From the home office

This morning I realized that it had been many days since my last post, but I always wanted to have good pictures to put on here and daylight was the only time to take those pics.  The days got away from me and it was sunset before I knew it.  So, that brings us to today.

I have been busy working on many projects, some of which you will see in the picture collage below.

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The ripple afghan is coming along, just as it was last week.  I think I will finish it either over the weekend or early next week.  I have the “middle” rainbows done and now I can work on the last 3 colors for on the other side.  I’m loving it so much!  It makes me happy when the skies are gray.  Which they actually have been for a few days due to blizzards and snow.

The cross stitch is one of the four Christmas stockings that I want to do over the next year.  I would love to have them all done for me to use next Christmas.  I know that this is a lofty “dream”, but I know I could if I didn’t have anything else to do.  The fact is though, I have a lot of other things I could be doing and want to do!  In fact that leads us the item below:

IMG_9742These are the fabrics that I would like to use to make a crochet hook organizer.  I have been thinking about doing this for years!  I found a pattern that I am really excited about by Dots or Stripes.  I will be giving it a try next week!  I can’t decide between the butterflies and the chevron or the filigree pink and the chevron.  At least I have the weekend to decide.

Beyond all of this I have been working on a few other projects.  One is taking a vintage quilt and putting new batting in a requilting it.  It’s going well so far.  I have it all a part and think I have a plan to put it back together as close to the original as I can.

The other project is a more personal one.  This week I found out that my step mom and friend has stage 1 breast cancer.  With early detection and some wonderful Doctors things are very positive and we are all grateful for that!  I wanted to do something special for her, so I will be crocheting a row on an afghan for her until the day she calls and tells me that she is cancer free and treatment is over.  I am hoping for more of kids size blanket than adult, but know that it is all in God’s hands, and with that I find peace.

I hope that this finds you all healthy and enjoying the life around you,

In peace and craft love,

Cil

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Getting Crafty

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After starting my 365 day challenge of an item made per day to sell, I quickly figured out why that isn’t going to be exactly what I need to do.  Why?  Because it’s impractical.  Basically because I don’t need 365 items to sell, but also it takes away from the creativity of my products.  Some items just take more than a day to make, and I want to be able to do those items as well.  So my new “goal” as I like to call them, is to do something creative every day.  Fill some of my time with doing something that makes my heart and crafty fingers happy.

That brings me to what I have been doing that has made me very happy over the last week.  The new afghan that I have been working on!  Now I want to preface this, by saying, for the most part I don’t finish afghans.  Not because I don’t like them, but because I lose interest.  It’s unfortunate, and up until a few months ago, I had the proof of it.  Notice I said “had”, that’s because I literally through out about 5 afghans that were a quarter of the way completed.  It was kinda sad, but also helped me to move past them.  Anyways, enter Instagram.  I had downloaded it to my phone over a year ago, but never really used it.  Recently, my Dad had told me that might begin using it , and I thought….heck, I could give it a try.  This time instead of just posting a picture, I started exploring others with my same interest and found tons of ideas and amazing crafters just like myself.  I came across an afghan that screamed at me, it was jumping up and down… “make me, make me”.  I liked the pattern, so I got started, using yarn that has built up in my stash.  Now I can’t put it down.  So I thought I would share with you what I will be working on more today and in the future have a completed project of.

I hope that something that inspires you falls into your lap, but if it doesn’t, go looking for it.  It’s out there for you to find!!

In health and craft love,

Cil

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New way of thinking

Not too long ago, March 4th, I wrote a post about running.  If you would like to re-read it click here.  I just did and it made me want to tell you what has happened since then!

Since March 4th we have joined the “Y”.  Our intentions are to get healthy.  For me personally that means getting my muscle back.  I have been loosing muscle for years, but it really took a turn for the worse when I had foot surgery last September.  I had to be on crutches for 2 months and didn’t walk very well for at least a month after that.  My legs looked different and my calves felt like jello.  I knew that something had to change, I needed to do something.  So, in January I started walking on the treadmill a little…and then I didn’t.  I just knew it wasn’t the right atmosphere for me.  I had been a personal trainer, which seems like ages ago, but I know that I love the gym.  So after much contemplation, we joined the “Y”.   I love it, I love weights and I knew they had what I needed to get healthy and strong.

We are on that path now, of healthy and strong.  It’s a path that I love.

I am going to Just Run and see what happens

So now to why my March 4th comments are so interesting.  Turns out that for many years, like my whole life, there was at least one thing that I continued to tell myself:  I am not a runner.  So for all those years that is exactly what I believed.  I went along breathing heavy, not making it past 5 minutes on the treadmill, and feeling like there was no way that I could ever “run for my life”.  I usually have a pretty good sense of positive thinking, but with this I just couldn’t use the right words or get my mind straight.  One day this past month I decided to change my way of thinking.  I decided to say that:  I am a runner in training.  I thought that phrase was good enough, but when I was at church last Sunday and I told a friend that IS a runner that I was a runner in training, she laughed and said “You are a runner.  Once you run a little, you are a runner.”  So it got me thinking that I should probably just say that I am a runner.  Admittedly I don’t run fast, however since I have changed my thinking, I have run 17 minutes on the treadmill without stopping, and I did a walk/run 5K in 39 minutes.  I plan on smashing those times and continuing the positive talk in my head.

This weekend I will do my first 5K marathon (with a real live start and finish).  I will walk/run it.  I won’t be the first to cross the finish line, but I will be a winner because I have given myself a chance to “Just do it.”

Until next time…feed your mind, feed your body, and feed your soul with wonderful things!

Cil

P.S. I got the image off Pinterest, but there was no link to where it came from, but I love it!

Healthy Living…

       Healthy living is something that I have been working on for many years.  It doesn’t mean that I don’t make sweet treats or that we don’t eat carbs.  But rather that we continue to make the effort to eat things that have been given to us to live a full and healthy life.  It does mean finding the treadmill in use more than 3 times a week and working up a sweat, and playing outside enjoying the fresh air, and laughing.  This doesn’t mean that I am going to go run a marathon.  That will never happen, it just isn’t me.  Now don’t get me wrong, I have wanted to, I have really tried, put forth effort…but at the end of the day after I run 5 minutes you would look at me and think that I just got done running 24 miles.  I am out of breath, my heart is racing out of my body, and I feel like I could fall over.  So, it just comes down to that it isn’t me.  This “pin” has been going around Pinterest which I find delightfully cute:

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Healthy living doesn’t mean depriving yourself of food, but rather eating things that will nourish and energize your body.  Today we are going to try something that we have never had before: Kale.  I am planning on making them into chips.  I have heard that they are great, so we are going to give it a shot.  I am excited to hopefully add this super food to my list of favorites.  Have you tried a new food lately?  If you have please share.  Or if you have a healthy recipe that your family loves, I would love to check it out.

Until next time,

Cil