TWEETIBEAR's SparkPeople Blog TWEETIBEAR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Our best doll furniture project...ever! My husband is not a carpenter. But he's dabbled in the doll furniture long enough he has many return customers, because he's so meticulous, and doesn't try things that are beyond his capabilities. <BR> <BR> He's done beds, bunk beds, closets, hutches, table and chair sets and bookcases. <BR> <BR> But this one? This is the best. It is the only one he's made so far, but we are going to make sure we have quite a few for our November Christmas Open House sale. <BR> <BR> It's a multi-use pla... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 21:38:34 EST "Making Sawdust" -- Project complete! Aaron finally came back with enough time to finish his project he made for his mom for Easter. He just turned 6, and bragged about a "secret" project, and he used a real saw and a real drill and "made sawdust" (sanding) and painted. <BR> <BR> Here is the candle holder he made for his mom, doing it all, with pah's guidance, except for the nail that sticks up for the candle to go onto. (His mom's initials are AJL). <BR> <img src=" Sun, 9 Apr 2017 00:05:58 EST Through the eyes of a child. Nathan just turned 4, and he's a busy boy. He does, however, always remember to run to us for hugs and kiss when we arrive (or when he does)....and the hugs and kisses goodbye, without fail. Mostly he's going a hundred miles a minute, and I love when he asks if I'll do a puzzle with him or play a game (Fashionista, which belongs to his sister, but he loves it...I added "boy" pieces to the game). <BR> <BR> Last night we were leaving his dad's apartment, and time for the hugs and kisses from... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 23:30:30 EST "Making Sawdust" Our grandson, who is 5 years old, has always loved to go into Pah's workshop to "help". First time, a couple of years ago, his parents asked him what he did at our house. He replied that he and pah worked hard "making sawdust." He loves to sand things down, and to watch pah cut wood....voila....sawdust! They build simple things together, or Aaron just helps in general. But they always sweep up afterwards...thus "making sawdust." <BR> <BR> Today was a Pah and grandson "date". They made ... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:38:12 EST Dilemna: Is she crying wolf again, or is it real "this time?" I have a niece who is about 45-50 now, and all her life she has told people she had some sort of major health issue. And through the years, she these major health issues apparently just "disappeared" - since she's never been hospitalized, doesn't take meds, runs races, plays coed volleyball. When asked about previous problems, her response is usually "you're mistaken....that must've been somebody else." She has always told each of us to "keep this quiet, I don't want it getting around..and... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:38:29 EST Strawberries...and....strawberries! Got an email from a customer today who wants a (polymer clay) fruit bowl for her daughter's birthday' I'm out so I stopped what I was doing to make pieces of fruit for the doll's bowl. <BR> <BR> Here are the strawberries (I always make extras). These are pretty time and labor intensive...hand rolling clay balls, shaping them, then poking hundreds of little holes in each one! These are not yet baked hard, and they won't get glazed until later. <BR> <img src=" Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:48:54 EST I admit it. I did not WANT to speak up! Out of town, arriving for breakfast. Host was going to scramble some ham and eggs for us, but instead had donuts and sweet rolls ready. And I'm talking Bismarck donuts and cheesecake sweet rolls. I didn't take one. I took TWO. Homemade chicken-rice soup and fresh French bread and butter. I won't continue. You get the picture. And tomorrow when I get home is weigh in. They held a gin to my head and forced me to eat. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it)...i.e., alternative fact. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:28:47 EST Long hard day. Drinking lots of liquids tonight. <BR> Not really...I can handle half of one margarita...but I do enjoy it!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:55:48 EST A really neat exercise trick (for people like me who hate exercising) <img src=""> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:42:41 EST Just Hannah and Grandma After church today, I took Hannah for lunch and introduced her to French Onion Soup. She loves onion soup, and she went wild with the ooey gooey cheese! I splurged and had a small french onion soup (44 carbs!! I know, I know). We had a good time and I had to listen to TONS of interesting things of a 10 year old know...who likes who...who was crying because a boy "dropped" her at school, boys chasing the girls at recess, kids who are bullies, trying to braid each other's hair b... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 22:47:20 EST A leprechaun raided my kitchen! Had the grandkids for dinner tonight. While they watched a funny movie, I fixed them noodles, fish sticks and cooked apples with cinnamon and sugar. They dip EVERYTHING in original ranch dressing. When all was finished, I sat down in the living room and had them pause the movie to fix plates. Oh, what fun as they screamed and giggled in shock...the noodles, the apples and the ranch dressing ALL GREEN. SO exciting to be visited by a little leprechaun. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeo... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:36:08 EST Happy Anniversary to my spouse, my best friend, my hero. I was a single mom, working two jobs, trying to raise 3 sweet little girls, go to their brownie scout meetings, dance classes had to be cancelled because I couldn't afford them. I got not one penny from my ex husband for those little girls, and had difficulty sometimes giving them a Christmas or sometimes a good meal. I made those meals "fun" -- kool aid in real wine glasses, pork and beans in a "bowl" formed from cooked-in-skin baloney...and eaten outside like a picnic. (They remember th... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:39:43 EST Lost my momma 2 years ago today. It was the saddest day of my life, yet one of the sweetest. Many family and friends came to see her in her last few days, and she was the queen, which is what she always wanted to be. Four of us sister-siblings were with her at that moment she left this earthly life and entered God's glorious kingdom. My sister was holding her in her arms at that moment. We all were holding her hand or touching her somehow. She opened her eyes for the first time in 24 hours, looked and saw "something", ... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 23:22:37 EST l live in enemy territory! We live smack dab in the middle of the state of Illinois. Half of us are Chicago Cubs fans, while the other half are loyal to the St. Louis Cardinals. It is not pretty sometimes. <BR> <BR> So my husband suggested that possibly we provide something for our local American Girl doll owners, in that they finally won a World Series Championship. <BR> <BR> Being born and raised in St. Louis, where my heart will always be, I am a die hard St. Louis Cardinal fan. I was willing to make some STL C... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 22:59:13 EST In the eyes of a child. My son is going through a divorce, and left the family home, finding an apartment close by the family home, because he has half custody and sees the kids every day, even when it's not "his turn." <BR> <BR> The apartment is in the city (tiny city), above some businesses, which are quiet offices. The apartment is HUGE. Very spacious, with 6 huge closets in bedrooms and hallway. The hallway is extremely wide, and the boys can race their trucks and cars. <BR> <BR> He can't wait for the lea... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 00:59:52 EST Judging I think we've all been guilty of judging some people...perhaps by the clothing they wear, or the habits they have, or how smart they seem (or not), or if they are too skinny or too heavy, and, yes, even because they have a different political viewpoint. We need to remember, we've never walked a mile in their shoes, we never spent day after day, year after year learning life lessons as they did. And unless we've lived their lives every minute, we have no right to judge. Only God knows enoug... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 00:45:38 EST Just a Smile kind of day. Stayed on target 3rd day in a row...maybe I'm back....but what a great, happy day! <BR> I hope each of you that sees this is choosing happiness....when we choose it, it comes alive! <BR> Have a great Friday! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 3 Mar 2017 00:49:18 EST Many of us have seen it....someone staring... I guess I have gotten to the point that I assume anyone who is looking in my direction is staring at me...thinking, "WHY doesn't she do something about her weight?" <BR> <BR> They are usually skinny people. <BR> <BR> I have refused to wear a swimsuit, walk or jog in public (my trusty old treadmill), and even when I exercise, dance or walk at home, everybody knows if they come down at those times, they must face a violent death. <BR> <BR> It has taken a long time, but I'm 73 years old, an... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 21:41:29 EST Baked low carb cookies. And licorice sticks???? I did in fact bake low carb almond-butter cookies today, boiled 10 eggs, and made a batch of twelve wraps (which I also use for pancakes). <BR> <BR> But I also baked chocolate chip, candy kiss and peanut butter cookies. In addition, I made some multi-colored licorice sticks. Those who know me know these are pretend foods for American Girl-sized dolls! (My real stuff tastes a lot better, and I don't break my teeth on polymer clay). AND I stayed right on target today AND had a dance workout... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 21:39:49 EST For the past few weeks, I clocked in to Spark every morning....then.... ...then nothing. I did not blog. I did not keep a food diary. I did not weigh in. I thought I could handle a "few more carbs" every day for a while to see what would happen. <BR> <BR> Then I said to myself, "Self, you are not kidding anybody, especially yourSELF." <BR> <BR> I weighed in Saturday (BIG mistake, it threw me into anxiety). <BR> <BR> But I did learn some things. First of all, for ME, Carbs are addictive. I. could. not. stop. <BR> I did not WANT to stop. <BR> <BR> S... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 22:05:38 EST Depression. Nobody's "choice" Someone very dear to me suffers from depression. I don't know minute details, but I know sometimes she cannot handle meds any longer (her hands shake so badly she can hardly pick up her cup of she will stop taking them. She stays alone. In bed. No phone, no computer, no nothing. She won't leave the house, even to get the mail. Thank God, her hubby is priceless, and after a few days or maybe a week, he gets her back onto her meds. <BR> <BR> I always send her my love, tell her ... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 00:32:54 EST Goodbye special order project...hello, again, Sparkfriends! We have this special order finally finished, packaged up and ready to go to the post office tomorrow. Haven't had time to do much of anything else...I've kept track of my food, and that's about all. KD, to answer your question, the project is going to a lady who makes and sells the most beautiful American Doll clothing, uniforms and costumes. She puts my food and drink items out with her doll displays, and she claims those items draw people to her booth, even if there are other doll cloth... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 23:03:10 EST I'm not tired, Grandma! <img src=""> How many times have parents (and grandparents) heard that one!!? So, Nathan (now 4) is a "big boy" now, and instead of a nap with grandpa, he wanted to go grocery shopping with grandma (i.e. Point to all the snacks he wants). So I took him, and he didn't even ask for one snack! Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:12:50 EST What my husband eats and what I eat We can often eat the same meal, but sometimes he gets cravings and I need to avoid these triggers. He wanted some kind of gravy (he loves mushroom soup gravy, too). <BR> <BR> So for dinner he had two fried pork chops, warmed in the oven in mushroom soup gravy. He had 2 big helpings of mashed potatoes with gravy. 4 slices of bread, two pork chops, chunky applesauce, green beans and for dessert about 9 of those snack size 3 Muskateer candy bars, FOLLOWED by chocolate chip ice cream. <BR> <... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 22:28:23 EST ..and my husband's handiwork as well! ...he finished making 2 single beds today (he mostly does only bunk beds since no little girls apparently have only one doll any more)... <BR> <BR> I had already finished sewing one of the bedding sets. <BR> <BR> We put this online on a few local sales groups and it sold within 10 minutes. <BR> <BR> It is the sturdy wooden bed <BR> a foam mattress <BR> a fitted sheet <BR> a reversible main pillow (coordinating) <BR> a reversible bed spread (coordinating) <BR> two throw pillows (coordinati... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:10:18 EST I spent the day baking fancy cakes with sugar sprinkles (pics) Well, not ALL of the cakes were baked, only the polymer clay parts. <BR> <BR> These are little doll cakes, made for American Girl sized dolls...but also good for any doll 15"-20" in size. They are two tier is a tea light candle, and is a birthday cake. Child can have tea parties and/or birthday parties (and the candle can have the battery exchanged when it runs down). <BR> <BR> It kept me quite busy, my husband and to REMIND me to eat lunch (hahaha, that almost NEVER happened... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:05:51 EST Ice storm. No electricty. No internet. And sick. Sick yesterday and today, and since our electricity got knocked out from the ice storm, I just stayed wrapped up in some, slept some. I've been overly-busy and stressed lately, so it was good to take a break. <BR> <BR> So, since I gained over the holidays (and beyond)...and since I go to my doctor this Wednesday, was that a wake-up call for me to get on track? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What is the o... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 23:16:26 EST Finished a bunch of American Girl Doll Valentine's items. I will sell a dozen "lots" of Valentine treats, and I'm real happy with them. Anyone working crafts knows that the early timeline is important at holidays. <BR> <BR> Each lot will consist of: <BR> A drink: Either a drink with whipped cream and glitter heart on top <BR> ----------- or a glitter pink drink with a glittery pink heart-shaped "ice cube" on top. <BR> <BR> And a cupcake or a small bag of valentine candy hearts. <BR> <BR> And two cookies: One heart shaped with marble icing, a... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:30:41 EST French Macarons (not macaroons) I made some French macarons...for my 18" doll food hobby, of course. My granddaughter has a French American Girl doll, and she apparently owns a bakery! Her favorite sweet treat are macarons, So my granddaughter wants some macarons, and I had some requests for them at our Christmas sale. <BR> <BR> So, I looked them up, and they look interesting, so I made them. (Hannah is delighted, so I'll make some doll macarons for Easter! <BR> <BR> Photo 1 is a picture of real (real people, edible... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 22:02:56 EST Crispy baked chicken, Low Carb and Yummy! I saw several low carb recipes using pork rinds to form the crust of oven baked chicken. I didn't like them for one reason or another. So I took another of my recipes and tweaked a bit, and this chicken came out SO yummy. <BR> <BR> The "crust" was crisp and greasy look, feel or taste. My skinny husband loved it as well. Less than 1 gm. carb in each piece (I used chicken tenders, but thighs, half breasts can do just as well I would think). <BR> <BR> I just put this recipe ... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 21:29:14 EST Cheesecake. THE SEQUEL. <img src=""> Adding to yesterday's blog. We left when I yelled at my hubby for not eating those 2 slices if (New York Style) cheesecake, this torturing me so cruelly. He got out a slice and ate it (even though he may mot have been hungry). When I went to bed last night, this note to himself was taped to the kitchen cabinet right next to the coffee pot! Who needs to be REMINDED to eat cheesecake?!! Hilarious. Sat, 7 Jan 2017 16:38:42 EST Cheesecake! Really?!! So we had our son and kids over for dinner, and got a small frozen New York Cheesecake (their favorite) with canned cherries to top. <BR> <BR> So I went and found some individual cheesecake recipes, and being me, I chose the fastest one, which cooked in the microwave. Licking the spatula, it tasted pretty yummy. Then I looked up 1 TBL of canned cherries, and planned for one. excellent. low-carb dessert. <BR> <BR> Everyone was taking their slices of cheesecake and spooning their cherries o... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 00:06:48 EST Updated my photo and sharing my new "bitmoji" So I noticed my profile photo showed a younger me with brown hair and few wrinkles. If I ran into anyone from here on the street they would never have recognized me! <BR> <BR> So, I updated my gray-haired photo, wrinkles and all, and also shared the bitmoji I tried to make look like me. Wish I looked as cute as it, LOL! <BR> <BR> The bitmoji I chose for tonight was me on the treadmill. 6 months ago I was walking 2-3 miles every day. Since Dec. 30th, I have walked every day and am only u... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 22:27:07 EST So much (too much) hate! Sorry, so so much of this today, I needed to vent. Sometimes it's hard to keep up a good vibe. Hate is everywhere. People hate Clinton. People hate Trump. People hate Mexicans. People hate law enforcement officers. People hate people of color. People hate Jews. People hate Catholics. <BR> <BR> People make "funny" memes which are humiliating and/or offensive to others. People person and on the social media. People hate people who have guns. People hate people who won't own guns. <BR> <BR> What will it take to turn th... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 21:30:10 EST Hang in There! We'll get stronger. It gets better. We will turn heads! <em>9</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Mon, 2 Jan 2017 19:17:21 EST First of five new products I'm crafting for dolls this year. The 18" dolls are getting more popular, especially since Target and other stores sell a version of the doll for only $35-50, as opposed to $110-$120 (or more)! My husband makes doll furniture, and I make foods, drinks, and other accessories. <BR> <BR> Here are some 20 piece place settings to serve four. These were my first and sold out right away. They are made with canning lids, sanded down, metal primed, double paint coated and then <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 21:20:39 EST Happy New Year! Whether you have lost 100 lbs. or (like me) fell off the wagon, so to speak, the new year brings new hope, motivation and strength. Keep positive. Let's do this! Sat, 31 Dec 2016 21:16:27 EST MIA for over two months!? How easy was it to fall off the wagon! Actually, I have not blogged for 2 months. I have checked in almost every day. Always with this thought: Today I will enter my foods and my exercises, etc. And almost every day I didn't enter all my food....and there were no exercises to record. <BR> <BR> And I have had people BUGGING me to get back here! "We miss you" -- "Where are you?" -- "Don't give up" ...Really! Did they not know I just wanted to sit in a corner and suck my thumb? Oh, I am so thankful to them! It was indeed ... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 18:39:04 EST Making bedding for 14 doll beds (7 bunk beds) for our sale. I've over halfway finished. My passion is working in polymer clay, but my husband makes furniture. He's made 7 bunk beds and I have only 4 sets of bedding finished. <BR> <BR> Each bed includes a mattress, a fitted sheet, a reversible bedspread, a reversible main pillow and two throw pillows. Hurry, Hurry, Hurry! THIS is why I'm not on the blog much. I do check in every day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img ... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 21:52:43 EST Nathan hosted a tea party (with a little help from Grandma). But poor pah! Nathan is 3 and loves tea parties at my house, but today he wanted to be the "server" - I told him it was called "host" and he loved calling himself that. <BR> <BR> He set the table (I made all the dishes except the bowls), put out plastic silverware, and we each had both a plastic tumbler AND a "hot chocolate" mug. We got a towel out and ready, because when her serves our "tea" most of it ends up on the table, LOL. <BR> <BR> Poor pah...he had to sit in that little tiny plastic chair...and... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:56:59 EST Low Carbers, let me tell you a story about this cheesecake! Found this on Pinterest: Low Carb Lemon Cheesecake. <BR> Only 4 ingredients. FAST and easy and YUMMY! <BR> <BR> Story: My 9 year old granddaughter was here with her daddy and brothers. The boys wanted ice cream for dessert, but Hannah had spotted my cheesecake bars in the fridge. She LOVES cheesecake. <BR> <BR> So I gave her a bar and told her if it wasn't to her taste, I would eat it later. Well, of course she loved it. Her daddy warned her it was almost time to leave for her dance ... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:00:15 EST Body Image. What wonderful responses I receved from my last blog. Thank you all. I received some VERY different responses, different support in different ways...and I appreciated every one of them. <BR> <BR> My whole thing simply boiled down to body image. I am now more aware of how overweight my body is (now that I am losing weight) than I was before (I wasn't worried about it, or at best didn't want to even think about it). <BR> <BR> I do know that I cannot give up my life and turn into a hermit. As I lose weight, the body image thing will take care of itself....mea... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 21:11:40 EST Sometimes I don't WANT be rational...and I act on it. My current crisis. I'm going to be a whiney baby here, but if I can't share it here, I can't share it and I'll soon explode. <BR> <BR> I have not been to church but a few times in months (I NEVER missed church). I backed out of some of my volunteer work in nursing homes and at the hospital. I hate going out to go to the dentist or the doctor or even the grocery store. <BR> <BR> Why? Because I have NO clothes that fit me. And I refuse to spend money on clothes, because I'm still so huge, new clothes will n... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 22:40:43 EST ...and today's project is for the dolls. Remember the plastic tumblers from the 50's? ...well, I thought the kids would like to choose which drinks go to their dolls (and my granddaughter "helps" her dolls drink from their tumblers)! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My Becca (yes, I have my own dolls, and yes I play with them) drinks 8 full glasses of water a day...she likes to d... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 20:16:04 EST Took pause from other projects to make this birthday gift. Pics. The gift is a "Busy Book" for the one year old neighbor. She's only a year, but really smart, so I think she will enjoy parents interacting with her in this book. Faces are blanked out. <BR> <BR> First is the cover, showing the interaction...Seeing her own photo under the pull-up-felt. <BR> <img src="">. <BR> <BR> Then she can find the missing bird. <BR> <img src=" Wed, 7 Sep 2016 17:00:57 EST Makes no difference...athiest, christian, jewish, muslim....etc.... You don't "have to" be any faith at all...these words in each heart to start each day could change the world! <BR> <BR> We all have something to share! It could be a visit to a nursing home one hour a month. <BR> ...working in a soup kitchen <BR> ...volunteering at a school <BR> ...offering a new mom a few hours' child care so she can take a shower and nap! <BR> ...Craft something for seniors; better yet, teach them to craft somethin for their room. <BR> ...Hold your tongue when someone is... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 11:52:34 EST A recent study. A recent study showed that women who carry a little extra weight live longer than men who mention it. <BR> <BR> Sorry, couldn't resist...the last couple of days that my sister visited we ate out several times. I was hitting some foods my husband knows I have stayed away from. So when he decided to give a little "uh hmmmm" with one eyebrow raised, I steam-rolled him... Me with my ugly face: "When you quit smoking, then you may judge my eating habits." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:26:57 EST Baked some low-carb banana bread and low carb cookies today....surprisingly yummy! I have really been wanting to just sit and have a cookie sometimes. My fear is not going off track for a little bit...but wanting 2 or 4 cookies instead. Also, eating carbs makes one crave carbs more. But I found a recipe yesterday...right here on Spark Recipes, and it's called: Low Carb Sugar-Free, Gluten Free, Almond Cookies. It makes 12 as the recipe says, but they are nice and BIG. At first it seemed like it would just melt on my tongue, not satisfying my need to chew a cookie...... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 21:04:06 EST TweetiBear to Self: "Hi, how are you?" Self to TweetiBear: "Fine...but I gotta run....bye!" Just got back into town yesterday after being gone for several days. <BR> Cleaned house and did laundry today. <BR> Tomorrow out-of-town guests come in for 4 days. <BR> Will clean house and do laundry Monday. <BR> Tuesday my sister arrives for a week-long visit. <BR> <BR> It is HARD to be out of town for days, at the mercy of hosts and restaurants. But my blood sugar levels are great, and my weight, though not down right not up! <BR> <BR> See you all around the corner (I just don'... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:44:28 EST Ready to go on hiatus from my doll crafts...and onto sewing some donation dolls. It's been a while since I made and shipped some of my donation dolls. They require some hand sewing and my arthritis won't let me do much at a time. I used to send 40 or 50 dolls at a time, but I'll limit myself to between 10 and 20, however my fingers can handle. <BR> <BR> My last project are some American Girl doll cookie jars full of my polymer clay cookies. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here are some of the h... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:18:42 EST