Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Parasite Update - Body Overheating Due To Biofilm & Worms on Base of Hair Maybe

When I feel water on my skin, for example, when a mist comes off the sprinklers and my skin gets damp, the hairs on my skin will stand on end kind of like when you are near electricity. 

This happened to me one day, and I decided to try and take some close up pictures to see if I could see any of the parasites on the skin as I can feel them when I get moisture on my skin. 

I found a weird phenomenon when looking at the pictures I took. There is a weird thick fluorescent thing showing up on the base of many of the hairs in the pictures. I have always believed that these worms live in or just under the skin in the pores and create a waxy film or biofilm over the skin to keep the moisture in the skin. 

I know that when my skin is wet and the girls skin would touch my skin, we would both get rashes. I can feel them moving under the skin. I have seen them in the pores when I did peroxide soaks. 

I made a video and showed some of the pictures I took, but I also share how the waxy film over the skin is causing me problems and my body keeps overheating really quickly in the heat. It has been getting worse and worse over the past few years. I am hot all the time and have to stay inside until it is dark. Even when the sun is going down, the air is hot and I can't do much. 

The only time I can work outside is when it is overcast and cool due to rain. It is amazing to me how debilitating the overheating is in my life. I get so hot my face turns red, then turns purple, and then I can't function. I never had a problem with sweating before, but since having this parasite, I sweat all the time. 

I share several things I have researched and am trying or was trying before the wedding and reunion. I am trying to get back to the things I was trying so I can give them a good try and make sure they either are working or not working for the parasites. 

I shared lots of things that I have been doing that are working and am glad that the crazy time in my world is calming so that I can get back to trying new things and doing more research. 

Have a blessed day!

Monday, August 30, 2021

Happy Birthday To Me - Sushi Fund and Flowers

I had a birthday recently amongst all the craziness of my life currently. I am not one who is big on birthdays as my family was so large we didn't do much other than gifts and a cake on the birthday when we were little. 
I have never had a hard time getting older as I see it as a part of life. I don't have many expectations, but one things I do love on my birthday is talking with my family, notes or cards and I LOVE getting sung to by anyone! 

I have always loved music so over the years I have saved all the phone messages where people sing to me. I have my mother singing her own rendition to me in 2014. I have Princess Three playing the ukulele and singing to me. 

I have my brother and his boys and wife singing in five part harmony, another family members family singing to me, messages from all my other girls over the years and Grand Princess One in her baby voice wishing me a happy birthday.

This year, I get to add my grandchildren singing to me as I missed a video call with them early on my birthday, so my daughter took a video of them singing to me! It is so cute! I want to save it on my voice messages somehow so I can listen to it each year along with my other fun songs. 

I got flowers from my Dad and Step-Mom (who I love like a mom, but use her title for clarification) along with a card. I got flowers from Princess Two and a massage certificate. She had a friend bring me the flowers and that same friend took me to lunch, and another friend took me the next day. 

My sweet youngest sister offered to take me to lunch but had recently picked me up some sushi, so I asked her if she could help me finish fixing a tray from Princess Three's wedding. She did that first thing and has it ready for me to get back to Princess Three!

Several of the girls gave me money for sushi and other treats. My dear friend Julie and her husband who I have mentioned many times over the years, dropped off a card the day before with some money for sushi! Everyone knows me so well!

I am going to have a sushi fund for a few months now with everyone's generosity! I also got a card from my woman's church group with a small card print of Christ. I had texts, emails, and phone calls all day.

I feel so blessed!

Friday, August 27, 2021

Gummy Vitamins Causing Diarrhea - Wheat or Other Ingredients Causing Problems


For two weeks I suffered from watery diarrhea. I had been taking gummy multivitamins for a month or so. 

I found some Centrum multi-vitamins gummies on clearance for $5 at walmart a month or two ago. I took one bottle and then started a second bottle. I hadn't noticed anything odd while taking them. I wasn't consistent taking them every day, but every few days along with a handful of other vitamins. 

A few weeks back, I had lots of crazy things going on and was keeping really busy with life events. I had a wedding, a family reunion, kids moving states, and other events. I think I got food poisoning, but in reality, it could have just been the vitamins, but I started having diarrhea like water. 

It continued on for two weeks straight. I tried all sorts of different things taking things that would normally help diarrhea. NOTHING helped. Of course, having stressful events, I was taking those vitamins everyday hoping they would help me have energy for the crazy events I had going on. 

It was super stressful having diarrhea during the wedding and the family reunion. I was only getting a few hours sleep at night as the diarrhea would wake me and I would be on the toilet for long periods of time. This lack of sleep made me even more tired and stressed making me think I needed the vitamins to help me get through the stress. 

I got home after the events and was going to take the vitamins and had a horrible feeling and felt that I shouldn't take them. I didn't have time that day to look at the vitamins and ran off to my next event. The following day, I looked at the back of the vitamin jar and noticed that there is wheat in them. I am not sure why I didn't check that when I bought them, probably because I have eaten gummies in the past without a problem. I wouldn't have thought they would have wheat in them. 

I stopped taking the vitamins and my diarrhea stopped. I am gluten free so wheat is an issue to me, but I have never had diarrhea from eating it. It usually gives me a heat flush and makes me really tired. However, I don't know that the wheat was what was in the vitamins that was causing the diarrhea. It could be something else. I probably will never know because I won't ever take gummy vitamins again. 

I am only posting this in hopes that I can help someone else who may be having issues with taking gummy vitamins, or Centrum multivitamins. I don't know if it is specific to Centrum, or gummies multivites in general. I just want to make sure that this doesn't happen to anyone else. 

I have finally been able to sleep the last few nights and my bowels are back to normal. Who would think that two little gummy vitamins could cause so much trauma in my life. 

Have a blessed day!

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Moving Princess Four Out Of State

I was gone from my house for a full 24 hours. I had an hour sleep Saturday night working on fixing a car for Princess Five. She was put in as a leader for the women in her congregation and I wanted to go and support her in that. She had the time wrong and let me know at 9 p.m. the night before that her meeting would be at 9 a.m. rather than the 1:30 she told me prior, and I live about four hours away.  

I slept that hour, got up and started driving arriving just in time for the meeting to start. I went to her two hours of church, and then Princess Five and I helped pack up Princess Four, and her roommates were wonderful to help us take all her boxes down the flight of stairs to the car, and load the car. 

I was super tired, but felt that I should drive the hours to another state to help her unload her car into her new apartment. Her new place is on the third floor of a large apartment complex. I was so grateful to her new roommates for helping haul her carload of stuff up the three flights of stairs as I was done in with my three trips up and down due to the horrible wild-fire smoke. 

I spent several hours there helping her unpack her kitchen, pantry, bathroom, and bedroom items. We did a real rush job on the unpacking, but it was enough to get her bedroom organized enough to be able to function until she has time to get more organized.

She was starting work the next morning and had to pick up her boss at 8 a.m. in a new city to commute to another city an hour away. 

I wanted to make sure that she could get to bed and get some sleep to be alert and awake enough for work, but also to be able to sleep comfortably as to not feel chaotic and crazy with stuff everywhere. We made her bed, unpacked her clothes into the drawers, and in general, got the main stuff out and organized! 

I am so grateful that I was able to help her feel organized and safe in her new place before heading home. When we pulled off the highway and into the city where she will be living for the next few years, I had a flashback to when I moved away from home and moved out of state by myself for the first time. The city was not the best and I didn't live in the best section of town. There were lots of one way streets and there was a zoo in the city. I literally had every situation like I did then while following her to her new place. It was so weird. I then realized that I was so nervous moving there by myself driving my own car and not having someone to help me find my way and unpack and make the place my own. I thought that I was grateful that I hadn't allowed Princess Four to take that drive alone late at night and have those same feelings of being alone and fearful of my surroundings that I had when I moved to another state. 

I feel like God was allowing me to shift my own experience of that situation by helping Princess Four have a different experience, feeling supported, excited, and happy. She told me as I was leaving at midnight that she was excited about her new life in this new state and city. She was settled and has some great roommates and a nice clean place to call home for the next while. 

It was a nightmare driving home for five to six hours by myself after only an hour sleep the night before. I had to stop many times, eat ice, listen to anything on my cell phone I could as the radio didn't work in dead zones. I fell asleep on main street in my home town on the way home and found myself jerking awake a mile from home. I was so grateful to make it home safely! I took a quick shower and climbed into my clean sheets I put on the night before. I don't remember many other times being so grateful for a clean bed! 

I have checked in on Princess Four each day as she has been in her new place, and she said she is getting to know her roommates better and is also getting to know one of her bosses better as they commute the hour each way this month to help reopen a store in that town before opening the new one in her new city. 

I am glad she is living her best life and taking on challenges and experiences, that may cause others to cower, with confidence! She put herself forward to open a new store, in a new state and city, by herself by choice! She has the will to move mountains and I am excited to see how that plays out for her! 

It has been an interesting year for her. A year ago, she was living with me. Now, she is opening new stores! It will be interesting to see where she is in another year~! 

Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

One More Day to Recover - Wild Fire Smoke

Once again, I slept most of the day, and keep falling asleep in the chair as I try to blog. I dragged myself out of bed, forced myself to run errands, did a few loads of laundry, and finally brought in a few loads of items from the car from the two state trip I did in 24 hours the other day. 

In the past just over a month, I have done / gone to three wedding showers, one bachelorette party, put on a wedding reception, attended the wedding and luncheon, hosted / put on a family reunion for over 100 planning from scheduling the venue a year ago, organized all the meals, took food for four of the meals for 100, and the food for my family for the other meals, planned or helped plan all the extra activities, hauled a suburban full of games and prizes for the activities, did the huge "This or that" game, got the trailer ready, hauled, and brought home, cleaned out and put away both the trailer and the suburban, packed and moved one of two of the five girls who moved out of state this past week to different states, supported Princess Five being put in as the Relief Society President in her area (I explain what this is in other posts you can search by going to the search box at the bottom of the home page on the web version and typing it in the search box.) 
I completely detailed two cars for different girls. I fixed anything wrong with the cars I could on my own, ordered parts online and / or junk yards, or local parts stores to get them up to par, and took them in for mechanical issues, new tires, alignments, found out that one daughter had been driving a car where the rear brakes had rusted completely and she had been driving with no rear brakes for over a year. I kept waking from sleep with dreams of a car accident and hadn't slept well for many nights feeling sick or having these dreams of needing to get my girls cars switched around due to feeling one would be in an accident. One moved to a state that gets lots of snow, so I felt like she needed a better car for snow. Once I found that her car brakes hadn't been working, I realized why God sent me those dreams and the knowledge she needed a better car for her move. I am so grateful for inspiration and a mothers intuition, but the sleepless nights, stress of getting the cars cleaned and hours of time doing that during all the other crazy going on this month left me VERY drained and dehydrated as it has been near 100 degrees most days while working on / in the cars!

I also had watery diarrhea for two full weeks which started from food poisoning I believe, and I finally figured out what was causing it to go on for a few weeks in the past few days. I am dehydrated, exhausted, emotional with the wedding, and now moving of several girls. Sad, and happy, that I was finally able to see all my girls together for the first time in nearly three years, only to have it be so crazy with me having to do so much that I didn't get to spend any time with them due to doing / hosting the wedding reception and the family reunion. I didn't spent 20 minutes with my family at any given time in the past month together which saddens me as now I have moved two out of state, I don't know when we will get together again! 

I am still exhausted and not breathing well due to wild fire smoke which hasn't helped me being so tired as not getting enough air will do that as well as asthma / allergy type symptoms every time I go outside and do anything. It was terrible to breathe at the reunion as everyone was suffering from allergies and then moving Princess Four and hauling everything up and down stairs to move, made it difficult as well. 

I was able to get a bit more done today, but once gain am dragging and exhausted and keep falling asleep trying to write this post. It is now 6 a.m. as I just keep falling asleep trying to get this written. 

I hope I feel better tomorrow. I will be glad to see this month over even though all the things are good things, it has drained me completely! 

Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Gotta Get Some Sleep

I started two different posts and keep falling asleep in the chair. I am going to bed and hope to be able to get enough sleep to get back to life. 

Have a blessed day! 

Monday, August 23, 2021

Sick Day

I was gone for 24 hours helping a few daughters in 2 states on a whirlwind tour and wasn't home to blog. I will catch up later. 

Have a blessed day!

Friday, August 20, 2021

Still Tired and Not Feeling Well

I have taken a nap every day for the past few days. I have also not been feeling well with stomach issues since a week ago last Sunday. 

I was so cold and tired today that I climbed into bed under the blankets and was in a ball freezing. I usually only feel that way when I have accidentally eaten gluten. I had someone come to the door which woke me up. I was so cold, so I started a fire in the wood stove. 

I had something to post, but I am just so tired, I am going to go to bed and pray I feel better in the morning. 

Have a blessed day!

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Still Exhausted and Fell Asleep In the Car - In God We Trust Moment

I have been so tired. I hauled all the boxes in from the car and trailer. They have been in my house for days. I was working on so many projects, but I keep seeing rainbows on everything and everywhere. 

I forgot to share when I arrived home from the reunion, I got out of the car and walked towards the garage and there was a corner of a $20 bill and guess what was on the corner? It had a 111 on it! 

I have no idea where a corner of a $20 would come from as I never use cash, but I felt like someone was trying to take care of me and remind me to "Trust in God! I have fallen asleep the last three nights while blogging. I hope I can get back to blogging and catch up with all the crazy events but I can't seem to catch up on my sleep. 

Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Daith Piercing - Good and Working For The Most Part

I posted a few weeks back about getting my ears pierced to help my migraine headaches. Here is a link to that.

I haven't had a migraine since I got the daith piercing! It has been quite interesting to see how I have still had dizzy bouts and some tooth pain, but no headaches or vomiting. 

The pain of the piercing has decreased and the gunk has cleaned up for the most part, but last week as I was heading out to my reunion, I had everything packed but I was having a bit of pain so I was cleaning and disinfecting the piercing using a q-tip just before leaving, and somehow the top of the earring unscrewed and fell into the garbage disposal. 

I used a magnet to pull out the bb sized top to the earring that screws on. I was getting ready to head to the family reunion and I spent an hour getting the top back on the earring. My niece used needle nose pliers to tighten the top while we were camping and I hoped it was going to be secure again.

I was cleaning it tonight and it happened again. The top fell off and the earring fell out and I spent 2 hours trying to get the little bb top back on! I couldn't do it! I then had to find an earring that would fit in the area and have no small hoops. So I found a round earring but it is larger and it hurt putting it in as my ear was so irritated due to trying to get the top on the other earring. 

My ear is so sore I am afraid to sleep on it. I think there may be some misthreading on the earring that it keeps falling off. I will have to contact my niece and see if she can fix the problem with the earring falling out. I can't live with this earring in my ear as I am afraid it will catch on things so I hope my niece can figure out why the earring keeps falling out. 

If you are thinking of getting daith piercing to help with migraines, I have to share that it worked for me so far! I wish I had done it years ago!

Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

First Family Photos in 3 Years Two Weeks in a Row

I am still reeling from the past two weeks of the wedding and the family reunion. I was so busy during the crazy activity, that I didn't get to spent much time with my kids or grandchildren. 

We hadn't all been in the same place in almost 3 years. We haven't had a family photo since back then. With Prince number Three joining our family, I wanted to get a family photo to replace the one on the wall. I was a bit sad that the photographer only took two photos of us on the wedding day, and I wish she had pulled the girls in the back to the sides and spread out the grandkids, but at least we have a photo of us all together. 

Then at the reunion, we got one in our carnival shirts, but I was super stressed and not feeling well so I wasn't at my best with the heat on top of that, but at least we have something. I don't want to blow up either photo, but at least we got a few photos. 

Even with all the crazy, they were all good things. I am still fighting exhaustion and dehydration, but I feel blessed!

Have a blessed day!


Monday, August 16, 2021

It's Been Such a Busy Two Weeks, I Am Beyond Tired

I had the wedding last week, and the family reunion this past week. It was crazy and I would like to share about how it went, but on the flip side, I am falling asleep. 

My home has boxes from the wedding with the decorations and platters from the showers, and more and more. I have been purchasing totes every time I go to thrift stores so I can package all the stuff in them. 

I also have boxes of games and prizes, and activities all over the house. I have five coolers stacked in my kitchen and another in the garage. I have five water coolers in my house, and all the luggage etc. I haven't slept much in a month with everything going on. 

I finished unloading the trailer and cleaning it about midnight last night. I woke at 11:30 for a homecoming for my nephew who returned from a mission to Thailand and CA recently. He and his brother spoke, and then another speaker who was fabulous. I watched over zoom and when it ended I fell back to sleep until 5:30 p.m.  

I slept 15 hours and it is sad how tired I still am. I hope I can feel better and have the energy I need to to get what I need to do done. 

Have a blessed day!

Friday, August 13, 2021

Measuring Life by the Trees in our Lives

My best friend in town years ago was Michelle. She lived one street down and we met when I took my girls over and we helped her unpack her home after moving in. Most people you don't know wouldn't accept help from a stranger, however, she was a military wife and due to that, she was used to having that military "unit" to rely on, so she was more open to help. 
Many years ago when they lived here, they planted two trees in the front strip of their yard. The trees grew and they moved. Another adorable family moved in and the trees got bigger. I sent Michelle a picture a few years back showing her how big they had gotten. 

I visited that family just yesterday while distributing the apples and carrots from the food bank. Today, I was passing and noticed a tree service truck in front of their home. I saw that one tree was down and the other was on its way down. 

I stopped and visited with the family while I took some pictures of the tree coming down to send to my friend Michelle. 

I came home and was picking plums off my tree and could hear them making the last cuts on the tree to take them down. I took a short video to send my friend. The inside of the trees had started to rot and they were way too tall for the area they were planted causing the sidewalk to uproot and were a hazard to the home. 

It made me ponder while I was picking plums how the trees in our yard can tell stories as well. Many were here when we moved in, many I have planted. I am planning on taking out the back apple that is the only fruit tree left in the yard that I didn't plant. Things like that, make the house mine and not those that owned it before me. 

It is interesting that new owners have to live in a house a long time before it comes "their home" as when we first moved here, for probably 15 years, our home was the "Smith Family" home before it came our family home. 

I do feel like we can measure our life here by the trees in our yard! Have a blessed day!

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Making 300 Wedding Treat Bags with LOTS of Help From Angels, Family, and Friends

Princess Number 3 (My Third Daughter) just got married. We thought of several "thank you" gifts that we could give at the wedding, and we finally decided on a "Cracker Jack" popcorn recipe that you shake in a paper bag and cook in the microwave. 

We thought we could put a cute little "Thanks for popping into our lives" or something similar on the cello bags of popcorn tied with a cute bow. I thought I could make all the bags by myself in a day, but after making three batches, bagging them, and tying them off, it took me three hours to make 30 bags. 

I ran into my nieces at the grocery store. There were probably 500 cars at Walmart and my nieces parked in the spot next to my car. They didn't know it was my car, but they had rainbow hand-prints all over her car and I recognized it when I came out. On my blog, I have shared many times how my mother used to sing us "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" each night before bed. 

Since her passing, during stressful times, I usually see rainbows and it makes me feel like she is watching after me. Seeing those rainbows, and rainbow hand-prints on my nieces car and the fact that she parked right next to me in a huge parking lot, I felt like my mother was sending me help from above as I wouldn't have thought about calling to ask them for help, so I am grateful for those rainbows to draw my attention. 

When I saw my nieces, I had the thought to ask them to help bag the popcorn as that was what took so much time. I had already asked my friend if she could help me. She called and told another friend I could use some help. So, around 7 p.m. my four angles showed up and my nieces stayed for 2 1/2 hours and my friends stayed for over 4 hours. We whipped out about 300 bags of treats! It was so amazing to see everyone pull together to help with this project. I thought it was going to be taking me all week after my trial run, but getting them finished so quickly gave me more time to get to other things done! It was a wonderful day with wonderful people! I am blessed with great friends. 

At the reception, I was walking in a little late as we had some issues with rain, and I were slipping in the exit. As my sister and I were walking in, a lady and her husband were leaving and she was telling him, "This popcorn is a yummy bag of deliciousness!"  Her comment made me feel happy that we found a treat that would make Princess Three's reception memorable for her and others!

During the reception, I look over and see a couple taking photographs of the display, sign, and treats which also made me feel good.

As we were cleaning up, the couple who rent out the venue told me that they had the display basket for a long time and had never found a use for it but once she saw what we used it for, they now knew how to use it! The venue was $1200 for the day and that included tables and lamps around the edges. The rest we provided. They had other things to rent for extra, and they were taking pictures of many of our displays and watched us carefully as we cleaned up all the decor. I have a feeling they will be buying and renting more decor after seeing what we did. 

We had some left over and I am glad for that as we can use them at the reunion. We did give out more than I thought we would as there was a steady flow of visitors for the 2 hours of the reception! 

I feel truly Blessed.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Cracker Jack Caramel Popcorn Recipe - Paper Bag Popcorn


I was looking for some kind of wedding "thank you" treat to hand out at the reception. My sister said they gave out bags of popcorn at her daughters with a sticker saying, "Thanks For Popping In" on the front. 
I said plain popcorn wouldn't be great, but the caramel popcorn I make would get super sticky in the heat and wouldn't do well being made ahead of time. 

Here is one recipe we use that has marshmallows in it. 

Here is another sticky recipe we use that has peanut butter in them. 

There is another type of popcorn treat I make and give out at Christmas that has melted chocolate with different flavors on it, but worried that would melt in the heat and make a huge mess if anyone opened it at the reception as it is outside and will most likely be hot.

Here is a link to the post about that.
My sister then suggested my "Aunts" recipe for popcorn. I had NO idea what recipe she was talking about as I have never had that aunts recipe of any type of popcorn. She said "The one that you make in a paper bag." I told her I had no recollection of anything like that. She said "It is like "Cracker Jacks" as it doesn't get sticky like others. 
I asked her to send me my "aunts recipe" and the picture at the top is what she sent, she got it that way from my Aunt who got it from someone named "Hatch" and I have no idea who that is or if my aunt knew them. It took me a week or two to have the time to make it, but I also had to find paper bags to make it. I was finally able to find the items and to make the recipe. Here is the recipe:

Wedding Reception Popcorn

1 C. Brown Sugar

1/2 C. Butter

1/4 C. White Karo Syrup

Pinch of Salt

1/4 TSP Baking Soda

 3 Quarts Popcorn

* Can add nuts, pretzels, M&M's, chocolate chips or anything else that sounds good

2 Paper Bags

Mix the top four ingredients into a microwave safe bowl and put in for exactly 3 minutes. Take it out and stir it, and then put it into the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes longer. 

Have the two bags inside each other and the dry popcorn in the bag and ready for this next part. Take the heated mixture out of the microwave and stir in the baking soda.

Once it is fully mixed and stirred, pour it into the paper bag into the center so the caramel isn't on the sides. Roll the top down over each other on the bags and start shaking vigorously.

Put it into the microwave and heat for exactly 1 minute. Shake vigorously and put in the microwave for 1 more minute. Shake vigorously and put in any of the "other" ingredients at this point and shake them until coated. Pour out onto a cookie sheet and let cool. 

When cool, put into container.  

At this point, I will share that I thought 1/2 cup of butter was LOTS and that perhaps it could be made with 1/3 to 1/4 cup, so I tried that recipe and had people taste test both types, one with the larger amount and one with the lesser amount of butter. The one with the 1/2 cup butter was the winner as it was really creamy and smooth tasting, but it does leave a greasy film on your fingers. 

The batches with less butter were more like "Cracker Jacks" and still sweet and good, but not as decadent as the 1/2 cup batches, so we decided to go with the full 1/2 cup butter for each batch. 

Enjoy and have a BLESSED Day!

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Making a Case for the Cake Topper

Princess Three got a custom made cake topper from my friend Julie. I posted about it here.

We needed to find some container to put it in as my friend said, "No matter how old the person is that is looking at it, they reach out and touch it! They will want to move the hair and it doesn't move so they break it off!" 

I thought I could put a little note on the display saying, "Please Don't Touch" but the children can't read it and she said many times children are the ones breaking the hair off. 

I went to Hobby Lobby and about five other stores looking for some glass sided display we could use, but also, one she could keep and like so she can keep the dust off and something stylish she would like as decor. 

I found this square almost "Sea ship" looking container, but it didn't have a top on it. The sides were glass, and I flipped it upside down, but that put wood on the top and then people couldn't see it through the top if they were tall.

I found several others I thought she may like in her home, but they were either not deep enough, or were really tall. 

We video chatted her from the store and brainstormed about what we could do. I realized they had a framing shop and we could get a top cut for it, but wasn't sure how to hold it up. My sister figured out that we could flip up one of the two clasps holding the side glass in and it would hold the top glass up. So, we had the store frame shop cut us a piece of glass. I then asked if they had any mirror we could put in the back as I noticed that the only one they had in gold had a crack in one side. They said they don't cut mirror there. 

On the way out, I asked about getting a discount due to the crack and it being the only gold one they had, and it was 50% off anyway, so we got the thing for about $16. The next day after hunting down three shops, we were able to get a mirror cut, the broken piece taken out, and they ground the top piece we had cut so no one would get cut, for about $7. So, in all it was less than $25 for the $40 original priced holder.

The mirror shows the back of the dress from the front so you can see the entire topper from the front. 

We put a bow on the handle and displayed the thing on a cool piece of wood I found at a second hand store.

People were taking pictures and asking for the name of the creator all night. It was a hit for sure! My friend Julie is VERY gifted and talented! I will be helping her create a new website for her toppers and other creations soon!

I feel very blessed to know her!

Monday, August 9, 2021

The BIG REVEAL - Wedding Dress and Cake Topper

Since the wedding is over, I can share pictures of my friends Cake Topper! It was so exact. She is amazing! 

She spent more time on the groom than she ever has in the past. She made the shoes so exact that she even made the little folds on the shoes. 

She made the creases in the arms, tails in the back, buttons on the sleeve / cuffs, pleat in the front crease of the pants, shirt collar, tie, and belt buckle. 

She found the exact color of suit he was wearing as well as color on the tie, belt and shoes. She even made the different color of soles in the shoes. It is amazing. The hairline is exact, the posture of the doll is exact. 

When she pulled it out of the box, I knew exactly who it was, no question! 

The bride looks amazing. The dress was all hand painted lace! She painted the base color, but the white lace on the arms and dress is all hand painted. The bouquet is all individual pieced clay in exact color down to the amount of flowers in the bouquet. 

She got the height ratio spot on. Where she fits on his body height wise. I love that she made hands. She hasn't always done that. She even put the ring on his finger! 

She made a "peek a boo" window with Princess Threes left arm and you can see his hand around her waist through the window in her elbow. It is such an amazing likeness! I wish pictures could show the exact likeness, but it just can't show how closely the dolls look like the people! 

I told my friend I would help her make a website to show off her cake toppers. I hope I can do her work justice on the website! She not only does weddings, but people who have passed as angels, pets that have passed on, prom dolls, quinceanera dolls, and custom Christmas tree ornaments. She can do the entire family! 

You can see how crazy amazingly talented she is for yourself in these pictures! 

As you can see, the bride and groom LOVE that cake topper and were proud to display it at the reception! 

Have a Blessed Day!