Thursday, January 26, 2012

My Hero

Almost two years ago, shortly after my husband Bruce was diagnosed with ALS, he was the honoree at a local ALS golf tournament.  Prior to the tournament, the ALS association asked us to write up a little bio about Bruce that could be displayed at the tournament.

Bruce and I sat down and wrote the bio and when we finished, he read it, and then commented that it sounded like he led a pretty ordinary life.

I couldn't disagree with him more.
Bruce led a life that was anything but ordinary and the true character of this man and just how extraordinary he was really shone after he was diagnosed with ALS.

From the day he was told he had a terminal disease Bruce faced the reality of his fate with courage, optimism and a will to fight.  He never asked "Why me" and he put his energy into volunteering for clinical trials and raising money for ALS research.  For two years running he was the top fundraiser for the local "Walk to Defeat ALS" fundraiser, raising over $60,000 for the cause.  In late December he collaborated with the local ALS chapter to set up a Promise Fund Campaign so that the work to raise funds for ALS research could continue in his name.  He was comforted knowing he could continue the fight to find a cure for this horrible disease after he was gone.  He made a difference and that made his life anything but ordinary.

Bruce lost his battle with ALS today.
He died peacefully with his family by his side.
He lived for 54 years but will leave a legacy that will last forever.
I want to thank all of you for your support and prayers over the past few months.
I know they were heard.

You can read more about Bruce on his ALS Promise Fund page:
Bruce's Battalion, Fighting ALS

Jane

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Letter Love

I love these little metal letters that were once used in an old engraving machine.
I bought them from one of the dealers in the antique mall where I have a booth.
There are over 100 letters in this cool little box.
I bought the box of lowercase letters.  I'm kicking myself for not buying the uppercase box too.

The letters are 1 1/4" in length making them perfect for some jewelry projects.  I'm sure you'll be seeing them repurposed in one way or another!

I'm linking with Linda @ Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday.

Have a wonderful day.

Jane

Monday, January 9, 2012

New Booth Space

A belated Happy New Year to everyone!!

I'm slowly trying to get back in the swing of things with creating and posting.  It's been hard to find a lot of time but we have settled into somewhat of a new routine (for the moment) and I am finding little bits of time here and there to work on some projects.

The biggest project I had to tackle this past weekend was moving my antique booth space.  The entire antique mall moved from the location it had occupied for 8 years into a building down the street.  I have to admit, I was skeptical that the new location was going to work, but things are coming together and it's really starting to take shape.

Since I only had my booth for 2 months prior to the move, I was low girl on the totem pole when it came to picking a new space.  I was rather dismayed (at first) to be in the back room of the lower level. 

 This is my 10' x 6' space (from the pole to the white door is 10' and from the pole to the wall is 6').
When I walked out yesterday afternoon this is what the space was looking like.
All of my display pieces are thrifty finds.  
It took a lot of moving things around to get the pieces to all work.
I still have some empty shelves to fill (and the owner has a big hole in the wall to cover).
Now that I am settled in my new space I am very happy with the location.  It has great lighting and I have some wonderful "neighbors".

If you are ever in the vicinity of Parkville, MO stop by the Parkville Antique Mall and check it out!!

Have a great week.

Jane