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16 Feb

Weight Loss: A Creative Way to Keep Track

A Creative Way to Track Weight Loss

WELL, I DECIDED to lose that extra weight, and I wanted a way to keep track of my weight loss that would encourage me to keep going when I wanted to quit (which was about once a day). So I thought that maybe having an interactive visual would be the thing. I saw something similar on Pinterest (don’t we see everything on Pinterest?) and with my BRAND NEW CURIO by Silhouette America, I made my own version.

Simple, really. Two canning jars (pint size) with lids and rings, some vinyl, and my lovely NEW CURIO. Did I say I just got a new Curio?

Did I say I love my new Curio?

I cut two circles out of green vinyl for the tops and then the phrases “lbs. to lose” and “lbs. lost.” Then I put 50 (yes, fifty!) flat marbles in the “lbs. to lose” jar and as I lose weight, I’ll fill the empty jar as I empty the full jar! Make sense?

So here’s to day one. I’ll take another picture when I have some marbles in the empty jar.

Update: I’ve now lost seventeen pounds in two months. Want to know how? Low-carb. I have more energy, have lost weight (and inches!) and never feel hungry. It was a little rough getting started, as I got “Low Carb Flu,” but that went away in a couple of days, and now I feel much better than my old way of eating. And no, it’s not a super restrictive diet. I eat lots of veggies, albeit low carb ones, and plenty of meat and full-fat dairy. When I crave cookies, I make homemade peanut butter cookies with just three ingredients that satisfy. And at night, I eat a tiny slice of chocolate cheese cake. Yum!

What do you think? Do you have any special ways to keep you going when you want to quit before you attain your goals? What do you do?

28 May

Craft Room Organization Details

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NOW THAT YOU’VE HAD a quick tour around my craft room studio, here are some details that might help you come up with ideas of your own. You don’t have to go into debt organizing. The goal is to organize, after all. Let your supplies do the decorating, and recycle when you can. When you have the money is the time to do the matchy-matchy thing (which I so want to do!).

First is my scissors collection. I have a slew of scissors, and I keep them handy beside my sewing machine and work table by using a basket made to hold mail. It’s attached by velcro to the edge of a set of shelves, and the scissors are ready at hand when I need them.

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scissorsNext is my collections of paintbrushes, colored pencils, markers, and pens and pencils. The brushes are in a frozen orange juice container, because I liked the picture on it. The colored pencils are in a wire cup made to hold toothbrushes, the markers are in a glass mason mug, and the pencils and pens are in an old coffee cup. It all works and is an interesting mix of textures and colors.

While talking about textures and colors, here are a couple of shots of my inspiration board. The owl is a pillow case I designed and had printed at Spoonflower.com. Underneath you can see part of some of the fabrics I’ve designed and printed there. If you haven’t been to Spoonflower and you’re a creative (which you obviously are if you’re reading this blog), then you’re missing the boat. Go over there! (You can wait until you finish reading this post, though.)

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Next is part of my yarn collection. I’ve just used cans and containers that had tops on them, which I poked a hole in and pulled the yarn through so it feeds untangled and the ball of yarn doesn’t roll away. The containers are covered with scrapbook paper for a better look. (Someday I’ll make them coordinate, too!) Easy peasy!

Last today is my string. I use string for a variety of purposes, from tying the neck on my dolls to stringing my fabric design swatches to make banners (more on that in the next post). The spools are lined up on a shelf where I can easily see them as well as grab them when needed.  Another super simple organization task. Remember, it’s all in the details!

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