Checking the blog history, it looks like I hit post 200 in around December, 2005. Considering that my entire life got turned completely upside down in October, 2005, I view that as a pretty decent accomplishment. In the short span of time from October, 2005 to April, 2006, I lost my marriage, a baby, my job of more than 10 years, and very dearly beloved pet I'd had for many years.
I found out I was 2+ months pregnant the day after my husband announced he was leaving. 24 hours after that, I was in the doctor's office being told that I was bleeding internally and had to have emergency surgery to end the pregnancy and save my life. I lost a fallopian tube and pretty much any shot of ever having another child in the process, but considering that the doctors couldn't figure out how I hadn't already died from blood loss before I made it in, I have to count myself lucky that I'm still here. My ex dropped off the divorce paper filings at my house the day I came home from the hospital.
At the time, I made a conscious decision not to blog about most of this...I think there are a few mentions here and there of "life not going so well" and probably some various versions of "men suck" because I couldn't totally keep a lid on things, but overall, I stuck to beads, book reviews and other positive stuff.
A year later, in October, 2006, I think I did do one blog post sort of cataloging the whole series of events because I thought that I had enough perspective to look at things from a bit more distance and then I could put them behind me. That was probably wishful thinking as I'm not sure you can ever totally put something like that behind you, but I am still here. I survived (and believe me, there were days when I doubted I could keep going), and I am doing pretty well. Being a single parent is tough and I know things would be easier if there was another person to share the load, but other than that, I'm pretty content. And ultimately, as much as I hate to admit it, I grew a lot as a person during that time. I'm more confident now and I'm much less inclined to take any crap from anyone than I used to be LOL.
Okay, that's enough of that. Time for the fun stuff now. Here's a look at what the second winner will receive:
The book is "One Big Beautiful Bead" by Sarah McConnell. The main reason I bought this book originall (back in the dark ages when I first started beading) is that I was having trouble with tubular or oblong focal beads. Don't panic if you are not a seed beader, there are some ideas that don't require seed bead stitching. However, if you always wanted to try it, this book is a great jumping off point with some simple stitches that give great effects and can be adapted to bracelet length, too.
Two different kinds of vintage lace - I love that both of these have openings down the middle so you can weave ribbon, thread or beads through them.
Blackened/copper large link chain and woven metal "wheel" components.
A strand of blue and white lampwork glass beads, a lampwork glass heart, and a pair of polymer clay ovals. The PC ovals have a lace texture design impressed into them - you just can't see it very well in the picture.
A small ceramic rose charm, a large turquoise ceramic button and two red ceramic angel wings.
A fun mix of Czech glass.
Three vintage German glass cabochons and some sunset fire crystal flatbacks (there's a larger quantity of these in the package - I just shook out a few for the photos).
A fun mix of frosted resin beads in different shapes and colors.
Large forest green ceramic beads (again, there's a whole bag of these - I just put a few out for the photos).
And the lucky winner is: Amy! Congratulations and please email me with your address!
Because this Friday is the April "Earrings Everyday" challenge reveal, I will do the next winner announcement post on Monday, 4/21.