Friday, December 20, 2013

It's finally beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

It's been a very busy holiday season. My youngest got married on Dec 7, then my uncle had a heart attack on Sunday and had bypass surgery on Thursday. I'm glad to report that a full recovery is expected.  And to top it off I have caught a little stomach bug. 

But I am managing to finally make it look like Christmas and it's a good thing too, as the big family meal will be at my house this year.  I thought I'd share a few of my Flea Marketed, and junky vintage decorations with you. Some I've shown before, some are new. I hope you enjoy.
You can read about this fun project here

Orla Meets Cathrineholm Meets the nativity

I had to have this crate when I found it back in June :)

I typically like my regular decor and don't really like putting my prizes away for a month. So I just decorate around most of them.

I love this red Cathringholm bowl, and the graphics on this old box of snow.

some fleamarketed package decor

A spindle tree in my Snowman Crate 

A little bit of everything in my entry way
I hope you are enjoying decking your halls and that you and yours are all healthy and happy this Holiday season.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Advent Calendar continuing Days 8-11

We continue our Advent countdown to Christmas.
Are you following along?

  If you want to see the complete calendar project you can view it on my  pinterest page.

Have your little ones follow along as well.

 You can order Jodi's pre-printed tags here .
  And they are much better than the ones I made.
Here are the tags we've done so far, and some hints as to items you can use to illustrate the Names of Jesus.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Let's count down, Advent Calendar Family Project, Names of Jesus

I've done this for several years now and it is always so much fun.   I was
Inspired by  Jodi's Jesus Tree project.
It's a  "follow along Advent Calendar" I'll be doing with all of you.

Each Day, I'll draw an ornament from the basket.  Below are the first 7 days.
Each ornament will have a special meaning that relates back to the Reason for the Season, or names of Jesus etc.

I'll start on December 1 and go through Christmas Eve.
I'll post the Ornaments as I go, a few at a time.
 You can  see the complete calendar project on my  pinterest page.

Have your little ones follow along as well.

If you want pre-printed tags  go  here .
  And they are much better than the ones I made.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Making your Wish list, and Small Business Saturday

Remember Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday. 
 The people you love will be looking for the perfect gift for you.  Have them purchase your missed issues of Flea Market Style Magazine, (subject to availability)  
 I have plenty in stock for immediate shipment.  

And if I don't have the one you wanted in stock....
Flea Market Style announces their first ever Collectors edition, Featuring some of the best homes from past issues. It has a thicker than usual cover and only a few ads in the 160 pages of content, only (one ad page except for inside covers) $12.95.

Go here for ordering information

And while you are ordering, check out the past issues I still have available.
Flea Market Style magazine's
First Ever "Best-of" issue.

Only $12.95
Go here for ordering information 

Re-visit the great homes featured 
in past issues of 
Flea Market Style 
in a 160-page best-of issue,
Thicker than usual cover
Perfect for the Coffee Table
ery few ads inside 

This is your chance to 
re-visit the great homes featured 
in past issues of 
Flea Market 
Style magazine,
 or catch up on what you missed.
 a gorgeous  compilation of the best flea market style 
 homes, and collecting trends that have been featured
 in the magazine 
 over the past four years.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Blessings to you and yours

May you be blessed with Family, and Abundance on this Day and All Days to come.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

My experience with Flourouracil 5% cream for Actinic Keratosis (pre cancer) areas of face FLUOROURACIL

I began using Flourouracil 5% cream due to a 2nd suspected actinic keratosis
on my face. I'm 49, I live in the south have a pale complection.
I found a pretty good video explaigining what the treatment consists of and some of the other options for Actinic Keratosis (pre cancer) here.

I began treatment on Jan 15, 2014 after making sure all social interactions were done with after the holidays.
I applied the cream on nose and cheeks once daily for 14 days and then continued to apply it for another 4 days on areas that had failed to react.
I was extremely apprehensive before beginning treatment due to several blogs and message boards on the net about people's experiences. and I was expecting the worst.  Expecting it and going through it are  2 different things and I wanted to write about my experience. I also wanted to document the healing process since I have not found much information about what to expect once treatment has ended.
These 2 products will be your best friends during treatment. Along with a few cosmetic products I'll talk about later.  Both of these can be found at the drug store. The cetaphil is for daily cleaning and the Aquaphor is a very soothing product that you can use
Please consult with your doctor first for directions on using these products, or anything I mention in this blog. This blog should not be used as a substitute for Medical advise. It is simply a journal of my personal experiences.

 I started taking photos on day 8. The first week was fairly uneventful,  with only small areas of red showing up. Mostly around my nose. 
Note:  I sleep with a cpap machine, and I used it the first 2 nights... Don't! I'm almost certain that the reaction around my nose is due to the cpap mask. If you sleep with anything on your face, talk to your doctor about it before you begin.  Eye glasses can also cause irritation where they rest on the nose.

You can click on any photo below to enlarge,

Photos on left are without makeup, photos on right are with makeup
 (ask your doctor if you can use makeup)
Day 8
By day 8 I'm starting to see a lot more redness, mostly still around my nose. I'm still able to cover well with makeup and I do my normal activities.

Day10, The show begins. I'm red, my skin is tight and puffy, and the area around my nose is feeling very chapped. Still able to cover with make up and go about my day as usual. I'm a little more tired in the afternoon. Advil keeps most of the discomfort at bay. I applied Aquaphor in the evening and it made a huge difference. I almost "felt" normal.

Day 11 -  Woke up with a lot of redness in new places. All along cheek and under my eye. My Nose is starting to show some reaction as well.  Close up photo shows some small areas that are actually turning brown. You might need to click photo to enlarge. These areas were the first to respond and I will probably discontinue the cream on this area at 14 days.  Still able to cover enough with makeup to feel less self consciousness in public.

Day 14 - Jan 28, 2014, Technically I could discontinue treatment after today. I'm seeing some flaking, and the first areas to turn red, are quite chapped and dry and they do hurt. However Aquaphor  soothes them very nicely and I can almost feel normal. I may not look normal but I can feel normal. Since my treatment was prescribed for 2-3 weeks,  I've decided to discontinue using the cream on the worst areas, but to continue on some of the areas that have failed to react. Specifically my lower cheeks and nose.
 (curiously where one of my original trouble spots was seen, has failed to react at all)

I discovered that if I mix my Mary Kay yellow concealer with Aquaphor and make a paste, it is both soothing and concealing.   I just played with it and found a consistency that I liked. It's not perfect, but allows me to go to work and get to my desk without scaring any one too much. I have not yet missed any work, but it's not always comfortable. Photo on  right is after only using the home made concealer concoction. Add some foundation and blush to this and I'm even more presentable.
Use the soft brush to dab, not rub the mixture onto the red areas, use your fingers too if you dare.  Continue dabbing till you get the coverage you want. Remember it will not be perfect. Your skin is not smooth and it's very hard to cover texture. You are just trying to tone down the redness. Once you have it how you want it, dab your foundation in the same manor and then add a little blush to your cheeks as needed. Go ahead and fix your hair and eyes, and get dressed, and make yourself feel presentable.
It will help you to have a better day, if you feel good about yourself.


 You should start using a sun screen moisturizer like this one if you have not already started. Use it under your make up every day. Guys too, it has no color, but it will definitely protect your face from sun exposure. Add it to your daily routine.
Jan 29th Day 15
The left side of my face did not  have as much of a reaction, as the right side, Before and after makeup photos above of the left side. (note iphone pictures are reversed)

Jan 30th-day 16  Healing around nose and under eyes. Still treating cheeks and nose, but not seeing as much of a response.

On a side note, I began to have some severe muscle aches around this time. I'm unsure if it had anything to do with the treatment, but felt I needed to mention it.
Jan 31 day 17. Something got on my lens I guess and made these photos fuzzy, I kinda like the effect :)  
Healing and peeling continues around nose and under eyes. Hard to see but on the left side under my eye (actually the right side of my face) I had a strong reaction.
 Still itchy, still tight, using aquaphor as much as needed, but it's much more tolerable than last week.

1 Week healing
7 days healing with help of Desonide Cream

I'm continuing to heal, Left Feb 5.  Although I'm still pink/red the discomfort is for the most part gone. My skin continues to flake but does not hurt as much. I applied some Desonide cream to speed up the healing after reading that others have used it with doctors permission, and I had a little bit left in an old tube. It really helped and I highly recommend a call to your doc for a prescription of this miracle healing cream.  As of day 10 of healing, I can easily cover with makeup and it does not sting any more, and go out and about with confidence.  My son even said I looked good with a little color in my cheeks LOL.  The new skin is so soft, but still pretty pinkish. I have a couple of areas that are still a bit crusty, under my eye, on my nose (already formed AK's in those 2 places) and a dark spot I've had on my cheek for years really reacted. I hope when it heals it will no longer be a dark patch. Puffs under my eyes have gone down as well, which means swelling is subsiding.

2/10 red, peeling and healing

Feb 9, Peeling on nose, healing on cheek

It's now one year later. It took several months for all the redness go completely go away, but it was no problem to cover with makeup. My skin just likes to stay red when injured.  Doc said I had a good reaction and she was pleased. I've had no problems since I finished the treatment.  You can do this!!!!

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