TLC Gardens & Crafts and Mike's MANTIQUES
located in the outskirts of Belleville MI, as well as right here on your computer!
WELCOME To Your home for Quality HANDMADE clothing and accessories for your 15 or 18 inch American Girl
STYLE Dolls, Custom Jewelry created for Awareness /Advocacy for Stage 4, aka Metastatic Breast Cancer and sewing/crafting supplies to create your own items.
Thirty percent of ALL of our Sales is donated to METAVIVOR Research & Support, Inc., for them to provide research grants to help find a CURE for the otherwise, terminal, end stage;
STAGE 4 / METASTATIC BREAST CANCER.
You will find our products for sale under the STORE tab.
****Starting in 2017;
All orders shipped w/in the United States will be shipped USPS First Class at NO CHARGE to our customers.
(Doll sleeping bags do require priority mail shipment due to their size. Any order with a sleeping bag in it, will be required to pay the current Priority Mail rate for shipment. I
IF you require any other priority or special shipping, please,
see our alternate shipping option form if you know your order will exceed 13 oz.
Please note that due to the present condition of Teri's health, we are not accepting any custom order requests
other than jewelry items for the time being, until she is able to sit at the machine and sew again.
SHOP our online store by clicking OUR STORE,
REVIEW some comments from previous customers on the CUSTOMER REVIEWS tab,
or READ our Blogposts to learn what we've been up to (when we find time to post the blogs),
or you can FOLLOW us on FACEBOOK for more current info about us.
Remember, when you shop from a small shop run by families such as this one,
you are helping to support that family, with all of their financial needs.
In our case, you are helping to support a family dealing with a Stage 4 breast cancer diagnosis
to be able to afford the gas to get to and from doctor appointments,
pay for OTC Medications and supplies not covered by insurance, and allow us the opportunity
to get out and enjoy life once & awhile, rather than being cooped up in the house,
where it seems like we spend 95% of our time since this diagnosis in 2010,
and to make prepayments for the inevitable...
********** here is a little information about US...********
Our store colors represent something very special...
The METAVIVOR RIBBON or MBC Ribbon; is Green, Pink, and Teal,
and in our support of RESEARCH for STAGE 4 BREAST CANCER via METAVIVOR,
we use the same colors to help bring more attention to the cause in most of our marketing,
as Teri (TLC) has survived with MBC (Metastatic Breast Cancer) since my mets diagnosis May 8 2010.
The cancer presently, is in bones, lungs and liver; but it remains BREAST CANCER... Stage IV.
My initial diagnosis of Stage I DCIS was May 2000. Oral Chemotherapy began on January 1, 2016 and apparently failed by the end of April.
In May 2016, ; Teri began infusion chemotherapy 3 out of 4 weeks per month, once a week. CARBOPLATIN was the next form of treatment. The first week, CA 15-3 marker came down by 40. This was a good sign and we hope that the second month it continues to kick Cancer ASS. Unfortunately, this was not the case. As of October 2017, Teri began Taxol (Paclitaxel) chemotherapy and in the first two months, tumor markers in the blood dropped from 497 to 211, which is awesome! We have 4 more weeks before scans to verify this drug is shrinking/killing the cancer. Sadly, an MRI of the brain on Halloween 2017 shows possible progression to the lining of the brain. Presently, we are waiting to meet with a Neuro Oncologist to determine more.
Oral surgery and treatment for Osteo Necrosis of the Jaw as a result of that took up most of the Spring/Summer of 2016. A partial hip replacement on 9/22/16 has prevented me from doing much physically such as sitting at the sewing machine now. I will be slowly adding fabrics, patterns, and other such crafting supplies to our store as I am able to get into the craft room to begin the clean out process. ... more updates on my health can be found on our blog page;
TLC is Waging War on Stage iv
Make sure to keep an eye on our STORE tab for the new items.
Please note that due to the present condition of Teri's health,
we are not accepting any custom order requests at this time.
ONLY Jewelry requests will be considered.
Teri is proud to be one of the Great Lakes Region Ambassadors to the organization; METAVIVOR.org,
helping to advocate for #MoreForStageIV, raising awareness that Stage IV Research needs more funding to help
prevent further deaths from Breast Cancer itself. Learn more at the Metavivor website... www.metavivor.org.
In addition to my living with cancer and helping others struggling with the disease by mentoring others online, I am also an honorary TRIBUTE ROSIE the RIVETER in the Willow Run Airport District, located on the Ypsilanti/Belleville MI border, and have supported and participated behind the scenes, and as a ROSIE in THREE Guinness World Book Record events since my diagnosis with Stage 4 Cancer. The Willow Run Rosies showed their appreciation in Dec 2015 as they made ME; TLC, their
Guest of Honor; with hubby Mike seated beside me in the "ROSIE JEEP", and my daughter & grandkids joining in the fun dressed as ROSIE marching alongside or taking photos along the parade route in the Belleville MI Winter Holiday Parade.
I have been a very avid and passionate gardener, a trait learned from both of my parents from a very young age. In 2016, all of the original TLC's Garden was moved from the property in the "countryside" where hubby's Aunt Bev was kind enough to allow us to create our garden, to our small yard; all in pots or raised beds using oval livestock tanks collected in 2010 & 2011 for the garden area. The cancer is now prohibiting me from going to the garden site any longer, and tending to things there for extended periods of time. To continue in a smaller level; with some help, Mike brought the garden HOME, to allow me to still be able to grow some of the fresh favorites, such as the strawberry tub and lettuces, and of course; Tomatoes and herbs.
I (TLC) have been an Organizer, Planner and Participant in many local Craft Shows, helping others to raise funds for special needs families or charities such as METAVIVOR, TEAM ZAK, SAVETHEBOMBERPLANT.ORG, or clothing and household supplies drive for a local apartment community that had a major fire; which displaced ten or more families, and helping a School Supplies Drive for a local facility that sheltered otherwise homeless families; so they had the supplies needed to start their school year.
All of this, through my Facebook page organization called: Belleville Arts, Crafts, & Vendor Market.
All of this was done on a Voluntary basis when I was physically able to put my efforts into these passions. This hobby had to be given up in 2016 due to continued weakness in my bones from the MBC, resulting in a partial hip replacement in Sept. 2016, which was necessary due to a break in the bone caused by a minor fracture that occurred while setting up my last of three fundraisers for The Lighthouse Church of Belleville MI.
"Mike's MANTIQUES" is TLC's hubby Mike. A former Maintenance & Construction worker, helping to perform home renovations and building new homes until he injured his spine in November 2013. He now considers himself a PICKER and a DIGGER; finding treasures by helping to clean out Estate Sale sites, or finding collectibles at yard sales or thrift stores or online to enjoy and sell at shows or online, thus; sharing with others. He enjoys discovering the histories of items he finds with his metal detector when *possible and sharing them with the local Museum in town, the Belleville Area Museum. (*when he is not busy fulfilling his role of medical caregiver for Teri, or laid up in pain from his own injuries) He spends his winters watching the various programs on television learning more techniques on Metal Detecting as here in SE Michigan, it's rather difficult to use the metal detector in our winters. In addition to his Antique/Vintage Toy collecting items such as Vintage (pre 1970) Guy Toys such as Wyandotte Cars & Trucks, Hubley, Tin Litho Cars, and more; he attends various "Toy Shows" in the Great Lakes Region with his mentor and Best Buddy - Bruce. You may have run into them at the Chicago Toy Show, Kalamazoo Toy Show, Toldeo Toy Show, Jackson MI Toy Show or the Ford Motor Swap Meet & Car Show in Chelsea or Belleville MI, orthe Saline Antiques Market or FFA Toy Shows... to name a few. IF you are looking for someone to help YOU with pricing or purchasing YOUR vintage toys or trinkets... Shoot us a message and I'll see that he get's in touch with YOU. If HE can't help you,
Bruce is usually able to back him up on anything related to Antiques. Mike is also pretty crafty, and has created some gorgeous earrings, which you will find in our JEWELRY section of our store, made out of spent bullet casings, fishing lures, and guitar pics,
or unique metal detector findings.
If you have any questions for us, you may email us with legitimate questions
(no spam please!!) at TLCGardensandCrafts@aol.com
We have a fund raising site set up through our PayPal account for any donations people may wish to send us to help us find a more handicap accessible home (our current modular home is small and my walker does not even fit through the doors), and to help us with other medical issue expenses that occur such as transportation for our many appointments, Durable Medical Equipment that is NOT covered by Medicare/Medicaid and end of life expenditures for Teri and Mike as well... for burial and such. We truly appreciate any such donations that we may receive to help us with our battle with cancer and Mike's spinal injury that he's battled with since 2013 but does not qualify him for disability, as doctors say he should be able to learn
new skills to be employable, but when you're over 55 and caretaker for your terminally ill wife, that is not an option..
That link; should you wish to help us out, is: https://www.paypal.me/TLCwageWARonMBC
Below you will find some photos of US ... doing some of the things we love to do, with people we love being with! Feel free to get to know us a little better, and we hope you will share our page with others with the same interests! Learn even more on our BLOG pages... we try to update as often as possible
between doing whatever is going on in life that week...
Again, check our BLOGPOSTS link/page to find more current/up to date info on what's going on in our lives.
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