Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Going out in a Wheelchair

I just have to say..I was a little nervous that people would treat me strangely when I started needing to use a wheelchair to go out (shopping and the like.) Well, I've been pleasantly surprised. =) I feel like people have treated me very normally..haven't really had any weird moments at all. So far, I'm just so blessed to have some wheels that let me shop (went out school clothes shopping last night and would NEVER have made it on my, I'd have paid for it for days/weeks afterward.) I used my blesing of a ti-lite, and was able to fully participate. God blessed the money too, as there wasn't much, but somehow lots of nice new school clothing items were purchased, and I don't think anyone will be going back to school tomorow feeling out of sync or embarrassed. They are excited and confident; that makes me so happy! I was never confident, so have always tried hard to help the kids God allowed me to raise to step out looking and feeling their best. Now, about getting back on an early morning get-up schedule....hoping that goes ok; being semi-nocturnal over the summer was fun, but it sure is hard to turn a schedule back around *sigh*. It'll work out though, and I'm excited about getting back into the groove. I'm hoping to be able to start getting in some tutoring hours, to help the finances and to save toward an off-road wheelchair - I want to participate in EVERYTHING..not just shopping! I need lots of prayers, as pain really takes a major toll on me and I need to find a way to safely control it..going to a pain clinic soon as I *FINALLY* got a referral (long story, but suffice it to say that I'm pretty disenchanted with most of the medical community these days.) I so hope and pray that the pain clinic will be able to help me. Hugs to anyone reading, Tracy

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Whirlwind Roughrider Wheelchair - Incredible, Freedom Giving Product and an Amazing Non-Profit Organization and Donation Opportunity!

Whirlwind RoughRider Fund - I was just informed about their soon to come project in Indonesia! I will blog more about it as I get more information :) This company helps people in developing countries SO much, and I'm proud to be able to share the news!
Anyway, I wrote a lot about a wheelchair model that I found online the other day after taking my faulty standard manual chair to the park; I was feeling A LOT of frustration about its limitations. I was looking for an off-road wheelchair with mountain bike type tires, and I happened upon a website talking about an AMAZING wheelchair called the Whirlwind 'RoughRider.' After watching one of the videos about where this chair can take someone who needs wheels, I was completely amazed and wrote to the company's representatives that very night. Their site said something about looking for U.S. residents to be used in a U.S. trial for this wonderfully designed wheelchair. I didn't quite know what they meant, but I knew that I'd love to have a RoughRider, so I inquired. I received an almost immediate responses to my inquiries, and was asked if I would be willing to speak to a representative on the phone the next evening. I agreed, and the very next evening I got a call from the nicest representative, a new intern with the company. Before I continue, you need to see the RoughRider in action. If you've ever used a wheelchair, you'll appreciate how incredible this is!

and HERE is another video (sorry, I couldn't figure out how to embed this one) that compares the RoughRider to a standard manual. Boy, can I relate to poor guy in the standard chair :(

I can see how those wide, semi-flexible front casters make a major difference, as I have gotten stuck at the tiniest little curb. I would love to be able to roll just about anywhere like these people are doing - it would give me so much of my life back! I learned from the phone call that this organization is non-profit, and that they are just now beginning to offer their thoughtfully designed wheelchair in the U.S. for the price of $800. This $800 (which is an amazing price even for just one of these chairs) would actually buy two chairs - one for the U.S. customer and one to be donated to someone in need in a developing country. They are very much in need in countries where concrete is scarce, and rolling across dirt, potholes, and tree roots would be an everyday occurrence. Many people in developing countries that have mobility issues are bedridden almost all of the time, and have to drag themselves across the dirt or be carried in order to go anywhere. Just imagine how much a chair like this could change a person's life for the better! It's mind boggling! For wheelchair users in the U.S., these chairs offer so much more freedom than standard chairs, allowing users to go where no wheelchair has ever been able to go before. It makes hiking off road possible again, as well as beach trekking, just all kinds of new possibilities are opened up.

I like it because it could allow me to do more rugged outdoor activities again - these are the kinds of activities the Walters household so enjoys, and I've been held back from being able to participate. Even my new chair, while it will allow me a lot more independence (I can take it in a vehicle alone because it is so lightweight) can't come close to offering me all of this. So, I told the representative that I would definitely be willing to post about their organization and product. I do not have the money needed to purchase one, but she said that they would be willing to help me get the word out regarding any fundraising efforts I might start.

I would SO benefit from having a RoughRider of my own - I don't want to miss out on trekking the local corn maze this year, and I hate being sidelined from family style outings that go off road. I also love the fact that my purchasing one would allow someone who is in great need to receive one free, as a life changing gift that would give freedom that s/he may have never known, or has been missing for a long time. I want to help in making that happen! I will want to donate to this organization even if I never receive a RoughRider myself (but I can't help but hope that I do *smile). I've created a paypal donation link - I thank anyone who donates in advance millions of times over, and so does the Whirlwind organization I am sure! They aren't out there for profit, as they must only break even. They just want to help people to enjoy their lives more fully.
xo Tracy

Monday, January 3, 2011

I have my Etsy shop up and running! :)

Please pop in and take a look around, if you feel so inclined ;)

Monday, November 22, 2010

My facebook page and Etsy shop!

I'd love for you to follow my creative pursuits through my facebook page :)

The Wardrobe Wanderer

and I've been stocking up my Etsy Shop:

Tracy's Turret

Please keep in touch! :)


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Scrabble Tile Art Pendants

These pendants are made from resized art pieces that I have done, which I've adhered to the backs of scrabble tiles. The pictures are covered with an epoxy coating. I've superglued bails to the backs, and each pendant comes with your choice of either a 24 inch ball chain (which can easily be trimmed to a shorter length if desired) or a neck wire.

This one has a little version of a watercolor and pencil piece I did awhile back.

'The Boathouse'

and here's the back..

'Masked Molly' (inspired by a dear red-headed friend of mine :) )

'Little Green Bandit'

'Bandit Queen'

and her box:

'Pixie Girl'

This one would make a great gift to a teacher. I gave some out to some teachers this past Christmas and they were well received :D (the apple is hand drawn, and I used a font for the lettering) This can be customized with a teacher's name!

and this little Victorian style lady wants to have a tea party with you! (or maybe with your little girl?) ;)

'Victorian Girl'

a whimsical little unicorn portrait:

'Autumn Wolf':

'Midnight Howl' (with sparkles):

'Theatre Masks':

'Jumping Dolphin':

'The Fashion Plate':

I give/send these with a little box that has a slightly larger version of the picture adhered to it, such as this (box styles will vary according to what I have on hand):

or this:

or these..

Boxes will vary, depending on what I have on hand ;)

*Pendants are semi water resistant, but definitely NOT waterproof!!*

These are $14 apiece, which includes shipping inside the U.S.
(add $2.75 for shipping outside the U.S.)

I gladly accept paypal or a money order. Please contact me at tracyannw(@)sbcglobal(dot)net if interested, or if you have any questions.

Thanks for taking a peek! I plan to list more options as I'm able to get the supplies :)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Cute handmade pins for sale

Do you like to use cute, kitsch-y accessories sometimes?

If so, I've got the perfect thing for ya! I make handstitched pins out of buttons and hand felted wool felt. Pictured above are a few I've put together. I know that this picture is kind of Fall themed; that's because Fall is the time of year when I tend to get on craft kicks!

I thought it would be fun to try offering some for sale here, so I'm gonna give it a shot. :)

This whimsical crown brooch is so fun and colorful! I can picture it dressing up a plain blazer just perfectly, but it could be used in tons of ways. Great little accent to add pizzaz and a touch of whimsy to just about anything!

This measures approx. 4 inches across at the widest point, and approx. 4 inches tall.

Crown has a metal pinback securely stitched to the back, which is finished with an added square of wool felt.

Price: 9.00

Shipping: free inside the U.S. (add $1.50 for shipping outside U.S.)

Paypal accepted! Please email me if interested :)


This vibrantly colored pin was crafted around a very unique vintage button. I had to repeat the color scheme the button provided, and did so with my wonderful wool felt. Wool felt is the nicest stuff! Mine is all purchased from a lovely woman that felts from home. :)

Measures just under 3 inches tall, and just under 3 inches wide at widest point.

(pin will be finished with covered pinback, just like the pins pictured previously)

Price: $8.00 (including shipping inside U.S.--outside U.S. add $1.50)

I will add more as I can!

Thanks so much for looking, and don't hesitate to email me if interested, or if you have any questions. I gladly accept paypal payments.

If you like any of the other pins pictured in the collage above, just let me know. Most are available at $8 apiece (that includes shipping inside the U.S.) :D



tracyannw (@) sbcglobal (dot) net