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Re: 150 Steps for December '09

Postby sallypz » Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:31 am

Unity--if you're interested in the sock snowmen try these sites: http://www.bhg.com/holidays/christmas/crafts/friendly-sock-snowmen/ http://betterbudgeting.com/christmasornaments08/babysocksnowman.htm http://www.craftelf.com/Winter_Sock_Snowman.htm The mitten snowmen are at: http://www.kinderart.com/seasons/snowfolks.shtml I used small moving eyes for the eyes, a tiny orange pompom for the nose, drew on the mouth--a simple smile--with thin marking pen; used 'findings' for the buttons---baby buttons--or on some had found a sheet full of tiny puffy plastic stickers of santa faces, snowmen faces, reindeer faces---were perfect for cute snowmen 'buttons' so I hot glued them on. On some of them I used the ribbing section of the same sock for the hat, on others I used another smaller sock for the hat. Some had the hat positioned tilted to the side--glued cute little things on the hat too. Used a frilly little girls pony tail holder around the neck of one for a 'scarf'. decorative 'sock dolls' can also be made in a similar fashion. The one at this site would be very easy to make--embroider on the face-or draw it on with marker..her 'dress' is a small piece of lace---I've used lace like that to make 'dresses' for small craft bears, then glued lace on the backs to make bear angels too... http://www.cameokids.ecrater.com/product.php?pid=3473264 There is also a way to make a sock 'doll' from a ruffled toddler sock where the ruffle becomes part of the 'hat'...but I can't find a link that shows how...I've been looking for that pattern for a long time...will experiment on my own one of the3se days. You tube also has videos on how to make the sock roses. sorry to make this thread a craft site!! sallypz(MoxieMe)
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Re: 150 Steps for December '09

Postby paralegalgirl » Tue Dec 08, 2009 10:38 am

Hi everyone:
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Re: 150 Steps for December '09

Postby Unity » Tue Dec 08, 2009 1:22 pm

Sally, thanks for the links. They are lovely those snowmen, and as for the mitten people.........they're so sweet.
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Re: 150 Steps for December '09

Postby sallypz » Wed Dec 09, 2009 7:08 am

PLG--Crafting can be expensive, even when things are on sale. I use to do craft fairs but I never made back all the money I spent in supplies, fees and time...so I quit doing that. Now only make things for friends, family etc... I have some cute patterns and ideas.Maybe I should put them all in a book someday??? We had snow last night too...but not the big amount expected...Much to the disappointment of my little daughter who wanted a 'snow day' off school!! Older daughter & her husband are taking baby to a specialist (doctor) today, a pediatric ENT...was discovered at his last GP checkup that he has an internal 'clef palette'....his palette has been frequently bruised looking from feeding with the bottle..this time the doctor thought he saw a small hole in his palette...so he may need some kind of surgery. Poor kid. His mouth was underdeveloped from the start. His tounge was attached completely to the tip so he could barely move it..they thought he might need surgery on that but it has grown on its own and now is OK. These birth defects are probably the result of her smoking throughout her pregnancy (she researched it on line and found that mom smoking during pregnancy can cause these defects in a baby) ...Everyone in the apt bldg they lived in while she was pregnant smoked too, so she was also exposed to a lot of second hand smoke. I hope this gives her incentive to quit smoking during this pregnancy. The doctor told her she already has signs of COPD and she's only 30. Don't know how to get it through to her that smoking is killing her!! Will be working on treat bags for my daughter's school today, for their "Holiday Party" (I guess they're not allowed to call it Christmas???) and sending out the resume again. Got an email back about a job that requires 36 HR work week...don't know if I can do that...the LPN teaching job is 8 hour days 2x a week, then in March the CNA teaching job is 8 hrs a week (Sundays). 36 more hours of work a week makes a 60 hour work week. Plus going to school 2 nights a week and grading papers....may not all be possible???? Oh, well...will send the resume out again to a couple different places and see if there is something part time. sallypz (MoxieMe)
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Re: 150 Steps for December '09

Postby paralegalgirl » Wed Dec 09, 2009 9:49 am

Hi Unity and Sallypz: Thank god we didn't get the snow yet.
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Re: 150 Steps for December '09

Postby Mannix » Thu Dec 10, 2009 9:52 am

Hi, everyone, Well, the floors are almost completed at our house. And they really do look great! Of course, the rest of the house now looks old and dingy, but the floors are a great motivation to keep going on fixing it up. Yesterday, the workers' noise was deafening! The hammering sounded like they were going to destroy the floor completely, and now there is sawdust and bits of wood everywhere on everything in the basement. I was hoping to spend all of today away from that noise. But alas, our internet service has gone down, and I have to be home for the repairman between 1 and 3 pm. But today is the last day of installation and, since the upstairs is finished, I can retreat to my more comfortable bedroom instead of being holed up in the basement. Looks like the weather here will be clear Saturday night, which will make going to the first holiday gig much easier. So I guess some things have gone my way after all. Sorry I haven't responded much to others' posts lately. I will try to get somewhat back on track this weekend and next week. Hope you are all enjoying your winter weather and crafting! :) -- Mannix
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Re: 150 Steps for December '09

Postby Unity » Thu Dec 10, 2009 1:20 pm

Hi all Sally, I've got a tongue tie. Whenever anyone sticks their tongue right out and wiggles it about I feel nauseous, I can't stand the sight of it. I used to think they could do that because theirs were much longer than mine. I never realised it was the tie. No-one's every said anything about it e.g. doctor or dentist so I thought everyone had them. And no, my mom never smoked or drank. PLG - aren't you kind to all those people in the shops you send cards and gift to. Mannix, I'm glad your floors are turning out well. Are you getting ready for your visitors in terms of shopping etc? Or will you only do that when the workmen leave? My steps this month re address book. Managed to send yet another card with the wrong address. :x
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Re: 150 Steps for December '09

Postby sallypz » Fri Dec 11, 2009 5:28 am

Unity--He was the first one I ever heard of having a tounge tie. I guess its fairly common?? He has 'grown out' of his. The specialist says that he has a hemaigioma (birth mark) inside his mouth, that it doesn't look like its a clef palette. At this point they don't want to do any surgery. The doctor says it should 'go away' on its own...but he ahs a follow up appoint ment in March. Whether it came from her smoking or not I don't know, but it's one more incentive for her to quit smoking. Which she keeps saying she's going to do but doesn't. Her health is already suffering from smoking. Am working at arranging my teaching plan for next semester. Since it's a 16 week course I'm getting a notebook with 16 dividers..one for each week. Have a copy of each weeks focus and reading materials under each divider with ideas on how to focus in on each one in the clinical setting. They have pre prepared clinical work (like make drug info cards for every drug your pt is on; wrote up a paragraph on a diagnosis; a communication sheet; write a paper on a cultural beliefs group and how it impacts health beliefs etc..) 8 assignments total in all, 5 due each week, 3 due twice in the semester)...So I have dividers in the notebook for each of those; and some ideas/research on each. For instance since were at a Nursing Home and dealing with gerentology..I have a list of the most common medical problems of the elderly, a list of the most common medications taken, sample scenarios of various cultures. The course has them doing a huge amount of work. Am taking a seminar next week...have to look into what I have to do to prepare (have to view some videos on-line...have the web address somewhere!!??!!). PLG--I understand what you mean about crafting---especially knitting and crocheting---not making any money if you sell what you make. I use to crochet 'bed dolls' made with Barbie dolls--the dresses I made for them were lovely--took me 40-60 hrs of work to complete one...I gave up on the idea of trying to sell them because I'd have to charge a fortune just to make it worth my while...I figured if I charged $60. for one I'd only be making $1.00 an hour--and nothing for the material......that's below minimum wage...not worth the effort. So I only made about 10 to give away. Right now I don't even know where the pattern is...got lost somewhere in the moves of the past 10 years. Even if you were to make a bunch of stuff to sell at a craft fair there's still the fee for the 'table', travel, time to be at the fair etc....not really a way to make a living!! Mannix--good luck with the floors and the gig. Sounds like quite a mess. I bet you'll be glad when its all done & workers are gone. In 2003 I had tile floors put in my home in Florida--it took them 1 day to complete the work--I was amazed at how fast they worked. Seems so far away and like a different lifetime now--so many things have happened since!! Well, life moves on and somehow all will be well again. sallypz (MoxieMe)
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Re: 150 Steps for December '09

Postby paralegalgirl » Fri Dec 11, 2009 10:01 am

Hi Mannix, SallyPZ, Unity: Hope you're all having a good day.
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Re: 150 Steps for December '09

Postby Unity » Fri Dec 11, 2009 11:24 am

Hi all Sally I've no idea if tongue ties are common or not, I suppose it's not usually a topic anyone talks about unless it relates in some way. Mine is tied the whole way so I have no idea how it must look if it impairs speech and feeding. Hopefully your grandchild can avoid surgery on the mouth. Yes it does seem worrying that your daughter still smokes. I wonder why she is so addicted, is it a comfort thing?. It was interesting to read about your preparations for teaching. It's given me an idea about my goals folder. PLG and Sally re crafts. I've found that whenever I seriously considered selling anything I made I went into 'non stop accidents' mode where I was sticking my cross stitch design upside down into the cards and all sorts of calamities. I think it puts me under too much pressure. There are places locally I could sell art or crafts as lots of people I know do it but I think I would get myself into a state :D I think to make a living you have to get the right product which people are prepared to pay. e.g. one of my relatives is well known round the world for her sundials and clocks and has commissions from museums etc. She is one of a few people doing it that well and her advice for anyone starting out as a paid artist is find the right market. So even if you couldn't do that particular craft very well (that people want) to train up and practise. And if you also have a craft that you truly love but there isn't a market for it, do it in your spare time until you find one and concentrate on the one that people will pay for. Over on the Challenges threads I often mention the craft club I attend. Many people there sell most of their work and they follow the 'buyer's market' idea. One lady paints animals and flowers. She also does the same designs on china. Her work is very good. Nowadays she does commissions only but in the past she had a stall full of paintings and cards which she worked on all year. She was always sold out. From the crafters I've talked to, knitting, crocheting, beading, woodcrafts tend to be the hardest to sell even if the work is exquisite. PLG - I was wondering about your FADS obsession :D How much money have you saved by NOT taking their packages? You appear to have a love/hate relationship with them, I wondered if a part of you wishes you had the money to pay for the lessons and spend as much time there as you want. I know there are some strange dramas with the instructors, but I guess that there is something about that place that really draws you in, otherwise you wouldn't be so interested in them. I'd never heard of this organisation until you started writing about it so I ended up looking them up online including some of the instructors you mentioned. :D
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Re: 150 Steps for December '09

Postby sallypz » Fri Dec 11, 2009 6:01 pm

Finished a cute project that I was happy turned out so well....better than I expected. My older daughter wanted a stuffed toy bear for the baby that plays the song 'Teddy Bear Pic Nic'. So I've been searching and searching on line for such a toy. Impossible to find. But I did find a site that sells the music box innards that play that song so I ordered some. My little daughter donated an almost-new-gently used teddy bear to the project. After a bit of re-stuffing, and minor surgery to insert the music box works we now have a Musical Teddy that plays 'Teddy Bear Pic-Nic' for the baby. Coincidentally I got a storybook with lovely artwork of my older daughter's favorite Christmas story---The Cinnamon Bear--The book is based on an old time radio show. The coincidence is the Teddy Bear I used for the Musical Bear looks almost exactly like the artwork bear in the story. The storybook bear wears a big green bow around his neck---so I made the Musical toy bear a Big green bow with some material I already had in my craft boxes. The bear looks adorable---and is cuddly soft. I hope both baby and Mamma treasure it for years to come. See picture of Cinnamon Bear Book: http://www.portlandspirit.com/cbss.php Also got the notebook for the class almost completely arranged. Just have to get a few more dividers. I think part of the reason my daughter still smokes is that her husband smokes. They spend a lot of their smoking time together. Sad, it seems their relationship is partly based on smoking together!! Probably why she won't quit. sallypz (MoxieMe)
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Re: 150 Steps for December '09

Postby Unity » Sat Dec 12, 2009 4:53 am

Sally that sounds like a very interesting project your worked on and it tied in with the book too, that was lucky. So your SIL won't quit smoking either. Of course you can't force people to change and they need to want to themselves. Must be hard for you as a parent to live with them and worry about health issues.
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Re: 150 Steps for December '09

Postby paralegalgirl » Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:55 am

Hi Sallypz and Unity: Unity: Thank you so much.
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Re: 150 Steps for December '09

Postby sallypz » Sun Dec 13, 2009 4:43 am

PLG--so true FAS has many ways to pressure people into spending money. They're more about the money than about dancing. I'm an ex-smoker myself--was up to almost 3 packs a day---and quit. So I understand the addiction. It is very difficult to quit. Respiratory problems run in the family. Asthma on my mom's side and I had a half sister on my dad's side that had a lung removed when she was in her 50's--she was a smoker--only 1 pack a day. They're both risking health issues they don't need. Sorry about your parents situation. You're dad has some macho issues??? Typical of many men of his generation!! Had a wonderful Saturday..Took the kids for a "Breakfast with Santa". It was an event held at a park district field house. Cost only $8. apiece...held in a small banquet hall. Each child got a treat bag when they arrived. They served a very nice breakfast. Santa and 'The Christmas Fairy' visited each table--we got to take pictures. The after breakfast the kids could go sit on Santa's lap and they took pictures and gave them to you in a nice photo folder---those pictures were free!! And Santa gave each kid a little Christmas stocking treat bag. It was a lovely event. Kids had lots of fun. (Kids ended up with two treat bags each and a Santa Photo). My 10 y/o still believes in Santa I'm letting her believe for as long as possible...they had very little Christmas in the orphanages in Russia...so I make Christmas a big thing to make up for all those lost years. Although she does get a little overwhelmed with all the toys. In the orphanage they owned nothing as their very own---everything belonged to 'the orphanage'--so she never had anything that was really 'hers' until she came here. Even the few little toys I'd brought for her to the orphanage were taken away from her and put with the general orphanage toys. It took a while for her to understand the concept that her things were 'hers'--and hers alone. Don't let her take toys to school because if someone takes them from her she still doesn't understand that she has a right to have them back because they are 'hers'. Yes. I'm very pleased with how the musical bear turned out. Sometimes my craft projects turn out better than expected. I like when that happens. I will take a picture of the bear. Maybe will start a 'craft photo album'. (Anything for incentive to finish the projects I start---sometimes I start a project then don't finish for fear that it won't turn out well.) Have been listening to Christmas music...Nostalga set in the other day...Remembering better financial days & wishing current life didn't have so many problems & worries. It made me cry, but what can I do about it, I'm doing the best I can think of. Lots of people are having similar problems or worse....just keep working toward a better future. In one sense I'm lucky....I've been through poor days in the past..so I've experienced perservering, working at it and getting things to improve in the past...I know things can and will get better...people that don't already have that experience have a harder time when hit with the poor economic conditions of today. I over heard someone in the store the other day saying "We can't afford to buy decorations this year. So we're not going to decorate". I know that if I can't afford to buy decorations, ornaments or whatever, I can simply make decorations out of whatever I have, and still decorate and have a nice Christmas anyway. That can even be done with presents if need be...simply do a 'hand made Christmas' and save buying the fancy toys until later. (This year, luckily, we did find toys for the kids, shopped the sales & the internet and got some great prices...so we didn't bust the budget too badly.) They say the economy is getting better....I havn't seen it yet....maybe the numbers are simply reflecting Christmas time spending which always improves the economy temporarily anyway). sallypz (MoxieMe)
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Re: 150 Steps for December '09

Postby Unity » Sun Dec 13, 2009 6:58 am

Hi all Sally I hope your daughter has a fantastic Christmas, and I bet that Santa breakfast must have been an incredible experience for her. I know what you mean Sally about making your own decorations in hard times (as opposed to that person you overheard). Obviously not a crafter. PLG I didn't realise that stopping smoking could be quite as traumatic as it turned out for you in the past. You have done SO WELL in stopping now. What I find about Christmas once December starts, is there is a sort of internal countdown going on in my head and it speeds out of control nearer the end. I've got so much to do today and so why did I decide to do some not really necessary baking this lunchtime? It's made my day go out of sync and I've got a very important legal letter to do this evening when I'll have little time - I'm about to go out now and won't have any free time for hours. :evil: All year I really wanted to get organised but it didn't happen. I'm realising that I'm perfectly ok with doing things if they need to be done straight away. But long term usually means to me it's ok to put them off. Consequently they don't get done and cause problems at a later date. Like THIS WEEK. OMG I'm so late and need to be out the house and not got anything ready. Bye.
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