To be honest I'm not really sure how I came to fine Humblebeads but I am so glad that I did. Sometimes I'll just start searching for different thing's. I love bird's, so I am forever on a hunt for a new addition. Heather Is a polymer clay artist with some amazing skill's. The minute I saw my little feathered friend the wheels started turning. Huuummm, what can I design with this little guy. Here Is the finish product title " In My Garden ". I currently have this piece listed In my shop.
Heather's bead's have been featured In bead magazines, books, on HGTV and PBS' Beads, Baubles & Jewels. She has some Incredible bead's listed at Humblebeads here Is one of here many treasures. The thing with polymer bead's Is they look fabulous and are less expensive then an average handmade glass bead and they give you some added texture In your designs, I love them ! The possibilities are endless. Some of the color's and designs at Humblebeadsare out of this world.
Stop over and see Heather and be sure to check out here web site at Humblebeads.com
I will see you tomorrow and give you my movie pick for the week. Have a great day..Kathi
Today my etsy fine Is from margrietje . I stumbled across this shop while I had some free time on Friday. Well I fell In Love immediately. I will, own one of these little creation, only problem that I'm having Is I'm stuck on which one to buy. Here Is what this very talented artist had to say.The polymer clay pendant's are crafted and painted by hand. Each piece of one theme is therefore unique and slightly different to one another.How cool Is that. Here are just a few of my favorites.
Eva just opened margrietje In January of this year and Is already making a name for herself. She says, it is the love that has been put into the work that makes every piece of the pendant special! Please take the time to stop by this Incredible artist shop. You will be glad you did.
Today I have not one but four features for your viewing pleasure. I scoured out all the Etsy shops looking for just the right mix of goodies. It was a difficult task there are so many talented artist In one spot. These four seemed to just fit. So first we have folktale This yarn Is absolutely beautiful, love the title too. It does look like a bag full of those little Easter bean's. This Is what Abby has to say, I try to buy as much wool from small local farms as possible -local sheep & wool festivals are my best friend! I like supporting small local businesses, and when I buy directly from the farmers, they get a much fairer price for their wool than if they sold it to a large company. Stop by folktale and check out all of those fabulous mix of colors all In one lovely Skein.
Second In line we have This adorable OOAK Whimsical Paper Clay Papier Mache Easter Bunny Nodder from punkindoodleboo Katie tells us a little about this little guy. This Easter Bunny sits 9" inches tall and he has so many wonderful little details! He also has the most darling expression! My favorite details are his smart looking jacket and dapper bow and, of course, his pink Easter Basket! He has jointed arms and legs and his neck is a rusted spring. This wonderfully whimsical piece will most certainly be a treasured addition to any doll collection. This Is one talented artist. Stop by and take a peek at the rest of her amazing collection. Katie also has a blog so be sure to stop by there as well. Katies link to her shop Is under favorites to the right.
Third on my fabulous Easter finds Is this Incredible painting by TerryRafferty Does this just scream HAPPY EASTER and that adorable little yellow chick. Terry just opened her Etsy shop a week ago and has already sold one of her amazing painting's. I say she Is well on her way. This featured pick Is a 8x16" original oil painting titled Where Is Everybody? Terry does have some other beautiful painting's listed In here shop so be sure to stop and say Hi.
Forth we have Deb from Heartspeak with this beautiful vintage Easter card. She just opened her shop In March of this year. This Is what she had to say, I try to create cards and other products, mostly from paper, that will help you communicate with the people you care about. Whether it's how you feel about them or a way to share something about yourself, sometimes it really is just as simple as a few words or an image on a card. Stop by and see Deb for that special card, she really has a great selection and tell her you saw her here, Deb's link to her shop Is under favorites to the right.
Wanted to pass along that my shop Is this week end's Thursday Thur Saturday featured give away at Wickedly Chic. What's that you say. Well, I offer to give away one of my pieces to one of their over 6000 reader's that subsrcibe to the newsletter which they receive in their In box and In turn hoping that It will drive traffic to my shop. This Is what one lucky winner will receive. These earrings and a $25.00 Gift Certificate.
I have a million and one thing's to do today to prepare for this Sunday. I will be cooking for eight guest. So I need to run. Tomorrow I will have a special Easter feature seller'(s) a total of four really great thing's I found on Etsy from some very talented artist.
I have several new pieces listed In the shop so stop by and take a peak.
Today my feature seller Is a fellow Etsy artist Laurie from PrimAtHeart Laurie Is very talent and has a special gift of changing old Into new and Is one of the most caring and compassionate people I have ever had the pleasure of chatting with through email. She drops me a line from time to time just to say hello and ask how my day Is and never forgets to tell Dennis hi. Here Is one of her beautiful one of a kind pieces. I love the blue In this piece, the little star just shines, such attention to detail. It Is just gorgeous Laurie. Please stop by and check out the rest of her fabulous shop.
Today I am feature a fellow Etsy artist and a good friend. Liz from TwoLeftHands She Is an amazing artist that makes these Incredible little felted doll's called Mossies. I had the pleasure of purchasing one at Christmas time. Her attention to detail Is out of this world. Here are just a few of her many treasures. All the tiny stitches how does she do It. I am thrilled that she Is my feature seller today.
I know, I know I said I was going to be more productive this year and write on my blog at least a couple times a week.
Here Is what's been going on In my life. The Caregiver Bill for spousal Payment Is well on It's way. It was brought forth to the proper committee Wednesday March 13 2008 and the vote was unanimous It passed to the Senate Floor. After the Senate approves It then It will go to the House. After the House approves It then It will go for the Governor to sign. I think the hardest part Is over getting the committee to say that It Is a Important Bill and they felt It should go through to the next level. We have had several articles In the paper about our Involvement Is the bill. Dennis and I were ask to stand In front of the committee and tell our story but It was just to much to get Dennis there this time of year. So much sickness I didn't want him to be exposed to any germs. We declined but were ask to write a letter. Here Is the letter that I presented to the committee.
Hello my name Is Kathi Kupferschmid. I am a full time Caregiver for my Husband Dennis who has had A.L.S. Better known as Lou Gerhig's Disease for nine years. Five of those years have been spent on a ventilator. I would of loved to of delivered my message In person however, the simple truth Is that my Husband can not be without me for that length of time. I appreciate this opportunity to speak about this Bill and how It would affect me.
I strongly encourage you to pass the caregiver payment reimbursement program that is currently under review. This bill would provide for the use of qualified family caregivers in the provision of home health aid services.
It has always seemed odd to me that our government will pay a family member or stranger to provide services to a person that needs 24 hour care, however they will not provide payment to a spouse. I have found that by being a spousal caregiver, I am completely invisible to the government. 90% of people caring for a person with ALS end up putting the person in a nursing home because of the over burdening task of providing 24 hour care. They are so overwhelmed that they hand over their spouse and the government then steps in. The person is put in a nursing home; our government then pays hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for half rate, undignified care. Wouldn’t it be more cost effective to pay spouses a fair monthly wage rather than the overwhelming charges paid out in nursing home and hospital costs every year?
Statistics show that to care for a person with ALS, the cost is up over $200,000 per year. Most of that is in home care. I provide this care myself, because to be honest, no professional person or other family member could provide the same endless loving care that I provide for Dennis. Believe me, I have had to train all the professional health care providers that have come through my door.. ALS is a disease like no other. Its progression is relentless and cruel. My husband is completely paralyzed; he cannot talk, swallow or breathe on his own, yet his mind is completely unaffected. He still feels a need to move as well as feels every agonizing unfulfilled itch. . My presence in Dennis’s life is not an option it’s a necessity.
Dennis receives a small social security monthly benefit; he also gets Medicaid provided for him because the government thinks he cannot afford to pay for health insurance. I find this unbelievable…I am his spouse…the government considers us “one”..That’s why they won’t pay me to take care of my husband…yet…who do they think is paying for MY health insurance…Dennis is. Shouldn’t health care be provided for me also, since I cannot work outside my home?
Not only am I not being compensated, but also I am being penalized for caring for my husband myself. Currently because I haven’t “worked” I have stopped accumulating my own social security credits. I have also lost the benefit of qualifying myself for social security disability …to the government, it looks like I’m sitting around, not working and the truth is that I am working a 24 hour a day job and working harder than any “Paid” person. The paid person gets to go home after an eight-hour shift also. I don’t. Another thing, I don’t think an employed person on the job would be able to be at their job 24/7, 365 days a year, year after year, and not get paid. Would you?
I have also given up any social life as well as the simple pleasures of being a free human being. By that I mean running to the store, grocery shopping, going for a walk, simple things you take for granted every time you step foot out your front door. I leave my house maybe 6 hours a week. I cannot even leave the house to do yard work. Planning the simplest things such as a haircut or doctor appointment is an overwhelming effort. I am not complaining, I wouldn’t want to do anything else. I just want you to acknowledge that there are people desperately trying to survive and just need a little help.
I understand that a lot of people might take advantage of a program like this. That is why I feel there should be very strict guidelines in order to meet the requirements and receive spousal caregiver payments.
It’s really impossible for me to plan my future. I cannot plan for even future needs on our home, vehicles, medical needs, future financial planning, and I cannot work outside my home. I have the weight of the world on my shoulders and very limited resources. I want to do well and succeed, and plan for my uncertain future. I’m trying to hold my family together. Please help me.
Thank you for taking the time to read and understand my life. I am not asking for something for nothing.
If you know of anyone that would benefit from this Bill please leave a comment and I will get In touch with you and tell you how to go about getting that person some help.
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