my colleague is in town from tokyo. it's his first trip to NYC, so we wanted him to have a real new york experience.
we took him to 2nd avenue deli (that's now on 3rd?), it's a kosher deli known for its massive sandwiches. little did we know, he'd order the big on the menu. this, dear reader, the "triple bypass." and yes, it is bigger than his head.
guys, it's snowing...sideways. ::sigh::
i. have. had it. with my winter wardrobe. i'm so tired of wearing the same things...over and over. what's worst? we're at a point in the winter where it doesn't make since to get new things. spring will be here soon. right? right?!
i love the act of reviving something. clothing, furniture, art...you name it. right about now...it's all about reviving my wardrobe. in general, my wardrobe is pretty basic. i'm a (black) jeans and tshirt/flowy-top girl. but, what makes the basics work for me, is the details.
while folding the laundry the other day, i was thinking about declaring my loss, and donating my entire wardrobe how to jazz things up. i kept staring at this white t-shirt. until it hit me...POCKET!
i dug through my scrap fabric pile, looking for something to work with. the polka dots made me happy and the fabric was light enough that i didn't think it would warp the t-shirt. a bit of experimenting with shapes and VOILA! tiny polka dot pocket! (with...a bonus pop of color in the stitching. yesssss!)
guys, it's snowing...sideways...but, my t-shirt is cu-ute.
we are taking a break from our regularly scheduled project life programming this week to talk about a project that was inspired by project life.
y'all...i made a photo book! woot!
i'd been eyeballing photo books for years. but, there was something a little too...shiny about them. they just weren't my style. enter heather from poppy haus, whom i got to meet and chat with at alt summit. she's an awesome DIY-er AND she brought some of her books made with blurb. man! they are so cute. i had immediate and acute book envy.
heather told me a bit about her process with blurb and encouraged me to give it a shot. and, as soon as i got home from alt, i did.
it was so easy. blurb makes it SO EASY!
i wanted to make an album of my trip to africa. so, collected all my photos for an online album, slurped them into blurb, lined them up on the pages until i felt like i had a book. but...i couldn't commit. so, i saved my book and walked away for a minute.
while cleaning up, the sunday following...i found the journal that i'd kept while i was away for the month. it had all of my ticket stubs, receipts, and a little currency from my trip. then, it dawned on me...i didn't really have anywhere to put this stuff. ... oh ... but, i did. i could put them in my photo book. i was already scrapbooking anyhow. right?! right.
so, i went back to my saved blurb book and did a little rearranging. i added a few blank pages, here and there. shuffled a few layout, to create more white space. and, decided to go without printing text in my book. i'd write in it when it arrived. and...boom! print. wait...
wait for it... wait for it...
it's here! and, it's so cute! i'm still in the process of working through the pages, journaling takes time and i want to incorporate my paper souvenirs just so. but, i'm thrilled with the progress thus far. and, wanted to share.
i've already got a list of albums i'd like to turn into photo books. this could be love.
i'm just gonna say it...i HATE exercise. hate it. hate it. hate it. barf.
the last two years, i've been on a mission to live healthier. part of that mission is weight loss. part of it is to reduce my risk of heart disease and diabetes, which have touched my family more than i'm comfortable with. part of that mission is the desire to eat in fancy restaurants and wear cute clothes.
a few months ago, i was down ~45 lbs and was ten pounds from my goal weight. lately, i'm too afraid to step on the scale. let's just say, i've had trouble letting go of the holidays...mainly, the holiday eating.
weightloss is not easy. that's not a secret or a revelation. and, it sometimes makes me so crazy that i can manage so many aspects of my life, but repeatedly fail stumble on this particular point. but, here i am...at the starting line again. giving myself remedial lessons in diet and exercise.
i've planned my eating this week, which is the easier of the two parts. but, man...when i think of exercise...barf.
i'm trying runner's world the starting line program, which is design to get you running and keep you running. it's ~35 weeks of planned programming that become more intense over time. i've decided to start with the walking program. (don't judge.) in all likelihood, i may exceed the preset times for each...but at the very least, i'm accountable to the what the plan prescribes.
now...how to stay motivated?!
thus far, i've found that music is key. i have to workout when even the tiniest inkling/urge arises. and, i have to post my schedule in several places (on my door, my calendar, etc.) i'm still working on a consistent way to work through cravings. (drinking a glass of water and waiting doesn't always work for me.)
what are you doing? and, how do you stay motivated?
// be spontaneous. i plan for a living. i love it...but sometimes, it's for the birds. do what feels good....riiiiiiight NOW!
// just say, 'yes.' there's a natural tendency to deny rather than reward yourself. to say, 'no' is to close yourself off to the possibilties. saying 'yes,' this week has gotten me two things: i'm going to go on a rad vacation with some dear friends in april.
// take a chance...like the abba song says. perhaps this advice is strictly for me. i'm highly risk-averse. (remember: i plan for a living.) there are times when a less logical option is exactly the one you should go with...pick it and 'make it work,' to quote Tim Gunn.
// don't second guess your gut feeling. man's survival instinct has been around a lot longer than you. ignore it at your own risk.
// dwelling on what should be, rather than dealing with what is and where you want to be. you have to wake up from dreaming to chase them.
this week (10-16 february 2014):
// i was shown up on the snail mail front by my parents and a newborn. one sent me a valentine (love) and the other sent me a thank-you note (loooooove). when did newborns become so polite?!
// i am completely ignoring winter and indulging in bright colors and projects. i've combined the two by starting my first crocheted blanket. it was supposed to be scallop stitched, but my scallop stitch needs some work...so, granny squares, it is. i'm reminded how much i love crochet and may am for a project a month. who's with me???
// got to sit in on taping of the jon stewart show. it's not the first show where i've been a part of the studio audience...and i love it every time. i have to say, jon stewart runs the tightest and funniest ship, i've ever seen. their schedule (22 minutes) is tight...and they stick to it.
// had my first semi-pro photog gig. i shot photos for my sister's website. i need a lot of work as a portrait photographer...but it was fun and we did manage to get some usable stuff. we followed up with a celebratory dinner at basil! yum.
supplies & tools (for the curious)
// midnight edition core kit // design-a-pocket pages // ek success corner rounders (two sizes) // october afternoon decade stamp // we r memory keepers blackboard journaling cards // we r memory keepers capture die-cut cards // avery elle clear 'airmail' stamps // kelly purkey real deal labels // sharpie black permanent marker
i love to make things. many things. all the things.
there have been times when i've thought i've changing directions and writing a DIY blog. what stops me? all. the. things.
i have an entire bedroom devoted to my crafting. fabric. yarn. paper. paint. piñatas? all. the. things. i'm addicted to shopping for craft supplies for projects that i may...or may not get to...tomorrow. eventually. some day?
writing a DIY blog would turn my borderline craft supply addiction into FULL-ON hoarding.
in other news...i've started to crochet my first blanket. woot! ... with the intention of working through my pile...but, don't be fooled...starting a blanket just meant i got to take a trip to the yarn store. :)
// love yourself. embrace your individuality. it's what makes you who you are.
// you cannot truly love in half-measures. go all in.
// give love every day. (...not just on valentine's day).
// never forget: you. are. loved.
// i told you. it's all love this week. go out and enjoy yourself. :)