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Wednesday, March 31, 2010


I've been really lax in eating right for the last week and a half, still carrying on the birthday celebration. I had a good pep talk to myself last night and This morning I decided to shoot for a PSD, Perfect Spark Day! In other words, I would track my food and write down everything that went in my mouth. I would also revive the last few days of my Lenten vow to give up all sweets and desserts until Easter. I've got four more days and I can do this. So food tracking is a must and also adding more fruits and veggies. I've fallen down in that area. So easy to get off track. I'm glad March is over. It was doctor month and every week we had appmts for Mom-in-Law, me and hubby. Today was my last one I hope. I had a calcium scoring so we will see how that goes. I will have to redefine some goals for April.

Now to yesterday's post on what is my passion? I think my passion is working with fabric in some shape or form, thus my love of decorating as I get to play with fabrics everyday. I love decorating a room with 3 or 4 different fabric prints and have it look special. So yesterday I stumbled onto a blog written by a quilter and she directed me to several quilting teams on Spark. I've joined one called Quilt and Lose and there is lots of sharing about quilting on there. I have several books on quilting and occasionally I will buy a quilter's magazine. I even start projects but rarely finish them. That would be my goal in the future, finish the project. Trouble is, what do you do with all those quilts? There is a website called www.etsy.com where you can list and sell home crafted items. Maybe that is something I could do. I am a very good sales person and promoter in addition to being a decorator. "If you don't tell'em, you can't sell'em!" Maybe I could learn how to set up a store in etsy and help other local craftsmen sell their wares and I would earn a little as well. I could earn money for my church as churches are also hurting in this economy. And Lutherans are quilters!

A couple of years ago, hubby and I went on a mission trip to Peru with the Rotary Club. Our mission was to build wheelchairs for disabled persons, many of whom were children. I took a huge duffel bag full of discontinued upholstery fabrics with the thought of making bags for the wheelchairs. When I got there, we were building wheelchairs from scrap parts, tattered and torn cushions and arm rests. Each chair was specifically designed for the disabled person and their disabilities. They found me a sewing machine that I managed to get working and I sewed for a full week from dawn to dusk. I covered cushions, made cushions out of foam and covered them, covered head rests and arm rests. You name it, I covered it. I sewed and sewed and I went to the bathroom and had lunch and sewed some more. One of the last jobs I did was for a girl who was about 13 who had spina bifida and also epilepsy. She was so sad as she could receive treatment in the USA or any other developed country. But in Peru in her poverty, she was relegated to having a huge hump, lying down all day, eating only soup and having some sort of seizure every 30 min or so. The wheelchair makers for her had a huge piece of foam that they had cut out an egg shaped hole for her back hump to fit into. It was presented to me to cover with fabric and they wondered how I would do it. But to me, it was just like setting a sleeve in a coat and I soon had a nice cover for her. That was our last day and the next day was a free shopping and sightseeing day before we headed back to the states. I had worked so hard, that I became sick with a migraine and upset stomach. I made my husband go with the group and I stayed in bed, alternating between sleeping and throwing up. We left that evening, I took a tylenol PM and slept on the plane, all screwed up in that little plane seat. There is no place like the good old USA!

So I guess that something to do with fabric would be my continued passion. Organization is the key and the first step would be to get my sewing machine cleaned and oiled. Then I could drag out the Quilt Block a month project that I started several years ago. You make a square and you use the same patterns but each block is for a different month. I think I did through March and then I got bored with it, but it is time to get it out again. You see, that is designing for me, picking out the fabrics to use for the house and the roof and the sky and have it correlate with the month I am designing. I just pulled out three of the squares. January has a dark blue sky with white embroidered stars on it, a quilted white for snow, an evergreen tree and a snowman out of a light grey floral. February has the same light grey floral for the snowy sky and a swirly white and beige fabric for snow on the ground. A gingerbread man with heart buttons and a red house with a heart on the door and a heart in the mailbox. The next one I started as March but I think I decided it looked more like April and spring. So I've got to do another March. I think living in Florida skewed my idea of Spring but this year was so much colder and rainier in March that I could go in that route. Guess I've got a new project. Have to include my dog Panda in one of them for sure. Each design has the same house with different fabrics.
Got to get to work and stop playing. emoticon emoticon

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2BTHINQUILTER 3/31/2010 6:59PM

    Quilters don't worry about what they're going to do with their quilts. There is always someone you can give them to, or if you're like many of us. we just stack them up!

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GIVWIG 3/31/2010 2:04PM

    I think it's very coincidental that your quilt project had 3 months complete and you are starting it up again. Since we are starting into the 4th month of this year, maybe you can set a goal of completing 1 square each month!! Good luck! Glad to hear you found your passion!!

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JENNY888 3/31/2010 1:56PM

    I like you, once had a passion for quilting, but seldom finished them. The planning process was the best part for me. I guess it tells a little about my personality. It is easier for me to plan than to finish.

I am glad you have discovered your passion and the need to finish. I look forward to seeing pictures of your quilts.

Your blog has reminded me of what motivation helping others can be. I don't think there is any stronger motivation for me. Thank for sharing.

BTW, I once had a dog named Panda also. It was a sheepdog and one of the nicest dogs I ever had.

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LJCANNON 3/31/2010 1:04PM

    Your quilts sound lovely. I am looking forward to seeing pictures of them.
It seems like you have found your true PASSION.

My Grandmother was a quilter and she could have made money selling her quilts, but she always gave them to Family, Friends, and the Church for fundraisers. When she died, I did not let them put flowers on her casket (for one thing that is VERY expensive!) but I put one of her last quilts over the casket. Everyone who knew her thought that the quilt was a perfect touch.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010


First thing I read this morning in my in-box was a Spark article about discovering your passion. It got me thinking about what is my passion? My business is a franchise and most of the other decorator franchise owners see it as their passion, being a decorator, but I have never truly felt that way. When I purchased my franchise (which is Decorating Den Interiors) 26 years ago, I was looking for a business opportunity, a job. There was an article in a Woman's Day magazine about a franchise owner in Illinois and I showed the article to my husband and said, "I think I can do this." I was a seamstress and I made every stitch of clothing that I wore including complicated jackets made out of plaids that had to be matched. I was a whiz at setting a sleeve. But with small children and a career in the Air Force Reserve, my sewing days were lagging behind. Then, when I purchased my franchise, I loved having access to all those beautiful decorator fabrics. I still do and I can't bring myself to throw out the old books so I donate them to quilters. And I have rolls of leftover fabrics stacked in corners around the house.

I love being a decorator and helping others to make their homes beautiful, one beautiful room at a time. But there are aspects of my business that I despise, like bookkeeping and paying the bills. And problems and challenges. I just turned 62 and I have been in business 26 years in June. So, the article I read this morning has sparked me to write down what it is that I want to do with the rest of my life. To be continued, I have to get to work.

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GIVWIG 3/30/2010 12:57PM

    The article also had me thinking. I'm planning on retiring from the military next year and need to start thinking about what my passion might be. I would like to do something part time, just to supplement my retirement. I'm too young (44) to quit working altogether. Like you I will have to do some serious soul searching. Thanks for your blogs!!

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KASEYCOFF 3/30/2010 9:43AM

    That's intriguing - and I'll be very interested in reading what you blog next. I'll have to do some thinking of my own, now that you've (you should pardon the pun) sparked my interest... :-)

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RITAROSE 3/30/2010 9:29AM

  I'm almost 53, have raised 5 kids and have a job I enjoy a lot, but I , too wonder what my passion is and why I haven't discovered it before now!! I will anxiously await your next installment! emoticon

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CAPECODBABE 3/30/2010 9:23AM

    People who know their passions early in life and can make a living doing them are so lucky. I wish you luck finding yours! You are still young enough to have a new career! I know my passion, I just haven't made money yet,,,

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Monday, March 29, 2010


Whew, what a week and weekend! I had a successful home show and I woke up this morning to an article in the paper with a picture of my booth! Attendees at my seminar were quoted as saying it was the best one and they had wanted to call me for a long time and now they will. You can go to www.nwfdailynews.com and go to business, home show article and pictures. I needed that little boost to my self-esteem after struggling so much this year. I saw vendors and prior clients that I hadn't seen in a long time and it was refreshing.

Now, I must start out today and get back to sparking. I weighed in and I've gained 2 pounds. That didn't stay off long enough for me to count it but I'm going back to strict nutrition tracking and measuring my food and eating more veggies. Last week was so hectic. Thursday morning I have the chamber breakfast but I can have eggs and don't have anything else until April 9th when we go to Jacksonville for the Barbershop convention. Then its 2 nights of Hooters and eating out. I feel down on my running 101 program but I will attempt to get back into it tomorrow night. I am about coming to the point of accepting the fact that I may not be running but continuing my walking instead but at least I will participate in the 5K and finish.

Thanks to all of you who have kept with me and motivated me. I'm back.

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    Whooop! Whoooop! Way coooooool!!!! I'm really happy about all of the leads and the interest that was sparked! Sounds like the winter slump is over and you are on a roll! My two pounds came back, too, and I think it is because I quit walking and drinking my water. Why don't I keep walking and drinking water when every time I do it for a week, I lose two or three pounds (and not the same two or three)? Go figure. Have a fantastic week!!!!!


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KASEYCOFF 3/29/2010 10:53AM

    Nice shot of you conducting the seminar - and I especially liked the quote about 'She's very knowledgeable'! You done good, kid. Now you're right, it's back on track, but what a wonderful week / weekend it's been. :-)

p.s. Eating out: eat the veggies first. Don't even get potatoes or rice with your entree; ask them for two portions of the day's veggies. They won't mind, and you will have two lots of better nutrition!

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JENRYAN9278 3/29/2010 9:45AM

    emoticon Glad you had a great show. Keep up the good work!

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Sunday, March 28, 2010


The Home Show is over and I'm taking the night off! It was a successful day today and I got several good decorating leads from it. Today I gave a seminar and talked about color psychology and then showed before and after slides of newly decorated rooms. It was well worth the effort and I was interviewed by a newspaper reporter after the show. She came by the booth and took pictures afterward so that was nice.

I have got to get back on the Spark Track tomorrow. I still haven't returned from the birthday celebration. Hubby went grocery shopping today and bought more ice Cream! What was he thinking. I guess I am going to have to incorporate the ice cream into the menu. I also haven't been good about eating my 5 fruits a day and veggies. Hate to get on the scale tomorrow. But I must. See you then.

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KASEYCOFF 3/29/2010 5:40AM

    Celebrating a birthday - or any other holiday / event - is a 'must.' As long as you focus on 'healthy' and make that your goal, the sidetrips are just that: the fun stuff that makes life worth living. It's no good to live to be 109 when you've plodded your way thru and kept blinders on. I know what they say about 'emotional eating,' but sometimes celebration comes with built-in food (like birthdays and cake!) and you are not feeding bad emotions, you are feeding your heart and soul as part of the good times.

Now: it's Monday morning, do the post-game analysis, and re-focus. You've got an automatic distraction, as you have some new projects to work on!


p.s. That 'psychology of color' sounds like a VERY interesting concept!

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AJDOVER1 3/28/2010 8:14PM

    It sounds like you love what you do!

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Saturday, March 27, 2010


It was a beautiful day here on the Emerald Coast in Florida and I was stuck inside all day at the Home Show. Business was steady and I talked to several people about decorating. Tomorrow I do a seminar about window treatments and decorating. I think it will be good for business. I would have preferred being outside but hey, you do what you have to do. I will have to delve into Spark next week and get back on track.

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KASEYCOFF 3/28/2010 4:12AM

    Yep, you're doing what you gotta do in order to do what you have to do - but it all works out in the end! I'll still be here when you're ready to Spark. :-)

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    sorry you were inside today-spring fever is hard when stuck inside and so pretty outside.
have a good night

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