Yes, you read that right, Cancer Free!  In the midst of all the Christmas hullabaloo and the hand surgery, I finally got the results of a biopsy I had performed on December 1.

I was sitting here in my comfy chair the Sunday night before Christmas, talking on the phone to my mother, when a call beeped in.  I looked and saw that it was my dermatologist and quickly said “mom, gotta go it’s my doctor, call ya back.”  You can probably imagine that I immediately thought this is not good, calling me on a Sunday night . . . . nope not good at all.  I was correct . . . the results basal cell carcinoma and I needed surgery as soon as possible.

Now here’s the thing.  This bump was on my head about 2 inches back from my hair line, under my hair and protected from sun.  My mother actually said one day that my horns were finally coming in . . . can you believe that?  I have no other signs of skin cancer on my body.  Blunt force trauma caused the cancer, not the sun.  An infection had set in at the point of injury.

After a trip to work a stamp show last September 2008, I came home tired and not paying attention, I hit my head on the latch to the trunk lid on my car.  I remember saying, wow that hurt, reached up and found no blood and then checked in the mirror.  I had a little red mark, the skin was not broken and all was good.  A few months later I was having my hair cut and my stylist asked me about the red mark on my scalp.  I told her I had hit my head but didn’t bleed, etc.  This summer I noticed that the area was growing and my hair had fallen out in a perfect little circle.  It was also beginning to hurt sometimes when I scraped it with my hairbrush.  I went to my doctor to have her look at it and she referred me to a dermatologist.  It took me a couple of months to get into a dermatologist, which was by then December 1.

Tuesday this week, I went in for Mohs Surgery.  After 10-11 hours and 4 trips back, I am cancer free without radiation or chemotherapy.  In order to cover the area that they worked on, I got a mini facelift.  I must say that my right eyebrow has not been this perky in many years.  They said the skin on my scalp was too tight to do a skin graft, which I asked if that meant I had a big head . . .

I even suggested that perhaps they wanted to take a graft from my butt.  I told the doctors that I could afford to lose some skin there and that I knew it was loose enough.  They just laughed at me and didn’t even take me seriously.

So, here I am as I sit today . . . all cuddled up in the recliner, happily typing away while on pain meds.  I haven’t missed a dose since I came home Tuesday night.


As you might notice, I have a partial Mohawk.  Once the bandage comes off tomorrow, I’m planning on having my family shave the rest of the hair off.  There’s so little there as it is, that it might as well all grow back in the same length.  I go back next Tuesday to have the stitches removed and then see what happens from there.

I have to say that the doctors and their staff were absolutely wonderful and made me feel so comfortable and relaxed.  We laughed and joked the better part of the day making my experience more tolerable than if everyone was in a grumpy mood.

I still need to take it easy for a couple of days . . . relaxing in the recliner pursuant to doctors orders . . .  then I’m gonna be ready to face the new year head on and at full steam!  Thanks for stopping by today and Happy New Year!

Smiley from  Hey all!  I would like to thank each and every one of you, my readers and friends!  Yes, I think of you as my friends . . . some of you I’ve gotten to know very well through emails, etc.  Your words of encouragement, prayers, comments and emails have meant so much to me over the last few days.  You guys are the best!!!!

This will be my last post until after the 1st of the year, as I’m going to Smiley from . . . mainly because I can’t do this Smiley from

So while I kick back, relax and spend time with my family over the holidays, my wish is for you to do the same and

Smiley from

Happy weekend.  Just wanted to let you know that I’m up and at ’em and doing well.  I went off all  pain meds yesterday and am taking only motrin.  The swelling has gone down and i’m beginning to use and exercise my fingers.  No lifting and I’ve been approved for one handed work.  However, isn’t typing exercise?

i’m taking it easy again today and watching all the holiday movies on hallmark and family channels and playing euchre on my phone.  as you can tell, it’s easier for me to type without capitalization so  . . . .

i’m hoping to be back in the studio either tomorrow or the next day and see what i can do with limited mobility.  my hand is wrapped and i must leave it on until the 29th.  that’s when i go back to have the bandage removed and the stitches hopefully removed.

i hope you’ve had a good weekend and thanks for all your messages

Smiley from   So I finally got a picture of all 12 Tags together, and yes I have already emailed it toT!m Smiley from  I had so much fun making all of these tags, and here they are . . . .


I’m also pretty darn excited to tell you that I taught my first class at Lavender Sentiments on Monday night.  Look at this great group of ladies who took my class.


Look at them getting all inky and dirty . . .


I had so much fun and we covered an awful lot of information in just over 2 hours.  It truly didn’t seem that long and there was so much more we could have covered.  SO guess what?  I’m gonna get more classes.  I’ll be teaching 2 in January and 2 in February.  There will be one day class and one evening class covering the same information.  Smiley from

Thanks to all of you wishing me well with my upcoming surgery.  I met with the surgeon today and he says that I should be working/using my had right away.  Well you know, I had to ask how long it would be before I could stamp, type, drive  . . . all those good things.  He said it would probably feel better than it does now even.  We’ll see  . . . right?  They even made me an appointment 2 weeks out and said if the healing was going well they would remove the stitches.

This may very well be my last post this week as I have some really pressing super, secret projects that I need to get done before my surgery.  So I hope you enjoy the rest of the week and I’ll be back with a surgery update sometime over the weekend (or maybe Monday).  Until then I have this for you . . . Smiley from

Good morning!  Well, I finally did it  . . . I got all 12 tags completed.  I had such a wonderful time creating each and every tag.  I have to say that doing this project has completely rejuvenated me and I have new ideas flowing.  That’s a good thing!

Here’s T!m’s Smiley from Tag 12 and mine is below.


The background was made with the Wrinkle Free Distress Technique using Broken China and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.  Gold Perfect Pearls mixed with water was then sprayed over the tag and dried.  I copied a page from one of my old Hymnals that was torn and halved already.  I completed the look by distressing the edges and sponging with Vintage Photo.  The flourish was stamped over the background and the music in gold acrylic paint.  Using a piece of the music paper, I stamped the sentiment “let there be Peace” and embossed it in gold.  A Memory Capsule was filled with gold beads and put in front of the sentiment.

The flower was made using my Faux Porcelain Technique using Cranberry Crisp paper and Grunge Paper.  I actually made the first flowers with Grunge Paper and they came out so dark (because I couldn’t decided on the color and kept playing) that I went with regular cover stock.  The leaves are made from Grunge Paper that was colored by misting with a Shabby Shutters/Forever Green Pearlized Distress Mist.

  • Stamps:  Pollen Dust from Fancy Pants Designs; En Francais from SU; Snowman for Peace by Anna Wight from Whipper Snapper Designs
  • Paper:  Manila Shipping Tag; Printer Paper; Cranberry Crisp
  • Ink:  Ranger Distress Embossing, Broken China, Vintage Photo and Shabby Shutters
  • Accessories:  Spellbinders™ S4-109 Flower Creations 3 and S4-193 Peony Nestabilities; Ranger UTEE, Melting Pot, Mini Misters, Non-Stick Craft Sheet, Forever Green and Gold Perfect Pearls, Gold Acrylic Paint Dabber, 1” Memory Frame and Memory Capsule, Matte Accents; Tim Holtz idea-ology Mini Pins and Swivel Clasps; May Arts Ribbon; Old Hymnal; Gold Micro Beads; Hot Glue Gun

I hope you have a fabulous day, and thanks for joining me on the BAD Side for a little bit!

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