Monday, December 26, 2016

A Christmas Decoration on Boxing Day

I know Christmas has been and gone already but I managed to make another one of my quilt group challenge Christmas decorations today. I now have only one and a half decorations to go to catch up. Our 2017 challenge is going to be a jelly roll quilt broken up into monthly parts.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Is Here

Well it has been almost half a year since I last did a post. I have decided I am ready to get back into blogging.

I have also decided I want this blog to be about anything and everything but most especially my creative pursuits.

In about May this year I joined a local quilting group called Material Girls. We meet on a Monday night at 7pm and sit, stitch, chat and have supper together until we head home about 9.30pm and sometimes later. This year we have had a challenge of making a Christmas decoration each month. Below are the decorations I have made. There are still a couple on my to-do list.

Below are some stitcheries that haven't quite made it into decoration form yet - work in progress.

Something else that has kept me busy this year is supporting my daughter in her dance endeavours and playing the role of 'dance mum'. She has had a really good year and has really stepped up her dancing and my husband and I are proud of her efforts and enjoy travelling to comps and other events with her. The highlight of her year was getting distinction in her Elementary Jazz exam and being nominated by the examiner to attend nationals in October which was a great experience for her. At her dance academy wind-up earlier this month she also received a trophy for most versatile dancer. Before this year she had only ever received one dance trophy when she was about 7 years old. This year (now aged 14) she has received three over the course of the year - so proud of her and so happy for her.

Finally I have embarked on a weight loss journey. I have been overweight/obese for most of my life and I have decided it is time to make my health and wellbeing a priority. I joined Weight Watchers on-line six weeks ago and have so far lost 9 kgs. I am going to relax a bit tomorrow, Christmas Day, but will then get straight back on track. As well as watching what I am eating I am using my Fitbit to motivate me to go for walks to get my step count up. I have a couple of weeks off over Christmas and I am going to experiment with some new healthy recipes as well as try some other forms of exercise.

I wish you all a lovely Christmas.