Saturday, January 29, 2011

My Conversation with a bag of Doritos

Yep, I'm getting all philosophical on you all again.  It's no secret to friends and family that I struggle with my weight.  A few years ago, I got all crazy up on Weight Watchers.  I lost, like 50 pounds in 16 weeks.  It was nuts.  I LOOKED FAB.  I felt FAB.  I just missed me affair with food and I fell off the wagon.

I've been back on Weight Watchers since the beginning of November and things have been moving S.L.O.W.L.Y.  They're moving (in the right direction), so I am trying to convince myself of success.  Lately, I've been thinking about my "relationship" with food.  Sometimes I eat something like it's the last one on the planet and I turn into a dog guarding it's food dish from the other pups.  Then I overeat and voila!   I've eaten every cracker in the the damned box.

This idea of a "relationship" has allowed me to almost start talking to food and feel ok about I haven't completely lost my mind.  Here is an example of a conversation I recently had with a bag of Doritos.

Me:  Hey there, Doritos.  You look mighty good.
Doritos (D):  Hey girl, I've missed you.  You know I come in more flavors now!
Me:  Oooo.  I see your bag.  I love this idea of Buffalo and Ranch getting married.  That sounds all flavor-full
D:  Yep,  I bet you can't eat just one.
Me:  I bet I can't either.  Once I get a taste of your yummy, salty flavor, I won't want to stop.
D:  I think you're right.  Come on.  I've missed you.
Me:  BUT, even though I love you, I'm not going to OD on you.  I don't want to be that friend that comes over and doesn't know when to go home.  I hope you're OK with that.
D:  But...but...but...well, I guess so.
Me:  Look, you have to understand.  My ass is not so happy when I have to paste on my jeans.
D:  I guess I can share myself with others...(sniffle)
Me:  Yeah, perhaps you may meet someone else's ass to which you will plaster your fatty goodness on to?
D:  Maybe, but you won't be eating me for as long today.  :(
Me:  That's right, but I have other stuff I can get done and your flavor will most likely come back to bite me in the rear later........ may not have gone exactly like this, but it allowed me to have a few chips and then close the bag.


Maybe I'm losing my mind.  Maybe not.  :)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Need a Laugh???

Check out this blog--CraftFail

I spent about 20 minutes laughing at all the Craft Fails this afternoon.  Enjoy, my friends.  :)

Another Cool Thing I Read

“Imagining something may be the first step in making it happen, but it takes the real time and real efforts of real people to learn things, make things, turn thoughts into deeds or visions into inventions.” --Fred Rogers

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Heard Something Cool Today

I was catching up with some Oprah Shows today.  It was one of the Australian shows that she had on last week.  It was amazing and made me want to save up a butt-load of money to go and see such a beautiful place.

During the show, Oprah was talking to an Australian middle-aged man about what the differences are between Americans and Australians.  The man replied that he felt that Americans "live to work" and Australians "work to live".  I know I've heard this before, but today I was open to the words and it impacted me.

Just wanted to leave that with you and perhaps you will be in the right place to really hear the words.

We should WORK TO LIVE not LIVE TO WORK.  Gives me a lot to think aboutt.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Tulip Glam-It Up! Crystal Tool Review

Gwen has her school program this Friday. Of course, I want something cute for her to wear. Thus, my need to MAKE something. While at JoAnn's Fabric and Crafts, Gwen and I stumbled over this Tulip tool in the patches and other miscellaneous crafty stuff aisle. I had a couple of 50% off coupons and a 20% your entire purchase, so all put together, it wasn't a bad deal. I already had the t-shirts to embellish. So, pink crystals and a little tool went into the cart.

The Cordless Crystal and Stud Heat-Setting Tool is basically a precision iron. It needs 3-AA Batteries. You push the tool to the "ON" position, but still have to push the button to make it heat. It is amazing how quickly it heats--I was testing it on paper, watching for a scorch mark. Once it was hot, it only took 2-3 quick counts for the crystal to be completely adhered to the shirt.

Here's how I made my shirt.

Prewash and dry a shirt. Put a layer of paper (I used a White House, Black Market catalog) between the layers of the shirt.

I found a template online of the size heart that I wanted to make. I cut it out, leaving about a .5" of extra space. I used a .25" paper punch--that's the standard size--and punched out holes on the template. I tried to be as evenly spaced as possible.
I taped the template in place on the shirt being careful to center it on the shirt and put it in the exact place I wanted.

After that, I used tweezers to put the crystals in place.
I heated the tool and pressed the hot tool to the top of the crystal for 2 seconds. BE CAREFUL NOT TO HIT THE PAPER-IT WILL BURN AND LEAVE A SCORCH MARK ON YOUR SHIRT!
After I adhered all the crystals on the template, I removed the template and randomly attached all the remaining crystals.
I think it came out great for my first attempt. Now Gwen wants everything to have crystals! Be nice about my daughters, haggard look. She had a fever of 102.5 the day of the craft!

I'd make something with the Tulip Glam-It Up! Tool. It was really easy and kinda fun to do. It's making me think about what I'm going to make next!

I'll have to post a picture of Gwen on Friday for her program. She's going to wear her "Glammed" shirt with her pastel rainbow pettiskirt.

My Take on it Monday--Yarn Wreath

I'm trying out different "Day" Posts. Then I'll see what sticks and go with it.

Thursday I tried out a blog share for a craft I will do in the future. Today, I am going to share with you MY TAKE on a blog craft. I found a craft that I already had all the supplies to make, so I am spending no extra money to make it complete.

This Monday's craft was inspired by the Yarnista--Yarn Wreath Tutorial.

Here are my results.

I used a synthetic yarn that I had saved, felted wool rope and then felted wool flowers and leaves.
The buttons are from a Christmas present from one my Suzuki families. I LOVE BUTTONS!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Lookie What I Found Thursday!

Gwen, my daughter, is Rapunzel CRAZY! I recently made a great Rapunzel dress based off the Disney movie, "Tangled". She asks every day if she can wear it. We're headed to Disney World in less than two weeks. I'm so excited!

Gwen told me recently that she wants a Rapunzel birthday and I was watching "The Martha Stewart Show" (one of my faves). There was this great invitation by a mom and Gwen gasped when I showed her the show segment. She can't wait until she can have her birthday--she'll be five in June.

Here is a link to the great invites. I can't wait to make them. They look so fun!

Tangled Birthday Party Invitation

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Buying a Body

Yes, I've been desiring a body for what seems like an eternity and I've started putting the wheels in motion to get a new body. Yes people, I'm talking about a mannequin. I even put a bid in on Ebay for my very own NEW!! Kids Mannequin size 5-6.
Keep your fingers crossed for me. I'd love a mannequin to help me do some sewing.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Going to Beautiful Lengths

So here it is. This Pantene Beautiful Lengths Smoothing Balm. I love it.

My son, Barrett, who is now 7 years old, was a hair puller. As he pulled, I cut. I cut and cut and cut, until my hair was pretty short. I've been growing my hair out since he was a baby, but I would get to that in-between length and I'd trim it. The last year, I've struggled through that icky length and I'd have to say that my hair is getting long. Hallelujah! I've made it! The hair is ok in a ponytail for a quick hair 'do or down and straight. I'm even considering trying my daughters Curlformer rollers.

Not that it is long, I've noticed that it is getting dry and needs a little TLC. The last time I got my hair done, she put this smoothing balm on it and it was great--but crazy expensive--to the tune of over $40!! Forget that. I can't swallow that price, so the search was on.

I did a little reading and found Pantene's Beautiful Lengths, designed just for long hair.

It feels super smooth and smells good too. I even find that my hair dries faster with the hairdryer. Cool. If you're looking for a great product for under $5. This is it--Just sayin'!

Missing you...

Hi Bloggie Readers,

I just wanted to touch base and let you know that I haven't forgotten about you.

The new semester started and I am crazy busy right now. I do need to post though. I found this hair stuff that makes my hair feel super soft and makes me feel pretty. :)

More about that tonight!