CONFESSION: I watch Dr Oz. Not because I'm a germaphobe or hypocondriac. But at my age I am just a bit curious about what the heck happened to my body. Why, in the blink of an eye did my body head south while my mind ended up in LaLa land? I want answers people! So while other stay-at-home business owners might listen to music while they work, my days highlights are The Ellen Show and Dr Oz. So one day Dr Oz says that I just have to have these Crispbread thingies. I NEVER fall for that malarchy.
Well almost never. I ordered, not 1 pkg. but half a case of these babies all the way from Norway. A few days later I receive a box via UPS. I think, "Glory to God, I can finally lose weight, become regular and look like a Norwegian hottie in no time". Why I bet I could become the spokeswoman for this miracle wafer. I rip open the box, tear into one of the 15 packages containing 10 crackers/wafers/crispbread/manna from heaven; whatever.
If you have ever wondered what compressed tree bark tastes like, well have I got a deal for you. Now, they are only 12 calories per slice. So for the first few days I was carrying a cracker around with my morning coffee, but after a few days I noticed uneaten crackers still sitting around. Do the math, I've got a 150 of these thingies that I couldn't pay anyone to eat. I'm a waste not, want not kinda gal. I bought them. I'll eat them. Solution: I slathered them with cream cheese and low sugar orange marmalade and couldn't stop eating those suckers. Oh, what's that you say? Something about calories? Sorry, I can't hear you.....I'm in the bathroom...
Okay, I'm back now. Along with my other issues I also can't sleep. I've had this problem my whole life. I've tried everything. Well, except maybe regular exercise, but whatever. So now I just don't let it bother me much. One night recently I decided to catch up on some blog reading. I landed on TreeFall Design. One of my favorite reads by a lovely redheaded Brit, Manda McGrory, who uses words like whilstand mumandmakes handmade goodness with a focus on repurposing. I came across her CRAFT HOPEbook giveaway (scroll down to August 24 to see Manda's great review, and she contributed a project for the book). The next morning I was still thinking about that book. I don't normally enter blog contests and giveaways, since I didn't think I should. But I did. And I won. Don't hate me.
So after devouring too many crispbreads, I took a break on my back porch to enjoy this treat. Jade Sims has gathered some wonderful designers and 32 projects that can be made and donated to specific charities. Such inspiration. I was drawn to this book because we belong to an awesome church that is actively involved in loving and empowering the marginalized, both locally and globally. Crafting for a cause is especially interesting to me.