SAMMIESMOM13's SparkPeople Blog SAMMIESMOM13's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Thread painting explained <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> Thread painting is literally painting with thread. I am an artist rather than a seamstress (machines hate me so this will be an interesting journey! LOL) I have plans for painting portions of my paintings with thread. I already am doing that with hand needlework, this would be added in as well, for large... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 11:44:45 EST Thread painting practice <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my first thread painting- done on a small fabric panel and then quilted. Plan to give it to a friend for Christmas. Good practice, fun, and I did learn a couple things. <em>334</em> YAY! <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas everyone! Tue, 20 Dec 2016 21:15:09 EST New kitchen (soon?), New apron. :D <img src=""> Just finished sewing this this afternoon. I decided I wanted to have it lined, so that made me "think" just a bit harder as the instructions were just for the panel. Can't wait to get to use it. Sun, 11 Oct 2015 19:33:52 EST First little wall quilt <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my first attempt at making a quilt. Had fun doing it and think it turned out ok for a first try. Camera flash h... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 09:44:04 EST Little Griffin - Update. Hopefully the last one. :) This will hopefully be my last update on Little Griff. I hope this will mean the cancer is gone for good and he will be on the road to full recovery and a long life. God Bless him and his family. <BR> <BR> (This was Posted by his mother on FB) <BR> Biopsy results are in... <BR> <BR> By jill dahmen — 14 hours ago <BR> So there are times in your life when you need to pray big, you need to pray big like you need air to live. This is how we have lived the last few months. We have been praying... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 09:45:10 EST God is good. Little Griff Update Griffin is not my child, I am just posting his mom's updates on her blog, in hopes that more folks hearing his story will mean more folks sending up prayers for him. Thanks. I would also like to add, I am not good at getting back to folks, just not enough time, when they post here, but oh, thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers. These updates, good or bad, always bring me to tears. <BR> <BR> God is good. <BR> <BR> By jill dahmen — 9 hours ago <BR> Griffin is like an infant again... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:38:51 EST Little Griffin - Update. Be prepared for tears I am just reposting a blog by his mom, asking for prayers. This is not my child, nor grandchild, but he is a child of God and needs our love and prayers even if he never knows how many there are out there for him. Thanks so much. <BR> <BR> <BR> With all my heart <BR> <BR> By jill dahmen — Mar 25, 2015 10:07pm <BR> Griffin is such an interesting child. As a baby he was a piece of cake...well actually more like an ENTIRE cake (he was deliciously chunky!). Then he became a toddler that I da... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 10:00:18 EST GOOD NEWS! More prayers please!!! News on little Griffin. Please continue to pray for him and his family, also if you have prayer chains, please add the family to them. Thank you..... <BR> <BR> <BR> Alright good news and then more good news....sound GOOD?! READY?! Drumroll please.....the results from yesterdays PET scan came back CLEAR!!! Can we hear an AMEN?! We were all moved to tears, obviously! As the doctor was preparing to deliver the news, as you can imagine we all held our breathe. As she said it was ... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:50:24 EST NO FEAR! Little Griff's story begins. Just try not to cry... The following was written by 7 yr. old Griffin's mom. Please help us pray for them. <BR> <BR> Oh friends. Today was a tough day. It felt a bit like a punch in the gut if I'm being honest. So we sat in front of Griff's oncologist and listened to her explain what we are battling. It is called a Ewing Sarcoma. It is a rare, aggressive form of cancer most typically found in children. This is something that most likely hasn't been there very long...maybe a handful of months? It grows quickl... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:40:00 EST Getting to know your Spark Friends! It's time for a get to know your Spark friends… borrowed from CLAIREINPARIS!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your go to chewing gum flavour… I don't chew much gum, but I guess it would be Juicy Fruit <BR> <BR> Best time of the year… I love Fall, the colors, the cool, and the slowing down and getting ready for the quiet of winter. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you were a toe nail polish what color would you be….Soft, sparkly pink. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Favorite pie… Apple or rhubarb cream, from an old family... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 09:11:22 EST World's tallest American flagpole <link><BR>ig </link> <BR> <BR> This is very cool to see how it was done. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:12:49 EST The worst things you can eat and why I have to admit I do love pizza. <em>40</em> Oh, oh, and ice cream <em>24</em> Thank heavens I've always seen bisquits and gravy as horrid!!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Diet” foods <BR> <BR> “Foods labeled ‘fat-free’ or ‘diet’ can often contain more sugar and chemicals than their full-fat counterparts,” nutritionist Keri Glassman told us. “They end up being less satisfying and are over-consumed.” <BR> <BR> Think of it this way: Fat is flavor, so when the fat comes out, ... Sun, 11 May 2014 11:18:02 EST Thoughts to live by. A touching commercial, from Thailand, that needs no words. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>wUcbQ </link> <BR> <BR> Another copy/paste. Something has sure changed and not for the better. I don't understand why they can't just leave things alone. Arrrrgggghhhh. This is so worthwhile to watch. <BR> <BR> <BR> wUcbQ Sat, 10 May 2014 10:31:24 EST Who gives this Woman? This is the most touching tribute from a father I've ever heard... You got it, it's another "copy/paste". Gosh, I sure wish this would work. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ?rel=0 <BR> Mon, 5 May 2014 15:03:42 EST Luckiest Unlucky Man Ever!!! Supposedly a true story!!! I sure wish I knew why this won't post a working link any longer. Copy/paste time again. <BR> <BR><BR>kEI Sat, 3 May 2014 13:53:18 EST No wonder our court system is clogged... Unbelievable. <BR> <BR> Once again it won't work as a link so you have to copy/paste. It's good for a laugh, but it really should make you want to cry or scream- or something... <BR><BR>tOE#t=383 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:47:54 EST Need a pet? Get one from thin air! Once again - it won't work to link, but you can copy/paste and it will work that way. So I am just putting it in that way, rather than the link feature. He is really something to see. Not, long, but amazing. And I'm not even into magic! <BR> <BR> <BR> yTtJg10 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:50:58 EST On a personal note. It's been a tough couple of weeks, but I think I'm finally getting things under control. DH had to have surgery 2 wks. ago. Then the same day I get a call from my DD that Grampy isn't at all good. He drove home, didn't tell us, at 600 miles a day for 3 days. He has COPD and it nearly killed him. So after Drs., then several days in the hospital he's now here with us/me. I'm "nurse and nanny" to keep his meds going, make him get up and walk, make him sit up and not sleep all day, take him... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:08:13 EST Late, but cute. April Fools <link><BR>ulls-ultimate-prank-strict-professor-2<BR>D79488137 </link> Tue, 8 Apr 2014 09:33:40 EST Tissues please- Pay it Forward I can't bring this one up by clicking but I can by copy/pasting. Hope you can. I think it will touch you deeply. <BR> <BR> This one's a tear jerker... <BR> <link><BR>uVSkT7k </link> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 09:40:24 EST The Cat and the Ducklings (in Ireland) A smile for the day. OK, for some reason this link won't work for me. If it doesn't work, just copy/paste. It works then. Goofy... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hFoaE4s </link> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:53:04 EST Sad, happy, sad... Another God bless them, with tears in my eyes and gratitude in my heart... <BR> <link><BR>-wwii-widow-68-years-find-missing-husb<BR>and-hero/ </link> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:41:48 EST God Bless this Fellow. Strict math teacher's secret identity... as a baby cuddler <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> With his short gray hair, watchful eyes, authoritative voice and stern manner, high school math teacher and Vietnam veteran Jim O'Connor is used to commanding respect in the classroom. So his students were surprised to learn about his nickname at the hospital where he volunteers:... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 09:30:43 EST WOW- I want to go here. Proud to be an American <link><BR>u74oo&feature=player_embedded </link> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 09:56:46 EST Smiles for today. <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 9 Jan 2014 11:44:23 EST Understand guns and gun laws The truth about the Arapahoe School shooting: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The truth about gun control, and gun ownership: <BR> <link><BR>t=21 </link> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 10:30:03 EST Tears of Sorrow This has me in tears of sorrow. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:38:35 EST Merry Christmas from me and my Gang! <img src=""> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:50:21 EST Very Special Attitude of Gratitude Day 5 This makes me feel proud to cry. How lucky am I to be able just to hear these sounds? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>venema.htm </link> Sun, 1 Dec 2013 12:00:05 EST Attitude of Gratitude Day 4 Nostalgia and Sadness. Today I am very grateful to be feeling these feelings. As I place out my Christmas decorations so many happy and long gone memories come to mind. They are wonderful memories but also because of losses and alzheimers and such, as life brings us, I am feeling somewhat blue as well. At times even a few tears fill my eyes. I am so grateful to have these feelings- they mean I have had a wonderful, happy life filled with wonderful and special people and times. Some peop... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 16:22:27 EST Attitude of Gratitude Day 3 I'm thankful for getting so old and in pain that when my family has to head home, altho I am still lonesome to see them go, I'm also ready to stop for the day because I'm tired and hurting, so I'm not "quite" as sad to see them go! So waving good bye isn't quite as hard. Thu, 28 Nov 2013 23:47:17 EST Attitude of Gratitude Day 2 Today I am thankful I have a house that needs to be cleaned and tidied. Think of all the people who don't have a roof over their head to clean. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 09:12:45 EST Attitude of Gratitude Challenge - DAY ONE This is a challenge to think of one thing in our lives each day to be grateful for, one that we normally wouldn't see as a blessing or be grateful for. It is an exercise in seeing your life from a different perspective. <BR> <BR> Here goes: <BR> I am grateful for being an only child, and the rather lonely childhood it created. We moved alot so I had to keep starting over making friends. When we went on trips I had no one to play with, at home, again, no one to play with. No one to star... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 08:55:44 EST Do you love day to day history? Not sure how to title this one, best I could do. This is sort of a sad, nostalgic video link. About an old farmstead. I love to see places like this one. They are quickly disappearing. At least part of this one will be kept to see somewhere. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 24 Nov 2013 11:38:59 EST Saterday giggles <link><BR>t=15 </link> <link> </link> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 09:07:26 EST Where I wanna be! <link> </link> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 14:34:44 EST Veteran's Day Today I am feeling blue and tired and just plain not so hot. But I still want to say thank you to all those who have fought, died, and been wounded in body and soul for us and this great country. <BR> You are in my prayers and in my heart. GOD BLESS YOU AND GOD BLESS AMERICA! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 09:31:42 EST Happy Halloween! <link><BR>t=57 </link> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:15:05 EST Incredible!!! It ends well, don't have a heart attack! <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>m=en-us_msnhp#/video/a7139fb9-387e-423<BR>f-a8c4-52afd2b25cb4 </link> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 11:11:35 EST Just bought me a new puppy. :D <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 15:27:20 EST What is this country turning into? I am just so disturbed by this I needed to vent a bit. <BR> <BR> The family of a Colorado preacher’s wife is still fuming after the director of the city-owned cemetery refused to engrave her final resting place with the name ‘Jesus’ because it might offend people. The city eventually reversed course under public pressure. <BR> <BR> “We were in disbelief,” said Stacy Adams, the daughter-in-law of Linda Baker. “Who tries to censor Jesus from a cemetery?” <BR> <BR> Linda Baker lost her batt... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 10:07:06 EST Smiles and Tears (of joy) Smiles.... <BR> <link><BR>t=58 </link> <BR> and tears... <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 09:46:22 EST Laugh for the day... This one "speaks for itself". Hahaha~ <BR> <BR> <link><BR>m=en-us_msnhp#/video/a485a785-d9d7-487<BR>1-8867-cff4cc82b267 </link> Mon, 7 Oct 2013 10:41:27 EST This one is worth a repeat. This came in one of my daily SP emails. I really like what it says, it's worth repeating- every day! <BR> <BR> SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says: <BR> At some point you realize that life is just that: life. Ups, downs, good, bad, it's all just life. It all balances out, and letting every little bump in the road sideline you is no way to live. Sun, 6 Oct 2013 11:34:02 EST Another funny guilty dog video I just never get tired of these. They are soooo funny. :) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 5 Oct 2013 11:30:45 EST Melt Your Heart... and make you smile. Have a wonderful day everyone. <em>335</em> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 4 Oct 2013 10:33:10 EST Bestest Buddies- cute <link>,He<BR>dgehog-And-Dog-%28Best-Buddies%29/ </link> Tue, 1 Oct 2013 12:06:40 EST Aieeey Chihuahua!!! World's smallest dog! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/off-the-leash-blog-post?post=4539290c<BR>-396a-4b1b-9d1e-332c4e838fe1 </link> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 21:09:37 EST Your mind- friend or enemy? Today I'll "deviate" from my "fun and interesting" items I usually post to try and give folks a smile for their day. <BR> <BR> I read another blog by Cybershell that made me think a bit. It was a good blog and I'd like to add my "2 cents worth" to her thoughts. <BR> Your senses do make a difference to how you perceive things, but even more so is what your mind can do. <BR> <BR> I teach piano lessons and one of the things I've learned is I do not allow my students to say (or think) "t... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 09:21:05 EST Can you solve this real-life biological mystery? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Can you solve this real-life biological mystery? <BR> <BR> Turns out there really are some real-life mysteries left. Scientists are at a loss to identify a weird, webbed structure found in the Peruvian Amazon: a sort of fence-like ring surrounding a miniature tower. Wired reports that they were first spotted by Georgia Tech grad student Troy Alexander of the Tambopata Research Center in Peru, who posted images of ... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 10:01:08 EST