Thursday, October 30, 2014

My New Stick Shift

This fun little spin on a wreath is completely inspired by Michelle at The Painted Hinge!  Her broom is absolutely adorable!

While it's not as cute as Michelle's, I think mine works great for an old rock farmhouse!  The base is just a pretty stick that fell from one of our big trees.  I like the funny forks at the top.

Using grass instead of ribbon along with some twigs, I pretty much followed her directions to create my new stick shift!  The grasses have turned gray and curly.

What will you be driving on Halloween?

;-)  -Marci

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

20 Wishes {October Update}

Here's my Original Post of 20 Wishes for 2014! 

October updates are in this cool purplish-blue color!  ;-)
1.  Celebrate 28 years of marriage!  I've written about it five times!  LOL!  My first post about it is Right HereAnd here is my Second PostThere were actually two posts in April.  HERE and THERE.  The last of the photos are right HERE.

2.  Vacation in Colorado.  Yep!  It was wonderful and I've only just begun to publish the pictures PLUS there was a cool sewing project related to the trip!   Check out my  Colorado T-Shirt Makeover!  There's a fun post about Murphy and WindmillsDo you like birds?  At Garden of the Gods, we photographed this Mexican Jay and some Magpies.

3.  Attend concerts.  We saw Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Dan + Shay AND Neil McCoy in Little Rock!  It was a GREAT concert!

Fitness Goals - Last year, one of my 20 Wishes led me to a Cross Fit gym.  Working out has taken on a whole new meaning for me and I am usually in the gym five days a week.  Since beginning Cross Fit, I've gone from a size 12 to a size 6!

So, in the month of July, I went shopping for a new gym.  Looking for the one that is right for right now.  I contacted 6 gyms via email.  Everyone was super nice.  Two didn't have a class time that worked for me and one is still being built.  So, I actually tried 3 different gyms and was very happy at all of them.  One gave me a 2 week pass and the others gave me a 1 week pass.   It was a fun little journey and I chose another CrossFit gym.  I am loving it!  'Still loving my new gym.  I am usually there each morning, Monday thru Friday.

4.  I want to be a size 4 by May 1 and maintain it thru the rest of the year my life.  'Not there yet, but the needle is moving again now that I have a new gym.  Sometimes, you need to make a change.

5.  Run four 5ks, one in each quarter of the year.  This just isn't going to happen.

6.  Complete an entire workout with REAL Handstand Pushups, no modifications.  Progress continues.  I can hold a handstand for 1 minute now!  Yay, me!  I've been goofing around with walking on my hands.  'Kinda fun!  Done, October 21!!  Now, that's what I'm talking about!  (Big Cheesy Grin)

7.  Complete an entire workout with REAL Pull Ups, no modifications.  Slow Progress is better than no progress, right?  ;-)  I am so close to doing REAL pullups!  I can get my nose above the bar, but not quite my chin.  It's exciting!  Guess who can do a pull up without a band now!  I am so excited!  So far, three is about my max at a time, but WOW what an improvement from where I began!  Done!  Just yesterday, October 28!!  S W E E T ! !

8.  Complete an entire workout with REAL Toes to Bar, no modifications.  I keep trying and am getting really close!  The rhythm is getting much better, and some can be strung together now instead of just one at a time.  This is going to happen soon.  A new movement was recently introduced that is really helping my grip strength.  I love the diversity of Cross Fit skill proficiencies. 

9.  Get stretchy enough that I can do the splits again, both sides.  (You might be asking "Why?" on this one.  I have absolutely no idea.  'Just want to.)  It's going to happen!

If those get accomplished:  Bonus Goals are Double Unders and Ring Dips.  Oh, and I'd like to know how many grandmothers across our great nation are choosing Cross Fit goals?  ;-)  I'm going to need lots of support and a whole lot of tenacity.  Those are going to be tough to achieve!  If you have any quotes, tips or advice, please send them my way!

I am consistently getting Double Unders, but only one at a time. 

Sewing Goals

10.  Complete a quilt for each of my children.  One down!  You can see it HERE!

11.  Inspired by Marissa at Rae Gun Ramblings, sew something for myself monthly and join the fun at "Sew Our Stash"  This has been a GREAT goal for me!  I am gaining so much confidence in the sewing department!  I've made a Maxi Skirt!  Raglan Sleeve Top!  3 of The Ojai Wrap! and a couple of Commuter Cowls!  This Easy Pink T is getting lots of wear.  Here is a Vintage Baseball T created in July!  August was a little Lacy Number!  'Didn't get anything posted for September.  Bummer!

12.  Inspired from Adventures in Dressmaking,  follow Susannah's Sewing Resolutions.  Basically, I should fuss and worry over my pattern and fabric choices for ME just as much as when I am sewing for someone else.  Well, DUH!  ;-)  This wish ROCKS!  Here's a fun little post about Why I Sew.

These goals are being brought forward from my 2013 list!

13.  Take a photography class.

14.  Learn photo shop.

15.  Make my own herbal salad dressing.  I've been goofing around with this one, but not ready to post anything yet.  So, I made some, but really didn't like it.  If at first you don't succeed... 

16.  Create and write down 3 recipes for artisan cheese.  Cheese and yogurt making seems to be something I like to do in the fall.

17.  Re-Vamp my "Herbs:  A Place to Begin" presentation into a one hour program.  Done, twice actually!

18.  Learn more bloggy techy things.  Hmmm...  Surely I've learned something?  I am working on adding a new page to the blog!

19.  Monetize and grow my blog.  I've been working on a Pinterest Board.  My humble little blog continues to pick up new followers here and there, and I *LOVE* meeting new people from around the world!

20.  Read and blog about 26 books.  Definitely on track and I love the monthly Literary Junkies parties!  If you like to read, please join the fun!  Jan Karon is currently my favorite author.  I continue to plow through her series of books and have loved them all.  Fall Women's Bible Study just began again two weeks ago.  Our group has lots in common and we are having a ball.  I {heart} books!

Whew!  So, what have you been doing?  

;-)  -Marci

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

LINK PARTY! Tuesdays with a Twist

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist!

Back to the Basics
We're your co-hosts:
Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured.  Be sure to check all of our blogs!
 Y'all make choosing features so difficult!  There were GOBS of great links last week!  Thank you!  My feature this week is...  (drum roll please)

The Perks of a Morning Run


If you've been featured we'd love for you to grab a button.
We all love comments!  Please hop around and show some love!

The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Friday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 

Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!
*Pictures should be your own* 
By linking up you give us permission to use these photos
 (with proper link backs) in our features. 
And now for the party!

;-)  -Marci 
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Sunday, October 26, 2014

LINK PARTY! Happiness is Homemade #43

Welcome back to another great week at Happiness is Homemade!!


Mexican Eggs in Tomato Sauce by Recipes and Ramblins | Spooky Halloween Muddy Buddies Snack Mix by The Rebel Chick
Bonfire Cake by Baking in Pajamas | Pumpkin Spice Cake by The Pin Junkie

Friday, October 24, 2014

Book Review: A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style

by Tim Gunn

From Good Reads:  If you are a fan of Tim Gunn, crisp grammar, fashion, and excellent vocabulary, then this book is for you.
My thoughts:  I am a fan of Tim's, so this book was definitely for me!  I felt the most useful tips are in the section about what to keep and what to toss from your closet.  Those of you who read my blog already know that I am on a fitness journey that has significantly changed my body.  (Thank you, CrossFit!)  In Tim's chapter titled Diagnosing the Common Closet under Items that Don't Fit he says, "There is no reason to have something taking up space in your closet that does not make you feel good.  These items must go."  Tim also tells us, "Clothes do not exist to humiliate their owners...  please be kind to yourself."

Wise words.  Thanks, Tim!

So, what are you reading?

;-)  -Marci

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Last Minute Spooky Banner

October is flying!  'Thought I better get some Halloween crafts done.  This one is completely inspired by Holli from Holli's Hoots and Hollers!  She was so sweet to guest post for me this month.  Did you see Holli's Shopping Trip?   I completely stole one of the ideas and ran with it!

This little banner didn't take much time at all.  It began with a tag punch, leaf punch and some raffia.

After a bit of stenciling letters, the leaves and tags were threaded onto the raffia.

Ta da!  I bet you're afraid to come over now, huh?

My house is spooky!

;-)  -Marci

Link Party Feature!

Being featured has to be one of the biggest compliments!  My recipe for Sweet Tea

is being featured at the Wake Up Wednesday Link Party!  I'd like to send a big

Thank You

to all the lovely hostesses!

;-)  -Marci