Tuesday, March 22

Cancer Urn for Sis

If you know me in real life you already know what I am about to tell you so sorry for the recap. If you know me from blogging land read on:

Sis is my little sister (18 months younger than me). She is also one on my best friends and my back door neighbor. I have been married for almost 13 years and 7 of those years Sis has been my neighbor in two different places. Everyone always asks me if I like living next to my sister so I'm just going to answer that right now.  It has it ups and downs, but I really do love it. I  found out about two weeks ago that she is moving 45 minutes away and I am heart broken over it (I'm crying just typing this). It is also the worst timing in the world and this brings me to my post for this week. At the first of the year Sis found out that she has breast Cancer! Yes, I said BrEAsT CaNCeR! She is 30 years old and has 5 cute little kids (9 mon.-11 years).
I know, it's not fair.
Altough I do think she will come out of this healthier and stronger than before, it has broken my heart to see her go though this. She had a lumpectomy and that didn't get it all so she decided with her doctors that she needed to get a double mastectomy. That happend on Friday; she is recovering pretty well. This is why I do not have any new redos to show you this week. I've been a little busy with that whole thing. But I do have something else to show you.

 The kids and I made this for her.

Isn't it CuTE!
All of the kids helped in some way or another and we used pink because, you know CaNCeR.

Elise and Goose helped make the roses
I wanted all the kids to help make the roses but they were kinda hard.
This was at like 10:00pm, poor girls, they look so tired. 

Lori's 2 little boys helped paint the urn

 Seviah and Bug made the bow.

I think it turned out pretty dang cute and the kids LoVE it too.

Here is how we did it. 
Just in case you have a cancer filled love one too.

I've had this for like 3 years and I've been waiting for the perfect project.

We primed it with Kilz and then painted it in my favorite white paint. 

I guess I forgot to take a picture of it painted.

I bought this half foam ball at Wally World, I think it was like 6 bucks.

Then it was time to figure out how to make these cute roses.
I found the best tutorial over at House of Smiths. It's a great tutorial but I really didn't get  the whole "twist as you turn" thing until I actually did it. Also I kept practicing and thought I had made like 15 rejects and was about to give up until I looked down and saw that all my rejects complemented each other and turned them into a bouquet of roses. So we just kept making the rejects and it all worked out. We had 3 different people making them so there are 3 different styles of the "twist and turn" technique and a lot of different sizes.

So what do you think?

Yea, cute huh. Take another Look!
Seriously, like 5 short. I have no one to blame but myself because I let all the kids waste a bunch of it.The boys even made race tracks with it. It was really cute though

So I went to the store to pick up some more, but when I got home I realized they were not the same shade of pink. Dang it!
 I really really really didn't want to go to another store so.........

I decided to mix it up a bit. I actually think it turned out cutter this way.

I pulled some light flowers off and put a few bright on, 5 to be exact.

Time for the bow. Easy Peasy!
Cut you ribbon pieces all about the same size

and tie a piece of tulle around it ending in a knot.

That's it!

Before I go I thought I would show you a little ThrowBack from my pre-blogging days.
This is actually one of my favorite pieces I have ever done....and the EaSiesT. Sis bought it from me and it's her baby girl's dresser.

I apologize for the poor lighting, no worries, I'll show you a bunch of close ups.

When I bought her she was already sanded down and ready for paint. Someone was going to refinish her and is probably mortified that I painted her. I use to be one of those people but I'm over it now

I  LoVE her lines.

I just painted, sanded (for a shabby look) and then stained over the paint.

This is the hardware she came with but she was missing two handles.

I found these at Hobby Lobby and thought they went great for the two top drawers
I spray painted the hardware, waited until it was almost dry and then rubbed it with a stain soaked 
rag. It takes some of the paint off and leaves some stain on.
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  1. The bouquet is beautiful. Absoulte prayers for your sister, and your entire family.

  2. That is so cute and it will last forever. I am sorry that she is moving away. Last week I was thinking about that and felt bad for you because I now how it feels. It has been so hard for me to not be close to my sisters. The nice thing is that you can still see her often, since it's just a short drive. love you & good job. love Jess

  3. I am so SO sorry to hear about your sister. She and the whole family will be in my prayers. The bouquet is beautiful! I've never gotten the hang of making those roses. I'll try the tutorial.

  4. GREAT post my dear. I never did see this dresser so I am glad you did a throw back to it:) I bet Lori is going to loVE her gift.

    great Idea


  5. I love the urn...and I love even more that everyone helped and you took pics! Lori is so blessed to have such a great family.

  6. That's a really beautiful and thoughtful gift! Sending up prayers for restored health for Sis!!!

  7. So sorry to hear about your little sis, and I hope she is doing well.

    I love the pretty roses you and the kids made for her. The dresser is adorable,too!

  8. Oh that is just to sweet and it is beautiful! Love how all the sweet kids helped out! Thanks for the sweet comments on my blog! GUESS WHAT you were my 100th follower, so if you don't find send me your email address I have a little gift for you! PRAYERS for your sister and all the family. I just know she is going to pull through with flying colors! Blessings, Vicky

  9. Just found you from Primitive and Proper, and enjoyed everything about your post! I love how obvious your love for your sister is and just pray all gets better from here! The flower bouquet turned out great...sometimes the kinks in the road make the end much better(in projects and life)! And of course, the dresser is gorgeous; how lucky to find it already stripped and ready for paint!

  10. The urn was so beautiful and I know your sis is going to love it knowing that her babies and her sis made it with love. I know how you feel,my sis lives right across the road from me and I would miss her so much if she left. I will be praying for you all during this time.

  11. i am so sorry to hear about your sister, and i am sure your support means the world to her right now. the urn is lovely and so is that dresser.

  12. I'm tearing up right now...What a beautiful project for you and the children to work on together for your sister...God Bless you both and her family....thanks for sharing....xo

  13. that dresser is amazing!!! the color is just perfection!
    and i am so sorry to hear about your sister's illness, but it sounds like she has a wonderful family and support system, and so much worth fighting for! growing up with an older sister just 18 months older, i am sure she learned how to fight battles. my kids are 17 months apart, and the younger is definitely learning to be strong when she needs to be. your sister will be strong, too.

  14. The dresser is fantastic! I will pray that you sister gets better...and fast! God Speed!

  15. the dresser looks great, the flower urn is very pretty, i pray that your sister gets better! thanks for sharing this at my party.

  16. Your flower urn is gorgeous(as is the dresser)!! And I think it was such a sweet gift.

    I am very sorry to read about your sister! But I think she made a very wise decicion to move forward with the double mastectomy. I will pray for her.

    My step-mom is 45 years old and just had a lumpectomy last month...and is undergoing radiation right now.

  17. That is the cutest project. I am so sorry your sister is moving further away. But 45 minutes isn't too bad! I have a very good friend that went through breast cancer two years ago and had a double mastectomy. She is doing fabulous today and her hair grew in better than ever. There is a lot of very good living to be done after recovering from Breast Cancer. I love this project, and sadly, we know someone else suffering from this, going to get my kids involved and try this out. Thanks!

  18. How cute is this?! I love how the flowers turned out! I bet your sister loves it; what a great tribute to her battle!

  19. The bouquet and urn are beautiful. I wish for your sister a complete and speedy recovery.

  20. So sweet and cute and I love that all of the kids pitched in to help make it! Praying for your sister and all she is going through with her recovery and moving. She is fortunate to have such a loving sister as you. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Im so sorry about your sis! My sister lives in California and I live in Texas...3 day drive...
    I MISS her DESPERATELY...hopefully yall can drive often...
    Thank you SO MUCH for linking up to WHASSUP WEDNESDAY!!! Great entry:)

    Hope to see you next Wednesday!


  22. This is amazing!
    Best wished to your sister and he family!!

  23. Oh I am so sorry you're sister is having to go thorough this. I am also so sorry she is moving farther away from you, but I am so glad you were next to each other during this time. What a beautiful give you and the children made for her. She is fortunate to have a wonderful supportive sister like you. I am featuring this over on our Facebook page, so others can see this sweet idea! Thank you for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence! I will be praying for a quick recovery for your sister!


  24. so glad i spotted you at sunday showcase. the project is lovely and will be cherished for years to come by your sister.
    i'm a 16-year cancer survivor, was diagnosed when i was 38 years old and given a 50/50 chance of survival. after a mastectomy, 18 months of chemo, and 6 weeks of radiation...i'm still here.
    sending your sister healing thoughts and strength. be strong. let me know if i can help. hugs.

  25. Just beautiful, a special gift made with love from everyone. I'm sure your sister will treasure it! x

  26. you did a great job on this gift for your sweet sis...i'm sure she'll love it...especially knowing that your kids worked on it with you...thanks for linking it up to ff!


    stuff and nonsense

  27. Thank you so much for the follow!! Your blog is amazing and so are you!! I love the urn and I know your sister will too!!

  28. Beautiful urn. So sorry to hear about your sister. Attitude is everything and the better the attitude, the better survival rate. And I'm sure with you, the kids and the rest of the family all rooting for her, her attitude is AWESOME!! She's so lucky to have you so close while she is going through this. And 45 minutes? Piece of cake!! My sister, is 3 hours away.

    Thanks for sharing!! Sending prayers!!

    Hugs ~~ Suz


  29. That's a beautiful urn, y'all did such a great job!

    Hi, I'm a new follower over from Fireflies and Jellybeans blog hop. Hope you can stop by sometime.

    Have a great Wednesday!


  30. Oh Carrie, you are incredible. Thanks so much for finding me girl, and leaving such a sweet comment on my blog. I am your newest follower, because you had me at your profile info, it is SOOOOO me. I love you already.

    THEN I start reading your blog, and come across this post, which freaks me out, makes me sad, and all the while brings me to realize how precious life is once again. I am sending all the love I can to your family, :) can you feel it??? I wish your sister a SPEEDY recovery, and wish her ONLY the best. I have no doubt that she will be better, and healthier too, and those kids will be the LUCKIEST kids around to have a healthy mama running after them.

    Your gift to her is BEAUTIFUL, and I love how all the kids helped out, that just made it all the more precious.

    I AM FEATURING this on my facebook tonight, it's just a beautiful post, and I am so happy that you shared it with us.


    Bella **AMAZE ME AUGUST** @ Bella Before and After

  31. I'm a new follower of your blog. So nice to meet you! Anyway, a good friend of mine has just been diagnosed just short of a month ago with breast cancer as well. She will be starting chemo & radiation this month. I just luv the urn your family made...I think I'll try something similar for my friend.
    I wish your sister well. Thanks for sharing!
    Hugs, Kim from TiarasandBowties