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Monday, September 22, 2014

harvest bounty

Fall is unabashedly my favorite season.  Sweaters, cider, pumpkins, crunchy leaves.  I can't get enough of it.  Here in Atlanta, I am eagerly awaiting the cooler temperatures, but my house and shop are dressed to the nines in seasonal spirit!  

Up in the shop are a slew of wonderful prints.  Pumpkins, ghosts, produce, and the sweetest nativity you ever did see.  The best part?  Some of the prints start at just $5

 There are also a handful of new notecards, including the nativity, a charming pine bough assorted pack, and a new birthday card!  Use the pine boughs for those last minute gifts and thank you notes!  

Speaking of gifts, it's that time of year for parties galore!  Stock up on this lovely for all of your hostess gifts and stocking stuffers!  Guys, the 2015 calendar is here!
 I'm not going to lie.  I nearly cried with excitement when I picked up the calendar.  The colors are so beautiful and each month there's some more luscious and delicious looking than the last!   For $15, it's the gift that keeps on giving.   I can't wait to frame mine.  If you're impatient for the new year (like me) or want the goodness of those vegetables to last even longer, there are 8x10 and my first ever 11x14 prints available! 

To kick off all the hay rides and cider drinking merriment, enjoy 20% off your orders through Friday!  Use the code: FALL20 

 Happy Shopping, friends!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

house portraits

I just listed these up in the shop and I am so excited about them! I have been doing house portraits for nearly ten years as wedding and housewarming gifts for friends.  Just recently I have teamed up with a local real estate agent to create one of a kind images for her clients as closing gifts.  I love the idea of capturing an image of a house just as dreams are beginning to form around it.

I also love the idea of how these portraits capture the dreams and memories that were. First steps, proms, birthday parties, dinners, puppies, and so much more.  Houses are more than brick and mortar, aren't they?  

These portraits make wonderful gifts, especially for the fast approaching (believe it or not) holiday season.  Each portrait takes me around 2-4 weeks to complete.  Also included with the portrait when you order are 25 folded notecards with the house on them.  Perfect for moving announcements or connecting with old friends.

To encourage early ordering, I'm offering 15% off all orders placed by August 7th with code WELCOMEHOME15. Use the code at checkout and get a head start on your shopping!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

medical update

Before I get into this update about the state of my ovaries, I wanted to thank all of you for your love and support.  I have really been trying to figure out how much of this journey I want to share on the blog.  My need for personal documentation treads a fine line with over-sharing.  I'm still not sure how I'm doing, but the feedback I have been receiving has been so encouraging.  Your love and prayers have definitely been felt.

On to the update.  I went to the doctor this week to get the results from all of the tests I've had done.   And the result is, I do indeed have PCOS!  This is a good thing, because it is consistent with what has been going on.  Lack of periods, acne...more acne..  Anyway, the doctor said that I'm in good shape actually.  Here's what she explained to me:

PCOS has very little to do with my ovaries and almost everything to do with my pituitary gland.  The gland more or less releases hormones into me.  Mine is releasing more testosterone.  This results in the cysts on my ovaries.  And here's the kicker!  The cysts?  Yeah, they're actually my eggs chillin' out on my ovary just waiting to be asked out on a date.  Since my hormones are out of whack, my eggs aren't getting the message that it's time to get dressed up and go to the dance.  They're just sitting like the awkward kid in the corner who would rather  be at home  playing video games. 

She explained also that many cases of  PCOS are weight related.  She said that since I'm thin (thanks, Doc, you're lookin' good yourself...) , my cholesterol levels are good, insulin levels are good, and my thyroid clean, my PCOS is all pituitary gland related.  This makes medication and the fertility aspect much easier.

Since my fallopian tubes are open (had a test for that, too...) and all of my eggs are just chillin' out on my ovaries rearin' and ready to go, we just need to stimulate ovulation.  We are now awaiting the results of one more test.  Pending the results of it, I will go on a steady string of medication to stimulate ovulation.

All in all, it was a really good appointment.  My doctor was speaking in very solid terms about me getting pregnant.  No ifs, just whens.  She has a solid plan in place and I am feeling very hopeful.   I still have Igor the Sty to work through (that's a story in and of itself...) but to hear my doctor speak very confidently about my chances of pregnancy has filled my heart with a buoyancy it's been missing while awaiting these results.