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5/14/13 9:33 A

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Good Morning All! I haven't been very steamy lately, except, I've been doodling lots of Widgets. tanglepatterns.com/2013/04/how-to-dr
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Now that it's baseball season, my hands need something to do while I watch/listen to the games.

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Oh, wow! Those are some FABULOUS costumes! I love it!

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Howdy Everyone!

I'm still totally swamped, but someone sent this to me and I thought y'all might like some parts of it. Kind of a different steampunk look.
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Hello Pandora!
Sounds like a fun event to be gettign ready for! Looking forward to hearing more about it as plans progress.

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emoticon Hi, Pandora!

A steampunk wedding? That sounds so cool! Top hats and corsets? Goggles and ray guns? You'll have to share the details with us!

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Welcome Pandora!

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Hi-
I'm new to your group. My name is Pandora and I'm from Kansas. I was so excited to see a steampunk team. My goal in joining Spark is to lose weight before my moms steampunk wedding next year.

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Hey, Skyblue, where is your Farmer's Market going to be located? I go to the downtown St. Paul FM. I love it and have gotten to know some of the vendors a little. I can't wait for spring and for the produce vendors to come back. I eat so much better in the summer with all those great veggies available!

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Happy Saturday Everyone!

Glad to hear your Minnesota royalty is expecting Twins… *lol*

My farmer’s market is closed due to the owner just returning from duty in Afghanistan. He has a ton of clearing, cleaning and planting to do for this season’s business, I expect the market to open by April’s end.

SkyBlue, tell son to “break leg”! Such a horrible request…*lol*, but actors are strange beings.

Busy weekend for me: organizing, planning and finishing old projects.


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Oooh Have fun Anya_Onion, Maybe I'll be able to catch our farmers market today! I work the weekends and often the pickings are getting slim and the market is starting to pack up by the time I escape work. Won't hurt to check though.
Hope Folks stay safe in that scary weather PeajJay! My town just about shuts down with snow and ice. Still getting chilly or wet days here but really the conditions are rather mild.
Will count it in my blessings today.
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ANYA_ONION I failed to note that you are a fellow Twin Citian! I hadn't heard the news of the Mauer twins - that is funny. Now we can obsess about our own royalty expecting a baby (or 2)
Today my youngest is in a play. He is playing Huck Finn in the production. He's excited and ready so it should be fun. Then after it's his choice what we will do. That could prove interesting emoticon
Hope you have fun at the FM! You should come visit our market when it opens! I might be able to arrange a Steampunk discount. emoticon Hope everyone has a great weekend no matter what they are doing!

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Morning, ladies!

I'm going to the Farmer's Market this morning and then this afternoon I will be listening to a spring training game of my Minnesota Twins. So funny, they just announced that Joe Mauer's wife is expecting . . . . you guessed it . . . . twins!

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Seems everyone is busy with life…I know that feeling well. Computer work has taken up much of my creative time. But on reflection, it’s a form of creativity, on an analytical level. *ROFLOL*

Weather has hammered us with snow and rain mix; causing icy, slushy roads. Hazardous barely begins to describe the travel conditions this morning. DH, DD and her BF have to trudge through this mess. We need the moisture since last year we experienced a drought of distinctive proportions.

How is everyone’s week so far?

SKYBLUEGIRL: Regarding habits: Yes! My dogs have a ritual path they follow when outside too. Great observation; I never gave it thought until now. *S* In changing habits, we’ve all been there, the ups and downs can be discouraging. Having support gets a person through those discouraging moments.

ANYA_ONION, STELLAR-LIGHTS, STILLFLYIN: emoticon emoticon

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Our dogs do the same thing! They have their patrol paths and when I call them to come in they won't come directly to the door--they have to take their circuit around the perimeter to the path that comes to the door. Of course, if they see a rabbit, all bets are off!

I love our farmer's market! I know you will get customers who will appreciate all your efforts!

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PEAJAY50~ Thank you for the good advice on my aging bod emoticon I try to be kind to myself I just tend to be all or nothin most of the time. I am working on it.

This talk of habits reminds me of a murder drama type show I watched. In one part of it they showed a kitchen and the pattern that this women walked through it every day. The direction she took, how she did things. They plotted it out and it was very interesting looking at it and seeing how she was really unaware of her patterns/habits. That has to be true in many other ways as well. Also, since we have been blessed with abundant snow this year I can see the walking paths of my dog in the back yard. I would think there would be tracks all over the place but even he has a route he takes all around. He is a husky so snow depth isn't an issue in his path decisions. Rewiring our brains is an amazing process and it certainly helps having other insightful, helpful friends to make the process a bit easier.
I have sick kids again today ~ we REALLY need to be done with this crud. SPRING where are you?? I love hearing what everyone is up to. Projects and such. I want to post my cement turtle pictures , but I might have to just post it on my page. I have asked the Sparkpeople staff about adding an option to put photo's easily in forums but until that happens I will do it the hard way - whiner that I am emoticon We got the final approval from the city council on the farmers market! It will be in the parking lot of the church I attend. Now we just need to get vendors - which seems to be the hardest part. So my days are filled with caring for my ill kids and calling/emailing perfect strangers trying to convince them to join our brand new market. emoticon It's all good but I do miss spending more time on forums and keeping up with my Steamates and sparkfriends. There is a season for everything! emoticon to all!

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I adore this team too… *S*

STELLAR-LIGHTS: It’s amazing how many habits we perform daily without thought… or care. *S*

The main reason I joined Spark People back in 2008, to relearned eating and exercise (now called purposeful activity) habits. Hopefully, I’m not repeating myself: I use to severely restrict calories, then developed an emotional eating habit too. For many years I believed that 1 hour of purposeful cardio was good, so, then 2 or 3 or 4 hours must be better, right? Between 2008 and today those habits were tough to change. When over stressed or experiencing severe PMS I feel the pull to revert back to those old habits.


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Happy sigh! I love this team.
I'm reading a book about habits how they form and how to change them. It's amazing how many of our daily actions are habitual.. walk into a room and reach for a light-switch, sit down in the car and buckle up. We have so many more habits than we realize, and mostly they are really helpful and something to be proud of. I'm looking forward to reading how to change some habits to work better for me though.
It's slow going because apparently I habitually get sleepy when reading! Oops! a bedtime routine gone slightly awry.

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SKYBLUEGIRL: CONGRATS on your farmer’s market start-up and may it prove rewarding and profitable!!! Woot! Woot!

Oh, I remember my forties and the foreignness of living inside that body. Fueling my aging weight gain, was starvation dieting and over exercising; but neither was working any more. I also worked in a high stress environment and putting in long hours 7 days a week.

In my health education travels, I learned aging bodies, which is an honorable milestone, slow down too. For me that’s frustrating because today I’m no longer bogged down by family and work responsibilities or stresses, thus “vampiring” my energy. Right now I mentally feel energized however physically can’t keep up. *LOL*

I crave salt and struggle with managing it sometimes; but do manage sugary things quite well. \Every now and again, I’ll enjoy 3 Oreos or a piece of cheesecake. But I’ve read on SP dedicated sweet eaters struggle with omitting sugar from their diets. During your lifestyle change, please be kind to your self. Changes are never easy and exacting, so, whether “on-the-sugarless-wagon” or “off-the-sugarless-wagon” is all part of being human. Remember time will make the change a successful habit.

I’m cheering you on from the sidelines as you make this journey.



STELLAR-LIGHTS and STILLFLYIN emoticon - because I missed you this morning.


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Wow! I'm so impressed. Starting the farmers market is a huge project and certaintly one worth being passionate about! Way to Go! I can't chat just now but I had to say that at least. I'll be back later to say how awesome I think we all are and how we can do this healthy living thing witheachothers support!
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Hello Steamates,
I just took a few minutes to read through this conversation so now I feel in the loop once again! emoticon .
I have been consumed for the past few weeks with starting a farmers' market. A friend and I have been working diligently getting things going and I have taken on the majority of the vendor finding stuff. It's pretty ironic because I am NOT a salesperson. I hate trying to win people over and get them to buy into something. But this is something I have a passion for and talking to all these vendors hasn't been so bad. The worst that can happen is they say no.
I also went to the Dr. last week to get a prescription renewed and found my cholesterol is up again. I knew it would be - it goes up as my weight does. So with the combination of all this farmers' market stuff and what the doc said (also suggested I lose about 10 lbs emoticon ) I need to get moving again. I just read about one of the amazing 100lb weight loss sparkers and she said she decided to give up sugar. It was what she had to do - it's not for everyone but I think that is also a reminder for me. I have said it many times before. Since I hit 40, how my body works has become quite frustrating to me. It just doesn't work like it used to. I can't avoid it. And it seems the only way I can make progress is if I drop sugar- and add more veggies/fruit. Common sense you say - perhaps but it really stinks to think about the sugar thing. I just go back and forth. So today after I am done on Spark I am going to plan out a week of meals and buy what I need. I have gotten pretty lazy about putting thought into my health.

So I hope you all get a SPARK today! Get a burn under those buns and make a change- if you need one. I think most of us do, maybe not in eating but there's always room for improvement! Here's to TODAY and making a change for the better! emoticon I will be thinking about you all and being thankful for what I learn from you guys too! Have a great day Steamates! emoticon

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STELLAR-LIGHTS: YES! That’s my goal in later years too. Ride my FOREST GREEN two-speed bike, which has two big baskets on each side of the back wheel and handle bar hand-brakes, all around my rural community. I already wear a wide-brim, floppy hat to keep the sun off when mowing and gardening; I don’t sweat and have vitiligo so wear it to keep cool and not tan. I just wonder if a bike seat is wide enough for my generous backside. emoticon The derriere is not leaving any time soon, so the seat must conform. *S*

STILLFLYIN: Thank you for the kudos but am struggling with the stitches. *LOL* I am accustom to crocheting fast and these new stitches slow me down…considerably. But I want to make several afghans though cannot tolerate crocheting the same stitch design over and over and over and over…for the next 9 months. *LOL* So I’m learning new stitches for each block of the afghans.

I also dabble in many creative things too; scrapbooking, digital art, sewing, jewelry, and loads of other creative media. Keeps my spirits up and life challenging.

Extreme exercising… you’ve got it right, kiddo. Do what you can because ALL of it is GOOD.

I’ve been like you, and continue to beat myself to death with over exercising. After one such episode even Aleve can’t touch the pain. I never learn!!! At 50 years, early onset osteoarthritis, and decades of over exercising in my past… my body just can’t take the hits any more and then recover quickly. So… calisthenics, weight lifting and low impact cardio are my only options for a purposeful activity routine. I’ll spend as much as 45 minutes doing what I call strength training 3 times a week, and then 30 minutes of brisk walking 3-4 times a week. And I LOVE the fact I am not stiffen up by achy joints and sore muscles. I’m just thankful I can still move as well as I can, and pray that I am just as flexible in my 90’s.

About the HUGOs… Regarding ALL creative outlets, what some construe as worthy artistic pieces, others, like me, are not inclined to agree. *S* That’s why I don’t place much value on the awards system within any of the creative industries. Also another truth, there are too many good artists out there and, sadly, not everyone can win. I’ll read, watch, view and listen to what appeals to my senses and happiness. If they win an award, good for them. If not… well, someone’s gonna read/watch/view/listen to it anyway. And that “someone” may be me. emoticon

I visited your Spark Page – love your steampunk aviator technician outfit. Well designed, looks comfortable, serviceable and genuine. Two thumbs up for your steampunk attire success.


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Peajay - I admire you for learning new crochet stitches. I can't seem to do that. If something isn't made with the basic few stitches, I just don't do it. Of course, I tend to dabble in lots of different things and just get the general idea before moving on to the next new thing. I have a crochet shawl that I started over a year ago to go with my late 1800s costume that I wear when my sewing group is demonstrating at the local forts. It lacks about a foot of one row to be finished. I will get it done before our next event.

Biking looks like fun. I live on the corner of two very busy streets and won't do it myself, but I like the concept in a safer environment.

I love sunflowers - especially painting them (not that I've done any painting lately). So many colors within the colors. And so hopeful. We won't have water here for a real garden since the drought continues. I try to grow a few plants and herbs in pots so I can better control the water use. Still, I take vicarious enjoyment from others that can garden.

I made a huge change in my attitude at the gym since I went back. I don't have to beat myself to death and do extreme exercising for an hour or more like I used to think I should. Just get myself there almost every day and do some good stuff for a bit and then go elsewhere and do something else. For long term, I think this will work well for me. Probably be healthier mentally and physically.

This admin team that I put together for one of my main clubs is consuming most of my time these days. I'm hoping it will level out as I get folks trained and I can start doing other things. It has to. I have plans to be elsewhere later in the year.

My sci fi group is still discussing the merits of different Hugo nominations for LonestarCon3. Most of the eligible steampunk literary works don't seem to be very good, but there are plenty of good possibilities in other sci fi arenas. I wonder at what the other folks that vote for Hugo nominations are thinking sometimes. My favorites the last few years have not won, and many didn't even make it to the finals.

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Well, our last frost date here is late March, early April so I'm starting the sunflowers a little early- but we getting enough daylight if not real sunshine to fool them appaerntly. Crossing my fingers and wishing them strength.

I love the idea of you biking around with the canine comrades. I aspire to be biking around still in my 90's like this pair of older ladies in my neighborhood growing up who would pass by on adult tricyles with big floppy sunhats and their groceries in the baskets. They seemed to have the right idea to me.


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You're right on track, Stellar-Lights, remembering your accomplishments. Stay focused on positive things that lead towards success and happiness.

I am envious that you've started sunflowers... I have no sun to begin spring seedlings. emoticon

I'm thinking of getting a bike this year, pedal around my block (3.5 miles) in the morning. Get a basket for the my puppies, as they are too small to keep up even with my beginning slow pace. They would love the excursion in the fresh air. Then in the winter I could put it up on one of those thingys so I can bike inside while watching evening television.

You're an inspiration...

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Thank you both for your wise words. I tend to think that I'm pretty good about my self-talk but I also know I spend a too much time focusing on what "I wish I'd done" instead of appreciating what I've done and getting on with enjoying of life.
Great to be back to the gym Stillflyin! Hope it helps boost that intensity the way you want.
I'm still avoiding mine, but the teasing spring weather has be biking a bit more and getting out in the yard. (I'm still so thrilled to have my own yard to get muddy in!!) I've started some sunflowers in the window sill and am so excited to plant them and watch them grow taller than me! emoticon emoticon emoticon
Fun to be learning new crochet stitches Peajay, it's not something I've ever tried but I love to drool over other peoples textiles emoticon


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Good Morning everyone!

StillFlyin: Good for you in rejoining your gym. I always enjoyed a gym's varied weight lifting stuff.

I am learning new crochet stitches, right now it the basket stitch. I am making a 12 by 12 inch block of each stitch I learn. Keeps the creative essence flowing... *S*

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I joined up at the gym again. It was nice to see the folks that I haven't seen for a while. My plan is to take it slow and easy as I get back into it. I decided that I just wasn't getting the same level of challenge in my home exercises and it was too easy to skip. And the gym has a new pricing strategy that is better for my pocketbook. I'm expecting to be a bit sore for a while.

What are you crafting, PEAJAY?

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How is everyone today?

Doing well here… staying warm in spite of the wintery weather. Busy day planned: computer work and some crafting.

STILLFLYIN: Good to “see” you… I too have way too many projects and an equal amount of good intention. *LOL* You take care of yourself too…((((HUGS)))))

STELLAR-LIGHTS: for you too ((((((HUGS)))))




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Well said, PEAJAY!

Howdy everyone. I've been running and suffering the winter miseries and consequently have been doing the bare minimum on SP. I've still got too much to do but am hoping to get some more "me" time before long, having checked a couple of big projects off my list.

Y'all take care of yourselves and have some fun. A long, healthy life isn't all that healthy if you don't include enjoyment of the trip along the way.


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I’m not feeling very charged either this week; tired for no reason and my joints/muscles ache after any exertion. It’s got to be the weather…I am loosing patience for spring’s arrival. *S*

The only social media my DH enjoys is about photography, guns, computers, saxophones, etc. Never about dieting and exercise. Regarding nutrition, DH adheres to this policy which his doctor suggested: avoid all white foods. Instead he says eat chocolate ice cream, yellow or red potatoes, chocolate chip cookies (they have brown sugar in them and ignore the white sugar), etc. *LOL* Also, pasta isn’t white… it’s yellow. *LOL* He’s kidding of course, humor keeps the world from driving a person insane.

Some words of encouragement: small steps Stellar-Lights… you don’t have to adjust to a new lifestyle over night. Also, remember you’re humanness, allow for bumps in the road. Having strict deadlines on exercise and nutritional goals only makes your efforts stressful, thus not enjoyable. Eating well and being active should immolate unconditional loving of your self.

I just returned last month (January) after a 3 month sabbatical (Oct 2012) away from exercising and eating well, tracking those things and the associated social media activity. It was an epiphanic period for me, making critical changes in my physical and mental beliefs about nutrition and activity. The greatest achievement during that period was ridding myself of the chronic negative self talk that plagued me since my teens.

Take one day at a time when getting back into the saddle of eating and being active for long term health. You've done it before, you will do it again, and again, and again, and again... *S*



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Hi Peajay
(I love that name I think of spring peas and blue jays and also pajamas, all lovely things)
My weekend was nice, I did some reading as well. Mr and I enjoyed lots of low key hang time and some flea market fun. We didn't do much around the house or about our "life plans" so I'm not feeling as recharged as I'd like, but oh well.. emoticon I keep hoping I'll magically feel ready to take on the world after a little break when I know it just doesn't work that way. If I want to feel better I'll just have to start eating better and moving more to get the energy and momentem to build. Magic is hard work.
My dear Mr tried spark out and seemed to like their programs and info, but his interest in social medias is nearly nonexistent and I don't believe he's logged on in over a year.
He can be pretty focused though, and since it's successful self management or the return of the infamouse metformin I'm confident we will both be stepping our efforts up and finding our helathy groove.

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How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was relaxing: reading and doing genealogy.

Stellar-Lights: I loved my college drawing class. We even had nude drawing exercises which helped me understand human structure. For my 50th birthday I got a fully loaded art kit... like you I need to stretch my "creative muscles" too.

The Diabetes program on Spark People is very informative and simple to acheive. Being prediabetic I joined to learn and cope with the "possibility".

Also, I don't know how old your DH is, but when my DH (age 59 yo) started Androgel (HRT for men) his 4 pills of Metformin a day was cut back to 2 pills a day. Just offering a topic for research in Men's Health and then a discussion with the doctor.

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Oi, I've still been going through days like they were going out of style. Hope you all are doing alright.
I've got no particular projects right now but I made it to an open figure drawing studio last week. Hadn't done that in ten years or so. It was nice to stretch those creative muscles again. I'm feeling good lately I think Mr. and I are ready to give some proper attention to our health again. We are taking this weekend to clean house and talk game plans. He convinced his doctor to give him three months to try managing his diabetes without a drug that has a nasty gut twisting side effects so there's some extra motivation to help us out. I'll let you know what we come up with. Anything is going to be better than the nothing we've been doing!

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Creative projects planned:

- Am reading, The House of Women, by Anne Brear.
- Planning to begin a Block of the Month crochet project
- I am creating a spreadsheet for my hubby’s boss; employee and equipment labor tracking report.
- I love designing my gardens and nut grove, so I am updating those.
- Two fleece dog sweaters wait to be sewn.
- Developing some personal jewelry design ideas that have steampunk and mystery noir themes.

I stay pretty busy mentally and physically with creative pursuits. *LOL*

STELLAR-LIGHTS: I can always wear lick-on body art, right? *LOL* Or airbrushed? Never say never… And I’ve struggled too, opening pad and paints and putting them together too. I received a fully loaded artist’s kit for my 50th birthday last year, and it hangs on the back of my door. *shaking my head sadly* Maybe we need to start a February Art Challenge to get us “SPARKED”…

YES! Post your apron so I can see these imperfections, and I will post some of my imperfect sewing projects too. The dog sweater was actually too small between the legs; my daughter struggled to get the thing on. And the sewing came undone because I sewed too close to the edge. The pink scarf was made too small so had to modify it so it was usable and it still didn’t pan out. The picture doesn’t show it but the sewing is crooked – I can’t sew a straight line to save my life.

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Let me share a tidbit I gave my artistic daughters, “If you don’t like the outcome then…practice, practice, practice.” Keep practicing, dear.



SKYBLUEGIRL: Healing prayers and thoughts your way. In Dec last year I caught a cold, the cough and sinus stuff came and went quickly. However the fatigue lingered, even today. I think this season’s bug just likes to hang around a bit longer then necessary. My unsolicited advice: Treat it like a favored friend, lounge on the couch and enjoy the quality “ME” time. 

Your cement turtle sounds great! Is it being molded or shaped by hand? 2 years ago I did a set of mosaic circle cement foot stones and they look so awesome in my flowerbed. Here’s a pic of my project: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_ph
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Of course I love all the not so new team mates too! emoticon emoticon

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Hello all! Happy Tuesday to everyone as well. I have been feeling under the weather for about a week now - so i am hoping to get my energy back and get a good nights sleep as well. So nice to hear of all the creating going on. As for me, I am going to the final day of a 2 day class to make a funny cement turtle for my garden. I believe we will be painting tonight. I will have to post a photo of the finished product. I have also been taking an online class through Craftsy. It's a beginning serger class. It has been slow going but it has been a pretty good class. My only gripe is the lag time I have. Sometimes as the teacher keeps talking and demonstrating and the image on my computer screen is stuck. I am a very visual learner so I have a hard time not seeing what she is doing. Oh well, i have managed to learn a lot and after I finish the class I want to start on some sewing projects, hopefully something steamy. It's so nice to have new steamy team mates to converse with. emoticon

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Funny- Peajay, you and I must have been posting almost at the same time there! Sorry the scottie dog tattoo wasnt to be. I'm always facinated by peoples body art (such a commitment) but also find the unaltered body a nice statement as well.
I'll really have to get a picture of my apron up here, I'm moving past my annoyance with it's imperfect details and am really very happy with it...

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I've been trying to get myself back into drawing and painting lately but am having trouble finding my groove. What are any of you folks working on lately?

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Hello everyone,

I am enjoying the quiet of my home; everyone went to school or work. My creation today is a spreadsheet for tracking employee labor and equipment usage. It’s a trade off for the requester to plow my back four acres for sweet clover planting.

How is everyone this fine Tuesday morning?

SteamChick: Fantastic blog and awesome costumes. I too enjoy the simple life, books, music, humor, jewelry making, artsy stuff, etc, but more importantly, steampunk.

Stellar-Lights: All art work has imperfections however, they are only seen by their creator. Also it gives the item depth, character, ambience, etc. Embrace your artistic imperfections… I love your tattoos. As a 50th birthday gift, I wanted a Scottie dog tattoo but this past summer vitiligo popped up. Dashing all my hopes of a tattoo.


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Can't wait to see your pic! I like all kinds of reenactment groups and am making personas for each. The same type of person - Ophelia the Quirky, but different time periods. SP being my fav.


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Wow, looks like you've been busy! Great ensemble. Perfect for attending a live music performance perhaps? We can hope!
With my crafting day I made myself a (not at all steamy) apron. It looks great from a distance ;-j up close there are some imperfections that I will always see but that wont bother anyone else. I'll try to snag a picture in a bit.

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Indeed! I have just made myself my first steampunk costume! a skirt, corset and three blouses. Pictures here: http://www.thistlerosestudio.com/2013/01/n
ew-costumes.html I am getting a hat and boots, and making / getting some accessories. I've just become totally enamored with SP music, particularly Abney Park. Today is my 49th birthday!

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I've got a lot on my to do list today but I'm hoping to spend some time crafting. Any of you all working on fun projects?

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Stellar - Every step in a healthy direction is something to be proud of. That makes you a winner!
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Heh, I am kind of figureing I'll need more than one dump truck to clean up my habits as of late!
but I think I'm finally chaseing after "the wagon" again if I'm not quite on it yet. Mr and I are easeing back into healthier food choices and are trying to build a routine again. It's slow going but I'm feeling good about it. Even went to a circut training class last night emoticon got very red in the face (I always do) and felt very dumpy- but also enjoyed myself a lot and got a good workout.
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Happy Friday! So with the first week of January almost over I am thankful for a restart. I am writing down my food again - actually I just read a great article here on Spark and it inspired me to do a couple new things. I am going to use my new phone to take photo's of my food if I don't have time to record what I ate. Also I am going to use paperclips or something like that to record pounds lost. These may only be kick-starters but I think it will help me. Here's hoping that we are all inspired to do great things in the new year!

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Sky - We are probably ALL back to or close to back to focusing on our plans again after the holidays. Today is a new day, so we just as well enjoy it.
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I don't use stevia in cooking because I can't seem to get the right amount in my recipes. I don't like super sweet stuff and I can cut the Splenda in half on the first try-out of the recipe and often cut it in half again for future recipes. I do keep stevia on hand for those rare occasions that I use it and guests that prefer it. And the occasional times that I use the Splenda is probably not a big challenge to my system.


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Well, I had to face my last plate of holiday cookies on Christmas day and I really needed it to be my last. I didn't have a lot of opportunities for overindulgence this month but in general I have managed to eat poorly. Sooo, back on the wagon I go. emoticon OK, I couldn't find a wagon emoticon so I decided to go with a dump truck cause I really need to dump a few pounds and a few bad choices that I have made with my health.
I would like to try your banana cream pie STILLFLYIN! Do you use Stevia or Truvia for a sweetener? I am so particular about the aftertaste of sweeteners it's hard to enjoy food or drink made with it. All that matters is that you and your hubby liked it emoticon . I have been eating a lot of veggies and more protein and nuts the last few days. Trying to ward off the evening cravings. Hope you had a great Christmas and your New Year is full of love, laughter and steam emoticon emoticon

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How are y'all doing with the season's challenges?

I was so naughty yesterday. I made a gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free banana creme pie yesterday from my new recipe book. It had been decades since I had banana creme pie. I know it wasn't like the "real stuff", but hubby thought it was tasty and I thought it was fantastic. I ate way too much of it.

Otherwise, I was pretty good on eating. I may see how this pie freezes since I've had enough of it for now. I'm hungry for my normal food and lots of veggies. And the cold makes me want more hot tea.
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Aww, thanks Skublue! I miss you guys too. Easy solution of course is to check in and say hi more regularly!
I'd take a personal chef over a computer in a heartbeat! maybe we can share one? I'm impressed you got all the boxes shipped, we've resigned ourselves to giving new years gifts to our long distance family emoticon
We got snow this morning which is exciting but a mucky mess for getting to work, it'll be gone by sunrise I expect.
I'm finnaly getting a bit excited for the holiday weekend. It's going to be so nice to have a house full of family! Hope you all are surrounded my friends and family too!
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Well we have missed you STELLAR so it was good to hear from you ! Hopefully the right mindset will set in for all who need it soon! I would be included in that group. Been in kind of a funk lately myself. It does help to check in on Spark. I might have to fake it until I make it when it comes to cutting back on goodies. My biggest "fantasy" Christmas gift would be a personal chef! It would be so wonderful to say; "Please make me some delicious healthy meals, so I don't have to think about it" emoticon Yes, it really is a fantasy. Anyway I hope Santa listens to your computer request - assuming you have been good of course emoticon I am getting the last of my packages mailed today. I was so pleased with myself last week when I thought I had everything mailed out - except cards. Well, hope you all have a great week and have time to enjoy the season! emoticon

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Hi there, Sorry I've been so scarce- I've been taking a bit of an unintentional media fast. I really need to get my own computer. Right Santa?
I've been struggling with goals lately but don't have the right mindset to make changes just now- perhaps I'll join the new years crowd.
Hope the Hobbit turns out to be the perfect B-day treat for you Skyblue! I think I'm going to wait on seeing it. Mr will probably go on his own today while I'm at work.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SKYBLUEGIRL!
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Please let me know what you think of the movie. I am torn on whether to go to the Hobbit now at the movies or wait for the dvd to come out. It's part one of three parts released over a long time and that always irritates me. There will also be huge liberties taken with the book which I don't really have a problem with. The original book probably needs some updating to fit in a movie and connect with today's audience. Just I understand that big parts that were not in the book has been added to the movies so that there can be three.

Of course, it has Martin Freeman as Bilbo and he is just so cute. emoticon

One of my friends is a teacher. Another friend and I will be covering for her class' public service project one day next week so the class can go to the Hobbit matinee. They just finished reading the book as another class project and going to the movie will be their reward.

And thank you for the good wishes. I am feeling better. It seems to be a bug that is all over the place here.


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Sorry to hear of your crud SF emoticon Hope you are feeling better soon! My kiddos have been dealing with the stuff as well. Yes ~busy but I try to enjoy the business and prioritize a bit. I found some fun simple gifts I want to make for the neighbors and a few friends so that's what I shall be working on this coming week. Mailing must be done as well - but only one box :) We are planning on celebrating my birthday by going to the Hobbit Fri or Sat. We have been watching the LoTR extended version this weekend in preparation. Feel better soon my friend! emoticon

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Bleah - I got a cold in the head and chest and no voice. I'm taking it easy and drinking lots of hot tea - my solution for most everything.

I hope y'all are doing well. I know this is an incredibly busy time of year for most folks.
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Sky - I am glad that you are getting a little bit of stress relief after your big event. We put ourselves in such stressful situations so often! A friend used to paraphrase some historical figure's wife - "Years from now, who will remark on how incredibly clean the house was? They will remember the fun of the event so spend your time sharing the fun." I'm assuming a bit of basic clean, but not obsessive. It took me years to take that to heart.

I used to make gifts quite often, but don't any more. Both our families decided a long time ago to only give gifts to the children and the elders. The kids have all grown up and moved on and the elders have passed on. So we don't do much gift giving. It's not a sad thing, just a thing. We focus on giving time and a bit of money to charity this time of year these days.

If you would like ideas from my past, it would help if you described what kind of recipients you are considering making gifts for.
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12/3/12 3:40 P

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Well, our Christmas party is now water under the bridge and I can finally relax a bit. I get kind of freaked out about our house of animal fur/hair when we have people over so just being able to let my vacuum rest is going to be nice. We used to have one every year but took a break for a couple years. It would be fun if we could have a Steampunk Health Christmas/Holiday get together. Just dreaming of course, but I was wondering if anyone is making gifts for friends/loved ones this year? I would love to hear ideas. emoticon

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11/29/12 2:24 P

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Sky - We have to indulge in goodies sometimes. If it is nose-to-the-grindstone all the time, there is no fun or real reason to be. I am amazed and proud that you chunked your left over pie. Now that is dedication! On the vegan thing, I am not a vegan or vegetarian. I eat a number of vegan items because they are OK for my allergies. Some of them are not. My diet is already so limited due to allergies, it would difficult for me to eat healthy and avoid the animal proteins that I can eat.

Stellar - I am so sorry that you are into your annual funk. Is it related to SAD - the lack of good light thing? I am glad to hear that you ate in a healthy way. And I am amazed and proud that you chunked your left over pie, too. Such restraint!

We are into the end of year rush. We don't have children, so we aren't into the school and such events but there are plenty of other stuff going on in the clubs that we belong to. The days are shorter and I have trouble being all active when it is dark and cold. I am in the process of cleaning out some areas around the house that have been ignored for years. Hard work and making for sore muscles, but I feel so good when I look at the cleared area.


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Sounds like we all did pretty well this year. Good job you guys! Mine was pretty pleasant as well. Small and low key but exciting for us all the same. I somehow managed to cook my turkey upside down (this baffles me because I've managed to place the conventional side up so many times before) and I made far too many mashed potatoes, but everything turned out great. I am pleased that I didn't really over eat either! I guess since I had plenty to do I didn't feel the need to eat to fill any void... We got left with a whole pumpkin pie after but managed to toss it after just a couple slices, Over all I'm very happy with the way it all turned out.

I seem to have been hit with my annual holiday funk in the last few days though and am struggling to keep myself in a healthy frame of mind. I'm super moody and keep avoiding any of the things that might help my body get past the grumpiness. You know, like exercise and healthy food, and sleep.. Just writing it down helps a little though so hopefully I'm ready to step up and get past the fussies.

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