Thursday, 29 September 2011

Project Project Runway Image Is Everything - Results

Our Project Project Runway challenge this week:

Musicians want a style that is iconic and unique to them. Create an image for one of the guys in the band The Sheepdogs.  We don’t want to require everyone to get a male doll, but if you have one feel free to use it. Otherwise, create a menswear look to be modeled by your female model. (courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

Let  me tell you that this was by far my favourite challenge thus far in the season.

And it was a menswear challenge...

Hmmm... that is saying a lot isn't it?

Or maybe it was the rock star in me itching to get out.

I started by doing some research about these Sheepdogs.

They are a 70s inspired Classic Rock band from Saskatoon Saskatchewan.  EEEE!!!!

Rock star ensemble for Canadian rockers? I got this!

So I started thinking.  How to make it them look cool, larger than life, and still be able to play their instruments?  I immediately thought of the most amazing rock star pants from the Sheryl Crow video for Steve McQueen.  So bad ass.

What if I did a Canadian version, and adapted it to menswear?


Aurora had some severe flashbacks to her circus days with the bearded lady and said there was no way she was going to model menswear.  And then she heard that I wanted her to play guitar as well.  No way!  She was very concerned that her elbow condition would make her a disaster.

Luckily, Lane let me borrow her model whom she named Pencil.

So Pencil will be modelling the ensemble for us because Ken was nowhere to be found in our house.

Canadian rocker pants.  A white tunic style shirt and a fake micro suede vest with Macrame'd chevrons.  Gotta have the chevrons as an homage to the Aboriginal tradition that is so strong an influence in Canada (and especially the prairie provinces).

Here is Pencil doing a serious rock pose for us.  I was going to make a bushy beard for her, but the cross dressing would distract from the outfit.  And I love this outfit so much that I couldn't possibly allow it.

A close up of the tunic.  I should have taken the photo before she rocked out because there was sparkle tape holding her micro-macramed guitar strap on and it got all over her tunic.


I was with Heidi and Josh this week when they wanted to bring attention to the crotch area.  Come on - these guys are supposed to be rock stars.  Flaunt it!  So my pants are laced up at the crotch with red, white and black lacing.

From the back.  Pencil is doing her best to stand like a man.


Here she... um... I mean... he... is posing under the glare of the stage lights.  I macramed both the Chevron decoration on the vest and the guitar strap. 

So... what do you think?

Did I nail it this week?

I think the judges would totally go for this.  It's enough 70s inspiration with the bell bottom pants, suede vest and tunic.  But it's updated and so rock star!

It was so sad that the designers on the show didn't live up to this challenge as much as I hoped that they would. It was so disappointing to see some of those outfits come down the runway.  Yikes!

And everybody thank Pencil for gracefully showing off her mad guitar skills and modelling a menswear outfit for us today :D

You can catch up with all the designs this week in the Flickr group.

And see the runway from last week's What Women Want challenge here.


Sharing this project with some rockin' chicks!
Show Off Your Stuff - Fireflies and Jellybeans
Making It With Allie - What Allie's Making Now

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Weekly Weigh-In Wednesday - Zoinks!

ACK! Today is weigh-in day. 

I stepped up onto that scale and expected very little change (maybe even some weight gain).

But Zoinks! - I lost another 2 lbs!!!!

This week:

Starting Weight: 174 lbs 09/12/11
Current Weight: 169 lbs 09/28/11
Target Weight: 150 lbs
Weight Change: 5 lbs
Remaining to Lose: 19 lbs
Avg. Lost Per Week: -2.2 lbs 
Cha cha cha!
Anyway, I had a rough time of it this week.  We ate out 3 times!  ZOINKS! On Friday I knew that I was going to take Logan out for lunch to celebrate a successful full week of kindergarten.  Terry was going out with his buddies for poutine, so I was allowed to have a special treat as well.  We went to A&W and I ordered a Chubby Chicken burger, no fries and a diet Root Beer.  Surprisingly, diet Root Beer tastes pretty much the same.

Then on Saturday we were out getting Logan's hair cut and buying a new bed for Lane. We decided to use our coupon for Joey's Only Seafood while we were out.  Buy 1 Three-Piece fish and chips and get another for free.  Do you know how many calories are in a three-piece fish and chips? A whopping 1200!  That's almost my entire allotted amount (1643).  Needless to say, to come in under my calorie limit, I had to walk Logan and Lane through the park and exercise for a long while on the elliptical.

Then on Sunday we went for free day at the zoo.  We knew it was going to be packed, so we decided to get going early in the morning.  That meant that we would finish the zoo and then come home for lunch.  Didn't work that way though. It took us longer that we expected and we were all starving.  So we stopped at Wendy's.  Zoinks!  I ordered a single burger (no cheese) and a side salad.  

I stayed under my calorie allotment 7 out of 7 days (barely!) and exercised 5 out of 7 days.  But what a fail of a weekend.  I'll try to do better this weekend. 


Tuesday, 27 September 2011

The Big Girl Bed

Well we've finally done it - we bought a big girl bed for Lane.


My little girl is growing up.

Logan was about this age when we started him on his bed, but I still can't get over how small the kids look in that big mess of blankets and pillows.

And don't forget about the puppies!  Lane couldn't sleep without all of her stuffed puppies around her.  At least there is more room for them in the bed than there was in the crib.

Lane was sick yesterday so we weren't sure how the first night in the big girl bed would go.  Actually we were just keeping our fingers crossed that she wouldn't barf on her brand new bed on the very first night.  That could scar a child for life couldn't it?

Anyway, the night went well.  She didn't get up a million times.  She laid in her bed with her puppies and sang her songs and had a merry little time.  And she stayed asleep all night and didn't fall to the ground.  (Although we only have the mattress and box spring on the ground for now until she gets used to it).

Did I mention the mess of blankets are of the Dora the Explorer variety?

A very happy Lane checking out her big girl bed.

Uh Oh, she wasn't sure about being left along in the bed.  She was sick and a tad cranky to begin with, but then she settled down and was perfectly happy in her new bed.  (The crib is still set up beside the bed just in case).

Monday, 26 September 2011

Macrame Monday: Project Planning

How could I have gotten so far into my Macrame Revolution without talking about the single most popular Macrame project ever?

The good old fashioned Macrame plant hangar.

Oh yes... I'm gonna make one! EEEEEE :D

We have a hook on our kitchen ceiling that would be perfect for hanging a potted fern.  It would hang right over our staircase, but be high enough to reach the sunlight from the side window and not be in the way of Terry's head when he's walking downstairs. And yes, it HAS to be a fern.

I'm going to make the C'est Brilliante one pictured above.  Hmmm I wonder why the name immediately caught my eye?  ;)

The pattern is located in this book which was given to me by my friend Ruth who also donated the big wooden macrame beads that I intend to use.

Yet again, I'm finding it very difficult to procure the supplies I need to complete this plant hangar.  They just don't sell macrame supplies anymore and rope is expensive if you want it in pretty colours.  So again I am making my own rope using spool knitting.

I've got a bunch of green done already using the yarn I won from the Sew Mama Sew May Giveaway Day.  I'm working on spool knitting the grey that I also won.

Do you like my Smarties spool?  You can make one out of almost anything.  This one makes me particularly happy though. 

Maybe all of this plus a few more skeins and I'll finally have enough "rope" to complete this project.  It's going to be Brilliante!

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Saturday Showcase: Red Velvet Shop

As some of you may have seen on my Fanpage - I ordered the Blue Velvet Dress from Red Velvet a few weeks ago.  I loved it the second I saw it and knew that I had to have it.

It came in the mail this past week!  And it's even better in person!

I styled it with jeans underneath only because it was a bit cold this morning and I knew that I'd be running around with the kids.  Can't really wear tights and a short dress when you're continually bending over to pick up kids.  But take a look at the shoes.  I scoured Lethbridge for these shoes back in the day (1998) and couldn't find any "Spice Girl" shoes.  I finally found a pair in my size in Calgary.  I've had them ever since and luuuurve them.  Who doesn't love shoes that make a girl 4 inches taller and that aren't heels?  The choker necklace (which you can barely see in any of these photos) is from Ashley at Off The Hooks who included it with my crocheted hat a few years ago.  So pretty blue!

See? The kids won't even let me take pictures without being in the background.  I was in their playroom after all.  Aren't they adorable?  Isn't this dress fabulous?

It was designed by Elsie for her new autumn dress line.  Check out all the other dresses she has for sale on her site. I would buy one of each if I had the money.  So adorable and flattering! :D

Just check out that back!  Sexy!  I love the bell sleeves as well.  Although I won't tell you how much tarter sauce I got on them when reaching to cut up Lane's fish and chips today - *cough* A LOT *cough*

Friday, 23 September 2011

Food Friday: Turkey Minestrone Soup

Thanksgiving is just around the corner for us Canadians.  And that means lots of leftovers! :D Yum!

 I thought I'd spend the next couple of weeks showing you new ways to use up all of those leftovers.  So that when the time comes you'll be prepared.  Or you'll be like me and think, "Damn I knew there was a recipe somewhere that I wanted to try that used up leftover turkey... now where was that?" Then you will scour the Internet for this very recipe and waste a pile of time doing it.  Or you could just bookmark this one, or pin it, or print it, or commit it to memory, or whatever you happen to do to remember really awesome things - like this recipe.


Turkey Minestrone Soup made with leftover turkey? Yes please!

- 2/3 cup chopped onion
- 2 tablespoons vagetable oil
- leftover turkey (whatever amount ya got)
- hot Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed (or milder if you have kids that don't like all that spicy)
- 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley (if you have it)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 2 cans Italian stewed tomatoes
- 6 cups chicken broth (or if you've made stock out of your turkey it's even better)
- 1 package mixed vegetables (or cut up fresh veggies of your choice)
- 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 1/2 cups cooked pasta of your choice
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspon salt
- 1 pinch pepper

In large pot over medium heat, saute onion in oil until tender, about 4 minutes. Add the parsley, garlic, oregano and basil along with the chopped sausage.  Cook sausage until your desired level of doneness.  Add tomatoes, broth, mixed veggies and turkey.  Cover and cook on low heat for 5 minutes.  Add beans, macaroni, vinegar, salt if desired and pepper.  Simmer for another 3-4 minutes or until heated through.

Serve on a nice crisp cool autumn evening. :D

Yum.  And if your kids are picky like mine are, they can pick through this soup and definitely find something that they will eat.

Try modifying the recipe with different combinations of veggies until you get it just to your liking! :D

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Project Project Runway #8 - What Women Want Results

This week we were tasked with making an outfit for a real woman:

"Challenge – The “client” was the significant other. And the model was “a real woman”.
For our purposes, lets use our S.O. (or even just a friend) and have them try to describe what we should design. They should have input into color and style and ‘statement’ of the overall garment. But we should still see your point-of-view as a designer. Go ahead and make the design something ‘for yourself’ because, hey, a lovely model is going to wear it on the runway!" (courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

Let me tell ya, letting Terry design an outfit for me.... um....

All he said was "Show off the boobs and put leather in it."

Well... OK...


So a leather skirt and a cute sweater to show off the ... ahem... assets! :P


The sweater is actually make out of an old sweater of mine.  I didn't really want to add too much bulk, so I didn't finish any of the edges. Gives it kind of an unfinished look though.  The judges might not like that.

The skirt is made out of dark brown leather.  I really like this and wish that I could have one in my size as well.  I cut and sewed fringe along the bottom.  You can see that Lane also liked my design and pulled one of the fringe pieces out already.  Ooops!  


It even looks cute from the back.

I accessorized Aurora with these Ash Scott boots from the Piperlime Accessory Wall.

Not bad for an outfit designed by this guy!


For this gal!


Yes, I dyed my hair purple yesterday.  Whadya think?  I love it! :D  The kids love it! Even the mommies in the drop off line at school like it :)

And I think it would suit my newly designed outfit.  No need to accessorize the hair hehehe

 Check out the Runway for Project Project Number 7 Can't We All Just Get Along? here.

And follow along with all of the Project Project Runway designers this week in the Flickr Group.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Weight Loss Journey: Week One

I started this weight loss journey last week.  So far so good.

Week one:
- down 3 lbs
- weigh in = 171 lbs
- Exercised 5 out of 7 days
- successful at keeping under my daily calorie allowance 7 out of 7 days


Monday this past week was the toughest day.  I had two custom orders on the go.  I want so much to get these orders just right.  I always stress out over custom orders because I realize that these people took the time to seek out someone who could help them make the vision in their head a reality.  So much pressure!  And when I'm stressed, I eat.  Phew!  I barely made it on Monday with only about 27 calories left over.  Gah...

But I lost 3 lbs already!  I couldn't believe when I stepped on the scale these past few days.  I always weigh myself in the evening before going to bed.  That's my heaviest point.  And last night I had to step on the scale twice and shift around and make sure that it was calibrated properly before I would believe my eyes.  Down 3 lbs!  Yay!

Terry has been so supportive through this whole thing.  He's actually counting calories right along with me and we both suffered on Saturday night when we didn't get to eat spinach dip and drink beer.  He even went to the grocery store with the intention of reading some of the calorie counts on our fave foods.  And he found us a low calorie pizza alternative to snack on for Saturday night!  :D

Isn't he the best?  I'm not even too miffed at him for getting 250 more calories than I get a day.  Men needs more calories or something.... pfffft....

As God is my witness. I'll always be hungry again!

Homer is awesome.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Where Tawny Bee Will Be

Hehe I like the title of this post.  Where Tawny Bee will be...

I've finalized my Autumn and Winter craft show schedule and would like to share it with you today.

First up is Culture Days on October 1st.  This is my first seriously juried show.  I can't believe I got in - so exciting! 

Old Market Square
Winnipeg, Manitoba
11:00 AM - 6:30 PM
In case of rain (because it's an outdoor show)
9-1800 Portage Avenue
Facebook Invite is located here.

Next is the Winakwa Community Centre craft show.

This one is in my neighbourhood, so it's extra special to me.  All my neighbours better show up to this one.  Support local and support your neighbourhood by visiting me at this one.

Next up is one that I enjoyed so much last year that I couldn't wait to sign up again for this year.

The Creative Collection:

And the last one is aptly named The Last Chance craft show and sale:

This one is on Logan's birthday (one of my favourite days of the year) and it's also the cut off for all my Christmas activities, so it's a great one to visit for your last minute stuff.

Come on out to one of these shows and visit me at the Tawny Bee table.  I'd love to meet you if I haven't already.  Closer to the dates of each I'll post a reminder along with all the stuff I'm featuring at each particular sale.

Stay tuned!

Monday, 19 September 2011

The Silly Pearl

Macrame Monday is postponed until next week.  I'm spool knitting up a big ole mess of rope to use in a very special project.  But you probably don't want to see a picture of said big ole mess... cuz... well... boring...

So I suggest you head on over to the Silly Pearl today to check out a new tutorial brought to you by me!

What on earth is Logan wearing?  Go on over and visit with Steph at the Silly Pearl - she will explain all!

All I'll say is that the 80s called and they want their neon fanny packs back!

Like totally tubular dude!

Saturday, 17 September 2011

It's Time! Dammit!

Once upon a time there was a girl...

She was a hot girl....

March 2006 (150 lbs)

She was a 150 lb girl....

She was destined to be a mommy...

July 2006 (155 lbs)
She was still pretty thin and hot while carrying her first baby....

March 2007 (150 lbs)
The baby was born and she hadn't gained that much weight...

But things started to get tougher...

Babies are difficult to raise....

The girl liked to eat Oreos while the baby was napping...

The Oreos made everything feel better...

She didn't worry as much about screwing up motherhood while she was eating Oreos....

November 2008 (160 lbs)

The girl started not to care as much about being a hot mama...

She just wanted to survive...

Then she got pregnant again...

May 2009 (170 lbs)

This pregnancy wasn't as easy...

Fruit Loops and cheese slices all the way for this baby...

And then the baby was born...

The girl had thought that having the first one was rough...

She had no idea...

Add postpartum depression into the mix...

October 2009 (175 lbs)
The girl didn't have any confidence left...

Not an ounce of strength left to worry about how she looked...

July 2010 (175 lbs)

The girl even had to go through her own wedding being chubby...

It was mortifying...

The girl still cries over this one...

But there wasn't time or energy to do anything about it...

The girl's heart was losing strength and needed to be fixed...

March 2011 (176 lbs)

But now the girl has had enough...

Her heart is fixed and she has more energy...

One baby has started Kindergarten and she hasn't had any symptoms of sadness for months...

It's time...

So, why am I confessing all of this stuff?  Because I need my readers to keep me honest.

I've begun the good old fashioned calorie count on Everyday Health.  I started on Monday morning - weighing in at 174 lbs.  In order to lose 1 lb a week, my calorie count for the day cannot exceed 1694.  So far I've been cutting out a lot!  I've kept under the calorie count all week.

But today is Saturday...

No beer and no spinach dip Saturday...


Did you know that a Pepsi Slurpee is 195 calories?  I do!  Brutal!

My plan is to work on keeping within my calorie count each day and once I feel better about this, I'll work on getting rid of unhealthy choices like Slurpees and Diet Pepsi.  Right now the only thing saving me is that Diet Pepsi is 0 calories.  Of course it's not good for me.  I'll work on that...

I just can't go on anymore the way I've been going.  I can't eat a bag of chips every time it's been a rough day and I finally fight the kids to sleep.  I can't eat 10 cookies whenever Lane has a tantrum and I want to drown my frustrations.  I can't drink 3 beers just because it's Saturday night and I want to. 

So after 5 days working the calorie counting, how am I doing?  I kept within my goal every single day.  And I exercised 4 out of 5 days.

I'm down 1 lb.  Yeah... not really a good indication. I'll keep you updated.

If you've gotten this far in my long winded. slightly boring confession, good for you!  I just needed to write it all down to remind myself of why I'm going this crazy route.  Those photos are a wake up call if I ever did see one!

There are a few brave ladies that have inspired me to share my journey with you:

Nenette over at Life Candy who successfully completed the Minimize Yo Butt challenge and has been keeping all of us updating about her weight loss journey in her Rebuilding the Temple posts. 

And Kyla at the Funky Polkadot Giraffe who has been struggling and succeeding with the Nutri-System plan. (and this post is loosely based on her beautiful first post before beginning her weight loss challenge).

Give me strength!  It's time! Dammit!

(my weight loss goal in case you're wondering is 24 lbs - to get back to my comfortable and cute 150 lb self).