Monday, May 25, 2009

Monday Morning Check In

Good Memorial Day to everyone! Take a moment sometime today to pause and remember those that have given all in the protection and support of our country. My gratitude is with them all every day.

As for weight loss, I've got nothing to report. Another week holding steady. I really am thankful for the five pounds that I've lost but I certainly would like for these remaining ten to join them. My class reunion is in 3 weeks. I'm thinking since I haven't budged in the last 3 weeks that it's not likely that I'll drop these ten pounds by then either. Grr! But, I'm not giving up....I still want to lose them. If I could do it before I have to put on a swim suit that would be even better.

Hope everyone has a good week. Don't over do it with any bar-b-qued goodies today. :0)

Thursday, May 21, 2009


On Sunday night I decided to dig out some of the stuff I've been acquiring for all those bracelets I want to make. So I sat on the bed watching tv (need to clear some of the stuff out of the dvr) and putting some together.

Here's what I got made...

This one is made from pink buttons. I used tube beads to hide the string coming through the button holes. It's made so that it looks the same from both sides (the buttons are off set). I'm happy with how it turned out and I think I'll probably make another some time in the future.

These are all just made from beads that I've collected over time. You know, they were on sale at a price too good to pass up, just what I was looking for, and whatever other excuses I've used to justify the purchases. :0)

They're all glass beads and the blue'ish' one has silver filagree beads mixed with it too.

I'm so glad that I finally got some made and hope I get the chance to make some more soon. I love bracelets. :0)

One thing I have discovered is that my camera is no good at up close kind of pictures. I guess I need to figure out a different way of doing that. I should probably also make sure I have my glasses on when I'm taking pictures because they look fine to me until I put my glasses on. lol

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

April BOM Done....finally

On Sunday night I finally sat down long enough to finish up the April Christmas Wish BOM. It took me awhile to just do it. lol. These are so quick and easy to stitch that it really is a pleasure. I can't wait to see the finished product.

I don't know why I can't seem to get the pictures of these in focus. *sigh*

Now to do the May bom before the end of the month. That's the plan anyway. lol

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

My sweet daughter....

A couple of weeks ago I had to put my 13 year old St. Bernard to sleep. He was my baby and it was (still is) very hard on me. To help make me feel better, my dear sweet daughter, Abigail, made a little clay figure for me. It's only a couple of inches long and about an inch tall. I think she did a fantastic job (and she's only 10!) Of course I'm not a bit biased.

(oh, and sorry they're so blurry. I tried and tried but it's the best I could do.)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Monday Morning Check In

Monday again already!! Boy, it comes on fast, doesn't it?

Well, I think I did pretty good for the week. I'm still the same weight as last week, but I did a really good job with my eating. I didn't work out like I wanted to but I'm hoping to do better with it this week. This seems to be a plateau weight for me and I get stuck here quite a bit. I'm hoping to figure out how to break through this and get to loosing again.

Hope everyone else has a great week!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Before + After

Today I was in Hobby Lobby (if you know me, that's no surprise) and they have a lot of things on sale for 50% off. I found a bunch of these:

Well, they actually had all of the letters. LOL

Anyway, I like it but didn't like that it's just glass. So I headed over to the scrapbooking section and picked out some paper. That turned it into this:

I like it much better. I also bought a couple of other 'v's that were also 50% off. I think I'll keep my eyes open for others to make a whole little collection of them.

Here's what I have so far.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Monday (Not Morning Anymore) Check In

This week was pretty good. I think I'm down a little. I know that overall I'm down 5 pounds. I would like to lose the remaining 10 in the next month, but I don't think my chances are great. lol My 25 year class reunion is on June 13th and I would have liked to have all of the weight gone by then. But, hey, I'll take the 5 pounds and work for more.

I did actually exercise last week. I took the kids up to the high school track on Saturday. I only ran 1/4 mile but I did walk the track too. I wasn't so good on Mother's Day about my eating. Addison made brownies and how could I say no to that? But, I did only eat one. I think I'm off to a good start this week too. I did jog on the treadmill this afternoon and actually worked out with weights a little too. I can already feel that I'm going to be sore tomorrow. :0) Maybe that means if I keep it up my arms won't keep flapping in a strong wind. lol

Hope everyone else had a good week last week and an even better week this week.

Friday, May 8, 2009


This week is teacher appreciation week. They have been doing things all week for the teachers. The kids all wanted to take something special to their teachers so last night I made 'sundae's' for them to take.

I used hershey's kisses inside the sundae glass. Then I glued tootsie roll minis to 1/2 of a styrofoam floral ball. I stuck in a pixie stick for the straw and one cherry life saver on top. The kids were quite pleased and so excited to take them to school today....and as long as they're happy, I'm happy. :0)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Matching game

My niece's birthday is on May 10. She'll be two. I never know what to get her and at this age I want her to have something to open. I'm sure later gift cards will be what she wants but for now she needs a present.

I saw on another site where someone had made a matching game using two inch chipboard squares so I decided to give it a try. I used scrapbook paper on one side. I made sure to get something that would look the same no matter where I cut the squares out from. I used a 1-7/8 inch punch so that all of my paper pieces would look the same. I also used a tea stain ink pad along the edges to cover up the chipboard and give it some interest. For the matching part I used pictures of my niece. There are some with just her and some with her parents or grandparents. And through it all, mod podge is my friend. :0)

I made twenty squares (ten matches) because I was afraid too many would be overwhelming. Heck, I don't even know if she's ready for these at two but I figure you've gotta start sometime, right? lol

I also found a little wooden box at Goodwill that I decorated to put the game pieces in.

(Her mom is really into the big flowers with the gemstone in the center) Anyway, it was fun to make and I'll probably do it again when the opportunity arises. I hope she likes it.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Monday Morning Check In

I think I'm actually a little down this week. It's really not enough to count so I'll just call it even. Dax & I are both ready to get back to our diets in earnest now so maybe I'll be able to make more of a difference with him on board. It helps when it's not just me, ya' know?

Hope everyone else is doing better than I am. I've seen that lots of y'all are doing great with it. Keep up the good work!!