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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Setting goals - YIKES!

How does one set a goal for something when you've never really set a goal before in your LIFE?!? Or, to be more accurate, I've set them, but I've never been very successful at achieving them. Myeh.

Goal - Get a journal so I have a way to track progress or lack thereof
Status - MET. Ryan ordered one for me as a birthday present before he left for Indiana on my birthday weekend (Dang, there goes my excuse for not tracking!)

Goal - Track food intake daily
Status - working on it, I don't succeed EVERY day, but I do usually get something written down or at least I did the first 4 or 5 weeks. Then I went through a lull where I didn't get anything written down. Now I'm back to writing things down again, but still not every day. So...NOT met.

Goal - Walk or some kind of exercise for at least 30 min. 3x/week
Status - Weeellll, I DID start out well. BUT, I didn't stick with it. My feet began hurting so badly I could hardly stand to put my weight on them. I have to come up with a different plan. I've found that walking beside our road or across uneven ground is KILLER on my feet, ankles, knees & hips. WAH!

Note to self: Check with Ryan to see if it's okay to change goals once in a while. I checked & he said, "yes."
Next note to self: Find a way to get activity that doesn't involve being on my feet.

Goal - Put up motivational pictures or sayings around the house, in the car, where ever I hang out.
Status - Um, sort of. I did do some, mostly verses of encouragement. I've purchased a couple of Mandisa CDs. I love her music. Especially Stronger, Good Morning & Overcomer. She's a great role model too, she's on her own weight journey.

Goal - Get some people to be accountable to. Ryan & Chad have been faithfully calling me every week since August to help me stay on track. David & Brooke have been encouraging me too & (drumroll please.......) because they will be making me a GRANDMOTHER in spring 2014, this has been a great reason for wanting to get healthier too. I want to be around to enjoy my grandchildren.

Meanwhile I was looking over some books & things on my bookshelf & came across 6 CD set called 10 Habits of Highly Effective People with Steven Covey; I started listening to the CD series & it was great. It was just the extra boost I needed to get moving forward. But more on that later. 

"Do or do not do. There is no try." - Yoda 


To blog The Blob or not to blog, that is the question...

Back in August of this year my youngest son challenged me to rethink how I was living my life. I hadn't been feeling well for some time, I was gaining weight, inactive & had no discernible goals for improving my lot in life. The back-story to this actually has been going on for some time.

Growing up I was an inactive kid. My idea of a good time was to curl up on the couch with a book or two, watch cartoons & eat a big bowl of ice cream (with chocolate sauce) or potato chips (with dip). Wow, what a recipe for disaster! I was never athletic or interested in learning how to dance or anything that would have caused me to be active. I was not allowed to pursue the few things I did express interest in until I was old enough to work a part-time job & have a driver's license. Well, when you have a job, who has time for fun stuff?

Fast forward a few more years into my young adult years...I married at 19, just shy of my 1st wedding anniversary I lost my dearly-loved father to cancer. A few years later I became a mom for the 1st time at age 23, kept on 10# after the baby & then proceeded to have 2 more children within the next 5 years, keeping on 10# or more after each of those babies. I'm dealing with depression over losing my dad, then also dealing with the baby blues as well. I felt I didn't have time for exercise & it was the absolute lowest thing on my list of priorities. I had babies to take care of, a husband to care for, a house to keep up, laundry, meals, babies, more laundry, working part-time, etc. etc. etc. My list of excuses was a mile long. And after all I was a life-long member of "The Clean Plate Club" - never leave food on your plate, or your kids' plates, or throw anything out if it's still edible. My weight just continued to climb.

I kept thinking...I'll get to it soon; like next week or next month. But week after week & month after month went by & I just didn't get around to taking care of myself. I had too many other people depending on me to take care of THEM. What I didn't realize was that if I had been taking better care of myself, I would do a better job of taking care of them too!  But, I procrastinated & so, on it went for years.

Oh I tried off & on to get active or to diet. Nothing stuck to me but the weight. Eventually I topped out this past summer at almost 280#, mind you...I weighed 117# when I got married. These past few years I would sometimes laughingly say..."I'm TWICE the woman I used to be!" Like it was something to be proud of. Not really. It was just a cover for being so angry with myself for letting it go for so long & not doing enough about it. But now, also being in the situation of not knowing where to even BEGIN to TRY to do anything about my weight & overall declining health.

To complicate matters in the fall of 2012 I developed Plantars Fasciaitis in my right foot, with my left foot hurting because of walking to compensate for my right foot. This made getting active seem even more impossible than ever. Despair. Resignation...thoughts of "maybe I'm just meant to be a fat cow until I die; which with the rate I'm will be sooner rather than later." Everything hurts. It hurts to move, it hurts not to move. Can't win. I'm so tired of being tired. I'm exhausted all of the time. It's affecting every area of my life. Death is looking better & better all of the time. Not that I'd do anything overt to hasten death, but neither did I fear it & in fact there were days that I'd pray; "Dear Lord, I hurt so much & I'm so tired, can you please just bring me home soon?" I was giving up.

Now fast forward to May 2013. My nephew Matt Craig has been battling with alcoholism for the past several years & his body, because of a compromised immune system brought on by the alcoholism, succumbs to an infection and he passes away at the age of 39. I think Matt had lost hope. He had been living in denial of his alcoholism & I think that he knew that he had something bad going on with his body; but because he stopped caring about whether he lived or died, he gave up & didn't get treatment. This rocked my world. I have a theory that he just didn't think he was strong enough to beat it, even if he really tried. I've always loved my nephew, he was my first nephew & had a special place in my life. Oh the fun memories of that boy & seeing him grow up & then have a beautiful family of his own. And then it hit me...I was being JUST LIKE MATT...only my addiction was to food & inactivity & it was killing me just the same.
I had to make changes, but where to begin?

Once again, I put it on the back burner & thought "Oh, I'll get around to it." I really did mean well & I really did intend to get started right away working on it, but life has a way of marching right past you if you don't engage it.

Three months went by & on the weekend of my 52nd birthday some of my kids were home for a few days. I know they're troubled by my inability to participate in life, they see me hurt & they know I'm miserable, but you know what? No matter how much you took this "horse" to the water, she wouldn't drink. This is where the beginning of my post comes in...while Ryan was home that weekend he sat me down & helped me figure out why I wanted to lose weight, what was holding me back, how to set some health goals & well, just helped me figure out some other baggage stuff too (maybe more about that in another post). I cried, I had a pity-party, how could life be good if I had to give up eating all of the things I "loved" - WAIT A PICKIN MINUTE...didn't I love my family MORE than food? YES & that is what drove me to listen to Ryan & try to follow his instructions.

That's the beginning of my Battle of the Blob. Again. Will I win this time? Stay tuned...btw...if you've been following my blog because of my card making, you may want to unsubscribe at this point. Just sayin'.

"Do or do not do. There is no try." - Yoda

Friday, September 27, 2013

Time for a new era

For some of you that follow my blog you will have already received a notice via email that I will no longer be a consultant for Stampin' Up!

However, by NOT being a SU consultant I am now free to use product from any company I desire in future workshops.

I am very excited about this and I will still be having workshops from time to time so stay tuned...

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

September Workshop Cards - LAST Stampin' Up Workshop that I'll be doing.

 Hi stampers. I'm trying something different this month. You'll be able to make up to 5 cards total. Everyone will do the technique card & then you can choose up to 4 others to make. The 1st card is FREE & the remainder of the cards will be a suggested donation of $1.50 each. You have about 12 different cards to choose from. Workshop starts at 2:30 & goes until 8pm. Please bring your adhesive & detail scissors if you can. Below are the cards you have to choose from:

This month's technique card (everyone will make this) - Coloring vellum.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

September stamping with the girls

A group of ladies that I know gather once a month to stamp together. We always have a good time visiting & sharing our projects with each other. This month's cards (as always) were wonderful.
Here they are:


Patty ("witch brooms" sucker covers)

Sharon M



Friday, September 6, 2013

New tool from SU - Envelope Punch Board!

This awesome, portable, little tool can make 66 different sizes of envelopes! Item 133774, $19.95 when purchased at a workshop or through my DBWS. Click here to order today.

Watch the video to see how it's done & how easy it is:

Monday, August 12, 2013

Stampin' Trimmer Tool (My FAVORITE tool by far!)

My favorite tool the Stampin' Trimmer, item# 126889, $29.95 is getting better!

Starting August 9th, there are some accessories that will be available for the trimmer. There is a Rotary Addition (you can see part of the rotary arm on the left in the photo below); for just $12.95 you get the arm and a straight-edge rotary blade; item# 129407.

Other items that will be available are:
Small Scallop rotary blade for $3.95; item# 129410

Tiny Wave rotary blade for $3.95; item# 129409

Perforating rotary blade, also for $3.95; item# 132788 (Holiday Catalog)

Replacement cutting mats (then thin strip that goes in the cutting channel of the Stampin' Trimmer) in a set of 2 for $3.95; item# 131375

Set of 2 straight-edge replacement rotary blades for $5.95; item# 129408.

Remember, these items are available after August 9th! Click HERE to order.

Paper Craft Crew - Challenge 53

This is my first time entering a card for a Paper Craft Crew (PCC) challenge. Hopefully I did it right!
Here's the layout that we were to follow:
This is my card:
My colors were Pool Party, Calypso Coral & Very Vanilla. I used basic pearls & 1 large pearl for embellishment. The lacey ribbon is from Stampin' Up!; 5/8" Victoria crochet trim. The sentiment is from the Stampin' Up set, From My Heart. DSP is Everyday Enchantment & it is still available on the Clearance Rack, click HERE to view the Clearance Rack.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Another Challenge - FMS 98

This is for Challenge 98 posted on Freshly Made Sketches this week. Click this link to see the challenge details FMS 98.

You'll notice that I changed the orientation of the card just bit. I reversed the main image from the right more to the left & center.
I also put my narrow accent piece near the bottom behind my focal point, mainly because there really isn't a good way to shorten the focal point without ruining the look that I was going for.
Colors used were Bravo Burgandy, Very Vanilla, Basic Black & Crumb Cake.
The faux stitching along the top is done with a paper piercer, a white gel pen gone over with an extra-fine tip black Sharpie. The pearl flowers are made with a XL glue dot on the back of a large half pearl & the ribbon is scrunched & adhered to the glue dot. (Sometimes you have to put a 2nd glue dot before you make it all the way around.) Then use another glue dot to adhere it to your card. The sentiment is from one of this year's Sale-A-Bration sets & is punched out with the Postage Stamp punch from Stampin' Up! & edged in Crumb Cake. The main image was a newspaper print stamp inked with basic black & then cut out with Stampin' Up!'s Dressed Up Framelit, then edged with Crumb Cake. Then I cut a 2nd image cut in Basic Black & adhered the newsprint die cut over the black with it being just a little off-set to create the "shadow" image. The Very Vanilla rectangle and the sentiment piece were stamped with the Very Vintage wheel in Crumb Cake. Hope you've enjoyed my entry to FMS 98.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Get your Mojo 305 & SUO 76 Right Here!

I made this card with the 2 challenges above in mind & for Landon who is entering Kindergarten this fall.
He loves Despicable Me, so I think he'll get a kick out of this card! Handy too that the main character's name is Gru (grew)! Enjoy my fun with pun.

I wish the picture quality was a little better. I think I need either a different camera or some lessons on how to take better pictures!

The little Minion fellows were made using the large & small ticket punches & rounding the top corners. I used the vest from the Owl Builder punch for the bibs on the overalls. Gru is just a tall rectangle with the edges cut in 1/4" from top to bottom. Then you take the parts you trimmed off & invert them so that the widest portion is at the top to become arms. Mount them behind the body. The hands are the flower on the Boho Flower punch; the Minions are trimmed to have 3 fingers & Gru's are trimmed to 4 & 5 fingers (he's a mad scientist - I'm sure he blew off a finger somewhere along the way.) Gru's head is made from the largest Oval punch & then trimmed so that it's rounded up a little. The eyes for all of the characters are from the Owl builder punch.Gru's zipper on his coat & the zippers on the K are just white gel pen with criss-crosses drawn in, the trick to its looking good is to draw on your outer edges first. Gru's nose is just a triangle trimmed to fit his face. His scarf is another oval punch with stripes drawn on & that's about it for Gru & his Minion Crew. The little verse was something I made up, it's printed from my computer in Arial font. There is a little paper piercing in the corners of the gray & along the top & bottom of the yellow rectangle. Colors used were Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight & Pacific Point; Blushing Bride for Gru's face with Crumb Cake being used for the highlighting.

Layout is from Mojo Monday

Theme is from SU-Only Challenges - Back to School/Kards for Kids

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Best of 25 Years Re-cap. All sets are $14.95 each & all are clear mount only.

January: Best of Birthdays - Item# 132929

February: Best of Love - Item# 132987

March: Best of Flowers - Item# 133342

April: Best of Butterflies - Item# 133345

May: Best of Brides & Babies - Item# 133482

June: Best of Greetings - Item# 133485

July: Best of Shelli - Item# 133488
August: Best of Halloween - Item# 134381

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Yup, playing in the card stock again

These are cards that I CASEd from Splitcoast Stampers website. They are the same card layout but with slightly different looks. See how many differences you can find other than the main paper.

Here is another pair of cards that use the same basic layouts, but by making just a few things different, it changes the look of the cards. 

This card was inspired by the new pair of giraffes at Boulder Ridge Animal Park 
(just a few miles from where I live - SO EXCITING!!!)

An attempt at a masculine card (not my specialty.)

Really cute card using one of SU's single stamps (last date to order is July 31st) and SU's new Washi Tape. Washi Tape is sooooo easy to use & gives such a cute look!

Can you guess what these tulips are made from? Believe it or not, they are SU's OWL punch. Trim off the feet & you get tulips! The "vase" is also the owl punch, just cut the top & bottom straight across & Voila! Cuteness value was upped by adding Washi Tape again.
The butterflies are not SU, they were cut from scrap card stock I had lying around. The salutation is from SU, Itty Bitty Banners CM set, $11.95, Item#126257; this stamp set is also available in wood mount (WM) for a few dollars more. Both stamp sets coordinate with the Bitty Banners Framelits Die set, $14.95, Item# 129267. Click HERE to view Bitty Banner products.

Stampin Up News

As always, Stampin' Up! is coming out with even MORE new and exciting products.

Thinlits Card Dies (Available Aug. 1st)  - click HERE to see the full flyer

Undefined Stamp CARVING kit! - available now

Undefined Stamp Carving KitUndefined Stamp Carving Refill Kit
Carve your own stamps! $19.95, Item# 133402...or Refill kit for $9.95, Item# 134808

Spread the Joy set - available now
Spread the Joy Clear-mount Stamp Set
Available in both Clear & Wood Mount, CM $18.95 / WM $25.95, Item #s CM 134784, WM 134781

 July's Best of 25 Years is Best of Shelli - available now
Best of Shelli Clear-mount Stamp Set
Clear mount only. $14.95/set, Item# 133488

Settin' Sail CLEAR (Photopolymer) set - available now
Settin’ Sail Photopolymer Stamp Set
Totally CLEAR stamp set, $13.95/set, Item# 133453

 Join Stampin' Up! now through the end of August & receive a FREE Project Kit add-on to your membership/demonstrator kit. Value of the add-on is around $30.00.

Joining fee is still only $99.00. Click HERE to view the full flyer. Click HERE to join today!

SU is also running a special until the end of August for Paper Pumpkin memberships.
Paper Pumpkin
NEW Paper Pumpkin subscribers can use the promo code PUMPKINDEAL to join Paper Pumpkin for only $10 a month for the first two months!  In your 3rd month of membership it reverts back to the regular rate of $19.95/month. But don't panic, just remember that if you try it & don't want to continue you can cancel your membership with no penalties for doing so.

Current special promotions that are ending July 31st (HURRY & order before it's too late!)

Designer Series Paper - order any 3 packages at regular price & get a 4th package for FREE!

Single stamps, last chance to below to view the PDFs with stamp images.
Assortment #3 Single Stamps
Assortment #4 Single Stamps