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The Embroidery Workout

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Yes, sewing is now part of my exercise routine. My daughter is giving birth to her second baby in early October. Each of my daughters have given me a grandson, this will be my first granddaughter! I make each child a story blanket based on the animal or mythical creature they will be nicknamed for. We have done this among my siblings since we first started having children and grandchildren. We have Donny Duck, Carly Bear, Kimmy Cat, Robby Dog, Joli Jaguar, Ian Alligator, Riley Roo, and David Dragon. David, whose mommy is having the little girl, has the story of David Blue Dragon on his blanket. I drew and sewed into the story two other dragons representing his cousins Ian and Riley. The new baby will be named Robyn Marie and her totem/nickname will be a raccoon. I'm working on the drawings for the story right now. Here's a few pictures of David's blanket to give you an idea of what I am talking about:





The story is about David Blue Dragon in Hushabye Woods. The story will continue in Robyn Raccoon's Adventures in Hushabye Woods as I work on her blanket. The embroidery is very time consuming and intricate and is all done by hand. My hands get sore and I get stiff. I've decided to set a timer as I embroider. For every 20 minutes of embroidery, I must get up and move, walk in place, lift weights, or do yoga for 15 minutes. This will serve two purposes - It will keep me from sitting for hours and hours sewing away (as I tend to do when I have a project going) and will give me a goal to get in at least an hour or more of movement for the sake of exercise each day.

I'm calling this new routine my Embroidery Workout. I'll let you know how it goes!
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BACK2PHAT 5/30/2013 2:03PM

    Your so creative MJ and the tradition your family has going is very lovely :) Can't wait to see how Robyn's blanket comes out.

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DISCIPLINE_DOES 5/29/2013 2:00PM

    This is such a fantastic idea!!! And those blankets are beautiful and will be treasured, I know! :)

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NANNABLACK 5/26/2013 8:34AM

    Beautiful gift to the kids. emoticon

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STRONGERLEANER 5/25/2013 8:47PM

    You do beautiful work!
What a wonderful gift to give to your family!
Congratulations on the upcoming birth of your first granddaughter!
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