MMJ, new jewelry & spoons!

Hello, friends!

Our Facebook fundraiser is still puttering along, and I’ve added a few new new rewards. I’ll be adding even more new goodies over the next few days.

So far, we’ve raised $70 in the first week of January, and I have had one shop sale for $14.50. My visit to renew my MMJ recommendation today, along with gas money for the friend who took me, has us tapped out completely… But the good news is that the new provider was super nice, and I’m all set for another year.

We do have more medical appointments coming up, as well as a dwindling amount of CBD tincture, so I’d appreciate it so very much if you’d check out the above fundraiser, consider getting a grab bag via our GoFundMe page, check out the shop — where you can use the code “HELLO2016” to save 25% on all regularly priced ready to ship goodies — or help spread the word about any of the above.

If you’re not moved by any of the items in the fundraisers or shop at the moment, I’d appreciate it so very much if you’d consider whether you might be able to help with a health-related or clothing item from our wishlist. Neither of us has anything resembling appropriate clothing to wear out in cold, wet, windy winter weather except for one heavy skirt. Neither of us owns a coat or even a jacket, just hooded sweathshirts. My only shoes are sandals. I’d be more than happy to send you a gift code in return; just send me a PM on Facebook or email me.

Oh, I almost forgot! I got these awesome antique spoon bowl pendants in the mail today, and I can’t wait to show you what I’m going to do with them! I am so excited. 😀

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Many thanks to everyone who has been supporting us in our move, trying to help us stabilize, and/or supported my business. Y’all really, truly mean the world to us.

Warm wishes and bright blessings,
Bri

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More new pretties for a good cause!

I had a few spoons available for easy work tonight, so I made some adorable new thank you gifts for the fundraiser happening now over on Facebook. Included among them are some exclusive pendants made by Art by Starla Moore just for our fundraisers last year when we were working to move from Tennessee to the Pacific Northwest; I’d misplaced the last few and just found them again. Perfect timing!

Hubby and I are both disabled. I have fibro along with PCOS and a number of related issues, while he is still on his diagnosis journey. We are both only able to work from home, and we are blessed that he has a steady part-time job to which he telecommutes. It’s been a pretty rough few months for us with a shockingly dead holiday season for my shop. We’re working hard to find ways to cover things like transportation to our many medical appointments, small personal/hygiene needs as they arise, meds not covered by insurance (particularly CBD tincture, which adds up at a $30 bottle weekly), and food for the portion of the month our SNAP benefits do not cover.

Your support — whether through purchases via my shop, contributions to our fundraisers or helping to boost the signal on Facebook or elsewhere — is so very much appreciated and makes a huge difference!

Much love and many blessings,
❤ Bri

Appointments up the wazoo!

Poor AJ has been incredibly unwell lately. Though I slept fitfully for twelve hours, I managed to make him an emergency appointment for tomorrow in my half-sleep — and then to call the pharmacy before the cut-off to have meds we just realized we need refilled stat delivered today, since we won’t be here when the delivery guy would be on his rounds tomorrow. Since we can’t ever seem to get all of our meds on the same schedule and we have somewhat major transportation issues most days, I can’t even begin to express how grateful we are for a pharmacy that delivers. I’m also so grateful that our prescriptions have no co-pays with Medicaid, so we don’t have to stress about whether we have funds available when they’re due. Now we just need to make an actual organized list of when they’re all due for refills so we don’t have those “Oh crap!” moments.

I also rescheduled my medical marijuana recommendation appointment for the 7th. I’m really looking forward to being all set again, since my old one expired on Christmas Eve and I really need to keep my CBD tincture around so that I can function more like a normal human being as far as cooking, cleaning and getting my work done, even if I don’t have the spoons to actually make it out of the house most days. Another thing I am beyond grateful for is the fact that I can get the tincture from a dispensary that delivers to my house, though sometimes we’re able to stop by their local shop while we’re out at doctor’s appointments.

Our next appointment after that is to pick up our controlled substance prescriptions on the 15th, and then I’ll be making an appointment to get a cortisone injection in my knee once I’ve gotten the fluid down. The prospect of having the knee surgically drained just sounds like a nightmare, and it wasn’t nearly so swollen when I was religious about icing it several times a day and taking my full arsenal of anti-inflammatories — CBD and mullein tinctures as well as ibuprofen. So that’s one of my main jobs this week, to get that swelling down. I’ve been having trouble with my right knee since Thanksgiving, when I went up and down the stairs at our hosts’ house about 15-20 times in less than 24 hours, to get things from the guest room, tour the house, check on AJ when he wasn’t feeling well, and to use the bathroom. No matter how much I’ve babied it since then, it’s been a mess. I could barely even walk around the apartment until a friend got me a compression sleeve for it.

Whenever we have appointments, barring extenuating circumstances, we go together. We act as advocates for one another because all of this chronic illness stuff is scary enough without having to deal with any part of it — but especially the potential for bad news or not being heard — alone. I also have severe brain fog and his memory is still much better than mine, so he helps me remember things, while I help him stand up for himself. He’s not very good at doing that in general, just with me — which can be frustrating when it’s unwarranted, but I try to remember to take it as a compliment because it means that I’m the one person he trusts enough to always try to be his fully authentic self around, even if it isn’t pleasant for either of us in the moment.

We have all of these appointments to get to, $60 to pay for the MMJ recommendation, and sales have been super slow. I would appreciate it so much if you could take a look at this post and consider whether you might be able to help in any way. Tomorrow is also the last day to use the code “BYE2015” to save 20% on all regularly-priced ready to ship jewelry in the shop — and there are some great already-discounted pieces in the special deals section, too. If you’re in a financial situation like ours, word of mouth costs nothing and definitely helps!

I hope you’re having a good day, lovelies. I’m going to finally have something to eat, and then try to get some beading done. If I’m lucky, I may have some new goodies to post tonight or tomorrow.

Blessings,
❤ Bri

Can you help?

We are having serious trouble making ends meet right now, with the expense of traveling to frequent doctor’s appointments and everyday needs piling up. We both work hard, are disabled, and we receive no government assistance outside of SNAP benefits and Medicaid.

My sales have been less than $250 in December, and anyone who’s ever had their own small business knows that means about $125 or so net income for me. AJ’s paychecks barely cover rent and bills. If I don’t make sales, that means no sanitary products, cleaning products, no groceries for the 1/3-1/2 a month not covered by SNAP benefits, no CBD tincture for my chronic pain, none of the many OTC meds and supplements that help us function a little bit better.

I know that things are hard all-around right now, but if you could please take a moment to consider whether you may be able to help us out in any of the ways mentioned below, I would appreciate it so very much!

– Visit my shop and see if there is anything that calls to you. I am always happy to make payment arrangements and work on custom orders! ❤
– Visit the Baubles & Blessings FB page to catch up on recent posts, and interact to help boost the signal. If no one interacts with posts, FB stops showing them to additional page fans.
– Check out our GoFundMe page and consider making a contribution. I’m working on grab bags now!
– Take a peek at our Amazon wish list and consider whether you may be able to help by ordering a piece of clothing or health-related item. I would be thrilled to offer you a gift code for B&B in thanks!
– Help spread the word about my work.
– Consider whether you may have something to contribute for the upcoming Facebook event and auction.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration!

Much love and many blessings,
Bri

Catching up & 30% off!

Hello, friends!

I’m so sorry that it’s been so long since I’ve updated here! I’ve been getting overwhelmed when trying to post an update, so I think the easiest way to get you caught up is to share a post that was published on Facebook a couple of weeks ago.

I have since gotten caught up on shipping, and I am planning to ship again at the end of next week. I also have a fairly quick turnaround time for most custom orders at the moment. Please get in touch as soon as possible if you’re interested in a custom piece as a holiday gift, to ensure that I am able to ship in time for whichever holiday(s) you may celebrate, and be sure to tell me in advance when your deadline is.

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I also have a 30% off deal running through the end of the week! As many of you know, I am a medical marijuana patient. I go through about one small bottle of CBD tincture weekly. I can’t afford much, but the small amount that I take helps me function and get through most days without crazy amounts of pain. The policies of the dispensary that has delivered to me for months have changed, and I now basically have to order in bulk or pay exorbitant delivery fees for my usual small orders. So I’m looking to raise funds for three bottles, which would mean no fee.

At the same time, about half of the supplements and OTC meds that we take on a daily basis are about to run out. Neither of us will be able to function well if we run out of staples like OTC painkillers, decongestants and meds that help us avoid IBS flares.

We sincerely appreciate any and all help getting the word out about this fundraiser! I’m also running low on beading wire and may be running out temporarily, but I will do my best to get some new goodies posted while this event is happening, starting tonight. If you want to help but can’t afford to shop at the moment or nothing I have listed in the shop speaks to you, please remember that interacting with recent posts on my Facebook page helps a lot with boosting the signal. In particular, I would appreciate it so much if you’d consider liking, commenting on and/or sharing this post.

Thank you so much for your time and attention! I’m hoping to be fully back on the ball soon. 🙂

Blessings,
Bri