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Coffee Break with Katie: Our Adventure

Posted on March 9, 2011 in Life by Katie Oskin

 

About one month ago I announced that I was going on an adventure (see the post from Feb. 9th)…an adventure that would last a considerably long time, but bring new excitement, adventures, and promises into my & my husband’s life.

Something that I don’t readily share is my daily fight…I was born with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) the day I was born.

While I won’t go into the details of CF in full, I will say that it is a life-long struggle, process, and daily fight to stay healthy.  In November of 2010, we had a realization from my doctors that my right upper lobe of my lung was extremely sick and unhealthy.  This one unhealthy part of my lung was causing the rest of my respiratory health to suffer.   After many consultations and visits to Cleveland Clinic and meetings with the transplant team, it was decided that the only course of appropriate action was to have the right upper lobe of my lung removed.

So, on  Feb. 10, my husband and I faithfully made the drive to Cleveland Clinic.  This is where our adventure begins.  I sat awaiting my surgery with my husband, Mom, Dad, & Pastor.  We did not know what the outcome of this surgery would be.  We knew that the surgery would save my life in some regards by adding up to 20 years of GOOD lung health.  But we also knew that the recovery would be excruciating, hard, painful, and very difficult to get through…and would last about six months to one year.

The surgery went very well.  I spent the 24 hours after my surgery in ICU, and was then moved to a surgical recovery wing for the next 3 days.  When I was released from surgical care, I was then transfered down to Akron Children’s Hospital, where I spent the next two and a half weeks recovering.  Because of the amount of medicine and need for constant care, my hubby and I temporarily moved in with my parents for the next several weeks.  I have had severe limitations placed on my activity and general “every day” living.  Perhaps the hardest is that I can not drive for 8-12 weeks, I can not got grocery shopping because I can not reach, nor am I allowed to lift anything over 5 pounds…or carry laundry baskets.  You can see how all this might hinder my general “every day” life.  So by temporarily moving, my hubby can still work, I can get rest, and I can be taken care of.

So far, the adventure has been a grand one: excitement, tears, joy, laughter, hardship, aches, pains, but more love and prayers than I could ever have expected.  So while I settle into my “new lungs” and my “second chance” at health, I am excited at all the new adventures and experiences that I will get to have with my husband.

So for right now, while my custom orders are temporarily on hold, I was plenty busy before my surgery to keep some new things coming into my store.  My sketch pad has been plenty busy getting designs ready.  So while I spend the next few weeks recovering and sketching designs, this spring we will be sure to offer some fantastic new designs and concept art to all of our buyers.

For all of you who offered up prayers, well wishes, and offerings of good luck last month, we sincerely thank you.  We would also like to ask that you continue to lift up those prayers that my recovery time will be lessened and that we can be back into “full swing” really soon!

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In the Studio with Katie: Getting to Know Polymer Clay – Part 3

Posted on February 28, 2011 in Polymer Clay by Katie Oskin

In the Studio with Katie

GETTING TO KNOW POLYMER CLAY Part 1: Techniques with Polymer Clay There are also a wide range of techniques that are commonly used with polymer clay.  Wikipedia lists the following techniques as the most common techniques for working with polymer clay:   Related posts: Introduction to Polymer Clay: Getting to Know Polymer Clay – Part…

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Keys to Etsy Store Success

Posted on February 25, 2011 in Build Your Brand by Katie Oskin

Build Your Brand - Tips for marketing your Etsy store by KatersAcres

Etsy Success Made Easy I have often been asked by many Etsians what the Keys to Success and getting noticed on Etsy are.  So here are a few tips that I have gathered over the past 6 months working diligently on my store and on my blog on how to make your store shine, make…

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Getting to Know Polymer Clay – Part 2

Posted on February 23, 2011 in Polymer Clay by Katie Oskin

GETTING TO KNOW POLYMER CLAY Part 2: Uses for Polymer Clay Earlier this week we talked about Polymer Clay and what it was…today we will talk about the uses and ideas that you can do with polymer clay.  Our team is blessed to have so many members who do such wonderful work with polymer clay….

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Introduction to Polymer Clay: Getting to Know Polymer Clay – Part 1

Posted on February 18, 2011 in Polymer Clay by Katie Oskin

In the Studio with Katie

Introduction to Polymer Clay: Part 1: What Is Polymer Clay and How Do I Use It? If you are new to polymer clay and need an introduction to polymer clay you’ve probably asked yourself  “what is polymer clay?” at least once already. While it is easy to explain, the uses, techniques and types of polymer…

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Product & Store Testimonials

Posted on February 16, 2011 in Kater's Acres by Katie Oskin

  You don’t have to take our word for it anymore!   Read what one of our fans has to say about our items: “I LOVE PARKER!!! so adorable… makes me smile every time I see him with me!” ~Krystal, owner of the Original Parker Keychain “I love my Parker!” ~CanineCloset owner of the LE…

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My Greatest Adventure Yet

Posted on February 9, 2011 in Life by Katie Oskin

  Tomorrow I will set out on my greatest adventure yet.  It’s a scary adventure and with it will come many trials and tribulations… Related posts: 2017 Polymer Clay Adventure PREVIEW 2016 Polymer Clay Adventure is About to Begin 2016 Polymer Clay Adventure – Still Time to Join Polymer Clay Adventure

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DellCoveSpices

Posted on February 7, 2011 in Archives by Katie Oskin

  There’s nothing that I like more than adding a little spice to my hubby and my meals.  We LOVE to experiment with flavors and textures in what I cook. Here’s what DellCoveSpice advertises in their store: “We think cooking is fun. You never know what you’ll discover!  For us, it’s a way to relax…

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Semi-Homemade Recipes – Yummy Chicken

Posted on January 27, 2011 in Recipes by Katie Oskin

Semi-Homemade Recipes YUMMY CHICKEN One of my growth-points for this year was to make 1 new recipe a week for my hubby and I.  But this past week, I outdid myself.  I made two new recipes for us! The recipe that I share today was a recipe that I had at my friends house.  I…

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Semi-Homemade Recipe – Salsa

Posted on January 17, 2011 in Recipes by Katie Oskin

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  SALSA RECIPE: I like semi-homemade.  In fact, my Aunt Susan got me this awesome cook book for my bridal shower and it has the BEST semi-homemade recipes in it.  But this is a recipe that both my hubby and I really love.  It saves us a BUNDLE on buying prepackaged salsa all the time….

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How to Get it All Done & Still Have Time to Read a Book

Posted on January 10, 2011 in Archives, Build Your Brand by Katie Oskin

Build Your Brand with Effective Time Management by KatersAcres

  One of my forum friends on Etsy, ClassyAndSassyCharms, recently asked me how do I get it all done.  I have an online store on Etsy, a blog with posts everyday, new items listed every day, renewed items daily, a FaceBook page (both personal & business), plus have time to create in my studio, get…

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Coffee Break with Katie: That Meal Planning Thing

Posted on December 22, 2010 in Life by Katie Oskin

  Some of you wrote to me requesting more information on the meal planning.  It seems that you all liked that idea.  Meal planning is very simple and it’s very easy.  You just have to get in the habit of doing it.  I have built my “meal planning” into my daily Friday chores. I don’t…

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