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What I’ve learned about life from the gym…

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Warning…this post has almost nothing to do with quilting or sewing directly…but it has a lot to do with life lessons.

About 6 weeks ago, I begged my husband to join the local gym. It isn’t a national chain, but local to the bay area. It’s the nicest gym I’ve every been to. On top of the general workout gear, cardio machines, classes offered and personal training, they offer an amazing childcare center; a spa for manicures, pedicures, haircuts/color, etc; a cafe with coffee, sandwiches, smoothies and a lot more; a pool with hot tub; and a bar…that’s right…a bar. I can work out, shower, and then go have a beer or a glass of wine with the hubster all in the same place. It’s like a mini-date that we’ve already paid for at the beginning of the month. And the kids love to go, so I have no problem dropping them off for the full two and a half hours allowed :)

So here are some of the things I’ve learned from the gym in these first 6 weeks:

1) No one is really watching. No one really cares how you look or how much weight you can lift…because they are too busy lifting their own weights, or checking themselves out in the mirror. (I should probably mention that this isn’t a meat market gym…people are probably checking you out there).

2) This apparently applies to the locker room too. I’ve never seen so many naked people just doing their own thing (I haven’t been to any nudist events…so maybe my perspective would be a bit different otherwise). No body is checking out stretch marks or boobs or muscle tone. Everybody is just doing their thing, getting ready for the day.

3) The more you get into a class, the more fun you will have. Go ahead…grunt when you lift that weight…give a little woot woot when the instructor asks if you can feel it. Putting all you can of yourself into something really does give you a whole lot in return.

4) It’s ok to try something new…and fail. Try that new class…try a heavier weight…you might like it/lift it…you might hate it/drop it like its hot…but at least you tried it.

5) Showering without interruption is priceless when you have small kids. I pretty much knew this one before we joined the gym…but now I get to test the theory a lot more often.

6) I really like fruit-infused water. Not really a life lesson, but it ties into lesson 4…try something new…you might like it.

Be back soon with more sewing/quilting goodness.





Tooth Fairy Pillow

Hi there!

My daughter is of that happy age when teeth start wiggling and jiggling and popping out.

Can I just say right now that wiggling teeth give me the heebie-jeebies. I’m talking spine-tingling, stomach-turning heebie-jeebies. Luckily my hubby can handle this. Whew!

My daughter was super excited about the tooth fairy…and all the goodies he/she might bring. Being the totally unprepared, fly by the seat of my undies parent that I am I had to whip up a tooth fairy pillow the day of. My daughter said it had to be a pillow she could set on her bed…not a little pouch to hang on her doorknob as I suggested (hoping for a little easier tooth fairy duty). So here’s what I came up with…

Tooth Fairy Pillow for Sarah


The pillow fabric is left over from a skirt I made my mom. The tooth and heart are felt. I just free-handed the shape of the tooth and had my daughter help me with the heart. Both of the felt pieces are open at the top to create pockets. The tooth goes in the heart and the tooth fairy leaves his/her surprise in the tooth pocket.

And yes…that is a $5 bill…apparently the tooth fairy rates have increased exponentially since I was a kid. Maybe the tooth fairy will deliver a quarter or a dollar next time…just to keep things interesting.


And just a little teaser…something really exciting is brewing around here. You’ll have to stay tuned to find out!



Joy of Love – Day One – DO

Joy of Love 3, originally uploaded by A meets Z.
I’ve been following Kelly Willette of Willette Designs for awhile now.  And Lucky Me…she’s doing a free workshop this month through e-mail called The Joy of Love.  There is still time to sign up is you want to join in on the fun.  Today’s assignment was 1) to capture someone you love doing what they do and 2) to work on finding the light in your house to get a proper exposure.  The above photo was taken in my dining room.  Bryan is sitting at the picnic table playing with his truck (kid has a thing for cars).  As you can see, Duplo blocks are scattered on the floor around him and he’s giving me is best grin as usual.  This was not the best light available in the house.  I had to crank my ISO up to 1600 so black and white helps with the overall effect.  But of the day, this was my favorite.  The top 3 are on my flickr stream if you want to sneak a peak.  Can’t wait for tomorrow’s assignment!
Go sign up…what are you waiting for!

got me thinking

I have been reading Camille Roskelley’s blog Simplify for a while now.  I love the styling she uses.  The turquoise with red.  I think she has delicious quilt designs, fabric and she just seems like a really nice gal.  She’s giving away a copy of her book and some goodies on her blog…you should go enter!

But in that specific post she talked about her 3 goals that she set out for herself.  She calls them unrealistic, but with her talent, it is obvious she would succeed.  But it got me thinking about my goals.  And how I think I’m a bit all over the place when it comes to aspirations.  And if you have 50 different goals in 50 different subjects…odds are you aren’t going to succeed at any of them.  So I guess I need to do a little pondering and maybe focus my goals a little.  Like maybe down to 25 :)

I kid, but in all seriousness, I really need to sit down with pen to paper and flesh out some goals.  You know…in all my spare time…

status update

So proud of his tower

For the most part, we’ve stuck to the “less TV for the kids” rule.  Man, has it been tough!  I didn’t realize how much I was relying on it to keep from having to deal with my kids.  That is really hard to admit, but that is what it boils down to.  We caved on the weekend, but I don’t feel as bad about that because it’s the weekend…and I veg out during the weekend any chance I get.  We also had a birthday party, so we were a little busy.  I will say that during the week I’ve cut the kids back by at least 40%.  The hard part is finding other activities to channel that time into. 

One thing I gave a lot of thought to this weekend was the idea of perfection.  It is so easy to look at others’ lives and think they have it all figured out…that they have all their ducks in a row and never make mistakes or get mad or get frazzled.  I think moms do this a lot.  It becomes too easy to have a playdate with someone for 2 hrs and come away thinking we know everything about the other person.  But in reflecting on my meetings with other moms of all different walks of life, it is the ones who let their mistakes show with whom I feel the most connected.  Those women who either choose to “let it all hang out” (figuratively speaking here folks) or do so by nature…those women make me feel the most at ease.  Those women are a calming influence because they let me know that I too can come as I am…imperfect.

So on that note, I think I’ll stay in PJs all day tomorrow…and I might just take a nap with the kids…or spend an obscene amount of time on Facebook essentially wasting an entire 2 hrs…

hope my husband isn’t reading this…

Its about time…

Christmas 2010 Sunrise

Christmas 2010 Sunrise

It’s that time again…resolution time…

I know I’m getting to it a little late, but better late than never…

It might be a little cliché, but the new year always brings about a sense of renewal…that there are endless possibilities…that you can put last year behind you and move on.  So I’m taking that feeling and running with it.

While I do have the traditional goals of exercising more and getting healthier, a big one is trying to be a little greener at home.  I’m trying to make some baby steps like recycling, reducing our electricity usage, buying local and organic and just cutting back on our consumerism.  (that’s going to be the hardest…I LOVE me some Target). 

Going a bit greener ties into two of my other goals: spending less money and having more quality time with my kids.  That is probably my biggest goal…to really spend some good, quality time with my kids.  I still have to keep the house in order and find time to workout and cook and maybe brush my teeth before noon…but I HAVE to work on investing in my kids more.  There are a couple facets to this goal:

1) having more structured days.  I’m trying to wake up before the kids, usually by 6am.  Not going to lie…its only happened once since christmas but I’ve had an awful cold (I seriously didn’t know the human body could produce so much snot…y.u.c.k.).  The flip side to that is going to bed by 9 or 9:30…which I’m already breaking while writing this…I know…off to a fabulous start.

2) unplugging for the majority of the day.  Hello, my name is Liz, and I am addicted to the computer.  I am.  I will leave it on all day and go check every 5 minutes to see if someone posted something on facebook.  Maybe I got an e-mail.  Let’s face it…I am not that popular.  And to be honest…I think I should be glad I’m not that popular.  But my kids think I’m pretty cool (at least right now…maybe in 2 years they won’t) so I need to unplug and really get down on the floor and spend some time with them.  The other part of unplugging is turning off the TV.  I have been soooooo bad about letting my kids watch TV.  I used it as a crutch to let me get stuff done around the house…now it is pure habit.  I mean, we haven’t been watching the Exorcist or anything…but even educational TV doesn’t need to be on all day.  We are now on day two of unplugging (although I went for a haircut so I’m not sure if hubby caved).  There have been major times I’ve wanted to cave and just turn the happy glowing box on so the kids will stop whining…but I have resisted.  I’ll update on our progress…say a few prayers :)  I also have to cut down on the number of blogs I follow.  That is going to hurt.  There are so many talented and inspiring people out there.  But I think its time to cut the list down.  All for the greater good.

And to round out the list, I want to really explore my blogging…try to find my voice and purpose and still bring some killer quilts to the mix. 

Practicing my photography is on the list.  Starting Jan 1 I have vowed to take more pictures in Manual mode.  They look so.much.better.  Honestly. 

And Last but not least, Quilting.  I finished two awesome quilts before the holidays.  I’ve just been waiting on some pics to post to the blog.  They will be posted next week, along with some other projects currently in the works.  I’m hoping to get the nerve up to open an etsy shop this year.  But I’m not rushing it.

So here’s to a joyful new year!



Zebra got a boo-boo

my Daughter’s lovey is a Zebra…his name is Zebra…we are very original around here.

The other day, my daughter came to me in tears saying Zebra had a boo-boo.  His poor little tip of his tail was coming apart…

So Mommy needed to make him a band-aid…

What you don’t yet know is that we actually have two zebras…so far my daughter hasn’t caught on.  I read a horror story about someone having to replace a lovey only to find the toy was discontinued.  So when my daughter latched onto something I went out and bought a twin.  I cycle them out and keep them washed. It seemed like a great idea at the time…but of course I had to make an identical band-aid for Zebra 2…

Poor Zebra.

At least he has a wonderful friend to give him lots of hugs…