My new Creations

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During the last holiday season I wanted something specific for my dad and mother-inlaw. I went looking and did find a few things that I liked but nothing that really grabbed  me. Than my husband just said “why don’t you make it”? So I did. I wanted something so cool that when the kids went to grandma or grandpa’s they would ask “where is the book”? Everyone would know what they were talking about. The books purpose is to sit and visit with Grandpa about his past and present like an interview with grandpa. I don’t want it shoved away and saved I want it to be shared and loved let the kids flip through the pages even if the pages feel brittle.  If anything rips or tears it either glue it back in or leave it loose it ads to the character kind of like an old treasure map or something. This book I am showing you for my nephews and sister-in-law to share with their very special grandpa/dad. I’m working on some more and hope to share more pictures with you soon.

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Front cover

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Just a few pages. I love the old men’s wear catalogs you can find in public domains to print.

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I like to use the pages out of the books that I remove to make envelopes with.

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Some collage fun.

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I love the color contrast from the different book pages.

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Just a little selection of the pages there are about 30 pages in ech book I do. A lot of time and love go into them. I really enjoy making them and hope to get some more out to loved ones.

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Before and After’s so far

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Before and After's so far

I decided to start my bodybuilding journey in October of 2012. In the beginning until the Spring of 2013 I was doing it on my own with researching things on the internet and bending some friends ears who also did bodybuilding. I then started with a trainer in April. I worked with her for 16 weeks she helped a lot with everything. I feel things are going much slower than I would like, but building muscle is one of the hardest things I have ever done.

The top pictures were taken in October of 2012 the bottom pictures are from September 2013 almost a year.  I have lost a total of 5 inches from my body as far as my legs, waist and hips go. My weight starting was 140lbs  right now I am 135, I am not sure how much lean muscle I have accumulated but I know it is quite a bit. I have went from 22% body fat to 17%. I guess for most looking at my measurements and  weight may feel like my progress hasn’t been all that great especially for a year. I feel pictures do not do me justice 🙂 I feel good I know my clothes fit so much better in all the right places and I have definition everywhere that I want.

Yes, my ultimate goal is to someday compete in a figure competition and when I first started that was all I was worried about was “when will I be able to compete” ? I don’t think about that much anymore. I am focused on continuing with my training of course but also knowing that I will be ready when I am ready. I made a lifestyle change 6 months ago and plan on continuing down this road for the long haul.