Here is my finished product! Took me a while to color, but me and the girls sat and chatted and colored and had a blast.
The girls have a problem with my friends oldest daughter (she's 8), apparently she likes to brag and in a way that would suggest that others could never be as good at whatever than she is. BG (Beautiful Girl) almost quit sewing because this girls was telling her how great she is at sewing and that BG could never be as wonderful as she is. This is not the first time I've had to put out fires from this girl. She seems to be very full of herself, but I know she is often left in charge of her two younger siblings and she is very....in charge at home. I can't tell my girls that, but we had a talk about know-it-alls and braggers. BG finally jumped back into sewing, though she kept trying to get me to take over for her, I gently told her no, she had to do it. And she did. Go BG! Sometimes in life we have to deal with people like this, and it is better to learn how to deal with them then to avoid them, because these days there are a lot of them!!
We are celebrating Father's Day today, and I'm looking forward to it and not at the same time. I don't want to overload on calories, so I'm not eating this morning or tonight, I'm going to just have the one meal today. If I have to I'll make a shake, my shakes are really low in calories and that will put something on my stomach. We are having my DH's grilled steak (OMG!). He gets them from the butcher's shop and they are huge, but so very, very good. I'm making an Italian bread to go with, and I'm making a veggie side, because if MIL make it she will cook it to death and it will have no flavor. Seriously who boils veggies till they are that bland and mushy? Anyway, I got off track. I'm not wanting to blow a whole day of calories, again, and gain a pound or two because of this. I've been wanting DH's steak for the longest, but now that I'm losing weight? I kinda want to pass. It is true that no food tastes as good as losing weight feels. I finally had a victory, I don't want to ruin it by eating something so high in fat.
In fact my friend and I were talking about foods and I was thinking that, after we are done saving for DH's teeth (he's getting dentures) and we don't have to pinch pennies as much, I may go back to being a pescetarian (vegetarian that eats fish and seafood). If not I may still cut out cheese altogether. It's way too high in calories and fat. I've done this before. It's not that hard. When we have a burger burn, I have a mushroom cap 'burger' or I bring shrimp or fish to grill. I even have a handy tray for the grill for grilling veggies. I know, I just know, that if I change my eating, the pounds will start coming off a little easier. Just diet is how my friend lost weight, but then she fasts so often I wonder if it is safe. I'm going to go the old fashioned eating right and weighing and measuring my food route.
And, I can't run till I at least get some of the weight off. My knees just can't take the pounding from this much weight. Running burns a lot of calories. I want to be able to run so much. Mainly because I used to run. I've never enjoyed it, but by golly I could do it if I wanted to.
I bought some new clothes for me! Just two shorts and three shirts, but still!!! They are very close to being in the style I love, shabby chic. I was telling DH about it, how I needed new clothes because my old clothes are falling apart (apparently I'm hard on clothes?) and he just replied, "approved". I was like, what? And he told me to get the shirts and stuff, that I needed to get new shirts so just do it! I got them from Zulily, so I have no idea how long it will take to actually get here. They are by Simply Couture and normally run about $80, I got them for $35.
The sewing is going well. I finally figured out a problem with the totes and can't wait to make a new one so I can see if my fix really works. I got a new pattern for skirts, got some fabric, and then realized I don't know how to read a pattern. I have no idea what to do with a pattern. I'm lost. So I sent a distress call to Aunt G. She may be frustrating at times, but the woman knows how to sew. She told me to bring my stuff (sewing maching, material, pattern) to her place next week and she would teach me. I'm apprehensive, but how else am I going to learn? I don't understand what the stuff I found on the internet is saying, can't figure it out. I'm a hands on kind of person. Or I need o find a online course to take.
Don't know if I've said it on here or not, but I have decided that I'm not going to make any clothes for myself till I lose 62 pounds. That will put me at an even 200 pounds. This is motivation. Because I really want to make clothes for myself. But this will give me a chance to save up some money for patterns (the patterns I want are like $18 each!! And I will need several different ones to put together to form the style I want! Plus the fabric I want to buy) as well as look better in the clothes that I make. I really want this. I want to learn to sew and make my own clothes more than I have wanted anything in awhile. I want to wear my own style and be able to look good in it, this style is layers, and right now I would look awful in it. This is the motivation that I needed, I think. So I'll make clothes for DD, and handbags and overnight bags and whatever suits my fancy; but no clothes for myself till I lose this weight. The suspense is going to kill me, but it will also motivate me, and that is what I need right now. Light a fire under my tail to keep me going!
Keep sparking bright my friends!