In April, I went to my friend's studio an hour away to paint a canvas bag. This morning, I'm going back to paint shoes. I've never done that before - which is perfect - exploring something new. I bought two pairs of Naturalizers and one pair of Clarks at the thrift store for a total of $3.75 so it'll be an inexpensive adventure. And fun.
Like this denim dress. How fabulous are those waistbands along the hemline! The overall style is a little two sweet for me but the idea tickles. I'm only dreaming about clothes right now for several reasons, one of which is the studio mess.
A great thing about my little town is that the hospital emergency department on a busy day is like a turtle going backward compared to a slow day at the one in Kamloops and if you have the "right" symptoms, you get to go straight to the head of the line like I did. Thankfully, after what felt like forever and a million tests, they "only" had three recommendations.
1. To lose weight. 2. To get more exercise. 3. To avoid stress. The first two I can figure out but the last one always makes me laugh. I was joking with the doctor about how casually they throw that suggestion out there without any how-to and he jokingly replied that he can only give so much advice. Yesterday, I went to a Weight Watcher's meeting and was incredibly underwhelmed by the greeting and the discussion content to say nothing of the fact that they barely explained the system... which I believe is good... but it's also good I can read. I'm debating whether I'll stay or not.
I spent some time on-line looking for ideas on clothing to wear while losing weight. That was less than best as well. The suggestion was made to buy two pairs of jeans, some basic tops, and a couple skirts and blouses every ten pounds. I need to lose forty. It's highly unlikely I'll buy three sets of clothing on the way down and I definitely won't be sewing three sets. I need transitional garments. If you have any advice, it would be greatly appreciated. I tend to lose on the bust first and the hips last so styles like the ones above might be more doable especially if I could take the underarm seam in bit by bit and wear them with a t-shirt or cardigan.
My next coaching session with Diane was rescheduled to early November. Since losing weight changes what I'll be doing in the studio, that's turned out to be a good thing. One creative challenge I'd like to discuss with her is sewing clothes in parts that could have the final seams sewn when I'm ready... whether that's because I reached the goal or because I'm heading off on a trip. As you can see, I've found more polka dots to enjoy. I think it would be fun to start creating them with applique or paint or both. Before that though...
... I want to turn this 19" x 31" quilted piece into a knitting bag as a thank-you gift for a friend. When I cleaned the studio, it was crying make me pretty again - LOL. We'll see. Friends are a wonderful gift.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - health