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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Last week it hit me. I might be nearing the point of being ready to retire! The urge to quilt has taken over and I'd rather spend time sewing than anything else. Trouble is, how to replace the income I make as an interior designer with income from quilting? I've posted a note on the Quilt and Lose Team about my blog that I wrote today, www.tealeafquilts.blogspot.com I have in the back of my mind that I want to write a book about selecting colors and patterns for your quilt.
I've looked out there on the net and there are a few books on color theory, the most notable one is by Jinny Beyer written in the 90's. She's developed quite a process to select colors and even has a color deck that you can use. I don't need that as my eye is my color deck but I'm sure there are many out there that need help in this arena. Instead of buying Jinny's expensive deck, you could go to your local paint store and get one of theirs. Very similar.
I've also stumbled on to C&T Publishing which is a group of people that got together and set up a publishing company for patterns and books on quilting. So I've joined that group.
So I've made this quilt I'm calling TEA Leaves because I used two Green Tea Bali POps to design it. And I developed the pattern myself so I have in the back of my mind that I want to put this pattern to paper and sell it. Where to start? I've gotten some good input from my quilting buddies here on Spark and I thank you for it. I've just managed to post the pic of my qult on www.tealeafquilts.blogspot.com . Amazing, can't believe I did that. Now I need to go onto the blog and write about it.
So there I am. Today I have an appointment for draperies and I will go and be happy to do it as I love selling draperies. Then I'll come home and start sewing again. Later.

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COOPQUILTLADY 4/11/2012 12:42PM

    Awesome quilt! You could do us some good by publishing!

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QUILTINGBUDDY 4/10/2012 11:42PM

    Lovely quilt and nice job. I'm sure you will do well with your idea and your new business venture!
Good luck!

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ANYVAR54 4/10/2012 10:39PM

    Good for you!!

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KASEYCOFF 4/10/2012 11:16AM


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LADYBUG1943 4/10/2012 10:33AM

    That did it! Lovely quilt. Very pleasing. I can't help you with the logistics of getting that published, but I definitely think it's worthy. Good luck!


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LADYBUG1943 4/10/2012 10:17AM

    It tried to go to the above address and got an error message, even after connecting "...blogge" to "r.com." Disappointed. I love the Bali Pops designs.

P.S. I just tried to delete this comment, and found out I couldn't. Just managed to get it out of order. My apologies. (You clearly don't want MY advice on publishing!) LOL!

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Thursday, April 05, 2012

There it sat. The most delectable piece of carrot cake I'd ever seen, sitting right there at my place. It was a generous size, full of nuts and plenty of cream cheese icing with bits of shaved carrot on it as a garnish. What a beauty!
I was attending the Republican women's Club luncheon yesterday and had ordered the salad plate. It was delicious, full of lots of veggies and hard boiled egg. I drizzled the ranch dressing very lightlly and ate the whole thing.
Then, I pulled that plate of carrot cake in front of me and savored the whole thing, down to the last bite. Did I think about not eating it since I'm supposed to have given up sweets? NO! I didn't even let that thought cross my mind. I ate it and enjoyed it, every bite!
Starting over again today. emoticon

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LUTHERANGIRL 4/10/2012 5:28PM

    Carrot cake, sweets or ice cream can do me in

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FIFIFRIZZLE 4/10/2012 7:36AM

    Oh, man, now all I can think of us cream cheese icing.

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JOLETTE 4/9/2012 6:57PM

    I admire your blogging dedication, even if you have to be honest about our temptations and at least you ate some good stuff. (including the cake) I wouldn't be ble to resist carrot cake either. Keep on keeping. Jo

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CARLANNIE 4/7/2012 8:51AM

    I know how hard that is to sit at a meeting with a dessert staring you in the face. Since I have a sweet tooth, I usually succumb. Still can't decide if that's right or wrong, but for you, what's done is done. You just need to decide what your course of action will be the next time the situation comes up. To eat, or not to eat - that is the questi on! emoticon

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BABACHAN 4/6/2012 8:46AM

    You can't have a fear of food..........that's my motto! You are in control of your diet and
you should be able to decide to make that decision to have a treat when you feel you want it, knowing that you will be able to make adjustments for your choices. So, if you have to exercise a little more today or watch your diet a little harder for a few days, relax and show no fear to food! Good luck in your journey! emoticon

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TOWHEE 4/5/2012 10:11PM

    I don't see this as a failure. You knew what you were doing. It sounds like it was built into your eating plan for the day, so go ahead and enjoy.

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ANYVAR54 4/5/2012 2:24PM

    Sometimes we need to give ourselves a day when we eat what we want. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LRK4CHRIST 4/5/2012 7:47AM

    LOL! Well we all fail sometimes. But like u said, "Sarting over again today." If u have to keep doing that everyday, u do it till u get it right. LOL! Be blessed and focus a little more and it'll all come together.

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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

I read this quote on a blog this morning and this is sew true! Monday was a bummer stressful day after my husband drilled a hole through the shelf of a new sofa table that was to be delivered to a client. It just hit me so wrong and stressed me out that I thought, "why am I still doing this>" Am I ready to retire? I sure felt like it on Monday. And so yesterday, it was raining and I did not venture into my work space at all. Instead, I went and sat at my sewing machine and pushed fabric through it. That is such a stress reliever for me. I created a 4 block quilt as you go strippy quilt and it is going to be so cute and ready to donate to charity for our guild. Why can't I just learn to develop patterns and sell my products and earn a bit that way? Just seems like such a stumbling block to get started and be successful at it.

So this morning I have spent paying bills and getting caught up to date with my bookwork, ready to go to the Republican Women's luncheon and then on to see 2 clients. I've got a lot of planning to do. What to do, where to go with it, etc. Later.

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ANYVAR54 4/4/2012 6:00PM

    I need to get my craft room set up so that I can just go sew on those days when I feel stressed. I have spent far too many hours on the computer, but this morning, low and behold I had energy and vim and gumption to do some cleaning and organizing. It feels so good to have been busy doing that. One day closer.

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ALMMOM 4/4/2012 1:24PM

    I love sewing in my sanctuary (sewing room). Nothing relieves the stress and all like a get away!!

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MNJONES2 4/4/2012 11:18AM

    I love that you sew!! I used to sew a LOT of my own clothes, gifts etc.. then got out of the habit and recently have picked it up again. I have a light wool jacket I am finally finishing up just in time for spring!! HA! Sewing does take my mind off what is bugging me too.

Hang in there - somehow we get through these days..... best wishes on your journey to good health.

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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Yes, stress can make you head toward the fridge and pantry and shovel it down. But yesterday I won. After we finished installing a drapery at a funeral home yesterday, I wanted to ask my husband to take me for a hot fudge sunday. But I thought about it and went home, measured out 1/2 cup of tapioca pudding and was completely satisfied.
My day started out okay but immediately went to H---. I asked my husband to help me put a sofa table together (they come knocked down) so we could deliver it today. He isn't very handy but we were moving along nicely until he screwed through the top of the shelf. STRESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! I immediately thought of all the trouble it was going to be to even get another one sent in, much less the cost involved. My second thought was, I don't want to do this anymore!

Yes, I thought that. Am I ready to retire, to give up decorating for my clients? I just might be. My heart and mind are into sewing and quilting. I called a good friend who is a decorator in Georgia and we had a nice long talk about everything. So I've got some thinking to do.

At the same time this was happening with the table, I had been trying to update my credit card on my IPAD. I couldn't remember my password and was having trouble going to the internet, going to settings on my IPAD, just trouble in general finding any help. I finally located an AT&T phone # and got press one for English, 2 for Spanish. I'M IN A HURRY AND I DON'T SPEAK SPANISH! Not only that, but you have to listen to the entire menu to find out which category your request is in and what number to press. When you finally got an opereator, you're put on hold because you pressed the wrong #. Then you get someone in India. While you are searching for a pen to write things down, you hold the phone to your ear with your shoulder which then presses the off button and you are done, having to start again.
I finally got that problem resolved, a friend came and semi-fixed the table so we can at least deliver it today. Of ocurse it is raining and we can't go until 4:30 anyway. Someone wants an appmt this evening so I'll go after the delivery, missing our Tuesday night at the Yacht Club. I'd rather be quilting.

So last night after the drapery installation, which got delayed until 6:00 becasue I had to wait for UPS to deliver the parts I was missing, my mind screamed hot fudge sundae. Two weeks ago, after eating 3 pieces of birthday cake, I said no to sweets. I've lost 5 lbs and I convinced myself to say no to the hot fudge sundae. I came home, got a nice glass of ice water, and sat down in my chair with a dog and a quilt top, hand sewing the binding while I watched Antiques Roadshow and dancing with the stars. Later.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 4/10/2012 7:33AM

    Didn't you do well? I'm impressed!

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ALMMOM 4/4/2012 1:21PM

    I've been sweet free, basically, since mid-Jan. I don't crave them anymore.

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ANYVAR54 4/3/2012 10:20PM

    So glad that you are learning to say NO to those urges. I agree that Stress moves us to want to eat. Thank you for sharing.

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KASEYCOFF 4/3/2012 2:41PM

    Sounds like you're doing pretty well, all in all, especially with coping. I know what you mean about holding the phone with your shoulder: I do the same thing, and every time I end up disconnecting myself (!) I think how much I miss my old-fashioned rotary-dial wall-phone, lol...

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ANDI571 4/3/2012 9:34AM

    "Stress Makes You Eat". Stress doesn't make us eat, we do that all on our own. It definitely gives us that want though. Good for you making the right choices and not letting the stress send you in the wrong direction.

Here is to a good day today. emoticon

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SMIDGON 4/3/2012 9:13AM

    Just goes to show you, where there's a will there's a way!

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BILLETWIFE 4/3/2012 8:47AM

    THERE YOU GO!!! Life is always going to go the opposite direction somedays BUT, you won the battle today. Not only did you make a great decision about what to feed your busy, amazing body, but you did successfully complete the jobs you needed to get done.

I understand how quickly self employed people get sidetracked......I am the sole employee at my husband's business and my days range from office to sanding out parts for dialysis machines. I never know what is going to happen next, or when we will manage to squeeze in lunch. Add two kids and two dogs and my inlaws and well, it can be a little nuts.

Keep winning your battles one at a time! Have a wonderful day!!

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Twice in the last year I've been told to lose weight. Both by Sleep Apnea Doctors. Guess I need to pay attention. I took a sleep apnea test last summer and did not do poorly enough to warrant getting a machine paid for by my insurance. But the fat doctor did tell me to lose weight. Then I took my mon-in-law to an ENT doctor to have her ears cleaned out of wax and while there, he had literature about sleep apnea so I sent an appmt with him. He sent me home with a sleep test that attaches to your head at home, in your own bed, no wires and tubes coming out and trying to sleep in a strange place.
Result, mild apnea. You have to score a 5 and I scored a 7 so now I can get free equipment. I paid for a CPAP machine last year but I need new hoses so now I can get them without plunking $100.00. I do sleep better with it.
So one of the options to treat the apnea is to lose weight. DUH! So last week I had already started trying to lose, following the Sonoma Diet plate size and eating more veggies and no sweets. So I guess I will continue.
Today I had llunch with a friend at Ruby Tuesdays and I had the chicken alfredo with sliced tomato on top, broccoli, and sugar snap peas. Of course butter was included but at least it was all veggies and protein. I ate it all and left the mashed potatoes on the plate.
So far so good. I know I will lose very slowly and will go some time without losing anything so I guess I will just prepare for it. No sweets is a good thing for me. Can't stop eating them. Especially ice cream.

OKAY FOLKS,IT WAS CHICKEN FRESCO, NO SAUCE! Lunch Portion, 435 calories and I did not eat the potatoes! Ate the broccoli and sugar snap peas. For dinner tonight we have steamed spinach, broiled chicken from Publix and new potatoes which I might have one small one. Makes up for the big lunch. Carol

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CAROLISCIOUS 3/31/2012 12:57PM

    Food control is the #1 component for weight loss success for me. I try to stay away from eating out because of the salt content of even healthy choices. Getting your health issues under control is a huge motivator. You will find what works for you!

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KRISTINWRIGHT78 3/30/2012 4:41PM

    The best thing I can tell you that I have learned over the past year of my weight loss is portion control. Everyone asks me how I did it. I just shrug and say "portion control". I don't cut back on calories, I don't count calories, nothing like that. I tried my hardest to do that. But for everyone it works differently. What works for one person may not work for the other. I posted a blog the other day about my weight loss, feel free to check it out. But I wish you luck, and as I am sure everyone will say baby steps. emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 3/28/2012 7:27PM

    Take one day at a time Carol and you can do it. Don't beat yourself up when you slip either. You can do anything you want. Hey, boiled new potatoes are good for you if you can eat them plain or with just a smidgeon of butter.

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ANYVAR54 3/28/2012 6:09PM

    Good start, and hope you can sleep better with the machine. Having good sleep is a must for loosing sleep. At least that is what I have read. emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 3/28/2012 5:06PM

    I've heard the same thing Andi said, that 'alfredo' = trouble. Egad, 1253 calories--!!! That's more than I eat most days, and while broccoli and peas don't have the calories of potatoes or ice cream, by the time you add everything together that meal must be a whopping 1400 or more. The sodium alone would probably do me in, lol...

BUT: awareness / mindfulness / being more conscious of what you're eating, how much, when, and so forth are important steps toward achieving the healthy eating you're after. So it's all good, ain't?

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THATGIRL07 3/28/2012 4:36PM

    Whoa....Andi is right Carol...anything with the word "alfredo" in it means you have to say "no thank you!"

I'm not familiar with the Sonoma Diet, but I know any wise choice will never have gravy, sauces, cheeses, creams, deep fried, etc. ...you know, all the "good" stuff, lol! Always choose baked or grilled or broiled! Well, at least for everyday, normal eating. Once in a while to celebrate an occasion it's a treat to have that sinful rich entree! Just cause it's protein doesn't mean we can indulge...one serving of filet mignon is loaded with protein (48 grams!) but also 16 grams of fat, not to mention 112 mgs. of cholesterol!!! Yikes!

Happy you're sleep apnea is under control. I know others who use a CPAP and swear by it's rejuvenating results. Proper sleep is so important to not just feeling better, but to losing weight too!

So far so good...slow is okay! No one is on a marathon to lose the fastest! It's all about health and quality of life and feeling good...looking good is nice too! Bikini season you know, lol!

Let us begin Week Number Two on The Challenge! Go Girl!!!!


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ANDI571 3/28/2012 2:56PM

    Eww Carol, I have always heard anytime it says alfredo, you should stay away. Lots of fat. I just looked, the Ruby Tuesday chicken and mushroom alfredo has 1253 calories in it. That is a whole days worth of calories for me. Even without the mashed potatoes, it would probably still be 1000 calories.

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