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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Special Post on Healthy Eating on Loving Coastal Living

Dear Friends,
I invite you to visit my other site- www.LovingCoastalLiving.com to view a special early New Years Resolution on Eating Healthy.  It's all about your Thanksgiving Plate- and how eating special Superfoods, are not so hard as you think.  Here's to health now, and in the future!  I want you each to be around a long time, so stop by and see what research I've found.

To all my dear followers, friends:
I wish you all a very special and joyous Thanksgiving Day tomorrow.  Enjoy your families, and just give thanks!  I'm thankful y'all are here, you fill me with inspiration and keep me doing what I do!  Many thanks from the bottom of my heart!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Stepping UP- My Struggle with Illness Revealed

Hello my friends.  I've debated for quite some time whether to do a post on such a personal level about my struggles as an artist, mother, wife, and my life in general and the illness that I've been fighting since 1997.  I finally decided to come public with this.  This will be the first time I've talked publicly on this matter, and although this is not a typical 'Loving Life, happy go lucky' post on the face displayed in usual posts, I hope this helps open doors to others that have their own personal struggles in life.  So to begin, I just want to say thank you for listening to my story.  I am NOT looking for sympathy, just trying to face this matter head on and hopefully touch someone's life with my story.
This is my story.
In 1997, I began having mysterious issues with my health.  I was in my early 20's at this time.  I just given birth to my first child the year before.  Unexpectedly, I began experiencing problems with severe headaches (which I had been plagued with since my teen years).  Soon after these headaches began, I experienced symptoms of weakness in my legs, numbness and tingling in my extremities, visual disturbances, and so on.  It was hard, being a new mom and struggling with such weakness that I felt uncomfortable holding the baby without sitting down, in fear of dropping her or my legs giving out.  I was thoroughly worked up by local doctors, which they all believed at the time I was experiencing the beginning signs of Multiple Sclerosis.   I began pregnant with my second daughter later that year, but was still struggling with these unexplained issues.  I was sent to Mayo Clinic in MN, to which was much a wasted journey because I was expecting.  The physicians there could do very little but view some of my previous testing I had before becoming pregnant.  I returned to my home in MI days later without much resolution to the problems.  As time went on, throughout the year and pregnancy, my symptoms slowly vanished, as quickly as they came on.  I later in 1998, gave birth to my daughter, and life went on without a hitch.
Since nothing conclusive ever came of the mysterious illness which plagued me for approximately 6-8 months in 1997, it was excused, and life was good.  No real signs of it ever existing until again in 2002 or so, I again went down with a similar mysterious illness.  This time it was much worse.  I basically could not function day to day, and some days never made it out of bed.  Between the severe headaches, tremors, weakness now through my entire body, visual issues, generalized pain, incontinence, among a long list of other random problems, my life as I knew it was completely shut down.  At the time, I owned my own business, to which I had to pay people to run.  I saw a long list of doctors, was on a number of prescription medications, and was finally once again sent to Mayo Clinic in MN.  My scheduled 3 day visit lasted over a month.  I had so many issues to address, I was there doing non stop testing. I was amazed at all the things that needed to be addressed!  I was on the verge of losing my liver, simply because doctors had not tested its functional back home.  All the dreadful medications they had put me on to get well, back fired severely.  I had what they called a 'mutant' blood disorder concerning my lipids.  The neurologist was sure so many of my ailments were due to a strange type of migranes.  It was as if I had all the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis, but no proof.  There were tumors on my pancreas, which were biopsied and found to be benign, and the list went on and on.  My brain function was slowly, and at some times in past tests, showed very little if no activity at all.  They called many things, like that, a mystery.  The top doctors of the US, stumped.  Over a month went on will testing everyday, trying to figure it all out.  My family and I decided I finally just had to come home.  The cost involved in hotel, meals, let alone the actual Clinic were driving us into bankruptcy.  My husband was working full time, trying to pay for sitters, and run my business (our brick and mortar store).  The Clinic set goals for me to recover- liver, pancreas, etc.  I went home with a new look on what they had provided.
I remember walking in the door, when I first arrived home that evening after being away from my family for over a month.  My son, was alseep in the entryway way on the floor waiting for me, my daughters both came running out, and my husband was crashed on the couch.  I was so glad to be home.
That didn't mean I was well.  I continued to struggle daily.  I remember one night at a praise and worship evening at my church.  I had just closed the shop, and just felt awful.  I had really wanted to go to the church that evening for the worship, something our church did once a month in place of Wed night service.  I mustered up the strength to just go, and this was what happened.
I remember singing, and listening, and just taking in the awesomeness of the night.  In the middle of a song, the worship leader stood up and began speaking.  He spoke of having faith like Daniel in the Lions Den.  The kind of faith many of us will never be tested on.  How amazing it was that the reality of literally being thrown in the Lions Den and knowing God will protect you and keep you from harm.  It hit me very hard.  I began sobbing and realized I had tried everything.  I ran from doctor to doctor, from drug to drug, and never truly put all my effort into knowing God would heal me.  The hairs began to stand up on my arms, and I felt a rush over me.  After the song ended, I still was on the floor in my row sobbing.  I looked down at my tattered IV drawn arms, all bruised and ugly, and my hands were not shaking like they always had.  As I stood up, and exited that evening I knew something had happened.  I didn't want to speak a word of it to anyone, lest it go away.  I drove home, knowing I was healed.
When I walked in the door, my husband looked up at me and just said, "What happened to you, you look...better."  He saw too.  I went back to my local doctors to be re-tested.  Liver was back to normal, no tumors (which the doctor had to look at papers to see if they weer ever there), no headaches, no weakness, or pain.  He asked me what I'd done, so I told him.  He scoffed, he never believed me.
Now years went on with no headaches, and problems.  Like it had never happened.  Until approx 2007.  I began having minor issues with my heart, colon, and some other ailments, but nothing like anything I had went through before.
Then in April of 2010, I became ill once again.  Much like before.  I felt like it couldn't be happening, what had went wrong?  Since then, I have suffered daily to live a normal life.  I sometimes wonder what I'm holding back from God, or myself, that is keeping me from receiving His healing once again.  I continue to stay faithful- I know it is possible!  And I also know there is a reason for everything.  Over the course of the past couple years, I have found an amazing peace within myself and everything around me.  Something I never have experienced before.  I still struggle everyday with my extremities, and pain & numbness.  Somedays I walk with a cane, others my hands are too sore to do anything.  I drop things often, run into things because my perception is off, I have visual problems which cause headaches, I'm being worked up for a possible heart problem, and life is just plain hard.  I have some good days too, to which I fully tend to overdo it.  Trying to fit in everything I've had to push aside.  I have a slew of ailments from time to time, some new, some the same old stuff I dealt with before. I have a number of 'diagnosis'.
I have learned to slow down, my body will stop me in my tracks if I don't listen.  I am still a go getter, and always over work, now at home only.  My artwork was created out of this illness.  I always thought I wasn't talented in this type of way, but it has proven to be a beautiful therapy.  Yes, I care if it sells, I think we all want someone to appreciate what we do, but creating and selling gives me importance once again, rather than lying down and living without purpose.  I rest in the joys of the little things in life, the sea and its beauty is one of my greatest inspirations.  I love the laughter of my children, and I regret the things I missed out on because of my careers.  I'm going to live each moment to the fullest I can.
It's taken me many days to complete this post, just because of pain in my hands, but its out.  I hope that whatever you may be struggling with, whether illness or not- this brings you inspiration to keep going.  Thanks for taking the time to listen, I know I've forgot a tons of stuff, but now you know.  You know when I may speak of my illness, this is what it is.  I've met many artists in the same boat since my illness.  I hope this gives everyone a little insight to what is behind my art, and the reason it exists.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Hurry, contest ends soon

Hurry over to  Sallyleebysea's blog, and enter to win! Contest ends & winner is drawn tomorrow! Theres still time to sign up, visit this link:
Time is running out, and I can't wait to work with the winner!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Visit Loving Coastal Living for the latest featured artist!

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Hello friends, blogging break must come to an end!   To start off I have a fabulous duo to introduce to you all, definitely one of my favorite shops on Etsy!  You can tell these two ladies are a bucket full of fun, and their designs show how much they absolutely love working with each other!  So, please help me welcome 'searchnrescue2' from Etsy- shop owners Beth and Bebe!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

12 Hour Sale

Because I'm feeling pretty inspired, I'd like to sweeten the pot with some super savings to inspire you to shop!
For 12 hours only, from midnight tonight til midnight Sunday, use coupon code INSPIRED & save 30% off anything in the shop.
Don't miss out, this may not ever be offered as a storewide discount again.
Get a jump start on your we wishlist.
Happy shopping.

Working today

Got my paint out and working on some new items. Dry already. I Am Inspired!

Friday, November 11, 2011


Please go to: NauticalCottageBlog.com to ENTER!

{Coastal Giveaway} Win $150 Seashell Frame & Custom Beach Photo

Happy Friday, friends.  We are thrilled to share a very special giveaway with you this week from the lovely, Lynette, of Sea Shells by Sea Shore.  Lynnette is offering one lucky winner a custom made Sea Shell Frame PLUS a personalized 8″x10″ Writing in the Sand print  which fits in the frame.  The total value is nearly $150!!
The winner will select  their choice of color for a painted frame with seashell accents OR they can select a frame which is fully covered with seashells.  You also get to select what you’d like written in the sand.  This would be a fabulous Coastal Christmas Gift for yourself, friend or loved one.
Sea Shells by the Sea Shore Frames
If you can’t wait to WIN the giveaway then pop over to Sea Shells by Sea Shore and save 20% on your entire purchase with coupon code HOHOHO.  They even offer Layaway!!!

Sea Shells by Sea Shore Frame & Writing in Sand
Lynnette, lives on beautiful North Padre Island along the coast of Texas. “I love spending countless hours on the beach year round- like the post man, you’ll find me out there in all kinds of elements- rain, wind, cold, and heat.  I feel a little closer to heaven on the beach and near the sea. The island life is therapeutic to my spirit, mind, and body.”
Sea Shells by the Seashore Personalized Writing on the Beach

5 ways to enter the $150 Seashell Frame/Custom Photo Giveaway:

  1. Become an email subscriber of  Sea Shells by Sea blog: Loving Coastal Style
  2. Visit Sea Shells by Sea Shore store and come back to leave a comment as to your favorite item.
  3. Become a follower of Sea Shells by Sea Shore on Facebook
  4. Become a follower of Sea Shells by Sea Shore on Twitter
  5. Gain one extra entry by becoming a Google friend/Email Subscriber to Sally Lee by the Sea

Giveaway Details: Open to U.S. citizens over 18 years old. Giveaway ends November 17, 2011 at Noon PST.  One winner will be selected randomly. Winners have 48 hours to respond to our email announcement of winning or another winner will be selected. Winner will be selected by random.org

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Taking a break

Hi friends.
Just a quick note to inform you all that I will be taking a blogging break. With so much info info inspiration from my latest show last weekend, I can't seem to drag myself to spend time online, when I can be creating.
I won't take too long, but I have to pour myself into my art and some of my refinishing on some fabulous vintage pieces I have found lately.

Do keep your eyes peaked for a terrific giveaway prize from my shop beginning Friday on Sallyleebysea's NauticalCottageBlog.com. The prize value us approx. a $150 value, & it'll be created and shipped before Christmas. You won't want to forget to enter!

So for now, I'll end with- See you all soon!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Wow, what a week!

Hello, my friends.  I am so glad to be able to write!  After a weekend full of computer crashes and total system re-installment, and I so happy to be able to get online.  Funny how much people like myself feel just a little lost when the schedule is compromised.

Enough about that, I'm happy to say that thanks to all my friends, and fans/ followers, we have officially decided to close BeachBumBeauties, and combine all our vintage, jewelry, and other handmade goodies into the one shop.  SeaShellsbySeaShore will now be our one and only, mega store.  We won't hold anything back.  Whether you're looking for Custom Beach Prints, Sea Inspired Home Decor, Loose Shells, Mermaid Hair/ Jewelry Items, Handmade Paper goods, Vintage- it'll all be in one place- easier for you, easier for me!
Thank you all that added comments to facebook, twitter, and personally by email.

With the Holidays right around the corner- we are busy!  We have our first Fall Art Event here locally
this Sunday, Nov. 6th. If you're in the area- I would LOVE to meet you.  I'll be out at Billish (as locals call- Gypsey) Park, near the Padre Island Home Owners Association from 11-4pm.  I have been wanting to participate in this event for a year now- it's super casual, and the kids can play on the playground while the adults shop!  From there, you can take a trip down to the National SeaShore, and enjoy the true natural beauty at it's best!
My second event this year will fall on Sat, Dec. 3rd from 11-4pm located again, on the island at SeaShore Middle Academy on SPID.  I participated in this event last year, and had a fabulous time.  It was actually my very first show, which was held a little earlier in the year last year.  I believe the school is pumping up this year's activities with musical and theatrical events, as well as food vendors- and more art and small business booths.  This is one of the schools bigger Fund Raiser, and a portion of sales go directly to this amazing school.  I have two children still attending the small island charter school.  All the children at this school have amazing opportunities to excel.  Both my daughter's have earned numerous academic awards in state and National Events like the National Science Bowl because of the dedication of the staff, and parents.  I hope if you're nearby, you'll stop by the event to support this school.  Charter Schools receive 33% of funding that a regular Public School does, although the standards and level of commitment shown by many of these types of schools is astonishing.

Heads up also with some special discounts in the shops I am offering too!
www.BeachBumBeauties.etsy.com is liquidating well, but we still have some great gift ideas and lovely products avail- so to push it along, I'm offering a 25% off discount already SLASHED Prices!  Use CLOSE in the coupon code box at checkout.  It'll be a steal!
www.SeaShellsbySeaShore.etsy.com, is having a a pre-Holiday Sale until our event on Sun, Nov. 6th for 20% off anything is the shop (no min. purchase required).  Use HOHOHO in coupon section of checkout!  I have just added many goodies, so squeeze in some quick savings and get a great start on early shopping for the Holidays!

Thank you all for being my friends and supporters, I appreciate each and every one of you!  Comments always make my day!  So please leave one below,