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Monday, February 6, 2012

Chandelier Finished

Well, it looks like this week is going to be better than last week. Yesterday was my first HIVE FREE day and you wont believe what we found out....Well Saturday night shortly after the hubs got home from work I started itching again and I was having a hard time breathing. Now, at this point  over the last 8 days I had already been to the doc, Urgent Care and 2x to the ER, so I was very hesitant to rush out to the ER again...I think the docs there think I am a hypochondriac. But I have had 3 pulmonary embolisms and I get scared when I cant breathe. It kept getting worse and worse until it literally felt like someone was sitting on my chest...I made sure I was not hyperventilating etc and off we went. So, they hooked me up to all the machines, got an IV, gave me some steroids and ran more tests...I have had a CT, a nuclear scan, an EKG and many others...Everything's clear...After a few hours I am able to breathe perfectly, so we figure I needed that shot of Prednisone. When I first got the hives we made sure I hadnt eaten anything different, used any new products etc...I hadnt changed ANYTHING.

OK, so we leave and I kid you not, we are not out of the parking lot and it starts happening again. The hubs and I are dumbfounded, but it's the EXACT same feeling. I jokingly said maybe I was allergic to the hubs but I said that wouldnt work since he was with me at the hospital, but the hubs, brilliant man that he is, says, yes, but they have a super duty air filtration system and much of the time I was away getting tested. I said it was impossible to be allergic to a person for pete's sake. Well then we started thinking about it...My initial hives happened once the hubs came home and it got way worse every night when he got home. It never dawned on us that maybe something HE was using could cause me to break out in hives...The hubs had run out of shower gel and used my sons AXE he had left when he was home. Now this crapused to give mea terrible headaches when my son used to use their cologne spray.

Well, it turns out it coincided perfectly timewise...he had used it a little over a week. All the way home we are thinking, "no way", but hello, I was itching like crazy by the time we got home and my chest was heavy and couldnt get a full breath. So, the hubs put all his clothes in the laundry and took a shower and grabbed a bottle of Old Spice shower gel from the cabinet...I have been itch free and hive free ever since. I may have a heart attack when I get the bill for all those unnecessary tests, but at least I wont be itchy. I do know my lungs, heart and head all checked out ok, so I guess I have some piece of mind for my thousands of dollars. It literally never dawned on him that HIS shower gel could effect me. It hadn't dawned on me because I use a different body wash than him...I am grateful we figured it out, but I am overwhelmed at how much its going to cost us. I am a very frugal shopper, but that has to be the MOST expensive shower gel on the planet !!! Can you believe it ? I am still in shock over it. We both feel sooo could we have missed it ?

Well, now that that's out of the way I can show you the before and after pictures of my chandelier...Remember several months ago when I bought this tacky brass chandelier at the Habitat for Humanity Restore for $20 ?

Well, my father in law rewired it for me and after a can of spray paint and some glue and stain on the candle part, I think I have a winner...I had seen one in a shop in Volant Mills that was the same size for almost $300...Of course I could NEVER afford that, but look how great it looks now...I am sooooo happy with how it turned out.

I am so super psyched about it...I love it when a plan comes together so nicely. So, if you see a cheap chandelier, think makeover !!! I do still want to makeover the actual bulbs so that they look more like a candle, but I need to run to Home Depot and get some caulking..maybe I will do a step  by step of how to make those kind of lights !

Well, like I said, this week is starting out sooooo much better than last week. I am also working on a couple new's what I have done so far...
I like having 2 projects on my frame at a time because when working on a smaller project theres no waste this way. I am trying to decide the color scheme for the other one...Maybe really , really pale yellow for the chicks and a watery blue for the background ???? Not sure...still piling up different wools and trying to figure out what I want to do !!!

I do want to take a minute and thank all of you who prayed for me and encouraged me through all this mess with the hives. You are so precious to me and I am so thankful to have such wonderful, caring people in my life. You guys are the best.

Okie doke...I am going to go get busy finishing up some more projects and get some bread baking.

Grace to you,


  1. Glad you figured it out relief at last! Who'd of thought allergic to the chick runner.We started calling Hannah Chicky Baby but she kinda didn't get it she thought we were calling her a butt cheek so it's back to Hannah honey bunch LoL..Have a great week sweetie!~Amy

  2. I was reading your post when OMG!!! You said Volant Mills!!! We live like 15 minutes from there!!! In fact, we used to sell our stuff in the mill and 2 other stores there!!! What a small world. LOVE how the chandelier turned out. Perfectly prim. blessings-Jan

  3. Oh my gosh, Margie! After all that pain and suffering and it was what your hubby had on?!?!
    So glad you finally found out what was causing
    it all (and good to know it is not all in your head) a wonderful week!

    Bear Hugs & Blessings~Karen

  4. Whoops--intended to tell you --SOOO glad you found the culprit giving you hives--those darn chemicals!! jan

  5. I've never heard of that before but I'm so relieved to hear that you finally figured out what was causing the hives, etc.
    Your chandy looks prim perfect and amazing!

    Hugs to you!

  6. INCREDIBLE STORY MARGIE...who would ever think they'd be allergic to their But seriously I'm so happy you found out and it can be OVER...
    Hey, my little so called TEST to see if I could have the Neuro Stimulator put in was $7500! And I never got to use it...I hear ya!!!

    FANTASTIC CHANDELIER - what a change. I love it.


    1. Margie, so glad that you were able to figure it out and get some relief.
      Don't feel bad about missing the signs, all of the medical personnel did too.
      Great re do on the chandelier.

  7. my son uses that brand, it smothers me so badly. He keeps it out in his truck so I don't have to breathe the spray, I wash his clothes separate from ours too because of it! Love your little ducks, and the light!

  8. Margie ~
    So happy to hear you figured out what caused your problems!!!
    Love your chandelier! Hard to believe it's the same item.
    Hugs :)

  9. So glad you finally figured it out!!!! shew!!!

    You light came out beautiful!!! I did the same thing to my dining room light.

  10. Margie, Funny ~ but not Funny. So glad to hear you have figured out what was giving you the hives and the other symptoms ~ didn't sound like fun at all. Poor hubby though.
    Such wonderful creations ~ you do such beautiful work ~ love the color combinations.
    Oh my gosh that chandelier turned out great ~ so prim.
    Prim Blessings

  11. Wow what a story. I am so glad you figured out what was causing your hives. I hope they stay gone for a long long time.

    Love the chandelier. It turned out great.


  12. What an ordeal, Margie! I'm so glad you have discovered the problem and that it is avoidable!!

    The chandelier looks fantastic!


  13. I am glad you figured that out! My boys love the Axe products! A LITTLE too much! LOL! WHen I walk in the bathroom, it's like "WHOA!".
    I like your chandy! It looks wonderful.
    Have a great week!

  14. Hi!! I just found your blog...loved it! Good for you for finding the fixture for such a reasonable cost. I can completely understand your excitement over the chandelier. I was ecstatic when I found just what I wanted (except that it was brass) in Goodwill for $7. I figured, 'what the heck', if it doesn't work, I can return it, or just have it rewired. It DOES work, so for $7 and two cans of black spray paint and a bit of craft glue and paint for the 'candles', we're well lit in style! I'm thrilled that you could figure out your allergy on your own, but am sorry that it took so much expense for you NOT to find out.

  15. Margie that has been an awful thing to have to deal with but I am so glad that you found out the cause of your hives! Love how the chandelier turned out, it is gorgeous.Sweet little ruglets that you are working on too.Hugs,Jen

  16. Wow..after all that it was your husband who gave you the hives...loving that chandelier make over. You did a fantastic job! Take care, Janice

  17. We had a teacher at the school I worked at that was very, very allergic to AXE. I got a bad case of hives on Sunday and I thought of you. I have never experienced anything like that before!
    Congrats on the wool and firkin. I used a wood plate that I drilled a hole in and put a knob on for a lid for a crock and it worked out well...that's a thought for your firkin's lid.
    The chandelier looks wonderful!


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