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PHOTO OF DESIGN/SEWING ENTRY

Monday, September 03, 2012

My Granddaughter recently entered a local contest in which she was given two pair of old jeans to use in designing and sewing BY HAND an outfit which she could model.

This is what she came up with.




So if you thought sewing by hand was a lost art, there are plenty of 12 yr olds out there who are interested!

Karen

  
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DGAIL51 9/5/2012 2:50PM

    Very impressive! Denim is hard to work with on a sewing machine, so I cannot imagine sewing a garment by hand. She is obviously very talented in design and in sewing, and a beautiful girl as well.

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MADAMES 9/4/2012 9:28PM

    What a charming and clever young lady! I know you are proud!

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ZEEDRA 9/4/2012 2:19PM

    Wonderful and so great for self-esteem. She's lovely, too, Karen. Inside and out, I'm sure.

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CHRISTINASP 9/4/2012 2:06PM

    She did a wonderful job! And did it by HAND... ouch! She must have a lot of stamina!

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FISHINGLADY66 9/3/2012 9:57PM

    That's absolutely beautiful and stylish. She should be very proud of herself. She has talent and patients. I'm sure you are very proud of her.

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JUSTBIRDY 9/3/2012 5:57PM

    really cute!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/3/2012 5:16PM

    Very creative. I love it. She is really talented. The next Donna Karan.

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TUFFYBIRD 9/3/2012 4:39PM

    How creative - and she did a really good job too! emoticon

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SIONED40 9/3/2012 2:32PM

  She did a great job...it looks really cute.

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JOANNS4 9/3/2012 2:13PM

    Your granddaughter is beautiful and so talented, too.

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LAC936 9/3/2012 1:50PM

    Very well done. How old is she, so accomplished.

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HELEN_BRU 9/3/2012 12:29PM

    Quite an accomplishment! You must be so proud!!

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VINGRAM 9/3/2012 12:22PM

    Very cute! I have to have instructions to sew on a button! emoticon

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JEANNE229 9/3/2012 12:00PM

    I love the outfit (and the motivation) and the little gal is a cutie, too!

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PJSTIME 9/3/2012 11:19AM

    That is wonderful and all by hand WOW

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GABY1948 9/3/2012 11:11AM

    WOW what an accomplishment! I am not sure I could even do that well with my machine! She is to be praised! Thanks for sharing, Karen!

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WOUBBIE 9/3/2012 10:33AM

    Holy cow that's cute! She's very talented!

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DEMETERSCO 9/3/2012 10:26AM

    How very creative!

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SOPHIEMAE2007 9/3/2012 10:00AM

    Cute! I made a downfilled vest in home-economis at that age, which was sewed by machine and the only thing I ever sewed.

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AMAZING STREET ART (pics)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

This is art that is drawn on a FLAT SURFACE, a sidewalk, believe it or not!



The man in black is a real person walking across the art.

With his NASA background, perhaps it shouldnít be surprising that artist and architect Kurt Wenner has an out of this world imagination and the skills to bring passerby into the picture. When viewed from the correct angle, people standing on top of them look like they are floating in thin air, and solid concrete can look like gaping chasms. Kurt has been perfecting his technique since 1982. Now, using the skills he has perfected over 30 years, he is able to create stereoscopic images, such as the one above enabling people to walk along imaginary webs slung by Spiderman.


Talk about SuperSize It!


The guy on his knees is real. The rest is art.

  
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BOOKWORM27S 9/5/2012 11:00AM

    That is incredible!! What talent!
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CONNIER64 9/3/2012 1:33AM

    Amazing art! Thank you for sharing emoticon

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ZEEDRA 8/31/2012 10:47AM

    Incredible! I've seen it before but didn't make note of his name. Thanks, Karen.

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KARENNK8 8/31/2012 9:51AM

    These are wonderful, and he's an amazing artist, isn't he? I too wish I could see some of his art in person, and I'd also love to see that documentary. Thank you, Karen, for posting this... I've seen a lot before online, but it's been a long time. Nice to refresh my memory of such unusual and outstanding work!

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JENNY888 8/30/2012 7:24PM

    Thanks for sharing these. They are amazing.

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FISHINGLADY66 8/30/2012 4:57PM

    I would love to see some of this art first hand . I have seen some in e-mails sent to me. Absolutely emoticon What great talent.

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GABY1948 8/30/2012 11:59AM

    These are so cool! I have seen others before but these are SUPER! emoticon

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JEANNE229 8/30/2012 10:03AM

    These are great. Thanks for the share.

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HELEN_BRU 8/30/2012 9:35AM

    Just amazing !

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PJSTIME 8/30/2012 6:32AM

    He has an incredible talent and I would love to actually see some of his work. Fasinating and so real looking.

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KICK-SS 8/30/2012 1:09AM

    They had a documentary on TV one night - forgot which channel it was, maybe Discover or something. It showed him painting those and how he did it - and what his methods to get that depth like he does. It was SUPER interesting to watch. The documentary's been on a couple of times now.

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SIONED40 8/29/2012 9:23PM

  I have seen his stuff before and it is mind blowing...what a talent and gift he has. I always wish I could see one in real life and also get to see others reactions to this incredible art work.

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TXGRANDMA 8/29/2012 9:18PM

    These images are amazing. I have seen them in Emails, all except the first two! emoticonfor sharing!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/29/2012 8:12PM

    He is amazing!

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PAMNANGEL 8/29/2012 7:39PM

    WOW!!!

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TUFFYBIRD 8/29/2012 7:36PM

    Absolutely emoticon

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USING FOOD AS MEDICINE

Saturday, August 25, 2012

You might already know, because Iíve certainly blogged and posted enough about it, that Iíve adjusted my way of eating over the past year to successfully bring my blood sugar and cholesterol (HDL, LDL, Triglycerides) all safely within a really healthy range.

Now I see that my blood pressure (BP) is higher than it used to be a few years ago. Itís not dangerously high, but like everything else Iíve tackled, it seems to creeping up with every year.

So, Iím tackling this the way I do everything. I search the net, read extensively and try various methods that I hope will work.

Iíd like to know if any of you have SUCCESSFULLY LOWERED YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE over a period of time and how you managed to do that.

Has anyone tried the basic ďcut out saltĒ method?


Or have you found that 30 minutes of exercise a day has really changed your readings?

Have any of the herbs or vegetables recommended to be added to your diet for lowering BP really worked for you?

Please elaborate all you want. I need to hear it.

I welcome ANYTHING youíve tried and what the results were for YOU!

Thanks, Spark Friends.

Karen

  
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FISHINGLADY66 8/26/2012 9:19PM

    I can't help you because I don't have high blood pressure and have never been concerned about it. But I am very interested in this subject so I will be following your blogs. Thanks for the subject.

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KICK-SS 8/26/2012 1:25AM

    I don't do anything "different" except when I'm losing weight, my bp tends to go down. I would think the exercise helps it as well, or just moving around. I walk daily and I believe it has an effect, but never correlated the two.

I do keep tabs on my bp and will check it randomly and while I take 1/2 of a diuretic (hctz) that seems to be all I need now. I was taking a whole hctz and another medication as well.

And I seldom eat any "processed" foods - I don't know as the salt makes a difference in me, but all of those other chemicals I think do.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/25/2012 9:50PM

    Cutting out salt only works if you are salt sensitive. A certain percentage of the population is.

I lowered my B.P. when I got rid of most processed food and went to lower carb. I had to cut back from 3 B.P pills a day to one and my B.P. now is almost always in the normal range.

Hawthorn worked for me to lower blood pressure but it is a potent herb. I would use diet.

Exercise does help and so does meditation.

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GLC2009 8/25/2012 8:07PM

    thanks for writing the blog. the responses have been very interesting and informative. i too am concerned about my blood pressure. i stopped eating wheat in january. i don`t eat sugar or add salt to my food. i only buy cans foods that say no salt added (though i rarely use canned foods)
well the top number of my blood pressure has gone down. but the bottom number is still about the same. i have no idea what that means. i just go with the idea that any numbers lowered is a good thing.
and i see a couple ideas here i am going to add to what i am already doing. emoticon
ps -- i have tried to google this change in only the top number, but, i haven`t found anything.

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GABY1948 8/25/2012 6:06PM

    Grreat one, Karen. I haven't lowered mine yet but am interested in doing so. One thing I can tell you is that I was never a "salt" person...I have never added any salt to anything...so that would be easy...however I think as I have learned about the "hidden sugar" from your blogs and my checking now that the hidden salt must be just as bad or worse! I am so aggravated about ALL the added sugar in everything from spaghetti sauce to toilet paper I am sick of processed foods altogether. There is not one manufacturer of processed it seems that cares about anything but selling MORE, MORE, MORE. I think it is disgusting...so I will still be watching your blogs closely...if I learn anything I will certainly share it with you! Thanks for another great blog!

P.S. I forgot to mention I hate the "fake" fiber they are putting in foods too!

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ZEEDRA 8/25/2012 10:53AM

    Wish I could help. You are already doing so many things that are healthy. I recently had an appointment with an alternative medicine person--a "registered holistic nutritional consultant".

Because I have Angina, perhaps these things can relate:

....Dandelion root tea (and others) for liver function (and beets, arugula, artichokes, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts, and water+lemon)
....Books: Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis. I'm reading this now and though I'm not going cold turkey, I'm trying to find replacements for wheat and other grains (gluten-free) which isn't easy. Many packages say "gluten-free" but include instead all kinds of starches.
....Exercise: hand weights, mini trampoline, waking, stretching
....Co-enzyme Q10 "Ubiquinol", 100 mg daily. I had been doing this but not the "ubiquinol"...I've started that but it's way more expensive than the regular Q10.
....Protein with every meal.

I'm also taking Omega-3 daily, again a good, expensive kind (I know--the two aren't always the same).

As you know, Karen, stress does not help high blood pressure!

Good luck with your search!
:)


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ALISHAB3 8/25/2012 10:37AM

    Yes, I have successfully lowered my blood pressure. I take a fish oil (good one, no mercury.) with my breakfast (never on an empty stomach.) It works really well. Also, you can use 'salt substitute' instead of all table salt (sodium) in your cooking. There is a lot of hidden salt in bread.

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CHRISTINASP 8/25/2012 10:25AM

    I used to have high blood pressure due in part, I think, to medications I had to take. It lowered after I quit those medidcations, but I also got serious with meditation and doing yoga in that period. So I like to think that learning to consciously relax on a daily basis helps.
"Eat to Live', a book you and I have talked about, mentions several times how people following that program got rid of high blood pressure.

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MOMMAPAM1 8/25/2012 9:56AM

    Hi Karen,

I have tried the "cut out salt" method and it helped a bit but I found that there is so much hidden salt in other things.

I've recently started the DASH diet and can't say if its working.

Exercise really helps lower my blood pressure but I have to be consistent with it.

Even a 1 or 2 pound weight loss seems to be good for my blood pressure. I notice a significantly drop when I lost 8 pounds.

Getting more sleep and drinking at least 10 (8 oz.) of water has been more helpful. I feel less stressed when I've had at least 6 hours of sleep. Anything more than 7 hours usually makes me feel sluggish.




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CATHY629 8/25/2012 9:36AM

    Karen, i have read that beetroots can help to lower blood pressure.you can read about it on lovebeetroot.co.uk.
also if you google Beetroot to lower blood pressure,there are quite a lot of articles on the subject
Cathy

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The Odd Couple(s) Pics

Monday, August 20, 2012


Itís not clear why this stray black cat turned up in the bear enclosure at the Berlin Zoo, but sheís been coming back for 10 years to see her friend, the oldest known female Asiatic bear. Love is love :)

Doesn't everyone cuddle with turtles?




You don't think stripes go with spots?

Everyone needs a HUG!

  
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DGAIL51 8/24/2012 9:31AM

    Put a smile on my face and in my heart! Thanks.

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SIONED40 8/22/2012 3:23PM

  these were great...wow...thanks for sharing.

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GABY1948 8/21/2012 7:20AM

    Thank you, Karen! I love these blogs...

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TUFFYBIRD 8/20/2012 5:52PM

    How sweet! Thank you.

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SUEO451 8/20/2012 5:19PM

    Thank you for sharing -

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ZEEDRA 8/20/2012 1:39PM

    Lovely and touching and so sweet. Can we learn anything from these pictures?

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KADYSMOM11 8/20/2012 1:38PM

    so sweet! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/20/2012 12:26PM

    I loved them. They were totally wonderful and just what I needed today.

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MSGO72 8/20/2012 11:12AM

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JEANNE229 8/20/2012 10:52AM

    We had a fawn (something killed his mother and my brother found him nearly dead in the weeds). We bottle fed him and he grew up and slept and ate with our 2 dogs. We wrote "PET" in red letters on his side during deer hunting season, but he disappeared anyway. He was a fun "dog" for our ranch. It was a sad loss.

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FISHINGLADY66 8/20/2012 9:34AM

    So Sweet!. Puts a smile on my face and a hug in my heart. (((Hugs))) to you Karen. Have a Wonderful Day and give someone a hug.

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 8/20/2012 9:28AM

    So cute!! Love these pics!! Thank you!! emoticon

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KAYYVAUGHN 8/20/2012 8:36AM

    Love is all around us. I love these photos.
You start my day with a smile.
Kay

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WAVAIRENE 8/20/2012 8:31AM

    I love these silly things. I look at them all the time on AOL. :) Thanks for the smile. emoticon

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Too Old To Stretch? (photo)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Do you think you're too old and stiff to stretch? I don't think so!



  
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LAVENDERLILY 8/21/2012 5:32PM

    emoticon emoticon What a delightful picture!

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DINIE123 8/17/2012 6:39PM

  I cannot believe it. That is one of my favorite pictures, I have it on my motivational collage, look at it every time I feel too tired to exercise. Thanks for sharing this, I am in Mexico now and don't have the pic with me, but I needed to see it today. Have a good one, Diane emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WILSON1926 8/17/2012 8:31AM

    OMG!!!!! FANTASTIC

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/16/2012 8:12PM

    OMG!! This is soooooooo wrong. LOL.

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JENNY888 8/16/2012 3:16PM

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DOTTIEJANE1 8/16/2012 11:47AM

    Good for her .

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GABY1948 8/16/2012 10:56AM

    I LOVE this picture and love the thought! But I can't do this...never could I don't believe...I love your blogs, Thanks!

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ZEEDRA 8/16/2012 10:00AM

    I'd like to see her do that with BOTH legs. Yah!

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FISHINGLADY66 8/16/2012 9:53AM

    I do my stretching exercise every day, but I can't do that. Never could at any age. emoticon

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ZEEDRA 8/16/2012 9:31AM

    I can't do that...I couldn't do it at ANY time in my life. But I would like to be able to bend down to pick up my newspaper in the morning with a little more grace. :)

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OCTOBERBORN 8/16/2012 9:14AM

    OMGosh! emoticon

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KAYYVAUGHN 8/16/2012 8:52AM

    She is way past me.
I'm trying to touch my toes and I'm there yet.
Kay

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PJSTIME 8/16/2012 8:45AM

    Holy cow - I could never do that.

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NOMIS1 8/16/2012 8:29AM

    Sure puts me to shame.

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NJJ-EXERCISE30 8/16/2012 8:19AM

    Oh My!! emoticon

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ELRIDDICK 8/16/2012 8:15AM

  Thanks for sharing

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