Friday, August 22, 2014

READY? I challenge YOU!!!

I am sure many of you have or will be given the ALS challenge. The first video that I saw was a friend of my son's who really didn't go into the meaning and it was "very comical." I did not even really realize what the whole "campaign" was about. Then my daughter Gentry had me watch the video of the "reason"... the real person behind the story. I was crying as I watched it. I felt I needed to help in some way. I then challenged Beth and Don Kingston and Chris Potter who I love and know from Xyron.

I always tell my children to be a leader and not a follower. I knew that I wanted to accept my challenge from my both my friends TC and Amy. I also knew that every little bit helps. So I challenged everyone on my Facebook and instagram to donate just $5.00 to the ALS cause (or one that is near and dear to them). That alone would raise over 100,000.00 to the ALS cause. I wanted to personally donate $100.00 and do the challenge.

I know that without medical research we all can and will face horrible illnesses that have no cure. Thankfully my husband has had his stem cell transplant. This was a real blessing. This can help to save his life. How grateful I am to those who have donated and helped raise money for cancer and lymphoma research. I want  to make a difference in some small way. I am so grateful for my husband and his "fighting" but weak spirit. He is really amazing!

I am headed for the airport on my way to Long Beach, CA in a few hours. I am going to see Matt's beautiful family. I will stay with them. I am so excited to see them. I look forward to seeing everyone in my workshops today and tomorrow too. I love doing these events. 

Now today is the BIG REVEAL. My brand new dies SOLD OUT in hours on HSN. Now you can get them (*very limited quantity) here....








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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

TC AND CANON GIVEAWAY

Who is ready for back to school??? We’re here to help get you one fabulously stylish step closer! We are SO excited to partner with @CanonUSA for this beyond amazing ‪#‎giveaway‬ valued at $429!

ONE lucky winner will win:
  • One (1) Canon MG7120 Pixma Printer in White
  • One (1) pack of 4×6 photo paper
  • One (1) set of Studio Gold Stationery
  • Two (2) sets of Studio Gold Note Cards
  • One (1) set of Studio Gold Photo Overlay Card Kit
  • One (1) set of Studio Gold File Folders
  • Two (2) sheets of Studio Gold Sentiment Stickers
  • One (1) Studio Gold Notebook
  • One (1) Studio Gold Clip set
  • One (1) set of Studio Gold flip books
  • One (1) Studio Gold “Happy” Banner
  • One (1) Studio Gold Calendar
  • One (1) Studio Gold Clipboard
  • One (1) Studio Gold Tassel Banner Kit
To enter for a chance to win do the following:
1) Follow both the @teresacollinsdesigns and @CanonUSA INSTAGRAM feeds
2) Tag a friend in the comments on instagram who you think would also like to enter for a chance to win!
3) Repost this image to your own instagram feed, tagging both @teresacollinsdesigns and @CanonUSA and use the hashtag‪#‎tccanonbacktoschool‬ (this is how we will track entries so don’t forget to hashtag!)
BONUS ENTRY for a chance to win can be earned by posting a photo of your own showing us WHY you want to win! Be as creative as you want, but don’t forget to tag @teresacollinsdesigns and @CanonUSA and use the hashtag #tccanonbacktoschool for your bonus entry to be counted!
Visit my blog for a full list of what is included in the prize package.
To see the sweepstakes details and read the Official Rules go tohttp://www.teresacollinsstudio.com/terms-and-conditions/




Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hanging in there....

I had the most amazing meeting and opportunity present itself to me this past month. It is truly a DREAM come true. I met yesterday to discuss this opportunity and I knew it was meant to be. I often marvel over the timing of things that are happening for me and our family right now.  I realize some things will and have had to "give" up to do the things I feel are important. There is only so much time and so I have to really feel it's the right decision for me often when I decide to add anything on my plate. I have always tried to listen to my heart and feel "good" about the decisions I make in my life, even the day to day decisions. 

Often voices of opinions from everyone is constantly given to me. "You should do this, I don't think you should do this, You need to do this, I feel like you have to do this, you have to do this,... etc."  I appreciate those well meaning people, but I'm a firm believer that we need to be careful to listen to our own prompting, our own heart, and especially when we know it's God telling us to do something.  Today I had went into work and I felt strongly that it was time to go and see my husband. I wanted and just needed to be with him. I didn't question that voice. I went then and told everyone that I felt Ty needed me. I am at the hospital now. He is just the cutest man alive. I look at him and my heart EXPLODES with love. I know him better than anyone else and our connection is so strong. I cried on and off all day. The crazy thing is that Taylor showed up at my office this morning. I was shocked to see her. She came to help me with so much going on. I was telling Ty how having her come help really saved me today. He got tears in his eyes and I instantly knew he had texted her to come help me. I love this about him. He is in the hospital and he is most concerned about me.... helping me. I am so fortunate I married this man. He is day 4 post transplant. His counts are going down and he is having lots of headaches from the Tacrolinus (this is the medication they are giving him to help with rejecting the stem cells from the donor). He will be on this medication for a year. He has no appetite and they had a nutritionist come in. He was not eating any protein when he was eating and they warned him if he doesn't they will have to do the feeding TPN. He hated this last time. 

My boys are starting school on Thursday too. They both will be in high school. WOW... time does fly. I always tell young mothers- don't WISH your days away. Cherish them, they go so FAST!!!!

I was printing photos yesterday of my daughter that she sent from her mission.  I love this printer too. It is the SELPHY 910. 



It's wireless and I love printing out the pictures she emails me every Monday. It's a highlight of my week. I am trying to do more things like this that make me happy and remind me of the good times.




This is the last week of the 30 days of inspiration. I wanted to show this project called
FOLLOW YOUR HEART.
I am teaching this at my event in NV- Inspiration Unlimited.
That reminds me- if you want to be on my newsletter
and email for my events please email:
events@teresacollinsstudio.com

I wanted to show my BRAND NEW TC Signature Essentials
stickers- journaling snippets.
All the journaling has meaning and has so much value. I designed it to be full of gratitude and about LIFE. 
This is the stickers that are along the bottom of the project. 
PS my matchbox label stickers, wood dots and more are 
SOLD OUT already. I debuted my Summer products
and we are SELLING OUT. So if you see
them and want them... they are now sold out 
on my end. (thanks for the support everyone!) The cards
used on this stand are my STUDIO GOLD ones I designed for the AME WRMK system.




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Saturday, August 16, 2014

HELLO SATURDAY

This is the time of year when it is normal for me to kit round 1,000 kits for classes in September. Yes, events are not only a lot of work but a lot of class kit prep. I lost my help, but that is okay. I have a backup plan and I know day by day we can do it. If you have ever taken a workshop from me, you know that I want my workshops to be stress free with instructions and photos and beautiful class kits. I am all about learning and doing techniques. I planned my 2014 schedule with my husband. We thought he had "beaten" the cancer. So we made the decision that I would KEEP GOING and with the help my amazing mother in law and family we would make it all work. I realize what a blessing this is. 

My husband has to have 24/7 care when he gets home and I could not continue to work without the help from his mother. She is such a blessing. I can't imagine trying to run my company without her help. The part about my Carol that truly helps is that she does things that honestly I am not great at. It's no secret I am "not" the best cook. I can cook, but I am very much a simple cook. Carol has the time and talent to cook from scratch. She does everything healthy and organic. She takes care of the house and will come and help "deeper" clean the house to help us. I am sharing this because I   simply can't do it all. There is always a "time & season" in life. Right now, we are definitely at a time and season that we need her help. I can't do it all, but I'm trying hard to balance it all. TODAY... I am so happy to say that I am smiling. I am not being so hard on myself like I did when Tyler was first diagnosed and hospitalized. I needed help but just didn't want to ask. Guess what? it's okay to need help. I am using each day... each hour to be as productive as I can be... FAMILY first is always the way to be. Everything else always works out if you make time for the things that truly matter most!

So next weekend I will be going to see Matt, Kayla and the grand babies. Oh my... I wish Tyler could go with me. He can't and I know it's so hard for him. He still has not been able to see Tenneson or Maxson and Zellie (for a year now). It is because of their age and immunization. The doctors advised him to not be around anyone under the age of 14 and younger kids are definitely a no no. If he happened to get sick, it could literally kill him. He has no immunity. So next weekend I am visiting a store in Long Beach, CA and staying with Matt's family. It's still quick... Friday- Sunday but I really KNEW I needed to see them and wanted to teach for Martha. I have NO idea if there are any spots left. I do know the LIFE EMPORIUM page pocket class sold out as soon as she announced it. The others one were close to selling out last I heard. I want to share this workshop that I will be teaching.... 

This is the DAY 25 of my 30 days of INSPIRATION too-



This is my BRAND NEW GOLD HEART foiled CLEAR 4x4 album. I wanted to show that there is NOTHING little about this memory book. 


I know many of you take countless photos on your phone. I understand... it's easy. How many of you print out your photos though? How many of you are just taking photos and then they will be lost memories- since they are not being printed?


This is the BIGGEST little memory book. I can't wait to teach it. I am teaching it for the first time in CA, at Scrapbook Expos in Ontario CA and in Mesa, AZ and
AUSTRALIA in November...
*just announced...
join me at PAGES 2 SCRAP
November 6, 7, 8th
MORE LATER...


The TC gold foil 4x4 cards are stunning.... 


I wanted to show that you can and will
decorate and embellish the story
even in a smaller format.
*new TC label stickers and more!!!!!
loving my black and white cabana stripe cards in this set.
LOVE 2x2 as well...


My goal is to show how LITTLE doesn't have to be
boring or hard to use.
So if you are interested... watch for this workshop in California next weekend and at the two expos and AUSTRALIA.
Trust me, you will want to take this workshop is you are taking countless photos (especially on your phone) and have no idea what to do with them!!!!!


TODAY... I love Saturday's... I am enjoying the day with my boys. I  will be visiting my husband of course too. I miss him every second of the day. I wanted to take my boys to a movie and just enjoy some   mom & son time together. I love that they love being with me too. HAPPY SATURDAY...

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Friday, August 15, 2014

DAY 0- TRANSPLANT DAY

I am at the hospital with my husband. We only know that his donor is male and 36 years old. They gave him 8 million new "donor" stem cells this afternoon around 3:15 pm. It is considered his "new birthday." His blood type was B- but his donor has B+ blood type. Tyler's blood type will now change to B+ as well. The entire process was two hours. This is a little bit about the donor stem cells.

 ****Why donor stem cell (allogeneic) transplants are used

A donor stem cell transplant can be used to increase the chances of curing cancers that affect the bone marrow, such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma.
It can also help keep a cancer in remission (when there are no signs of the cancer) for as long as possible.

Your specialist may advise using donor stem cells because: 
  • Stem cells from a donor won’t contain any leukaemia or cancer cells.
  • Donor stem cells contain healthy immune cells that may attack any remaining leukaemia or cancer cells. This is called graft-versus-leukaemia or graft-versus-cancer, and it’s the main benefit of a transplant from a donor.
A donor stem cell transplant can be given at different times depending on why you need it. You may have a transplant:
  • after the first few chemotherapy treatments when the disease is in remission
  • when treatment has achieved a remission in a cancer or leukaemia that has come back (relapsed).
The aim of a donor stem cell transplant is to replace your immune system with the immune system of your donor. The immune system defends the body against infections and diseases like cancer. 
A donor stem cell transplant is sometimes called an allograft, because your donor’s immune system is ‘grafted’ on to yours.

The main benefits of having a donor stem cell transplant are:
  • It gives you a new, healthy bone marrow
  • Your new immune system can fight any remaining cancer cells.
A donor stem cell transplant is an intensive and complex procedure. It’s carried out in specialized transplant units with specially trained teams.

Tyler was a HLA match to his donor. I cannot express my gratitude that he is getting this chance. We acknowledge God's hand and mercy in giving him this second chance. I am constantly praying for him to be healthy again. I am praying the donor's cells will be MIGHTY and fight any cancer that is still "hiding" and that the graft to host problems will not harm and attack his body and organs. I know that Ty is most concerned at getting a donors cells that may attack his body. They watch this very carefully. It is a long process as you can imagine. 

Anyone who knows me KNOWS that I love quotes. They inspire me to do and be greater. I have always been a  firm believer to live each and every day with appreciation. Look for the positive in even the worst situations. I simply am thankful for each day of life with my husband. I know each day is a new day to just continue to fight. We both have faith and we believe in God's will and hand in his treatment. Trust me, I get scared. I have to push away the thoughts of "what if" because I can't think about this. Right now... TODAY... we simply are "not stopping" and letting cancer win this battle.


 I love this... LIFE really is GRAND, if we will
look at the good that always is THERE.

 I appreciate the support so much. Thank you for the prayers for my husband and family. I am doing everything I can to make it "normal" for my boys. They start school next week. They went to Lagoon today with a group of friends. I wanted them to LIVE today and know that no matter it's all going to be okay.




 



Thursday, August 14, 2014

What is the SECRET?????

I am here at the Huntsmen Cancer Institute with my best friend. Right now, he is having ATG chemo and his melfalin treatment. He has been chewing ice for 90 minutes. His mouth is so numb that he is biting his tongue. They encourage you to chew ice so that you don't get really bad mouth and throat sores, mucacitis and more. (sorry, if I misspelled anything). It has made him cold and he's went through four buckets of ice. A lot of numbness now can help him with the pain and suffering afterwards. So today I am his "cheerleader" to encourage him to keep chewing on the ice.


This is his home for the next few weeks. He doesn't like his photo taken so I will just show you the surroundings.  Ty has a special bed that helps with comfort since he spents so much time in bed. Ty is taller and is 6 foot 1" and they have this bed which inflates as needed. It is a special order and he also has a bike in his room. They want him to try to do 30 minutes on the bike each day. They encourage them to walk around the bone marrow unit each day in the unit. However, he is so cautious of germs so he doesn't do this.  


This is the board in his room. It helps with the numerous staff changes and who is taking care of him.  

This is the view of BEAUTIFUL down town SLC from Ty's hospital room. Right below the cancer institute is the University of Utah hospital and Primary Children's hospital. I consider this a blessing to live only 20 minutes from this amazing hospital. 

This is the medications going into his body right now. He is on chemo 24 hours a day. Did I mention he has NEVER once complained? He just keeps fighting and is thankful that they are working hard to save his life. The drugs are hitting him hard and he had a rough day on Tuesday with the ATG chemo. These drugs don't mess around. He has lost 5 lbs in only 2 days. 
TOMORROW is the transplant.
They legally don't and can't tell you much about his donor. The things we know are that the donor is MALE. He is 36 years old. They can't tell us where he is from or anything else.
I can tell you I am so THANKFUL
that this man choose to become a donor.
It is because of him we are able to give Tyler
this chance to survive from his cancer. 


I had a friend ask me yesterday, WHAT IS THE SECRET? I said, the secret to what? She said to being able to handle this. I instantly knew and answered. I truly just take it day by day with my head and mind thankful for WHAT we have and the blessings. I know and believe God does not give us MORE than we can handle. I know that it's okay that I have a huge pile of laundry, dirty kitchen floors and little food in the house. I know that it really does not matter. Last night, it was almost 8 pm until I was able to take my boys to dinner. Yes, fast food works. It's meal by meal, day by day... and guess what? It's okay. The secret is knowing that I'm not perfect. I don't have a perfect life and so I am just allowing myself to do the best that I can. I also realized when I woke up this morning that I am going to occasionally drop the ball and not feel like I'm doing things good enough. Last time, it took a big toll on my heart. This time... I know I will allow myself to be a little kinder to myself. I hope those around will too. So I don't have a secret other than this...
KEEP GOING.

Now... today is DAY 24 of the 30 days



I am sharing NINE & Co.
I wanted to share the beautiful gold accented
cards and notes.
I wanted to encourage you TODAY to take the time to write a note to someone that you love. Share your love for them!
Just like the 8x10 white frame states:
LIFE does not have to be PERFECT to be wonderful.




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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hello Wednesday!!!!!


I felt like it was Christmas when I got home from Arizona. I came home to numerous boxes of my new Studio Gold products that will be at my shipping department soon. I had some products that were prototypes only at the Stationery show. I got to see EXACTLY what we are shipping and selling. Let's just say... I was so happy I wanted to post it all right then. We are taking photos this week so you can see what I mean. Let's just say the wrapping paper is so beautiful, I have NEVER seen such beautiful paper ever!!!!!!

It was a fun day at the office with my son coming and helping me set some things up. Then my mother in law came by to see the office. It's definitely a work in progress. I am always inspired most when I am in surrounding that inspire me. My office has been that for me. It has helped me to get back to my roots and my love for the basics of interior design. 


I decided to do a white design foundation with a mixture of metal colors. Some think you can only do gold or silver, but the combination of both together can be quite stunning.  I do feel a tad bit bad for the men who work with me at my office. I would say
that my office is a little (okay a lot) girly... or as someone told me... glamorized style. Hmmm is "glamorized" a word???? I am most excited at how I have been designing it on a budget. I am great at finding GREAT deals. For example, the chair above was a chair for over $600.00 USD. I searched and found it online and used a coupon code to get it for $229 total with shipping. That is how I like to decorate. 



This is a table in my greeting area. I really fell in LOVE with the silver shells and the globe. Then I found the GOLD anchor and it reminds me of WHAT my anchor is. That is most definitely Heavenly Father and my family.(found at Zgallerie)

It was delivered today, but honestly I am disappointed for the first time with the quality of the table and desk that they delivered.  The table wobbles and was not at all the quality the store normally is known for. The two gentlemen who came and set up the tables even commented that they were surprised. I am not one to complain but I feel like furniture is a huge investment. So I wrote a email to let the store chain know about the quality. So
this table may not stay for long. This makes me sad, because it's really beautiful (more beautiful in person) but the quality
is not what I had counted on.

Okay... I get to go see the cute kids- Maxson, Zellie and Tenneson in NINE days. I wanted to share photos of them from this week.


 I am just in LOVE with them and miss them so much here in Utah. I know that they love Huntington Beach, CA and being so close to Disneyland.




This is the project for DAY 23.
This is just one of the projects that I will be teaching in October at BEN FRANKLIN store in Washington.
Spray paint the frame GOLD and then using
my new Tinsel & Company tags, die cuts and MORE...
create a darling flip stand mini book. Add numbers to make it a countdown to Christmas.
 



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