Day 4,5, &6

Happy Monday everyone!

It was a busy weekend, but I have my 3 items ready for today’s post.  These are all fingerless gloves.  I can’t imagine using them on a day like today, being that it is -56 windchill, but they are fun to make and nice to have for texting, working on the computer, and just for cuteness(which of course is the main reason that we really wear things. lol)

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I also decided that I would start an afghan.  I’m usually really good at starting them, not so good at finishing them.  I really do want to finish this one this time!!  I will occasionally post my progress here to keep me accountable.

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I also have dreams of cross stitching 4 stockings by next Christmas.  I fear reality is that I won’t be able to, but I am going to try.  Starting with this one, the hardest part will be the starting and sorting all the colors.  I will also post my progress on these items as well, so as to share with you, but also to keep accountable to something, even if it is just myself.  lol

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I hope you all had a nice weekend, it looks to be a cold week ahead for most of the U.S.

Staying warm in the tundra,

Cil

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Day 2. Item 2

imageFrancesca is making a reappearance since her last debut in 2012.  She has been hiding in my work room, but I figure it’s time for her to come out again and be my model.

Day 2 was early to start early to get done since I have a busy day ahead.  This headband will be available for purchase at my next event.

In health and crafty fun,

Cil

New thoughts!

Hey everyone!

It’s been awhile since I wrote here, but wanted to let you know of some plans that I have for this place 🙂

Starting January 1st I will be working on a 365 day project/goal.  Before I get to it though I want to fill you in on WHY I need this project.

As many of you know I own two businesses.  Photography and Crafting.  I LOVE them both, but they are also both very busy at the same time each year.  Which starts to put a stress on my family, and also my mind and body.  I always find myself wishing the months away from September- December, because frankly I just get really, really tired.  Maybe it’s because I am getting “older”, or perhaps, I really just like to have the time to clean the house, do laundry, and make supper for my family…. all while they are at school and work.  Which is why I am going to try something new this year to help alleviate some of that stress that comes at the end of my year.

Insert new 365 day project (This idea was given to me by a wonderful friend, and I instantly fell in love) here.  Starting Jan. 1st, 2014 I will post a picture of a completed craft project to represent each day of the next year.  Now, I’m not saying that I will post a picture every day, or that I will always write a note with the picture, but I am saying that by the end of 2014 I will have 365 different pictures, representing 365 different items.  What this will mean for me by the time next “season” rolls around, is that I will have plenty of items to sell at different craft shows, which will give me the opportunity to not crochet or sew fourteen hour days along with trying to edit images from my other business.  I assume some days will be more of a challenge then others, but I am ready to accept it.  I need to try.

So, what that means for you, is that you will start to see more updates from my blog, which will also be something exciting for me, I’ve wanted to get back to blogging and maybe this will be the push that I need.

Of course I have the other usual goals for 2014… eat healthier things, sweat more, laugh more, stress less, and enjoy life to the fullest!  However, this one item per day goal is going to be at the top.  Time to prepare for the year ahead!  READY. SET. GO……

What goals do you have for 2014?  Do you make goals or resolutions?

In health and happiness –

– Cil

FINALLY complete!

When I think back on the last two years, and what I have been up to. I wonder how it could possibly take so much time to finish a project. Did I really not have 20 minutes to spare? Why 20 minutes? Because that is exactly the amount of time it took me to put the back together so that my quilt would be ready for “quilting”.

Let’s remember how it all started. One week back in 2011 I decided that I would do “weekend warrior” segments on an old blog.  Here is an excerpt from my first post there:

“I will be using a mix of blues, pinks, and greys. I hope to finish the top in 3 weekends or less.”

Original inspiration from magazine
Original inspiration from magazine

So, I thought I would finish this quilt top in 3 weeks.  If that had been the case, then 3 weeks and 20 minutes later my quilt would be headed to the quilters.  Hmmmm…so how did we get to two years?

Well the second weekend I worked on sewing it all together.  So I got the cut parts ready and made some blocks, here is an excerpt about how that went:

“Quilting is definitely an art. For those that are experts at this, I tip my hat! Understanding why something doesn’t square up and how to fix it, is something to be learned. I spent the majority of day 2 creating 6 blocks that are not perfectly lined up and decided I needed to take a “first lesson” if you will, in quilting. So this morning(Day 3) I took some time to teach myself some new lessons. It was a good lesson and I learned much!”

All of my parts cut and ready for sewing
All of my parts cut and ready for sewing
My unperfect blocks
My unperfect blocks

I never did take it out.  I am glad I didn’t.  Now with the finished project you never would know.  That is a good lesson for me to remember.  Quilting can be forgiving if you aren’t going to enter it into a fair.  Had I not thought about this problem so much, I probably would have finished the squares that weekend and would have been ready to piece together the remainder of the quilt the next weekend.  Instead, I got discouraged.  I put it away, promising I would get it out in a few weeks.

A few weeks turned to into about a year.  A year later I spent some hours finishing the top, it felt like such an accomplishment!  Here is a picture of the quilt top.

Sorry for the poor picture quality
Sorry for the poor picture quality

So now you say, you only have 20 minutes left right?  Well, no.  Actually, it has now been more than a year later (by about 4 months).  I finally made a list and completing this quilt was on it.  Not knowing it was only going to take me 20 minutes more, I drug my feet a little.  Finally, this past week I said, let’s do this.  So I started sewing the two pieces together and called the quilter.  20 minutes.  All I do when I think of this now is shake my head.  20 minutes.  That was all that it took, to take a project from almost done to complete.

Finished quilt:

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Queen size quilt

I can honestly say that I am in love with it.  Probably because of the time it took to complete, but also for the original reason.  The design and fabric.  What’s really comical about this is that I have been collecting ideas from magazines for my next quilt project, for two years.  Which of course I already have chosen and can’t wait to get started on.

It will probably just take me 20 minutes to get things organized and get started….

Sugar Drug

I have goals with health and fitness.  I have had them for a long time.  I dream of strong, defined muscles.  Sometimes I even dream of being in a fitness competition.  I actually think I could do it.  I really do.  Until the drug hits….sugar.

I know many of you reading this don’t think twice about many every day foods, but I do.  I have now for about 10 years.  I am knowledgeable about almost every thing I put in my mouth.  I can tell you what it will do to me, how I will feel, and exactly how it will affect my fitness goals.  Good or bad every food (or non food in some cases) that goes in changes how your body responds to the day.

Many foods turn to sugar once they get to work in your body, so the chips that I just ate, although they tasted good, I know will change to sugar.  Or that root beer that I just had, although my favorite ever and made with sugar and not HFCS, is all sugar and the body didn’t have to work as hard to know that.  It’s like candy in a glass.

So why do I write this?  I’m not sure.  Mostly I guess just to say I hate sugar.  It is one of THE MOST POWERFUL DRUGS that we have at our finger tips and it doesn’t make me feel good.  I feel tired, bloated, and I lose ambition.  Now I will spend the next few days drinking tons of water and eating veggies and chicken to help my body adjust back to feeling good and having more energy.

As for this post, it was just a small part of what my day is, and I will pick myself up.  I will get my workout in today and enjoy the beautiful sunshine that has been given to us!

Keep running the race that is set before you with endurance.  Hebrews 12:1

Take care of you (I will take my own advice), there’s only one of you!

Cil