgeon. No regular doctor – a lump is taken very seriously and passed right along to a surgeon. At least with this company.

I had just had a mammogram barely 3 weeks prior and the lump hadn’t shown up on it. I felt like that something that had appeared so quickly either meant that it was a cyst or a VERY early cancer. He set up an appointment for an ultra sound and let me know that he was concerned.

Yipes!

Even though I truly felt that I would be OK I still worried some. I knew I would deal with it if I had to but I didn’t want to have to. Ya know?

Then my ultrasound appointment got cancelled and I turned into a mini basket case. Still pretty sure that it was going to be all right but with the doubt factor turned up a notch.

The following week the ultra sound showed that it wasn’t a cyst but luckily I had another appointment with the surgeon the following day and he was concerned enough that he did a needle biopsy and we set a date for a lumpectomy no matter what the results of the biopsy were.

The results? Benign but not normal.

Not 100% out of the woods but at least it was something and the doubt factor got dialed down. The question of just what the heck the lump was made of still remained.

I had the lumpectomy on Friday August 1st. It was very anti-climactic. Especially after more than a month of concern. I was in and out in 2 hours  only a little pain. Really, the anesthesia was the hardest for me to deal with and took a few days to work out of my system.

I have a follow up appointment this week and I’m hoping to find out what the lump was made of, what the chances of repeat lumps and so on.

BTW, in a fit of silliness I named the lump Stanley (my apologies to any Stanleys out there) and I couldn’t wait to have him evicted. A few days after surgery I gathered up my family and we celebrated Stanley’s eviction at our favorite Mexican restaurant.

 

Here are some things I learned from this experience so far that I thought I would pass on.

  • 80% of breast lumps turn out to NOT be cancer
  • It will take a while from the time you find the lump to get an answer as to what you are dealing with. With all of the hoops that insurance companies make doctors jump through these days you may have to have several types of tests before a diagnoses can be found. Try not to let it bother you. I know that for me as long as I was making progress I felt much better. Do what you can to keep the ball rolling.
  • Humor will likely keep you from crawling into bed and staying there.
  • It is a great time to let your family and friends have your back for a bit. Lean on them – that’s what they are there for.  I felt so loved and cared for by my family and friends during this time. I knew that whatever came I could get through it with their help.
  • If you don’t have solid family or group of friends now is the time to make them. So you can love on them and let them love on you.
  • Making things will keep your hands and brain busy so that you can push worry to the side. Bake, cook, paint, sew or dance – whatever your creative outlet it.

 

Believe it or not, I am thankful for this summer and Stanley. I’m thankful to feel so LOVED. I’m thankful to be healthy and want to continue to do what I can so that I remain healthy for quite a long time. I am thankful for the insight I have gained and for this opportunity to be reminded of what is really important.

 

What is truly important to you? When or how did you realize that importance?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collecting: What is a Flower Frog?

Flower Frog

 

I love a little mystery.

As a floral designer I’ve known about flower frogs for some time and I have quite a few of them. They are useful and kind of wacky cool looking.

But what are they?

A flower frog is an implement designed to sit in the bottom of a bowl or vase and hold flower stems in place — keeping arrangements in exactly the shape the arranger had in mind. They come in many forms: Some look like metal pincushions, some resemble freestanding toothbrush holders, others are graceful figurines with strategically placed holes made for blooms. The earliest known versions date back to 14th century Japan, where they were essential to the art of flower arranging, or Ikebana.

But here’s the mystery. No one is quite sure HOW they came to be called flower frogs.

It is thought that they started to be called frogs in the early 1900s here in America but that is all anyone really knows.

My collection includes all of the ones in the above photo plus the next couple of photos.

 

Flower Frog

 

This glass vase with glass frog that fits into the top is perfect for shorter flowers like my Floribunda roses.

Flower Frog

 

 

This is one of my favorite frogs. A ceramic frog.

I’ve been wondering lately how I could display my flower frogs. Sure, they are kind of neat looking , but except for the ceramic frog they wouldn’t look so great sitting on a table top or a shelf. So I went digging for some inspiration and here is what I found.

 

 

What is a Flower Frog?

 

Here is a lovely way to display vintage flower frogs in a Vintage Soda Crate from Shabby Love.

 

What is a Flower Frog?

 

I love this Flower Frog Wall Art from Design*Sponge

 

What is a Flower Frog?

 

I love the way the flower frog is used in this display. I found the image on Pinterest and it said it was from Fleeing France but the post was removed.

 

What is a Flower Frog?

 

Here is a great way to display several flower frogs in one place from Mamie Janes.

 

What is a Flower Frog?

 

Display antique scissors in an  antique glass flower frog? Yes please!

 

Flower frogs are still produced and vintage frogs can be found in abundance on Etsy and Ebay. You know, if you would like to collect some for your own.

 

What do you collect?

 

 

 

Made By Yourself

Made By Yourself

 

 

Made By Yourself by Peter Fehrentz

100% Handmade Designer DIY Projects for the Home, From Furniture to Accessories

 

DIY is as popular as ever and what better time to take on a few DIY projects than the beginning of a new school year? Dorm rooms, small apartments and even smaller budgets are the PERFECT time to experiment and flex your DIY muscles.

The layout of this book is genius. Each chapter features a different type of material. Whether it’s glass, ceramics, wood, leather, paper, cardboard, fabric or plastic you can assess the materials you have on hand, or can easily acquire, and flip to that section of the book for inspiration.

 

 

Made By Yourself

 

 

 

From the Press Release:

DIY has never been more popular, or more stylish. Handmade objects guarantee individuality and sustainability – and for this reason they have become highly sought-after elements in home decor.

Made by Yourself offers a range of ideas for furniture and small decorative crafts that are 100% individual, while offering step-by-step instructions, sketches, and patterns that guarantee your creations will be easy and enjoyable to make.

 

 

Here are some details about the book:

  • Hard Cover
  • 141 Pages
  • MSRP $27.95 USD
  • All projects are rated according to how difficult, how much time and how much it would cost to make them.

Contents include:

  • Class & Ceramics
  • Wood
  • Leather
  • Paper & Cardboard
  • Fabric
  • metal
  • Stone
  • Plastic

Made By Yourself by Peter Fehrentz  is available from the amazon.com widget below for $19.42.

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