Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Some Funny Motivation

Came across these online...thought I would share.

Finished the last job for retreat. Just need to buy a couple things and pack everything up. I haven't totally decided what I will bring to work on, but I best make a decision pretty soon...Just 2 more sleeps!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

HI, My name is Wendy and I have a drinking problem...

I do not drink enough water! ...and that is a problem. Every morning I promise myself I will drink more water and then before you know it, the day is gone and I am thinking "I can't drink now, I will be up all night."
I have been trying to reduce my weight ( and who isn't? ) since "forever" but more recently just after Christmas. I have 14 pounds gone, which is a good thing but when I look at how much more I need to lose it just seems like an impossible task.

However I have been thinking a little different lately; it's like a lot of things in life. It takes dedication and hard work. 

I have a small poster on my bulletin board beside my sewing machine; It says "Quilts take a really long time to finish if you don't work on them." Losing weight and getting fit and healthy is the same way.

I have looked at quilt patterns and thought how much I would love to make them but thought, "wow! way too involved or complicated or advanced for me to do" but you know when you break it down into blocks the job becomes much more manageable.(this is one of quilts I thought used to be way too much work and involvement and now it is finished and proudly displayed on my sofa)

That is how I am trying to handle this challenge in my life. I know I won't ever be a runway model, but I can work at being a smaller, healthier, stronger version of who I am now. One of the things that will help me is drinking more water.

This is my LuLu Lemon shopping bag. It is full of quotes but one is of particular interest to me. Top left hand corner, just under the wide white rectangle...take a better look...

We all know what happens to a plant without water...remember what happened when I had to go away suddenly for a family emergency and Mr. O forgot to water my outdoor plants and flowers?

This is what happens when you don't hydrate enough... 
...and this is what happens when you don't hydrate at all. Scary eh?

Speaking of flowers...check out the flowers Mr. O brought home to me for Valentine's Day. He knows I love to have fresh flowers on the bathroom vanity...

So as I said earlier, yes I have a drinking problem, but I am working on it. I will aim for at least 5 glasses of water today and maybe more tomorrow. 

Monday, February 13, 2012

..part two of Feeling Sheepish

I had planned on writing this on Saturday but...but...(here we go again)
I hear Science programs dealing with the earth's axis and how the degree of tilt has changed...Do you think it has possibly shortened the days or speeded them up so that we really don't have 24 hours in them any more? I only ask because I don't seem to get as much done in a 24 hour period anymore. I know it could be that I am trying to cram too many things into a 24 hour period; it could also be because I am older slower than I used to be but until I have proof otherwise I am blaming it on the earth's changes...
Still working away on retreat stuff...starting to feel panic that I am forgetting something very important, but I guess I will find out soon enough. Just 4 more sleeps!
It is a bitterly cold day and a perfect one to stay in and get some last minute things tended to.
I neglected to mention on my last blog post that I won a give away from this Blogger . (Take some time to browse through her blog archives...she has some fantastic photos of Prairie landscapes and how she interprets them in fabric.) Monika is a fantastic art quilter; she does amazing thread painting; she almost never misses a day of blogging; is always positive and upbeat AND she is Canadian! She has been published in a couple magazines and had a give away of a quilt kit she designed and had featured in the magazine A Needle Pulling Thread. It is the perfect prize for me because it is a combination of embroidery (something I love to do) and piecing (something I need to practice more).

I am so happy this kit has come to live at my house! Thanks again Monika!

I have had a friend and former neighbour visiting me from Newfoundland. We have spent many, many hours quilting in the past and it is such fun to have her back again. We of course have been up to our old tricks...staying up till all hours of the night with old movies on the television, playbooks and phones and all kinds of technology to keep us "connected", snacking on popcorn while we sew till the wee hours of the morning, only to get up and do it all over again. Cam will be staying with me until after retreat and then bright and early Monday morning we head to Halifax to spend the day with a friend who is recuperating from surgery and then back to Moncton to deliver her safe and sound to her husband who is working in Moncton for awhile. Cam has been working away on a few baby quilt she has been commissioned to make. Here is her progress so far.

Are they not cute? In her down time she has hand stitched the binding on a dozen placemats and a table runner, worked on her knitting AND been helping me with my retreat stuff! This has definitely been a working holiday for her...

Thanks Cam! It has been fun!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Feeling Sheepish

I have a list of excuses, stories,  reasons for not blogging in so long but really, do you need to hear them?

Thought you might like to see/hear what I've been up to though...
I sent off a package to friends and family with 7 knitted scarves and 2 pillowcases that I made. It's nice to receive mail for no reason. I like to think it brightens a winter day.

I have also been working on a group project with my quilting buddies. 

The blocks were made up from the stashes of 11 ladies, but we managed to make it come together quite well and then the Countdown to Christmas fabric made a perfect border!

We used some of the leftovers for the back.

One member of our little group turned 60 a while back and we were a bit late in getting things happening, but we finally finished it and presented it to her on Tuesday evening at a local restaurant where we all met for supper before guild meeting. Deb's birthday was in December so this is a perfect quilt for a December birthday...dont-cha think?

Happy (Belated) Birthday Debbie!

Also been slaving, puttering away at guild projects. When you are making cute things x 45 it takes awhile; so it is slow going, but we are almost ready. Good thing too, because retreat is just 7 sleeps away!
We are pretty excited over our goodie bags this year, we have managed to come up with some great buys and ideas, so I think the ladies will be quite pleased.
Obviously I cannot show them now, but later...I promise.

I also tested out the mystery project pattern. (again I can't show it yet.) The usual procedure for us is this: Sue writes out the mystery project and I am the well for us and in most cases we get the bugs worked out before presenting it at retreat.

I zoomed in to one of the pieces and you can see some of the 6 required fabrics I worked with. I am so pleased with it that I will be making a few more for gifts.

I have also been working away at my PhD (projects half done). 
I finished 2 little ones (thought I would finish a couple small things to motivate me on to larger ones). I can't show them yet, because one of them is to be a "Secret Sister" gift for retreat.

This is one of the quilts I had just begun a little over 2 years ago just before Mom's accident. Obviously it was filed away for a rainy day. No it hasn't been raining here, but it was still a good time to get back at some half done projects. Eight more blocks to finish up and then I can start assembling this puppy. Hope to get it on the master bed at "Winterpast" when we open up in the spring.
Well, it would appear I do have a problem...I don't show up to blog for weeks and then when I get here I can't shut I'll try to be back tomorrow with the rest of my comings and goings.

to be continued.................

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