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March 14, 2008



Congratulations on your anniversary! I'm glad you are finished with being the filling in the metal sandwich.

Peggy Maier

Your comments on the mammogram are hilarious - at least you don't have my problem: My chest was always rather small & you can't imagine the problems they had trying to even get them IN the machine!!! I don't have that problem any more - seems I've grown a bit - hmmm... wonder if that's why?

Lisa Davis

Hi Jan, thanks for sharing the info about your mammogram, it reminded me that I had my test notification in my bag (for 2 weeks now) I made my appointment right away! Never let anyone tell you that the personal info you share on your blog is not neccesary,it is all good. And you are so funny! But I like the rest of us purse addicts was hoping that the answer was tfs


Yay you for getting your mammo done. I finished mine this year and have a 6 mo follow up in June. Good job

jackie M. - from Oregon

Just had my Mamo 2 weeks ago. The only thing that was good about it was that it turned out well - no problems. Yah!

Would love to have a tutorial on your purse and would gladly pay. It is lovely as is the rest of your art.

Kathy D

Did the mammogram squeeze out your Mojo??? Can you imagine "arrange the boob to flatten" day in radiology tech school??? I had some speckled peanut butter M&Ms yesterday, and they did a good job keeping my Mojo on an even might want to give them a try. (or maybe some Lindt chocolate...)


FYI - new digital mamograms don't even hurt! Ask about them!

Have a great anniv!



Oh, thank you for making up this tutorial for us... that is so kind of you!

I always get Mojo-a-gogo-itis when I go to craft group or scrapbook night. When I have to decide in advance what to take, and get it all packed up, I can't settle on anything. I look through my favorites at SCS and for one reason or another reject all of them. I can't pick colors, decide on a stamp set to work with, anything. SO frustrating!

Velta Wesson

You are absolutely hilarious!!! The rubba-dultary is the newest word to hit my for the M & M's, one of my downfalls...The card has an elegant vintage look to it. I just love your could write a book on comedy :)


Hope you enjoy your 5th Anniversary and just play in your craft room and eat lots of chocolate!

Beth Norman

I love this card. It is so unique.

Alexandra Hobson

Oooh, I just had my first one and I hated every minute of it! On the plus side, your card is gorgeous!! I also tried my hand at making your purse card last night and will post it tomorrow - let me know what you think! Thanks for showing us that, what a totally awesome project! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Laura Venvertloh

Ah yes, the famous mother is a 28 survivor (Yea, Mom!), but I have had to have them done since I was 28. I have always been amazed that they can look as flat as the venetian blinds on my windows! Great card! I love the vintage look! Thanks for the giggles!


Congratulations on your anniversary !


OMG, soooo funny, and after reading your post, I was checking my email and my mom had sent me this - be glad your appointment didn't go this way! Enjoy...


I actually kept my mammogram appointment. I was met with, 'Hi! I'm Belinda!' This perky clipboard carrier smiled from ear to ear, tilted her head to one side and crooned, 'All I need you to do is step into this room right here, strip to the waist, then slip on this gown.
Everything clear?'

I'm thinking, 'Belinda, try decaf. This ain't rocket science.'

Belinda skipped away to prepare the chamber of horrors. With the right side finished, Belinda flipped me (literally) to the left and said, 'Hmmmm. Can you stand on your tippy toes and lean i n a tad so we can get everything?'

'Fine,' I answered. I was freezing, bruised, and out of air, so why not use the remaining circulation in my legs and neck and finish me off? My body was in a holding pattern that defied gravity (with my other boob wedged between those two 4 inch pieces of square glass) when we heard, then felt a zap! Complete darkness and the power went off!

'Oh, maintenance is working. Bet they hit a snag.' Belinda headed for the door.

'Excuse me! You're not leaving me in this vise alone are you?' I

Belinda kept going and said, 'Oh, you fussy puppy... The door's wide
open so you'll have the emergency hall lights. I'll be right back.'

Before I could shout 'NOOOO!' she disappeared. And that's exactly how Bubba and Earl, maintenance men extraordinaire, found me, half-naked and part of me dangling from the Jaws of Life and the other part smashed between glass!

After exchanging polite 'Hi, how's it going?' type greetings, Bubba (or possibly Earl) asked, to my utter disbelief, if I knew the power was off.

Trying to disguise my hysteria, I replied with as much calm as possible 'Uh, yes, yes I did thanks.'! 'You bet, take care' Bubba replied and waved good-bye as though I'd been standing in the line at the grocery store.

Two hours later, Belinda breezes in wearing a sheepish grin and making no attempt to suppress her amusement, she said, 'Oh I am sooo sorry! The power came back on, and I totally forgot about you! And silly me, I went to lunch. Are we upset?'

And that, Your Honor, is exactly how her head ended up between the

Charlene H.

OK you are going to laugh about this one Jan, but there can be something good about getting a mamogram. About 6 months ago, I was experiencing breast pain. I wasn't sure why but they just started to hurt. My doctor sent me for a mamogram and I went. I am only 42 so I had never had one before. Well! That was the most horrible thing ever. I had no idea what to expect and for them to squash my (very small sized) breasts into that huge sandwich making machine - let me tell you I did not like it one bit. Something odd showed up so they made me get an ultrasound while I was there. After all was said and done, the doctor said there was nothing there and could not explain the pain I had experience. The funny part is that after getting my breasts sandwiched in that machine - the pain went away. I think it was a muscle problem and by getting them squished like that, it worked out whatever kinks were in there and they were just fine after that. So, the moral of the story is - sometimes a mamogram can be good massage therapy!

PS I can't wait for your tutorial. I am ordering the carousel notes and will await your post!


Love your work as always and oh btw you've been tagged tee hee.

Ellie Augustin

Had me all excited! lol I was like YEAAASSSSSSSSS I got the magnetic for my purse and all today in the mail.. BUT I am very happy you got your mammo. As they say all good things come to those who wait.. so I shall wait for that tutorial. :) You are so funny I love your blog you always get to make me smile just when I need it! THANK YOU!! :)


Good job getting your mammogram done! While it isn't the most pleasant of things to do it is a necessary evil.

And, it really takes a good tech to do it right. Speaking as a retired x-ray tech! This past year I got the best - and she loves her job, not an easy thing squishing boobs all day! The two previous years I ended up with huge bruises under my arm-pit and this should never happen. Granted I don't have a whole lot for them to work with but really!

The card is "to die for" as my cousin says!

Now all I have to do is schedule the danged colonoscopy - I curse turning 50....

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