Thursday, October 27, 2011

I've been kinda "Under" lately - literally!

Hubby and I last Friday bought the remains of an estate sale.  We didn't buy out the furniture - we bought all the "smalls" (lamps, pictures, glassware, etc.  basically, everything except furniture).  I plopped myself down on one end of the couch and began sorting and pricing.  Estate sale items have a tendency to be clean because they've been more recently used as opposed to consignment auctions.  Many consignment items are unearthed from forgotten corners of garages, basements, even abandoned houses.  Sooo...I had fewer items that needed scrubbing and laundering.  The picture above was taken from my perspective on the couch AFTER one full day of sitting there working.  Most of the items were still in our box truck, which was packed completely full, all the way back to the door.

The lady was a super-seamstress as well as a wonderful crafter.  This snowman is a jar that she had covered.  The nose was sewn onto the snowface before it was glued to the jar.  I thought this was just too cute and had to show it to you.
We've since taken two loads to the Corner Nest.  Most of the remaining items have been moved from the truck into the office where I can sit at the computer desk and work on them.  The living room is once again ours! 
My goal was to load our booths in the shop to almost overflow status as my surgery is MONDAY and it may be a few more days before I can get back there to restock and "fluff".
The results of my MRI?  Are you ready for this???  I tore both ligaments, both menisci, fractured my tibia (hairline), have bone spurs behind my knee (which I already knew) and have quite a bit of swelling from not only the injury but from my OA and RA (osteoarthritis and rhematoid arthritis).  My ortho had to wait for my Orencia infusion to be worked out of my system before he could operate.  As you probably already know, rhematoid meds reduce your immune system to pretty much zero so the meds had to get out of my system in order to fight any onset of infection.  I should be able to resume my meds two weeks post op (if no problems arise). 
See you again soon! 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

No Excuses, "New Boots" and a Waiting Game

Nope, no excuses.  I've been a bad blogger and I admit it.  I've decided the best way for me to blog is just to do it when I feel like I have something worth sharing and have the time to blog.  And, I'm hoping you all understand.

This will be a quick post.  Sweet Hubby and I are always going to estate sales, auctions, tag sales, etc. in hopes of finding wonderful things for the shop we're in (The Corner Nest, Elizabethton,Tn) and I must admit that we do find some great deals.  We recently scored a box full of vintage Christmas ornaments and this cute boot was included:
 The boot has an old coffee can inside.  I've seen a lot of crafts but have never seen one quite like this before and thought it was just too cute.  Clearly, this "boot" survived many Christmases and was well loved by its family.  Its can could have been filled with candy, Christmas money, florals or even a little Christmas tree.  I decided I wanted to try my hand at making a similar one.

 It somehow ended up looking like an old-fashioned boot, kind of like shoes my grandfather wore in the early 1900s.
I decided it's okay, but of course it's nothing like the original.  I think I may have gone a little overboard when cutting the side flaps.  *giggle*  This was my first attempt; here's hoping my next try looks more like the original shoe.

Tomorrow is Wednesday and I have another visit to my orthopedist scheduled.  Sweet Hubby and I will find out the results of a knee MRI I had done Monday.  We'll learn whether a knee replacement is in the near future.  Personally, I'm hoping it is.  Everyone I know who has had the surgery is grateful for it and I'm hoping to get this knee pain behind me.

Meanwhile, take care and if I don't talk to you before Halloween, don't let the goblins getcha!