Monday, December 23, 2013

Quick weekend Projects

I've been remiss in updating my blog...again.  I can't believe I haven't posted since August when I couldn't believe I hadn't posted since March...where does the time go!  In my defense, my quirk get in my way.  I have this 'thing' about doing things in order which totally goes against my carefree willy-nilly attitude.  Although I'd love to totally embrace that bohemian rule-breaking care-free side of me as I get older the more my personality disorder...idiosyncrasy...quirks get the better of me. 

I just need to get over myself.  
Nobody is the boss of me here so I can do what I want, when I want and how I is MY blog after all.

When I started this blog I also started my Project 50 as I was heading into the celebration of my first half century of life and although I didn't fully realize all my goals I did accomplish a lot and I'm in a much better place emotionally and spiritually then I have been in a very long time.  I'm continuing this project into this next year with Project Me

Three months ago I embarked on a wellness plan with several of my co-workers that was paid for by my employer and although I volunteered begrudgingly I've had great success and it was really just the kick in the ass I needed to begin to take care of me.  Both of my kids left the nest about the same time so all my excuses were wiped out, I could have made up a few but I decided to take advantage of the opportunity.  I met my 10 week goal of losing 25 pounds and as of now, three weeks post program I'm down 32 pounds and walk about 3 miles a day and I'm feeling better then I have in more then two...three decades.  I'm motivated to keep going, during the program we had to identify our seven vital needs, two of mine are needing to have a project to work on and time walking satisfies both. 

Speaking of walking time has cut into my creative project time but I did two quick ones over the weekend that I'm going to share.  Those that know me also know I'm a collector of junk...stuff...treasures that feed my ever growing list of 'thing I wanna make'.  Several months ago at a yard sale I purchased two small-ish pillows I bought for throw pillows on my couch...and threw them on my couch.  Plain.  There they sat, plain, unadorned, for months...but I had intentions!  My couch is a hand-me-down from a friend and it's just plain ugly tan microfiber crap material and I hate it, but hey it's still good, and it fits, and I'm too cheap to buy new. Now that the kids are gone maybe I will but until then I found two great floral print Waverly fabric covers that I love and it gives me the French country cottage feel that I love.  While out thrifting over the weekend I found two sweaters that I thought would look good on my forgotten pillows and they were only $2.29 a piece!  A blue chenille one and olive wool one with flowers all over it.

I turned them inside out and pulled my sewing machine out, I put the pillow on the inside out sweater and kinda eyeballed how big of a square I'd need.  I used a narrow zig-zag stitch to sew my square then unbuttoned them and turned the right side out, stuffed my pillow inside and buttoned it back up. 

Of course I forgot to take a pic of the blue one before sewing and hacking but here it is with the other plain pillow before I stuffed it into the other sweater

Both of my new fru fru pretty throw pillows.  I'm kinda diggin' them, and I can change them whenever I want...and find new pretty sweaters. 

The bonus?  I still have the sleeves to make boot toppers with!

Something else caught my eye at the thrift shop, a skinny silver belt that I thought would make a great bracelet.  I cut it to size and you know what?

  I was right!