A New Toy

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It is not often that I post about something new that I have bought.  More often than not, it is about what I did not need or what I have passed on to someone else.

3 weeks ago GMan and I each bought a Fitbit Flex.  I have heard many people talk about these devices and I must admit that I thought they were a bit of a gimmick but eventually we decided to join the crowd.  I have previously used a pedometer on occasions but find this to be much more accurate and it is easier to wear as it is not dependent on the type of clothing that you are wearing.

This is mine which I wear alongside my wristwatch.

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I think I have only scratched the surface in terms of what I can program it to do but our main focus is to achieve 10,000 steps each day.  I have met my goal for 19 out of 21 days.  On the other 2 days I achieved about 9,000 steps.

We both hold down sedentary office jobs so we actually need to make a conscious decision to get out and about during the day.

There is no digital display on this model but all of the stats are available on the app on my phone.

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There is nothing like the challenge of meeting a goal to motivate you so we feel that these purchases have been well worthwhile.

I am also looking forward to to being able to track how much walking we do when we are overseas on holidays.

Sew My Stash Sunday – 1


I do not usually read heaps of sewing/craft blogs because they often feature projects or items that I am simply do not interest me.

However, I stumbled across this idea here and seemed almost too good to be true.  Basically, I can sew or make whatever I like as long as at least 50% comes from my stash.  I had pretty well intended to do this but had not thought of articulating my ideals quite so eloquently.  I love sewing and am working towards decluttering more stuff so this challenge will definitely help.

003My personal plan is to post each and every Sunday about what I have done in the preceding week which fits the challenge.  This will help to keep me accountable and will also be an interesting future record of just what sewing  I achieved in 2015.

002To see what I did last week see my previous post.

Thanks to the lovely Leasa who decided to run with this germ of an idea and also StitchnSewCreates for linking to the original.  Please check out these blogs if you are interested in this project.

001Then when the pieces are too small for much else there is always the ongoing patchwork!

I know that my fabric stash is not huge compared to what some people have but it is getting to the stage of frustrating me because I have so many plans/ideas for a lot of the pieces and I simply haven’t got around to doing it.  2015 is the year.

Quilt Update


I have done some more work on the quilt today.  The blocks are all sewn together, the batting and backing are attached and I have machine quilted between the blocks.

Patchwork quilt topHere is a view of the backing with the stitching.

2013-06-13 02This is the fabric I will use to make the binding.

2013-06-13 03I was undecided about the binding until I had the quilt assembled.  This was a piece which I had planned to use when making reuseable Christmas gift bags.  I will buy more if I actually need it for that purpose.

No more craft posts until I show you the finished product.  However, I am pleased to have set myself this challenge otherwise this would still be a pile of fabric on the sewing table.