Friday, July 16, 2010

Healthy Thinking Thursdays and Welcome New Followers!!!

 Happy Thursday- pretend it is thursday still because this post took me so long to write it's a day late!!!!  I'm going to start off today welcoming some new followers- there are a lot of them because I have fallen very far behind!  My apologies- and if I have missed you please leave a comment because I love new friends and discovering new blogs :)

First we have Lenira from  and Both blogs are related to dollhouse miniatures and so adorable!  There are also a lot of sweet reminisces about childhood.  Please visit her and say hello- so happy you have visited me Lenira!!!

Paky is from Paky's blog is so cute-you can read backwards and drool over her miniature projects, see the beautiful children she helps to teach and see some incredible minis friends have sent to her too.  Thank you for following Paky :)

Kim-Anh is from  Kim is an incredible artist searching for a tattoo apprenticeship.  I LOVE this blog too- the  most adorable artwork and creative little stories to illustrate lots of them too.  Of course, anyone that uses lots of owls in their artwork is awesome in my book ♥  You've gotta visit this blog and take a look for yourself- you'll be enchanted!

Marie is from  Marie has a blog that centers on dollhouse miniatures.  If you read backwards in her blog you can see some of the wonderful minis she has made and the most beautiful re-do on a kitchen set- it is gorgeous!  I believe she is working on The Orchid kit from Greenleaf--she has named it Dragonfly Cottage- she is doing a beautiful job!  Thank you for following Marie- I can't wait to see more of your dollhouse!

betty from and and her etsy store is here:
I've read Betty's blog for awhile- it's one of my faves.  Betty is a dollhouse miniature artist.  I love that Betty often shares her knowledge with us "newbie" miniaturists, she does an artist spotlight and a tool spotlight telling us of new artists to discover and some of her favorite tools she uses- I love those posts!  Betty does magic with polymer clay and has also just started the metalwork blog in her quest to learn  more about working with metal and I am so excited to follow along as she learns- I am fascinated by metal work and have always wished I knew how to weld.  My hubby gets nervous when I say that :) 

Eileen from  Eileen is an artist and her blog often has the greatest links to art related websites and blogs.  Check out her blog to see her recent doodles (which are fabulous!), read back further and see some gorgeous cards she has made and read back further to see the amazing red hat cake she made- wish I could bake like that!  I'm so glad I met you through June's challenge Eileen- I love your blog :)

Cindy is from and also has a beautiful blog at .  I have just discovered Cindy's blogs and I look forward to following more of her work.  You can see a fabulous knitted hat at the first blog- love the exclamation point needlefelting!  At the other blog you can see some of her fabulous jewelry as well as loads of links about beading and jewelry- I could spend hours looking around on this blog!  You can also take a gander at Cindy's work for sale at her website here:  You are a fantastic artist Cindy and I'm so happy to meet you!!!

Cinderella Moments has a magical blog at and an etsy store where she sells the beautiful items she makes at  Lots of talent from this artist also!  She has just finished a miniature version of Sandy Foster's Catskill Studio( from the blog  This dollhouse turned out so wonderful- it is a dream and it's for sale! You gotta go look!   I look forward to seeing her next creation!

Wanda is from  I just recently met Wanda from Ira's flower swap and I LOVE her blog!  Wanda is a dollhouse miniaturist- visit her blog to follow along with the fabulous garden shed project she is working on and you can see some fabulous inspiration pictures of some Newfoundland cottages she took too- what a wonderful dollhouse they would make!  Thanks for visiting Wanda- hope we can swap some flowers :)

I have been visited by Trudette from  Trudette is a full time artist and her blog is sooooo dreamy!  I love her paintings- you have to read backwards a bit, but well worth it!  I love that Trudette includes a poem when posting her artwork and her blog has so much beautiful crochet work it makes me want to go buy a hook and try to learn!  So colorful and so beautiful!!!  If you read backwards in the blog you can also be treated to the most adorable little birthday party for her dog Amy- too cute!!!  You can find her work for sale here: and

Heather is from  Heather is working on a dollhouse named the Daydream Cottage.  Like most of us bitten by the mini bug, she has recently aquired her fourth dollhouse  to work on, even though she's still working on the Daydream Cottage.  I know how you feel Heather!  I would like to add 2 more to my collection, but hubby says we have no more room so I have to work on the ones I have started- so many ideas and not enough time!  Heathers children are even working on a dollhouse and I always think it is fabulous when the younger generation keeps the hobby going!  I adore your blog Heather and look forward to watching your dollhouse projects progress :)

Minnie Kitchen is from    She makes the most adorable miniature food and flowers- I love the roses she has been making and her desserts are so sweet!  You can find her etsy store here:  I've saved her as one of my favorites because after I finish saving for a new laptop you just know I have to go shopping here for the dollhouse bakery!  Thank you for visiting me Minnie Kitchen!!!  Love your work :)

Lainie is from  Lainie is working on her first dollhouse and she is doing a fabulous job!  I love to visit Lainie's blog- she always makes me smile.  Right now her miniature blue cat is missing and I'm really worried about him!  Please visit Lainie to say hello and find out about blue cat and her cute dollhouse :)

Debbie is from  Debbie makes the sweetest dolls and just recently she has given us a little peek at how she creates her magic.  Visit her and read backwards to see all the wonderful dolls she has created- I love the little Oliver Twist!  You can find Debbie's etsy store here:

Sans is from and  Sans is a talented dollhouse miniature artist.  The  thing I really love about Sans is that she gives us so much info behind her posts- I've learned so many interesting things since I started following this blog and Sans is so funny too!  I'm so glad I met you Sans and I enjoy your blog so much.  There is a tutorial she just posted to make miniature tin cans- pop over to see it and say hello!

Nina is from  Nina is the person I sent my Holiday swap items to- hope she likes them!  Nina's blog is also about dollhouse miniatures- she makes the most amazing clothes for her dolls and the birdcage and picnic basket she has made for her giveaway are incredible!  Read backwards to see more of her dollhouse and fabulous minis she has made.

Piikko is from  Pikko's blog is related to dollhouse minis too :)  Visit her blog to see some of the sweet things she has created, as well as some goregous garden pictures if your read backwards a bit.  So glad you visited me Pikko!

Pilar is from  Pilar is a miniature artist also.  You can see a beautiful bedroom set she decorated on her blog, as well as an incredible fairy she just created in a workshop- so pretty!  Pilar also makes the most gorgeous boxes and hat boxes- check out her blog and say hello!

Mary is from  ( Please correct me if I am wrong on your name- my translator is not working so well)   This blog is also about dollhouse minis.  She is working on a miniature dollhouse with a workshop- I LOVE it!  Visit her blog to see how great it is- I love the little paint tubes, the tools, the embossed metal ( I used embossed metal on my kitchen cabinets- I love embossed metal!)  I want to make an art room in Bernard the Bear's house so this blog is so enchanting to me! 

Sonya is from  I believe Sonya is working on 2 dollhouses- one in Parisian style and another in American Country style.  Visit her blog to see her dollhouses as well as some of the wonderful minis she has made and received :)

Lille Diane is from  This blog is so wonderful!  Lille Diane is working with art and nature to help her recover from an accident.  I've just recently discovered this blog and I have spent awhile reading backwards in her blog- I adore this blog ♥  What beautiful writing, a beautiful person that shows through that writing, beautiful artwork and she's  funny too!  

Whew- please remind me not to let things go for that long again!  Welcome everyone- I'm so glad you all visited and I am thrilled to meet you all!

Now on to Healthy Thinking Thursday.....remember you're supposed to be pretending here :)  My blood pressure is staying pretty low- I think the exercise helps because when I can't get the excercise done it tends to go up a bit.  I faced the scale at the doctor appointment I had this week and I am four pounds above where I started from.  This is disappointing to me, but I"m not gonna get worked up about it because I am eating better than I was- I just can't seem to find a stable ground as far as work, my own personal health and my Mother-In-Laws health is concerned.  I feel like I've got it all under control and then everything hits the fan again.  Stressed is becomming more common than relaxed this summer.  So, I will continue to work on this "healthy" thing and I'll really try to watch what I'm eating for awhile now since obviously healthy food can make me gain weight just as easily as "garbage" food :)  Here's some tips I found to lower my blood pressure- might be useful for someone else too.

Know your blood pressure.  Take your blood pressure regularly and keep an eye on it.

Watch your salt intake and read what is in the foods you eat.

Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and whole grains.

Limit your alcohol intake.

Get exercise and watch your weight.

Hope you have a great weekend if you're still reading this :)  I hope to get some progress done on my candy house and finish up some flowers I have been making for trades.  I'm even thinking about starting a painting this weekend- we'll see how much I can get done- still gotta catch up on laundry too.


Betty said...

Thank you Kim for your wonderful introduction :) and I am glad you are introducing other artists from the reader's list too. That is pretty cool.

Lainie's Little Things said...

Thanks for the sweet intro. I love your blog, too. And yes, little blue cat is still missing. I'm determined to find him this weekend tho!

sunshine said...

What the??????
You've had more new followers in this one post than I've had in 8 months!

I cannot believe that you gained 4 pounds. No way. I refuse to even entertain the idea. I mean,you've been eating better, exercising! What the heck???
That is GREAT news thought that health wise, everything is much better. Maybe you're just retaining some fluid....

Have a lovely weekend my friend.

Sans! said...

Sometimes the weight gain is due to muscles:). Amazing they weigh more than fats ! :)

You are so sweet to take the time to introduce the other bloggers with snippets. Its a loooooot of work! :)

Jill said...

Thanks for all those great blog links! I can not believe how many talented miniaturists are out there!
Have a great weekend!

Eileen Bergen said...

Kim, thank you so much for the glowing mention.

I'm equally pleased that we've become mutual followers. I love checking out what's going on with your miniatures and things in general ;-)

Julia said...

Stress, is it something that we just can't avoid? I sometimes think it is taking over my life. I'm really sorry about things with your mil being rough. You know that I know what it's like.
Do take care of yourself. If you aren't healthy you can't take care of others.
You have so many new followers because you have such a great blog!!

dale said...

Kim, I am so glad you have met, Sans. :) She is who so graciously let me stay with her in Singapore. :)

We use garlic instead of salt and raw celery is supposed to get the high blood pressure down. It's all a work in progress!

Wishing you well, my dear and less stress!