Saturday, December 7, 2013

Surprise, Cancer!

April, 2013.

I noticed a rather large lump in my throat, thinking it was my lymph nodes and probably strep throat. It seemed bigger suddenly and I had issues swallowing.

We went to the ER, as it Sunday. They swabbed me for strep. For mono. Nope. Got an x-ray. It was something but the doctor on call didn't feel it was worth being more invasive.


He sent me home with the thought that I was about to get strep or mono or whatever. To take ibuprofen for the swelling. To call my doctor OR return to the ER if it worsened.

Took my ibuprofen and the swelling went down a little.

May 2013

Visit to my mother's with the baby. My relatives decided they didn't like the looks of the lump in my neck. They watched the baby and I went to the ER. Again.

This time the doctor on call, said no. I think it's your thyroid and ordered a CT Scan immediately. The results? A plum-sized growth on my thyroid. And it needed to come out, it was shoving my esophagus and windpipe to the left.

Had the ENT he tried to call been the one on call that night, I would have had surgery right then, I think.

But he wasn't. So I was told to go to the office the next day.

The next day they did a biopsy. And started making plans for surgery. They said it was so large that it had to come out, no matter what it was. Tumor or goiter. Obviously, I was hoping for a goiter.


June 2013


Thyroid Carcinoma, the size of a soft ball.

Aaaaaaand it broke out of the capsule. Spread to the lymph nodes.

Full body scan, no spread to lungs or bone.

July 2013

Radioactive Iodine.

I chronicled it here.

So here we are, days away from Christmas.

This one feels particularly special as for a while we weren't sure if I was going to have it.

Thursday, February 21, 2013


20: Turned a crochet pattern into a cross stitch pattern.

The thing is, it took me three nights to stitch it.

The pattern.

A million little x's later;

Thursday, February 14, 2013


19: Dr Who Crafts Swap-bot Swap

Weeping Angel magnet

hot glue
angel bead

Saturday, February 2, 2013


18: Cupcake ATCs

The theme was "cupcakes" for ATCs and I had 3 to make.

Puffy heart stickers

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sunday, January 27, 2013


14: Altered photo slide

The inspiration;

A window "shade" using old photo slides.

I only have about 20 in my stash, so I'll have to figure out something else when I am done.


photo slide
junk mail (for Lady Liberty)
plain old glue stick

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


13: found object charm bracelet

The pin.

Mine. Actually, the beginning of mine;

Thursday, January 17, 2013


12: Crafty Trends

The pin.

This was an entry for a contest, Crafty Trends.

The point was to utilize as many trends as possible on one piece of art.

I decided to dedicate an entire altered book to this.

I went with Steampunk for today's entry.

Or more accurately, Not Steampunk.

Just glue some gears on it and call it Steampunk.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


11: I'm Feeling a Little Blue

The pin.



10: Collage

Probably one of my favorite things lately, so likely to be a recurring topic.

The pin.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013


9: Copycat Collage

The pin.



8: LOL

The inspiration.


This took ALL of yesterday to do, you know, with kids and whatnot.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Sunday, January 6, 2013


6: Altered art. Found word poem.

This is the pin;

And here is mine.

Romantic Drama 

Foolish Heart
prison without bars.

And fairly accurate.

Saturday, January 5, 2013


5: Dr Who ATC

The disappearing Tardis.

I was in a swap for Dr. Who themed ATCs and I made an Ood and a Weeping Angel.

I made a couple of Tardis postcards yesterday, but decided to try an ATC.

I use playing cards for mine.

The one I chose though was coated. So it was slick and the marker kept coming off.

What I ended up with was a faint Tardis. Like a disappearing one.

I covered it with packing tape and it will no longer rub off.

I like it.

Friday, January 4, 2013


4: Book Page Necklace

The Pin:

I did mine a little differently.

I used;

my inchie (1") punch
recycled cardboard
book pages on the front and back of the disc I punched
a funky metal piece from something that I had been waiting to use
Mod Podge
ink on the edges of the book pages, in lieu of burning them

Thursday, January 3, 2013


3: Y'all Gonna Make Me Lose My Mind

Cross Stitched piece.

Fresh off the hoop.

The pin:

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


2: Wrecked Record Wall Art

For this, I used;

A wrecked vinyl record
A clipping from a book of sheet music
Silver Office Depot Metallic marker, fine point.

Working with wrecked records is not a new thing for me, but not altering them completely is!

The pin:

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


In case you came in through the front door, you can read this year's plan here.

1: Pom Pom Bookmark.

The pin that inspired it.