Shabby Miss Jenn

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Poppy thanks and small changes

Over the weekend I got a little time in my craft room.  I pulled out the scrap paper files and decided to make a bunch of thank you cards using only scraps.  I had this great poppy paper, with 2" squares of poppies (buds, full flowers, leaves only) printed on it.  I cut them all out, inked the edges and adhered them directly to the cream-colored card base.  (I had enough to make 9 cards.) Then I stamped "thank you" on them using a sentiment from PTI's Vintage Picnic set.  It still looked a little plain, and I wanted to make it a bit more elegant but still keep it simple.  So I added two scored lines above and below the row of poppy squares.  I really like the way they came out.

We all know that January is all about resolutions and fresh starts.  I generally don't make resolutions, as I've found that if I decide to make big sweeping changes to my life that I fail.  Usually miserably.  Especially if the resolution had to do with weight loss. But in March of last year, I decided to make small changes, one at a time, and try to incorporate it into my routine, and see what would happen.  When I felt comfortable with it, I'd add a new one.

So last March, I changed my breakfast to a protein-fruit smoothie (usually 2 fruits [whatever was on hand], milk and protein powder).  And felt fuller in the mornings and found that the hungry horrors that hit me in the late morning largely disappeared.

In October I gave up diet Coke.  May not seem like a big deal to most of you, but I was drinking a solid 2L (or more) a day.  It went way better than I had expected, with very few headaches.  And haven't had any diet Coke in the house since then.

By mid-year, I decided that I really need to incorporate some form of exercise into my life.  Yup, there it is - the dreaded "e" word.  Going to the gym was out - I know I'd never go.  I waffled for months over whether to get a treadmill or not.  (You know - would I actually use it or would it just become a glorified place to hang clothes.)  By the end of the year, I'd lost 15 pounds - despite not having begun to exercise.

After Christmas I decided to get that treadmill.  Ryan and I looked online for a used one and found it on Craig's list.  He and a neighbor picked it up last night and wrestled it up the stairs to the guest room. I did a 25-minute walk on it today.  A friend pointed me to a site that gave me some info on working into running.  We'll see how it works into my routine.  But it's a start.


  1. Sounds like the changes you're making are really working GREAT! :)

  2. Pretty card! So great to come up with a simple design that can be mass produced. Congratulations on all your 'liitle successes'! I believe those are the most beneficial and often then become permanent life changes. Way to go!!

  3. Great job on the card! Congratulations on meeting your goals! Keep up the great work.

  4. I really like what you did here! That paper is so gorgeous and this allows it to speak for itself! The score lines are perfect! Thanks for sharing your goals and ups and downs with us. I can sooooooo relate! Congratulations on achieving so many of them!

  5. Such an elegant card! What a great set of cards to have. Congratulations on the changes you've made!

  6. Congratulations to you!!!!
    Very pretty card!!

  7. I think the small changes are more lasting. Congratulations to you on making some positive changes in your life for better health. You want to be around to play with your grandchildren! And the card does look very simply elegant, I like the poppy paper. I need to sit down and make a stack one of these days instead of laboriously creating just one.