13 July 2011

Call me crazy--Castles in the Air

I was looking around, and found the Papillon Creations SAL for Castles in the Air. How have I not seen this before? What have I been doing for the last two years? It's a very pretty sampler. And, at roughly $1.45US, a bargain.

So I signed up for it, downloaded all 23 parts, and am going to find my fabric. I'm thinking of just using evenweave from my stash, or the cheap MCG stuff. I know a lot of people don't like it, but I have no issues with that, and I've won ribbons on work done on it. I'm kind of excited about this one, enought to almost put down what I'm working on right now, LOL.

Thank you for your kind comments about the start of this new exercise/get healthy kick. It's a challenge to start anything new, especially when I'm looking down the road and I know it won't be easy and it's going to take a while. I'm still in the stage where I'm getting re-acquainted with the machines, and starting to build stamina, so I've got a bit to go. I'm also working on cutting 500 calories a day from my diet. This is not as hard as it seems, since I was drinking 320 calories at least a day. I found some drink stuff to put in my water that is 5 calories a pack, and it makes those 32 ounces of water much more drinkable (I like my water with Coke in it, LOL), like adult Kool-aid. And I've saved myself 315 calories, which is A LOT for me. I've been upping my fruit intake; this is the best part of summer for me, everything is so available, and fresh. I had the best pluot this morning; whoever developed pluots has given the world a gift. So yummy. I'm very hopeful that I'm going to see good results from this commitment.

On other fronts, Left-brain and I were talking last night. I'm behind in my fair preparations--mainly because I have some stuff that needs framed, but I'm afraid to try to do it myself, but that's the only way it's gonna get done now--and so was thinking of skipping the county fair and just putting stuff in the state fair. Left-brain thought about it and said he was fine with that, but the county fair does give our families a chance to see what I've been working on. And to see my blue ribbons (he is hopeful, ain't he?). So, I'll just have to suck it up and get some finishing done this weekend. I know I have to revamp the ring pillow, or it won't be worth it, and I have a small finish to frame, along with finishing my patriotic cube. I have some other bigger projects, but those need to wait to see if there is a frame sale or a clearance sale. And, if I have to break out the stickyboard as a temporary support for those pandas, they're getting it! Darn it!

So that's what's happening in my neck of the woods. I hope you're keeping cool if you're in a hot zone. We were at 100 here earlier in the week, but today, I could actually function without the A/C in the car at max. It was nice!


Mother of Mayhem said...

I'll be rooting for you in your weight loss in my neck of the woods in steamy Maryland. Those drink packets in water really do work. I need to detach myself from the 3 "S" - soda, slurpees, and sweet tea - and I think I will start drinking bottled water flavored with those packets. Now, if only I could put blinders on when I pass a McDonalds or Burger King at breakfast or lunch time, I would be really doing well! I have decided that for every x amount of weight I lose, I will reward myself with something stitchy - as if I need anymore stash (LOL).

Nancy said...

Good luck on the finishing for the fair pieces! Nice that your husband is encouraging you to enter!

mbroider said...

Good luck with your fair preparations!

I was downloading CitA from the start, however not yet put needle to thread on that one;-)

So, yes, you have impressed me!

CindyMae said...

I look forward to watching you stitch Castles in the Air. I am sure your pieces for the fair will turn out amazing, good luck! Our temps here have been 100 and above for weeks now except for one day. Staying cool is an important part of my day! LOL

Louise said...

Hi Rachel!! I was trying to find a contact email for you so I could send you a note..but couldn't find a contact for you. Sooo..I will say hello here! :) As to your question of the sewing machine, the new one does free motion quilting, the blanket stitch (for fabric applique)..and has a bunch of other techniques that are amazing! It automatically cuts the thread for you when done sewing too. I could go on an on..but don't want to take up your comment section! Thinking of you! I should join you on the exercise regimen...I surely do need it!
Louise xx

Siobhan said...

Good luck with the fair preparations!

Meari said...

I say go ahead and frame them yourself. It's not so bad. :)

It's supposed to get 99F actual temps here tomorrow. Whew, wayyyy too hot and humid. Meteorologists say it's the hottest it's been in the last 20 years.

Did you really say you put Coke in water???

Pumpkin said...

Remember, it's not just's what is in the foods that you eat as well. Learn to read the ingredients in packaged foods and avoid hydrogenated oils. Just a little help :o)

I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped--Frederick Perls