Thursday, January 28, 2010
Here's a little how-to on QUILT MARKING.
Find something that fits the space.
It is not necessary to use up a whole washout marker on each quilt. A few well placed dots will give you a target to aim for. The pennies you save can go in your Make a Martini jar.
If you plan beforehand you can usually figure out some way to make the design continuous. This will make your quilting go much faster and you can enjoy your martini sooner. A little spritz with PLAIN water makes the blue marks disappear. Do not confuse your martini with water. Bad for you AND the quilt.
The outer border was quilted using circle templates. With definitely (!) no martini assistance.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
All three of the following statements are from my horoscope for today. Should I change my name to Sybil?
try not to let any irrational thoughts or worries bother you too much right now.
your mind could be a little hazy at the moment.
try to remember to listen to the wisdom of your own inner voice.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Today's pet peeve: people who promise to do things and don't keep their promise. In spite of being reminded. In spite of causing a little old lady (namely my Mom) some physical discomfort. For a month. Geez - gimme a break. She's 89 and cannot do for herself (or believe me - she would). In cases like this I can only tell myself what goes around comes around. Then I take a deep calming breath and make a martini.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Some quilts just don't want to play nice. Here we are with a turned block. The quilt is loaded and half quilted. (can you say aaarrgh!! ?) Yes - I checked this thoroughly before I started and that block was NOT like that. Gremlins.
Pull up a tall chair and pick out the stitching. Stitch it back in by hand.
Ta da - fixed. mutter mutter....
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Sure, she LOOKS innocent enough. The monster head-butted me this afternoon - I saw stars. She accidently-on-purpose dropped her Binky which she whips around like a cowboy with his pistol. I bent down to grab it and win the game. But somebody (dog body) likes to play rough and went for it at the same time. ooooohhh, ouch.
Here she is hoping a piece of carrot will hop off the counter and into her mouth. Eternal optimist.
I have a sweet customer who loves to make scrap quilts. We got chatting one day and I (kiddingly) said I should send her home with a bag of MY scraps. Hah! She took me up on it. The dark one still needs a border, but good gosh-a-mighty, how nice was that? However - that adds another TWO quilts to my UFO list. aarghhh.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
SPARK - it makes me think innovation, clean, clear, light, fun, warmth.
FOCUS - this is word # 2. It makes me think follow-through, completion, resolution, perseverance.
How am I doing so far? Well, we rang in the New Year with a clean kitchen floor and clean bathrooms. I completed new shower curtain number one. Today I will FOCUS and complete the London Shade to match. I will light a SPARK under my butt to accomplish that.
Yeah - we'll see how this goes, eh?
Friday, January 1, 2010
As I've mentioned, SPARK is a word I will focus on in 2010. As I've also mentioned, Christine Kane is my new favorite blogger. Although she's not new at blogging she is new to me. Here we are on New Year's Day and I found this post on her blog from a year and a half ago. I enjoyed it. You may too.
July 2nd, 2008 by Christine Kane
You never need bling, though.
Trust me on this.
I’ve performed over 1500 shows in my career. And I’ve learned that your shine has very little to do with what’s on the outside and everything to do with what’s on the inside.
No matter what they say on What Not to Wear, authentic bling comes from deep within. It comes from a life of purpose, happiness, peace, action, and stillness.
Here are 22 ways to get that shine, sparkle, and bling from the inside out:
1 – Start everything with intention
Inner bling comes from knowing why you do what you do and who you want to be. Intention is a simple way of getting centered before you begin any activity or show up for any event or write any email or blog. Intention sets your energy. Your energy creates your outcomes.
2 – Know your motivations
Why do you do what you do? What’s motivating you?
When you know your motivations, you get clear on how to clean up your core. For instance, early in my music career, I realized that I often acted out of desperation. (Fear of not getting/being enough.) When I saw this, I began to shift away from these choices. My actions got “cleaner.” And the results were more powerful. Sometimes I couldn’t shift. I was stuck. But it helped to recognize the motivation and be kind to myself once I realized that I wanted to come from a clearer place.
3 – Forgive yourself your fears
We all have them. We’ve all gone through them. Be kind to yourself about your fears. Then, take action anyway.
4 – Eat more greens
Physical health is the best bling of all. Take time to learn how to create healthy meals of mostly vegetables and fruits. Eliminate processed foods as much as possible.
5 – Make a “Here’s What I Love” list
Fun is imperative for shiny bling. The problem is that we often don’t know what we love to do. It’s typical to think of the usual suspects: going to the movies, getting a pedicure, or going to the beach. But what do you love? Is it ping-pong, NASCAR, gardening? Make your own list so you can always refer to it and add to it.
6 – Do at least 1 item on your “Here’s what I love” list each week.
7 – Take risks
Taking risks gets easier once you take them. Too many people make risk-taking an event. They walk across burning coals, or bungee jump. For me, the biggest risks – the ones that teach me the most – are the quiet daily risks I take. From writing songs, to enrolling in an on-line course, to trying a new blog idea. These risks build that muscle inside of me slowly.
Walking across hot coals is fine. But it’s a lot like deciding to get in shape, and then lifting 100 pounds all at once. It’s the constant practice of something that teaches you how to do it and how to be bling-y all over.
8 – Laugh more
The more you laugh, the more bling you get. Make time for friends who make you laugh.
9 – Get a dog
Or a cat. Pets teach you how to be in your heart space. They teach unconditional love. I found my dog just after I committed to healing depression once and for all. She has been one of my greatest healers.
10 – Sleep when you’re tired
This might seem like a no-brainer. But I’ve worked with hundreds of people at my retreats and in my e-Seminars on this. So many of them will keep going and going, trying to function when they’re exhausted. They usually end up eating junk food or watching hours of television, rather than giving their body what it really needs – rest.
11 – Get moving
Regular work-outs are one of the best ways to get bling.
According to one study, when you do a 30-minute cardio work-out: “2 – 3 pounds are lost from sweat, 70% of muscle fibers are working (up from 5 – 50% at rest); increased blood flow to brain heightens alertness; endorphin rush reduces anxiety and boosts moods.” Lifting weights keeps me in an elevated and peaceful mood all day.
12 – Say no unless it’s an absolute and pure YES
I get many emails from people who have been to one of my retreats or participated in the e-Seminar. They thank me for giving them permission to begin saying no to everything that’s not an absolute yes in their schedule or in their environment. I learned it from Cheryl Richardson. I get to pass it on now that I’ve been practicing for many years.
Or at least, just turn off the cable. TV is an energy suck. It will dull your bling.
16 – Stand naked in front of the mirror every morning and say, “Damn, I love myself!”
Hey. Don’t knock it til you try it.
17 – Watch your Language
I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that my friend Joy hangs up on me almost every single time she calls me. She simply can’t do technology. She’s a disaster on the computer. And last week, she snipped the chord to her iPod headphones with her gardening shears. The best thing, though, is to hear her laugh at herself each time some new mini-disaster happens. She revels in her own imperfections. And she is definitely bling-y.
We all have our areas of imperfections. Forgive yourself, and keep on doing it. Anything worth doing is worth doing. You’ll get the hang of it.
19 – Be totally present to the one you’re with
Your attention is gold sparkly rhinestone bling. Your attention is incredibly powerful. It is a gift to you and to anyone who spends time with you. Be present – fully present – to anyone you spend your time with.
20 – Read for fun
When you’ve got a good book to read at the end of the day, you always have something to look forward to no matter what happens.
21 – Go on retreat
My friend Joy does a silent retreat at least three times a year. She swears that it’s the secret to her blingy-ness. I believe that any kind of intentional retreat can do the trick. Silent retreats. Yoga retreats. Meditation retreats. Or even Great Big Dreams Retreats!
22 – Decide to be bling-y
Sometimes, it just comes down to making the choice to shine no matter what.