Friday, January 31, 2014

Sewing 101 - week one THE PIN CUSHION

for the past few years, i've been faking my way through sewing. sure i could get my spool of thread on the machine. i could thread the bobbin. heck, i could even put more thread on the bobbin all by myself it was needed. i've even made some quality items.....i made an advent calendar, some decorative bunting for parties, skirts for georgia, curtains for the twins room, pillow cases and even crib skirts for the twins. but really, i was faking it all. i really didn't know what i was doing. it was always just good enough....not REALLY good. and since i genuinely like sewing and since georgia has taken an interest in sewing, i thought that i should take a class and really learn what i was doing instead of winging it all the time. 

now, i did take 8th grade home ec, which was sewing. i made a stuffed animal...a monkey if i recall correctly. and then i was supposed to make my clothing item. i chose a skirt. and then....towards the end of the semester, i got the chicken pox. not only was it humiliating getting the chicken pox when i was like 13, but i also couldn't finish my skirt. and since i couldn't finish my project, i received an F. a big fat ol' F in sewing. and my home ec teacher took sewing very seriously....she would not let me take my project home to finish.....she thought that my mom might do it for me. little did she know that my mom couldn't sew either!! 

i've been looking online at some places here in indy where i could take a sewing class. i had been to crimson tate modern quilter and adored their selection of fabric and the super cute store. it seemed like a great place to take a class. it seemed like every time they offered a new class schedule, i was busy! grrr! but this time it worked out! and they were offering a 6 week class! bonus! so i snagged the last spot in the class and started to dream about all the things that i would be sewing soon. 

wednesday night, i met for the first time with my sewing 101 class. i walked in and was immediately greeted by the warm and friend folks at crimson tate. it was one of those meeting where you feel like you are instantly friends. 

we started off by sharing our names and sewing stories...yes i shared my tragic home ec story from 8th grade. it still stings when i talk about it :)

we then learned some basic sewing stuff....stuff that i already knew. that was ok. i knew that there was going to be some stuff that i already knew. i mean, i had been doing a great job faking my way through sewing and asking my mother in-law, who is a sewing expert, what to do. 

then we got to the real stuff...we were making a pin cushion! yea! we had already picked out our fat quarter so we were ready to begin cutting our pieces. let the sewing begin!


and there she is...my pin cushion. i made this people! really, i could have made this pin cushion on my own, it was pretty basic. and that's fine. next week we will make pillow cases. after that it's the zippered pouch and a tote bag! i'm looking forward to all of those classes for sure! and i can use my little pin cushion for every single one of them :)

if you are in the indy area and want to take a sewing or quilting class, you should check out crimson tate: modern quilter


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

4/52 {joy}




A huge source of joy in my life is my hubby. Not only is he an amazing dad, but he's also my best friend! Love you!!

You may notice that we are on week 5, not week 4. I took this photo last week, but just didn't get around to posting my photo until this week. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

#2 the fault in our stars

it took me a few weeks to read the secret garden......it was a fairly easy read, but it wasn't the kind of book that i just couldn't put down. the fault in our stars by john green was a book that i just couldn't put down. 



the fault in our stars leaves your heart aching. it makes you do the ugly cry......oh you know.....


now, i didn't cry while i was reading this book. that's not to say that i didn't want to......i didn't feel like the school pick up line was the right spot to break out the ugly cry. i took a deep breath and regained my composure. but seriously, if i think too much about hazel and gus, the tears will be flowing. 

it was weird reading about places like.....

Castleton Square Mall

Holliday Park

Broad Ripple Farmers Market

and.......

Crown Hill Cemetery

all places that i've been to several times....you just don't think of them as book worthy, but it was pretty cool seeing the names of these places in print and knowing that people all over were reading this book too and wondering what the broad ripple farmers market was like!

the movie is coming out this year......you should read the book before then. go and get it from your library or buy your own copy or borrow mine!

here is my reading list now....2 books down 24 to go!

1. The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett currently reading and ALMOST done!
2-10. The Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder I've read 2 in the series already
11. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
12. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
13. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
14. The Giver by Lois Lowry
15. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White rereading this with my daughter
16. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
17. Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
18. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
19. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
20. Harriet The Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
21. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
22. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
23. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
24. Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia by Jean Sasson
25. The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
26. They Were Still Born: Personal Stories About Stillbirth by Janel Atlas


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

#1 the secret garden

book #1 has been crossed off of my list of 26 books. i have completed the beloved children's novel, the secret garden. 



i never read this as a child.....i've watched the movie


I'm even familiar with the musical.....


And now I can say that I've read the book. I really enjoyed it and I hope that one day Georgia will want to read it or want me to read it to her. 

1. The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett currently reading and ALMOST done!
2-10. The Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder I've read 2 in the series already
11. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
12. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
13. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
14. The Giver by Lois Lowry
15. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White rereading this with my daughter
16. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
17. Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
18. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
19. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
20. Harriet The Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
21. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
22. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
23. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
24. Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia by Jean Sasson
25. The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
26. They Were Still Born: Personal Stories About Stillbirth by Janel Atlas


Now, one book is crossed off my list before the end of the month! Score. And now onto another!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

pout-pout




I've written about the books that I've read. I've written about the books that I've read to Georgia. But, I've failed to write about the books that the twins are into these days. And really, why not? Many times, kids find a favorite book and we parents have to read that book over and over and OVER. We might as well enjoy the story a little bit, right?

Right now the twins are obsessed with one book in particular. I read it about 10 times per day. And Nolan reads it. And even Georgia gets roped into reading it to them. Of course we all do that voices and we make it pretty fun. There are some interesting characters. And in the end the message is really pretty awesome. You learn that your attitude can really change your perspective on life!


pot pout fish best picture books 3-10 years

So, if you have a little toddler at home, I recommend this book. My girls love it. All three of them!  

Saturday, January 18, 2014

3/52 inside


It's week 3 of my 52 week photo project. This weeks theme was inside. So, INSIDE this jar are little notes. I intend to keep filling the jar with these little notes and memories for the entire year. At the end of 2014, my little family can go back and remember some of our fun times! 

Friday, January 17, 2014

resolutions

it's a new year. and since january 1, 2014 (probably before) i've had a running list of things in my head that i want to make happen this year. and really, i feel like i should get this list documented so i don't forget. so that when december 31, 2014 comes around, i'm not thinking, "rats! that didn't happen!" 

so here. i'm asking you all to keep me accountable. call me out on this stuff if you don't see it happening. but don't do it on a public forum where others might find out.....i like to pretend that i've got it all together and that would totally ruin it. 

resolutions for 2014

1. send birthday cards. i love getting stuff in the mail.....christmas cards, new years cards, letters, post cards, birthday cards. i figure that i probably brightens everyone else's day too. so why not surprise my loved ones by sending them a little note on their birthday letting them know that the fletcher lichti family is thinking about them. we got the first card out....even though it was a little late :) 

2. detox. i told you all how i was feeling sluggish. i told you i was doing this detox....or at least a modified version of it. well...day two and i'm hungry and grumpy. that could be because my body just feels like it needs all the junk that I was putting into it. or i could be grumpy because i got my sleep got interrupted last night....and you all thought i got 8-9 hours of sleep every night with twins, right? well, it wasn't even the twins last night....it was the big kid. ugh, mom can't catch a break sometimes. 

3. read 26 books. i already told you all about this one too. still reading The Secret Garden. i'm almost done. i would say that by sunday night i will have finished the book and be ready for book #2. 

4. exercise. diet and exercise are on most peoples list of new years resolutions. it's hard. i make up excuses. i'm tired. i have twins. but here's the kicker people, i felt so much better when i was running most days of the week and going to yoga. sure, it takes time. sure, it's sometimes a pain in the you know what to get started. but, it's something that i've gotta do. I GOTTA! 

5. drink more water. i just don't drink enough period. i've allowed myself to have one soda per day. i'm thinking that i need to make sure that there are days with zero soda. it usually happens a couple of days a week that i find myself thinking at the end of the night, "i made it an entire day without a coke, score." and it's not that i NEED it. i don't think i'm addicted to it at all. i just like it. it's a treat. so, since i've limited myself to once per day, why not back it down to 3 times a week. i also drink a lot of tea. iced tea, hot tea, warm tea....whatever. it's usually unsweetened, unless it's my once a week starbucks chai tea latte. a lot of times it's green tea. tea is so good for you, i think it would be stupid to give it up. 

6. find a photographer mentor. i would really love to up my game in the photography world. i would love to get really good at this. my first step is to get a new camera. while what i have is a great camera and was super easy for my first dslr, i think that the time has come to upgrade. and then after the new camera and i become good friends, i would love to find someone to mentor me. i've got a few ideas of who's work i admire and a couple of recommendations. i'll be looking into that as the year goes on. the mentor thing might have to wait until next year.....not sure we can afford it this year with the expense of a new camera :)

7. get our house in condition to sell. we don't want to live here forever. it's just going to get harder as the twins get bigger. so, my hope is to have it ready to put on the market by spring. now, that's not saying that we are going to put it on the market in spring, but i would really love to do that. and that will be bittersweet. this house is the first place that nolan and i really called home as a married couple. sure we lived a couple other places, but they weren't home. our little house has been home to us. we brought all our babies here.....even violet, just in a different way. we've had christmases and parties and first steps and joys and tragedies take place here. it will be hard to part ways. i can hope that another young couple buys this house and fills it with as much love as we have. 

8. continue monthly date night with the hubs. for a while, we were living this roller coaster life. we were pregnant, our baby died, we were pregnant again, we were having twins, we brought the twins home.....our emotions and moods were all over the place for a while. i think around valentine's day last year, nolan and i went out on a date.....it was the first one in a long time. and we decided that we really needed to do this on a monthly basis. it is good for our relationship to be without our kiddos for a few hours. we needed time without being called mom and dad. we've done a really good job about at least once a month going out....just the two of us. i want to continue that. 

and this is my list for 2014 my friends. what are you doing in 2014?

Thursday, January 16, 2014

it's only 10 days, right?

How have you been feeling since the holidays? Well, I've been feeling pretty blah. Since Thanksgiving I've been sluggish and pretty bloated....I know, exactly what you all wanted to know!!! I'm pretty sure it was all of activities we were doing, going out to eat TOO MUCH, late nights, traveling and not getting enough exercise. I kind of feel like I need to push a reset button for my body. 

The idea of a detox sounds appealing. Getting rid of all of the toxins in our bodies, who doesn't want to do that? But, after looking at several of these plans, I'm not sure I could stick to it. There are lots of juices, lots of smoothies and broths. I could see this working if it was just myself and Nolan doing this for the weekend or something like that but, with three little ones, I'm not sure I would have the will power to keep on the plan. I mean really....how could you turn down, an buttery grilled cheese sandwich when all you've had to eat all day is some juice and broth? It just seems like I would be setting myself up for failure. 

Well, I've been searching the web to see what I can do about it. To see if I can find some sort of middle ground. Something where I could eat some real food, but also detox a bit too. I found this 10 day shred from http://www.skinnymom.com/. Having a plan really helps me....and this gives you step by step instructions, but also allows for some flexibility. You can either stick with their example of how you should eat during the day or you can arrange the meal plan to suit your own needs. And there are some exercises that go along with this plan too. I've roped Nolan into doing the exercises with me. Hopefully that will help keep me accountable :)

Now, I'm not going to be all crazy about this either. I'm going to try to eat this way most of the time over the next 10 days, but I'm not going to refuse to go out to dinner because I'm following this plan. 

I do have to warn you, this is not cheap. All the fruit and veggies, the vitamins, the supplements, the almond milk, the protein powder. You do need mostly frozen fruit since your using most of it in the smoothies. I also bought mostly frozen veggies since there isn't much in season this time of year. The protein powder alone is $40 for a container. On the plan, there are two protein shakes per day and each of those shakes has one scoop of protein powder. AND each container of protein powder has about 15 scoops in it. Well.....that means that this $40 protein powder won't last the 10 days.....so, I guess I'll be going out and buying another one when the time comes. 

But, the cost will be worth it if I start having more energy and stop feeling so sluggish all the time! And, it will be something that I can go back and do again if I need to...hopefully, I won't for a while. The snow storm helped us get back into the groove of cooking meals at home. Since we didn't go anywhere for several days, we were forced to get in the kitchen and cook a meal....heaven forbid! And, while I don't always cook super healthy meals, most of the time, we eat pretty healthy here at home....lots of veggies, lean meats and salads! 

So, I'll keep you posted on how its going. If you decide to do this 10 day shred or if you are doing your own body reset, let me know how its going for you!