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This was my third week of my pottery class. It has been so much fun, but this week I had trouble focusing. I had a lot on my mind this week and zoned out a bit during my class. However, it was ok, I still made three pieces that I’m pretty proud of…check them out and tell me what you think.

The first piece started as something completely different, this is what I ended up with…

It started as a simple soup bowl, and I messed it up a bit so I decided to go in a different direction. Honestly, I like it. What do you think?

The second piece that I made was meant to be a plate, and that is what it ended up being! Yay!

The only thing I didn’t plan on was the decoration. This was something new that I was introduced to by my instructor, Leon. What it is, is dyed liquid clay. So, it dries like this and when it is fired, it will still be dark. I’m excited to see what it looks like after being fired. It should be beautiful!

The third piece is another plate that is larger and plain.

I made this one myself. All by myself. I’m so excited by it. I am surprising myself by everything that I’m learning. It has been so much fun, and I look forward to all the other pieces I get to make throughout my class.

Something else I have learned is even if there are mistakes made, it doesn’t mean that you have to throw the used clay into the “use later” pile. It just means that there is an opportunity to create something different. Use your imagination!

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Relay For Life Kickoff

So…we didn’t have quite the turn out that we had anticipated, but that’s okay. This is the first annual Relay For Life in this community so we are still trying to get the word out.

Even though as many people didn’t show up as we had hoped for, we were prepared for them. We had Newks to cater the event…THANK YOU NEWKS!!

I made the cupcakes and ACS provided the purple (you will see what I mean).

And more…

I wrote the banners saying Celebrate and Fight Back that are posted on the wall. We had purple balloons, purple table clothes, most wore purple shirts, purple plates, etc., etc.

We had a lot of fun and ate lots of delicious food and were able to reach a couple of people who are new to Relay For Life and hopefully they will spread the word about our event in order to increase the number of people who attend and raise money so that a cure for cancer can be found.

Remember what we are fighting for.

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Relay For Life

I am the co-chair for the Relay For Life Event in Ballantyne. I have never, ever taken on such an important role in an event quite like this. It is something that I am learning about as I go along.

Thankfully, I have some good friends who have been instrumental in guiding me in what to do and how to help out.

The fact of the matter is it is not about me, it is about raising money for cancer research. The American Cancer Society is committed to finding a cure for cancer. So, in support of the American Cancer Society, we are hosting Relay For Life-Ballantyne on May 25, 2012 from 6pm to 6am on May 26, 2012.

We, the committee, invite you to come.

I invite you to come.

If you can’t come, please consider a donation at  http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=41843  to help fund the research for a cure. Help us give more birthdays!

In preparation for this event, we have a kick off event tomorrow night, January 27 from 6-7pm where we introduce you to Relay For Life. Please come out an support us in our fight against cancer at Morrison Family YMCA of Ballantyne.

And so, in preparation for the kick off event tomorrow night, I am baking cupcakes tonight. Cupcakes! Of course!

For me, baking cupcakes is almost a way of life. I love it so much that I can’t imagine going a week without baking and decorating cupcakes. So, this time, I have chocolate and butter golden cupcakes enough to feed at least fifty people (probably more, I haven’t counted) for our kick off event tomorrow night.

These cupcakes are going to have vanilla buttercream frosting with purple chocolate ribbon toppers.

Yum. Can’t wait to see them completed tomorrow. For now, I just have lots of cupcakes and lots of chocolate ribbons.

And…the final product…YUMMY!!

I think they turned out nicely, and it was for an amazing cause. We still have a couple of months for fundraising and getting those in this community active.

The question is…Do you Relay?

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As I shared before, my New Years resolution is to do things for myself that allows me to meet new people and to enjoy life.

Well, this week was the beginning of a new thing. My new “thing” is learning how to make pottery. I have been thinking about taking a pottery class for a few years, but there never seemed to be enough time or money to go around…I had to quit thinking that way.

So, I signed up for a class and signed up and paid for it.

There I was waiting for the instructor to arrive and strolling through the retail area looking like a complete knuckle head.

Everyone else strolled in, acknowledged the owner and continued into the studio and gathered all of their belongings ready for the class. I felt like a fish out of water, but I was determined to get comfortable because I was going to be there for a while.

So…I finally met my instructor who gave me a 25 lb. bag of clay.

Then, I chose a potter’s wheel.

After having a one on one with the instructor, Leon, I look back through the class and see what I made (of course I had a little bit of help).

This was my first bowl. I’m pretty excited and proud of it.

Then….I made another several messes and collapsed a lot of bowls, then this was the following result…

I think I might end up being a potter, yet!

I’m looking forward to going back next Thursday!!

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Ok, so I know I’m running late on this post, but sometimes, I can’t do it all and posting occasionally has to take the back seat.

However, now that I’m here, I’m going to catch you up.

During the week between Christmas and New Years, I decided to take a week off. Yep, a whole entire week. Wow! I don’t believe that I have done that in quite sometime, but it was COMPLETELY worth it!

For the first half of the week, I went to Durham and spent time with my sister, brother-in-law, niece, and parents. It was quite eventful, but at this time we are spending time on the second half of the week. That was when I took a trip up to Boone.

Every time I take a trip to Boone, it is always an adventure because I stay with a good friend of mine, named Wendy and her two precious little girls named Grace and SaraBeth. Let’s just say that Wendy has a whirlwind of a life and usually I just get caught up and go along with it. You know, I’m pretty easy going like that…especially when I’m on vacation.

So, first thing when I get there, we headed to the ski mountain in order to let the kids go snow tubing. By the time we got there, there was only one run that was open and the session had been sold out, therefore, we had to decide on something else.

Instead, we went up to Beech Mountain and allowed the kids to go sledding (for FREE).

Take a look at how much fun they had…

Even the adults went sledding.

So…

…much…

…fun!

The big kids really wanted to go skiing…that is, at first.

They decided that sledding was just as fun.

I love these girls!

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After living in Charlotte for several months. I have finally gathered the courage to begin my search for a church to attend while I live here. Finding a church is always such a difficult process for me because I have grown up in the same church, and though there is so much drama and annoying things about the church I grew up in, it is my own. I grew up there. I know everyone, and everyone knows me. It is a home for me.

I mean really, tell me how you can top the beauty of my home church. This picture was actually taken after the Christmas Eve service. Its amazing to see how peaceful a church is after everyone has gone home.

However, I don’t live in Shelby anymore. This changes things because driving home every Sunday simply isn’t an option.

So, the search ensues.

Today, I visited a Dilworth  Church. It is United Methodist Congregation which is the denomination in which I grew up. The sanctuary is GORGEOUS. There is lots of stained glass and details along the ceiling and windows that I find incredibly beautiful. The people were friendly and I was personally welcomed by several of the church members.

You know, the members can make for break the church and the experience.

I plan on going back and soon.

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Today, I was flipping through the TV Guide at home. I didn’t have anything in mind that I wanted to watch so I was hoping that something would catch my eye.

Needless to say, it did.

I saw the words “Pit Bull.” Then it was all over for me. I have a love for Pit Bull Terriers. I think they are beautiful, intelligent, hard-working, misunderstood dogs. Most people I talk to are scared of these dogs because they have such a bad wrap, but my heart goes out to them because they are so incredibly misunderstood.

The show that I came upon on Animal Planet is…

Pit Bulls & Parolees. That’s right, parolees. People who have just come out of prison. Both of these groups know the feeling of neglect, forgotten, and being caged.

Tia Torres is a woman who started a sanctuary for pit bulls and she hires the guys who are recently out of prison. They do incredible work with rescuing dogs that otherwise wouldn’t have a chance. Not only does she give the dogs a second chance, but she gives the men a second chance.

Everyone deserves a second chance, right? I think so.

Anyway, she and her family have in possession around 200 pit bulls and pit bull mixes. Some of these dogs will live the remainder of their life at her sanctuary because they can not be adopted out because they are dangerous. There are so many others that are looking for their forever homes. It breaks my heart to see so many dogs who have been terribly mistreated and abused by their owners.

This is an amazing thing that these people doing. No one is worth giving up on, and because of this woman, there are dogs who have found homes with loving families and the men who have made bad decisions in the past have also found a family with the people with whom they work.

A rehabilitation all the way around.

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