Wedding Gift

My kid’s cousin was getting married and even though I couldn’t make it to the wedding, I wanted to give them something that would be a keepsake.
After a lot of searching on Pintrest, I decided to use my new Silhouette Cameo to make some special pillowcases. I just love this saying, as a matter of fact, I have it hanging on my bedroom wall.



I was so pleased with how they turned out that I decided to experiment a little bit more with my Silhouette . When I bought it, it was a bundle package which included sketch pens. Since I had some light gold shimmery card stock from another project, I figured I could make a really nice card so that I can add my own message.
Also, I wanted to give them some money as well, so I thought this would be a special way to do that.




You can Google origami clothes to find all kinds of instructions and styles to make these for yourself.

My daughter was there when the groom- to- be opened the gift and she said it was a big hit.

A special note: the sketch pens worked fine for this project, but since then, when I have used them for a project, they don’t always work good, they skip a lot.


Run Or Dye 5k

We got a team together, from the Gym, and participated in the Run or Dye event last weekend.
This is the first time that I have ever done a 5K run and I had a blast.

First of all, this event is so much fun because everyone dresses up in crazy outfits.
For those of you that are not familiar with the color runs, this is where they have volunteers set up at different stations along the run to throw colored cornstarch on you.

Team Muscle Central decided that, since it is October, we would dress up as WITCHES!

I used my Silhouette machine to cut HTV for everyone to iron on the back of our black shirts. We got witches hats and stripe tights to complete the look.

Most of us met at the gym so that we could carpool.


This is the view we hoped most of the participants would see! Hehe!


We got there 2 hours early and as you can see the check in lines were not very long yet.


Just waiting on the rest of the group to get checked in.


Team Muscle Central had 10 people (witches) representing!


We were off to a good start.



Team Muscle Central finished strong!


Everyone did great and had lots and lots of fun!


It was nice to have the guys there to cheer us on.


A special thanks to the Capt. for being our team photographer!

It Has Been A Long Time

I’ m back!
I know, I know, it has been a long time since I have posted anything.
As you know, I have dedicated my blog, this year, to challenges. Well, with all of the changes and updates to the apps and operating systems I use, it has been a real challenge for me to even blog.
I have been very busy this summer with mini trips and visits with the kids and grandkids, I will post pictures soon, I promise. What little free time I had was spent learning and playing with my Silhouette Cameo. We still have some kids and grandkids coming for Halloween and one more trip planned in November to celebrate our 30th anniversary, but I do have a break in our busy schedule so I have decided to challenge myself to figure out all of the changes that occurred so that I can get back to blogging.
I have so much to show you but I thought I would start out with some Silhouette projects that I have done.

We went to Homosassa, FL several times this year, it has become our favorite place to go with the boat. I decorated a few shirts with HTV for one of our trips. I love the way they turned out.


I have seen lots of laptop stickers on Pintrest and decided to make one for my MacBook Air.

And finally, my mailbox needed to be updated, half of the sticky numbers that we had on it were missing. I decided to try some outdoor vinyl and I love it! ( sorry, but I had to hide my address for security reasons. You understand, right!)


It feels good to be back!


It was quite a challenge learning the ins and outs of the Silhouette software.
Lucky for me there are lots of sweet ladies and tutorials out there to help me figure things out as I go.

We are heading to New England for the birth of our 9th grandchild and I always like to bring a gift with me
for each of the grandkids.

I decided that it would be cute to make a cape for each of the 2 younger boys. Along with the capes, I couldn’t resist
making them a matching T-shirt and mask.

So, without further adieu, here are my 1st Silhouette Cameo Projects!











So, do you think the boys will like them?


I found out about a week ago that the Capt.’s sister was going to be in town and he had invited her over for a cookout, along with his brother and sister-in-law. 

Ordinarily, this wouldn’t have been a big deal, but, we are in the middle of restoring an old boat and the garage is loaded with parts that are spilling over to my craft room. Also, I am in the process of changing out colors in my living room and I have sewing projects spread out everywhere. 

I was so busy trying to get everything picked up and plan the menu that I had very little time to think about any kind of decorations.

When I realized that St. Patricks Day is coming up, and The Capt.’s mother’s maiden name was Kelly, it was a no brainer!  I quickly searched Pinterest for a few ideas, I didn’t want to go over board, but I did want it to be a little festive. 

I found this cute printout here

so I made my own version of it and it turned out great. 



I fell in love with this centerpiece here

Because it was now the “ day of ” , I had to make it really simple. 

I picked up a green vinyl table cloth at the Family Dollar store along with some fake flowers. Then I went to Walmart and bought a green plastic flower pot.

I cut a hole into the bottom of the planter with a utility knife, painted a black stripe with craft paint, stuck some double sided tape in the shape of a buckle on it and covered it with gold glitter, and then put the flowers in the hole that I cut.  It was so simple but yet festive enough that I am going to keep it on the table for another week.
I added some bright green napkins and rainbow stripe paper plates to add the finishing touches. 

I just made my special hamburgers, great hot dogs with the casings that crunch when you bite into them, an apple salad and a key lime pie for dessert. 

No one even noticed my subtle Irish theme, 
the food must have been that good!


Last night was the last day with our personal trainers and the weigh in to see who was the winner of our fitness challenge.
Before the “big reveal”, let me just recap what this challenge was all about.
The Capt. and I had discussed with our trainers what our personal goals were and they worked us hard to try and get closer to that goal.  We signed up for 12 sessions with them, 3 nights a week.  We knew it would take longer than that to reach our goals but this gave us the boost that we needed.
We started this challenge on Jan 27th and here were our starting stats:
The Capt.    weight  217.4  lbs.      body mass 29.1%
Me               weight 131.4  lbs.       body mass 34.9%
We knew that it wouldn’t be fair to just go by who lost the most weight because it is a known fact that men lose weight easier than women so we decided to go by who lost the most body mass.
Because we had to take a week off due to my dizziness, last night was our long awaited finale.
Here we are weighing in:



The new stats:
The Capt.  weight 205.2  lbs.     body mass  27.43%
Me             weight 124   lbs.      body mass  30.83%
Drum roll please…..
ME!  With a total loss of 4.07% body mass
If you look closely at my head, you can see the tiara that Linda crowned me with.  This is one of many that she has won in competitions over the years.
And just out of curiosity, I downloaded the weight percentage calculator that is used on The Biggest Loser to see how we did weight wise.
And the winner was still ME! (but just barely)
I have to say that the guys took it well and to be honest, we are both winners because we both accomplished so much and feel so much better.
The Capt. being a good sport, sporting the tiara. 


Last week was so full of challenges for me that I didn’t even get to write about it. 
My week started off with me being so dizzy that I couldn’t even get off of the couch until about Wednesday. 
I suffer from vertigo, but I don’t think that that was my only problem. I am convinced that my sinuses were reeking havoc with me due to all of the pollen in the air. 
Years ago, when I couldn’t get rid of the dizziness, an Ear, Nose and Throat Speacialist had me lay back with my head lower than my shoulders and turned my head to one side and then the other and when I sat back up, my dizziness was gone. He said that calcium deposits sometimes get lodged in the ear canal and that is what causes the vertigo. 
When I did a google search for ” how to get rid of dizziness” , I came across a lot of YouTube videos showing how to do that maneuver, it is called the Epley maneuver.
The Capt. and I watched the video several times and then he helped me to do it on each side. I was not cured, but it was greatly improved and I was able to walk around and get stuff done without feeling off balanced and dizzy. 
My valentine gift arrived in the mail and that was my other challenge and is still challenging me!  
I got a Silhouette Cameo and the software is very different from anything that I have used before. 
Since I was confined to the couch for most of the week, I took advantage of the situation and started searching for tutorials for using the silhouette. 
There were no detailed instructions included with the machine but I found an instruction manual online that explains things and also gives examples. 
Now, this brings me to a new challenge, where to get the vinyl?
As for the fitness challenge between the Capt. and I, we had to postpone that for a week because as he put it “ I am a dizzy blonde“! I was very disappointed because yesterday was supposed to be the final weigh in and I was picturing Linda and I doing the victory dance. 
Linda was very supportive though, and texted me some motivation. 






Monday, March 3 is the new ” final weigh in” date and I will keep you posted on the outcome. 
Also, my first silhouette project will be making the shirts for the losing team. 



I dedicated my blog, this year, to writing about the challenges that I will face because, as we all know, life is full of challenges!

In honor of Valentines Day, I want to talk about LOVE!


I am challenged everyday, to remember to love.

Love that person who cut me off in traffic.

Love that person who hurt my feelings.

Love that person who I don’t even like as a person.

Here are some Bible verses that I use to help me remember to love one another:

1 John 4:7-8 : Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

John 13:34-35 : A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

1 Peter 4:8 : Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

Hebrews 13:1 : Let brotherly love continue.

1 Corinthians 16:14 : Let all that you do be done in love.

John 3:16 : For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Happy Valentines Day!


Well, we are on our second week with our personal trainers and our fitness challenge. 

It has been a lot of work but we have a great gym and awesome trainers, so we are having fun in the process. 









But, we are both cheaters!

For me, the Capt. and his trainer call me a cheater for 2 reasons. 

First of all, I have been doing extra cardio during the day while he is at work. I have either gone into the gym to do a 20 minute interval on the treadmill or I do my 20 minutes of walking/running with Marley around our neighborhood. (Marley can use to lose a few pounds too). 
And secondly, I have been wearing a fitness belt when I work out. It goes around my waist and helps to draw the water from my belly. 

The Capt. doesn’t like this because he fears that his trainer is going to add more work on him to make up the difference. (LOL)

I don’t feel that this is cheating because the Capt.  loses weight so fast, that I am just evening up the playing field. 

For the Capt.,  he has cheated on some meals.  
Surprisingly enough, he is doing much better sticking to his meal plan than I thought (but, it is still early in the challenge) and he has only cheated a few times in the past 2 weeks. 
As much as I want him to take this seriously, I secretly love it when I find out that he had a moment of weakness and pray for more to come!

So, we are 1 1/2 weeks into this challenge and that stats are in:
The Capt. has lost about 4 pounds and 4.4% BMI (body mass index)
I have lost a little over 2 pounds and 4% BMI
We are neck n neck… the race is on!


Towards the end of last year, the Capt. and I joined a new gym that opened near us. The new owners, a married couple, were also personal trainers so we signed up for 12 sessions with the husband. It was lots of work but we had so much fun and got to know the regulars, that is has become a social time as well as a time to exercise.

Those 12 sessions got us familiar with the equipment and also the kinds of work out we should be doing. At the end of the sessions, we were feeling more confident in the way we looked and felt so we made arrangements to have 12 more sessions after the holidays.


fitness challenge

Now that the holidays are over and we have gotten to know the owners well, we decided it would be beneficial for both of us if I trained with the wife and the Capt. trained with the husband. And just to make it interesting, we have a “fitness challenge” to see which team does the best. We already did our weigh in to log our weight and body fat percentages. Since we will be training with them 3 nights a week, we should have our final weigh in and announce the winner around Feb 21st.

The challenge is for both of us to train with our personal trainer. This trainer will not only decide the proper exercises for us to do, but they will also make a meal plan for us to follow.
At the end of the training session, the one that has lost the most weight, percentage wise, will be the winner.

Our trainers love this idea and they both think that they “got this!”.

The guys think that they are going to win because the Capt. has more weight to lose than me and so it will be easier to drop and also, men lose weight easier than women.

Us girls think that we are going to win because all the Capt. talks about is food. I always joke and say that he will eat anything, he even ate his willpower!

So, after the final weigh in and the winner is crowned, the losing team has to wear an embarrassing T shirt (of the winning teams choosing) for a week at the gym.

I will be giving weekly updates on our progress.