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LaughingLark
« Reply #1820 on: May 28, 2010 05:25:58 AM »

Thanks, lylacfey. I freaked a little when I heard the word "tumor". The mass is not in deep tissue and can be moved back and forth. The doc was pretty confident that it's probably benign. It's just in a bad spot for causing pain. If I have a lipoma, that is better than having a deep vein thrombosis and needing scary blood-thinning meds. The insurance might try to fight us on paying because lipoma removal is often considered cosmetic surgery. The difference is that this one causes pain and impedes normal range of motion. That doesn't mean BCBS won't be jerks about it though.

Back to the crafty now. I think I might gather up a bunch of wooden frames at yard sales, and paint them all the same color or color family, and then order prints of some of Owen's pictures. 5x7 and 8x10 frames show up at yard sales all the time. Once I have enough frames, I can watch for Kodak to offer a good deal on prints. Is there anywhere else I can order photo prints really cheaply? We can make a whole gallery. Here is a little of what he did yesterday, at high noon on  bright day. I can't wait to see what he does with better photographic conditions. A kid's eye view of stuff around town. The unicorn is my favorite.

http://s54.photobucket.com/albums/g116/LaughingLark/Photography%20by%20Owen%202010/
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« Reply #1821 on: May 28, 2010 06:31:32 AM »

CLM--That's the other thing he was checking for, but he is leaning towards lipoma based on whet he felt in my leg. 24 hours ago, I'd never heard of either of these things.  

Since I can walk on it with little or no pain (can't sit or stand still for long), the kids and I will go on another photography walk, and maybe hit a couple of Friday rummage sales. We backed out of doing the big craft show in my town because of my leg, so now I have more time to goof off with my children, and we need frugal pursuits because I won't be making any money for a bit. I'm hoping I  can find pieces of chain from jewelry that is in good condition. Chain is hard to buy in my town, and I have several jewelry projects that call for it.  Smiley

Does anyone know of a way I could make a lap desk with a lip around the edge for working on beady stuff in a recliner with my legs up? I think I could get a plastic serving tray of some sort for the top (will check the yard sales), but I'm not sure about how to do the cushiony bottom part.

I love Owen's wall pic, too. There are even more I need to go through and upload to his gallery. Owen has such a good sense of composition that his best pics don't need to be cropped, and cropping could take away something he's trying to say. Smiley
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« Reply #1822 on: May 28, 2010 06:38:45 AM »

Thanks, lylacfey. I freaked a little when I heard the word "tumor". The mass is not in deep tissue and can be moved back and forth. The doc was pretty confident that it's probably benign. It's just in a bad spot for causing pain. If I have a lipoma, that is better than having a deep vein thrombosis and needing scary blood-thinning meds. The insurance might try to fight us on paying because lipoma removal is often considered cosmetic surgery. The difference is that this one causes pain and impedes normal range of motion. That doesn't mean BCBS won't be jerks about it though.


http://s54.photobucket.com/albums/g116/LaughingLark/Photography%20by%20Owen%202010/


It shouldnt end up that big of deal...the worst thing that can happen is BCBS will have to call your Dr and him tell them it was medical necessary..I used to work in ophthalmology and we'd have to explain to the insurance company WHY we were doing things all the time...one time they didnt want to pay for a corneal transplant....that HAD to be done!  We got it approved though!
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« Reply #1823 on: May 28, 2010 07:18:38 AM »

Your kiddo is a natural for spotting beauty and the unusual, laughing lark!

Many positive thoughts go out to you, hoping that you will be able to get your lump resolved!  I have no idea why insurance companies can't see that they will actually save money on presciptions for pain and future damage by letting doctors decide to remove something!  Good luck with that!

craftylittlemokey--the frame idea sounds great...I am always looking for interesting ways to make frames look more unique...foil, huh? Do you recall where you saw this?

Laughing lark--a lap working tray sounds great..I was thinking you could use a pillow but it seems like maybe those bean bag beads would mold better to your lap...I bet the tray would stay on with construction adhesive! 
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« Reply #1824 on: May 28, 2010 09:16:32 AM »

@LL (since I had a somewhat brokenup night last night when I read your post about Owen's photographic conditon at first I thought you said pornographic condition)  I've since had coffee and splashed water on my face to wake myself up.  was up from 2-5 then up at 6 ugh.... no one can figure out why I was laughing like a loon just a few minutes ago.  now that being said... how old is he?  loved his pictures.  about printing copies:  I get my photo paper 8x10, 5x7 from the dollar tree (kodak 8x10 has 12+ sheets, 5x7 has 20) I usually get a bunch of the kids or whatever then spend a day or evening sorting and picking out the best to print.  
he has a very good eye btw.  
i guess my frugal thing for the weekend is I've only had to go buy some chips for our cookout had everything else already.
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« Reply #1825 on: May 28, 2010 10:35:19 AM »

Since there has been so much talk about gardens lately, I thought I would share my urban garden. It started with two kits and while it was less expensive than the ones I was looking at online, it was an investment. Unfortunately, the corners have spikes that are supposed to be driven into the ground, but I had to put it in my driveway. I live in an apartment and don't have a yard. I turned it upside down so the spikes were up, threaded wooden beads onto them and capped them with fence post finials. I then wound string around each post using the beads as spacers for my peas to climb.


as far as the foil on the frames, I used foil duct tape to do a similar process behind my stove. it updated it and can be peeled off when I move. Mind that it is greasy and should be washed before sharing, but I have been overwhelmed lately, so please forgive me.
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« Reply #1826 on: May 28, 2010 10:57:48 AM »

ysmeine--your garden looks wonderful and just a good size!!  I love the corners--very decorative and functional...what plants besides peas do you have?  I see tomatoes?

I have to try this foil thing!  It looks very nice, especially against the black!

oh craftylittlemonkey--I remember the post theat KLKing did with her beading kit!  Yes, it is easier she said if the beading area is covered with fabric to keep things from rolling around so much and to stick your pins in!  Those are some great suggestions!
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« Reply #1827 on: May 28, 2010 12:43:51 PM »

LaughingLark- I'm sorry about your knee pain, praying for a speedy recovery.  When you mentioned the LapDesk, it reminded me of a project sheet I picked up in 2006 called St. Jude's Lap Desk. 

The directions are fairly straightforward and include attaching ribbons under the board to hold interchangeable pockets.  If you needed to use pins, it would be easy to use a cork board instead of dry erase board.  Of course if you wanted to go more frugal, it would be easy to adapt the pattern to use an old shallow cookie sheet for the top.   That way you would have a magnet play station for the kids and a beading tray for yourself.  If you need the directions let me know.  I would have typed them out, but I have to get to the library before they close or face the fines Roll Eyes
 
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« Reply #1828 on: May 28, 2010 01:25:17 PM »

Wow--I can see so many things to make using just what you posted!  How great to add an eraser board ---the project was probably for bedridden kids but could be used by anyone who needs more comfy ways to craft, read, etc.  I wonder if the instructions would be available at the St. Jude's site....

off I go....
Found this cool tutorial!
http://www.ehow.com/how_5689966_make-lap-tray.html
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« Reply #1829 on: May 28, 2010 02:04:19 PM »

Thank you for your help with the lap desk, everyone! Alwaysinmyroom, that tutorial sounds like what I'm looking for. I'll line whatever I make with robe velour or a piece of velvet. Looks like I can de-stash a pile of glue sticks with this project... Cheesy
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