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Aug 6, 2014

Dare To Get Dirty - For a Very Sweet You!

Hello crafty friends! Today I'm here with a card that's just for fun, or actually a fun challenge with a friend. The sweet and oh so talented Lori Craig asked if I'd make a sample for her Dare To Get Dirty challenge and I was ever so happy to oblige! 

If you're not familiar, Dare To Get Dirty is a celebration over at Splitcoast Stampers and the party is just for members of the Fan Club.  You can read all about DTGD here on this thread.

My younger son had a really tough time with 3rd grade, and I wanted to give him the best foot forward for Grade 4. His new teacher has been coming to tutor him in math each Wednesday and I've been exceptionally impressed with her level of patience and the creative ways she's been able to engage with him.  I really have my fingers crossed that it will be a wonderful year

So, this card is for her, to kick off what I have high hopes will be a great year for him <--- or actually for all of us! My Dad says that at any time you're only as happy as your least happy child and I can honestly say that is exactly how I feel. When my boys are happy, well, I am too!

All of my supplies today are from My Favorite Things.  The sentiment is from the Banner Greetings stamp set paired with the Banner Greetings Die-namics.  It is layered on top of the Red-Delicious Die-namics cut from Electric Red and Fuse Green card stocks.

I've used the Typewriter Text background for a bit of a "school-ish" theme.  My very beloved Woodgrain Background stamp was inked with Sweet Tooth ink to Fuse Green card stock.  And Houndstooth is a classic fall themed pattern cut with my Houndstooth Cover-Up

You'll find all the reasons for my layout and theme for today's card as part of Loris' challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers Dare To Get Dirty Event.  Goodness, it felt great to make a card and I'll have to get back into it soon enough to make a birthday card for my older son this weekend!

Jul 25, 2014

A Fond Farewell - Wishing You Everything Happy

My friends, I'm here with some news to share with you all.  For the last several years, I've been blessed beyond belief to work for My Favorite Things.  First as a designer and then behind the scenes, creating video, providing support to some of our wholesale accounts, and teaching at retreats and tradeshows.  It's been an honor and a pleasure.  I've had so many fabulous opportunities, and made some life-long friends. 

Along the way, it's been amazing to watch My Favorite Things grow and flourish.  I remember getting a call from Kim and working on the release of MFT Die-namics.  I recall the meeting where we first discussed the idea for what you all know as the Blueprints.

I'm writing you all to let you know that I've recently accepted a new position.  I'm going back to my roots in technology marketing and jumping into a this new opportunity full force.  Over the last six months or so, my husband's work travel has picked up enormously and I need to be able to juggle a new job, and these two busy boys.  As such in addition to resigning my position behind the scenes, I'm also going to hang my paper cutter and adhesive gun up on the shelf for a little bit.  I just need to give myself the time to get up to speed at work, and enjoy these two boys while they still want to hang out with Mom.  Let me just say, I know these minutes won't last.

So today, I'm wishing all of YOU everything HAPPY.   

For my farewell card, I'm using the new Happy Die-namics paired with the Square Grid Cover-Up Die-namics.  I used the Grid to die-cut a piece of cardstock stamped with the Diagonal Stripes Background which were assembled into a fun quilted/chevron pattern. 

For those of you that I've met in person, or virtually at Release Parties, thank YOU for all the loving comments, the never ending support and the laughs.  I'll miss each of you.  I hope to be back now and again with a card just-for-fun.  (In fact, I have a Dare to Get Dirty sample for you in the next two weeks - be sure to check SCS for all the details on Dare to Get Dirty it's a BLAST!)

PS - For those of you that have asked, my sweet and loveable, though sometimes mischievous four legged friend Dart is doing just great, 100% healed and busy as ever. He recently enjoyed his first trip to the beach and he just LOVED it!

Thanks my sweet crafty friends and wishing you all the very best.


Jul 17, 2014

It's all about the nails....

Hi crafty friends! When I find something I just love, of course I want to share it with all of you. My love of paper and pattern has spread over to my nails.  For about 2 years I've been wearing a gel nail, but somehow I can't reconcile all the organic food we eat with the harsh chemicals I've been putting on my nails. 

A friend of mine recently became a Jamberry Independent Consultant and I've been watching all the cute designs she's put on her nails.  Best of all Jamberry is free of harsh chemicals and formaldhyde, they are even Vegan friendly if that's your thing :)  You can find Debbie's little shop HERE. Here's a peek at what's on my nails today -

I've been sanding down the gel nail below and adding the Jamberry shields on top to cover the "gap" between gel and natural nail. Having worn acrylic nails for years before, I know that my natural nail below these gels will be weak and look terrible.  I'm protecting the nail while the fakers beneath grow off.  I don't want to see the mess I've created from years of gel nail wearing. 

I will say that adhering the shield over the gel nail is a little tricky because the levels are uneven despite all my sanding. The gels have created a "curved" shape which I have to stretch the wrap a little bit. But there are SO many handy YouTube videos you can watch on the subject.  (and I've watched a bunch. So fun!)

But people look how cute they are on toes.  Sorry it's a foot photo, and that can be gross, but friends, I have CHEVRONS on my toes. I'm in love. These babies are rumored to last between 4 and 6 weeks on toes.  I've had them on for over a week with no issues at all. No lifting, no chipping, no rubbing off.  They're perfect!

If you're interested at all, I invite you to attend a little "Virtual Nail Party"  my friend Debbie will gladly send you a sample if you want to try them out, and she's also got some fun give-aways and drawings. In fact, there is a drawing for a free Mini Heater open till TONIGHT at 11pm. Please message me if you'd like to join the party and I'll add you on Facebook. 

Here's what's on my Wish List

Grey and White Polka
Poppy and White Polka
Black and White Skinny

Navy Quatrefoil - must have these ones to go with these that I already have Nautical and won't they be so cute.

Please leave me a comment if you have any questions I'm happy to help!

Jul 11, 2014

It's a Release Rewind for My Favorite Things!

In case you missed it, the My Favorite Things Release was earlier this week and it was a big, huge birthday celebration!  Today I've got two cards and a cute little tag to share with you to showcase a few elements from this month's Release.

Up first, how about another look at the Bring on the Cake Die-namics paired with the Delicious Birthday Stamp Set.  I created an all white on white cake for a touch of elegance.  The frosting is covered with glitter from my Wink of Stella pen.

I love that the sentiments in the Delicious Birthday set offer a mix of fonts. I stamped "Everything's Better" with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink and then the "with a birthday cake" with Kraft ink for a soft feel.

My second card pairs the new Balloon STAX with the Rectangle Frames Die-namics, a bit of the Happy Birthday Background and another sentiment from Delicious Birthday - as you can see the set is fabulous with, or without cake!

The Happy Birthday Background was stamped with Sweet Tooth ink to Sno Cone Card Stock.

The new Blueprints Tag Builder 1 Die-namics helps you make quick work of wrapping.  Mix and match the elements on your own, or work from the companion downloadable sketches like I did. All you need to do is select the color palette that suits your recipient best.  I went for a HOT color combination using Razzleberry, Grape Jelly, Black Licorice and Blu Raspberry.


Lots of girls on the Design Team have cards to share with you using new MFT Products from the July Release.   Celebrate MFT's Birthday with a little shopping - you'll find all the new goodies HERE in the MFT Boutique.

Jul 8, 2014

Happy with the Square Grid Cover-Up. The MFT New Release is Now Available!

We've been taunting you for days, but NOW the new Release is Available and it's RIGHT HERE! 

Do you ever make a card and then sort of giggle about how happy it makes you? That was this one for me.  I'd had a vision of using this Square Grid Cover-Up for a sort of paper quilt and when it came together I was just ever so happy.  And then, well since it's so EASY to do, that sort of makes it even happier no?


To begin I stamped the Happy Birthday Background to Fuse Green, Sno Cone and Pink Lemonade Card stocks using Sweet Tooth Ink and zapped it with my heat gun to dry it up.

Then I cut the Square Grid Cover-Up from Whip Cream Card stock.

Then I cut up each of those colored pieces to make many, many grid squares.  So, you see, it gets even better as you can use all those extra pieces to make several iterations of this little card.

A quick "Happy" was cut from the Happy Die-namics from Blu Raspberry card stock and the sentiment "BIRTHDAY" is from the Delicious Birthday set which is on top of a Dimensional Banner Die-namics.  This card just makes me plain old happy!

How about another fun way to use the Square Grid?

Now, you can also use this Square Grid Cover-Up Die-namics to make a window-scene. Today it is layered with the Cloud Cover Up Die-namics (you know I love to layer my Cover-Ups!) and a rolling hill cut from the Snow Drifts Die-namics.  The Happy Die-namics also has an all lowercase version and this is it!

This Happy Die-namics makes some lovely clean and simple type cards. And lately, I'm obsessed with Blu Raspberry.   When paired with the Happy Everything stamp set you can do a little stamping and a little die-cutting for some quick and cute cards.  I've added a small happy strip of the Diagonal Stripes Background and accented with a tiny pink Hearts a Plenty. 

Be sure to check out all the fabulous projects that the MFT Designers have to share by hopping along through the New Product Launch. You'll find links to everyone who is participating tonight on the MFT Blog.  Happy shopping!

Jul 7, 2014

Bring on the Cake - My Favorite Things New Release Countdown

It's My Favorite Things birthday this month!  Be sure to check out all the birthday themed stamps, Die-namics and stencils over at the MFT Blog. 

Each day you'll be treated to full stamp and Die-namics previews, videos to show you a closer look at the stamps and Die-namics in action and information about PRIZES too!  Be sure to check it out! The new release will be Tuesday night at 10pm EST. 
 Today I've got a little something to show you using "Bring On the Cake" Die-namics and the Delicious Birthday stamp setBring on the Cake offers a wide variety of yummy options. Today I've used the cake stand, cake dome and a single layer of cake.  There are three decorative options depending on how you'd like to decorate your cake. 

Once again I'm putting my Background stamps to work using the Diagonal Stripe with Natural Ink to Primitive White card stock. The Kraft Pierced Circle was stamped with the Happy Birthday Background using Sweet Tooth ink.

You'll see that it's perched on top of the Pinking Circle STAX Die-namics.  I've picked up the Pierced accenting with the Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX from last month's release.  A triad of buttons finishes it off.  I do love my MFT Buttons!

I'll be back tomorrow with another preview for you! It's almost time for the new release to be here. Can't wait to hear what your favorite items are this month, so many amazing sets to choose from. Or well, you could just buy them all! *giggle!*

Jul 6, 2014

For the Love of Backgrounds! My Favorite Things New Release Countdown

We are moving right along with the Birthday Celebrations for My Favorite Things!  The latest stamps, Die-namics and stencils will all be available at 10pm Tuesday night. 

Today I've got a project to share with you that is just *filled* with MFT Background goodness.  I love using these to add custom pattern to my cards.  Today I've embraced a color that usually makes me cringe - purple!  See MFT's card stock and ink colors all mix and match so wonderfully that you've got lots of creative options.

I've use the Diagonal Stripes Background using Sweet Tooth ink to Grapesicle Card Stock - then I've added the new Confetti Background using Blu Raspberry Ink to Blu Raspberry Card Stock.  The bottom panel was stamped using Grape Jelly Ink to Grape Jelly Card Stock

But wait - there is even MORE MFT goodness to share with you.  The Pinking Circle STAX is a great new layering piece - or should I say collection of pieces.  Pair it with any of the existing Circle STAX (original, pierced, stitched) for lots of options!

Lisa Johnson's newest Stamps and Die-namics are sure to be a hit and will clearly make quick work of your birthday card making needs.  The Celebrate You Stamps and Die-namics are sold separately but work together to make adorable little projects.  Mix and match the arrangement of presents and bows to your liking and use the color palette that your guest of honor likes best.  Voila!  It's a celebration! 

Okay friends, that's it for me today. Now it's time for you to head over to the MFT Blog to check out ALL the stamps and Die-namics that are previewing today, watch the latest MFT Stamp and Die-namics preview videos and of course enter yourself into the running for some PRIZES!  Get on over to the MFT Blog for all the details! See you tomorrow with another card featuring some new release items! 

Jul 5, 2014

It's a Happy Banner Preview - with My Favorite Things

Did you see that My Favorite Things has started to release Pure Innocence images with companion Die-namics.  I love these sweeties, but this makes it even EASIER to create with them. No fussy cutting required.

This month Team MFT is celebrating the MFT Birthday and the MFT Lady's Birthday too!  I'm joining in on the fun with this cute little Happy Banner Stamp Set and Happy Banner Die-namics preview.

Of course, I added in a little bit of the Happy Birthday Background - you know how I love my backgrounds!  I stamped it using Sweet Tooth ink to Blu Raspberry card stock. I nestled my watercolored image onto a Pinking Edge Circle STAX.  

Turquoise with Black and White is one of my favorite little color combinations, and a little kiwi colored banner was a sweet little POP.  For a little extra dimension, I stamped the banner elements and her hair bow twice and added them into the original image with a bit of rolled edges for extra dimension (and not to mention for the watercoloring this makes it just ever so easier!) 

Remember that the new MFT Release will be held on Tuesday night at 10pm EST. Be sure to follow along on the MFT Blog every day for full set reveals, preview videos, links to participating designers and of course information PRIZES too!  Come back and see me tomorrow, I'll have another little something to share with you! 

Jul 4, 2014

Let's Celebrate - MFT's New Release Countdown

I'm back with another My Favorite Things Preview and I'll have a Release Countdown Post every day from now, till the new Release on Tuesday, July 8th at 10pm EST.
Be sure to check the MFT Blog every day for full set reveals, links to participating designers, stamp and Die-namics preview videos and information about PRIZES! 
Today I've got a little card to share with you using several NEW products.  Up first, there are three new background stamps. You KNOW I love my MFT Background stamps.  This month the patterns are Diagonal Stripe, Confetti and Happy Birthday. I used them tone on tone with coordinating card stocks & inks to create some patterned party balloons.  

The balloons were cut with the fabulous new Balloon STAX. It offers three shapes of balloons, each in two sizes.  Mix and match those babies to create your own little balloon cluster. The sentiment "Let's Celebrate" is from the Birthday Chalkboard Greetings.   

With life being so crazy lately, I've been embracing the clean and simple style. It's fresh and clean and with the boys staying up so late, I have no energy for my old school late night crafting.  Being able to sneak away and pull together something on the fly is a nice little break in my day.  Remember to check the MFT Blog for all the details on the products being showcased today!   

Jul 2, 2014

MFT New Release Countdown - Blueprints 17

Hi everyone! I'm so sorry for my LONG crafting hiatus, between the boys wrapping up school, and dealing with a recuperating dog June was a little crazy for me.  I'm excited to say that my friend Dart is fully healed, and doing just great. He's enjoying summer to the fullest right now!

I've also been busy behind the scenes creating video previews for MFT. Don't forget that each day during the New Release Countdown you'll find a stamp and a Die-namics preview video on the MFT Blog.  I hope you will check them out.  

You will want to check the MFT Blog even day during the New Release Countdown for full stamp and Die-namics previews, links to participating designers and information about the Release Countdown Prizes! The new release will be held on Tuesday, July 8th at 10pm EST.  I have previews for you *almost* every day during that time, so I hope you'll come back to visit me! 

Up first I've got two cards using the new Blueprints 17. This is a really fun, and different one.  You can use it to create a chalkboard right on the front of your square card.  Conveniently it coordinates with the Birthday Chalkboard Greetings stamp set.

I'm also enamored with the brand new Happy Birthday Background, it's entirely possible that I've used it on every single card I've made this week!  Today it was stamped with Sweet Tooth ink to a piece of Lemon Drop card stock.

This fun Blueprints 17 Die-namics includes this miniature bow to embellish your chalkboard, if you haven't used any of the MFT Bow Die-namics the video today will show you how to assemble it.  

The video will also show you how to layer the single wood plank, which features this cool embossing feature, for a layered look to your chalkboard.  

Here's another sample for you, in this example, I wanted to show you how Blueprints 17 includes this clever banner design. You simply fold over the triangular tabs to trap your twine inside.  It also includes these tiny accent pieces for quick layering.  And yes, another fabulous MFT Background to share with you, this one is the Diagonal Stripe.  This card was designed using one of the included Blueprints 17 sketches. Each month you just download the PDF file and print it.  I keep mine tucked inside the coordinating Blueprints packaging so that whenever I reach for the dies, I've got the sketch at the ready.   

Here are two more fun sentiments from the Birthday Chalkboard Greetings stamp set. 

This month's release is filled with celebratory elements - basically everything you'd need for birthday cards, handcrafted gifts, tags and even party decor!  Don't forget to check out the MFT Blog every day for more details. I'll see you Friday with another card featuring all sorts of New Release Goodies!

Jun 12, 2014

Release Rewind - June Release at My Favorite Things

I hope you've had a chance to peruse all the newest goodies over at My Favorite Things. But just in case, I have a few more cards to share with you. Today I've got two cards to share with you using the new Ampersand Die-namics. 

My first card was created with a color combination that I'm totally stuck on….Navy, Brick Red and Grout Gray.  I've mixed and matched several elements from this month's release and now have a lovely card for my husband for our anniversary! I started with an Insert It - 3x4 Insert cut from Grout Gray ink and stamped with the Gingham Background.

This is a standard A2 card and I used a corner rounder to chop off the bottom two corners.  The fun circular element and the mini-banners were pulled from the Blueprints 16 Die-namics.

As it turns out, this Ampersand Die-namics sits so nicely on top. 

I pulled "NOW" and "ALWAYS" from the Always & Forever Stamp Set.  Each portion of the sentiment was stamped with Nightshift Blue Ink to a Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX.  I decided to put the second half of the sentiment on the inside of my card so that the front didn't feel too "squishy."

I adore these Ampersands, and I've got another quick card to share.  Instead of using the Die-cut Ampersand, I wanted to show you how to use the negative of the cut. I laid the smaller Ampersand inside of the Blueprints 16 circle and knocked it out of the circle.  I also used the Blueprints 16 sentiment strip, the small star and the curved panel.  I pulled in the double peek-a-boo strip from the Blueprints 15.  That little piece has become a new favorite of mine. I love mixing and matching my Blueprints elements! 

My kids use the phrase "boss" constantly. I mean constantly. "That's the boss!'  or "Oh man, you're the boss!"  Boss. Boss. Boss.  All. The. Time.  So I know they'll be really excited when they see this little card.

Remember that My Favorite Things has just had a huge release. 

There are so many spectacular new products for you to check out.  Be sure to head on over to the MFT Boutique to check out everything that's new! 

Jun 10, 2014

MFT Release is Here!

I'm excited to say that it's time for the MFT New Release to go live!  All of the new stamps, Die-namics, stencils and inks are now available in the Brand Spankin' New Category

Up first, I have two cards to share with you using the Peek-a-Boo Alphabet Uppercase Die-namics

This Die-namics is designed to knock out the holes for each letter, letting the color behind shine right on through.  I used it to cut a quick nautical greeting for my first card.  It's paired with a Stitched Strip from last month's release cut from Gumdrop Green card stock

You can also use those peek-a-boo holes as a guide for your stitching.  I've threaded up a needle with my MFT Hemp Cord and stitched up this quick "hi."  I sponged all the edges of my Nightshift Blue layer all around the edges which draws more attention to the sentiment itself. The stitching lends a nice bit of texture since the Hemp Cord is pretty thick.  If I could find the bajillion skeins of embroidery floss that I have laying around here somewhere it would lay a little flatter...

I embellished with a trio of Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX - you can see that the Primitive Cream one was stamped with the Nightshift Blue ink using the Pinstripe Background, the Kraft flag was stamped with the Grid Background with Natural ink.  You know how I love my Fishtail Flags and having Pierced ones to add into the mix is FABULOUS!

I couldn't put that fun Office Supplies Die-namics and the At the Office Stamp Set away just yet. They are SO fun!  So, I have two more cards to share with you tonight!  

First I used the die set to creat the interoffice style envelope.  It has been embellished with the Days of the Week Die-namics cut from Nightshift Blue Card stock. The sentiment "Let's Do Lunch" was stamped with the beautiful new Brick Red ink which is being released this evening.  I also used that ink to stamp tone-on-tone to the Brick Red card base using the Grid Background Stamp.

I die-cut several Insert-It 3x4 Insert pieces and then stamped with assorted MFT Backgrounds including the new Typewriter Text Background Stamp and the Notebook Paper Background.  They were "clipped" to the envelope with the paperclip included in the Office Supplies Die-namics.

I sort of fell in love with this color palette, so I gave it another spin.  I die-cut the Stripes Cover-Up from Nightshift Blue and again from Brick Red card stock.  I nestled the Brick Red pieces into place for a flush-mounted design.  I'm using the Office Supplies again, but this time, I created the clipboard. 

The companion At the Office Stamp Set gives you a HUGE range of sentiments and stampy elements to choose from.  Here's a fun note for a co-worker or boss.  Now the ALL the MFT colors are available in MFT's Hybrid Ink, I got to mix and match. This is the Grout Grey ink for the Notebook Paper Background, sentiment collage was stamped with Nightshift Blue, Banana Split and Brick Red inks.  

I hope you're excited to play with this fun stamp and Die-namics pairing, it's a good one! I love that there are so many versatile ways you can use it.  Have a blast creating your own collage-style pieces!

Okay friends that's it for me tonight. Be sure to head over to the MFT Blog for a look at ALL the new stamps, Die-namics, stencils, and inks.  So many amazing additions this month!

For the Love of Office Supplies!

We are getting SO close to the new release from My Favorite Things. Today I've got two cards to share with you and I had a blast making them.

All the new release items will go live TONIGHT at 10pm EST. Be sure to check the MFT Blog for all the details, for full stamp set and die graphics, links to participating designers AND check for details about PRIZES too! 

Lots of office themed products and I must say I get super excited about a good office supply binge.
Do you love back to school shopping, I do. Colored notebooks, new highlighters, fun erasers.
Turns out that office themed crafting is just as big of a thrill!  

For my first card, I'm showing you a peek at the new File Folders Die-namics. This is this month's Free with Sixty and it's HUGELY versatile.  You can add file tab elements, or you can cut on either end of a piece of cardstock and score in the middle to make an actual file folder.  Love!

I filled my folder with scraps of paper stamped with various MFT Backgrounds, the new Notebook Paper, the Typewriter Text and the Grid Background.

The Grid Background was also stamped to Gumdrop Green Card Stock using Sour Apple Ink.  Then I crumpled and distressed all the edges and backed with a bit of Steel Grey Card Stock

This month MFT is also releasing the At the Office Stamp set and the Office Supplies Die-namics. That tiny paperclip is made from card stock. LOVE!  The tiny clip on the side is the perfect size for the word "Memo" in the companion stamp set.

Here's another quick card made with the Office Supplies Die-namics and At the Office.  The Office Supplies can be used to create this adorable Clipboard.  I paired it with the Notebook Paper background stamp. I love these collage style elements, this was a blast to make!  Mixing all the colors of MFT Hybrid ink and the beautiful selection of MFT Card Stocks make this a lot of fun!

My background was created with the Stripes Cover-Up cut from Sno Cone card stock layered over a bit of Orange Fizz card stock.  The very bottom piece is covered with one of the Horizontal Stitched Strips from last month's release.

All of the MFT New Release items will be available at 10pm EST TONIGHT! I'm so excited to hear what you all like best. Leave me a note and let me know what your favorite items are, I'd love to know!

Jun 9, 2014

Thank You Joy Ride

I don't know about you, but my car is the all around town shuttle bus. I seriously do not understand how my gas gauge is always on empty and I never leave the town! 

Don't forget that MFT's New Release will kick off on Tuesday night at 10pm. Be sure to head over to the MFT Blog to check out all that's new and get yourself entered to win one of the SEVEN Release Countdown Prizes! 

The Joy Ride Die-namics has all the little details planned out for you.  You know, MFT is clever like that!  You've got loads of options of cute vanity style license plates to convey your message.  The die features lots of layered accent pieces so you can custom design your colors.  The die features embossing so that you know just the right spot for placement.   So if you have a card for a new driver, vacation, birthday for a car loving friend,  or even a wedding card to make.  This set has options for all those ideas - and it's stinkin' cute to boot!

You know, what this would make a super cute mini-book cover! 

I was thinking that this card would certainly make for a fun little thank you note for a end of year, or end of soccer season carpool thank you. Don't get me wrong, I love soccer season, but I do have a big old sigh of relief when it comes to a close.

See you tomorrow with another card!  Thanks for stopping by! 

Jun 6, 2014

An update on Dart

Thanks to all of you who have left messages, emails and called to check in on me and my buddy. Here's a quick update as of June 6th.

Dart was admitted to the vet for surgery on Wednesday morning to have a Mast Cell Tumor removed.  The vet called at about 12:30 and said he was already awake and trying to stand up.  That's my stubborn boy, anxious to come home, the Doctor moved my pickup time from 5 to 3.  

The boys and I headed over to pick him up and he was so happy to see us, but obviously sad and very uncomfortable.  He has a large (and gross) incision on his belly/hip - I'll spare you those photos! 

They aggressively treat this kind of cancer to take wide margins with the hopes that there are no rogue cells left in place.  The pathology report will not be back for 10-14 days, and then we'll know more about the "grade" of the tumor and what his prognosis is.

Here's a look at his cone of shame. He is being so tolerant of it, and I'm amazed.  I figured he would have found a way to rip it to pieces by now.  The strangest thing is that usually he's a barker. He's loud, you know, like everyone else in my family.  Since Wednesday I've only heard his voice twice.  He's silent.  This morning I was packing up the boys for school and making a cup of coffee when he skulked into the kitchen looking for me.  Tip-toeing.

He's been a really good patient, sleepy (my guess largely due to the pain killers) and sweet.  Needs lots of extra love and snuggles, and that's okay with me.

The first night I slept on the floor next to his little dog bed, I didn't want him to climb the stairs and I was so sad for him.  Last night he did come up to bed, and slept in his crate.  Since he can't go out and play the way an active two year old lab would like, I moved his dog bed over to the sunny back window.  Poor guy, he's too tired to even bark at the squirrels.

His stitches should come out in about 10-14 days, and I can't wait to take him for a walk, to the beach, and just to throw a ball in the yard.  

Thank you all for all your kind notes and messages.  I'm hoping that when these two weeks are through he'll be back in business with a clean bill of health.  I'll keep you posted. 


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