Getting older has some great benefits.
I read recently that women over 40 have an easier time with fashion - apparently they can wear whatever they like because younger women don't consider us competition anymore and don't care what we wear!
That's a very liberating statement, ladies.
These days I feel more comfortable about myself than ever before, but I was closer to 50 than 40 when I had that illuminating lightbulb moment - the only downside to my 'feel good about self' endorphins is the daily tightening around my waist (that amost cuts off the circulation in my entire upper body) when I get dressed! Not good.
These last 4 1/2 years since discovering stitching have seen me form some bad habits, habits that have adversely affected my family as well.
I *used* to be a very well informed healthy cook. I *used* to carefully plan my family's meals and cover their dietary needs. I *used* to have the time each day to prepare good foods. I *used* to set the table each evening and enjoy our shared family meals while we chatted about the ups and downs of everyone's day. I *used* to be satisfied that I was looking after my family the best way I knew how.
With all my health issues recently, my husband's health issues of the last year, AND the lack of energy in my teenagers, I took stock of who I was meant to be, and what that entailed.
I am a wife, I am a mother, I am a child of God. I want to be healthy and live the best life I can, and I want to teach my kids to live healthy lives as well.
We have ONE body to live this life with. ONE body that can't be replaced.
To see where these thoughts have led me you can visit my new healthy eating blog, One Body For Living, HERE.
I'll be sharing my journey back to health, recipes, ideas, and generally just being accountable for our lifestyle change.
(Did I mention there are some grumbles amongst the rest of the family...? Let's hope and pray that weaning them off all the sugar they've taken a liking to won't be as hard as I imagine!)
I sent some parcels off this week to my giveaway winners, as well as some cute gifts for lovely friends.
Don't you love this tea?!
Blossom is sending it to a lovely blogger who blessed her earlier this year. I've popped in a teeny tiny hanging as well...
Sometimes I put off sending gifts to people because I think I need to make something BIG or original or very intricate. Now really, that's so silly, isn't it? New resolution: give from my heart, and don't focus on the size or complexity of the gift.
How are you going with the June Jeans Challenge?
I had a major setback when I went to wash and cut apart Mr Elefantz donated jeans. He likes to potter with motors and motorbikes and that leaves evidence on his denims...
After I cut all thestained areas away I was left with the back of the legs, and the bottom front legs. Not much, but enough to plan something that will look lovely teamed up with my Rural Jardin fabrics.
I'm thinking a bag would be gorgeous, don't you think?
Be sure to check out the list of participating bloggers on my left sidebar to see what they have been making for the Challenge this month.
I encourage you to visit Stephanie's blog HERE too, because she has some wonderful ideas for working with denim!
My Morning Glory Breakfast Set is finally complete!
This week I finished the last of the six pieces in the set. Can you tell what it is?
Blossom and I are doing a photo shoot at the weekend so all will be revealed next week. In the meantime I have my trusty pattern tester, Jeanette, remaking every piece in the set.
I can't wait to show you them all!
Now to go and plan a week of breakfasts, lunches and dinners...oh, and of course, SNACKS!
PS: The final block and the quilt assembly instructions for ~Bouquet~ are only 3 sleeps away!!