Radio Silence- Weight loss journey

Good morning, I know it has been a while since I last blogged.
I am still trying to find time to be consistent with my blogging. I am not sure if any other new bloggers have had this issue. If so, can you please give me some pointers.
Part of the reason I have not been showcasing new projects is because my blog is connected to my Facebook and I was working on items for my grandbaby.
Since her mom is also on Facebook, I could not showcase the items until after the babyshower.
The baby shower was this past Saturday at my daughter’s home and now I can focus on other things πŸ™‚

Part of my focus will be my upcoming anniversary and my weight loss goal so that I can be a beautiful bride.

I am using the Atkins diet to focus on getting not only my weight down but also my health in check.
I have been on blood pressure meds for the past 3 or 4 years and I know if I lose the weight, I will be able to cut my meds.
Well, my husband and I started on last Monday and we have a year and a half to get to our desired weight.
Carolyn from http://sewingfantaticdiary.blogspot.com/ has really inspired me with her weight loss- Looking good lady.

When I weighed myself last Monday morning, I was weighing in at 215, and when I weighed in this morning I was at 209.
6 pounds does not seem like a lot to some but for me that was a wonderful start.
I am taking it one day at a time and my goal is to be at 170 by July of next year.
That would be 45 pounds in a year and a half and I know I could do it if I put my mind to it.
Just think if I lose 6 pounds each week for the next two weeks, I will be under 200 pounds.
I have not been under 200 pounds in over 20 years.

I have not added exercise into my routine yet, just trying to eat right to get my body into Ketosis.

Each week, I will try to give you a progress report on how I am doing, whether good or bad.

With all of that being said, I have not really been sewing for myself because I am trying to lose this weight- however I do plan to come back strong within the next month or so.

Always,

~Much love from the Sew’l Sista~

You are invited

July 30th, 2017 will mark my husband and I’s 25th anniversary.

When we were married in 1992, we were unable to have a regular wedding as planned. It is a very long story and some would not understand. With that being said, there are no wedding pictures (to my chagrin) and we missed out on making those memories.

So, for our 25th wedding anniversary, we plan to renew our vows with an official wedding ceremony and would like to invite all of our family and friends to attend.

We wanted to give more than enough notice for those who have to travel a great distance to be here for us on that big day.

The date of the renewal will be July 29th, 2017- remember not this July but next July.
We really would like a great turnout and are requesting an RSVP as this will be a huge endeavor for us and we want it to be as perfect as possible.

More details to follow.

~Much love from the Sew’l Sista~

Embroidery – I was looking for a new love baby

Some of you may remember that song, but when my “new to me” machine spit out this little beauty- I was singing it to myself.

I am in love with what this machine can do and what it will teach me.

For those of you who have been embroidering for awhile, please indulge my happiness and let me enjoy this.

So much fun, and so much to learn.

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~Much love from the Sew’l Sista ~

Yesssssss, Honey Child

My new baby arrived on Saturday.  I wanted to open it right away but was so worn out, I didn’t get a chance to open it until today.

It’s a Babylock Ellegante I saw on Ebay and purchased at what I think was a good deal. I have been looking for an embroidery machine for awhile and came across this one.
It came in 2 big boxes and I have a lot I am going to have to learn about this baby.

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I would have unpacked it on Sunday but the kids came over and we decorated for Christmas. I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season.

~ Much love from the Sew’l Sista ~

1 down, 1 to go

Well, with a little organizational help from my daughter, I got one room finished. One of my pictures fell off the wall and will have to be put back up, but for the most part that room is D.O.N.E.

Please enjoy the pics and tell me what you think.

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~Much love from the Sew’l Sista~

A little radio silence

Good evening,
I am not making anything right now, due to changing of my sewing rooms. For those of you who aren’t aware, I have/had 2 sewing rooms upstairs in our home. Due to my husband’s insistance/lonliness while he is in his office downstairs, we decided to change things up a bit. I am moving my sewing rooms/studios downstairs into the 2 bigger spare bedrooms and moving those upstairs into the extras. Please understand, I am not bragging- but I will admit, empty nest syndrome is WONDERFUL.
I have a wonderful husband who indulges my craft, because 1- he loves me, and 2- he knows I love to do it. Also, it is finally something I have stuck with and he sees progress with my projects.
I wish I had quality pics of the rooms upstairs but I never kept them clean enough to photograph. Sorry, I was always doing one thing or another- as we sewist/seamstresses are always working on a project.
I do promise that once I get the new rooms set up and situated, I will definitely take some pics before I mess them up. LOL
Here is a sneak preview of one of the rooms. It is not completely set up- but it is well on its way.

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~Much Love from the Sew’l Sista~

On the lookout

Good Sunday morning,
I am on the lookout for an inexpensive but very nice embroidery machine. It can be a sewing and embroidery machine combo. I want to try some new things with my sewing.
If you know of any machines that fit the bill, please let me know.

Much love from the Sew’l Sista.

Unselfish sewing

This is another firsts for me. I am working on a puff quilt for a baby girl. If you are unfamiliar with these type of quilts, you use larger squares on the top and muslin for the inner level. You  cut slits into the muslin and stuff each one. Well, this is where I need the assist. It was suggested to me to add items in each hole to make sounds or even light up.
I need suggestions, please.
Example: using a potato chip bag to make a crackling noise.
Thanks so much in advance.
Here is a sneak peak of the quilt so far.

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Much love from the Sew’l Sista.

Update from Silence

Hiiiiiiii everybody.

I can’t believe it has been almost a month since I last posted. I really apologize for my silence. Alot has happened since my last post and I have just been getting along with this thing called life.
In prepartion for my trip to South Carolina this summer, I had lost a some weight was very happy with what I was becoming.

Well, I have since gained all of my weight back and in the place where we all hate to gain it- MYBELLY, ugh.

So, needless to say, I have not been sewing lately. Well, my sister-in-law came to my house a couple of weeks ago so I could show her how to make a ruffled skirt.
I will admit, I had lost my sewjo and did not feel like showing her anything. We started working on what was supposed to have been a skirt for my niece but started cutting out the wrong sized pattern, and ended up cutting HER size.

Because we cut her size, we did not not have enough of the patterned fabric to make the base for the skirt so we had to use a solid colored fabric.
She did not complete her skirt, but I became inspired to make one of my own.

I decided to experiment with a black and white ITY knit and used a red ITY as my base for the skirt. Well, since the skirt came out so well, I decided I needed a top to go with it.

I have seen these type of outfits on Zadie B’s website, and have always wanted to make one. I have always thought her dresses and outfits were gorgeous. Check her stuff out on her website-
http://www.zadiebs.com/

Here is my version- what do you think?

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On dress form

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Back view

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In action

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And of course, the shoes.

All fabric was purchased from Fabricmartfabrics.com
Shoes- Giani Bini Slingbacks
Patterns used-
Top- Vogue 8536 and Simplicity 4095
Skirt- PDF from online

Much love from the Sew’l Sista.