Saturday, July 14, 2007

Getting Started

Ah....where to begin?

First I would like to thank my friend, Mel, for introducing me to blogging and to this site. I've really enjoyed reading her blogs!

Please bear with me while I master this new form of writing. Over the next few days and weeks, I'm sure I'll change the looks of this thing about 50 times - that's how I am.

By way of Gettin' to Know Ya, here's some stuff about me, and what I'm all about:

First off, I'm a Christian - since 1977. That's a story for another time, but it frames who I am and what I say--almost always ;-) I'm a member of the local Vineyard Church and run the soundboard as part of the worship team.

I'm married, have one daughter and one granddaughter. Another one on the way :-D

I *have* 3 Golden Retrievers, (truth be told, they own me), one African Grey Parrot, and a longhaired cat. And a saltwater reef tank and a freshwater tank. I used to be much worse in the menagerie department. I'm happy to report that I am a Recovered Animal Maniac. I worked for about 6 yrs for a veterinarian and another 1 in the pet industry.

I make handmade soap (soaper's blog coming in the near future!). I also dabble in lotions, creams, aromatherapy, and other bath and body stuff. My business name there is BubbleBee Soapworks. Another blog..another day.

About 4 years ago I discovered an amazing thing on Ebay: Reborned Dolls. I was smitten, obsessed. You can visit my website, HunnyBuns Nursery for "the rest of the story" and a peek at most of the dolls I've created since that time.

After fiddling around for a couple of years repainting and reborning vinyl dolls, I decided to try my hand at sculpting ORIGINAL clay dolls. Although my first looked like Neanderthal Baby, my second and third attempts were a big improvement. By #4, people were saying, you need to do this all the time and sell these!!
So, now I do. More on that later.

Another thing, (and I'm soon going to add yet a third blog to cover this), is I've recently discovered Low Carb eating. I've struggled for most of my adult life with increasing weight. This past year has brought me some really scary health challenges.

So I've really been studying and working on improving my eating habits and learning as much as I can about nutrition. Cancer prevention is at the forefront of my research now, but healthy weightloss is a BIG #2.

Early in June, I joined the latest low carb rage, Kimkins. I lost 10 lbs in 10 days--WOW. I believe I've found a way of eating that will truly work for me. It's kind of a hybrid diet based on Stillman's and Atkins. Low carb, low fat, moderately high protein. You may have seen the article last month in Women's World magazine.

Another blogger who has made quite a splash in the Low Carb world online is Jimmy Moore: Livin' La Vida Low Carb He's also following Kimkins.

I don't know if I'll stick with that exact program for a long time, but for now it's working pretty well for me and most of all, I FEEL GREAT!

That's all for now...ya'll have a great weekend. Thanks for reading :-)

Thursday, July 12, 2007

First Time Out....

What is a Reborn Baby Doll? Who is Stephanie Sullivan?

What do I sculpt and why?

Answers to these burning questions and many others coming soon :-)