Tuesday, September 1, 2015

National Stamping Month—Hello, Life!


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Patriotic Crafts

I'm in the process of helping
   create some  patriotic crafts. 
Here's  some of my samples!
Would YOU like any of these?

"Rag Wreath"

4th of July Swag

USA Swag

Framed God Bless the USA !

Framed WWII  Band (My Father in Law !)

Let me know if you'd like to have one of these
for a gift or for yourself!



Sunday, May 3, 2015

Taste of Summer


Only $8.95... and look what you get :

Here's a cute layout  to get you started!


or... try these darling cards:

It's as simple as check out my website...  http://HelpingUcelebrate.CTMH.com   and be sure to click on May on-line orders... to join the stay at home National Scrapbooking Month Celebration.... and check out this Bonus Stamp Set !

Contact me for details on making these projects... I'd love to Help You Make these!


Thursday, April 2, 2015


Love a great deal? How about 30 days of great deals?
During the month of April, you have the opportunity to score a deal every day with Close To My Heart!
What deals are we talking about?
 Each day during April, while supplies last, we’ll feature a random grab bag filled with current and retired Close To My Heart products available for purchase at a major discount.
To grab your bag, simply place any current, full-priced item in your online shopping cart through your Online Business Address and you will be eligible to purchase as many grab bags as you wish (while supplies last)!

Grab bags will be featured at five different price points throughout the month, ranging from $35 USD / $55 CAD to $150 USD / $160 CAD.
Some grab bags will contain product with more than DOUBLE the retail value of the price you pay!
Grab bags will be available for 24 hours starting at 3 pm MDT each day and only while supplies last—so visit often and early!
Remember that grab bag tiers will be featured on a random schedule throughout the month, so seize the opportunity to purchase from the grab bag tier you’re interested in when it becomes available because it might not come around again!
Dates: Offer valid April 1, 2015 (3:00 pm MDT)–May 1, 2015 (2:59 pm MDT).


Monday, March 2, 2015

Saying Good Bye to Special Needs Sister

The final thank you note is mailed, and here's a summary of why my blog was on the back-burner the last 7 months:
 July 2014, my sister, who lived in a group home was in  the hospital for 22 days, (11  of them in ICU), followed by another 3 weeks in an acute-care facility. After TONS of Dr. appointments (all fall)  we  (my other sister and I , being partners as  Marlene's advocate through all of this ) were back at hospital  Christmas day, then  surgery New Year's Eve day.... with another 23 days of hospital stays, followed by more acute-care.... before returning to her group home.  February 9, 2015 we got the phone call that her blood sugar  jumped to 500, and after EMS arrived, she went into cardiac arrest...  her body just couldn't fight any longer.

Hoping to give others a better understanding of life with a Special Needs Person:
Here's her  bio that was shared at her Celebration of Life Service: 
 Marlene Martiny
May 12, 1955  -  February 9, 2015

Me holding newborn baby sister
  In February, 1985, my Mom wrote:  “Marlene weighed about 5 lbs at birth, but came home at 4 lb 4 oz. She did not suck on the nipple by herself, so I had to work her little jaws as much as an hour at a time to see that she had any nourishment.  Needless to say, that in 1955 the hospitals did not leave the babies with their mothers that long, and the staff did not have time to do that.  SO, she was sent home – for whatever care I was able to give her. “

Marlene in our doll cradle

Marlene had low Apgar scores, and suspected lack of oxygen during birth.  The Dr. told Mom & Dad that she would be a “challenging child” because she was “borderline”…. In other words smart enough to know that she was different!

Marlene lived up to that description her entire 60 years!

With delayed motor milestones, sitting up > a year, walking > 2 yrs

At 3 ½  yrs of age she fell off of a stool while washing her hands, and sustained a “concussion”, while in the hospital, her vocabulary grew from 6 or 8  ---to 10 or 12 new words a day…. We couldn’t believe when she came home what had happened!

The cute little curly headed girl, wasn’t always so adorable…. It seemed like dinner hour was the worst time… Mom had one idea, and Dad had another…. And Marlene’s behavior was the root of most of the argument….   With Marlene in school all day, Mom went back to teaching…. Maybe that classroom of teenagers typing away was a relief to the crazy and uncertain times at home, when nobody knew for certain how to handle Marlene!

As a young adult, she was a “typical teenager”… and then some…. “I don’t want pizza for dinner …. I want steak….. next night:  I don’t want steak for dinner I want pizza”… and on and on….

Marlene was “mainstreamed” into a few classes at Royal Oak Dondero H.S. and was extremely proud of her sewing creation, and her graduation.   I found her wallet size diploma in her purse this week.

Marlene lived in 6 group homes, and a couple of apartments (by herself, but supervised) She worked for New Horizons, and Freedom, at various facilities.  Her favorite jobs were working at the Food Bank, and being in the Community.

 Special Olympics Bowling Team

She had a variety of hobbies over the years, including bowling with Special Olympics,  latch-hook rugs, scrapbooking, puzzles, visiting the dollar store, and spending her sister’s money.

 Favorites : The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Muppets, Beverly Hillbillies, Brady Bunch, Flipper, & Partridge Family.

Last trip to Disney World
Marlene loved to have fun, and in her young-at heart spirit, always talked about “THE KINGDOM”  We all hoped she’d be able to make that trip again… but …I remember when Dad died, a grief counselor had a great conversation with Marlene, and she said to the girl, “Personally, I don’t know about you, but I believe in God”  SO,    instead of Disney’s Magic Kingdom,  she went for the Big One in the Sky.