Thursday, January 15, 2009

Sand in my Toes, Money in my Pocket, Big Projects, Dyeing Wool and the Last ever Diet

I have just arrived back from my mothers house where I spent 2 1/2 days of R&R. She lives on the lovely Gold Coast and has done for near on 47 years? She is close enough to the surfing beaches that I was lucky enough to be able to take myself for an early morning walk yesterday along the pretty white sands. We also made time to have lunch out both days and take a look around the shops etc. It was nice to get away, but even nicer to get home.

I also found out late last week that a job I applied for has been offered to me. I start work next Monday as a Sales Merchandiser for a well know company. The hours are great and I get to travel once in a while, so I am happy with that too.

My quilting this year will be a tad slower than the last 2 years, but I still intend to keep projects rolling out from my little sewing
nookette. I have also been granted permission to produce a depiction of a painting by a Aboriginal artist from the Northern Territory. I am excited about this project, as I too am of Aboriginal heritage, and the honour of being allowed to produce a quilt in the likeness of a painting, is very close to my heart. I will update on this project as the year progresses.

I was lucky enough to be given some pure wool suiting fabric also. I would love to make a long coat with it to take to Paris in 2010 (please see this page) However, the fabric is a light gray at the moment and I would like it to be charcoal. If anyone has dyed wool before, can you please let me know what method is best and also what dye seems to be best? Thanks in advance.

Last but not least...2009's New Years Resolution is the diet to end all diets. I discovered a book that has been around a while called 'Eat Right for your Type'. It is based on eating foods more suited to your blood type. I started eating my 'correct' foods New Years day and can report that I have stuck to it (yes even while I was on my little vacations at my mothers) and to date I have lost 10kg's !!! Trousers and shorts are fitting less snug, shirts and t-shirts are less clingy around the back acre too. My face actually has less puffiness to it and it seems one of my chins has relocated itself elsewhere? Here is a photo of the front cover of the book for those of you frantically trying to Google it now.


Lurline said...

Congratulations on the new job, Julie, and oh, my, that diet must be something! What blood type do you have, because 10kg is a lot of weight - well done!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Zlaty's Sewing Studio said...

I am so happy for you Julie! Both for the weight loss and new exciting job!
I envy your mom, it is so pretty by the beaches!
I made a couple wool coats, some time ago, but never dyed wool. I am afraid it may shrink too much. Sorry i can;t help you with that.

Have an exciting week at your new job!