Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Still Alice

I just finished listening to a book on CD called "Still Alice" by Lisa Genova. The book is told by Alice, a Harvard Professor who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease.

My husband's grandma has Alzheimer's and I wasn't fortunate enough to know her prior to the disease, but as she nears the end of her battle I've wondered how it FEELS to have Alzheimer's. I find myself not knowing how to talk to her or engage her, but listening to this book and Alice's progression through the disease has been a great eye opener. A must read or listen for anyone who knows someone with Alzheimer's.

Early Unused Germany Happy Memories Postcard at ChristmasAngel

Alice's journey shows her progression from being fully aware that something was not right with her mind, to not being able to remember her tea in the microwave, to her awareness of the fact she couldn't remember the names of familiar items all the way to her not being aware of her relationship to the people around her.

I guess I thought or assumed that an Alzheimer's patient was not aware, I never considered how it was through their own eyes.

Check out this Poem written by Carolyn Haynali

and a prayer written by the same author

Pray for me, I was once like you.

Be kind and loving to me,

That's how I would have treated you.

Remember I was once someone's parent or spouse, I had a life and a dream for the future.

Speak to me, I can hear you even if I don't understand what you are saying.

Speak to me of things in my past of which I can still relate.

Be considerate of me, my days are such a struggle.

Think of my feelings because I still have them and can feel pain.

Treat me with respect because I would have treated you that way.

Think of how I was before I got Alzheimer's; I was full of life, I had a life, laughed and loved you.

Think of how I am now, my disease distorts my thinking, my feelings, and my ability to respond, but I still love you even if I can't tell you.

Think about my future because I used too.

Remember I was full of hope for the future just like you are now.

Think how it would be to have things locked in your mind and can't let them out.

I need you to understand and not blame me, but Alzheimer's.

I still need the compassion and the touching and most of all I still need you to love me.

Keep me in your prayers because I am between life and death.

The love you give will be a blessing from God and both of us will live forever.

How you live and what you do today will always be remembered in the heart of the Alzheimer's Patient.

- by Carolyn Haynali ©3/10/00

100% of the purchase of this Vintage Vera Neuman Scarf at BrassPaperClip goes directly to the Alzheimer's Association!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Making a Living

Never be so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.

I don't know who said this, but it sticks in my head. I am still in the midst of this process-a reorganization of life and priorities in my life.

Three years ago, I left my well paying job with excellent health insurance to be a stay at home mom. Over those three years I've struggled creating a balance. Managing my home is a full time job, especially with 3 kids and a husband who works 12 hours a day 6-7 days a week. Luckily he is a very active father when is here-for that I am blessed.

I've let my business consume my life, every spare minute is used checking emails, editing photo's, twittering, Etsy forums, researching, blogging.

I'm back to where I was. I am a work at home mom that has gotten caught up in the $$$'s and has forgotten the reason she chose to stay home.

I love my business and will continue, but how do you find balance??

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Vintage White Sale

Historically white sales were believed to be held in order to keep linen and bedding makers in business throughout the slower winter season, being called "White Sales" because linens and bedding were primarily -- you guessed it --white.

Vera Tea Towels in Herb Garden Print, set of 2 at FalconandFinch for $25.00

Times have changed however our love for sales has not, starting tomorrow January 1oth, the Etsy Vintage Market Team is holding their own version of a White Sale.

Do a search on Etsy for vmteamwhitesale and find bargains on not only linens, bedding and aprons, but white jewelry, household and clothing.

This sale runs through Sunday January 17th and is only found at Etsy!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Over 50% OFF the Price!

As a present to my blog readers I have reduced some of my items at OVER 50% off the price, and YOU get the first dibs. Prices are already reduced on my Etsy site for quick checkout!

1920s Drop Waist Dress in Navy blue with Lace Detail for $200 was $400

Distressed 1920s Sheer Bronze Dropped Waist Dress for $60 was $135

Dresser Set Including Brush Mirror and Comb was $52 now $25

1950s Candlelight Wedding Dress with Embroidered Crinoline with Matching Jacket for $55 was $110

Alfred Shaheen Tropical Maxi Dress Size Large NWT was $62 now $30

Are you having a sale at over 50% off? Feel free to post your link in the comments!