Sorry! I really did mean to start blogging again at the start of September, but finding the time and inclination after a long rest has proved very difficult and the need to get back into my stride of making jewellery again and keeping on top of my social media commitments has been hard.
But please, let’s not dwell on what cannot be changed, I would like to say welcome back to what is hopefully a regular blog post again! I hope you all had an enjoyable Summer, although the weather here in the UK did let us down a bit I had a lovely rest, spending some undivided time and attention with my family, ie. no sneaky peaks on Facebook or playing with my beads. I think I had serious withdrawel symptoms for the first couple of weeks, but then I started to improve, although it was very difficult as a self proclaimed Bead and Facebook addict, lol!
But seriously, now, the one thing that really shocked me over the summer was how unfit I had become and the fact that I was having trouble fitting into some of my summer clothes, which was due to putting on quite a bit (well, quite a lot actually!!!) of weight over the last few months, arghh!
Sitting down day after day playing on the computer and making jewellery has taken its toll I’m afraid. So I am going to do something about it and re-prioritise a bit. I have decided the £280 I was going to spend on a 12 week Web Design course would be better spent on improving my health. No I have not joined a gym, I’ve been there got the T shirt and I know after a few weeks of visiting the gym regularly, I would start finding excuses not to go, especially if I have to go alone and keep myself motivated. This time I am relying on some good friends to keep me motivated, starting with going with them to a weekly Aquafit session and a rather brave attempt of going to a weekly Boot Camp session. I’m also going on regular walks during the day and utilising a rather dusty and neglected exercise bike in my spare room. I have also downloaded an app onto my phone, called ‘myfitnesspal‘ (its also online http://www.myfitnesspal.com/) it helps monitor what you eat and keep within an allowed calorie limit, just what I need. I began on the 1st September and my first target is to lose 2 stone 7lbs. So far its going well and I have lost 9lbs, that’s nearly 5 bags of sugar! I will keep you posted on my progress, the more people I tell, the less likely I will fail.
But please don’t worry I am still continuing with making jewellery and will regularly post about my new makes and finds etc. I have just decided there are plenty of hours in the day and spending at least 1 hour a day doing some exercise is not too much to ask.
So, to finish this post, I thought I would share with you some of my recent makes. I bought quite a few of these ceramic beads in the below necklace at the bead fair I went to at the end of July. I love the rustic autumn colours and I made myself a double stranded necklace with some of them, which I have been wearing quite a lot recently.
I have also been having a go at making some beaded hair clips. I think the pearl ones look very vintage.
Lastly I thought I would share my handmade felt and beaded poppy which I have made this year for myself. I made some last year for friends and family and this is now version 2, which has more beads added into the centre.
Bye for now and take care.