Sunday, August 29, 2010

Making a Difference in 2010

From August 29th thru September 6th, The Pauper's Castle will donate 10% of every purchase to the Preeclampsia Foundation.  Please help us support research for Preeclampsia.  This is near and dear to my heart since I suffered severe postpartum preeclampsia with my first and only pregnancy.  Your support is greatly appreciated.

  What is Preeclampsia?

Preeclampsia is a disorder that occurs only during pregnancy and the postpartum period and affects both the mother and the unborn baby. Affecting at least 5-8% of all pregnancies, it is a rapidly progressive condition characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine. Swelling, sudden weight gain, headaches and changes in vision are important symptoms; however, some women with rapidly advancing disease report few symptoms.

Typically, preeclampsia occurs after 20 weeks gestation (in the late 2nd or 3rd trimesters or middle to late pregnancy), though it can occur earlier. Proper prenatal care is essential to diagnose and manage preeclampsia. Preeclampsia, Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH) and toxemia are closely related conditions. HELLP Syndrome and eclampsia are other manifestations of the same syndrome. It is important to note that research shows that more women die from preeclampsia than eclampsia and one is not necessarily more serious than the other.

Globally, preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are a leading cause of maternal and infant illness and death. By conservative estimates, these disorders are responsible for 76,000 maternal and 500,000 infant deaths each year.

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Great Gifts for the Holidays

It's that time of year again.  The holiday are just a few months away.  No time like the present to start putting things away.  We added some awesome handcrafted items that would make a great holiday gift for your special little one. Courtesy of Steve's Bunk Beds and More, we added a beautiful handcrafted children's table and chairs, toy chest and rocking chair.  The table, chairs and toy chest are all made from furniture grade yellow pine. Perfect for even the most rambunctious child! Yellow pine is much harder than your typical pine.  The table and chairs have been polyurethaned and ready for use. The toy chest has been left unfinished and is ready for paint or stain.  You choose what works best for your decor.  The rocking chair is made from furniture grade white pine.  We have purposely left the rocker unfinished so you can finish it to match your decor.  All items have been carefully handcrafted to with stand normal everyday use of a child and still stand the test of time.  Truly an heirloom piece.  If you don't see what you like, please check out Steve's page for contact info. He would be delighted to create the perfect item just for you.

Check out Steve's Bunk Beds and More, Steve's page or our Children's Boutique for more pictures.  Double Click picture for larger image.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Opening Day!

We officially moved in yesterday!  It was a success.  However, when the contents for the booth were all scattered about our home, we were wondering if it was all going to fit.  We quickly realized how much we "didn't" have.  There is definitely room for more creating!  Can't complain about that.

As we were moving in (10 minutes in to the process) we sold the reclaimed vintage wash stand and the sage green caned back chair.  Bitter sweet!  Yeah...this crazed idea of ours may "really work"! But darn it!  I wanted to see the fruits of our labor all set up in cute little vignettes for me to take pictures to forever remember that very moment.  Oh well, guess you can't complain about something walking out the door before you even really get started.  So let's celebrate the moment!  Here is what our little adventure looked like as of 5:00pm last night!  Enjoy!

The chair sold in the first 5 min we were open!  Bitter sweet.
This table also went with the green chair in the first 5 min.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Grand Opening!

Stop by The Pauper's Castle this Sunday, August 22, 2010
for our Grand Opening 
at The Main Street Shoppes in Westfield, IN.