If you think of it, TRY IT. Do not imagine how it will or won’t work – TRY IT. –marianne burr
That was Marianne Burr’s final advice to me, after my days of art lessons with her. It seems simplistic, doesn’t it? But she knew that that is many times what stops the forward movement of creativity. So following that advice, I FINALLY sat down to try something that I’ve thought about, literally, for several years. I had thought about adding beads to some of my quilts. I had a book. I had the basic supplies. But I just was very unsure of how it all would work out. I was almost afraid of trying. And guess what? IT WAS FUN! And it was way faster than I thought it would be.
This picture shows the “bead rug.” “Hmmm, this feels familiar, like something I might have at home?” I said to the lady in the bead store. “Its a velux blanket.” Oh. I would have had 20 or 30 bead rugs if I hadn’t thrown that blanket out last year…
And a close-up of where I’ve started adding some beads to my little quilt sampler.
After I left the bead store, I popped into the furniture consignment shop across the street. WHY do I do that? I don’t have room for more furniture…oh, yeah. I was looking for a love seat to replace the sofa so I’d have enough room to move it the big desk that I brought home from my dad’s… Anyway, I saw a birds eye maple wardrobe as I walked in the door. Birds eye maple is my favorite wood. I was mildly interested. I was just about to leave when a young man appeared and asked if he could help me. “How much are you selling that for?”–waving at the wardrobe. “I’ll let you have it for $50 as is.” Well, how could I resist that? Even if I didn’t have room for it.
Then the nightmare begins. How to get it home without asking favors of anybody. And WHERE to put it??? I thought I might put it in my closet and just use it for storage. Then I looked in my closet. Nightmare–too much to move and then to get it in there–I’d have to practically move every piece of furniture in the house to get it in there. So I walked out and looked around the house. HEY! I hate that hall tree. I’ll put it there and it will be like having a hall closet. And then I can enjoy looking at it. Plus, the only moving I’ll have to do is to unclutter the hall tree, and move it out, and it’ll be a straight shot (practically) to move the wardrobe in!
Okay, this is getting too long. To make a long story short, I figured out I had enough room in my SUV to bring it home myself. And then I used my super powers (hey, all that working out at the gym has to be good for something, right?) to get it into the house all by myself! I was pretty darn pleased about that! Another example of ‘if you think of it, try it’ working.
Here’s the old hall tree. I bought it out of a catalog, and of course, it didn’t look nearly as good in person as it did in the catalog. Of course, its cleared off here, but it was usually covered with a bunch of junk, with leashes and collars hanging off of it.
Here’s the wardrobe. It almost fits in this space.
The inside is almost better than the outside! Lots of spaces to put stuff, and I can even use the tie rack on the door to hang the dog leases on!
I’ve been wanting to make a double wedding ring quilt out of a particular collection of fabrics I have. I think I already wrote about failing one attempt at this. So today I got out a different pattern and gave it another try. FAIL AGAIN! Either the pattern was not well done, or I was not following it correctly. Either way, it didn’t work at all, and I did not enjoy the process at all. But while I was working on it (and thinking about how I wasn’t enjoying it, and couldn’t I do this a different way that I might enjoy) a seed of an idea started germinating. So I got out my box of 2 inch squares and gave it a try. Voila! A modern take on the double wedding ring block! Those squares are just raw edge machine appliqued (read: zig zagged) onto the backing fabric. Another example of the ‘if you think of it, try it’ philosophy!
All this took quite a bit of time, and I noticed all three dogs snoozing and grabbed my camera for a photo op.
Of COURSE, someone just can’t sleep when there is a camera in the area.
I cut the squares a little larger, and used the actual collection of fabrics that I had in mind for the double wedding ring. I really like the way it looks, and I thoroughly enjoy this method of sewing. And the reason I’ve been so determined to find a way to do this was so that I would have a machine piecing project that might be easy enough to work on while I am recuperating from my carpal tunnel surgery the next few months.
I made myself a little kit–squares all cut and ready to go!
Okay, this next can’t fit into the ‘if you think of it, try it’ mantra. When I see a recipe that interests me, I will bookmark it. This one’s been bookmarked a LONG time, and yesterday was finally the day to try it. Raw Double Fudge Brownies. Oh mama, these are good. Dangerously good. VERY healthy ingredients. But NOT low calorie. If you analyze the recipe, it is very high in fats, because of the nuts and the avocado. Yep, that’s why its good. This little baby is probably 1 1/2″ X 2″ and calculates out at 200 calories. Its just not something I can have every day. But for me, its still better than having a regular brownie because I can be relatively satisfied with just one. Usually. They are in the freezer now…
So that’s about it for now. I don’t have any words of wisdom on how to lose weight or maintain that weight loss. The longer this goes on, the less I think I know. You start out so enthusiastic about your successful weight loss, and you just want to share the wonderfulness with everyone. You want to encourage people and tell them they can do it. But it seems there’s nothing you can do or say to help people. Its a very complex problem, with a multitude of ways to treat it. There’s no cure. That’s one thing I CAN tell you for sure.
Don’t be alarmed. I’m not giving up. In fact, I made it to the gym three times last week, for a weights workout and a swim each time. And I am walking more than ever, in spite of the dust. I’m currently (still) keeping track of the calorie count of what I eat, and also tracking to make sure I get a well rounded diet with enough protein. Still minimizing sugar (life is so much easier when I play by this rule.) I still go ‘off track’ sometimes, like Saturday when I went to the movies and had popcorn and M&M’s. I don’t have that much trouble going back to my healthy eating ways the next day. Trying to be aware of the foods that I know give me trouble, but not giving those foods super powers any more.
I guess I’m just saying that I don’t feel like I have much to add to the weight loss/maintenance blog world in the way of advice. But I guess you guys knew that already LOL. I know a LOT more about living with dogs, and quilting and cooking and reading….