Monday, September 29, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tonight we will also have an audience! Our director and other members of the cast and crew have asked some people to come out tonight (for free) to watch us run through the show. What a night it will be! Wigs, costumes, make-up and an audience! That is the best part of theater ~ a live audience!
Not much time for crafting =( But that is okay. I do have a number of completed items that need to be put in my shop. I just need to get some nice photos and get them posted. I am taking the afternoon off on Friday so I can get caught up on a number of things. Hopefully, there will be time to get some pictures.
I haven't really blogged about my weight loss journey. Yes, it has been a journey. I started at 192 and I am now at 167!! 17 more to go to get to goal! When I started I was extremely "fluffy". I knew I had to do something. I went back to what I know works for me...but with a different attitude. That is the key ATTITUDE. I know this time I am adjusting the way I eat for life. If I go back to old habits and patterns, I will get the same results. Watching carbs has worked best for me and I have eliminated high fructose corn syrup from my diet along with sugar, anything refined like white flour, added flax seed and tons more veggies. I have gone from a very tight size 16 to a comfortable 12 since June 3rd of this year. I am feeling awesome! Getting dressed for work isn't so dreadful any more. The lovely thing that's happening now is I am seeing people that I haven't seen since committing to losing weight and getting healthy. I have had some not recognize me and others that just give me the best compliments! Wait until they see me after the last 17 pounds are gone! I am working toward a size 8 ~ yep, that's right, single digits! Slow and steady and I will get there.
Well, I think I have babbled on enough today. What are my blessings?
My online friends - even though we have never met, it is wonderful to read new posts and see what is happening in their part of the world
My real life friend, Sonja - she is spectacular and I just love her!
Inspirational Quotes - they just inspire me!
God bless you all and thanks for stopping by!!
ps ~ I will try and get some pics of the wigs tonight ;)
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
With rehearsals all this week, the only time I get to craft is during my lunch hour. I bring my crochet since it is the most convienient. I am thinking about taking Friday afternoon off...just to get some things completed and go grocery shopping. My weekend is all filled up with the show, our church choir retreat and auditions for Bye Bye Birdie (yes, I am crazy enough to try for another show). Indy is blessed with a treasure trove of lovely community theaters.
I do have these pouches completed. I just need some better photos to post in my shop. I also have three bracelets on my craft desk plus a pair of earrings and a cell phone charm. I will have them up in the next few weeks.
I must be off...there is work to be done!
Blessings for today
beautiful costumes - dress up is so much fun
autumn leaves - I saw more colors last night on my drive to the theater
my family - for all the support during this crazy week!!!
Monday, September 22, 2008
I didn't get as much done as I had hoped over the weekend. The days just flew by. On Sunday, church then to Target for some items I needed for the show. When I got home I decided to relax and sit back and crochet. I finished up some dishcloths and took a refreshing nap! I hadn't done that in a long time!
Thank goodness dinner was in the crockpot cooking all day. I don't think I could have mustered up the energy to prepare anything more difficult that a sandwich! We had chicken and noodles...YUM! It is sort of a cheat way to make it ~ boneless chicken breast and condensed cream of broccoli soup. I had it low carb over cooked cauliflower and was it good! I can't wait for lunch to eat the leftovers =o)~
This week starts crazy rehearsals. We run the eniter show every night until opening night. It is a tough schedule but so worth it in the end...I love it! We ran the show last night with costumes for the first time. All things considered, it went well.
I did manage to get three new items in my shop. Please stop by and check them out. Also, I love comments so let me know you have visited ~ pretty please?!
Oh and blessings..hmmmm
mint green tea - a nice treat this morning
hearts on etsy - you can feel the love
Autumn - I love the changing seasons...life would be boring without them!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
This is the monster!
We have had a bumper crop of grape tomatoes and we didn't even plant them. I hope to get them totally out of this garden in the Fall so I am not surprised next year by the Grape Tomato Monster! I can't believe my basil and sage. They just went crazy! I guess they were trying to keep up with the monster! We truly have been blessed with abundance!
Well I must be off...got to get things geared up for dinner and then off to the theater to manage the house. I love it because I get to see the show for free!
Blessings for today
the grape tomato monster - even though it took over the garden the harvest is wonderful
groceries - even though I complain about the prices, I am blessed to have the money to pay for them and to keep my family fed. There are too many people in the world that can't do that.
Fun fur - it just makes me smile!!!
Friday, September 19, 2008
I must say I did well! I got ribbons, beads, pretty paper and some of my favorite cotton yarn. I am armed and dangerous!!! I will get home, change into a comfy t-shirt and shorts, get a quick bite to eat and then I am off to the craft room! I want to work on some new bracelets. I got some beautiful millefiore beads I just can't wait to use. I have also been itching to break out the Mod Podge...who knows what I will come up with! I have been thinking a lot about Christmas gifts and there are a couple of things I would love to try.
So for now, I am counting down to 5pm. Tic Toc Tic Toc....and so it goes!
Many blessings abound today!!
a beautiful day - not too hot...not too cool
Josh - my grown son...still calls home to touch base with Mom
Mums - a sign that the Autumn leaves will be here soon!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I really don't have a lot on my mind today. I am a bit tired due to rehearsals. The show opens in NINE days!!! I got to try on more costumes last night. We have someone doing wigs for us. We should get them at the start of next week. The show is really coming together.
With rehearsals I have only had my lunch hour to crochet. I am getting some small things done. I just need to get them up in my shop. I can't sell them until I do. It is the all to common problem of not enough hours in the day. I have been able to do some blog reading. I do try and leave comments when I can. All those that I visit regularly are listed to the right.
I am quite happy to see I have four followers of my blog! That is why I commit to a post a day. It is the least I can do.
Hmmm - blessings....let me think
My job - I have a wonderful boss and I love my job!
Hubby - he is back at work and still takes great care of me!
Blogs - They have brought some wonderful friends into my life!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
This talented artist also has a blog with even more designs.
Check it out!!! I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Rehearsals are going well for the show...opening night is only two weeks away. I guess the nightly rehearsals are starting to wear me out. Thank goodness we have Friday and Saturday off! Sunday is Long Sunday...we start at 1pm and go until ??? which usually means 10pm or later. It is the day we get all the lighting and sound cues and props and begin with costumes. It amazes me how different it feels when all the "accessories" are added. We will break for a big pitch in dinner. I just need to get lots of rest on Saturday.
Went to Target at lunch hour today...found some $1 ribbon...I had to stop myself from buying them all LOL. Look around at the clothing and I really didn't see anything I thought was worth the money.
Even though I am tired, I am blessed beyond belief!
1. My friend Sonja - she is just a gem in my eyes!
2. My hubby - he has been out of work but does everything around the house and does it much better than me!!!
3. Salads - what can I say...I love my veggies!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I sold the green one!!! It was purchased along with two other listings by the same customer! I couldn't believe my eyes! Patty, my Etsy guru, gave me some great tips yesterday and it has paid off!
I still have the lovely bright pinks for sale. I am so excited because this was my original design! Today during lunch I was able to finish another. Someone told me that you could also use this as a cell phone cover....hmmmm, I may have to tweak it a bit to come up with something a little different for that but the wheels are turning. Watch out world, you never know what I will come up with next!
I think I am getting better at the photos. I am learning how to resize, crop etc. Like everything, it takes time and practice!
Well ~ on to today's blessings....
1. Sales!! I feel so validated as a crafter!
2. Beautiful crisp mornings ~ this morning it was cool and it really felt like the start of Autumn!
3. Patty ~ for suggesting the Soap Pouch...and for all the great tips for my etsy shop!
Go out and enjoy this whimsical Wednesday. Celebrate your blessings! God is good indeed!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
My biggest balancing struggle is budget. With the price of gas and groceries, I am really pinching pennies. I still get child support but that doesn't come on a regular basis. That is my dilema! How can I budget not knowing when or if it will come? Well, friends, it is all about faith. Just when I thought I would need to cash in the savings account to cover the bills, I got a big chunk of change!!! I kept telling myself that God will provide and everything will be okay and it was! What a blessing!! It is such a frustrating situation but I held on to my Faith. Today, my bank balance will more than cover my bills! I have been blessed with abundance. God is good indeed!!
I just needed to share. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you find your special blessing today!
Monday, September 8, 2008
1.2 Sisters and Me
2. stitch Tac Sew
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I have been guilty of not making time to exercise my right to vote. Reading their stories left me ashamed that I had chosen to sleep an extra fifteen minutes instead of heading to the polls even for the "minor" elections. These women were beaten and fed rancid food and tortured for MY right to vote and I did not honor their struggle.
Another question came to mind ~ why isn't this taught in American History? I remember that it was touched upon but it wasn't taught. There were no details. It was treated as a brief footnote to the overall history lesson. We need to have this as an important part of high school American history curriculum. These women began the fight we still fight today! As a woman, I just can't sit idly by and let this go unheard by women today. I am not sure what I will do, but I have to do something. How about you?
Ok, I am hopping off the soapbox and heading off to googleland to do more research. Blessings for today are:
1. The ladies who fought for my right to vote!
2. Living in a country where my rights and freedoms are protected
3. The men and women who fought and died to maintain my freedom and liberty
God is good indeed!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
1. My mom - I can't wait to see her!
2. Garden tomatoes! Pics to come!
3. Beautiful flowers in my garden - yes there will be pics of them too!!
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
I had some fabric from a decoupage project so I went for it. I set the foot down and push lightly on the pedal and......the needle went up and down but the fabric didn't move. Now, I was challenged to figure this out. I took the manual, went over and over it. After about 45 minutes passed, I finally got it! Change the length of the stitch and VOILA!!!!! I had sewn a straight line.
All of you sewing experts may not be impressed but I am very impressed with myself! I actually created something with a sewing machine. Now, I was starting to build up some confidence and I found a pattern that was just a bit more complicated. Here is the finished product...A CELL PHONE CASE!!Now, I will not profess it was easy and everything went perfectly but...I did it!! It is lined with coordinating green fabric. It turned out just a bit bigger than it was supposed to but for my first complex (well, complex for me) pattern, I think it came out looking pretty good. Then inspiration struck and I made a matching tissue cover!
Remember to count your blessings! God is good indeed!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
The first is my C'est Paris! bracelet. I loved the large focal beads. The Granny Square afghan is just perfect for curling up on the couch with a good book and a cup of tea. I actually love how it turned out. I had some extra yarn (what good crocheter doesn't?) and I found this pattern. Both are in my shop on etsy.
I also have completed the pink and white project I featured in a previous blog. I took pictures last night before running out to the theater for rehearsal. The picture quality isn't the greatest. I hope to take some better pics this weekend so I can get it in the shop. Here is the final product
I am calling this my Go Green ~ In the Pink! tote. I am pleased with the way it turned out. So much so that I have another tote ready to assemble in tan and turquiose. It is roomy enough to grab and go with everything you need for a quick shopping trip. It is 100% cotton which is my yarn of choice. I have some holiday yarn I may use to whip up a Christmas version. Oh, the possibilities are endless. My favorite is the pink!
As any good crocheter knows...you have to have a stash for inspiration. Here is a small bit of my stash in hues that I absolutely love. Of course, there is pink. I also love purple, especially lavendar. I have also combined pink with a sage green and dark tan for a baby blanket. I was inspired by the yarn on the right. It was a great combination for a baby blanket. I love that it was not the traditional pink, blue, yellow combination. I only wish I had snapped a picture of it before giving it away. I am trying to remember to do that so I can keep a visual record of my creations.
Pink truly is my favorite color. I am sure that I will have many more projects In The Pink!
God bless! Remember count your blessings for God is good indeed!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
This long weekend signals that end of summertime and marks the time to get ready for Autumn. I can't wait for the first glass of fresh apple cider from the orchard and a slice of pumpkin pie with a cup of spiced tea. This is my favorite time of year.
This weekend was productive in some ways and in other ways not. I did get some great fabrics at the craft store and spent the better part of the weekend in my craft room attempting to make various projects. I can now proudly say I have mastered the straight seam! I am feeling much more comfortable with the the sewing process but I know I have tons to learn.
I purchased a pattern! The lovely lady at the fabric store took pity on me and helped me with the items I needed to complete this project. There are a few details I need to research before diving in and beginning the creation! I will keep you posted.
I did work on the project mentioned in the post below. I have it completed and I will post a picture on my blog tonight for sure! I love how it turned out and I have another that needs to be assembled in tan and turquoise. This project worked up so quickly. I love things that take little time. I can lose patience with projects that take too long to complete.
I fiddled around with sewing so much this weekend that I only got on the computer once for a total of five minutes to check my email. I posted nothing new in my shop. Shame on me! I need to get busy! How can I make a sale when I am not working on my shop?
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and for those in Gustav's path, I pray you remain safe and return home soon!
Count your blessings!!! God is good indeed!