Since returning from Hawaii I’ve been busy catching up with things I let slide in my excitement at travelling overseas for the first time in a very, very, very, long time.
I struggled with the reality of being back home and having responsibilities, although it didn’t take too long for me to adjust.
There is still this very strong desire to save and plan for the next overseas trip, but in the meantime I must get on with the everyday business of living.
Work is going well, with more hours this term, and my continuing weight loss journey (that I have not blogged about previously) is on track. At first I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself, because I have been there done that before only to gain what I lost along with a few additional kg’s typical of yo-yo dieting!
I’m confident enough now to reveal I re joined Weight Watches at the beginning of November 2011, with the intention of losing weight, my trip to Honolulu as incentive. My friend Carolyn and I are doing it together and helping and encouraging each other along the way.
To date I have lost 10kg and I am eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly. I feel the best physically that I’ve felt in a long, long time. My old wardrobe is once again fitting and I am able to walk for an hour at a time, enjoying every moment, except those 15 minutes right before I walk out the door as I struggle to justify leaving all those chores until my return! This is my most difficult challenge right now.
On the stitching front, I’ve done a bit of housekeeping…. I have a box of bits and bobs that I’ve put aside for future projects and last weekend I had the perfect opportunity to work on them.
The scraps from The Carpenters Star blocks made three drink coasters.
I have an obsession with pouches and pockets for storing my projects or tools and equipment, and these leftovers from a baby bag I made in 2010 came in handy for yet another to add to my collection.
These fabrics leftovers were from the Breast of Friends quilt I completed a few years ago, that lent themselves beautifully to a couple of the Carpenters Ruler Snap pouches.
I had sandwiched together this fabric leftover from The Bon Bon Bag I made several years ago to practice my machine quilting and a zippered pouch and a (purchased) snap purse emerged.
This covered coffee bottle had a mate with a cupcake embroidery on the front but the mother of a friend of mine admired it when I showed it at our LPC so it went home with her.
I practiced my machine quilting on this table runner made from fabrics from my scrap boxes.
A pentagon ball completes to stitching for this week.
Brooklynn relaxing with a good book!
Today I have been scanning some old photographs that were scattered around the house in frames. Not wanting them to deteriorate any further I thought scanning them was the best thing I could do. These are just 3 of them.
My sisters Wanda (L) and Leonie(R) at my wedding in July 1996.
Jordan and Leah April 1997
Leah and Greg November 1998.
Thanks for visiting,