Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Bon Bon #5
Hand dyed and commercial cottons and silks
Fused and machine quilted.
Silk Dupioni, silk shantung and silk charmeuse are included in the mix. The corner squares are iridescent and look like reflective metallic gold in most light. I was aiming at combining ideas from the Bon Bon series plus Radiant Orb, and the result looks far Eastern or like the Aztec Calendar.
at 6:58 AM
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
I hate to talk about dieting, but I gotta, just this once. I have lost 20lbs. in 69 days. (I gained three pounds over Thanksgiving, but lost it right afterwards). The program I use is www.loseit.com and it really makes it simple. I am not hungry. Ever. Mostly because I eat a lot of protein and fiber-rich fruits and veggies, especially broccoli. I have learned a few tricks that I want to share.
1. Eat your breakfast late, but before 10am.
2. Skip lunch but eat dinner or second meal before 4pm. (I don't cook for Dave anymore, and he eats every two hours or so).
3. Eat nothing after that second meal.
I am allowed about 1300 calories a day but only eat about 600-700. I weigh everything and sit down to eat each time.
For breakfast: 8 oz of 1% cottage cheese with sweetener and cinnamon is a lot of cottage cheese. Plus that apple and two fiber tabs and coffee or tea and I am full. 275 calories.
Or two eggs and a medium pear, 283.
Or yoghurt and an medium apple, 205.
For my second meal, 4 oz of meat, chicken, roast pork or ham, and a veg like heaps of broccoli or a huge lettuce salad with low cal dressing on the side 350. I might have a pear with that or some nuts.
5 kalamata olives are 63 calories. 2tbs chopped walnuts are 100 calories.
Apples and pears are great because they are sweet, have a lot of fiber and a great to chew. The chew factor is important. And at my age, fiber pills are quite the helpful addition.
I don't really exercise, unless you count walking the dogs.
It seems like I am eating nothing, especially compared to my previous habits. No more morning toast slathered with butter, topped off with ten sugar cookies. I really did eat that way. And popcorn with butter, and butter with butter. Just bad eating.
Last time I dieted for real was in 2002, and I took off 63 pounds and kept it off (mostly) for five years. Then I got lazy. That's all it was. Just not caring. Then my cousin and my sister were warned about diabetes and I took that as a warning to myself too. Now we are all being more conscious.
And adding to that, I realize that this has a lot to do with control, and while I am controlling myself, I am controlling my house, and the dawgs too. Getting organized, making a schedule, and finding a good routine have helped my outlook tremendously.
Now if I could just get the dawgs outta my bed.
at 9:09 AM
Saturday, November 30, 2013
I have my twin bed back, which is great because I have so many quilts that work on it. But my grand master plan of sleeping sans dawgs has failed, and I have both of them for most of the night, one above the covers, and the other under the covers. Oy!
This view is from my bathroom, which I am now calling my en suite, after watching so much HGTV, and all those Canadians.
During the day I have those blinds raised and the sunshine pours in like liquid gold. It is so cheery and the view of the pond, iced over at the moment, is lovely. In the summer it will be all garden view, all the time.
Facing the bed away from the TV and under the cathedral ceiling offers me a fresh perspective, more floor space and it makes me feel like reading in bed, instead of TV watching. Nice.
And until the new closet door is installed, I can gaze into my walk-in and sigh with happiness. The French doors are not usable in this configuration, but so? I like the open floor plan better than that 'grand entrance'. With so many doors in this small room, I decided to override the doorway and make my own wall space.
Of course I can still watch TV and knit, or use my computer in this cozy nook. I covered my chair arms and seat with some striped cottons, and made a quickie ottoman cover with more dots. Can't have too many dots. The effect is so girly. Yay!
And then an update on the quilts in Dave's room.
Machu Pichu is hung for the first time ever. Followed by Nebulosity, Deuces Are Wild, and Lollapalooza Log Cabin.
Sunrise Sky, with Dave enjoying his meal, accompanied by dawgs of course.
at 5:50 AM
Friday, November 29, 2013
Dave's new room is so close to being finished. Yes, there are a few things left to paint, and tile, and the bathroom is not yet up and running, but the space is cleared of most construction items, the floor vacuumed, and washed, so why not move in the furniture and artwork? The beadboard I wanted was just hung and painted and the corner trim has been fixed and will get painted next, along with the new stairs.
The new compact ceiling fan is just great, and operates by remote control. The pugs are a riot on this slick new floor, scrambling without gaining traction. But it's Pergo, and doesn't scratch, so we're not worried.
And ta-da! The space is suddenly a bedroom/kitchen/gallery/music playing room. Red and black was the chosen color scheme, and I had to scour my quilt closet for quilts that had the right colors, not too girly, for his walls. The one over the bed is from 1995 and is pieced (!) and named Nebulosity. The one on the stair wall is Lollapalooza Log Cabin, also pieced.
It was of utmost importance for Dave to hook up his stereo to the TV and bring in his speakers. I insisted on the bench at the entrance, so he can remove his boots and drop his jacket. The porch table works for his laptop. The mini-kitchen is for his midnight hunger pangs. Again, everything is coordinated in red and black.
The red locker is now his pantry, and will hold cookies, bread, popcorn, ramen, etc. The frig...beer and pop and leftovers to reheat. It has a tiny freezer and came with a mini ice cube tray.
I found this chair as a discard and he painted it red. I made the cushion. This red table came from a flea market and I paid $15. Dave painted it and coated it with carnuba wax. What a prize. The Marshall amp and speakers are for his electric guitars.
Before we finished the room, a nap was necessary. Here's Tony between Dave's legs, his preferred position.
We love this new room, and can hardly wait til the bathroom is completed. I have one more quilt to hang, but discovered I had never sewn on the rod pocket. So today I will attend to that.
at 6:18 AM
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
My sister and I have been dieting (www.loseit.com) since late September and I have lost 18.6 pounds and two jeans sizes. But I am going to EAT BIG tomorrow. In anticipation, I am making my stuffing or dressing today. No turkey this year, just a small pork roast, and hopefully yummy gravy to slather over mashed potatoes and the dressing.
Here's my recipe this year. It changes incrementally every year.
A 14 oz bag of Pepperidge Farm Cornbread stuffing
2 large cloves of garlic minced and added to
1 c each chopped celery and onion, sautéed in a tiny bit of bacon drippings and olive oil until tender.
2 small apples chopped
1 pound cooked Jimmy Dean's Hot pork sausage, crumbled
and this year, 1/2 cup of hot and sweet jalapenos, chopped, from a jar.
2 cups of chicken broth and one stick of butter, melted in the broth.
Mix it all together and place in a large casserole dish.
Bake uncovered at 350 til browned. Reheat tomorrow and again and again in days to come.
I am also going to roast a bunch of vegetables, such as parsnips, broccoli, carrots, onions, peppers, red and sweet potatoes. All will be enhanced before baking with olive oil, salt and pepper. Yum.
We got snow last night and flakes are still falling today. Just a bit. The roads are fine however, but we are staying home and hopefully finishing Dave's room, at least enough for him to move in tomorrow.
Yay!! Pictures of the big reveal to follow.
I am feeling very thankful this year. In particular to YOU, my readers, who have given me so much encouragement and loyalty and enthusiasm. I love being able to make you knits and quilts and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for filling my life with purpose. YAY YOU!
at 8:58 AM
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Back in July I offered a free pattern to my readers. Here are some more results from that post.
Deanna Davis sent me these photos:
Thought I would show you a couple of pictures of quilts that have grown out of our Meet-Up project using your technique. We have all really been having fun with it. It is so interesting that this really seems to push people's buttons and gets them designing freely and without stress.
First picture is a piece by Lark Stratton who has never worked this way in her life. In her words;
"....Your words are so kind. Thank you so much for your encouragement. It is okay with me if you share it.
Also if you send it to Melody please tell her thank you from me. I have just not known for so long how to get started on an 'art quilt' and this was so helpful.
"Thanks to all of you for helping me to finally learn how to begin something like this."
From me: Letting go of rules can be fun!
at 6:57 AM