Monday, October 24, 2011

Special Announcement and a Winner

Very Soon I will be able to Dance again!

This week I am having a Hip Replacement Surgery and will be out of commission this next month and enjoying (ha) Rehab!

Thanks to all of my Friends and Followers who have already sent me well wishes for a speedy Recovery!

The Exciting News first, is that I will have a Twelve Days of Holidays Giveaway Event!  You will hardly believe how many Unique and very Special Gifts will be offered! Many friends and Sponsors have Giveaways  for you that are quite varied. Come and Follow Art by Karena so that you will get first news of this Extravaganza!
  


The Winner of Two Dezigner Pillows from Pillows by Dezign is Amy of the blog Goodies and Besties! Congratulations to Amy!
Thank you to all who visited and entered this great giveaway. Not to worry though, the Holidays will bring many Wonderful Surprises! 




Thank you! I have won a subscription to Better Homes and Garden Magazine from Susan of the site Love Where You Live

 I am so grateful to Everyone I have met through this Wonderful world of Blogging!!

xoxo

Karena

Art by Karena

114 comments:

chedeb5353 said...

Hope you have a speedy recovery. Will pray for you. Deb chedeb5353@hotmail.com

pve design said...

You will be in my thoughts for a fabulous recovery!
A new "hip" sounds exciting!
pve

Acquired Objects said...

Karena I wish you well and a speedy recovery. We'll be here thinking of you, God Speed!

Splendid Sass said...

Karena, you will be in my thoughts and prayers! Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you with your blog.
Congratulations to Amy! Great gift.
Teresa
xoxo

Cami said...

SO HAPPY to hear that you're on your way to a speedy recovery!! Praise God! :)

<3-Cami from First Day of My Life

Mimi said...

Wishing you all the very best and a fast recovery! Mimi xx

michelle said...

I hope all goes well Karena and I am praying for a speedy recovery so you can get out there and dance once again. :)
hugs!
xoxo

Ideezine said...

Karena,

Repeat and it will be: I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy. Best of prayers and positive wishes are sent to you. All the Best!

Bette

CDS said...

A speedy recovery so tha tyou may dance the night away soon! xoxo

High Heeled Life said...

Oh my sweet dear friend.. wishing you a heart felt speedy recovery!! Sending you many blessings and hugs across the miles... xo HHL

Glamour Drops said...

Oh my goodness! I am wishing absolutely all the best for your operation and for a very low-pain (was going to say pain-free, but that is probably too ambitious) recovery! Hugs from the other side of the planet. Virginia xx

Glamour Drops said...

Oh my goodness! I am wishing absolutely all the best for your operation and for a very low-pain (was going to say pain-free, but that is probably too ambitious) recovery! Hugs from the other side of the planet. Virginia xx

Simply LKJ said...

Karena, praying for you and wishing you a speedy recovery so you can get back to what you love! Thank you for always being so encouraging. You have such a great spirit!!!

David Toms said...

Karena, good luck with the surgery! Will definitely be thinking of you!

Love Where You LIve said...

Thank you for the shout-out, Karena!
And, I know in no time flat that you'll be taking airborne leaps like the women you depict. Well, on second thought, better not...(smile).
Best wishes again for a complete and speedy recovery! -susan

Anonymous said...

Out with the old, in with the new, Happy New HipYear! I hear successful recovery is all about walking walking walking, and more walking. Please keep us posted with periodic updates, all best to you for now, Karena.

-Flo

Jennifer @ Belclaire House said...

Lots of prayers for a fast and easy recovery! Everybody I know that has had the surgery is ultimately glad they did it! Good luck!

Pam said...

Hope your recovery goes quickly. A new hip sounds so exciting. You'll be as good as new.

Beach House Living said...

To a successful surgery and a speedy recovery!

Kris said...

Good luck on your surgery. I've known several people who have had this operation and fared very well afterwards.

Kris

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Best wishes for a speedy recovery, darling Karena! Hope all goes smoothly and you find yourself back on your feet and feeling great very soon! xoxo

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou
http://oohlafroufrou.blogspot.com
This Week: A Glamorous "Little Black Dress" Halloween Soiree!

Linda Merrill said...

Wishing you a speedy recovery Karena! Rest well!

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

Best wishes to you, Karena. You will be dancing again in no time at all. It's amazing what they are doing now with hip replacements. Here's to your speedy recovery.
Best,
Catherine

martinealison said...

Je vous souhaite une guérison rapide... et je veux voir des photos de vous dansant... gros bisous

Casa Bella said...

Oh I miss this awesome pillow giveaway, but I'll be here for the 12 days of Xmas. You sure think of some fun things to do. Like...have a hip replacement? I send you thousands of good wishes for health, and a speedy recovery. We will miss you while you are away, but know you have us your blog friends who will be thinking about you. Take care, dear Karena! Here's to your super-speedy recovery! Hugs and kisses to you.

Jan said...

Wishing you better!
Take care.
xxx

Spiral Style said...

You'll be kicking up your heels in no time. Take care.
XXOO

Lost in Provence said...

Sending you so much strength for your surgery! I know that you will have so much good energy coming at you from your friends all around the world that you will be in great shape in no time.

Bisous!
Heather

JMW said...

Sending prayers and positive thoughts your way for a successful surgery and quick recovery!

niartist said...

YAY! I really do wish you the best, and a speedy recovery! Congrats to Amy!

Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

Wishing you a very quick and easy recovery Karena!! Congrats to the winners of your lovely giveaway!

xo Mary Jo

Anonymous said...

Luke’s Army
http://www.lukesarmy.com/

Almost three years after the death of my son, Luke Borusiewicz, who died at the age of two years old in foster care (the average age of children who die in foster care is four and under), the inquest into his death has still not begun.
A pre-inquest conference was held last week where I attended by phone, but hung up minutes into the conference after hearing blatant and misleading lies from the Queensland Department of Community Services representative. It disgusts me that anyone can tell lies about a deceased baby, but a senior representative of an agency existing in the interests of protecting children, telling lies to protect its own evil interests is incorrigible.
The judge at the conference has ruled that Luke’s death has still not been investigated properly, another abomination.

I promised Luke the last time I looked at him laying there in his coffin I would do something about what the department of community services had done to him, and that I would do something to fix the child protection and foster care system, which had mistreated him from the time they had come into our lives.
People need to realize, this is not a one off case. Atrocities like this are a daily occurrence in the department of community services, world wide.
These child protection officers are answerable to no one, they are unaccountable for their actions and operate behind a media ban which helps to conceal their mistakes and malpractice.
The department of community services complaints hotline is a smoke screen for the department, acting as an early warning system alerting the department when their dishonest and unethical behavior has been discovered, allowing time for false statements to be concocted, evidence to be destroyed, and threats against distraught parents to be made.

Whilst the media are gagged when it comes to exposing the corruption rife within the department of community services, and politicians turn their back on the problems, I have devoted my life to this issue. Parental rights are a thing of the past once a child protection worker enters a family home. The onus is on discrediting a parent, no matter how much love the child and parents have for each other. Luke was everything I ever lived for, still is and always will be. I am quite prepared to go to jail for speaking out about the abuse of power and families by the department of community services staff, especially management, which is where the root of this child stealing machine is routed.
This last month, first time visitors to the site have increased by 650%. The website Crimes Against Fathers (http://www.crimesagainstfathers.com) has contributed toward a facelift and maintenance for the site.

I am in the process of picking myself up, and dusting myself off. I still can’t talk about what was done to Luke, I wake up screaming and crying from nightmares, but my faith in God, and my solicitor, eases my anguish.
The next step for me is to establish a commercial vegetable growing enterprise entitled “Luke’s Army Vegetables”, which will be sold with labels containing links to the website, and the desperate pleas of parents who have been mistreated by the department of community services, their children wrongly removed.
This plan is already underway. Through this venture I intend to fund legal support for parents who have no hope in this corrupt and cruel system of gaining true legal support.

I would like to sincerely thank the many people who have given their support and encouragement through this sad time in my life. Thankyou so much for those who post on the site, and all who have joined Luke’s Army, which is now reaching 5000 members strong. Most of all I would like to thank my Lukey Pookey, who showed me what love is, and has given me everything I have in my life, I owe you my life Luke, I love you more than anything in the world son, for ever and ever, RIP.

Luke’s Dad,
Michael Borusiewicz

Life's misfortunes fall disproportionately upon the young

http://www.lukesarmy.com/

VictoriaArt said...

Karena, I hope you will be dancing soon enough!
Speedy recovery and be brave!

xoxo Victoria

Ivy Clad said...

Karena, prayers & best wishes are sent your way. I will be thinking of you! My friend had hip replacement surgery at age 80 & was walking around outside in about a week. Stay strong & feel better soon!

-Keri

Ann said...

Best wishes for a successful surgery and quick recuperation.

Maybe you can use your down time by enjoying a good book or two and visiting the blogs all over the world!

La Maison Boheme said...

Oh Karena,

I will be sending lots of healing energy for a quick recovery. You're going to feel so much better when its all over and done with. Best best best wishes love.

XO
Sarah

classic • casual • home said...

Praying for a speedy recovery, Karena. Best wishes.
Mary Ann

Carol@SofasandSage.com said...

Good luck, Karena! I wish you a speedy and healthy recovery. :)

Lisa said...

You be strong dear friend. Try every day to put those big girl panties on and pull yourself up by your boot straps and you'll be back in the saddle....or dancing shoes.... Before you know it!
Now a big soft warm hug from me to you.
so Lisa

Karen said...

Karena,
A good friend of mine had this surgery and it went pretty well...I hope the same goes for your experience.
Best wishes,
Karen

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Karena, Best wishes on the surgery and a fast recovery. I'll be thinking of you.
Hugs,
Sherry

Daydreamer said...

best of luck on your surgery! Hope you don't have too much pain and that you recover quickly!!

Haus and Home said...

Hope you have a speedy recovery and looking forward to you being back.

Kathysue said...

take care!! You love life and you won't let this keep you down. Just be sure and do everything they tell you to do and You will be up and walking in no time, xo Kathysue

DolceDreams said...

Karena,
All the best to you! Both my mother and grandmother had their hips done, and recouperated quickly and were SO happy that they did it! I know that you will be back dancing and leaping in no time!

nathalie

Deb's mind said...

I hope you have a speedy recovery. My thoughts are with you. Keep smiling and look forward to reading your posts once you are back in the "swing" of things.

Francine Gardner said...

I cannot wait to see you in your dance shoes. My wishes for a fast great recovery. My son is having a knee reconstruction surgery next week, will be a challenge to keep him off his feet.

Daryl Wark said...

Best of luck with the operation, thanks for dropping by my blog.
Will being house /bed bound give you more time to blog?
Enjoy every minute.
Hope you are on the road to recovery ASAP.

Regards,
Daryl Wark

Beadboard UpCountry said...

Hi Karena!
I wish you much success in your surgery and rehabilitation.... Yes you will dance again!!!!!!!!You will get through it just fine.....Hugs Maryanne.

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Karen, I know you will be dancing again very soon. Just saw on facebook that you are already up after your surgery. Way to go. My thoughts and prayers are with you for a speedy recovery. XO, Mona

Bring Pretty Back said...

Feel better soon and what wonderful giveaways!
Have a pretty day! Kristin

Renée Finberg said...

congratz to the winner.

and now....
you must come over and check out my
GIVE AWAY!!!

xxx

corine @ Hidden in Paris said...

I hope you're all done by now and that you are well and ready to pounce around.

Isabelle Thornton said...

CONGRATS!!
I have 2 giveaways on my blog too! I don't want you to miss them!
XOXO
http://lechateaudesfleurs.blogspot.com

Honey at 2805 said...

Wishing the quick recovery!

Splendid Sass said...

Hope that you are doing well. Karena.
Teresa
xoxo

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

best of luck!

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

Karena, I send you my heartfelt thoughts and prayers for the speediest and best recovery. I've been thinking about you and wondering how things have been, drop me a line if you get a chance. PS, you prob by now know I referred you to someone who wants to give away a wow giveaway, I hope that works out. My best as always. Tina

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Karena, I wish you a speedy recovery. I have had several friends who have had this procedure done, and they are better than ever. All the best to you...

XO,

Sheila

Priscilla said...

Via Laura:
I read about your new hip. Hope you are back dancing soon!

Debby said...

Good luck on your surgery. I will say some prayers for you. I am probably looking at the same surgery one day. You will feel so much better.

Willow Decor said...

Hope you are now on the mend and you'll be feeling better as soon as the new hip has settled in. Thinking of you and missing your blog posts. We will be here waiting for your return!!
hugs,
Gina

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I came over from a suggestion by Laura. Hoping things went well and soon you will be home dancing!

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Karena!
I wish you a Godspeed with your recovery! I am always honored to have you visit 34th Street! You keep the artist alive in our souls!
~Lynne
[w/L]

Hollace said...

Hi! Just met up with you through your friend at DecortoAdore. I hope you are encouraged by the progress your body is already making. My mom had knee replacement surgery and that one became her "good" knee--she could kick higher and stronger with that leg. So I know you will be swingin' those hips pretty soon! Best wishes.

Joani said...

My thoughts & prayers are with you through this recovery time. May it be a speedy one.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Hi Karena! Just checking in to say "Hi!" and to wish you well in your recovery from surgery. I know that you will do what they tell you to as far as therapy and all. Take it one day at a time! We'll see you soon! : )

Betsy said...

Praying for your speedy recovery.

Lorrie said...

Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Karenna. I hope you are soon dancing on light feet through life once again!

Karena said...

Thank you so much to my dear friends wishing me well!! I have very little access to computer and email while in recovery.

I will heal up and my new hip replacement will working likw brand new again soon!I love you all!

xoxo
Karena

Art by Karena

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Hope you are doing well... I will be praying for you! :):):):):)

Anonymous said...

I too know people who have had one or both hips replaced. That first day one of them said when they told her she had to walk 200 feet..She bulked and said No Way! Yet she did and recovered very fast and In an above average amount of time you couldn't keep her down!! That has been years ago now and she is delighted with the results. At the time she was a single lady doing it alone in a convalescent hospital. My husband is up for knee replacement surgery very soon. Isn't it wonderful what they can do how a days? I hope things are going as well for you!! Like the song by Leann Womick...I Hope You Dance!! Sarah

for the love of a house said...

Karena,
I send you my best wishes and a BIG hug for a speedy recovery. I hope you are doing well.

xojoan

CalypsoInTheCountry said...

Sending healing thoughts your way! I hope you are feeling better soon!
-Shelley

Creative Grammie said...

A speedy recovery to you dear Karena!
Sending you warm hugs of Aloha!

diana said...

Sending healing thoughts to you!

Sue said...

Your pictures on here are absolutely gorgeous. They bring warm thoughts and lots of childhood memories to me. I hope this finds you in good spirits and a speedy recovery. Will keep you in my prayers. I have been through rehab for my shoulder/arm and it was not fun and many times painful but you just Smile and take it a day at a time.

French Basketeer.com said...

Karena, it makes me so happy to see so many well wishers here for you...thinking of you daily and sending you positive wishes for a speedy recovery~

Robin Lynn said...

Hello Karena! I hope each day finds you feeling better and better. I was introduced to you by Laura who I met through Icy ... whom I discovered via Debbie's Newbie party ... whew ... love the interweaving of the blog world. Love your site and you may just appreciate my post today ... http://robinlynnsroad.blogspot.com/2011/11/creativity.html
May God bless you as you recover!

*Chic Provence* said...

Dear Karena

Hoping this finds you well into your recovery from that miraculous surgery (it has transformed many lives!).. I am so happy for you. Keep those images of a dancer leaping across the stage in your mind while you endure the very difficult rehab.. you will see a light at the end of the tunnel that is very bright indeed!

lots of love

Kit

Rhonda said...

Just heard about your surgery and wanted you to know that I will be lifting up your name to our Heavenly Father.
Rhonda

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

I hope all goes well. Many prayers your way!

Clara Turbay said...

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eddieross said...

Hope you are recovering quickly! Here's to putting on those dancing shoes!
xo E + J

Hi, I'm Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers dear one. :)

Divine Theatre said...

Oh my goodness! You are in my prayers.

Andie

ProjectHope7 said...

thinking of you and praying for you Karen. Wishing you a speedy recovery! be well.

Cathy B*****y pbprojecthope at yahoodotcom

Carla@DesignintheWoods said...

Karen, hope you are doing well and are feeling good as new soon! You are missed in the blog world!

dovecote Decor said...

Hi Karen: I'm thinking of you in your recovery. Hope all goes well. You deserve it! Can't wait for the giveaway.
Best,
liz

Toad said...

Karen i am so happy you will soon be on the mend. May i have the first dance? As for therapy, I've been searching forever for someone to go in my stead. I pick you for December. Get well soon.

Kristin said...

Sounds like exciting things are ahead!

manon 21 said...

Merci de ta visite,je découvre ainsi ton blog.

Belle journée

Manon

Karena said...

Thank you so much to everyone who has helped me with thoughts and prayers to recover.

I am out of the rehab facility as of yesterday and will have home health nursing care for a few weeks.

So excited about our Holiday Event...start to spread the word it will be so fun!

xoxo
Karena

Art by Karena

Jane Kilpatrick Schott said...

You are an inspiration Karen!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Edward and I send you our very best, Karen! I hope you are feeling better. And just think how much better you'll feel with a brand new hip!! You go!!

The enchanted home said...

Hi Karena....just wanted to say hello check in and see how you are feeling. I hope well and better!! Wishing you a speedy and full recovery very soon. Happy Thanksgiving!
XOXO

Katherines Corner said...

looking forward to seeing you dancing. Also anxious about the giveaway too xo
P.S. congrats to the pillow winner :-)

My Notting Hill said...

Wishing you a speedy and smooth recovery. Warm regards, Michele

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Hope that the recovery is coming along well:)

Blessings,
Linda

Ivy and Elephants said...

I am so sorry Karena, I had no idea!
I am wishing you a very speedy recovery and in no time you'll be strapping on your dancing shoes.
May God bless and keep you ever.
Hugs,
Patti

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Karena,
I have not been online as much lately, so I did not know about your hip replacement surgery. But I am happy to join all of your friends that are praying for a speedy recovery.

Fondly,
Glenda

Jessie said...

Wishing you a speedy recovery, Karena!

P/S: I am hosting another great giveaway! Enter for a chance to win a $65 gift certificate for pretty pillows!

http://www.mixandchic.com/2011/11/giveaway-pillows-by-dezign.html

Jessie
www.mixandchic.com

Animal Print Gal said...

My blessings for a new beginning; dancing is magic!
Your art is beautiful!

La Dolfina said...

Oh Karena,

Sorry it's taken me so long to come by and tell you that Andrea told me about your surgery and I've had you in my thoughts and prayers for weeks now...
I'm so happy that the new year will bring dance back into your life!!
I hope your recovery is going well my friend.
Much love,

Terri

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

DARLING KARENA!!!!!!!

I am wishing you speedy recovery, successful rehab, and a new year filled with only GOOD HEALTH AND JOY!!!!! Oh my, BLESS YOU BLESS YOU BLESS YOU!!!! Anita

Naz said...

I hope you're on the speed track to recovery. Any updates?

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Karena,
Congrats...you are the WINNER of my current GIVEAWAY!!! Please e-mail me your full name and address at coastal.charm@yahoo.com

Blessings,
Linda

annechovie said...

You are one "hip" chick, Karen. Praying for a great surgery and recovery. Enjoy your down time.
Hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving! xx

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Congratulations to the winner! Sounds as if lots of fun opportunities ahead! Best wishes on a smooth recovery, lovie.

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Foru
http://oohlafroufrou.blogspot.com
This Week: Grand Flirt III

Betsy said...

I hope you're well on your way to a full recovery by now....just in time for the holidays. Wishing you a wonderful, safe, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving.

Kristin said...

Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

Jan said...

Great to hear that you're on the mend Karena.
You'll get there I'm sure.
xxx

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Karena,
Have a speedy and successful recovery. You are in my prayers my dear!

Paula

Champagne Macarons said...

Such a heartfelt post and wishing you a speedy recovery.
xoxo, B

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