SASSYBLONDE69's SparkPeople Blog SASSYBLONDE69's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community It's moving! My turtle is moving! So far I'm down 7.2lbs since Feb.19th. Not bad for someone who can't exercise. <BR> <em>521</em> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 23:40:12 EST I'm enthused! Just got a great deal on a set of oil pastels, new in box, on a local garage sale site here. I've been colouring as an adult long before this current craze swept the world. I've always believed it to have theraputic properties. This just takes things a step further for me. I'm not much of an artist when it comes to drawing stuff that looks like actual things, but I do love to play with colour. I've always had a thing for oil pastels, the way they feel, smell, the way the colour can be satura... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 17:12:35 EST So upset! So, got to go away with hubs this weekend. <BR> Sounds great, huh? <BR> Nope. Ended up staying someplace with bedbugs. I am bit to PIECES!!! I'm allergic to most biting bugs, so I'm covered in welts. Disgusting. So now i have to try and keep them out of my house. <BR> Unpacking the car involved grabbing my medications and toiletries. Everything else is in black bags, still in the car where hopefully the heat will help kill anything. <BR> Wed, 6 Apr 2016 23:39:11 EST Learning : Tunisian Crochet <img src=""> I love learning new yarn techniques! This is tunisian crochet - such nice tight uniform stitches! Sat, 26 Mar 2016 00:43:48 EST Sisters! Sister Comfort Dolls are done. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 23 Mar 2016 16:52:24 EST Sweet hubs! Hubs got me a hand made shawl pin! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So in love! Tue, 22 Mar 2016 11:30:47 EST Happy Ostara <img src=""> Sun, 20 Mar 2016 05:48:57 EST Pain and weight loss Not sure what has tipped the scales <em>246</em> for me, but the weight is finally starting to budge. I was happy that it stopped going up, finally, but down is infinitely preferable. <BR> In an enormous amount of pain, and just waiting for the drugs to kick in. Had a nice long soak in the tub with hot water and lots of epsom salts. now my legs are rubbery, but not as sore. Did nothing for my back and hip though. <BR> Oh well, going to have a nice light lunch then see if I can get a coupl... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 16:09:51 EST What a day! Got my errands done, and hurt like a bugger after. Then, I was resting at home, waiting for my meds to kick in (can't have them if i need to drive), and my gf called to surprise me by taking me for a pedicure. It was very nice. We normally have fun, but this was great! <BR> I totally went overboard last night. I ordered pizza, and I don't know why I was so hungry, but I ate the whole thing! I felt so terrible after, but I had a couple of glasses of water, and I knew I'd have some hobbli... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 23:50:34 EST Feeling Low So, been talking with my physiotherapist, kinesiologist, physio coordinator, and my case worker (tomorrow). Seems like they just want to get me to find another job, a seated job, so they can say they did their jobs. What about the pain I'm in all the time? When does that get addressed? The thought of living the rest of my life with this pain is NOT appealing, I can tell you. I just have to remember to mention it to my case worker tomorrow. I don't feel like my quality of life is being address... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 22:25:48 EST Oh me My legs are killing me today. <BR> I did 5 minutes on my new recumbent bike yesterday. I hurt to begin with, adding exercise pain is a bit much lol. I will persevere though. When I consider how much I've gone through already... this is a blip, nothing more. <BR> Been working on my crafts. Almost done 4 more comfort dolls. They are so fun to make and so fun to give. They always make people smile with their quirky expressions and cuddly bodies. <BR> My physiotherapist has told me that I n... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 17:25:19 EST I'm so excited!!!! I found a recumbent exercise bike for $25 on the local garage sale site! My gf sent her husband to help me pick it up. My doctor, physiotherapist, and kinesiologist agree that it's a great idea. Might not be able to do more than a few minutes at a time, but it's something! Sat, 27 Feb 2016 01:32:11 EST Crafty fun! <img src=""> I got these weaving boards over Christmas Holidays, now I'm addicted to making mug rugs! Sat, 20 Feb 2016 04:06:39 EST Soda Stream So, a gf of mine gifted me with a Soda Stream machine. Pretty cool device. Fill your bottle with water, screw it onto the base, press however many times you want for your optimum carbonation level. Point of fact, I don't use any of the flavour syrups. <BR> I'm not a huge fan of drinking plain water unless it's ice cold. So I know I haven't been drinking as much as I should. A lot of my "water" intake is in my tea and juice as well as water from the jug in the fridge. For a while now, I'v... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 19:54:16 EST Gift for Myself I made a scarf for myself to go with my new coat, and my ruffle cuffs, <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and for fun, I took a picture of the sparkles in the sun! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 23:45:03 EST Looking forward to a new challenge Going to be learning how to make hairpin lace in the near future. I think I want to start with the scarf, but I do want to work my way up to the sweater. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 19:12:29 EST Cuteness Overload My little buddies modelling a first attempt at a pattern. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 21 Nov 2015 21:54:15 EST Still sick, but... <img src=""> So, I'm still suffering from a lung infection. Having an autoimmune disease makes everything worse. Put on makeup to try and make myself feel better. It worked! Not bad for 46! Wed, 18 Nov 2015 15:56:53 EST Crafty Successes! <img src=""> So, I got my first order for a pair of loom knit ruffle wrist cuffs - yay! Also, have made 2 sales of the pattern in Ravelry - yay! Thu, 15 Oct 2015 22:11:06 EST Not doing great So, we're waiting on tests to find out if I have Fibromyalgia on top of everything else, or maybe it's MS. Either way, I'm not happy. Started physio, don't know how it's going to help nerve damage, but I will jump through their hoops to keep my benefits. <BR> I've been working on my crafts still. Actually came up with my own original pattern, too. Amazed they turned out right the first time! <BR> Ruffle Wrist Cuffs for dressing up plain shirts, sweaters, or jackets. <BR> The red has 3 sets of... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:26:58 EST Faulty Memory So, I still can't remember what I wanted to write about last night. <BR> Irritating. <BR> Today, I put on makeup. I haven't done that in a long time. Not because I felt good, but because I was trying to make myself feel good. It sort of worked. It didn't do anything for the pain, but it did help my mood! Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:09:36 EST Perfect fit! <img src=""> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:52:48 EST And then there were two! <img src=""> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 23:43:33 EST Cutest item I've ever crocheted! Is this not the cutest thing??? <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 14:10:23 EST I just love this! I'm so happy I was able to make this. I've had the pattern for 3 1/2 years, so this makes me happy! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 9 Jul 2015 21:38:40 EST I Was a Snob So, liking things on my friend's feed entries, I would like all of their exercise and fun things. I would like their monthy fitness minutes notifications. <BR> However, I would NOT like the SparkPoints notifications and milestones. <BR> <BR> Why? Well, it's not like we do anything to get them. <BR> <BR> Well, I realized how wrong I was! The notification of SparkPoints milestones is SO important! <BR> <BR> It shows the commitment to log all of you exercise. It shows the commitment to log... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 16:07:04 EST Something new and practical. I learned how to make these great back scrubbers out of cotton! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 2 Jul 2015 23:53:57 EST I can make doggie sweaters! So I made doggie sweaters for my mil's yorkies, Cassie and Kelly. lol <BR> The body is loom knit and the legs are crocheted on. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 21:46:10 EST Early Finish Friday? So yesterday I had a wicked headache. <BR> Today I had a headache, chills and felt weak. <BR> Decided I was going to try starting my doggie sweater pover again. I tried starting it last night, but the yarn is so fuzzy that when I dropped a stitch, I couldn't see it to pick it back up again. So, today I loom knitted this doggie sweater for my mil's yorkie. Modeled by my beautiful Sugar. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:03:47 EST Saturday Fun Day Made myself a portable pocket today. Because of my mobility issues, I worry about falling down the stairs. In the morning I have to take my mouth guard case, phone, and reading glasses downstairs. I can't carry all of that and hang on to the railing, so i made myself a morning pocket out of scrap yarn. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:39:16 EST Woo Hoo! So my customer picked up her poncho and hat today - they fit her perfectly! So, now I have a bit of money to buy yarn for a baby blanket I need to make. lol <BR> <BR> If you're interested in checking out my yarny adventures, I made a Facebook page after someone requested a page so they could view everything in one spot. It's kind of like an ongoing yarn blog. Besides my yarny items I have funny pictures and a few thing I love. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Than... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 18:10:42 EST Finished Crochet Commission This is the crochet poncho and loom knit hat. <BR> Does it look like $70? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 16:59:09 EST My First Crochet Commission! I'm getting paid to crochet a shawl and loom knit a hat. So excited! It's the first time anyone's approached me asking if I could crochet something for money! <BR> First 3 rows. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Had to rip it apart 3 times before I got it right, but I did it! Thu, 11 Jun 2015 11:12:21 EST More New Yarn So, I got some more new yarn. It's a lovely silk/linen blend. I'll be making some kind of wrap out of it, just not sure what. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 9 Jun 2015 20:59:38 EST Planning Projects So I think I have all of the yarn for my shrug. If I can pull it off, it will be beautiful. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is the shrug. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> And these yarns want to be together, but haven't told me what they want to be yet. lol <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 3 Jun 2015 20:49:56 EST Ooooh Pretty! Got some new yarns in yesterday. 2 are for a shrug (pictured below). The round multi-colour hasn't said anything to me yet, but the Lilac Wine Multi (on the right) is begging to be a shrug or cowl. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The two small ones will go with another couple of skeins to make a shrug. I'm waiting on one more yarn to go with them. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 2 Jun 2015 21:28:31 EST New skills! So, I learned how to double crochet into double crochet. These are swatches for a potential customer. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And I learned how to make these cute scrubbies! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Pretty pleased. Sat, 30 May 2015 23:58:37 EST I'm getting orders! I've been sharing pictures of my projects on my Facebook page, and I'm starting to get orders! I had a lady order two hats in different colours. I love making this pattern, it works up so quickly and is such a nice hat! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 29 May 2015 15:33:17 EST Big Brother Set My friend and her husband just had a baby, and I already posted the set I made for the baby. This set is for his big brother, so he knows he's got a very special position now - big brother! His fav colour is orange and he loves firemen, firetrucks and everything associated. Hope he likes it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""... Tue, 26 May 2015 16:07:30 EST New Books Hubs bought me two books on turning weaving into clothing! Pretty excited to see the types of things I can make easily! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 May 2015 14:27:49 EST Psychological Effects of Pain Today I became one of "those" people. The people who use the electric carts in WalMart. Hubs says it was the smart thing to do - pain avoidance. My brain says I'm admitting defeat. Admitting that I need it and dealing with that realization might take a while. As much as I joke about getting the "good" parking spots if they declare me disabled, I am paralyzed with fear at the thought. Fri, 22 May 2015 18:59:46 EST Project I'm still working on. I'm done the weaving, but now I have to do the measuring and (gulp) cutting. Cutting the length in half, going to seam the two pieces side by side, then border it in satin blanket binding. I just can't get up the courage to cut into it! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 10 May 2015 19:32:45 EST Today's Project So a friend has a project to raise awareness on the inhumane slaughter of wild horses. To that end, we're making African Flower Hex motifs, and they'll be sewn together to cover her horse, and they'l bring the horse around to different locations for parades and appearances and such. <BR> The colours chosen are to represent the awareness ribbons. <BR> Pink is for the women in my family that have been stricken with breast cancer. <BR> The teal and white is for me, cervical cancer survivor. <BR>... Sun, 10 May 2015 01:05:47 EST Trying positivity I haven't been posting regularly for a long time. Trying to keep up with work, and dealing with health issues, I had to make sacrifices. <BR> That being said, I've been off of work since january with debilitating pain. <BR> That led to depression and anxiety, with a little agoraphobia thrown in. <BR> If it wasn't for online communications (Facebook, Spark, etc.) I would have NO social life. I'm thankful for my online friends. <BR> I'm also thankful I have my crafts to keep me sane. Being stuc... Wed, 6 May 2015 15:44:27 EST First Broomstick Lace project First broomstick lace project finished. This one's for me! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 3 May 2015 19:39:25 EST Almost forgot! I couldn't find a pattern using the size of yarn or the loom I wanted, so I made up my own. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 21:57:06 EST Baby set Granny square blanket and comfort doll in matching colours for a friend who's expecting. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 23:45:23 EST New project Working on a new project. It's called Broomstick lace and I'm going to make an infinity scarf out of it. The yarn is a shimmering silk that I really shouldn't have bought, but I just loved it so much I had to! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's a better picture of the colours. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:46:18 EST Hormones - T.M.I. Well, I think we're getting to closer to where we're supposed to be with my Thyroid meds. Just got my first period in over 18 months. can't say I missed it at all... just sayin! <BR> Sun, 25 May 2014 03:17:13 EST Health update Kind of bad news. <BR> Monday I had to call in sick to work. So much pain I was throwing up. I have to wait for them to book an ultrasound. They think I may have an ovarian cyst. <BR> June 16th I have to go in and have my cataract measured... looks like surgery on my left eye will be end of June. Right eye will be done 3-4 weeks later. <BR> <BR> Excited, scared, anxious... all at the same time. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 23:12:14 EST