Sunday, July 31, 2011

Silent Sunday

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Live Free Project

This week, one very lovely lady began something she calls "The Live Free Project." Sam is a beautiful and inspirational woman and has a very fun and lively personality. Check out her blog. I liked the idea of her project and wanted to join her on her journey.

Like Sam, I have struggled for most of my adult life with weight fluctuations. Granted, I have gotten the eating-because-I'm-feeling-sorry-for-myself, or eating-because-I'm-bored issue pretty much out of the way. My joining her project is not for the exact same reason as hers, but it is close.

As Sam put it, "..we all have our own individual battles. For some it's anxiety, it's worry, it's negativity, it's insecurity, it's cruelty, it's gossiping, it's OCD, it's obsession, it's hoarding, it's lying, it's the desire to be liked, it's emptiness. It's anything. It's everything."

I have begun to realize that as much as I don't want to admit it, I lead a relatively sedentary life. I know, I know... How is that possible with two younger children? Well, unfortunately it is possible. When the kids go outside, I don't run around with them, I pull out an "easy chair" and sit in the shade and watch them play and have a grand ole time. Yes, my fitness activity is kind of spuradic, I will be running for a few weeks and then not do anything for a few weeks. I will start walking or lifting and then it tapers off again. In joining Sam on this journey, I am going to get over my battle with being sedentary so that I can be on a consistent regimen of physical activity. No more sitting around while the kids are playing. No more chillin' in the house on a perfectly sunny day. Who cares if it is hot outside!

My hope is that in increasing my physical activity, I will be able to slowly transform my body and lose this pesky 35 pounds that just doesn't seem to want to budge. Maybe I will finally not be such a wimpy mommy too!

Oh, and in case you are wondering how I am going to make this transformation without changing my diet, I'll let you in on a teeny tiny secret... Okay, it's not so teeny tiny... We actually eat very healthy in out home. We very rarely fry anything and I don't bake all that much and we try not to keep "junk food" in our kitchen. We have a 10-year old growning boy little mouse that seems to enjoy sneaking into the pantry or fridge at night and during the day to find something tastey. However, I will eat more "clean" foods instead of processed foods and I will also eat more frequent and much smaller meals during the day (5-6 meals) and drink a heck of a lot more water. Oh, and just so ya know...I WILL NOT give up my daily coffee. You would absolutely HATE to be around me when I don't have my coffee! To put it nicely, I am a ROYAL CRABBY PATTY without my coffee (my husband will agree with a not-so-nice name, and yes, I tend to concur).

Documenting my journey with The Live Free Project will be a bit tough, but I'll start out with these photos. Ugh...I can't believe I am posting these! So embarrassing!




Since my goal is to embrace my body and become less sedintary, hopefully there will be noticeable changes in my body from the beginning through the end. I will also try to post weekly on how my journey is unfolding. I haven't worked out all of the details, but I will have mini-goals along the way.

The very FIRST mini-goal is Get Moving Outside Every Day. It doesn't matter what it is, but for this first week, I need to get up and get moving outside on a daily basis for a minumum of 30 minutes. Maybe it is going for a walk with the kids, working in the garden, chasing Jilli down the sidewalk while she is riding her bike, but whatever it is, I will move 30 minutes a day.

Don't forget to help support Sam on her journey! Without her inspiration, I don't think I would have ever done this to keep my-self accountable. Especially, showing the world wide web the pictures I have taken and had NEVER planned to share. Now, that is being brave in my book.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

My New Look!

Isn't it lovely!
My bestie, Lindsay, is so awesomely talented.
You just gotta check out her stuff...Really, you gotta!
I didn't give her a whole lot to go off of and she came up with a design for my blog and my etsy shop.
I've even got a new "blog love" button for you all to put on your blogs if you'd like to
"Show me the love"!

I have been frantically working on some new hats to post in the shop, so this week has been all about hats.
My only problem is taking the pictures. The hats are adult sized hats, but I don't have an adult sized model to take the pictures of. Ok, I don't have an adult sized model very often and I'm afraid my son doesn't know enough about our camera to take super good photos of me *wince* as the model.

Don't worry though, I am gonnna get them posted soon! Maybe...just maybe... I'll use my mini model for some of the photos too.

Friday, July 15, 2011

I DID IT!!!

Warm Bouquet Boutique is now open!
I did it!!!
So excited about it too.
Click on the banner below to be wisked away to my brand new Etsy shop.



Be sure to use the following coupon code if you see something you would like to purchase!
This code will be available until Friday, July 22.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

It's Just Not My Week!!!

I can't believe it is Thursday already!
This week has gone by so doggone fast!

I had ANOTHER sewing accident too! Good greif! I've been sewing for roughly 26 years and have never had so many issues with killing hurting my hands! Actually, I've never done any damage to my hands! In the last 3 weeks or so, I have sewn through my finger with my sewing machine and clipped the palm of my hand with a pair of scissors. Really!?! Minor set backs, but one can't exactly sew when the main part of one's body that touches the fabric is bleeding profusely!


Which leads me to my next thought...

Well, I hate to disappoint, but it doesn't look like my shop will be opening tomorrow (7/15/11) as I had originally planned. I have nearly everything ready that I am going to open the shop with, but I have not gotten any photos of the products taken.

Tomorrow, I am going to finish one last item first thing in the morning (I almost got it done today, but alas, I had to go to work) or maybe I'll finish it up tonight when I get home from work, and then take loads and loads of pictures. Hopefully I don't get a "wild hair" and decide I need to make "one more thing" again.

I may still be able to squeak in a shop opening tomorrow, but at the latest, the shop will open up on Saturday. If you are interested in anything in the shop, my readers will receive a Grand Opening discount. So, be sure to check back for your discount code!

Monday, July 11, 2011

It Never Seems to Settle Down Around Here...

Lincoln, Nebraska may not be a big city, but it is certainly nice enough for us.
Maybe someday we will get to live on an acreage outside of town, but we are happy with what we have RIGHT NOW! :-)

When swimming lessons were over, I thought, "Finally, I can sit back and go 'gung-ho' on crafting for the summer!"
Boy was I wrong! Even though the kids are done with swimming lessons for a while, we seem to always be doing something. I finally had to just decided on 2 days of the week where I could focus on nothing but sewing and creating. I'm still trying to get into the swing of things for those 2 days of the week. At some point, I would like to make it 3 days a week, but I don't see that happening.

It has actually gotten to the point that I bring fabric and my simple patterns to work and trace and cut things out while things are slow later in the evenings. Honestly, it is very nice to have that option. I can focus on something in particular and get it traced and cut. Then when my 2 days come around, I just have to sit in front of my machine and sew things together.

Did I mention that I am super excited about opening my etsy.com shop?
I am using up A LOT of my fabric stash to bring some fun stuff to the shop.
There may be some unique color and fabric combinations, but I am in love with everything I have made so far! I want to keep one of everything for myself! Unfortunately, if I did that, there wouldn't be some things for all of you.
So...
I am listing everything I have in my shop.

Later in the week, I will give you a sneak peek into what I've been making over the past couple of weeks. For the shop and for my leasure. It's fun stuff - I promise!