Saturday, 29 June 2013

To persist or not to persisit ...

The trousers are cut out and I managed not to have a nervous breakdown while doing it.  I'm now worried that they won't fit! So now I have to decide whether to carry on regardless or put them aside in the hope I whittle my waist with the new gym regime or carry on nevertheless and hope for the best.

I've go the fabric for my skirt that I could press on with and in a way it would make more sense - skirts are more summery than trousers, especially as the fabric is rather heavy.

So I think I'll finish off the cross stitch, press on with my knitting and perhaps do a little crochet and decide on the sewing dilemma next week  - anyone want to put me out of my misery and tell me what to do?

Friday, 28 June 2013

Fabric & Good Intentions

I've been buying fabric today - a lovely summery yellow floral print which I intend to make into a skirt.  First things first, I've got to cut out the pieces for a pair of trousers I've been planning for a while.  I'm still slightly worried about the zip - I've never fitted a zip before.  If it all goes wrong I'll use Velcro ... or press studs - does that age me?

I've also been going through my stash of fabric and have found an almost finished cross stitch project which will make a lovely gift for one of my #Post Circle friends; I'll hopefully finish that off this weekend.  There is also a cross stitch kit which I don't remember buying which I can get on with ... but first I must try to learn a new crochet stitch - I don't want to be stranded only knowing chain stitch and double stitch!

Today has been drizzly and dull but strangely humid - what is happening with the British summer?

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Gym bunny!

Well it's happening.  I have an appointment to re-join  my old gym today.

Now there was nothing wrong with the new gym, I just got bored with it.  There was a limited number of things to do - that's what they market themselves on, the quick workout - and while I could see the attraction, I started to make excuse not to go because I wanted some variety.

The old gym has all the whistles and bells; treadmills, cross trainers, rowing machines etc and there are also classes you can do.  I'm not planning on taking any classes yet as I feel I need to improve my fitness first.  Can't imagine anything worse than being the fat, unfit bird at the back, puffing and groaning through a class!

I've also treated myself to a new pair of dressmaking scissors - what a rock and roll lifestyle I lead!  The old pair were getting a bit blunt - think they'd been used to cut paper - so I decided that before I start dressmaking again I should invest in some new scissors so I can at least cut fabric with confidence.

Today is beautifully sunny with the trees full f happy birds (good thing Pixie is asleep upstairs!) and I'm thinking that lunch in the garden might be nice - pitta and dips anyone?

Monday, 24 June 2013

Right, let's try this again!

OK, blog, let's have another go at this!

I'm writing this on the eve of my birthday - not  a big one ending 0 but half way between two big ones.  This has concentrated my mind over the past few days and I've determined to attempt to make some changes to my life.

Now I know what you're thinking - here she goes again, pie in the sky ideas, it'll never come to anything and in a few weeks time everything will be back to normal (damn you little voice in my head!)  This may be true but if I don't try now then I'll never do it.

So here goes nothing.

Firstly I'm going to try and blog at least once a week.  The whole point of starting this blog was to exercise my writing muscles and so far all I've done is let them atrophy.  So I need to be more dedicated to the blog.  As before I wonder who reads these things but then again if I never write anything, who would read it?  So this is the first in a regular series of posts - again I've no idea what I'll write about but that will have to wait for later.  I guess I could just amble on like I'm doing now!

Secondly I'm determined to improve my health.  I've started reading about the 5:2 fasting diet and I'm thinking that I'd like to give it a go.  I also need to improve my fitness and am investigating the possibility of re-joining the gym my OH goes to.  I belong to a local gym but I'm so bad at going and get so bored.

Thirdly I've decided that I'm not going to buy any new clothes for the next year - I'm going to make any that I need (with the exception of underwear and socks)  I've not made any clothes for a few years but I'm armed with patterns and fabric and have some trousers ready to go.  I've got  a lust for a dressmakers dummy but the price is a little high at the moment.

Lastly I'm going to attempt to get my writing back on track and see if I can make some money out of it.  This will mainly consist of writing educational resources but I also wan to finish the novel that's sitting unloved on the laptop.   So feel free to ask how it's going and I may even pop the odd extract on here if I feel brave!

So there are my intentions.  If all goes to plan I'll be back blogging soon and sharing the joys of taking life by the scruff of it's neck and shaking!