A few of y’all wanted an update on how my new craft club is coming along. We got started a couple of weeks ago. We started out small with about 5 kids, 4 girls and a boy. I showed the girls how to lay a pattern out on fabric that I brought from home, explained selvedge, grainline, how to pin a pattern on and how to cut a pattern out. The boy sketched in a sketch pad. After cutting out some of the pattern, the girls enjoyed playing with the scraps (one of the scrap pieces looked like a bikini bottom which set their minds to designing a bathing suit). Last week the group doubled, 8 girls and 2 boys. The boys drew and painted and the younger girls brought fabric to do their own version of “Project Runway.” They would design outfits on each other to model while I helped a couple of 8th graders layout a dress pattern on some fabric one of them brought in. I really enjoyed working with the 8th graders, showing them how to take big “bites” with the scissors, hold them straight up and down to get even cuts, how to pin with out pinching up the fabric, how to line up the grainline parallel with the selvedge, etc. The boys worked quietly, painting and sketching, not even minding that they were in a room full of girls. The younger girls, however, got a little silly playing Project Runway, which I guess is to be expected. I’ve decided that next week (we’re not having Craft Club this week, it’s Catholic Schools Week and FAR too busy) I’m going to focus on getting the younger girls started on embroidering. I have a number of Jenny Hart’s Sublime Stitching Transfers that I haven’t done much of anything with yet. My plan is to put them on some fabric (not sure what yet…cheesecloth, tea towels, woven cotton, linen, any thoughts?) and put them in embroidery hoops and get them started. I think this way the girls can talk while they stitch, they can work on it over a period of a few weeks and they’ll have something they can take home to show their parents when they finish. And, I can help my 8th graders sew while my younger girls embroider. Sound like a good idea? So, what kind of fabric to put the transfers on?
I don’t get political on my blog all that often but I couldn’t resist this…I love feisty Texans…ya know since I am one , I married one and I’m raising one. 🙂
Apparently, a large number of President Obama’s Cabinet appointees are going to be confirmed by the Senate after the Inauguration today. Well, all but one, Hilary…tee hee.
Texas Senator John Cornyn (R), the incoming head of the GOP’s Senate campaign committee, has penned a letter to the incoming Secretary of State saying he’s “deeply troubled that America’s foreign policy and your diplomatic mission will be encumbered by the sweeping global activities of the Clinton Foundation.”
Cornyn can’t permanently block Clinton’s appointment, but he has objected to a unanimous consent motion requiring Clinton to be confirmed by a roll call vote. This forced Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to call a quorum and set up a vote, which would mightily interfere with senators’ inaugural party plans.
“There will not be any roll call votes on Tuesday,” Reid spokesman Jim Manley has stated.
The solution? Push the vote back to Wednesday, when the upper chamber reconvenes for regular business.
Go Cornyn. Stand up for what you believe in and protect our nation from those who want to use it for her their own personal playground.
All that aside. I’m happy that we have a new president. I’m excited that we’re alive to see history being made and I’ll be interested to see what kind of change we get with a Cabinet full of Clinton appointees…except I guess we weren’t supposed to remember that.
I don’t want to call it after because I’m not quite there yet. I’m still 15 pounds from pre-prepregnancy weight and 30 pounds from my goal weight but I’m definitely on my way.
Ok so here’s my most absolutely disgusting, I can’t believe I’m posting this picture, fattest grossest me. I’m at least 180 lbs. here, probably more. This was April 2008 in New Orleans with my best friends at the French Quarter Festival. I don’t know why I took my over shirt off. I know it was warm but dang, look at that flab hanging out. Nasty.
This was a week or two before Ryan was supposed to get home from Iraq where he was for 14 months but did I bother to try to get any weight off? Heck no. If anything I probably gained weight while he was gone. I feel bad. I had all these grandiose plans of losing weight while he was in Iraq and then I did jack freakin’ squat. Lazy, lazy, lazy.
Here I am today, wearing my new size 10 hotsy-totsy skinny jeans. (Sorry the pic is blurry, I’m not so hot with the mirror shots and I’m using my iPhone.) I’m at least 25 lighter at 155 lbs. I think now that I have my portion sizes down pat and soda habit kicked (hopefully for good this time) I’m going to start incorporating some exercise. I want some nice arms…not freaky Madonna buff but toned but still hot and curvaceous like Beyonce. 🙂 My step-brother is getting married in October and my goal is to be in a size 6 by then.
I volunteered to advise a Craft Club at my school with 4th through 8th graders. We start tomorrow and I honestly don’t know what I’ve gotten myself into. The kids are really excited about it but I think their enthusiasm is what’s making me nervous. I sort of would like it to be just a calm nice environment for us to sit around, sew, crochet, knit, scrapbook, etc. Some of these kids (2-3 5th graders in particular) are just WAY excited. I guess I shouldn’t rain on their parade. Maybe after the first few meetings they’ll calm down and we’ll have quiet crafting time.
Whoever thinks that DIY and crafting is going the way of the dodo doesn’t know my kids! I got the idea for starting the club last week during library time. I was talking to my upper graders (4th grade and up) and I found that nearly all of them craft, 5 of them got sewing machines for Christmas (!). They knit, they crochet, they scrapbook, they make cards, they sew. I asked them if I created a club, would they be interested. Good grief they nearly knocked me over. We start this Thursday. I’m planning on bringing my sewing machine, some flannel, thread, pins, scissors and a pattern to make pajama pants. I really don’t want to spend my time showing 30 girls how to sew. I’m hoping other girls follow through and bring their machines like they say they’re going to and the groups that form up are small.
So tell me…have I lost my mind?
We also saw my best friend Maria and her family. She has an adorable daughter named Mia who is almost 2.
Unwrapping her Christmas present from us
C is for Calaveras! I made her a skirt and appliqued long-sleeved t-shirt with the black Alexander Henry Calaveras fabric. I made it big so she’ll be able to wear it for Halloween 2009.
Mia opted for the “Preppy Look” 😉
Aidan looks like she’s about to rip poor Mia’s head off.
Mia, sporting my shoes. My feet are small, it shouldn’t be too long till they fit if her feet take after her mama’s. 😉
After Maria’s and the farm, we went by A&M for a few pictures.
Aidan and the 12th Man. Gig ‘Em, Aggies!
By the Reveille graves…she Gigs ‘Em well, doesn’t she?
Mama Aggie ’99 and her Lil Ag ’27
Outside Daddy’s dorm (wayyyyy up there you can see his outfit sign, Sq. 17)
Daddy’s dorm up close.
Brainwashing? Nahh…she’s not wearing maroon is she? 😉
Over New Years, Aidan and I went to Bryan/College Station to visit family and my best friend and her family. We had a wonderful time and except for Ryan not being there (he opted out of the marathon playdates), it was pretty much perfect.
Aidan got to meet her cousin, Norah. Norah is the daughter of my cousin Jason. Jason, and his older brother Grant and my younger brother David, and I spent our childhoods together on their grandparents’ land, getting dirty and being kids. We decorated cowskulls with oil-based paints (my favorite aunt, their grandmother got our fannies out of the fire on that one), hung lace curtains in a pigpen, played in a cattle trailer (and later learned that the “dirt” we played in wasn’t dirt) and had dirt clod wars (older sibs versus younger sibs…should’ve known then that David was a military genius when he knew about flanking maneuvers at 6 years old). Anyway, I digress. It was important to me that Aidan and Norah meet since Grant and Jason meant so much to me.
(Their wardrobes weren’t a coincidence, I got them matching t-shirts.)
Based on what I’d read on Angela’s blog, I figured their personalities were so similar they would either get along like gangbusters or fight like cats and dogs. They got along SO well! Until it was time to leave when they got upset and you know how that goes!
The next day on New Years Day, we went out to the farm so Norah could show Aidan the goats.
Cut from the same cloth, these girls are, pink boots, purple shirts, green jackets and we didn’t even coordinate it this time!
Aunt Elva feeding Eli, Norah’s little brother (and Aidan, in perpetual motion)
Aidan and Nanook, the Newfoundland, my cousin Grant’s goat herding dog. That dog is HUGE!
My fearless city girl, riding a goat!
Off she goes!
Look out, Nanook!
Grant is praising Old Bill…he’s good at letting kids ride on him, Norah’s been riding him for a while now.
Aidan had a blast on the farm. We can’t wait till we’re back in Texas and can go visit more often. I spent so much time on that land, it only makes sense that our kids would play on the same land. Aidan had fun stomping around in the dirt in her new pink boots!
I got a gift card to Stein Mart from my parents for Christmas and I found these great jeans by Bandolino (which of course, I can’t find online). They’re their “Tummy Slimming” jean which I snagged for $30. I decided to grab a pair of size 10s since my 12s have started to feel like they’re falling off my hips lately. Today I tried them on just to see how close they might be to fitting and…THEY FIT!!! I haven’t worn a pair of size 10 jeans since before I got pregnant with Aidan! The tummy slimming panel works fabulously, sucking in all my baby flab, my bootie is lifted and my legs look skinny. I’d love to have about 40 pairs of these in every color and texture to wear everyday.
I guess I’ve been holding out on y’all about dieting losing weight. I’ve suffered from chronic migraines pretty much my entire life. I had been taking Atenolol as a preventative (and then Imitrex for the actual migraines) but it wasn’t doing any preventing. I was up to 3-4 a week…so not cool when you have a 3 year old at home and a classroom full of kids. I went to my real doctor (a “doc in a box” prescribed the Atenolol) who took me off the Atenolol and put me on Topamax. Topamax is an anti-seizure medication but in lower doses, it also prevents migraines. An additional side effect for me has been a reduction in my appetite and a change in my tastes. For example, I now dislike most sweets (I was never really much of a sweet eater anyway but I drank 2-3 Dr Peppers a day). All I drink now is water and iced tea, Dr Peppers taste bad to me now. My appetite has been greatly reduced which, as a result, has helped me lose weight!
I really don’t know how much weight I’ve lost and to be honest, I don’t care. I don’t like scales and don’t like how those little numbers can make me feel bad about myself. I go by how my clothes fit and how I feel. I’m totally jazzed that I’m back into a size 10 and I’m never looking back! My stepbrother is getting married in October, I’d love to be a size 6 by then. So that’s my goal. I probably won’t talk much about losing weight between now and then because…well, I’m not really having to try that hard. I may start exercising…that part I hate…but I’d like some tone. I might gripe about that some. 😉