Monday, 4 January 2016

classes, stickers and weight loss


A random combination for a post but hey that's my life!

The new term is starting at Patchfinders - the local quilt shop I work at - and I have a fun line up of classes covering different techniques. In a previous class a couple of ladies mentioned they would just like a day to make some blocks, to practice and gain confidence, so I'm running a class doing just that. I picked two blocks that I thought were simple but fun and one block that requires fussy cutting and working out measurements to piece your own block.


The blocks alone don't look great hung up in a quilt shop though so I turned it into a simple runner with a little bit of hand quilting and scrappy binding, and now it can be displayed. Of course the blocks could easily be the start of a quilt or made into cushions.


To see details of my classes and how to book click here.

If you follow me on Instagram you will know I love stickers (I may have talked about them here too!!). My latest order was from JuJuAllOver and I am in love with this shop. Their shop announcement states, "Welcome to JuJuAllOver where you are more than welcome to be random with us." - how awesome!

I bought this cool Bokeh sheet and some custom headers (they come in lots of different colourways), which I requested to say 'To Sew', and they sent this cute free wintery sampler:


And THEN I hit the sticker jackpot (at this point it's fine for you to think I'm a bit crazy) because I've been on the lookout for some Adventure Time stickers. It's one show I will actually watch with my children! It's hilarious and sweet and weird and brilliant. The best bit is JuJuAllOver lets you customise which characters you get on the sheet!! I ordered princesses and BMO, my favourites. I bought the small sheet and there's also a large sheet with fewer but larger stickers. 


For those of you into cartoons, comics, Disney or such, check out JuJuAllOver for the cutest stickers! Look at them on instagram for coupon codes and offers, and also shipping to the UK was totally reasonable :)


Stickers are going to help me track my weight loss. I made my own sort of reward chart to keep in my planner using mason jar stickers from Oregon Country Store and hexie stickers from The Reset Girl. I have a lot to lose so I'm hoping a visual will help and I can reward myself by filling up the pink jar!


I'm not on a plan or doing a particular diet - as soon as you tell me I can't have something I will have ALL of it! So I'm just being conscious, making good choices and exercising more. Wish me luck... and ask me to show you this jar in a couple of months!



15 comments:

  1. I agree about making good food choices! Then its not a diet you are on, but a healthy way of living. And its pretty simple- less calories in, more energy out! Looking forward to seeing that jar emptied, for all the right reasons!

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  2. Good luck with the healthy living. I am doing the same although it is so much harder during the holidays!!

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  3. I too need to lose some weight, don't we all! I like the idea of the visual stickers moving from one jar to another. The block making classes are a great idea, once you have mastered a block it is easier to go ahead and do a quilt or cushion etc, but sometimes I look at a block and just don't know where to start. Doing it all together like this is superb for confidence building. I really wish we had some similar classes near me. x

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  4. That's not a diet: taht's a new way of life! Go for it!
    And I will check out that sticker shop
    Thanks

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  5. I'd wish you luck but I'm sure you don't need it!

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  6. I DO wish you well on the weight loss journey! I really need to do something too!

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  7. Best wishes for your weight loss. Like you, I didn't follow a plan, just limited calories and later started exercising. Ten months later I was down over 45 lbs, and now five years later I've still kept it off. If I can do it, you can do it. It's a lifestyle, not a diet. I hope your pink jar gets full of pretty stickers this year!

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  8. That's a great choice of skill builder blocks for your classes. I watched what I ate last year and lost 20kgs. I basically gave up sweet things, and exercised more. Stickers are a fun reward, especially such cute stickers.

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  9. I love the idea of jar. I'm quite visual too :) Have fun at your classes!

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  10. I love the woven block you are using in your class.
    My goals for the New Year include eating more fruits and veg and not eating those last few bites off my kids plates. I'm not the only one who does that, right? :)

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  11. New year brings exciting new things and we have something VERY exciting to share with you!

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  12. Love the jar and stickers idea!

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  13. I need to get moving with the weight loss as well...good luck!

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  14. Inspirational post. I love your idea with the jars and stickers for weight loss. I need to create this and use it to help me keep focused on reaching my weight goal. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

    QuiltShopGal
    www.quiltshopgal.com

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  15. Good luck with the weight loss... I love your jars and stickers.

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