Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Super heroes, the Super Bowl and diabetic cats...

Since my last post, the Ravens won the Super Bowl!  And my husband and I are such die hard fans that we will remind each other of this simple fact for weeks, months and even years to come.  I really only mention it here because I came up with such a clever title.

In my last post, I told you all about Zena a.k.a. "Beansie", one of my cats, who had recently been diagnosed with diabetes. I have wonderful news to share - after just over two weeks on insulin injections, the vet declared the diabetes to be in remission and I was able to quit giving her shots. Praise the Lord! It wasn't as simple as just giving her shots and then - bam! - no more diabetes, she went back for all-day observation and blood tests twice. After the first blood glucose curve, the vet increased the insulin. Well, on the third day of the increased insulin, my husband called me worried sick (yes, crying) that she was dying. I freaked out and raced home. On the drive, I called my sister ("Why are you calling me?! Call the vet! Now!") and the vet. Low blood sugar. Get her some Karo syrup, and then feed her. Well, that did the trick, and then the vet reduced the insulin. It would have been nice if someone had warned me that could happen... After the second blood glucose curve, we were told that Beansie's numbers were good all day and we could quit the injections. The upshot of all of this is that she is at a healthier weight than she used to be and she is more affectionate than ever. To quote my four-year-old, "I love Beanser; she's my number one love cat."

That same four-year-old was recently invited to a birthday party for twin boys in her pre-school class. I always cringe a little when the invitations come home from school with the words, "Come dressed up." And no, they don't mean to wear your Sunday finery. Don't get me wrong, I am not daunted by the thought of making a costume, but the invitation said this party had an Avengers theme. I am pretty out of touch with pop culture, so I had a vague idea of the Avengers being super heroes, but did not know any details. Well, my daughter told me she wanted to be Firestar. I am 99% certain she has never seen said Firestar, but had learned of her from classmates. A quick Google search revealed some VERY adult images of Firestar and I feigned ignorance declaring, "I don't know how to make a Firestar costume. Let's invent our own super hero. How about Vegetarian Girl? She protects animals and makes them well if they're hurt or sick?" It didn't go over very well initially. But the day before the party, I told her again that I couldn't make a Firestar costume and she'd have to go without a costume. She reluctantly asked, "Well, what about that other one you said? Vegetarian Girl?" So I found this fabulous super hero cape tutorial.  I couldn't resist making a matching skirt. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Bra alterations for cat medication

Did the title catch your eye?  I can imagine anyone just passing by might stop to see what that could possibly mean.

It's a new year and a lot of new things are on the horizon.  We'll start with my Etsy shop, EverSewSweet.  My "original" Etsy resolution was to create a new listing each week.  Well, so far I don't have any new listings in 2013, but I have a lot of things in the works.  I managed one new listing on New Year's Eve, these sweet American Girl pajamas

Tonight, while at my sewing machine, I discovered an easily fixable mistake, but it made me quit sewing in favor of a blog post.  And I've made a list of sewing projects that I need to work on, one of which popped up today.  I had a text from a recent customer who had me add straps to a strapless dress.  So she must have a strap "thing" because today she asked me to fix the straps on 13 bras.  Yes, 13.  She brought me a huge shopping bag full of bras!  Part of me says, "Bra alterations?  Did I really sign up for this?"  But the practical part of me says I need the dough.

Last Friday, one of my cat companions (I'm a cat lady, I admit it) was diagnosed with diabetes.  I am giving her insulin injections twice daily, which is going to get expensive.  But she's my love cat, my Beansie, and I will do what I have to do, including bra alterations!

Here she is, the fatty on the right.  She topped out around 16 pounds, and now weighs under 10.  On the left, is Fat Sera (yes, that's what I call her).

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Big Reveal

You might have noticed the button on the right that I am a blessed member of the CAST Etsy team.  When I joined this team, I was looking for fellowship and encouragement.  I have found these and so much more.

We had the opportunity to exchange gifts in a Secret Santa exchange.  While I fretted over what to give to the stranger whose name I was given, a box arrived in the mail from LittleElfsToyshop.  What fun!  I opened the box, thinking I'd find a wrapped gift inside that I'd put under the tree.  Inside was a beautiful organza gift bag with a little treasure inside.  I saw it, but resisted the urge to take it out.  I returned it to the shipping box and put it under the tree.

What was it?!  Just be patient.  It wasn't what was inside that was the true gift.  I received an Etsy conversation from Julia of CardsbyJeweleighaB explaining that there was more to come, but that she (Julia) was not my Secret Santa.  Hmmm.  A mystery.

Well, Christmas Day came and went with nothing new from my Secret Santa.  I received another convo from Julia explaining that when names were drawn, the person who was supposed to give me my gift never responded to the convos, despite expressing interest in the exchange (we signed up for this, after all).  So Julia, out of the goodness of her heart, took it upon herself to make sure I had a gift, even though she had someone else to give to already.

To me, THAT, is the true gift.  But I won't be returning this little cutie any time soon! (Sorry, I'm trying to learn how to insert photos.  No luck.)  http://www.flickr.com/photos/bibs_bows_n_more/6592366833/

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Be Still and Know

The hustle and bustle of Christmas is upon us.  We look so forward to Christmas that we find stores decorated in October, hear yuletide songs in November and start our Christmas shopping 364 days before Christmas at the after-Christmas sales.  We are in such a hurry for Christmas to get here - making cookies, writing cards, wrapping gifts, going on visits - that even though our intentions are good, we forget the meaning behind it all.  We fail to reflect on a baby - a baby! - born for us, so that we might find rest in the rush.

And so I've had a song lyric or two running through my head.  The first one, I don't even know the whole song, but remember the line straight from Matthew 11:28 - "Come unto me, all who are weary, and I will give you rest."

And the other one is a favorite  - "Word of God speak" -you know the one.  It says:

Word of God speak
Would you pour down like rain
Washing my eyes to see your majesty
Please let me stay and rest in your holiness

It wasn't all that long ago that I wasn't familiar with Psalm 46:10, but now, I feel it speaking to me.  "Be still and know I am God." 

So, this Christmas, while you're hurrying around and worried that you've forgotten something, please, just take a moment.  Be still and know.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

so you want to be a blogger...

After I opened my Etsy shop, I thought I'd write a blog.  Well, imagine my surprise when I discovered EverSewSweet was not available.  What was even worse was that the "blogger" wrote one entry and that was it.  To this day, there are no more entries.  Who knows? This could be my first and last entry.
You can see that nearly two years later (and 12 sales) I became The REAL EverSewSweet and here I am!