Meet Michele Kline from Clever Kid Designs…
I was raised in the northeast
area, the oldest of five kids, am a mom of two beautiful adult daughters, a family nurse practitioner who has a busy practice, and possess a love for sewing and a big heart for little kids. Ohio
I enjoy traveling and wherever I am I try and venture to nifty quilt shops in the area to keep my fabric selection fresh and new. I also like to golf, play tennis, ski when I get the chance, plus I have never outgrown listening to James Taylor!
I get my creativity from my mom. She decorated cakes for side money when we were little and she also sewed all our Easter outfits and Halloween costumes! She loves to paint now…
Like my mother and my grandmother before her, I started sewing my kid’s Halloween costumes. My daughter and I loved baking together. I saw her putting the measuring spoons and bowl scraper in the pockets of her jeans and that spawned the idea of making her a baking apron with pockets in it to hold her own baking tools. Her friends liked them so much, I decided to take a batch to their school’s holiday craft show and I sold them all…..
I get inspired from so many things…. Sunny days – hence my brightly colored fabrics….I like to see kids being creative and not bored – hence my aprons inspire creativity and imaginative play. A creative side to the mind is so important for balance in life.
Meet Barbara Stephenson from Created By Barbara…
I’m Barbara Stephenson and I’m the Barbara in “Created by Barbara”. What a journey this has been. I was born and raised in the
area. From age 12 through 18, I was a professional ballerina. I loved performing, but I knew it was a short career. So demanding physically, I switched gears. I chose to become an actress and entered Cleveland as a Speech and Theatre major. I quickly became a leading actress in many musicals, comedies and dramas. Baldwin Wallace College
When I graduated I was inducted into the Speech and Theatre Honorary Societies and became one of the top 12 graduating senior women. I went on performing in Dinner Theatres across the country. Some years later, B-W submitted me into the organization “Outstanding Young Women in
” because of my contribution to the arts. I helped start a Dinner Theatre in America . I was the Artistic Director and Resident Leading Lady. At this time, I was also cast in many commercials. California
About 6 years ago I started having pain in my right hip. My husband Mike took me to Kaiser for X-rays. The doctor asked Mike if he would like to see the X-rays. My right hip was bone on bone. I was in shock, so was Mike. My doctor said that my left hip didn’t look good either. It was diagnosed as severe degenerative hips. All because of ballet! I came home and cried. I cried a lot. I couldn't tackle the pain. I couldn’t stop it. It became so real when I hear so many people say that they have chronic pain.
A close friend of mine said have you tried magnets? (I limped badly now when I walked). I was taking 8 Aleve a day. My doctor gave me a prescription for Steroids. So when my friend asked me about magnets I had no idea what she was talking about. She said “My 80-year old parents sleep on a mattress pad with magnets sewed in, they swear by it.” Why? “They say magnets cut their arthritic pain in half!”
Well, that was the beginning -- Magnet Therapy and my quest to find strong magnets to be made into bracelets. I’ll never forget when I first put on a magnet bracelet. I couldn’t believe it! I felt I was born again!
As for the crochet articles – my mother taught me how to crochet when I was 5. She created a stitch for me. It’s unique and beautiful. My mother was a school teacher and she never wanted to “mess with yarn” in the summer. Summer was for golf! Mickey and I play golf one a couples league at Springvale in
. One more reason (a big one) to be driven to find a healthy alternative to pain management. By the way, a lot of my customers are golfers! North Olmsted
My Mickey has a painful ankle and started to limp. He is an engineer which requires him to do field measures that requires climbing a lot of stairs. It was at this time he started wearing a magnetic bracelet that I made him. No more pain or limp for my Mickey. Six months later, he was doing a field measure at the Frito-Lay Plant. He was required to remove all jewelry for safety reasons. He gave me a call from the roof of the plant to tell me “You’ll be happy to know, I’m in a lot of pain.” Barbara: “Yippee!!” A few hours later he left the plant (with his magnet bracelet on) called and told me the pain was gone!
My Mickey, the engineer, believes the theory that because our nervous system is the wire-way for electrical impulses, that the magnetic flux from the bracelets interrupts the pain signal to the brain. I believe the theory that magnets increase circulation, then decreases inflammation, which is a source of pain.
Not to forget our furry little friends who can suffer from pain whether from an accident or old age. We have had success with magnetic pet collars that my husband has designed. We have witnessed them work in a very positive way.
Whatever the reason that magnet therapy works I receive great joy from the hundreds of calls I have gotten from customers telling how good they feel using their non-invasive (FDA approved) means of pain management.
My Mickey came in 1st place in his men’s flight in our couple’s golf league and I came in 2nd place in my women’s flight (degenerative hips and all). We have first-hand experience with the benefits of magnet therapy.
Check out these vendors this winter at the 2012 Winter Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show. This eclectic show will feature 100 of the most talented artisans and crafters. A portion of the show's proceeds will be donated to Stewart's Caring Place, an organization that supports families touched by cancer.
2012 Winter Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Sunday, January 29, 2012, 10:00am-5:00pm
Wagner's Country Inn
30855 Center Ridge Rd.
Westlake, OH 44145
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