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Heart Walk – Big Thank You!!

September 13, 2006

The Heart Walk is this weekend.  If you have donated to my walk, I am super greatful!  In fact, my mom and I have really been connecting a lot over this walk and are very excited!!
I am $245 away from my goal of $500.  I may not reach that goal.  However, my mom reached her goal of $500 and I am very proud and happy of that.

If you want to donate you can do so here at this secure link.   Wendy’s Heart Walk Webpage

Tony will take pictures this weekend.  Sorry I haven’t posted recently, just got burnt-out.  So I changed my eating habits, I am still a long ways from a picture of health.  My sleeping habit is the next big thing that needs to be changed.  3 to 5 hours per day just isn’t cutting it anymore.

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Heart Walk

August 3, 2006

A few months ago I almost lost my mother to heart disease. It was such an eye opener as my mom wasn’t overweight. She worked out at curves a couple of times a week. She looked healthy and for the most part ate a pretty healthy diet. My dad always feared he would have a heart attack as his father died pretty young from one. So the past few years he really upped his cardiovascular exercises, lowered his weight and cooked with no cholesterol.

Still, when I tell people about my mom, they can’t hardly believe it. She doesn’t fit the profile. Yet she does. Heart disease runs in her family, it is genetics. Heart disease is the #1 killer for women.

My mom, I love her so much and the thought of losing her is beyond anything that I can comprehend. She is not just my mother, but also my best friend. She is so young and beautiful. She worries now that 1 in 5 people after having a heart attack do not live longer than a year. I have told her that those are the people that go right back to their old lifestyle and do not change. They are people that smoke, have diabetes and do not exercise.

My mom has changed her lifestlyle. She works out at the gym in the morning and then goes on a 3 mile walk/jog in the afternoon. She is quite the role model.

Tony and I have changed our lifestyle as well. I am no longer eating red meat and have tried to cook mostly vegetarian. It is a new adventure for me. Tony has lost 15 pounds and I have lost only 5 but I feel better and that is what is important. I am also working towards being able to run 3 miles. At first my goal was to run 1 mile without stopping, but now it is 3 miles by mid September.

The reason for the change is I am going to participate in the Heart Walk. It is a 3.2 mile walk/run and my goal is to run the whole thing. Please support me in my efforts.

You can help me reach my goal by making a donation online. Click on the link below and you will be taken to my personal donation page where you can make a secure online credit card donation. The American Heart Association’s online fundraising website has a minimum donation amount of $25.00. If you prefer to donate less, you can do so by sending a check directly to me.

Your donation will help fight our nation’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers—heart disease and stroke. You are making a difference. Thank you for your support.

My Personal Heart Walk Webpage

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Well Traveled Bag – Finished

June 26, 2006

I am so happy with this. There are so many firsts with this bag. First time using Gentian violet as a yarn dye. First time lining a bag. First time putting grommets on anything. First time putting on a magnetic clasp.

I was going to take pictures as I went along my merry way with this bag, but really it was trial and error.

Error #1 was the first lining I sewed up was too small. I don't know how my measurements were off, but after closer realization, my bag was bigger than I had originally measure.

The second lining I sewed up was…of course…too big. I took in the seams of it by 1/4 inch on each seam and then it was just right. I felt like Goldilocks for a minute.

(Kind of like when I dyed it…first time (after fulling)…bad…second time, too red…third time, just right…)

I put the felted bag inside the inside out lining and then sewed around the top leaving about 3 inches open on the top. Boy, I could have used 5 inches. I had this "a ha" moment as I was wrestling a 1/4 inch thick felted bag through the tiny hole. Seams did rip, but in the end, it was okay. I admit I help my breath for a second.

What I then saw was wonderful purple bliss. I was so happy with the lining of the bag. I then had to go to Walmart to buy some of that plastic canvas stuff so I could fit the magnetic claps on to it, like this. I sewed the plastic canvas with some wool onto the inside of the felted bag, without popping out to the other side. It worked great and really is only enough for support.

Then, I top stitched around the top of the bag, closing the open seam. I used a long large knitting needle and some scissors to make holes along the side of the bag and then used grommets, the grommet tool, and a hammer to put in the grommets. This really was easier than it sounded. Of course, Tony had to do the hammer thing. You all know I can swing a hammer (I use to do some roofing jobs in college.) Just realize he felt he needed to be a part of that.

After the grommets, I cut the leather and braided it. Then, the little bag…I sewed ribbon to the top of the bag, making a casing and threaded another ribbon under it and added some beads to it, making it a little drawstring pouch.

This bag, though I really wish I could keep it, will be auctioned off on Friday at my mother's club to benefit the local children's crisis center. It will be done like a chinese auction, where people tickets and then they put their ticket with the item they want to win. Then there is a drawing for each item. So, the bag will not go for a specific dollar amount, but will still benefit the charity and I think that someone will really enjoy the bag. (Is it wrong for me to put my ticket to get drawn for the bag?)