Monday, October 31, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
(Paige and her husband)
Paige is beautiful. She is sweet and kind. She is caring and good. She wants the best for all of those around her. She comforts her friends and family. She radiates happiness. She has an infectious smile. She remembers your birthday. She is motivational. She is inspirational. She is your biggest fan. She is your greatest ally. She is your friend. And now, although she looks down on us from heaven, the impact that she made on my life remains strong.
(Paige and her family)
After a six year fight with breast cancer, my sister Paige lost her battle. She was only 28 years old when she was diagnosed and died at the very young age of 34. She was a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter, and a friend.
(Caroline, her husband, two children, and friends)
Not a day goes by that I don't think about her smile, or am reminded of her generosity and goodness. And each day I feel a need to do something for her. So, this year, my sister, Karmen, my mother and I are doing what we can to remain active in breast cancer research so that our future generations can face a stronger chance of survival when diagnosed with cancer. I just walked in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure this last weekend, and coming up in November we are all participating in the 3 Day Walk for the Cure. Between the three of us we have raised over $10,000 to go toward breast cancer research!!!
(Paige's husband and daughter... this photo just breaks my heart)
And it doesn't end there. My sister's husband and little girl, Esme, are putting together the Paige L. Cahoon Fund as another way to honor her legacy. Any proceeds raised toward that fund will go toward the cancer community.
These are little things that I am able to be a part of and helps me live my life every day with a feeling of fulfillment that I CAN do something about Paige's death. I can do that!
My family has a total of 6 relatives (mom, sister, aunts, and cousin) that have had breast cancer. This is for them:)
If you are interested in learning more about the Susan G. Komen Foundation or the Paige L. Cahoon Fund please don't hesitate to contact me by email, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
This first little pumpkin came already painted gold from Michaels. I added the metallic orange stripes. It's simple yet elegant.
The largest pumpkin is the one that has caused me the most problems. I started by spray painting it a metallic gold and tried to hand paint on an argyle pattern... and quickly decided I didn't have the skill to free-style it. Thus I re-sprayed the gold and used painters tape for the first set of diamonds in the argyle pattern. I used a grey acrylic paint mixed with a champagne finish. After the shapes had dried I decided that the contrast between the silver and gold was not enough. I tried adding a darker grey on one and hated it. I tried adding orange which too was a failure. I had resigned to spray paint the pumpkin again but in a metallic silver and add a monogram. However, I had too much paint for it to go on smoothly. Thus I began sanding it down. I left it out in this state during my Scentsy party where several people began complementing me on this particular pumpkin. Had I accidentally made something cool? The jury is still out on that and this particular photo makes it hard to judge.
My last pumpkin is rather easy. It came this orange color. I painted on the circles in gold and grey. I added the champagne color on top of the grey and gold glitter on the gold. The glitter really adds the glam I was going for.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
If you read this week's Monday's Moment you will know that I personally am more of a pie person than cake. However, it wasn't my birthday, it was the husband's and I wanted to attempt something I have had yet to do: make a cake and one with a little flare at that.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
When designing we always want to follow the thirds rule or fifths rule. This means that the bottom stripes should either be 1/3 of the room's height, 2/3, or 2/5 at least to look aesthetically pleasing to the eye. The next concept to consider is the actual function of the chair rail. It isn't just for decoration. Chair rails were added to a wall to prevent pieces of furniture such as a chair from hitting the wall and scuffing it up. Therefore, if you Google "chair rail height" you will immediately find several articles that a standard chair rail is placed between 32"-38". Above is an example of an 8 ft room. I have drawn the chair rail height at 36" which is the most common measurement. It is just about the height to meet the 2/5 rule. It is not only functional but pleasing to the eye.
The next question is where do you put a chair rail when the wall is sloped. Once again there isn't always a definitive answer. Still, generally it is practiced to use the height at the shortest end of the room when applying the thirds or fifths rule (so long as the difference in height isn't enormous). Above a room that starts at 8 ft. and rises to 12 ft. is shown. The stripes and chair rail are shown at 4 ft. which would be 1/3 if using the highest point in the room, 12 ft. It's not horrendous but still looks just a little bit off.
Here we have the same room only the chair rail and stripes are at the 36" mark or 2/5 if using the lowest point in the room. The difference is only a foot but visually they look completely different.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
My name is Sarah and I have a Pinterest addiction... and I'm totally ok with it! My goal is to be constantly working on having a healthier family. Too bad I don't love to cook. I know that healthier meals don't come out of a box so I am always on the lookout for easy, quick, fresh recipes to try.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
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