Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wacky Wordless Wednesday!



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Happy Hump Day Wednesday!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Three, six, nine...The Autism Awareness T-shirts Will Be On Time!







YES!  I finally completed designing the autism awareness t-shirts!  How elated am I...VERY! 

I announced in April 2011, my partnership with  Autism Speaks an organization dedicated to promoting autism awareness and research.  Autism is a lifelong neurological disorder that impairs communication, behavior, learning and social skills. Today 1 in 150 children are diagnosed with autism (1 in 94 boys), making it more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined. 

Autism Speaks is dedicated to facilitating global research into the causes, treatments, prevention and an eventual cure for autism by:

~ Promoting cross-disciplinary cooperation
~ Funding research
~ Organizing research summit meetings
~ Establishing standards for data collection and management to benefit the scientific community



My main goal is to raise money and awareness in hopes that my small part will help bring better research, awareness and programs to educate the general public about this complex condition.  This year I'm proud to announce that I will be joining Autism Speaks for "Walk Now for Autism" held on October 27th in Baltimore, MD.   YEAH ME!  Check out my "Walk Button" located at the right hand-side of my blog!  Nice right...I'll get in some exercise, social time, and make a contribution to a cause I believe in.  What more can a girl ask for hmm...besides diamonds.  LOL!  Please join my efforts to support local families living with Autism by sponsoring my team.  I have come up with a variety of ways to reach my goal of $300.00 or more.  Allow me to share 3 of them with you now.



Autism Awareness T-shirts

1.   Purchase an Autism Awareness t-shirt designed by your truly (moi).  These t-shirts will be available for purchase hopefully by mid March.  For those wanting to make a purchase now I am accepting orders.  The price of the t-shirts will be $20.00 and 20% of all proceeds will be donated to Autism Speaks.  My goal is to increase the donated percentage to 50% by late July/early August.  To place an order click on the link below which will take you directly to my website.






Donate

2.  Click the  "Autism Speaks Walk Now for Autism " button located at the right-hand side of my blog to support this fundraising goal.  My registration/donate form is easy to complete.  Now, I would absolutely the donations that crinkle, but I'll also accept the ones that jingle.  LOL!  YES, this means quarters!... 25 cents is more than welcome.  Four quarters makes a dollar faster than any other coin I know besides the half dollar.  Wait...do they still make those?  JFK where are you?



Spread the Word


 3.   Whether you are an individual supporter or a leader with your own Fundraiser Page, I need your support to promote this fundraiser to your friends and family. Please promote this event to Facebook, Twitter, or by simply sending an email with the link to this site and/or the Fundraiser Page you are supporting.  Also, visit my Autism Speaks webpage to join my team, make a donation, or see the progress I'm making.  Thanks in advance for your support!


I walk for a cure. I walk for education. I walk for tolerance. I walk for the understanding of Autism♥

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Friday, February 17, 2012

Sneak Peek Friday!



Its almost time to reveal the Autism Awareness t-shirts I've been working so hard on designing.  This task has turned out not to be as easy as I thought it would be.  One reason being that I wanted to come up with something original, and originally gets me every time.  Seriously burning the midnight oil on this project. Hopefully, they will be ready to view in their entirety within the next week and 1/2.  Until then take a sneak peek at what's in store.  This is only one of two designs.  



Stay tuned!

Friday, February 10, 2012

The minute I heard my first love story...God had already picked you for me.





To kick off Valentine's weekend I decided it would be fun to re-visit my whirlwind romance with my husband.  After spending almost 2 decades together the love & passion is still there.  What's the secret?...hmmm...maybe its cheaper to keep me or maybe because of the life insurance policies we have on each other.  LOL!  Or, maybe...because in every marriage more than a week old, there are always grounds for divorce... & the trick is to find grounds for marriage, and never let the search end.  This in my opinion is what keeps you together.  Have a sit down for a minute while you read our love story.  Hope you enjoy...
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How long have you and your significant other been together?

Donald and I met August 1987 & we have been together ever since. 

  
How did you meet? {What’s your “love” story?}


  

 ...were destined to be together

 I will never forget how we met, because of the attraction that led him to asking me out on a date.  I was hired on as a temporary employee in the office where he worked.  Every morning before work I would stop by the local deli across the street from our office.   That deli use to sell really GREAT breakfast's...Mmm.  I would come into the office with french toast & sausage or pancakes & bacon, omelets, grits, bagel sandwiches...you name it, they made it!  Can you see where I'm going with this?...this guy would come past my desk every morning to scope out what I was eating.  I could always see him from the reflection on my computer screen walking towards my desk each time.  This guy would come within a few inches from my desk, and without saying a word he'd stretch his neck out just far enough to see what I was eating then quickly walk away.  This always made me giggle quietly to myself.  I thought he was so darn cute...especially when he wore his suspenders.  Hey, the booty was shapely & defined on those days.  LOL!  What can I say...I'm a booty girl.  During the last week of my assignment he did get up enough nerve to ask me where I brought my breakfast from.  I just knew he was coming over to my desk to ask me for my phone #....nope!  Instead, he waited until the very last day of my assignment to ask me out on a date to the summer concert being given in the city that weekend.  They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach.  Ha-ha...the best part was I didn't have to lift a finger to cook!  And...its a good thing too, because at the time cooking for me was a non-existent skill.  Then I might have lost my prospective-to-be husband to Jackie What's Her Face.  Yea, I know she was checking out my man, even though she didn't know he was mine.  Neither did he for that matter, but that's besides the point.  To Jackie What's Her Face...good ridden'sLOL!  We didn't get together for the concert because of a mix-up, but our first date a week later was really nice.  The rest as they say is history.      

  

If married, how long have you been married? If not, is this the guy you hope to marry? {do tell}

  
Donald & I dated for 5 years before we jumped the ole' broom stick.  We got married on June 20th, 1992 and this upcoming June we will have been married 20 years.  WOW...were like a couple of pair of old slippers.  Btw ...I love old slippers.


If you are married, where did you get married at? Big or small wedding? If not, where would you like to get married? And will it be big or small?





 Although our wedding was not big by any means, it was lovely.  Our wedding was held in my hubby's Aunt's back yard in Baltimore, Maryland with around 75 guest.  I always wanted to have an outdoor wedding, because of the enchanting essence of it all.  My wedding colors were cream, yellow, and mint green.  The day was just right, no clouds, the sun was shining and it wasn't too hot.  What more could a girl ask for.  My entire wedding attire down to my shoes was made by a seamstress who was a friend of a friend.  I wanted my wedding gown & vale to be a replica of the one Whitley Gilbert wore on the sitcom "Its a Different World."  Everyone I knew on that particular night was glued to the t.v. set to watch this episode of Dwayne Wayne & Whitley Gilbert finally tying the knot.  I still remember Dwayne's pleading cry towards Whitley..."Please baby, please",  so she would marry him and not Byron.  Well, my wedding gown and vale didn't exactly turn out like hers, but I thought I made a beautiful bride.








Do you have any nicknames that you call one another? Do share!

Ha-ha well I call him a lot of things, some good, some not, and some naughty.  We'll just focus on the the good.  My hubby calls me his "Sunshine" after the song "Sunshine by Alexander O'Neil.  He says I brighten up his day with my smile.  I call him my Teddy Bear because his hands are big and heavy like a bears paws.  Also, because when I snuggle up against his chest it is so comforting like a big ole plushy teddy bear.  Chile...I'm snoring like a symphony in 15 minutes flat. 


Name 3 things you love most about your honey.

1.  His boyish smile.  2.  His generous heart.  3.  The way he ♥'s his family.



Tell us how he proposed? Or your ideal proposal?

 OMG...it was too funny!  We were sitting in his car parked on 42nd street in Manhattan & Donald was expressing so  poetically how much he loved me.  All of a sudden this drunk comes out of no where & sits on the hood of the car.  Donald taps on the window to alert the guy of our presence and gestures for him to like leave.  The drunken guy pays no attention & proceeds to get comfortable.  Donald then gets out of the car and starts yelling at the drunken man to get off his car and leave.  The drunk starts saying this is a free country, why are you yelling at me, you're not my mama and they started slinging obscenities back and forth.  My poor husband...his poetic proposal was rudely interrupted by a drunk who wanted to take a siesta.  LOL!  We eventually got rid of the drunk with the help of a policeman.  After about 15 minutes of interference, I finally got my proposal and the ring. 
  

Is he a flowers and teddy bear kind of guy for v-day, or strawberries, champagne, and rose petals?

Both.  A teddy bear and candy for his princess (our daughter) & strawberries, champagne, rose petals, and secrets after dark for me.


Are you a sunset dinner on the beach kind of girl, or pop a movie in and relax on the couch?

Couch, movie, popcorn, and...Zzzzzzzzz. 


Tell us one thing you’d like to do with your significant one day. If you could do anything? Go anywhere?

Go to Italy! 
  

Tell us what you plan on doing on this Valentine’s Day.

Sending the children anywhere but home...dress up, go out to a  restaurant of  our choice, then let our imaginations run wild once behind the close doors of our home....without the children.  


Are you asking for anything this Valentine’s day?

Um...let me say again...yes...a house without the children for the ENTIRE NIGHT...LOL.

  
Give us one piece of advice of keeping a relationship strong and full of love.

Respect one another, communicate, show affection, be kind, and date nights are essential.  Never let the flames of the love that brought you together die down.  Kindle that fire always. 

 Show us a picture of what love means to you.


"2002" ~  My Hubby gave me a "I Love my Wife Party" after the passing of my Mom.


Linking up with:
now through Valentine's Day!
 








Tween's and their ~ "Hello...duh!" moments

                                                                                                               
 
Last weekend our family went out to dinner to our favorite restaurant.  This was my 12 year old daughter's  first time ordering a steak, as she usually keeps its simple by ordering burger and fries.  When the waiter asked her how she wanted her steak, she replied with a puzzled look, "You know ... um' cooked!"




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Today I'm linking up with ~  Here's the thing & ...so this is love
Come join in on the fun...what do your kids have to say?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Yeah...My First Event Project! ~ "In Jamie's Eyes"



I am proud to announce that Tee-Iabo Designs Hand painted Wearable Art is teaming up with Antoinette Patterson, owner/Event Planner at "Let's Make It Happen".  I was requested by Antoinette to make a t-shirt design for the Benefit Banquet called "IN JAMIE'S EYES" http://www.facebook.com/jamesha1229, scheduled for March 2012 in recognition of her daughter Jamesha aka Jamie.  Jamie.  



Jamesha Lynn Patterson was born on December 29, 2003 with complications and a diagnosis of developmental delay, failure to thrive, epiglottis stenosis, encephalopathy, mild hypoxia, and autism.  As if this wasn't enough a couple of months later Jamesha was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and in 2008 she started experiencing seizures as a result.  In 2010 Jamesha was diagnosed with Epilepsy.  Antoinette was told by the doctors that her little angel would most likely not survive after birth.  When Jamesha proved them wrong Antoinette was then told Jamesha probably would not live pass the age of 4.  Well, guess what???  Jamesha is a striving thriving 8yr old dynamo!  





  




Helping Jamesha in getting the necessary equipment, medicines, nursing care, clothes and things that she needs on a day to day basis has been an ongoing struggle for Antoinette and her husband.  They were denied life insurance for Jamesha because of a per-existing condition.  As we all know its hard to get decent life insurance if you are healthy, so you can only imagine what its like when you're sick or disabled.    The cost of medications, specialized equipment, and frequent specialist visits, can add up quickly.   The fact that they were denied life insurance for Jamesha ignited a fire of determination inside of Antoinette.  Now she is on a blazing mission to raise money through fundraising to aid in caring for Jamesha.  She has also, become an advocate for children with special needs.  Antoinette's mission is to educate, fight for equality, and above all be the voice for these children who can not speak for themselves.  Her primary goal is to raise money towards helping out families that like herself are in need of of financial support.  Antoinette also hopes to  exceed the marketed fundraiser goal each year if possible as a percentage of all proceeds will be donated to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.


If you would like to help support Antoinette on her mission here's how:

1.
    Purchase a copy of "Through God, She Made It!"  This is an inspirational story about Jamesha's journey into the world and now.  You can purchase the book online @http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/through-god-she-made-it/9620087


2.    Visit Jamesha's Facebook Fan page @http://www.facebook.com/jamesha1229 and "Like" it.  Also, share her page with your family, friends and acquaintances to help increase awareness about their mission.

3.    Visit Antoinette's website @http://www.antoinettepatterson.com/ and make a donation of $1.00, $5.00, $10.00, $20.00 or whatever is in your heart to give.    There is even an online store where you can purchase Jamesha's goodies featuring her brand name logo "Usneakers4u."  Which stands for "Unique Sneakers for you" because Jamie loves her sneakers.  The symbols on her logo represents pieces of  who Jamesha is. 


The puzzle: Stands for Autism, and being able to put the pieces of her everyday life together.  
The butterfly: Through God & our help she can rise above her disability.
The hearts:  Jamesha's family & friends love her so much.
The stars: Jamesha is a Star, and when she smiles...there's a twinkle in her eyes that speaks to you.


Of course my t-shirt design will be one of the featured items real soon!
Below is a pencil drawing of Jamesha's t-shirt design by moi.  Need to send this drawing to my ace Kelly Tisdale of www.activeprints.com to do her vector art thing.  Truly ♥ her!   Availability...real soon!


Monday, February 6, 2012

Say what???...She learned how to upload a video! Sonya M. Jones Live!







Friday night I decided to take it down about 15 levels.  My daughter & I were in real need of spending some time together.  So, it was kinda fun when the night turned into a hilarious ball of fun goofing around playing with with i pad.  We made videos & took lots of pictures.  This was my first time ever making & uploading a video, so the results were pretty funny.  Out of the many videos we did I decided to upload and show only 2 of them.  The others were a little embarrassing to say the least.  Please excuse my appearance as I don't always look like this.  It was Friday night...just got paid, just washed my hair & set it to wear as a braid-out the next day, and we were chill-laxing.   Hope you like!


























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