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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Workout Goals for 2010

Last Week, my husband decided it was time to get back into shape (I guess I am rubbing off on him now LOL). So we went to the track to walk and we saw our friend Kim who was our workout instructor (Here & Body Pump, Body Step & Body Combat). She had not seen me in her class regularly for 3 years. I stopped by her class this past Spring in March (Right before I started doing P90x & Turbo Jam) and I felt Great but it was a total struggle for me especially since had not been in her class for so long.

Well, she saw me and could not believe what she was looking at. Me, 40 pounds lighter and in shape with biceps and triceps and she and another girl we worked out with (Nikki) and they both were floored!!

Nikki did not recognize me at first and so I was kinda pleased at the response. I told them that one of my goals next year is that I wanted to be a Workout instructor by next fall and they both excitedly promised to take me under their wings and train me!! Nikki is now an instructor herself and I remember when she first started body pump. She thought Chris & I were crazy cause we would do Body pump & then Body Step (or Body Combat) right after the Body Pump class. They are intense classes but the music and Kim our instructor made it so much fun!!

Anyway, I am gonna take them up on their offer! My husband said he'd take my class too and said that I inspired him to get back with it. Well, he is the reason why I got back to working out because he encouraged me by taking the DVDs out for me every morning and calling me to see if I had done it yet.

How many of you have as a new goal next year to lose weight? Wanna be online workout buddies to encourage each other? Remember, I started out by only walking (and not very far and totally not fast) in January 2009. I did it for health and quality of life reasons. I have to keep it off and lose some more still (because now I am still considered overweight for my height).

Think about right now!! Why you ARE going to totally fulfill this goal next year? Why do you need to? Then C'mon & write it down! Get a workout journal!! Everyday write down your reason why and then in January State why you MUST get it done everyday. I read what I wrote down last December and I can not believe I feel the way I do now. One of the best things I learned was that I should always be able to carry on a conversation when I work out. If you can not talk while you workout then you are working out too hard. Before, I would be totally out of breath and I would NOT lose weight. I would be tiered and fatigued and I HATED working out. When it finally clicked that "yeah, I should sweat but I should also be able to converse and enjoy my workout" that is when I started to lose weight & enjoy my workouts.

So, how many of you are with me for next year's health goal??

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Hanging Out With Our Buddies

Wish I had my Camera with me this past Wednesday (11/25) We have some friends Shannon & Christy Delacy, that were some of the first people to befriend us when we first moved to the Kenosha Area. We had been "hearing" for years that Shannon was an "entertainer". We heard he could put on a great show. We had heard that he could play the Piano, Trumpet and just about any instrument you could name. The funny thing was that my husband and I had NEVER heard him play. We had saw him once sing (Karaoke Style) at a friends graduation party years ago but still, no music.

Finally, this year I mentioned to his wife that we had never heard him play. Well, last month we finally heard and saw him perform. He text messaged all of his friends telling us the time and place that he was gonna be performing and he really blew our socks off.

We ate, we drank, some even got up and danced and we had a Great time. This time, it was a smaller group of us but it was still so great to be around friends and to listen to Shannon play as all of us sat around talking (okay and singing BADLY).

I hope you all had a fun Week with your family and friends!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Dollhouse Miniature Shadowbox Scene


I had fun about a month ago creating a new shadow box scene that I have finally posted for sell in my CDHM Store http://www.cdhm.org/user/minisontheedge . You can see more shots of it by clicking here: http://gallery.mac.com/toppdollar#100611 .

It's so funny to me how I'll have a shadowbox scene up for sell in my CDHM store for months and as soon as it sells, I get multiple emails from different people asking me if I have any more available LOL . I make the Shadow boxes maybe 3 times a year but next year I am planning to do a class using the Shadow boxes.

I am also working on some gifts for some of my friends. I have 7 of them that I made and each one is different. I made extras last month and will be listing some of them for sell in my CDHM store this weekend. I call them "Hang Ups" Here is a Picture of one of them:


Also, this morning while viewing some posts on one of the groups I belong to, I cam across a wonderful free PDF on how to create Miniature Sweaters. I wish I knew how to knit. Here is the Link I want to say Thank you to Tantie from http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MiniatureCollectorsClub/ for posting a different link that led me to that to share. I would also like to Thank Terri the owner of Miniature Collectors Club for having such a fun, wonderful and warm environment for all of us to hang out and talk Miniatures and dollhouses online. She is such a Fun and Fantastic person. I know sometimes it may seem that people don't appreciate all you do because a lot of it is "behind the scenes" work to keep things running smoothly. We may not express it verbally to you so today, I wanted to publicly let you know that You Are Very Much Appreciated by me Terri! Thanks for making that group feel like such a fun place to be.

So, what have you all working on? I hope you all have a Terrific Weekend!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Teresa's New Shop & Everything in between


I Just wanted to announce that my friend Teresa just opened up her Etsy shop this past weekend. It is Called "Knik Knaks n Paddy Wacks" You can visit it by clicking here:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/KnikKnaksnPaddyWacks


She is a Wonderful Artist and she really teaches others how to paint creations of their own very well. Several years ago, Teresa made me a food tray as a gift and I just had to share a picture of it because I can tell you from experience that her stuff is Wonderful! We have used this tray a lot over the years (especially when someone is not feeling well). She has Wonderful hand painted art work right now and she will have items that you can use in every day life (Just like my wonderful tray) so you all have to keep on checking in to see her wonderful items!

Today mostly was a crazy day for me. My husband and youngest is still not feeling well. They went to the doctors office yesterday and my husband has a sinus infection & my youngest was given 3 medicines. One of them is a decongestant which still does not seem to be working. I'm a bit worried about her and may keep her home tomorrow though it is Crazy Hat day at school and we got her a crazy hat to wear and she posed for us a few minutes ago. It's so cute I had to share it with you all.



I hope you all are having a Super Fantastic evening! I stopped by my son & daughter in laws house tonight and bought them a pizza for dinner. They are doing so Fantastic and today is there 6 month marriage Anniversary. Young love is so sweet!

I gotta go play catch up. I have 2 friends I need to contact tonight before I go to bed and it's getting late around here so I hope you all stay safe and warm. A couple of my friends and I have been working on trying not to go to bed upset with anyone or worried about anything for the past few weeks. We have all found how good it feels to do that too. Sometimes, we can be mad not at people but "things". Things like the fact that we were not born Rich, Happy & Healthy LOL. I had been reading a book a couple of months ago and I started reflecting on the fact that we all have issues with one of those three things (If a person is Financially rich he may be lonely or not have his health. A person can be healthy but not be happy or rich) so we decided we can all work on being Happy no matter what our financial status is or what our health issues may be. Finding happiness in the little things in our lives will make us all so much more content because we are all focused on what is going on RIGHT in our lives.

So, I am asking you all to try it too. Don't go to bed upset with anyone tonight. Forget whatever it is (Argument over who ate your last piece of cake or kids did not do their homework before bed). Do not go to bed upset about any THING (the bills will be there tomorrow when you wake up so why worry about them). There is a saying "Today is the tomorrow that you worried about yesterday, and all is well." So whatever it is pass out hugs & kisses before bed! Reflect on all the good things going on in your life. Forget that your knees hurt. Remember they hurt because you were able to walk around today or maybe you were dancing with the kids. Doing this will make those around you sleep better you will sleep better & you'll also wake up feeling better and more refreshed too which means you'll have a better day tomorrow.

Live with much Love & Passion!

Thanks for stopping by to read my blog tonight!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Fall Contest Winners Revealed

First off, We would like to say "Thank You" to all of you who participated in this years Dollhouse Appreciation Month Fall fun Contest on the Greenleaf Dollhouse Forum at http://www.greenleafdollhouses.com/forum/. We had some Great entries. The Judges have all finally determined the winners. (drum roll smile.gif ) They are as follows:

1st Place Winner:

Chris (username what2craftnow) has three wonderful 1/4th scale greenleaf houses she entered.



Her Story is for this scene is:

I don't really have a story to go with them ~ I just love the vibrant colors of Fall. It seems to me that Mother Nature pulls out all the stops and puts on the most glorious show for us before settling down to the stark contest of Winter. My houses are , of course, Greenleaf 1/4" versions of Sweet Shop and Brimble's from the "town" kit (betcha already knew that! lol) dressed up for the Autumn months (briefly, that is...they will undergo a season change right after you get these pictures...sigh) I only placed the foliage lightly for the contest, then I can do more permanent foliage afterwards, as these will be gifts. At any rate, I thought they were the perfect little places to showcase the beautiful Fall season. Hope you enjoy them!

2nd Place Winner:


Anna ( Username Anna ) has a Great fall scene in front of the Adams kit



Here story for this scene is:
So this is Jana, the childrens book illustrator who resides in Mz Chantilly, who promised to come over and help Viktor rake the leaves in his yrad while he struggled with installing the new stair rails to the top floor as the old had just withered away. Since Viktor lived out in the country side close to the sea Jana always brought all her furry friends with her, made for an interesting ride in the car to say the least. So while Jana tried collecting all those maple leaves, the little four legged ones wasn't much help, but when one of her kitties had one of those "eeek" attacks on the leaf basket, enough was enough for Jana who burst out laughing and joinig the gang in making a "leaf angle" which was most appreciated by the furry ones as well... The leaves? They aren't hurting no one and Jana has decided that she will call on Viktor to get down and help out building a leaf-man, or rather a leaf-witch, Jana has the hat and a scarf that they can wrap around it and give her a rake instead of a traditional broom. ... For me, fall is one of those wonderful seasons when the nature is really in full bloom when it comes to her dress, and raking leaves was one of the most fun and time consuming tasks while we had Trixie our little furbaby, I'd collect them in a nice heap, she would promptly get in the middle of the whole thing and "help out" in her own little way, of sniffing around looking for what might be buried underneath them all, which meant it took another round or two until we did get them packed into the compost... I am going to use the fall leaf scene on a tray as a centerpiece on the table this year, so thank you so much for the kick in the you-know-what to get thinking!!! ~ Anna

3rd Place Winner:


Monica ( Username Monica_The_Haunted ) Used the Greenleaf Annie's Lobster Shack for this creation



Her Story for her scene is:

I decided to make Doreen Valiente's Crypt. She is the the co-founder of Wicca whom we lost in 1999 when she crossed over to the Summerlands. Inside, you will find a portrait of Ms. Valiente on the wall. How could I not do a Halloween scene!? I made the Witches Crypt from "Annies Lobster Shack" using stone stencils, paper clay slate roof, paper clay flooring on the inside of the Crypt, and stucco on the walls. The foundation is made from carved foam, toilet paper, and glue, then painted, and covered in all kinds of ground cover. This is my little grave yard scen that will sit next to the Tennyson when she's done smile.gif I could not have a haunted house without a grave yard after all! Happy Hauntings! Monica

The Judges also picked an Honorable Mention:

Also, Teresa ( username Minimadwoman )

Decorated the Greenleaf Arbor Kit & Greenleaf Haunted House Kit



When I think of fall I think of decorating with pumpkins, scarecrows, corn stalks and hay bales . . . but what really comes to mind? Memories from childhood of Halloween and candy apples, popcorn balls and pillowcases full of candy! Title: Pippi Goes Halloweening! I used one of the Greenleaf Arbor kits . . . built it and painted it orange. I have it displayed in front of the Greenleaf Haunted House kit that I built a few years ago. I decorated the arbor and placed it to the side of the house and then decorated around everything! Pippi is visiting with Mrs. Claus who has a tray full of Halloween cookies and candy apples . . . I wonder what Pippi will pick? I?d go for the red candy apple myself! LOL!! Pippi is dressed as a pumpkin and has a candy corn treat bag on her arm.

You can see pictures of all the entries by clicking here:

2009 Fall contest Entrants

Thank you for stopping by to read my Blog!


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Fun Day With Friends

The Last Friday of October, I was so excited because I had made plans to go see my friend Teresa! She lives Near Madison Wisconsin and I live in the Kenosha Area (2.5 hours away). Earlier in the Week, my girls had the sniffles and I was worried that I would not get to see her. By Thursday morning, I decided to let Teresa know that they were not at 100% so that I could give her the choice of taking the chance and Catching it or not. I was so excited when she said "Come anyway and I'll have a box of tissues for you all"! That's one of the reasons why I always liked her, she's the type of person who will say "The show must go on".

So the girls and I had our stuff ready to go and we set off with our Yahoo map. 1 hr 45min later, the map said that we were only 10 min away. I was looking for the sign showing the airport and I knew I missed it. So we called Teresa and she helped us get back on track. According to the Map, my next step was to find CRM W (That is the way it showed on the map). Here on my side of Wisconsin, there are roads marked with multiple letters so we kept looking for the sign that said CRM W. 10 min later, we call Teresa again and discovered we were on the road to being totally lost LOL. 2 hours later (After talking to a Cop & Teresa a few more times) I found out that CR on the map meant "County Road" so I should have been looking for County Road "M" the W meant West though it did not say that on the map (stupid Yahoo map LOL) I did make it back on track to her house with the help of Teresa's Husband Brian & Teresa's nice calm voice guiding me along the way.

We arrived and the fun Began! She gave us a tour of her real home and introduced us to her wonderful pet family. Her birds are so cute and totally smart & friendly. The girls and I fell in love with them right away even though at first they were a bit shy. Picasso was my favorite and Sarah was in love with Baju. After we met the bird family, we met their wonderful Dog family. They too were very sweet (Especially Shelby) Oscar was a little fussy but I think it was just too many women in the house for his taste LOL. He was so funny. Any time Sarah moved he'd fuss and run away.

Then we went to the Dollhouse room and I got to meet her dollhouses in person!! They are so much more beautiful in person than the pictures she has up online. When we got to the last her houses, she had a present for me sitting there. She remembered that I collect Peacocks! Here is a picture of it:


After the girls and I enjoyed viewing her newest Dollhouse (The Clock Shop) and doll (House from Debsminis & Doll from Bella Dolls) we went to the Dungeon.

She had her table set up with everything we needed to have fun. Bowls of Candy and Doritos to snack on to keep the creative juices flowing. She had me send her pictures of the girls ahead of time and when we got there we saw why! She had Cardboard purses for the girls to decorate themselves and there picture fits in the outside pocket of it. She had paints, brushes and glitter and all things that sparkle. EVERYTHING that was Bling Bling was there! The girls were so excited. She then gave me a choice of wooden boxes the one I choose was circular and she told me to pick a pattern I would want to paint on it. I found one pattern but did not have the confidence that I could imitate it myself.

Well, I found out right away that Teresa is an EXCELLENT Teacher! She taught me how to hold the brush and where to add pressure to it to create the design I wanted and Violoa! I was able to create the same look on my box!! I was excited to see it look so much like the one in the pattern book. Here is a shot of that:



Brian (Teresa's Husband) Made Lunch (Taco's and Pop to drink & a layered Jello Surprise for desert ) which we ate on Teresa's fine China in her dinning room! We also drank our pop in her gorgeous Crystal Glasses. The girls were so excited because Brian & Teresa really made all of us feel like we were Special friends not just visitors stooping by! To see how special they treated the girls really touch my heart and made me feel once again how wonderful it is to know them and have them as friends. A few years ago we all went to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago (My Family & Brian, Teresa & Teresa's "Little Sister") and My husband thought they were pretty cool too (which made me feel happy that he liked them right off too).

After we ate, we went back to Play in the Dungeon. Brian made us a Batch of his Special Chocolate Chip cookies and when I tell you they were the best things I ever tasted, I am not stretching the truth! They were totally Divine!! While we were working, Teresa mentioned she wanted to build a Lily dollhouse kit soon. Remember how I said I will never build that kit again unless the person paid me 1 Million dollars because it was one of those kits I had to read the instructions in order to do it right LOL (I hate reading instructions :) when I build even though it's a totally beautiful kit). Well, I told Teresa, when she decided to build it, that I would come spend an entire weekend with her and do it with her. As soon as she told me the story of the lady who will live in it (the doll she will have live there), I was totally sold on wanting to help her build it. Teresa is such a sweet and giving person. When you find people who are truly Good, you love to be around them and I think being with her while I build that house will be fun. I will keep you all posted on that event. The girls were bummed that I said I would stay at her house that weekend without them cause they really liked being there. It was great fun.

Here is a Picture of their project:


So as we completed our projects I noticed the time. I did not want to leave too late at night because as you remember, I got lost getting to her house. So as we prepared to leave, Teresa said I could follow her car to the highway so I would not get lost trying to find it (Even though Brian had already drawn me a map). I was touched by that.

You can get to know Teresa a little bit too by visiting her Blog at http://minimadwoman.blogspot.com/

Today, why not take the time and reflect on your friendships and think of how much your life is enhanced because of the friends in your life. Being with her that day made me think of the Scripture in the Bible found at Proverbs17:17 which says "A true companion is loving all the time, and is a brother that is born for when there is distress." (Quoted from the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures).

Brian & Teresa was so loving to us and she knew I was distressed about the drive & went out of her way to show me the correct way to get back on the highway so I'd make it home safely. Today, I celebrate my Friendships, Old & New! I hope you all do the same!

Thanks for stopping by to Read my Blog today!!