I am aware that I am less than some people prefer me to be,
but most people are unaware that I am so much more than what they see.
— Douglas Pagels

Sunday, June 21, 2009

More from the Biloxi Festival of Arts






My painting demos were fun, but the crowd was very small. There wasn't a lot of traffic in the mall the entire weekend, I guess because of how beautiful it was outside (although MISERABLY HOT...nearly 100 degrees)!

I honestly don't know how people do it. I roast like a turkey in 85+ degrees, so 100 degree temps are doing me in bigtime. Having no air conditioning in my car is not helping either. Part of my left arm is sunburned due to the sun bearing down on the driver's side of my car while I'm driving...crazy!

Anyway, I sold three pieces of jewelry at the festival and kinda broke even, so although it was exhausting, I had a good time and feel like it was worth the work. Tomorrow I will return to Biloxi to do two more painting demonstrations in hopes to have a few students this coming Saturday. If that doesn't work out, I already have a plan B, as there is an Art With Heart face painting gig in Biloxi as well. So either way, I hope to make 20 bucks or so this weekend. :)

Still have pics to upload...and a recipe...coming soon!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Donating my hair - before and after!

Last Saturday, I donated my hair to Pink Heart Funds, a local non-profit based in Long Beach, MS. They provide free wigs and prosthetics to cancer patients of all ages. I was very excited to finally be eligible to donate my hair!

Before...





Waiting for my turn...Stephanie from Art With Heart was there to offer support...and a balloon animal on my head.



AFTER!

I was shocked at how much hair they were able to get...10.5 inches...and my hair is still touching my shoulders! Yay!






This is a great organization, and I was happy to be able to participate in this year's ponytail kickoff. I will plan to do it next year too!


More weekend pics coming up!

Kelli

Friday, June 12, 2009

Zombie Girl

That would be me right now. On Wednesday, I was given a prescription strength antihistamine for skin allergies as well as sleep. Well, the good news is that I did sleep for a few hours. However, my entire day today has been nothing but a FOG. I am disoriented to the point that I couldn't count correctly at the bank today, and haven't been able to accomplish much more than going to the bank and back. I managed to get my oil changed, but nearly fell asleep while waiting at the shop. I'm now attempting to cook pasta on the stove. Let's hope I don't forget about it.

I am zombie girl.

I hope and pray that I snap out of it by morning, because I have a very, very long weekend ahead. I will be a vendor for the first time at the Biloxi Art Association Festival of Arts. I will (hopefully) be selling some of my art while painting faces to benefit Art With Heart. I will also be giving two very public Bob Ross painting demonstrations, and I have to be SPOT ON. Happy trees must be VERY VERY HAPPY! I'm pretty sure that my practice runs tonight will result in weeping willows...ha...this is not good, as I don't recall Bob ever painting weeping willows. His trees were happy, you see, and they always had a friend. So friendly happy trees are in order, and there will quite possibly be dozens of people watching me on stage, expecting to see perfection. *shudders*

So yes, zombie girl must cease and desist. I will not be taking another antihistamine, for SURE, until the weekend is over. By then I should get a call from my doc about my bloodwork (I dare to guess what my A1C will be...yikes), and I will tell her what the pill is doing to me and request an alternative.

I just realized that I haven't even talked about the appointment yet. She was very nice and asked a lot of questions. She wants to help me with my sleep issues and we will eventually discuss the periodic paralysis in further detail. As for the rest, she has referred me to an OBGYN at USA Women's Hospital to discuss my options. That appointment comes July 1st. Praying that my uterus hangs in there and doesn't send me back to the ER before then.

Crazy, insane weekend ahead.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

More cards for charity, and events this Saturday...


12 more pink cards...proceeds will benefit Pink Heart Funds. This Saturday, June 13th, is their kick-off where people will donate hair to local cancer patients. So in addition to these cards, I am donating...you guessed it...MY HAIR!!! YAY!

This is a big deal for me. I'm nervous and excited! I will also be on site for two hours offering free face painting to those who donate hair. I can't wait. I hope someone will be there to take pics.

I will also be doing a public Bob Ross painting demo at an art festival. This could be a very good thing...please pray that it goes well and that I'm well enough to do all of this!

Speaking of well enough...it's been a rough time for me. My doc appointment is finally here, and I am hoping and praying that they will listen and do something. This is my last resort...I don't know what I'll do if they don't help me. Please say a prayer for me, would you? My appointment is at 1:30pm CDT tomorrow (Wednesday). I'll post an update when I get home.

Have a lot of other stuff to post about as well. I'll get to it eventually...currently trying to wrap my brain around it all.