On the left - Before & On the right - After 25lbs lost!
At the beginning of the year I decided to start logging everything I ate. I also began a consistent exercise regime. Needless to say, it has paid off. I know 25 pounds in 10 months isn't as much as some would lose in that time frame, but it's a lot for me. I tend to have a very hard time losing weight and I'm not sure why. I have found a good balance between diet and exercise. No, I don't deprive myself. If I want a candy or slice of cake, I have it. I just don't overly indulge. I have learned moderation is key! I just wanted to share my success with all my friends! I have another 25-30 pounds to go and I believe I can do it! Look for my 50 lbs lost pictures close to summer next year.
Okay, I know I am waaaayyyyy behind on posting this, but it seems I just can't find much time for blogging these days. I have such a crazy hectic schedule. BUT, I think there is light at the end of the tunnel. Coot and I have been talking about the possibility of my quitting my part-time job sometime in the very near future. I am crossing my fingers for Christmas, but it may be more like Jan/Feb. We'll see!
Anyway, I took pictures of the process of making mine and Chickadee's Easter dresses. Once again, this is a pattern I bought from Colette Patterns. It's the Peony and I love it! So, here we go:
I just free handed Chickadee's dress top on some paper and then cut it out and sewed it together. I then used the Peony pattern to make the dress bottom and belt. I made a really cute flower out of scrap material that was left over. I will share that in a later post. I also will make a separate post about my Easter dress.
Coot came home from work and found this note sitting on one of the end tables in the living room. He asked me if I knew what it was for. I didn't, but asked him if it was mine or Chickadee's handwriting. He said it was Chickadee's. I told him I wasn't aware of what it was for. I thought it was a verse that she had read that stood out to her while we were reading through the book of Job back in January/February. He walked back to her room and asked her why she had wrote down this particular passage of scripture. I was amazed by her answer.
Job 11:18 And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety.
She said that Sparrow was scared at one point in time and that she wanted him to feel safe. She wrote the scripture down for him, so that he could remember that God was always near. This absolutely blew my mind away. I am overhearing this conversation between my husband and daughter and am absolutely surprised! Of course, it was a very pleasant surprise! Coot then proceeded to ask her how she remembered the verse and she said she had learned it throughout one of her Word Building (spelling) PACE's. Of course, she learns a new verse in every PACE she does and there have been so many through the year, that I totally had forgotten she even learned it. Anyway, I was just so proud and so surprised at how much she is learning AND retaining! I am especially pleased that she is learning she can count on the Word of God when she needs answers to life's dilemmas! I am one VERY proud mama!
Sparrow discovered two days ago that he had a loose tooth. I explained to him that he would lose it eventually and a new tooth would grow in it's place. He has been wiggling it constantly. Needless to say, it came out this morning. Here is the proud, toothless, little man!
I apologize for the quality. The batteries for the camera were currently in the wireless bar for the Nintendo Wii. My cell phone had to do. Hopefully, I can get a better picture later this afternoon.
We have been wanting to purchase a piano for a while now. Chickadee really wants to learn how to play. We have a fabulous family member (THANKS Aunt P.) that heard Chickadee play one of the little songs she has learned (THANKS Grandma N.) and she offered to go in halves with us on the cost of a piano. We had been keeping our eyes on Craigslist to see if we could find a good used one. Needless to say, we hit the jackpot. We found this lovely Kimball for a really good price.
Moving it from point A to point B.
First place we tried it in the house didn't work so well. It blocked the hallway too much. It is now on a different wall.
The keys. Don't they look great. Not a single broken or chipped one.
The lovely inside of the lid. I think this is pretty awesome! The original warranty papers were still tucked inside. It's in great condition for being a 1965!
So, now it's off to find a piano tuner and a good piano teacher that lives nearby.
We took Chickadee and Sparrow to the Mississippi Children's Museum for a day filled with fun and learning. We decided to go on a Friday, so that it wouldn't be as busy as it would be on a weekend. We, of course, were able to count this as a school field trip! YAY!
The entrance into the museum. It was a rainy day. A great day to be indoors playing!
The interior. Look at all that fun stuff!
HUGE Scrabble board. It looked like a ton of fun to play. Someone was already playing, though.
We learned about music and famous musicians from Mississippi. Elvis Presley and Leann Rimes are a couple of them.
Learning how different machines work. They had a crane, oil driller, tractors, and all kinds of neat machines. They had to try to pick up the (foam) logs and move them with this machine.
State Capital. This area was a large map you walked around on with different historical places you could explore along the way.
This display taught you how gears work. You had to place the gears on magnets and try to get them to make the little person on top ride their bike or run.
Rock climbing time!
Nissan Altima. The Nissan plant here in Mississippi donated this car to the museum. It had a clear glass hood and a fake jack and wheel you could use. You could raise the car up, take the wheel off, put it back on and lower it back down. It also had a play gas pump for you to fill it up with gas and the pump would read how much gas it took. It was a lot of fun.
The Stomach Theater This was the plate and mouth. This area walked you through the digestive system. Sounds accompanied you throughout your journey. The stomach made squishing noises, etc.
From the mouth you crawled through a tunnel to the stomach. It connected to another tunnel that was supposed to be the small intestine.
Crawling through the small intestine. The purple you see is the large intestine.
Toilet This was where you came out of the digestive system. When you slid down to the toilet, it would make a flushing sound! HAHAHA
You know it's fun when even adults play on the displays, too! Do you see those two guys playing with the crane?
I was so excited, I decided I would start with the Negroni. It is an intermediate level pattern, so I didn't know if I was up to the task. I thought that it might be above my skill level. Needless to say, I proved myself wrong. I was more than ready to take on an intermediate level pattern. Here are the pictures of my progress:
The Colette Patterns Negroni
I read a lovely little Colette Patterns tip about tracing your pattern onto wax paper. This worked beautifully! I could trace his size without cutting the original pattern.
I could then iron the wax paper to the fabric with a warm iron. It held steady as I cut the fabric, allowing me to cut the fabric neatly.
The body of the shirt. It looks like a different color, but I promise it's the same shirt. I had it hanging in front of some open windows. Perhaps that made the color look different.
The sleeves. Now, I have some funny stories about these sleeves. I installed the sleeve plackets and sewed the sleeves in place, only to discover, one was on backwards. The placket was on the front of the sleeve instead of the back!! ARGH! I had to seam rip it out and start all over. I was able to fix it easily, thank goodness! I didn't even have to make a whole new sleeve!
The cuff with sleeve placket. Oh, the cuffs!! After sewing them on backwards and having to seam rip them out TWICE, I finally got it right. The pattern instructions were great, but I just misunderstood how to put this part on. I then realized that I was pinning the cuff on upside down. I would have realized this had I looked at the picture and saw that it was not showing the interfacing side out! HA! Too funny!
The back of the finished shirt! Don't it look lovely?
My wonderful husband, Coot, modeling the beautiful new shirt! WOOHOO!!
Can you tell I am proud? He liked it so much, he even wore it to work today!
Side Note: I am not sure what happened to my blog. I logged in and my image at the top was gone. Even the images on my "about the flock" section are showing errors. I didn't know how to fix it. I tried, I really did, but couldn't figure it out. So pardon the appearance. I hope to get it fixed soon.