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!



  1. Congratulations on taking care of YOU!! Here's to a GREAT NEW YEAR!! =)

  2. Nadine! I've missed you and so happy to read another post! Your me walking project update blows me away! I've seen your Mappy Walk thingy update on FB but didn't really understand it. This is WONDERFUL news! So happy you're feeling better ~ yay! Keep at it and before you know it, you're gonna look like you did in HS:) Love your pillows too. Been wanting to make some of these myself but haven't made the time. Merry Christmas and the happiest for you and your family in 2014:)

  3. Good for you Nadine for starting on your wellness plan. As we get older we need to take even better care of ourselves. I'm one to talk. lol. Your pillows are really awesome. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas, and all the wonderful things that a New Year can bring.

  4. You really are an inspiration! And look fabulous. Thank you for getting back to your blog, I have missed your entries. :)



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