SASSYBLONDE69's SparkPeople Blog SASSYBLONDE69's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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=""> 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 Loom Knitting Group I started a loom-knitting group on here because there seems to be some snobbery towards it in the "regular" knitting/crochet groups. I wanted a place to talk about loom knitting with other people who are on the same journey to health and wellness. <BR> <BR> Well, it seems we're either an apathetic bunch, or maybe we just have too much going on in our lives. Hardly anyone is posting anything, only one person other than myself has posted a picture of their work. I even posted a message asking ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 11:47:33 EST Ooh yeah, Baby! So, on Saturday, and again yesterday, I did over 10,000 steps, according to my fitbit. Major accomplishment for me. Thu, 6 Feb 2014 11:26:04 EST So excited! Today and tomorrow off of work! Woo hoo! I'm going to celebrate by taking dog for a nice long walk, then seeing if I can't get my Wii to work. For some reason it isn't working through the receiver, want to see if it works when directly connected to the tv. I need my Wii yoga! <BR> Sun, 2 Feb 2014 13:38:49 EST I love Phillip Phillips Why was this never released as a single? <BR> <BR><BR>SY Sat, 1 Feb 2014 12:05:05 EST Reason # 3 for waking up and not lingering in bed. I have an hour or so between when some businesses open and when I have to leave for work - so I can actually get stuff done! <BR> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:12:52 EST Reason #2 for waking up and not lingering in bed. Working retail from open to close, this is the only time i get to see the sun - if it's out! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:05:54 EST Reason #1 for waking up and not lingering in bed. Having the time to eat my breakfast and drink my tea in a leisurely fashion. Not rushed or gulping, just eating like a normal person. Not scalding my tongue with piping hot tea is just a bonus! <BR> <em>469</em> + <em>490</em> + <em>56</em> = <em>30</em> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:59:19 EST An explanation... Please don't be offended if I don't like your status. If your status is about points on the wheel. Spinning the wheel is just something I do on Spark, cause honestly, I like getting the points. I don't expect anyone to like my statuses that are my wheel spins either. <BR> <BR> Now, if you get an award for fitness minutes - I will like that sucker all day long! THAT is an accomplishment involving far more work than pressing a button. You're making steps to increase your health and wellness, a... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:56:10 EST A true friend is more precious than the most beautiful diamond... So I had asked a friend if she could order me some yarn on her cc and I pay her. I want to make a shrug/wrap to go with the material I got to make a summer dress out of. <BR> <BR> Here's the material and yarn. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well, it came today. I wondered why the box was so big for 6 balls of yarn. <BR> When I opened it up, this is what I found. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:06:29 EST Monday, Monday Yay! No, not that it's Monday, but that the sun is shining and it's my day off! <BR> My appointment with the naturopath is at noon, then I have to drop off some unused/unwanted/broken small appliances at the recycling centre, do my wii fit and walk the dog, pull out all of my yarn and organize it, dishes, laundry... busy day. But like I said, the sun is shining! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is what Artos thinks of last week, as well... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:02:04 EST Long week Well, last week was my first week back after having the flu. It seemed so long, and I've been soo tired! Couldn't sleep last night, and now I'm still tired. I want to get my house cleaned today so I can mostly relax tomorrow. I say mostly because I also have an appointment with the naturopath, and I have to get the windshield replaced. <BR> I'm also expecting a package of yarn tomorrow. Thinking I'll organize my stash while I wait... lol. Also want to do some bath cooking so I can make my wor... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 14:51:35 EST Turning the corner? Today was the first one in (what feels like) a long time that I wasn't in a drugged up haze. My ears are still bothering me, but I think the rain/wind storms sweeping over Vancouver Island have more to do with that than anything else. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 00:58:40 EST Hate being sick! Had to email my boss this morning to let her know I couldn't make it in. Was awake most of the night coughing and managed to lose my voice. Sucks. <BR> Tired of being sick. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 12:23:08 EST 6-9 months So, today is the last day hubby will be home for 6 to 9 months. Sometimes it just sucks having a man in the military. <BR> In 6-9 months, my thyroid hormones should be optimized, so I'll be feeling better, have lots of energy, and (hopefully) will have been able to lose some weight. At least knowing what I know about my thyroid and the associated hormones, I've stopped beating myself up about not being able to lose the weight. It was a battle I was doomed to lose. now, however, with the prope... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 14:07:33 EST Being sick over Christmas... I got the flu Christmas day... totally sucks. Still not quite over it, but starting to feel better. Good thing, too. Supposed to go back to work on Tuesday. <BR> Started T3 on December 15. Should have been feeling more changes, but I feel that the flu has definitely dampened those. I have noticed less body aches, so that much is nice! Now if the energy levels will just fall in line, we'll be laughing! <BR> <BR> Vow to myself - Spark more consistently in 2014. Between the new meds, my fitb... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 13:47:15 EST Back on track! So, not only did I lose the 2lbs I gained while i was away, I lost another 1.4lbs on top of that! <BR> I'm 5 lbs away from 200. I haven't been there in years! Hubby is away for the week, so I grocery shopped for just myself. I'm making lots of different salads: broccoli, my Mediterranean couscous salad, fruit salad - I love raw vegetables! I even picked up some smoked slamon. I flaked soe up, added a Tbsp of miracle whip, and 1/2 Tbsp of dried dill, and rolled it up in a weight watchers whol... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 22:27:02 EST Expected failure So, I had to go out of town on business last week. When I got back, I was up two pounds. <BR> Big deal. <BR> Our meals were provided, so it was a matter of making the best choices from a not so great supply. <BR> Looking back, I'm proud of myself - I kept it to just 2lbs! I can lose it again. I'm back on track and feeling positive! <BR> Just have to give my tummy time to readjust to eating proper foods again - it did NOT like what was offered! lol Wed, 31 Jul 2013 00:43:38 EST 7 weeks on Weight Watchers I'm down a total of 11.4 lbs. <BR> I've lost a little over 5% of my starting weight. <BR> So far, so good! Mon, 22 Jul 2013 00:18:27 EST Non-Scale Victory!!! I had a non-scale victory today! <BR> <BR> Getting ready for work this morning, I had to punch a new hole in my belt! It was a whole inch in from the last one! <BR> <BR> Love it! Thu, 18 Jul 2013 00:02:32 EST Oh well I didn't break 10lbs, but was I really being realistic to expect a .8lb loss in 3 days? Probably not. <BR> I'm content knowing that I will make it on my next meeting, and might even make it to my 5% goal! <BR> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 15:09:46 EST make-up ww meeting I missed sunday because of an even I was a vendor at. So I went to a different location today to get weighed and check the meeting. I was down another 1.4 lbs! <BR> I fully intend to break 10lbs for my regular meeting on Sunday! <BR> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 15:06:07 EST 2 weeks on WW = -5.6lbs! Yup, you read it right. I'm down 5.6lbs after only 2 weeks on Weight Watchers. I'm .2 lbs away from my starting weight on here! Seems like it's been two steps forward, 17 steps back up until now, but I think this could really work for me. <BR> I even took my first Zumba Gold class last night. It was so fun, and I only had to march in place once (cause I just couldn't do the step without endangering myself or others!). <BR> Feeling good! <BR> Gonna go play in the garden today! <BR> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:33:14 EST not so much tracking here I joined Weight Watchers a little over a week ago, so I won't be doing my tracking here, except weight! ;) I am still tracking (even more than when I tracked here!), so that's good. <BR> I'm almost back to the weight I "started at" on here. Tells you how out of control things were. <BR> <BR> So, the part time electronics position is going pretty well at my work. The full time person left and moved away, so I've been filling in mostly full-time hours since then. They want me for the full-t... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 12:46:20 EST OW! So I worked in the garden for about 90 minutes the other day. I was so sore yesterday! I'm so sore today! Hot baths with epsom salts and taking extra potassium doesn't seem to be helping. Might do some yoga stretches after work today, see if it helps. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 11:47:25 EST Frustrated I had to work all weekend, so was really looking forward to getting back to my exercise today. <BR> <BR> After work yesterday, I twisted my knee climbing my front stairs. Now it's hot sore and swollen. <BR> <BR> Alternating cold and heat, took some acetaminophen. Times like this I really miss being able to take ibuprofen. :( Mon, 22 Apr 2013 09:47:53 EST So frustrated! Trying to order some yarn online that I can't get anywhere. My paypal isn't letting me take the money right from my bank account. <BR> <BR> Other than that, the sun is shining and my bulbs are coming up! <BR> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 11:37:45 EST My Slouchy Hat and new slippers <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So that's the new hat I made for myself on the knitting loom, and a close-up of the button detail I put on it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And these are the new slipper socks I made for myself on the knittin... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 22:30:54 EST Loom Knitting If anyone who has been following my crafting news is also a loom knitter, feel free to jin my new group "Loom Knitting". There should be a button on my page. Add me, join me in the fun! Mon, 25 Feb 2013 18:53:59 EST My Infinity Scarf I finished my Infinity Scarf this morning. Wore it out doing errands - got complimented while in Wal-mart! lol <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My first one, my first project done on my Martha Stewart loom set. I'm so pleased, and inspired! <BR> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 19:35:47 EST Started my Infinity Scarf! <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It looks much more complicated than it is. I'm reading the pattern at the same time as I was the tutorial video on YouTube. Hoping this helps me learn how to read patterns, too. So fr it makes sense! Wed, 20 Feb 2013 14:01:30 EST Crafting/Garden update Second pair of slippers almost done, just need to put soles on them <BR> I bought a new loom set, the Martha Stewart Knit & Weave Set. <BR> First project I'm going to make on it is an Infinity Scarf. I'll be configuring the loom and getting it set up before i go to work today. <BR> First I have to do dishes and have a shower, and get myself fixed up for work. Then I'll set an alarm so I actually leave fr work on time! lol <BR> <BR> Also, the snowdrops across the street from my house seem to... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 11:25:21 EST Crafting - I adore it! Okay, so here are the projects I'm working on right now: <BR> <BR> a loomed wrap (for myself) <BR> a loomed bag <BR> knitting slippers <BR> knitting ruffle scarves <BR> crocheting a lapghan <BR> making a couple of bracelets <BR> I want to make some pomegranate jelly (need to figure out how to juice the <BR> pomegranates without a juicer!) <BR> plotting afghans for twin nephews for next christmas! <BR> <BR> Plus, it's time to start planning this year's g... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 00:11:31 EST Happy New Year Yes it was a Happy New Year. <BR> Spent 14+ hours in emerg on the eve of NYE, but got out in time to spend NYE at home. <BR> Didn't lose a lot of weight, but I still ended the year down from where it started! <BR> I have a job I love! <BR> I have a man I love! <BR> I have my fur babies! <BR> <BR> I have all of you! <BR> <BR> What more could anyone want? <BR> <BR> 2013 is going to kick a$$! Thu, 3 Jan 2013 10:50:48 EST Work update Just wanted to let you guys know how the new job is working. I'm averaging 20+ hours a week. Still having some issues getting acclimated to standing that long, but the job itself is fun and interesting, and I'm learning lots! The paycheque sure is nice... especially now, with Christmas coming. <BR> <BR> Hope you're all doing well. <BR> Wed, 5 Dec 2012 23:11:24 EST Pre-Show Nerves Well, they've done it again. My nerves are getting the better of me, robbing me of time spent in bed, sleeping. This is the first time that they've affected my sleep more than just the night before though. The show is Friday, and here I am, awake at 4:40 am - on Thursday?!?! <BR> <BR> Oh well, I have a couple of projects I need to finish, lists to make and check, and a suitcase to pack. I also have to make a run to the bank for a float, and finish up a display. I also work today from 12-5:45... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 08:10:02 EST Cool new business tool! I signed up for Square... it's a little chummy that plugs into my iPhone headphone jack. It allows me to take VISA and MC payments! At a craft show and forgot to pick up cash and don't want to lose your cherry parking spot? No problem! Stuck home because of injury or illness (or children)? No problem! <BR> It was free to sign up, and there's only a 2.75% fee per transaction. I'm hoping this will help increase my sales this holiday season! I have a craft show on the 30th as well, so we'll see ... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 11:36:36 EST Remembrance Day Thankfully my hubby understands that I need to observe this on my own. I cry - a lot. I miss my Pepere so much, it would have been his birthday today, as well as Remembrance Day. If he hadn't come back from the war, I wouldn't be here, as him and Memere didn't get married and have kids until he came back. <BR> <BR> My thanks and blessing to all of the veterans, as well as those who are currently serving. <BR> Sun, 11 Nov 2012 13:05:41 EST Milestone! Had to buy another pair of pants for work tonight since I'm working 3+ shifts a week, can't just wear the same pants all the time. (Well, I could, if I felt like doing laundry more than once a week) <BR> I'm down a pants size! <em>334</em> <BR> I haven't been able to exercise or weigh myself lately, just because I've been so busy adjusting to the new schedule, but it's nice to know that I'm still on the right path! <BR> <BR> Hope you're all doing well! Sat, 3 Nov 2012 22:56:22 EST November Hope everyone had a Happy Hallowe'en and a Blessed Samhain (Beltaine Blessings for my friends in the Southern Hemisphere). It's a new month, time to start again! <BR> <BR> Oh yeah, was also told it's 55 days until Christmas - ain't I a stinker? lol <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Nov 2012 11:25:34 EST Going to be busy and painful few days! Today starts the first of at least 3 days in a row at my new job. I'm a little nervous, a lot excited... I can't wait for payday next week. I need to buy new inserts for my work and walking shoes... I've noticed my feet getting sore a lot more, inserts definitely help with that! <BR> Anyway, just wanted to update you quick, cause other than spinning the wheel, i don't think I'll be on much this <BR> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 13:01:15 EST PC Police - stay away from me! I'm imposing a facebook exile on myself. I'm going to be updating and monitoring my business page, but I've had enough of the political and religious nonsense that people are posting and getting upset over. I'm tired of one person's (real or imagined) offense at a post getting posts removed. There's a reason that fb requires people to be at least 13 years old before they can have a profile. For pete's sake! We're supposed to be grown-ups, so how about we start acting like it! Oh, and expectin... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 15:35:22 EST Happy! I've been working as a casual employee at the canex expressmart down the street from me since March. I got loaned to the canex retail store a couple of weeks ago. A couple of weeks previous to that, a little birdy told me that someone had put their resignation in at the retail store. So, I brought in an updated copy of my resume, and let them know that I wasn't doing child care any more, and was ready for a part-time position. I also gave one to my boss at the expressmart with the same in... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 14:11:04 EST Working on Christmas presents cause I'm slow! An afghan for my mil and the dogs when she's watching tv... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A scarf for hubby's grandma. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The top one is going to be repeated stripes of those colours... It's a shell pattern, and coming along really pretty. I just learned how to start the afghan and how to knit this yarn yesterday from youtube vide... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 16:59:29 EST Quick pic of new project! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was so excited when I found the chain that contains these rings - been trying to find a ring that I could finish a choker with. This chain has these rings in 3 different sizes! I got the middle one into the choker this morning (looks great), but also wanted to use 2 of the smaller ones for these earrings. They just popped into my head when I saw the Mon, 1 Oct 2012 13:52:12 EST Stealing a line from American Dad... I've got a feeling that today will be a wonderful day! <BR> <BR> <BR> I have so much to do today! First day of Autumn (my favorite season!), I have some jewellery pictures to take and upload to the website, then I can update one page on my website. Then I can continue updating each page (which is a tedious process, let me tell you! I know why people pay someone to look after their websites now.). It's going to look so good when I'm done - and make it a lot easier/nicer for people to shop t... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 12:53:05 EST