Friday, April 17, 2015

I Stand Corrected

   Last week, I said I had was getting close to the end of my long journey of finding the right rigid gas permeable contact lens for my KC eye. I thought I had the perfect lens but  a few days after I posted that it started to give me some problems, rubbing on the eye, glaring really bad and digging into my lower eyelid.

  Well, yesterday's appointment revealed a new lens had to be ordered. This time the doctor is doing a new design. He is making it thinner on the edges so it don't dig into the lids. It is also going to be bigger, which I am not happy with because I am already having a hard time putting this one in. However, if it means a better comfort and vision I will be happy to stand on my head to pop a piece of plastic in my eye.

   During, all these appointments my parents and I have did a lot of studying on KC. It is amazing how many people are affected by this the odds are like 1 in 2000. We have seen numerous studies on vitamin deficiencies with keratoconus patients, the main one is vitamin D. I am now taking 5000 IU of vitamin D. In these studies patients had seen amazing results in their shape of the coned corneas. The ended up flattening out and were stronger. Time will tell and I am all for trying anything so I don't have to wear those hard plastic contact lenses for the rest of my life.
 
   I will have my new lens (if you lost count this is my 8th lens) on Tuesday. So expect an update on the current lens late next week.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Days Like These

   I am going to keep this post short and sweet. Here is a scrapbook page of my grandpa, uncle and cousins back in the 70's.
Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Studio), patten paper (Teresa Collins and My Mind's Eye), chipboard (My Mind's Eye and Um Wow Studio), wood veneers (Studio Calico and Maya Road), die cuts (Teresa Collins), paper clip (Maya Road), mist (Tattered Angels), twine (Timeless Twine), corner rounder (We R Memory Keepers) and a button. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Building My Card Stash

   Like, I really need to build my card stash. I have boxes full of them. 

  Well this one I will be using next month. I am sure my mom will like it. 
Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Studio), pattern paper (My Mind's Eye), journaling card (Project Life), twine (Timeless Twine), stickers (Elle's Studio), stamps (EK Success), wood veneers (Studio Calico), gelato (Faber-Castell), punches (EK Success), ink (Memento), and diy enamel dots

   The next two cards our ones that will go in my stash. 
Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Studio), journaling cards (Project Life), washi tape (Studio Calico), die cuts (My Mind's Eye), sequins (Studio Calico), stamps (Studio Calico), ink (Memento and Close to My Heart) mist (Studio Calico), punches (EK Success) sewing machine, thread and ric-rac. 

Supplies: (cardstock (The Paper Studio), pattern paper (Glitz Designs and Studio Calico), stamps (Studio Calico), twine (Timeless Twine), sequins (Hazel & Ruby), punches (EK Success), doily (Doodlebug Designs), marker (Faber-Castell) and journaling card (Project Life)

   On this card I did something a little different I even decorated the inside. The reason was I used a double-sided pattern paper to make the card base. To make the spot for writing a message I just added a journaling card. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

A Relaxing Lake Floater - SBC #435

   It is Monday morning and that means it is time for a Scrapbook Challenges latest sketch reveal #435
   
   For this page I changed the number of photos that were used in the sketch. Since my photos were bigger than 3" I just removed one of them.
 Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Studio), pattern paper (Crate Paper and American Crafts), washi tape (My Mind's Eye and Scotch Brand), chipboard (Bo Bunny), stickers (American Crafts, My Mind;s Eye and Simple Stories), twine (Timeless Twine), stitching templates (American Crafts). sequins (Hazel & Ruby), stamp (Deep Red Stamps), ink (Close to My Heart) and electronic die cutter, cartridge and software (Provo Craft) 

  Here is my favorite title technique. I love mixing fonts and textures in my titles. Here I have twine, foam and paper. 
    I added sequins to the front if each  journaling strip to create a bullet point. Plus, it adds a nice sparkle. I also added more of the twine stitching.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A Project for the Kiddies - CCB

   This project I am about to share with you today is kid friendly. The challenge for the Canvas Corp Brands creative crew was to create a kid project that they would want to make and we would want to display it.  I thought about this long and decided a cute embroidery hoop wood be a great thing for a kid to work with. 
   I am going to share everything you will need and the steps on how your little ones can create this. 


 
Supplies from Canvas corp Brands:
Other items you will need: 
embroidery hoop
adhesive cork (Contact)
felt
stencil (The Crafter's Workshop)
Click on the image below to view images bigger.

Step 1: Mist gravel mist onto a cotton ball and rub it on top outer hoop.
Step 2: Using the inner hoop trace the outer edge onto the cork. Cut out with scissors. 
Step 3:  Put the felt in hoop and tighten. 
Step 4: Adhere the cork circle.
Step 5: Lay mask on top of hoop and mist with three remaining colors. I  started with the lighter shade in the center and work my way out using the darker tones. Remove mask. I picked these colors to use because I thought it blended in with the cork so it kind of give an optical illusion that the design isn't there unless you look at it a certain angle. I thought a kid would love that magical feature.  Step 6: Gather the fabric in the center.
Step 7: Wrap the center with just about four times tie a knot and leave the tails long.
Step 8: Attach bow and tag to hoop.
I am sure any kid would love to make this because it allows them to get messy. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Seeing the Light At the End

   My eyesight journey is continues.Previous posts are here and here.  It has been three plus months since I have been dealing with finding the right contact lens fit for my kc eye. I have had seven fittings and I think right now I might have the perfect one. The magic one is more curved, bigger and stronger prescription. I just got it yesterday so I am still getting use to the feel but I am thinking this is the one but will find out for sure at next week's exam.

   The prescription is super strong in my kc eye compared to non affected eye. There is a 3.5 difference in the lens strength. I was surprised the the lens strength was changed since at my last appointment I never looked at an eye chart with that prescription. I am happy to say the change was so small that it didn't affect my balance.

   When I pick up a new lens I wear my glasses there because I swap the lens for a new one and I don't want to pop out my old lens and pop the new one back (it takes me a long time getting the lens in). Anyways, I wore my sunglasses in to the eye doctor but it was too dark so I was switched to my regular glasses but in between this was happening a person said hello to me. I couldn't see who it was until he was about 2 feet from me, I might have gave him the look of "do I know you". After I got my glasses back on I said hello back to whom it was and it was no other than  my optometrist, who I have seem almost every week since the start of the year. I am pretty sure I know him. LOL. I am perfect example of the the term that implies "Blind as a bat".
   Even with the new lens my vision isn't 20/20 but I am alright with this since I have perfect vision in my other eye. I will be able to see if the new prescription has improved my distance next week. Last lenses my vision was 20/70 which is two away to be considered legally blind.


Monday, April 6, 2015

On The Run - SBC #434

   Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend. I sure did. Spent it cooking up some yummy foods, watching the Love Come Softly movies on Hallmark, hanging out with my family and of course crafting. Also, I went contact lenses free. 

   Now, onto this month's kickoff for April sketches over at Scrapbook Challenges.  Sketch reveal #434

Supplies: pattern paper (Crate Paper), stickers (American Crafts, My Mind's Eye and October Afternoon), washi tape (Scotch Brand), die cuts (Scenic Route), mist (Tattered Angels), doily (The Paper Studio), border punch (EK Success), and diy enameled dots.

  One thing I wanted to point out about a product I used on this page were the "XO" die cuts. Those are from Scenic Route that I got from the years ago before they closed. They came in a grab bag. I am embarrassed to say keep forgetting about them. I think I have only used them on one other project in all that time they have been in my stash. I am trying to bust my stash this year so I don't feel guilty when I do get something new.  I shouldn't have that feeling since I only buy things every once in a while. 

 Thanks for popping by and be sure to head over to Scrapbook Challenges to see what the rest of the design team made for this great sketch.