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Stitching for a Cure

Yesterday was chemo day again and I spent the morning at the hospital with my daughter-in-law.  When I came home there was a package waiting for me from my friend Pauline. Just look at what she made using breast cancer fabric!  Exquisite little bags to hold sewing things, cosmetics or anything else we can dream […]

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March 29, 2014 - 6:16 pm

Pam in Indiana - What sweet gifts! One of my quilting friends is in the middle of her chemo. She will be with us next weekend. She is the third in our group who are breast cancer survivors and we support one another through this. Know that I’ve been praying for your daughter-in-law as well as for Paula. (((Hugs)))

March 29, 2014 - 7:28 pm

Cheryl in kansas - Sweet gifts! You, your daughter in law and family are in my thoughts and prayers continually….God can do mighty things, wishing He keeps you all in His loving arms and gives you all the strength to get through this tough time…
With love…Cheryl

March 29, 2014 - 8:16 pm

Sharon O - Is she selling these? I would order a few.

March 29, 2014 - 8:18 pm

Carmen - How lovely these are! The best gifts come from the heart. Our best to you & your family as you go through these difficult times.

March 30, 2014 - 3:54 am

Karen - These are beautiful. What a very special gift from Pauline.

March 30, 2014 - 5:01 am

mimi'sdarlins - Anne, what lovely gifts, and how sweet of your friend to show her support in this way. I’ve been praying for a complete recovery for your daughter-in-law and for strength for the family throughout her treatments.

March 30, 2014 - 12:20 pm

Donna Sparling - Wow! How cute and how nice to have a friend like that! They are truely special. Continuing to pray for your daughter in law for strength, peace and healing.

March 30, 2014 - 2:59 pm

Louise - Pauline is a very caring friend indeed. Your daughter in-law just had a little prayer said for her.

March 31, 2014 - 4:21 am

Karen - These are gorgeous. Pauline is wonderful!!

April 1, 2014 - 8:35 am

Pauline - Anne…you are very welcome and thank you for your sweet blog posting. I knew the moment I saw the posting about the cancer journey your family would be taking that I would make you two ‘Tammy’ bags with breast cancer fabric. I took the same journey with my sister and my son…no one should have to go down that road. They were young…45 and 23 years old and today they are 60 and 37. I will be mailing off another Tammy bag today…made with the same breast cancer fabric. We got back from Canada late Monday afternoon…it was a busy 4 days and a good trip back to Michigan…no snow was flying!! hugs Pauline

April 2, 2014 - 5:24 am

Ronda - so sweet! I would love for Pauline to share her pattern and where we could purchase. Such a thoughtful gift

April 2, 2014 - 6:36 pm

Mary T Salmon - Anne:
Pauline is very talented and even more thoughtful. This is a wonderful gift for your DIL.
You and your family will continue to be in my prayers. Tell your DIL she is loved by someone in Texas.


Last October I purchased two live orchids from Pottery Barn.  I ordered two plants, thinking it would increase my chance of success.  The plants bloomed for almost two months and I was thrilled, but of course eventually the blooms died and I was left with two plants to care for.  The Pottery Barn website gives […]

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March 26, 2014 - 7:58 am

Paula - Very pretty. Orchids are one of the few plants that thrive in my house, because all my plants either thrive on neglect or die.

March 26, 2014 - 10:00 am

Jenni - My boss has hundreds of orchids in her backyard hanging along her fence. No lie…hundreds. She will give me a few now and then due to lack of room. She has taught me to give them 5 ice cubes a week and leave it at that. It works! That is all you have to do. 5 ice cubes a week.

March 26, 2014 - 7:31 pm

Katherine Schaffer - Anne –
Your orchids are just lovely; so glad you were able to get them to bloom again! But as always, you are quick to share some helpful tips with those of us out here in “Bunnyland”, whether it be on quilting, working with felt, embroidery … and now.. indoor gardening! You’re a sweetie and deserve those new bloom!

March 27, 2014 - 3:21 am

Pat - My girlfriend has orchids and she puts 3 ice cubes on the plant every week and that is it and her orchids are beautiful. Your orchids are beautiful. Maybe it is finally my time to buy myself one.

March 27, 2014 - 7:56 am

Mary Jane - Isn’t it great fun to have one rebloom! We received one for Christmas two years ago and when it finished it was moved to our bathroom and since it has rebloomed twice (it is into it’s second bloom). Obviously it likes the humidity and the indirect light. Congratulations on your success.

March 27, 2014 - 11:07 am

kathleen Solomi - I have 2 plants sleeping at present
Congratulations , they don’t always oblige with a second flowering

March 30, 2014 - 5:49 am

mimi'sdarlins - Anne, I started growing orchids about nine yrs ago, with trepidation, but found them to be so rewarding, I wouldn’t be without them! I’m continually surprised at how many times a year they will bloom. I have one just like yours happily flowering since early March.
I find phalaenopsis to be the easiest to keep reblooming, some of the more exotic varieties not so much.

April 6, 2014 - 6:32 am

Barb haakonson - Hi, every time I think about watering my orchid, I just use an ice cube. I received an orchid and this info from granddaughter Ashley. I mostly neglect it.

Miniature Garden

A friend gave me the prettiest glass jar that’s the perfect size for a spring terrarium.   I just couldn’t resist making one!   I found everything I needed on Amazon.  I ordered a terrarium kit with activated charcoal, little rocks, potting soil and moss.  Then I ordered some little miniature plants, just the perfect size! […]

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March 19, 2014 - 6:43 pm

Janan - These two bunnies are sew cute!

March 19, 2014 - 9:06 pm

Donna Liljegren - I’ve never tried a terrarium, Anne, but I have to admit it looks like fun. I love your little bunnies! (I’d need a squirrel or a miniature Corgi in mine!)
Thanks for the inspiration.

March 20, 2014 - 3:30 am

Jane - I love your terrarium! How big is you jar? Is the opening wide enough for you hand to go into?

March 20, 2014 - 2:43 pm

vicky - How pretty! Love your little bunnies tucked in! Someone gave me a rather larger terrarium for my 21st birthday. I gave it to someone else when I moved to CA 20 years ago at age 43. I hear it’s still thriving. Here’s wishing a long life for yours!! :)

March 21, 2014 - 4:25 am

mimi'sdarlins - Anne, this is so sweet! I remember when terrariums first became popular in the 70s, I had two of them. Still love them, still have the glass containers, have been thinking of making one for several months….maybe I’ll finally do it :)

March 27, 2014 - 6:36 pm

Mary T Salmon - Anne:
I have 6 of these apothecary jars. I have yet to use them. Thanks ever-so-much for the wonderful idea! I can make gifts…one for me, of course.


Close to Home in 2014

It’s amazing to me how life works. A choice I made last year, affects things in a much bigger way than I could have imagined. All of a sudden I stand back and say “now I see, I was supposed to be here”.   I decided in September that I would stay closer to home in […]

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January 4, 2014 - 8:25 am

mimi'sdarlins - Dear Anne, this post gave me goosebumps and brought me to tears. I believe too, that we are guided when we make decisions, and despite not knowing why you made the choices you did at the time, you are right where you need to be, right now, and will be in May as well. I love your friend’s new pup and hope you will find one just like her. I’m continuing my prayers for your daughter-in-law and your entire family.

January 4, 2014 - 9:16 am

PAtricia G Hayes - Dear Anne, I have missed something along the way and this note from you has me so sad for you all. I do believe I have figured it out from the comment above me. However my thoughts and prayers are there with you, and yes, you made a good choice to stay near home this year. Now is the time when a little gental one will find you and fill that niche in your heart.
Ypou will keep smiling, this I know just from our little purchasing relationship and emails.
Patricia in Florida.

January 4, 2014 - 10:31 am

DeAnna Dodson - Praying for you and yours, dear Anne.

And praying you and Chelsea in finding a new forever friend. I never met Bitsy of course, but I loved reading about her in your blog and seeing her precious pictures. I really miss her, too. But I’m eager to meet your new one when you find her.

How very exciting.

When I had to let my precious Elliot cat go, the vet brought me a feisty little orange kitten and told me he needed a home. Petie certainly will never replace Elliot, but he’s incredibly precious all on his own. He makes me laugh every day, and I can’t imagine being without him. You and Chelsea will know the right one when you see her. :)

January 4, 2014 - 11:04 am

Jean - You and your family continue to be in my thoughts and prayers throughout the day! Since losing a friend to breast cancer, my friends and I back home have made lots of quilts to raise money for cancer patients. We also make quilts to give a warm hug to people who are going through chemo. I was happy to find someone here after we moved with the same passion that does work for the Avon Walk. Unfortunately, it is something that is going to affect all of us in one way or another.

If you like, when you are ready to get a new little friend for Chelsea I can get you in touch with my sister, Janice. She lives in Tracy and works with a rescue agency there and is very good at finding the perfect dog for just the right person. They are a great agency! She has 8 dogs of her own!

I can’t wait to see your new patterns.

January 4, 2014 - 11:11 am

Kay - Wishing you happiness and peace in 2014. Following your heart is often the way to go and your post certainly tells us that. xx

January 4, 2014 - 12:54 pm

Julie Z - What a good idea to take Chelsea along when you look for your new family member. You will all know when you’ve found each other. I look forward to following your journey, and know all will be well.

January 4, 2014 - 2:06 pm

Carole Crane - You have been a wonderful inspiration to me, you have a beautiful talent and a giving heart. God doesn’t close a door without opening a window, sometimes it is hard for us to crawl through. Keep you and yours in my prayers.

January 4, 2014 - 2:09 pm

Michelle B - Just before my husband made the big move down here to TX he had to have our beloved Border Collie put to sleep. She was best friends and protector of my little Mini Doxie, Daisy. I didn’t even think about Daisy missing her until we were out walking and she saw a BC. I picked her up so there wouldn’t be any problems and could barely contain her she was SO excited! I think that from a distance she thought it was her buddy. That thought made me so sad.

PS–I had breast cancer 21 years ago this spring. It was very advanced but I chose what I felt was the best treatment for me, the surgery plus alternative treatments. Each person needs to do what they feel is BEST for their body. No one else knows your body like you do!!

January 4, 2014 - 2:43 pm

Meredith - Anne, my thoughts are with you for the challenges ahead for your family.

If you want to see an amazing show of support and fundraising with the theme of pink, all the way here in Australia, have a look at today’s Test Cricket Match (Sunday January 5) at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the third day between Australia and England. It’s Pink Day, and the crowd, the stands, the players and even the wickets will be an amazing sea of pink. It’s Jane McGrath Day, in memory of the wife of well known Australian cricketer Glen McGrath. She lost her battle with breast cancer a few years ago! and this pink cricket day is now done each year to raise money to employ specialist breast cancer care nurses! they have funds now for 100 of these special people. It was her wish, and the support from the cricket community and the spectators is amazing. Just google it for today’s match and you will see an amazing pink display.

January 4, 2014 - 2:46 pm

Meredith - Me again. Just apologising for the exclamation marks in my post, they are not meant to be there. Sorry

January 4, 2014 - 3:24 pm

Bonnie - Can’t wait for the PDF patterns–such a convenience!!

January 4, 2014 - 5:09 pm

Janet - I’m sure you and Chelsea will find the perfect companion … and close to home’s a good thing – you’ve got a lot going on in your world right now. Thoughts and prayers …

January 4, 2014 - 7:03 pm

Karen Miller - Anne… I remember two years ago when I lost my lifelong friend/horse Chief and posted about it just days after starting my blog. You were the first and only person whose response touched my heart, made me cry, but also helped me start healing. I want to thank you for that. Reading your post today bring tears to my eyes – I believe that everything happens for a reason. I’m so thankful that you are home to be with those that need you. God bless you and your loved ones. Thanks for being compassionate to those you hardly know – and for loving and helping those that need you. Take good care. Hugs, Karen

January 4, 2014 - 7:35 pm

Tina - Sending many, many positive thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Can’t wait to see pictures of Chelsea’s new buddy when you find him/her.

January 4, 2014 - 11:14 pm

Denise Armitage - Oh Anne, I m so sorry. Although I am I not Catholic, I do believe this new Pope is changing our world, showing the demonstrations of love to strangers, sometimes those who need it the most. So, from a from a stranger, to you and your family, I send my love and will say a prayer.

January 5, 2014 - 12:50 am

rc - Anne, I’m sorry for the diagnosis of your loved one. I know how difficult it is. :( As for a companion, when you are ready the East Bay SPCA in Oakland is a wonderful place to find a dog. I regularly volunteer there and they have a great selection of dogs. Hugs to you and your family. :)

January 5, 2014 - 6:53 am

Patricia - We lost our 17 yr.+ 1 week old Shih Tzu about a yr. ago. My husband told me NO more puppies. ( I think now he did this too speed me along) Well I found a breeder and we visted. She had 4 males– all adorable— I played with all.. but one kept sitting at my feet looking up at me. He was saying ” Come on lets get moving.” He choose us. He is now a yr. old Plays with the two cats and takes “care of” the 12 yr old Yorkie. So watch out I am sure you will be Choosen” soon.

January 5, 2014 - 6:39 pm

liz - Continuing to pray for you and your family. The lymph node surgery leaves you sore for quite awhile after, so make sure your loved one doesn’t overdo anything, or she’ll risk straining or tearing muscle. Not that y’all need anymore advice, I’m sure you’re getting several ears full…

January 5, 2014 - 7:25 pm

Sue - Dear Anne,

Oh how you made me smile when I read – someone up there was trying to tell me something. I know FOR SURE I am guided, protected and will ALWAYS be deeply loved from many above, one being my father. He died when I was 9. We were SO close and it seemed as if he knew our time would be limited. Being so young, it confused me why he was trying so hard to teach, show me everything he could, to prepare me for the best life possible. In retrospect, I understand now what he was doing! I believe we are all guided from above but for any number of reasons, we don’t recognize it until after the fact, if at all. We are so busy with what is going on in our lives, we rebuff our STRONG gut feeling of what/which decision we should make. “Gut” feelings usually being the strongest “signs” we receive.

I was SO happy to read about your plans – to continue to do what you love, your passion and our gift – EACH and EVERY one of your awe-inspiring designs, but slowing your pace some – to stop, admire and capture the beauty and wonder that surrounds us every day!

I was saddened though to hear the health issue your family member is going through. I will certainly keep them in my thoughts and prayers and know, surrounded by those they love, through and by faith, prayer, hope and determination, they WILL overcome it, and their health will be fully restored!

I recently saw 2 items on the web that apply to what we need to be focusing on to improve the quality of our body, mind and soul, instead of the stress, worry, and “what if’s” our minds normally go to! The first, a gentle reminder in this “hurry up” world, stressing that we need to take time to cherish and embrace all experiences in our lives, it reads – “Sometimes you never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” This is so true! There are no “do overs” in life so while beautiful and wonderful things are happening, it is so important to recognize them! The second was stapled to few telephone poles around town which read – “For one minute, please stand here in silence, look at the sky and contemplate how awesome life is!” It is so important to remind ourselves, give thanks, take a few moments each and every day in profound gratitude for the abundant blessings we all have in our lives.

Just a quick thought please, if you can, when you are ready to find a friend for you and Chelsea, would you please consider taking a peek on FB/Twitter? Every night a whole group of us tweet and also share on FB, cats/kittens/puppies/dogs that are to be put down the next day. You can find any “type” of dog you may be looking for, from pure breeds to mutts! They give a lot of information/history about the animal from age, health, prior exposure to cats/dogs. The rescue/shelters are more than happy to answer any questions you may have not listed under the animal’s picture and history.

In closing, may each dawn bring miracles of boundless joy, with an abundance of health, happiness, prosperity, peace & love!

Huggggs! :)


January 5, 2014 - 8:43 pm

Judi - Since you are searching for a new friend for your pup, please consider adoption. In one of the NYC newspapers last week the story was about how many chihuahuas are abandoned in a year. There were over 1000! One was found in Battery park in her pink tutu dress. No one claimed her. It seems that these puppies are given as gift accessories and then either abandoned or left at shelters. I am sure that any shelter near you or a chihuahua rescue group can find the perfect baby for you and a forever home for some lucky pooch.

BTW, for anyone else, there are breed specific rescue groups for almost every breed. They have everything form puppies to adult dogs and all have been checked by vets and tested for temperament.

January 6, 2014 - 8:12 pm

Jamie O. - Much love to your family as your loved one goes through treatments. I was 26 and 29 when I was diagnosed with my breast cancers. It’s been 7 years and things are great. It is a trying time, but just taking it a step at a time makes it bearable. Hugs to all. :)

January 8, 2014 - 3:27 am

Donya - I just had to comment, that has got to be the cutest picture of a dog, Chelsea is precious and your right she looks like she needs a buddy. Hope you find one soon.

January 9, 2014 - 7:23 pm

Pam in Indiana - I don’t believe God makes mistakes. Trusting that He is holding you in the palm of His gentle hand — and leading you and your lived ones where they need to be. You and your relative with breast cancer are in my prayers. xo

January 11, 2014 - 7:28 pm

CarolMacLeod - Well Anne…..your wish from above has come true. I am holding your new baby that was dropped from heaven. Milk Shake is on my lap while I read your blog about finding a new addition to your pet family. Tears for Bitsy and tears of joy for joining you with another sweet Toy Fox Terrier! Only 5 more days until she will join you!

January 17, 2014 - 6:34 am

Wendy - Oh Anne I am sorry to hear about the recent news concerning your loved one. Life definitely does have a way of stopping us in our tracks at times doesn’t it? It is good that you will be having more time to care for and support someone that needs it. Just when you think some decision was made for one reason it becomes clear that there may be a bigger plan at work. Maybe that is comforting at the moment to feel that things happen for a reason or that we have some inner sixth sense. It seems to have given you time to reflect and realize what you want of need more of for yourself in the coming year. Good luck in your search for a new four legged friend. And prayers to you and your family for a good outcome regarding the health issues you face together. Hugs to you.