Sunday, July 15, 2012


Ciao is Italian for goodbye and hello.  Ciao was the theme for a party some great gals threw for me to say goodbye to these old, cancer boobs and hello to hopefully a good set of cancer free, man-made boobs.  This group of girls have been so supportive whether it be through meals, a shoulder to cry on, a laugh, or prayers.  It has meant everything to have such a great support system!

(missing are 2 gals)

I was so surprised when to honor the Italian theme of Ciao, we were going for a gondola ride.  I wanted to share some pictures with you of me and these wonderful gals. 

During the ride, the gentleman steering the gondola asked what we were celebrating. My friends' faces had an awkward what should we say look. I turned and told him "why a double mastectomy." It took him only a couple of seconds to say, "so, we are celebrating life, or shedding a few pounds." It was so funny. I was very impressed with his quick, witty comment.  As we enjoyed the ride and each other, we also enjoyed the singing from the gentleman.  It was just what the doctor ordered.  I am so blessed to have great friends and family.  They rock!

Monday is the surgery day.  Yikes!!  Can you say nervous?!  They say it takes 4-6 weeks to recover.  Crazy to think that removing breasts is considered an outpatient surgery.  I am hoping to be one of those freakish women that recovers quickly and beautifully.  Crossing my fingers! 

So, I will be saying goodbye for a little while and hello later.  Wish me luck! 


Friday, July 13, 2012

What does cancer look like?

What does cancer look like? 

Some people think that if you have cancer, you have to look sick.  Obviously, you will have no hair.  You will be fragile and ready to break. 

Well, I have to say that I don't have hair and sometimes I look tire but I am trying to not break.  This has been a crazy ride with more lows than highs but I have been hanging in there making it through with my humor. 

So, what does cancer look like?

(okay, the two above were for fun.  Halloween wigs found at Goodwill.)

There you have it.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Trumeau Mirror

I have long dreamed of having a real antique trumeau mirror but the prices just keep me away.  I stumbled upon this beauty one day and knew it was for me.

I believe that this was set on top of a dresser or something because of the bottom of it.  I love everything but the colors.  I wanted an opportunity to try out my ASCP French Linen.  This was the perfect time.

I gave it 2 coats of French Linen followed with dry brushing on ASCP Old White.  It now sits on display above my fireplace.  My urns are holding some fake greenery.  I know it is a no-no according to decorators, but I just can't seem to keep anything green alive for long.  I really like the punch of green.

Isn't it lovely?!  Here take a look at the details.

I am sharing it over at:

. PFurniture Feature Fridays.