TWEETIBEAR's SparkPeople Blog TWEETIBEAR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Two young vets and 7 children. Pics Every year we attend a Memorial Day service in our community, and we've lived in 3 separate states. <BR> <BR> Every year we are saddened by the small number of young men and women in the armed forces...young men and women in general....and children. <BR> <BR> Pictures on t.v. across the nation often show the same. The people who attend are usually 55 years+. <BR> <BR> Do we not, as a nation, truly teach our children about those who gave their lives for freedom in this country? In the fut... Mon, 25 May 2015 11:18:20 EST Craft friends...anyone do Fairy Gardens? (pic) I am ready to start a fairy garden for (and with) my 8 year old granddaughter, Hannah. She wants "tiny" fairies and I have no idea what sizes they come in, or size of container or anything. I've seen a bunch of photos online, and I'm overwhelmed with all of them! <BR> <BR> But her garden must have fake plants, as hers will be in her bedroom. She wants her fairy to share her room in her new house. She picked out a bird feeder and a little dog (which is probably bigger than the fairy she ... Sun, 24 May 2015 18:37:02 EST A real (low carb) breakfast (pic) Unlike yesterday's big breakfast blog, this one is for real...and for real it is yummy for low carbers! <BR> <BR> Instead of bacon egg & cheese biscuits, <BR> This is Bacon, Egg & Cheese Cloud! <BR> <BR> The "bread" is actually "cloud bread" (recipe here on Spark Recipes, and made from eggs and cream cheese -- with a dash of cream of tartar to stiffen egg whites). <BR> <BR> So I used 1/2 cup of egg substitute, 3 slices of bacon, 1 slice of American cheese, and put it on two slices of Cloud... Sat, 23 May 2015 10:50:54 EST This big breakfast is not for you! (pics) this breakfast is of a fried egg, 2 slices of bacon, a pancake with syrup and butter, a glass of milk, and tops off with an iced cinnamon roll. <BR> <BR> BUT...the breakfast is not for you or's for dolls! Hah! Besides making and donating dolls, I make little items for dolls. Not the little dolls, but the dolls that are 15" - 20" (mostly American Girl, Our Generation and many more...even those special teddy bears). <BR> <BR> Anyway, this was a new project. I made 4 sets and put... Fri, 22 May 2015 14:56:50 EST My dolls going to Appalachian children (pics) Since January my project has been working on dolls for a mission trip going to the Appalachian Mountains (my daughter's church). Larger pics that follow are only some of the 50 dolls I sent. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm finding more difficulty sewing with my arthritis, and this is likely the last "big" batch of dolls I sew. I will always sew a few at a time, though, especially my dolls going to children with cancer... Mon, 18 May 2015 11:18:57 EST 48 reasons why I haven't been on Spark for a while! (pics) My husband and I drove in to St. Louis Children's Hospital and delivered 48 dolls I made...which is about ALL I'd been doing for quite some time. Few of the dolls are for babies and toddlers who are hospitalized. <BR> <BR> The rest of them are for children who suffer from cancer and hair loss. The dolls are bald...each girl doll has a hat, scarf, head band and wig. She also has a little pillow and blanket. <BR> <BR> Each boy has a baseball hat, a superhero reversible cape, and superhero ... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 21:03:08 EST Working moms, how do you ever do it? It's been way too many years since I had kids to take care of while I worked full time as well. Good for you moms who take care of jobs, home, kids AND trying to control your food intake in all of it. <BR> <BR> We are the temp home to our son's family. He is half time out of town and half time at home for 10 months...he will move his family to join him after this school year. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, it seems that all I do is get kids ready for school, walk to school bus, plan meals, cook, get... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 10:45:55 EST So maybe I didn't count my nutrition values this weekend. but I certainly got a lot of exercise! Had the smallest grandchildren this weekend while parents were out of town. We went to parks, playgrounds, a village Abe Lincoln lived in (2-1/2 hours of walking). Must've gone up and down the stairs 20 times per day since that's where their playroom is. I made superhero outfits for them, and they insisted on wearing them when we walked around the block...and to the store. (I didn't let them wear them to church, however)! <BR> <BR> Today I took the... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:28:33 EST I nearly jumped out of my skin! (photo) After talking a walk today, I approached the front door to my house, and started to brush away a small twig on the glass. It freaked me out when the tiny twig "branches" started to move! It was something I'd never seen before...a stick insect. More than 5" tall. Yeah...this woman went into the house through the back door! Now THIS is skinny! <img src=""> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 23:34:36 EST Thank you all...I have a winner! I got some really good advice on the "boy" donations for the hospital, and I will likely use some of them when I have the time AND can afford the materials. But Sandy1969 came up with the winner....I'll make the boy dolls, but instead of them just being "dolls" they will have superhero capes and masks...and the boy will also get a superhero mask. I think it will be fun, so I'll get started in a few days after I've finished all the girl dolls (I have to finish headbands, scarves, hats, wigs ... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 11:09:06 EST Help! I need some ideas here. (pic) My blog yesterday showed pics of the chemo babies I make for children in the hospital fighting cancer. I also make "bunting" dolls for the babies and toddlers in the hospital. I am taking sensory bottles and "I Spy" bottles as well. <BR> <BR> My problem is that most boys don't want "dolls" - they have so many stuffed animals already. What about the boys? <BR> <BR> I have a little fabric with a "CARS" theme I could make maybe 4 pillows, but could get expensive (I pay for every penny of ... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:08:59 EST Chemo dolls for children w/Cancer (pics) My sister knew my current project was making chemo dolls, and asked for one for a friend...4 years old and given a 20% chance to live a year ago. She's still in the fight. Then I sent a bunch of dolls to a hospital in STL, only to find out later that one of the little girls there is best friends with the 4 year old...they have same dolls (different colors and fabrics). <BR> <BR> Now I see how many thousands of little ones are diagnosed, are fighting, or (like today) lose their battle. It ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:22:12 EST Stepping way outside my comfort zone! My husband has been told he MUST quit smoking (he's had many health issues because of smoking). And I know that I MUST lose weight (I'm back to where I cannot reach my shoes to tie, and it's a huge effort to walk my granddaughter to the bus, only one house away! <BR> <BR> So we start our "healthier us" kick tomorrow which time I shall swallow my pride and step on the scale for is important that he sees that I am truly working at this. I've never given him a "number" s... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:24:39 EST (pics) Valentine's Friends w/Dolls Sleepover party. I am so tired. I could handle this much better 40 years ago, haha! But the girls had a great time, though they did not finally go to sleep until 1:20 a.m. AND one wanted mommy to pick her up at midnight, but she was satisfied if I would stay in the living room with all the girls for the I "slept" in my rocking chair. I got up once around 3:00 a.m. to go to the bathroom, and the child who'd wanted to go home was standing outside of the bathroom door when I came out! <BR> <BR>... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:38:02 EST Can anyone help me with a doll beanie? I'm definitely an amateur when it comes to sewing. My sewing is all simple things, mostly for my doll-making ministry...AND, if course, things for my granddaughter's dolls. <BR> <BR> She is a Daisy Scout and I made her a "sort-of" uniform, but I can't find a single pattern to follow for a beanie for her. Everything that pops up is for how to crochet a hat. <BR> <BR> The beanie I tried to make I got from an infant hat pattern, and tried to make it into a beanie. Doesn't work. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 10:49:06 EST One of the tricks I play on myself. I will eat lots of salad if I enjoy the dressing. And when I have a larger salad, I don't usually eat it all when the "flavor runs out." <BR> <BR> So I've taken to dividing up my dressing into two containers, and adding water in equal amounts of the dressing. I use Light Parmesan Peppercorn Ranch, and I love it. The water does NOT water down the taste one bit. I have 4 TBL of dressing for the price of two! <BR> <BR> It works for me. I'd love to hear some of the tricks others "play" o... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 22:51:35 EST My nursing home craft group (Picture) Here is my nursing home craft group. This group will do no crafts unless it is some kind of community service. This is our 4th batch of dolls. <BR> I sew the dolls, they glitter the shoes and make necklaces for each girl doll. <BR> The final step before shipping the dolls will be hair bows and hair flowers. <BR> This batch of dolls will go to orphans in Haiti. <BR> Aren't they wonderful? They have the best time on doll projects! <BR> <img src=" Fri, 7 Feb 2014 19:06:56 EST So Hannah wants SIX chairs for her Barbie Doll...and... two chairs for her American Girl dolls. <BR> <BR> So, (1) I live on social security and don't have a lot of mad money, and <BR> (2) I like to re-purpose things for my crafts. <BR> <BR> So, I made this doll chair this morning using a PRINGLES CAN. <BR> <BR> This is what I did. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then I used the same "formula" for the larger oatmeal container (same shape), and made a chair for Hannah's American Girl doll. Tota... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 13:50:20 EST Doll iced drinks! These are adorable! I finished making the doll drinks yesterday. They take time. Simple, but time consuming. It takes clear glue (like Elmer's clear), and either a tiny drop of acryic paint or food coloring. (Food coloring works best). They are about 1-1/2" tall (plastic glasses, 20 for $1 at dollar store). <BR> <BR> I first put in 1/3 cup of "ice" (clear beads). Then mixed clear glue with color, and poured over the "ice." I added the piece of straw. Let it dry for a day or two, because the glue dries a... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 11:54:59 EST We have to laugh at ourselves sometimes... ...because my kids laugh at me a lot. I'm not too savvy with newer technology. I think I keep up with (or am a bit more advanced) than old people like me, but they do catch me now and then, misunderstanding...and they crack up. <BR> <BR> But I'm not THIS bad: <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now. Did this little giggle make you feel a bit better? Have a happy day! Tue, 4 Feb 2014 10:31:13 EST Following sickness, searching for new attitude I lost time. Not days, not weeks, practically a whole month. I would be fine for a few days then get re-zapped. Days when I couldn't lift my head off the pillow, but had to take my hubby to emergency room with his pneumonia. Two useless, helpless old people practically crawling around the house. <BR> <BR> Being a person who has fought weight all my adult life, I always have to shoot down the bad/sad/pity attitude to get back up again. this time is no different. <BR> <BR> I stepped ... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 09:49:39 EST Time to start planning for Relay for Life Our local Relay for Life is in July, but I like to plan early because I have so many time-consuming responsibilities (lots of volunteer work, plus making dolls for orphans, etc.) that I need to work on some Relay for Life projects. <BR> <BR> Cancer has affected most of us, often in more ways than one. For me, the biggest reason is the loss of my brother, John, who served in the jungles of Vietnam as a U.S. Marine. He came home with a lifetime of nightmares, facing 30+ years of 18 differe... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 10:39:31 EST While I was sick. 1. Because food tasted like licking a tin can, I gained no weight. <BR> <BR> 2. I didn't lose either, probably because I ate 20 Halls and drank 3 glasses of O.J. every day. <BR> <BR> 3. I started to sew my dolls for Haiti orphans, but when I sewed half of the doll backwards and faced taking out a few hundred stitches, I gave that up. <BR> <BR> 4. I did make some more American Girl doll hangers, though I haven't painted them yet. Gave a bunch to my granddaughter for Christmas, each pain... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 10:53:58 EST Sick today. Too sick to go to my youngest grandson's first birthday party. Ugh. Well at least I know I'll be able to turn my back on birthday cake. <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 12:33:56 EST Yummy cake, but...(pic) ....but it is for dolls! An awesome cake a little girl will love to help with (or do on her own, if old enough). <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I found the idea for the first cake online, and it's perfect for Barbie dolls, though I'm sure it can easily be rigged to be an American Girl cupcake. The cake itself is actually a battery-tea-light candle! <BR> <BR> I took a small strip of scrapbook paper and glued around the side of the... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 10:33:16 EST Up against a 7 year old (pics) Yesterday my granddaughter was off school and spent the day with me. I'm 70 and she's 7. I've just re-started eating better, and haven't even started any exercise, and I'm fighting myself about that. So when I had Hannah with me for the day, she wore me out! We played a lot and I think I ran 10 miles thru the house. We baked, did crafts, painted, played Barbie, played American Girl and read books. Here is a batch of mini polymer cookies for her American Girl doll. <BR> <img src="http:/... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 07:12:27 EST Now this is a good chocolate sundae! this is the sundae made by my 7 year old granddaughter. I prepared a sundae dish for her by cutting off the top of a plastic water bottle. I removed the sharp edge by twisting the edge down on a low-heat skillet for a few seconds (it turns under, making a "lip"). Immediately after heating the edge smooth, I place the new edge onto a rounded container (I used a regular sherbet dish, but you have to find something it will fit tightly to before starting). This makes the new edge cool with t... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 20:49:09 EST American Girl doll craft: #1 Hubby & me My husband decided he wanted to do a "couple" craft with me. I made some American Girl doll clothing and accessories for our granddaughter. And this past summer he made a triple bunk bed for her (out of a $3 rummage sale shoe rack). <BR> And so I made 3 mattresses, comforters, pillows and throw pillows. Here it is. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What's interesting, is that we did lots of projects over the summer and fall, and even thou... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 16:22:25 EST Dolls for Orphans: Nicaragua The rag dolls I made for Nicaragua are my favorites by far. I've sent to Ghana, South Africa, Haiti, Guatamala (I am now working on 50 dolls going on a mission trip back to Haiti - I "forget" to overeat when I'm into a service project). <BR> <BR> I try to make dolls with clothing, skin color, etc. with the childrens' culture in mind. So I went with the "Carnival" or "Fiesta" look for these girl dolls. The sandals are movable, the skirts and long and frilly, and their skirts are removabl... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 18:44:53 EST Now THIS was fun to make! ...and I know the baby will have fun pulling on it, looking at the colors, feeling the different textures...and chewing on it! It is a thick, soft soft soft fleece and measures about 14"x14". More of a toy than a blanket. <BR> <BR> Never even heard of Tag Blankies before, but it seems to be the "in" thing. Babies are supposed to love them. This completes my baby shower gift for this weekend...the tag blankie and the quiet book are very unique gifts, and I hope to do these for future sho... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 09:34:18 EST Lost 2 of the 3 lbs. I'd gained. I'm happy about that, but I know myself. I need to concentrate on moving forward, not counting up the number of pounds I COULD have had off if I had not had that bad week. <BR> (You know what we can do with numbers..."instead of gaining 3 lbs, I could have lost 2 lbs. Then when I lost 2 lbs. this week, I could add that for a total 5 lbs. loss. So I lost that opportunity, and in 2 weeks I have a net gain of 1 lb.) THAT is what I need to let go of...Now. Onto this week and progress again. ... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 07:50:49 EST Finished a Quiet Book gift for baby My first Quiet Book. I had such a good time doing this, I plan to make a larger one for each of my grandkids to take in the car with them on trips! <BR> <BR> I double-sided six pages, and sewed down the center to make 12 pages. Got many ideas off of Pinterest, but mostly made my own patterns and personalized some of it, even inserting Annie's and her parents' pictures. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 14:03:44 EST Long week was not good...because I wasn't! Out of town company for almost a week. I promised I'd tread carefully, but then I just let it go. I was not good, and my results Wednesday were not good. I'm not posting it, giving myself a little extra time so it won't be too devastating. I know, I know, I'm only not telling me...and I already know! <BR> <BR> But I'm ready to record my daily food plan (plan in advance, and adjust along the way if/when needed). It's the only way I lost 12 lbs. (All right, I'll fess up...I actually ga... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 10:16:49 EST Question for (Sewing) crafters-- Does anyone know an alternative to using batting for a home-made miniature ironing board? I can't believe how expensive it is, and I only need a piece that's about 20"x 14". Batting by the yard starts at over $7...and packaged batting is often more expensive...and I'd probably never use any more of it. (I'm truly not a "cheap" person. I make many many dolls which I donate, and I pay for all the materials. Sometimes it gets very expensive, and we live strictly on social security. So I thi... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 20:10:12 EST Exciting Day! Yep, we went to Hobby Lobbby for (doll) stuffing, fabric, etc. <BR> Then we went to Best Buy to get a new printer. <BR> On the way back home, my DH had to stop at a gas station to use the facilities (too much coffee, lol) <BR> Then we picked up a few groceries. <BR> <BR> That's it. We're retired. That's about all the excitement we can handle. <BR> <BR> Hahaha, just kidding. We are usually SO busy with volunteer work and such, that we seldom spend the day together...and running errands t... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:58:16 EST Sometimes we try to add variety...and don't need it. I'm always looking at new recipes...and I admit to trying some and loving them. But I'm also guilty of trying things just for the sake of trying them, and it turns out not to be worthwhile. <BR> <BR> Last night I tried a recipe for crispy parmesan roasted asparagus. I LOVE asparagus. So since I love parmesan AND "crispy", I gave it a try. Now it wasn't bad tasting. It was okay. My hubby liked it. But to me it wasn't worth the extra stuff...a little flour, some planko breadcrumbs, egg ... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:17:56 EST The visit with little Millie (Millie is the child I referred to in my blog from yesterday). The following is my daughter's report on her visit to her kindergarten student, Millie who recently had brain surgery. My daughter's an amazing teacher....parents whose children had her already vie for their other children to get her. <BR> <BR> From my daughter: "When I got there she was sleeping on the couch sucking her thumb! Her mom said that she fell asleep... we slowly woke her up to see if she wanted to visit. She soon... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:59:12 EST Can't find those blessings? Meet little Millie My daughter has taught kindergarten for almsot 30 years and loves "her" kids as any good teacher does. <BR> <BR> She has been following the frightening journey of one of her little girls, 6-year-old Millie, who had horrible headaches, so bad that she would pass out and/or vomit. <BR> <BR> Turns out to be a large brain tumor. They did remove the tumor, and although it turned out to be benign, that little girl still has headaches (though not as bad, and they are anticipated to eventually di... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 21:31:52 EST Struggling? Hang in there! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ..thought you could use a little smile! Sat, 16 Feb 2013 13:45:01 EST Funny thing happened on my way to the scale... I don't weigh in except on Wednesday mornings for my official weight report. <BR> <BR> However. This morning as I was working in our computer room (which is where I keep the scale), I got very tempted. Ash Wednesday was a day of fast. I didn't think about losing weight, it was a spiritual fast. Then yesterday I did real well...not exactly fasting, but eating only when hungry, and not snacking at all (just liquids). <BR> <BR> So here I was, working in our office, staring at that darn sca... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 18:46:24 EST My DH gave me candy for Valentine's Day!??! He did, but here's how he did it. He bought a Milky Way candy bar, divided into two separate bars. He ate one (hahaha) and I ate half of the other. I put the other half into the freezer for another day. This is a man who normally buys me TONS of my favorite candies, always thinking it would make me happy. He's catching on that the happiness candy brings is fleeting! But the half candy bar was good...and my DH is sweet! Thu, 14 Feb 2013 21:10:07 EST For my friends of faith. For my friends who are Muslims, Jews or those of no particular faith who hold God in their hearts and lives, I pray and think of you as well during this time of the Christian spiritual journey called Lent. May your lives also be filled with peace and spiritual growth as well. <BR> <BR> For my Christian friends, be thankful for this time of soul-searching, for we will find that we have sinned...dishonored our God...and have need to change and grow. I love that Lent will lead us to the New B... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:21:20 EST Wow. Words this morning from our deacon! I must share this...too often working through trying to get healthy (especially after years of neglect like me), we start to feel a bit sorry for being overwhelmed. This is what our deacons wrote this <BR> <BR> --"If we begin our day with any notion of scarcity, not-enoughness, victimhood, or "I deserve," I promise you the day will not be good--for you or for those around you. Nor will God be glorified. <BR> <BR> Maybe we all should begin our days with a litany of satisfac... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 11:06:21 EST If you quilt (well, even if not) - pics I haven't the first clue how to quilt. But my 6 year old granddaughter has been trying her hand at sewing lately, and apparently SHE knows how to quilt. <BR> <BR> It would seem you take some material you like, and run a bunch of stitches all over it ("you know, grandma, like quilts have all that sewing on top?"). Apparently you don't have to measure sizes or anything. <BR> <BR> Then you sew them together, "with the ugly side down". She has 3 pieces done, and each time she comes over s... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:07:34 EST Our church had a "Dessert Celebration" today! A Thank-You celebration took place this afternoon at our church for the volunteers and those who perform ministries. It was called "The Dessert Celebration" and I didn't really want to go!!! But, my hubby wanted to go and we did take a grandchild with us. <BR> <BR> We walked in the door, and oh, my! The first thing was the sundae bar...every kind of ice cream and everything you can think of for toppings was there. Yeah, I love ice cream and slid right past it without a 2nd look. <BR> <... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 20:24:33 EST Imagine a stranger addressing your obesity! It happened when I was with my cousin, who happens to be my best friend. We were shopping in the grocery store, reading labels, and my cousin commented on how many more fats were in a "light" product than we imagined. <BR> <BR> Some (skinny) lady actually approached us, looked at my cousin and asked, "Have you always had a problem with obesity?" <BR> <BR> Now maybe she was wanting to offers some advice or something, but my cousin didn't take it too kindly. <BR> <BR> She responded, quite ... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 19:28:35 EST Goals are good...but the journey.... the journey? We need to enjoy it. Don't miss out (especially don't miss out on the beauty of who you are right now)! I love this: <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 8 Feb 2013 09:53:31 EST Special Olympics Special Olympics are filled with beautiful young people, taking all of life in that they can, and giving all out of life that they can. Sadly, many people don't see their beauty. Not because it's not there. But because they don't look for it. Perhaps they were never taught to look for it. <BR> <BR> Our son-in-law is a police officer who has for many years volunteered at their city's Special Olympics...and my daughter and her two kids work at the Olympics as well...they see the beauty. <B... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 17:36:35 EST Rock on, old woman! So I am having a lot of trouble getting back into exercise/working out. I will walk, but haven't increased much in my walking since the first of the year. <BR> <BR> I have gotten so heavy and out-of-shape I keep thinking...."if I just continue to lose weight, I'll get some energy back to work out." <BR> <BR> And while that's true, I've hit upon something for 4 straight days now that I'm really enjoying. I slip off to the basement for 5-10 minutes several times a day (3 or 4 times), put ... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 09:29:00 EST Oh, the humiliation WILL come! My poor grandSON. Only 20 months old and his 6-year-old big sister dresses him up for their play time. I don't know what this is, but I am positive Aaron is going to HATE this picture one day. (Hannah, be afraid. Be very afraid)! hahahaha, I love kids! <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 5 Feb 2013 11:22:17 EST