Good week/bad week?

This last week was not as productive as I planned so there isn’t a whole lot to share today…but here’s what I’ve got:

1. Running

I did not get all my workouts in this week – I was planning to run C25K W7D2 on Thursday afternoon but my ‘day job’ got in the way and I couldn’t get off the phone. Since I knew I was running the Charlotte 4 miler on Saturday I did not try to make up that run on Friday.

Speaking of the Charlotte 4 miler, I had a really good run! I was 3 minutes faster than a few weeks ago when I ran 4 miles on Super Bowl morning, so…Yay!

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2. Quilting

I made some progress on the Doggie commission quilt, again not as much as I wanted 😦  I made the ‘ears down version’ of the second dog…not exactly sure what breed he is and I didn’t match him exactly but hey, it’s a quilt – not a portrait! lol

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I plan to make the ‘ears up’ version today as well as catch up on the QAL’s I’m following (The Honey Pot Bee & Cookbook).

I’ll also be planning and preparing for QuiltCon next week (squeeee!), my first ever quilting convention! I don’t have a lot of planned activities or classes so I’ll just be taking it all in and figuring it out as I go. Since I’m driving to Savannah, I’ll be taking my sewing machine with me and a few quilt tops that have been patiently waiting to be quilted. I figure I’ll have ample time each night to work on them – at least I’m hoping that’s how it goes!

3. Bullet Journal

I’m still using my Bullet Journal daily and I’m still getting things done – yay! I’ve decided to change up my weekly layout – I’ve been using a combined weekly/daily format but I find that it just doesn’t give me enough room to write. Some days I have a lot to write and others not so much, as such I’m going to try separating them and see how it goes. My Daily spread will look a lot like Kara Benz’s until I figure out if I like doing it that way.

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We’ll see how this works out but next week might not be a fair gauge as I’ll be traveling and for me, all structure goes out the window when I travel :-p

That’s all for me right now, what goals & priorities are you working on…and how’s it going?

 

Getting my act together

A couple of things I’ve been working on lately

  1. I started on the commissioned quilt Dog Gone Cute

The client sent me pictures of her three dogs so I could make fabric choices to represent each one. First up is her chocolate mix, this is probably the easiest because it’s the least number of fabrics involved. I’m making 2 sets for each dog – one with ears up and one with ears down. Here are the first two with ears up:

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Today I’ll work on ‘ears down’ for this dog. These blocks finish pretty big at 12×18 so I’ll only need a total of 12 to complete this project.

2. Cookbook QAL

I completed Cookbook Blocks 5 & 6 this week; I know that dark fabric looks black but it’s actually navy.

Block 5 is called True North

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Block 6 is called Open Sesame…oy, those curves really challenged me!

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3. Since I completed my C25K run yesterday, no updates on that today.

4. I’m still using my Bullet Journal and still loving it! If you haven’t heard about Bullet Journaling or haven’t started yet you can check out these resources:

BulletJournal.com from the creator Ryder Carroll himself

BohoBerry.com Kara Benz has fully embraced Bullet Journaling and offers many hints, tips and techniques – she’s also quite creative which provides inspiration.

I’ve gotten so much done in these last 6 weeks  – granted they’re not big, life-changing things but they’re the things I’ve been ‘saying’ I wanted to do for a long time; and now they’re getting done! There’s something magical (for me) about actually writing it down on paper and being able to check it off when it’s done. The Bullet Journal provides a place for me keep everything together – in the past I would write something down but then not look at it again or worse, not be able to find it when I wanted to; no more!

Here’s a look at my spread for next week…now I need to fill it all in with tasks!

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5. As part of my new, more organized self I want to start reading more books. They can be of any genre but I’m starting with self-help. I’ve already knocked out two books:

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert has been popping up in quite a few blogs I follow so I had to check it out. I blasted through this book in 5 days; she has a very easy, conversational writing style that I found enjoyable. The book didn’t really have any ground-breaking thoughts but was full of those ideas you know and often forget.

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This is my second time reading The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. I had forgotten so many great ideas and practices from this book…argh! There are a few areas I really need to work on so I’ll be getting serious about following this.

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Ok, I think that’s enough! ttfn…

 

C25K – Week 6 Day 3

I decided to do my run today because the weather was so gorgeous…although,  it did get a little hot near the end! That’s February in SC!

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I also changed up my intervals a little to see if it would have any impact – nope! Overall my average pace is about the same. Not sure if I’ll stick with this or go back…

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Week in review

I spent most of this week putting together this cute Scrappy Star top. I got the pattern idea from Sarah @ Fabric Addict Quilts. I pulled out my scrap bins and cut 188 – 5″ squares for this beauty. I then cut the necessary white squares for the stars. I snapped this picture on my deck yesterday while the sun was still out. I’m so thrilled with this result but I have to admit this now makes a total of 5 tops I have waiting to be quilted! Aaaah! I simply must start quilting or think about outsourcing some…

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I completed all my running days this week, in fact instead of my normal C25K W5D3, I ran with my running buddies today in our annual Super Bowl 4 miler race. This is our 3rd year and the weather was almost perfect 😉

Since I’m starting over with C25K, 4 miles is a little further than I’ve run lately but it really wasn’t bad. I got a little winded and tired in the last mile – especially since most of it was a slow, steady uphill (argh!). Overall I’m very happy with the outcome.

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Lastly, I thought I’d share a few of my recent Bullet Journal spreads. In case you don’t know what a Bullet Journal is you can learn all about it by visiting bulletjournal.com or bohoberry.com. This system allows me to have all my stuff in one place – planner, lists, thoughts, trackers, etc…really anything you want.

I decided to start tracking the amount of time I spend in my sewing room so I created a spread and I fill it in everyday

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And here’s my Feb 6-12 weekly spread – I like to keep it minimal and if I end up with some blank spaces I fill them in with doodles or zentangles.

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Off topic: I’m up to almost 13,000 steps today and it’s only 2:30pm…wow, haven’t had that many steps in a day in a very looong time!

I’m ready for a nap…ttfn!