Sunday, January 3, 2010

Starting the Year Out Right

Well, it's a new year and I'm ready to make some changes for the better.

I spent the weekend cleaning up Christmas and putting things away (mostly) and doing some organizing in my sewing room. I had a pretty good stack of fabrics that I've purchased over the year, all of which were laying on my cutting table. Well, they got put away and will be brought out as I begin projects that require them.

There is a very special project I'll be starting soon, but while staightening up my fabrics, I uncovered a really cool magazine I bought months and months and months ago (I think it was in the spring). Oh my gosh, now I remember why I had put it on my table....b/c there are so many things in it that I want to make!!

So today, I sat at my kitchen table with the bright sun coming through the sliding glass door and stitched two of these cute little tags up.

I have to put a little silk rosette on them and the ribbon to hang them with, but isn't it cute!?! And I already traced the bird cage embroidery project onto a piece of muslin to start on tomorrow. I love this magazine!!

I did take a break to do more cleaning and I even rode my exercise bicycle for 30 minutes! I really need to take better care of myself and lose about 20 pounds, although I'd be happy losing 15 (or 5 for that matter!).

I've also applied for three governmental positions and have my fingers crossed that I get interviews scheduled for them. I've decided to look in that direction, since the government supposedly is hiring lots of people. And the Ft. Bragg area is booming due to a reorganization within the military and it isn't any further a commute than me traveling north to Durham, so I feel optimistic about landing a decent job within the next couple of months. That's the plan anyway! And I've got a couple of fun things planned for Feb and March so have those to look forward to.

It is absolutely freezing here (actually below freezing) but I splurged a couple of weeks ago and had my propane tank filled so I could burn my gas logs. I'm headed back in the den now to do a little more needlework by the fireplace.

I hope you all had a nice weekend!




Hi Phyllis--so you are off and running for 2010--good for you!!! I must say I am glad the Holidays are over myself--I am ready to get back into a routine more or less and to be able to work on whatever strikes my fancy--instead of feeling I just have to do "Christmas" projects!!!!
Hugs, Di&co.

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Phyllis, I hope you will get a good job!!!!
It is cold here too. It is suppose to get down to 22 tonight.
I would love to lose some weight too. Twenty lbs. would be good.
Your tags are beautiful!! I am going to try to blog everyday this year and get more walking with Bambi. We need it!!
We lost our tomatoes last night!! We will start seeds for new ones in February.
Keep the faith, Fern

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Good luck with your job applications...and I love your little tags, very cute...

StitchinByTheLake said...

Phyllis I love that button tag - what a cute idea! I have jars filled with buttons, thimbles, safety pins, etc. It's my way of storing those things. Wouldyn't they all be cute with tags on them. :) I'll have to add that to my to-do list. blessings, marlene

Sherri said...

I love the "buttons" could be used for so many things!

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Hi dear Phyllis,
Sweet girl I have left an award for you on my blog!!! It is right now on Jan. 4th post, because I can not figure out how to get it where I want it. lol Any way you can get it on my blog. Jan 4 th post.
Luck to you friend, Fern