Sunday, 1 June 2008

Reaching the middle!

My stitching this week has been varied and interesting. I have had the opportunity to stitch with Beatrice at her home and with the stitching group at Ann's both Thursday and Friday afternoon. One of my readers commented on having a group to stitch with. I consider myself so fortunate to have a large group of stitching buddies and love them all. We are around 14 on Thursdays, 3 on Friday and growing all the time. I miss them so much when I winter in Arizona and stitch alone. My thanks to Ann for enabling us all.
I have finished page 5 of Little Book of Stitches from The Gift of Stitching magazine. I thought it was time to post the first 5 pages together. The newest finished page is in the top left corner.

I worked a couple of days on Paradigm Lost. I have decided that I want it finished by the end of the year so I need to spend more than one day a week stitching on it. I am happy to report that I finished page 6 and am now officially halfway there. Does that count as a small Happy Dance - or half a dance anyway?


My squares are done for the next Fair and Square round. I have a few things to pick up to put in the package and then it will be ready to ship.

I am busily working away on the gift for Carolien that she won during my Blogaversary contest.

Neither her piece or my Fair Square are available for viewing yet until they are shipped and received by their owners.

On the personal front, I have lost 1.5 lbs. this week. I am slowly trying to slim down. I have some back problems and carrying around an extra 65 lbs. does not help. I have now lost 29.5 lbs. since December 6th. Dani and I are trying to be buddy and cheering section for each other as we travel this path. The biggest lesson for me has been that I am the only one responsible for the food that I put in my mouth. I also recognize that this needs to be a life style change and not a diet in order for this change to be permanent. I have not felt comfortable sharing this for fear of failure but I think I am now more confident of my ability to do this successfully. So, on to the next pound!


20 comments:

Teejay said...

Your book pages are gorgeous, I know it is going to be a treasure when finished. I love your PL, you have gotten a lot finished on it, congrats!

Little Cat said...

Well done on some beautiful stitching and an extra big well done for your weight loss! I know just how hard that is.

Kim B said...

Your stitching is so beautiful! PL looks amazing! I say a happy dance is definitely in order!

Congrats on your weight loss! That is so wonderful! :)

Itching To Stitch said...

Your finishes look great and I'm still in love with PL ;)

Suzanne said...

Great progress on both of your pieces. What colour threads are you using for the little book of stitches? I did a little fragment of the Little Book of Stitches for a scissor fob and had a lot of fun doing it.

Ruth said...

You know what, you are entitled to an ENTIRE and WHOLE happy dance for half of PL!!!! :)

congrats on all the accomplishing.

Beatrice said...

I'm Dancing and singing for you girl!!!Congratulations!
PL 1/2 and a whole lot of lb's gone yippee!!
See you soon!

Beatrice said...

P/S your pages are gorgeous!!!!

Lynn said...

A big congrats to you Kathy on your recent weight loss!! I know how difficult it can be especially since I've battled with this most of my life.
A happy dance is definitely in order. Half done PL is fantastic!!

Barbara said...

I would say your progress on PL definately deserves some kind of dance! It looks so lovely!

And congratulations on losing some weight! I've been watching what I eat for the past 3 weeks, but I can't see any improvment (we don't own a scale).

staci said...

Beautiful stitching, you're needle has been flying!

Congrats on the weight loss!!!

dragonxser said...

lovely stitching Kathy! I particularly like all your pages and must check my mags to see how they all go together! Congrats on the weight loss too - well done!
KathyN

Vonna said...

HURRAY KATHY!!! You go girl...Dani is inpsiring to me and now you are inspiring to me. I once lost about 40 lbs with WW 15 years ago...now I'm middle age and need to lose it again...I went to the market today and stocked up the house with LOW point things...here's to all us being healthier and living they way we should!

Aussie Stitcher said...

PL is looking great, and I love Little Book of Stitches so much that I ordered the full kit from Stitches and Spice yesterday, with some other things of course. Well done on the weight loss, I too need to lose some weight and have been walking with some friends two nights a week.

Hazel said...

Love your lilltle book of stitches! I have it printed off ready to do at some point. The hard part i find is coosing a colour as there are so many beauties out there. Well done on your terrific weight loss so far. I am up to 10 but still need to lose an extra 30! xx

Sonda in OR said...

All of your stitching is so lovely! Congrats on the weight loss! I'm working on mine through WW right now, myself and it's a hard thing to change years and years worth of eating habits.

J Rae said...

Wow! All your stitching is so beautiful!

Congrats on the weight loss. I know that can be soooooo very difficult.

Ruth said...

Good heavens you've been busy. And not just stitching! 29.5 pounds--- woo hoo! You go GF!!!!!

Daffycat said...

The book pages are lovely! I can't wait for you to get it finished so I can see!

Well done on your weight loss!

Sharon said...

Wow, PL looks fabulous-love the color. I think it rates as a happy dance personally! The book pages are beautiful too and congrats on the weight loss.