Happy! Hampton Art company just made my day!

February 7, 2014
Recently, I stopped by a local craft store, and happened on a batch of self-inking rubber stamp things by Hampton Art Stamps.  I usually don't have time to 'play' much with my craft supplies, hadn't bought anything not all about sewing lately, but there was a big display, and, oh my, on sale the day I was there! 

Started picking out cling-stamp sets to go in the i-press stamper that holds various colors of ink pads they sell, then got a few different ink pads, and then, EUREKA, saw a kit that includes getting a customized rubber stamp made, all on sale, so who could resist?  There in my hand was a pink ink cartridge, so of COURSE it came to my mind that perhaps I could have a stamp made with the pink ribbon and my website name.  Let's face it, it's not exactly a short name, lol...so when I send something to someone and have to print out something with the name, well... a rubber stamp seemed like just the thing!

However, as it turned out, their graphics didn't include a 'cause' ribbon, and my website was too long for the lettering in the standard forms, so I just ordered a standard home return address stamp instead.  As it turns out though, it wasn't a problem.  Called them, went through several people to locate the section with the people I needed to talk to, explained my needs, and wow...this company is GREAT!  They really stand behind their products, know how to use them, and understand us nutty creative types. I was told they'd check around and see what they could do.

A WONDERFUL lady there, Erica, later looked up my website, shared it around the company, and before I knew it, got a call that they were making a stamp for me, just like I'd envisioned, to show their support of my little website.  From the time they arranged it to the time it was in my hands, was a mere few days, and that was in the middle of a snowstorm that was very difficult to get through to work!  I love the stamp, came out just the way I'd envisioned though I could only give them the basics on the phone.   Someone there took the time to look up similar breast cancer related logos, and designed something they thought would work, still fitting in my LOOOOOONG website name.

I LOVE MY NEW STAMP!  Also love the whole stamping system they sell, even found a special box to keep all my supplies together safely, and have been stamping all sorts of things with all my other stamps while waiting. If you're into scrapbooking, you may be interested, too.  Each package of their cling-stamps has 3 of them in it, and almost all of the sets would go along great with scrapbooking.  They go easily into their  'i-press' stamper, and the various colors of ink pads change out quickly, just slide in or out.  Great range of colors, too.

My biggest joy with using them is that, even though I have a bit of arthritis and have some trouble getting regular stamps to work right without blurring, this system stamps each one nicely every time, no rocking or anything, just automatic in the way it works.  Click it down, done!

So, here I am shamelessly advertising my new favorite toy, lol... but hey, I bet a lot of you have joint pain, too. That's often a long lasting side effect of chemo and of some of the meds we have to take for years after chemo.  For many of us, arthritis either starts or gets worse.  If that's the case with you, you might want to ask around at your favorite craft store or look up their Hampton Art Stamps online...google it and you'll find all sorts of places that sell them.  So glad to have found them, not just for my website, but for my playtime in the craft room.

Next time you get something from me (well, as soon as I find the right sticker paper again!) you'll probably see my little stamp.  Now you'll also know the story BEHIND it.  :^)

 

Just ran out of the black fabric, folks....

January 18, 2014
Wow, it was amazing, it just kept going and going until suddenly there was no more!  Very few people order the black forms, mostly people wanted them to stitch permanently into the cups of swimsuits with black linings, so they didn't have to buy mastectomy swimsuits with pockets.  Anyway, as of today, I've finally ran out of the black spandex. 

You'll probably ask why I don't run out and buy some regular black swimsuit fabric, but I'm picky and it had to be a special weight of fabric, so that...
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Of coconuts, computers, and telephones, 'Random Musings'

August 14, 2013
It's just been one of those days, so I'm all frustrated and irritable.  Yes, I can get that way, too, lol... even though I'm the 'glass half full' girl, happy in life, never bored, excited about even the smallest creative things.  STILL, there are some days that little things make even ME gripe.  Today was one, sigh....

Have you ever eaten a coconut fresh from the shell?  Not a green one, mind you, a brown one.  The kind you make a hole in, drain out the juice, then crack the coconut and eat i...
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New announcements!

July 28, 2013
Hello, friends!  There's a big change coming in the way that you can keep up with this website's newest things.  I've started a blog that can be found here:  http://mastectomysolutions.wordpress.com/ that you can 'follow' if you like so you'll be first to know when I've found another solution, OR when I see something at a local store that can be used for mastectomy-wear.  Every so often, I've been someplace like Walmart and seen a current top or bra that is designed with a natural 'pocket' th...
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Thank you all for your support....

June 8, 2013
I just wanted to take a moment to tell all of you "Thank you" for being so wonderful recently when my little world fell apart with the loss of our dear Pekingese 'fur baby' last month.  We continue to grieve for her, but life goes on, as it always does.  When I mentioned to you here that I hoped you'd not stop ordering, because I needed to stay busy, many of you wrote with messages of comfort and the orders poured in at a time when keeping busy was the best medicine possible for me.

Today, I w...
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It's been a difficult week.

May 18, 2013
Our aging Pekingese fur-baby that we've loved for about 13 1/2 years, passed away on Thursday.  It was my husband and my 36th wedding anniversary, another anniversary we'll never forget...  We'd so hoped she'd recover from her latest health issues, as she'd suddenly taken a turn for the worse early in the week.  She had then improved after an injection Tuesday, but it only gave her another full day with us on Wednesday.  At least it was a good day.  We were then up trying to comfort our littl...
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Soon to be an exciting change in fabrics!

April 24, 2013
I've been looking long and hard for a dependable future supplier of the fabric I need when making microbead breast forms for those of you who order from me here, as I've had problems finding someone with the right weight of fabric lately, and... guess what... I'VE FOUND THE PERFECT ONE!  So excited, just got the perfect sample and made my first larger order, can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Whew.

Those of you who don't sew, may not get how great this is, but it is a really difficult to fi...
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ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING POSTAL INCREASES!

January 31, 2013
For those of you who are like me, you may not have kept up with the latest changes at the post office.  I just today shipped a pair of microbead breast forms to someone in Canada, where it's usually hardly any higher than shipping within the United States, and the price for First Class Mail International had jumped to more than THREE TIMES the price it was only a few weeks ago when I'd shipped a pair!  Oh...my....goodness!  Since I barely make expenses as it is to make the forms and ship them...
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THE SCAR PROJECT

January 30, 2013
A website reader just suggested a YouTube video called "The Scar Project".  There's several, but the one by David Jay is something I'd suggest for anyone who has been, or is about to go through breast cancer surgery.  It will give you an idea of what typical scars look like, whether reconstruction is done or not... and some of the women had lumpectomy or partial mastectomy. 

I'm appreciative of the brave breast cancer survivors who allowed their photos to be put on the video  It's very inform...
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New cold virus going around....

January 26, 2013
Well, despite feeling great and being really healthy, I STILL caught the cold virus that seems to never go away this year, lol... Am over it but still feeling a little off my game.  Instead of designing new things, have spent most of this month de-cluttering my home.

Like most of you, I find a new year to be a good place to start fresh.  With so many wonderful organizational tips on the internet, it's hard to go organize and not just READ about it, lol... but things are really taking shape ag...
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Who and Why...


My name is Mary. I'm a survivor of breast cancer. After bilateral mastectomy and chemotherapy in 2007, I'd thought everything would be fine when the last chemo treatment was done and my hair grew back. But, there was so much to learn before being comfortable again! I'm still seeking more solutions to the mastectomy issues that so many of us share, and wrote this website to hopefully help others skip ahead on the learning curve.