Sunday, 13 September 2015

Holi-bobs and painting jobs

As you were all probably getting ready for the children to go back to school or recuperating from the last bank holiday of the year....ours was very quiet. Although it was quiet we were still very busy. Before the weather starts to turn we're having all the windows and facias of the house painted. So while the weather was still mild this weekend we primed all the parts we could physically reach. Its amazing what a change of colour can do. The front door (top right photo) is currently primer white but it is going to be the most decadent heritage grey colour. The inside is already painted the colour and I truly love it. We seemed to have turned a corner with our home, its gone from being someone elses vision to having a huge personality injected into it. There is still a little way to go yet but it really starting to feel like 'us'.

I accidentally discovered on a trip to Wilko's these delicious dark chocolate mint M&M's, I'm sure there are many of you shouting out there "WHHHAAATTT how have you not seen these before?" but I genuinely haven't, one bag and I'm hooked!!! Maybe the green is a little reminiscent of Superman's kryptonite.....I feel his pain!! Eating healthy has been pretty easy until these green monsters came into my life. Must resist, must resist!

Speaking of eating healthy, after being a huge fan of Lorraine Pascale for a long time I was ecstatic to see that she has released a new book called "Eating healthy made easy"! I haven't attempted to make anything from it yet but the recipes sound utterly delicious and uber healthy without being pretentious or too complicated. Next on my list is to invest in a Nutribullet. So far I have lost a stone, which I'm still reeling from, I wanted to lose a couple of lbs before my holiday (only 8 days left to go) but never thought it would take me to a stone lighter. I feel full of energy and a lot happier in myself. My aim now is to maintain my weight but continue on the healthy eating route.

Last week I watched the final episode of Falling Skies, I only really got into this TV series when I was ill in the Spring. I managed to wade my way through 3 series in a week, and couldn't wait for the 4th. I was a little sad to hear that season 5 would be the last but couldn't wait to see what happened. If you haven't watched and are into Sci-fi then I'd really recommend it.

My other exciting news is that we have a new car, we never planned to replace my little Fiesta just yet but I've had her for 8 1/2 years and when the bill for repairs is double the worth of the car it's time to get a new one. So we popped into a local garage to test drive an Astra (bottom left photo) and ended up putting down a deposit �� its strange not driving Dolly but I'm sure I'm slowly getting used to the new one.

Hopefully the next time I post I will be well rested from my holidays, which I totally cant wait for, I think I'm going to burst with excitement before next week!!! Not having a holiday for 4 years will do this to a person :D ha ha. See you all soon xxx

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

What have I been doing???

Well.....its been quite difficult trying to retrain a brain that naturally wants to hop straight into the studio from work and start making bags but I think I'm slowly getting used to it.

There has been LOTS of list writing and I mean lots!! lol I've been slowly filling my diary with notes and goals and my note book is awash with different ideas and things I need/want to do. Top of my list is to finally get round to making the cushion covers for the snug which I have been meaning to do since November last year!! 

I've also been Zumba'ing my butt off along side eating healthier and of course completing a detox. It was really important for me to spend some time taking care of myself. I feel sooooo much better about myself and a lot happier. Some of the goals that I set myself before I hung up my bag making apron was to eat healthier and be happy so far its going well :D 

We've been trying to get through the mahhooosive list of DIY/Painting tasks that we still had to complete, to be honest I think we were both just putting it off but its time to bite the bullet now and just get on with it. 

And this past week I've been easing myself into a little bit of hand sewing. I do love to sit with a cuppa and a pile of felt, it makes me smile.

So thats me all caught up, what about you, what have you been doing?  

Friday, 31 July 2015

Teatox complete!

I did it!!!! I've completed my very first detox!!! 

I cant believe it was so easy! And I am a little sad that its over :( just to recap with you, for the last 28 days I have been following a teatox program from a company called Skinny Mint. I added more fruit and veg to my diet and started doing regular exercise (x2 40mins Zumba a week).

I want to say that I never went on this detox to lose weight, that's not really what its for. I wanted to detox because I've been struggling with certain foods as I've gotten older. I've never been able to consume cows milk, apparently when I was a baby my Mam brought me up on goats milk. But after I left home I bought and drank cows milk as I thought it was just something I would have grown out of, until I realised that it was making me really ill. I was having awful stomach pains/cramps and I was so ridiculously bloated, sometimes it even made me feel nauseous. So I'm back on the goats milk/cheese/yoghurt and loving it. I also have trouble with white bread, white pasta and white rice. So I have switched to wholemeal/protien pasta, brown rice and only eat wholemeal bread. I gathered that making these changes and detoxing would be just what I needed.

Before the teatox I weighed myself and I was sitting at 11st 1lbs, which for my height 5"11 is where I should be. But I felt heavy and lethargic and I had heard that the morning tea really gave you a boost. So I thought with my holiday coming up in September I had nothing to lose by trying it. 

I finished my teatox on Wednesday and when I weighed myself I was astonished to see that I am now 10st 6lbs. This was just an added bonus I have to say as the teatox did what it said it would. It gave me so much more energy and I no longer felt fuzzy headed and lethargic on a morning. I also found that during the day my energy levels didn't dip like they used to. And to top it all off no more tummy troubles. 

When I had completed the teatox I really missed the morning teas so I've went ahead and ordered some more. The morning ones you can continue to drink in between detox's. They arrived this afternoon and I will be glad to get back to it tomorrow morning for sure :)

As I have already posted it on my Instagram account I just want to warn you before, that I don't normally make a habit of posting photographs of myself in a bikini and this will be the one and only time I will ever do it. I apologise to those of you who would rather not see if it, but since I'm only ever going to do it the once I feel like it may just be OK? :D

The top two are of me before and the bottom are from after. I am more than happy with the result and would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to cleanse their system, feel better and more energised or just want to kick start a healthy eating regime. 

OK I have embarrased myself enough now so I'm signing off there. Thanks for taking the time to read through my progress. Other crafty news to follow :) xxx

Saturday, 25 July 2015

The last for sometime

If you have caught up with my blog lately you will know that I've made the tough decision to give up making bags for the time being to pursue other things that make me happy.

It was an even tougher decision as I had just finished this custom bag for a lovely friend of mine. I have really pushed myself this year to not be afraid to dive in and try new designs and I'm proud to say I think I nailed that one. 

As always I loved making this bag and loved the brief I was set by Michele. It took longer than I anticipated but I got there in the end......

Its a little bit ridiculous that I was so scared of zippered pockets, they weren't half as difficult as I thought they were going to be and this year they have appeared in every bag I've made.

Michele was as pleased with her bag as I was with the end result. I have no doubt in my mind that there will be more bags in the future but it will be as and when I feel the need to get back in the saddle so to speak.

I feel content that I "went out with a bang" with this bag, although it did make me question my decision to stop making bags. That was until I reminded myself of all the new projects/tasks that I was looking forward to getting started on.

I'm hoping all this practice with piping will stand me in good stead to get cracking on those cushions I was planning to make over a year ago!!! :D

So I leave you with this picture........

Bagladee xxx

Friday, 24 July 2015

Colour Therapy

As I seem to be on a new road of self discovery at the moment I thought I'd give some colour therapy a go. I have heard from quite of few of my friends that this actually works. I was secretly thinking to myself that even if it didn't work I really wanted to do some colouring in!!! :D I searched on Amazon for Adult Colouring books, now I'd just like to confirm that is colouring books for Adults and not something a little bit *coughs* a-hem! h ha ha!! And these were the two that caught my eye....."Colour Therapy, an anti-stress colouring book" and "Cool cats". I also treated myself to a good set of felt tip pens. 

I chose a page from the blue section to start and since orange is the complimentary colour of blue I used golden yellow and orange accents. 

Not quite finished yet but almost there.

Feeling like a kid again, it took me back to colouring as a child. It really focused my mind and I found myself immersed in it for over an hour before I realised. Sometimes I find it really difficult to clear my mind of everything and even when I'm trying to relax my brain is going ten to the dozen. This really helps clear your mind and concentrate on one thing, making the picture look pretty with amazing colours!!!

If you're interested the two books and the pens including delivery came to £15.95, cheaper than an hour of actual therapy ;)

Feeling happy :D

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Skinny Mint : Update 2

I'm gonna make this one short and sweet.....

So I'm now on day 22 and I can't believe how much of a difference I'm seeing. The bloat has gone and my belly fat has reduce significantly (with the help of exercise of course). I thought maybe the whole energised feeling would subside after a while but no, I'm still feeling awake and cleared headed every morning and just generally in a better mood.

I had a good clear out of my clothes on Friday afternoon. Now we all keep those items if clothing that we love in the hope of one day being able to "get back into them" don't we? Well some have gone and some I can actually fit back into WIN!!! I now have an organised wardrobe full of clothes that fit me.

To sum up my progress so far, I went into this teatox 11st 1lbs and when I weighed myself last night I now weigh 10st 7lbs so I have lost 8lbs so far. Again I'd like to reiterate that I have also been eating more healthier and exercising. I have 6 days remaining until the end of my teatox and cant wait to see the end result.

I'll be back at the end of the 28days to show you my end result :)

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Not giving up

I feel a little bit sad writing this post but at the same time excited of what is to come. I'm just gonna come out as say it and then I feel i need to explain....

I am hanging up my bag making apron for the foreseeable future. 

There I said it, it's out there now! It was never an easy decision to make and of course nothing of this nature is ever final. It's something that has been in the background niggling at me since last Christmas. 

As I've said many times before, Bagladee for me is more of a hobby than it's ever been a business, I did it because I love to sew and I've revelled in the whole process of teaching myself new techniques and realising that I could actually make a good quality bag that could rival some of the best! Life has changed since the start of Bagladee and so have my priorities. I enjoy my day job since changing just over a year ago and everyday is unpredictable and busy which I love. I've started eating healthier and exercising regular. We still have much to do in the way of decorating our beautiful home and I just want to let go and relax and enjoy life in general with Chris (Mr.B). 

I could write a list that goes on for miles of all the things I would like to do in place of the time I would be sat making bags. I just feel that now is the perfect time to stop and take stock of everything and do more. 

I will still keep everything going in regards to my blog, Facebook, twitter, Instagram and my website. I don't want Bagladee to just disappear, you will just see a lot more things about me and my life. I'm going to spend more time developing my brand of gingerbread men as they are so popular with you all. So you can expect some new little bits in that sense. Maybe I'll even get round to making myself a bag! Ha ha.

Way, way back in 2008 I started this blog and opened my Etsy shop and since then I've had the most amazing support and encouragement from you all. For that I cant thank you enough! I never thought for one minute that Bagladee would have become such a huge part of my life and the new friends I've made along the way. As I have no idea where the road is going to take me I'm hoping that you'll join me for the ride.

I've spent the evening tidying up my studio (as always it looks like a tornado after I've finished a bag) so now its all ready to be decorated and ready for a new chapter.