Category Archives: Health
In honor of National Craft Month, I am giving away two autographed copies of my book, RX for Quilters: Stitcher Friendly Advice for EVERY BODY. I’ll inscribe the books any way the winners want.
GINGER DAVIS ALLMAN AND MONIQUE EVA URQUHART ARE THE WINNERS OF THE BOOKS. I WILL BE CONTACTING BOTH TO GET THEIR ADDRESSES AND THEIR WISHES ABOUT HOW TO INSCRIBE THEM.
One winner will be selected from the persons who comment on this blog post.
One winner will be selected from my Creative Bead Chat thread on Facebook. Prospective winners there will leave the word “hop” in the comments section. You have to be a member of the page to post there. Our page administrator is “on it”, so there won’t be much delay at all if you sign up for the page.
I will choose the two winners via random number generator on Wednesday morning.
I wrote this book for crafters everywhere.
It was a Main Selection of the Doubleday Cooking and Crafts Book of the Month Club.
I won a Gold Medal for Health Communication from the American Association of Medical Writers for this book.
But best of all are the women who have written to me and said things like, “you gave me back my hands!”
There are sections on:
- care of the eyes over the decades
- finger care
- the wrist and carpal tunnel syndrome
- the neck and back
- making time to craft
- fitting your workstation to your body
And much, much more.
There are actually 2500 tips in the book. I counted them at my publisher’s request.
Need the book TODAY? Click here for a hot link to buy the e-book from my publisher:
I insisted that the price be kept low so that anyone could afford it. It is $9.99.
If you don’t mind waiting for your copy, Amazon has 46 available from Amazon booksellers, i.e., used copies. They are very reasonable. Go to amazon.com and type in Rx for Quilters.
Remember, in order to have a chance to win an autographed copy of my book, post a comment here with your Facebook name or another way to contact you. Be sure to watch your message folder if we are not already Facebook friends.
A bead artist in one of my Facebook groups was bemoaning her cracked fingertips. I will share what I wrote to her, in case you are suffering as well.
I am a doctor/artist and I wrote a comprehensive health care guide for women who do crafts. It won a Gold Medal for Health Communication and was a Main Selection of the Doubleday Cooking and Crafts club.
One whole chapter of my book is on the fingers.
Here is what I am doing this winter for my cracked fingertips. Every night I put a teaspoon of sugar in my palm and pour in about a teaspoon of olive oil. I scrub down my hands, the backs, palms and fingertips. I rub my fingertips in my palms in the sugar scrub to burnish off dead skin and to stimulate the blood vessels.
Then I wash off the sugar with water under the tap, then most of the oil with hand soap.
I keep my fingernails very short so that the skin on the tips is uniformly tough, so that it resists cracking.
At bedtime I put 1/2 teaspoon of sweet almond oil in my palm and I massage it into my hands, especially my nail beds and fingertips. The massage not only delivers the oil to my skin but opens up the capillary beds so that maximum sturdiness of the skin develops.
If you want my book, many Amazon Booksellers have it for 1 cent plus $3.99 shipping (this keeps me humble; if you buy from Amazon Booksellers I won’t make even that one cent, which is fine).
If you need it today you can get it from C&T Publishing as an e-book. There’s a hot link to the C&T listing on my author website http://www.susandelaneyauthor.com.
BTW, C&T was the best publisher a gal could dream of!
I got an email from my Fitbit One that I had walked 250 miles since June 1!
I am very pleased to learn this and grateful for the random emails Fitbit sends me about my achievements.
I have enjoyed walking outside. I love the plants and animals I see and the clouds and sky and moon. And the sunsets and sunrises.
I bought a headlamp to try for walking in the dark. I have spent the last few months memorizing the pavement on my block. Streetlights are strategically places so I can see uneven pavement.
Wish me luck on my second 250 miles!
This year, I am honored to be participating in a Beads of Courage Fundraiser.
Bead artists like myself have made 11 Art Charms. One will be auctioned to raise money for Beads of Courage, an organization that provides seriously ill children with a bead to document every step of their courageous fights against their disease.
The other ten beads will be distributed to contributing artists.
We artists are all sharing our private angst on a members-only Facebook page.
November 15 is the date of the big “reveal”. On that day I will show you the charms I made, photographed on the Japanese brush painting (“enso”) I made that you see above.
The theme for the charms this year is “Love”.
Watch this space for our blog hop and the link to the auction that will raise money for the kids.
Today I received notice that I am this week’s featured artist on Fire Mountain Gems emails and website.
You can see me here:
Today the two focal beads I donated to be sold for breast cancer research were posted for sale on Fire Mountain’s website. See them here:
If you have been wishing to acquire some of my work, these focals are huge bargains. One is priced at $10 and the other at $12.
Here is one of them:
It would make a pendant just as it is. It is almost three inches across and already has a bail on the back. It is priced at $10. 100% of the money raised will go to breast cancer research. (the other one, a rectangle, already has a bail as well.)
I made the pendants as a depiction of the formation of pearls by oysters. They could, exactly as they are, also represent the formation of mother’s milk.
Fire Mountain Gems has made the BEST change in its policies. It ships your order the same day! And it has active chat operators during business hours across the US. Shipping is always $5 for your whole order, a bargain. They’ve earned my respect and my business!
From 2002-2006 I had the incredible privilege of working with homeless, mentally ill persons in downtown Dallas two days a week.
Homeless Services had no official “team leader”, but on the days I worked I was the de facto team leader.
Each Tuesday and Thursday morning I’d send out an email to the whole team, using “Starfishers,” as my salutation.
I’d remind the team that although we could not “save” every patient we served that day, we could save some of them.
And we could touch them all; we could make each and every one of them feel that they matter. We could look into their eyes, listen to their stories and honor their feelings.
In my Starfisher emails I told the team stories of patients who had triumphed over addiction and homelessness. I encouraged them in their noble mission.
When I left, the team gave me a wonderful snow globe:
I will admit that I tear up sometimes when I see it.
The rotating center star says “You are a Star” and the inscription is to “Dr. Susan Delaney, The Ultimate Starfisher”. The music box plays “I Believe I Can Fly“.
I hope that you will look around you today for beached “starfish”. Look around you for the abused, the lost and the lonely. Pick one of them up and share your love with them.
It matters to that one.
My punchbowl runneth over. I have made another seven pounds of Beads of Courage to send into the Tucson office. (400 beads)
Beads of Courage are presented to very sick kids in 60 hospitals across the US every time they have a needle stick or an x-ray or another procedure. The beads serve as a record of their courageous journey.
I make them from my scrap polymer clay at the end of every clay day.
It is a privilege to serve these kids as they struggle courageously against life-threatening illness, often cancer, but many other conditions as well.
If you make beads, I hope you will visit http://www.beadsofcourage.org and learn how you may serve these precious kids as well.
If you scroll down on this blog you can find a free tutorial on how I use scrap clay to make my beads.