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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Burlap-More Than A Sack

Burlap is More than a sack.........

"Burlap-a coarse cloth made of hemp or jute"

Burlap is such an interesting fabric to work with. The irregular texture gives you a blank canvas to design from. Although it is difficult to work with because it easily frays-you can really appreciate your creations once they are completed.The material can be used to make bags, sacks, and also can be used as wallcoverings.

Red Burlap Totebag with Cellphone Cubbie

This small burlap tote bag is so CUTE! Will come with a matching cellphone or ipod "cubbie"(case}. It's definitely for the person who likes to be different!
Measures: 16"W(top)/10"W(bottom) X 9" H X 6" D(top)/4"D(bottom)
Cellphone/Ipod "cubbie": Made from same burlap fabric, lined in cotton fabric;has attached strap with lobster clasp and Gold tone rings to attach to the tote or another one of your bags; self fabric applique, fringed edges and studs ;(4-1/4" H X 3-1/2" W)
Nice matching set for school, work or travel!

You can find this set ($40.00) and others in my etsy shop -
"The absence of flaw in beauty is itself a flaw"
-Havelock Ellis

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Heart Attacks-Our #1 Killer

About 1.5 million Americans suffer a heart attack each year.That's about 1 every 20 seconds! This makes them our leading cause of death. A heart attack occurs when a coronary artery becomes blocked. It is always a medical emergency and anyone that has the symptoms of a heart attack should get to a hospital emergency room as fast as possible.
Symptoms include: chest discomfort-chest pressure,heaviness,heartburn;discomfort can include pain in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach;shortnes of breath,lightheadedness,fainting,sweating,nausea or anxiety. It is important to note that some heart attacks have no obvious symptoms.
Women may actually have more of the other symptoms, ie shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting,back or jaw pain. Diabetics can have more of the "silent heart attacks" with no obvious symptoms.
Who are those at risk? Those with a family history of heart disease, men over age 50, menopausal women, those who smoke, untreated high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and sedentary lifestyle.
It is important to realize that heart attacks can occur at any age! If you or anyone you know have any of the above risk factors and have any of the mentioned symptoms, don't delay in seeking medical care.

Medical term(s) for heart attack: MI(myocardial infarction), ACS (acute coronary syndrome)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Michigan Primary Gone Wrong

I really don't know what the democratic politicians are thinking of. How can you can you really have a legitimate primary without all the major candidates on the ballot? The major candidates that removed their names from the ballot to "punish" Michigan for having its primary earlier are really showing what they're made of. Don't the people of this state matter? How could you not participate in something this important.It makes no sense to vote"uncommitted" when you're really not! This is what we're instructed to do if our candidate is not on the ballot. How are all the voices of the people in Michigan being heard through this "sham" of a primary. Any candidate that is serious about all the people they would be representing would not"punish" the people who would be voting for them.They would have actively participated, have their names on the ballot, and let the process go on as it should. The childish bickering between the National democratic party and the State's Democratic committee has caused our primary to be a mockery! This type of behavior should really make us all of stand up and take a stand against what is happening. Shame on the Democratic Presidential candidates that are no shows on the ballot. It makes me wonder how we'd all be punished by those candidates if we try to change something else they don't agree with.Whatever happened to CHANGE? I'll be thinking very seriously about who I'll be voting for in the "real" election. The candidate(s) who had the integrity to do what is right, have the best chance of getting my vote. Uncommitted----not hardly.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Wild Things Make My Heart Sing

I think everyone has a "wild" side to them! My handmade bags reflect "simplicity with a touch of whimsy"-but I try to make sure that they will spice up any routine outfit-from casual to dressy. I also try to appeal to different age groups. My zebra print clutch bag is certainly fun to carry. Just enough of the"wild" to attract attention but not distract from the person who is carrying the bag. Take a look.It can be found in my shop along with many other styles.

Wild Thing-you make my heart sing
Wild Thing-I think I Love You


"Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy"

-Anne Frank

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

When will we?

When will we see that things are not as they used to be?
When will we understand that we reap what we sow?
When will we open our souls to one another-
For loving one another as sisters and brothers?
Tomorrow is within our reach
But we must be willing to learn and also teach
When will we as people just do better and say
Life is for real and not just a dramatic play?

Simply V

Monday, January 7, 2008

To Thine Ownself Be True

Well, here it goes-my first blog entry! I never thought of "blogging" before, but I guess I'll give it a try. I have a lot of knowledge to share, so why not. I have always been a creative person for a far as I can remember-sewing since I was a little girl-taught initially by my mother, later on receiving further training in fashion illustration and design to go off to New York with my portfolio to Parson's and getting to New York to realize that it wasn't the place for me. I came back home to a health care career as a pharmacist,followed by medical school and residency as an Emergency Medicine physician. Wow! Crazy as it all is, I have always wanted to further explore the creative side in me. It has been neglected over all these years,terribly missed, so now I must incorporate "creativity" back into my life. How many of us out there have neglected important aspects of out lives? Life is short-complicated and confusing at times. So if you do one thing today-do something that you like to do,don't take life for granted and help someone else along the way! Be true to yourself.......