Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Renewing Resolutions at the Half Year!

Hey, I'm not doing so bad. . .50% of my goals are excellent, and the rest could use some work! Keep plugging, I say!

Well-Intended Intentions for 2009:

Career/Education
*Read books relating to work for one hour per week.
*Work on improving my Spanish by studying for 15 minutes per day.

Financial
* Keep all credit cards at or near zero.
* Increase net worth.
* Decrease unnecessary spending by evaluating each expenditure as a "need" or "want".
* Increase liquid cash and retirement funds. Keep monthly record.
* Save at least $500 a month for wedding.

Health/Fitness
* Walk/jog/run/ride bike at least 3 x per week, at least 30 minutes per session.
* Complete 3 Body for Life challenges. (Lift weights 3x per week, about 45 minutes per session.)
* Yoga and Pilates each at least 2x per week, at least 30 minutes per session.
* Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables per day and continue to drink eight glasses of water per day.
* Actively pursue eating locally, and growing our own food.

Hobbies/Interests
* Begin knitting hats for Coats for Kids? Or hats for the homeless in Allen, or hats for newborns for Collin County hospital?
* Continue working on scrapbooks.
* Host regular monthly social events (possibly host Crafternoons for the girls)
* Expand garden area. Plant some fruits.
* Sew more!

Personal/Love Interests
* Continue communication and regular get-togethers with close friends and family.

Now that it's June

Now that it IS June, I should try to make some kind of statement about the goals I have for the month.
Other than seriously losing some weight, (certainly not the 20 pounds that I should be loosing) about ten pounds, I do have some crafty goals for the month.

Scrapbooking:

1) finish up Grandbuddy's first days book and have printed out for parents--I decided to add some pics if I can get Bubbie to send me her pics!
2) take lots of pictures and keep up with scrapbooking them!
3) make some small kits for Father's Day, Summer, Flag Day and Weddings.
4) attempt a desktop layout.
5) start planning of Christmas projects

Knitting:

1) finish the Tomten jacket?
2) finish Peter Easy vest?
3) start something new and exciting
4) start a new pair of socks
5) start planning of Christmas projects

Sewing:

1) make white Tshirt
2) make blue paisley skirt
3) make dining room linens from Buchanan tartan
4) make dining room kidney pillows for hostess chairs
5) alter brown and aqua top
5) start planning of Christmas projects

Quilting:

1) make one entire "string" of Chris's quilt
2) start blue, gold and rust quilt
3) start planning of Christmas projects

Gardening:

1) keep up with the weeding and fertilizing
2) plant some fruits
3) start the herb garden
4) expand the perennial bed

Charity:

1) knitted hats for charity, to complement the Rotary "Coats for Kids"

Reading and Learning:
I have so many things I want to learn! This I will flesh out later, just because there is so much and I need to create some FOCUS! Now it's work reading and Spanish and Latin and beading and crochet and, yeah, I need to focus on just a few!

Cooking:

1) freeze some crops as they come, as well as some from the Farmer's Market
2) pickle and can some simple things--jam, jelly, pickles, salsa, tomatoes. And WATERMELON PICKLES--YES!
3) begin plan to move toward a paleo diet. I know. None of the things itemized in #2 are paleo. I know.

Sewing Machine Meme from "Sew, Mama, Sew"

What brand and model do you have?
1) Sears. old. 30+ years old.
2) Brother. Innov-is 1200. sewing and embroidery machine.

How long have you had it?
1) 30+ years
2) less than a month

How much does that machine cost (approximately)?
1) $350 brand new, 30 years ago.
2) $ an embarrassing amount.

What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?
I sew everything. I quilt, make handbags, sew my own curtains, pillows, drapes, duvet covers, kitchen goods. I make clothes. I embroider. I even use it to sew paper crafts.

How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?
I don't sew a LOT, maybe four hours a week.

Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?
1) I like/love/hate my machine because it goes forward and backward. No name given, but she thinks her name is "Da**it!)
2) What's not to love? No hate yet. Her name is Precious.

What features does your machine have that work well for you?
1) what works well for me--what always has, it goes forward and backward.
2) embroidery. I am so looking forward to embroidering with this machine.

Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?
1) I can't find a good sewing machine repairman to fix it.
2) There's SO MUCH TO LEARN!

Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it!
1) bit me on the index finger.
2) I'm looking forward to the great stories with my new baby

Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?
1) no, not unless you are married to a sewing machine repairman.
2) yes. yes. yes

What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?

Do you have a dream machine?
yes, (2)

Sunday, May 31, 2009

End of the Month and what I Finished

Scrapbooking:

1) finish up Grandbuddy's first days book and have printed out for parents--I decided to add some pics if I can get Bubbie to send me her pics!

2) finish layouts for April and May--


(elements from the shabby princess happy go lucky kit)



(green background from Saxon Holt Designs, the May Freebie from SBE, Last Day of School, clear photo corners and swing set chain, my designs. fonts are arial and fatty.)






(elements from the SBE May Freebie, Saxon Holt Designs, Last Day of Summer, font tweed and stamped something or other)


(background my own design, the scroll is from somewhere, font tweed.
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Knitting:


1) a dishcloth--finished that one and almost another.





2) the back of the Tomten, with shaping--finished, finished the collar also

3) socks--finished
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Sewing:

1) summer T-shirt dress--finished



*isn't this fabric the cutest?*



2) some coasters, my first machine embroidery project--finished



3) alter aqua/brown shirt--I hate changing the thread, just not good at it yet.

And I was taking a picture of the lil' quilted pics and corkboard that I added in my craf(p)t room to show you and realized I hadn't talked about my new machine--it is a Brother, an Innov--and not only sews like a dream, but embroiders as well. I'm having a ball learning how to use it, wish I had time to take the classes, but learning a little slower is okay with me, too.




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Garden:

1) finish dividing/transplanting--this will never be finished--who was I kidding? But I did fertilize the back yard.

2) weed garden--finished. for now. . . .

I'll post pics from the garden later. Too many to include here.
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House:
1) Figure out guest bedroom/grandbuddy set up--husband busy with yard work.

2) finish hanging pictures on long hallway (1-2 hours)--this is so much more work than I thought, but here is what it looks like for now!