"Wake every day with a WINGED HEART and give thanks for another day of LOVING." (Khalil Gibran)

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Oh, drat! No New Year's Eve Kit

Sorry, everyone, but I won't have a Victorian New Year's Eve kit this year.

I would like to request prayers and good thoughts. I'm not doing well at all physically. In fact, I'm pretty darn sick and in so much pain. I'm also anemic and have no strength right now to sit at the computer. I have a bunch of tests coming up including a colonoscopy and EGD scheduled for the 3rd, and CT scans with contrast of my chest and abdomen, a chest x-ray, and bunches of blood work on the 7th, and my yearly heart work-up with echocardiogram, EKG, etc. on the 21st. What a way to start the new year. Boo hoo!

I saw a pain management doctor Thursday hoping to find an alternative way to control my pain meds other than narcotics. No such luck. I went to him taking one narcotic, now I'm taking two! It is going to take me a week or so to get used to this regimen. In the mean time, I'm quite woozy and even more dipsy than I usually am! LOL He explained it was absolutely imperative that we get my pain in control as it is most certainly affecting my diabetes and heart issues. He said the shakiness and quivering I have in my legs when I stand even long enough to brush my teeth is a direct result of the pain shutting my body down. I received quite a lecture about not taking enough pain meds and how it is putting my overall health in jeopardy.

I'm quite frightened about the results of the colonoscopy as I have had cancerous growths (polyps) removed in the past and just had part of my right kidney removed last March because of cancer. I'm having a lot of bleeding and have become anemic and my white blood cell count and other lab values are really off.

Please forgive me for not being able to make the new year's kit...I'll make it up to you on Valentine's Day. Thanks so much for your understanding and thanks in advance for your good thoughts and prayers. What ever comes, I know I'll get through but it helps me bunches to know that all of you are rooting for me.


Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

I wish for all of you a blessed Christmas full of laughter, joy, peace and love. If you do not celebrate Christmas, I wish you all the same!

Please pray for all of those who are suffering, lonely or feeling lost during this holiday season. Reach out to someone with a kind word or deed. There are so many people who spend Christmas alone with no one to wish them "Merry Christmas." My heart hurts for them, especially those who live in my apartment building (for seniors and disabled). Remember the reason we are celebrating and the lessons Christ taught about kindness, forgiveness and tolerance. No matter what your religious preference is, these attributes are so needed in this time of violence and suffering in the world. I pray for peace for all.

Thank you for the kindness you have all shown to me, for your support, and prayers. You have all made a difference in my life this past year and I am so grateful for each and every one of you.

As always, I wish you many blessings.

Merry Christmas, my friends!
Winged Heart

Saturday, December 22, 2007

My Stepmom's Famous!

This evening, I had Christmas with my stepmother, stepsister and brother-in-law. My gift from Eileen, my stepmother, was a complete shocker! She's a cover girl!!! Our local chapter of Meals on Wheels together with Season of Suppers (a pet food drive for pets in need) created a calendar with photographs of Meals on Wheels recipients and their pets. Eileen's picture appears on April's page and on the cover!! What a surprise and such a wonderful gift! She said it took her over 80 years but now she's famous! Here's the cover picture:

Here's info from the calendar:

"The Pet Food Drive was developed after discovering that many of MOWAA (Meals on Wheels) recipients who had pets were sharing their meals with their dog or cat because they couldn't afford to purchase pet food. All the proceeds from the calendar will go directly to local Meals on Wheels programs to develop or sustain pet food feeding programs."

All Banfield pet hospitals have been collecting donations and contributing to the Season of Suppers. They are selling the calendar on their website and PetSmart is selling the calendar in their stores nationwide. It's a great cause.

I'm so tickled for Eileen. She's so proud that she's a Cover Girl!!

Hope all of you are having a great holiday season. Make sure to check back next week for a Victorian New Year's kit!

Blessings to all of you and have a terrific weekend!


Tuesday, December 18, 2007

A Victorian Christmas 2007

Hi everyone. Here is an add-on to last year's Victorian Christmas kit. I just couldn't seem to stop creating Christmas stuff this year! LOL Last year's kit, the Christmas Around the World kit, the Victorian Christmas Angel kit and this one are all created to work together. Here's the preview:

You can download it at Mediafire here.

I hope you enjoy it. Please leave a hug if you download it!

Holiday blessings to you and yours,

Sunday, December 16, 2007

I am SUCH a Dummy!!!

My Christmas kit from last year that I re-posted -- it is from 2006 NOT 1996! Oh my, oh my! I'm blaming it on all the medicine I take and the weather. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!!!!! My, oh my do I feel like a stupid you know what. I even made the password 1996! If Patricia (from my creative team) hadn't mentioned it, I would have never known! She tried to convince me not to tell anyone that all of you would think I've been designing for 10 years but, nooooooooo, I had to confess! ROFLMBO All I can say, as you can see, is oh my, oh my!!!!! All over the web I've put links to the post saying "1996." Shaking head here and smiling a silly, stupid smile!!! :P


Happy Sunday to everyone!

Hope everyone is safe and warm. If you like football and are watching the Browns/Bills game, you know what the weather here in NE Ohio is like! Blizzard bowl! Go Brownies. Okay, so you didn't know I was a HUGE sports fan but now you do! LOL :P

One of my blog readers purchased my Angels kit and sent me a nice note with her payment. She included her blog address and I checked it out. She's got a bunch of great freebie stuff. Check her out and you won't be sorry!!! Here's the link:

Catt's Scrapps

I've been truly gratified by the response to the freebies I've posted this holiday season! Thanks so much to all of you who have taken the time to say "thanks" and to email me with wonderful and uplifting comments. It warms my heart!

I swore I wasn't going to make any more Christmas stuff but I just can't help myself!! In addition to the New Year's kit I'm working on for my Victorian Holiday series, I'm also working on an addition to last year's Christmas kit. I'm almost finished with it so come back in the next few days to pick it up! Tessie, I included some nativity scenes just for you! Well, maybe not JUST for you, but at your prompting!! LOL

Stay warm and safe!

Love 'ya all,

Saturday, December 15, 2007

My Christmas Surprise - Please Read!

I belong to a Yahoo freebie group (not scrapbooking) called FreeBeesForMe. It's a great place to get freebies and samples -- no crap or have to do this or that offer to get something. Just links to real freebies and samples. Not long ago, the group owner, Melissa, started an offshoot group for FreeBeesForMe members called FreeBeesCafe so that we could chat and get to know each other better. It has just blossomed into the most wonderful place with even more wonderful people. We have had a lot of adoptions for Christmas and there is always someone who will offer a kind word of support or lift someone up in prayer. Melissa works really hard and there are always contests to win gift cards and other prizes.

There are a number of us members in NE Ohio, in fact there are several of us within an hour of each other. Well, today my door buzzer rang and on the intercom I hear one of the members, Leann, saying that she was here and had something for me. Now, mind you, I've never met her before. Her and her hubby brought me a huge bag full of presents. Everything from a scrapbooking book and paper, to a really cute snowman, candy, pens, address book, Christmas magnets, candles, stickers, and just so MUCH more! My did I have a hard time keeping myself together. I was so surprised -- no, SHOCKED -- that someone I didn't even know would do something so kind for me. She knew I did scrapbooking because I created layouts for three people as a prize for one of our daily contests. I'm just so very grateful, not just for the gifts but for their kindness and new-found friendship. God is good!

You know, I've always helped everyone I could and used to do a lot of charity work when I was able-bodied. It gave me so much pleasure to do so but I'm not sure I truly understood just what it meant to the recipients until I became disabled and could not work. Times are hard, my health struggles many, and I often become discouraged when the world seems full of rude, thoughtless and intolerant people. Today, Leann and Dave not only lifted my spirits considerably, but they also restored my faith in this world we all share.

If you do sampling and freebies yourself, why not check out FreeBeesForMe? Tell them I sent you. My screen name is "freebies4forme" but they know my real name also. You won't be sorry, I promise you.

I hope you all have many blessings this Christmas.


Christmas Around the World EXTENDED!

Because so many people in the USA are without power due to the ice and snow storms, Kimberly (Fishinmom) asked those of us who contributed to the kit if we wouldn't mind extending the deadline until December 24th. Of course I told her ABSOLUTELY no way!! Yeah right! LOL So, you have a little more time to get all your downloading done of this FAB kit!! Here's the link again if you haven't already visited.

Christmas Around the World

Keep those fingers flying!


NEW Victorian Christmas 2006 Brag Book Pages

Hi everyone. Hope you're having a great weekend. We're bracing for a big storm moving toward us. I feel so bad for those in the plains already affected by the ice storm with power outages, as well as those in New England who are digging out. The plain states are getting hit again with snow and now it's heading our way. At least we won't get it as bad as those in Oklahoma and elsewhere but they are calling for freezing rain followed by 4 to 10 inches of snow. Guess I'll be staying in and wrapping Christmas presents while I watch the white stuff come down. Then again, I'm also working on a Victorian New Year's kit so stay tuned!!!

Judy, aka Baby Doe, has created some brag book pages using by Victorian Christmas 2006 kit, and is sharing them with all of you!

You may download them here.

Please make sure you leave her some love when you download them. I know everyone is busy but the "thanks" have been slow in coming. I've had close to 5,000 downloads (counting each downloaded zip, not individual people), and not even 100 comments! Gee, if I didn't like doing this and sharing with all of you so much, it could make a gal feel less than appreciated!!! :)

Stay safe out there!

Winged Heart

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

A Special Gift From a Blog Reader & Thank You to All

Thanks to all of you who have left some sweet notes and thank you's on my posts and at 4Shared. I really appreciate each and every one of you who took the time to say thanks! Blessings to you in return.

I had one very special email and since this is truly a reflection of Christmas Around the World, I just have to share! One of my new blog readers, Rebecca-Rose, sent me this layout and note:

"Hallo. I found your Blog through your Contribution to the CATW Kit. I think your Art is wunderful! Love your Victorian Christmas...So I strolled over your Blog and read about your Health Problems - I dont know what to say - Thats why I thought I make a LO for you. Hope you enjoy it. Thats my way to tell you, that far away in Germany someone is thinking of you and sending you all the good Thoughts and Prayers. Bless You! Love Rebecca-Rose"

Rebecca-Rose, you are a very special person to take the time to make a layout for me and brighten my holiday! I love it and I am so very grateful! Fröhliche Weihnachten!

When I was searching on the web trying to find out how to say "Merry Christmas" in German, I found a site that has "Merry Christmas" is tons of languages!!! You can find it here.

Holiday blessings and hugs,

Monday, December 10, 2007

Need Your Prayers, Please.

Hi everyone. Hope you are all having fun downloading and haven't worn out your mouse yet!!! LOL

My loyal blog readers know of all my MANY health issues and I won't go into all of them here and bore you, but please keep me in your prayers the next few days. I have to go to the Cleveland Clinic on Wednesday to see a GI specialist. I've had recurrent colon polyps for years, some of them cancerous, as well as esophageal stricture and erosive esophagitis. I've been having symptoms recently and it's time for testing again, but this is just for the initial visit. I also have tests most of the day on Friday to follow-up on the kidney cancer and make sure it hasn't recurred or spread to my lungs (which is where it usually spreads to). This will be my nine month post-surgery check-up and I have to have a CT scan of my abdomen and pelvis with and without contrast, a chest x-ray, and bunches of lab work done. I'll be glad when all of this is over and I know everything is okay (or not). I still haven't been fitted for the brace for my chest and upper abdomen. I feel the parts of my sternum moving around more frequently and it is driving me BATTY!!! Yikes...it makes me hurt just typing about it! LOL

Anyway, please keep me in your prayers and send good thoughts this way. I appreciate each and every one of them!

Hugs and blessings,

Download Issues

It appears that some people are having problems with downloading from 4Shared. There are no limits to the number of downloads per file, but the problem comes from many people trying to download the same file at the same time. Please be patient and try again later. For the Christmas Around the World files, it might help if some of you start at the bottom of the list and work your way to the top. I'm not sure it will, but it is worth a try.

By the way, I REFUSE to publish nasty comments regarding the downloads. I have had a couple stating they "wasted" their time because no one stated there was a limited amount of downloads. Puhleeze! Bah humbug to you and you know who you are!

To the rest of you, thanks for your patience and understanding that we have no control over the download sites.


Victorian Christmas Angels

Hi everyone. I hope you are having fun downloading all the parts of the fabulous "Christmas Around the World" kit!!! I know I am. There are certainly some truly talented designers out there!

Here's a kit I designed featuring Christmas Angels. These are the previews. Click on them for a closer look.

It is 180 mb and the cost is $4.00. If you would like to purchase it, please send payment through PayPal to wingedheartohio@gmail.com. If you would prefer to send a money order or pay with well-concealed cash (at your own risk), please contact me at the same email address for instructions. Please note that the links will not be available until I receive notification from PayPal that the transaction is complete. The links will then be sent to you within 24-48 hours.

I appreciate those of you who purchase the few kits I offer for sale. It is only by this means that I am able to purchase designer use goodies that definitely enhance the freebies I am able to create for all of you.

Holiday blessings to you and yours,
Winged Heart Ohio

Victorian Christmas 2006 Re-Release

I have re-released my Victorian Christmas freebie from last year! Here are the previews:

You can get it here. The password is "1996" without the quotes.

I understand there have been some problems with 4shared so I added download links to Mediafire. You can also download the kit here at Mediafire.

I hope you enjoy. Come back soon for a special treat from Judy on my creative team!

Peace and Blessings,
Winged Heart

Christmas Around the World is Here!!!

Merry Christmas and WELCOME to all my new visitors and to all of you who have visited before! It's time for the big event...Christmas Around the World.

Here are the previews of my contribution:

You can get them at 4shared here (password is hohoho) or at Mediafire here.

Here is the link to the web site where you can get all 79+ designers' contributions!

Christmas Around the World

Hope you enjoy. Please be patient if you have problems downloading...I'm sure all the sites will be quite busy for the next week!! All the links will be available through the web site until midnight, December 16th. Then it is up to each designer if they want to keep them active.

Please, make sure to leave the designers lots of love! It's only the polite thing to do to say a quick "thank you." This was quite an undertaking and it was organized by Kimberly, aka Fishinmom. It would be very nice if you go visit her and thank her personally!!

Holiday blessings,
Winged Heart

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Thanks, Rachell & Note to Everyone

Thanks for letting me know the link was not working. I had forgot to activate the file. Silly old me!! LOL It's fixed now.

I'm not sure why all of a sudden the last two images I've uploaded to Blogger were not getting larger when clicked on, but instead asked if you wanted to open or download them. I uploaded the images to Photobucket and replaced the others, but they still don't get as large as previously. I'm investigating it now and I'm off to PSP to see if I can get larger preview of the paper patterns in Wrinkled Wrap. Geesh!

Hope you're having a GREAT weekend! Stay safe.


Saturday, December 1, 2007

Want to win my Victorian Christmas Angel Kit?

I'm having a contest! I will be offering my Victorian Christmas kit from last year again; however, I'm creating an additional kit featuring Victorian Christmas Angels that will be for sale. Want to win it??

A while back I did a challenge at DSO and created a layout about me. It wasn't easy because I usually don't scrap myself. I used Jeanne Baechtold's "Refreshing Meadow" kit. Here it is:

I was thinking that I'd like to get to know my blog visitors a little better so I'm having a contest to do just that. To enter, all you need to do is create a layout about yourself and submit it to me. I will ask my creative team (Patricia and Judy) to help me judge the entries. Here's the rules:

1. Use any designer you like, just make sure you credit the designers whose products you used.

2. Include information about yourself. This can be anything you feel you want to share: where you live, your career, your likes or dislikes, etc.

3. The layout should reflect what you consider your personal scrapbooking style to be.

4. Have your layout to me before December 15th.

That's it for the rules! The layouts will be judged on overall design and creativity. I'll post as many entries as I can on this blog -- I'm sure I won't get hundreds of them so I should be able to post most of them! LOL

I hope to get to know some of you better! Send you layout to me at wingedheartohio.blogspot.com. Can't wait to see them and good luck!

Winged Heart

Wrinkled Wrap Freebie Paper Pack

Well, I had a short burst of creativity and energy, so I made everyone a paper pack -- "Wrinkled Wrap." I called it that because the designs remind me so much of gift wrap and it's wrinkled! LOL I know, I know...so clever am I! ROFLMBO I hope you like it. Make sure you click on the preview so you can see the designs more clearly. Here's the preview:

You can download it here. The password is "wwpp."

Winged Heart

THANKS a bunch!

Hi all. Hope you're having a great weekend! It's 30 degrees and partially sunny here in NE Ohio right now, but we've got rain and snow on the way for tonight and all next week. Boo Hoo! I can't get out in my wheelchair in the snow and rain. Oh, woe is me! LOL

I want to thank everyone who purchased the add on to my Victorian Thanksgiving kit. Because of those purchases, I was able to take advantage of the 70% off sale at DSO for a few hours Black Friday morning. Even the designer stuff was on sale so I purchased some really cool stuff that I'm sure I'll use a lot while making freebies for all of you! Also, I want to thank those who took the time during this busy season to leave comments when downloading the freebie kit. You know, I promised myself I would not be a designer who "begged" for comments, but I was disappointed that I've had almost 600 downloads and less than 40 comments including here and 4-Shared. I guess that's why I appreciate those who did comment so much!!

All the best,