So far so good… sort of

January 22, 2013 at 8:28 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Wow this output thing is harder than I thought, it’s so easy to be destracted by pretties like tumblr or youtube.

So I finished a blog post for my work website (all employees are encouraged to contribute to the blog, and apparently the main writer is getting strapped for ideas so I need to see what I can come up with). That post will be on the website this week so yay! Work blog posts take more time to write than something like this because I have research to do and I have to be very careful about how I write them.

The difference between a personal blog and a professional one. However it is a good stretch of the writing muscles and branching out is always a good idea.

I’m still working on a small… well maybe big, blog project, but it’s fairly personal… it’s a project with the Bible. I’m going through the Psalms and finding quotes that can be used as affirmations. I have very poor interal talk, and it was suggested to me that I find something else to tell myself.

If I can’t say that I love me, or that I’m good… at least I can point to the Bible and say God loves me and he thinks that I’m good.

I’ve managed to get to Psalm 33 so far, and after I finish this post I’m moving on the Psalm 34. It’s just tough to keep going at it when there are other, more interesting things to look at.

I did get a fuzzy scarf partly done, though I think I might need to rip it out because once again I made it too wide (I think). I really had fun on Saturday going to knitting, and I also worked a bit more on my dress.

Tonight I’m heading out to practice driving with my instructor before heading to my test for my G license next Tuesday (AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!). Driving is not my favourite thing to do.

After that I’m going to see about working on my bags some more… I found some brown and blue broadcloth, and totally just remember that I forgot to contact Joanne about her broadcloth, DRAT! K, have to email her after I’m done this, before writing my psalm post.

Anywhoo, that’s my update so far… I’m doing pretty good getting started on my theme this year I think. I just need to kind of figure out a focus…

On making more output as opposed to previous years

January 16, 2013 at 9:15 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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So I tend to have themes to my years… I don’t really make resolutions. I learned very early on that resolutions were made to be broken. So I decided that I would not make them because there really was no point.

I make plans, and they can be made at any time throughout the year, but usually my main ones are made at the beginning of the year. Two years ago my plan was to not read so many romance novels, which I succeeded at, I still would reach for them once in a while when I wanted to read in the tub or just let my brain relax. Last year my plan was to do things that scared the crap out of me, during which I swam in the ocean, snorkeled (which is different than just swimming), lay on a net on a Katamaran, stood up in a jeep while on a nature tour (while it was moving), went on a roller coaster, and was in the vicinity of a spider, didn’t kill it, and in fact saved it and released it… which is probably the biggest thing for me.

So for two years I succeeded in my plans, though I still have some things to do that terrify me, like going up the CN Tower, going on an upside down roller coaster, and um… get my G license (Which is happening by the end of the month which is REALLY FREAKING SCARY!)

So this year my theme/plan that I’ve decided on is Output, which really confuses some people when I say it.

Not reading romance, and doing things that scare me makes sense, but output?

When I make these plans I tend to look at my last few years and try to find something that’s been missing or holding me back. Looking at what I’ve done over the last few years, I noticed that I’ve been taking a lot in recently. Watching videos on youtube (some educational, some not so much), reading books (same as videos), listening to music, looking at art, pictures… you get the idea.

All of these things are input. With this I get ideas, things that roll around in my head, things that seem really really good… however, I never do anything with them.

Sometimes it’s because I’ve been so busy taking stuff in that I haven’t had time to do anything. Sometimes it’s because I’ve written lists about my ideas, saved it to my harddrive for later and promptly forgotten about it. Other times (most times) it’s because I’ll get to the point where I’m about to do something with these ideas and get so caught up with the “what if” or the magnitude of what if I succeed or fail?

And I freeze.

In all honesty, succeeding is much more frightening than failing…. failing I’ve done, and I’ve done in abundance. I can handle failing, but when I get a good idea and I think about where I’m going with it and I go down the path to success, I just… can’t…. do… it.

So, in a way this is another thing that I need to do in my continued plan of doing things that scare me. Just, do, STUFF!

Output can be a bunch of stuff. Writing on any of my blogs (some of which I’ll link here, some I won’t… hee I have hidden blogs that probably no one will know I write… and I want to keep it that way *shifty eyes*), sewing, knitting, drawing (which I suck at but you know… I might do once in a while), videos, and really anything that is from me and out into the world.

Output…

That’s what this year is about… what are your plans for the year (since resolutions are just a copout for failure).

My Problem with Blogging

January 8, 2013 at 9:49 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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So if anyone still reading through my poor, ignore blog has noticed, I’m a horrible blogger. I’ll go in fits and spurts for when I’m posting, usually related to my mental state.

When I’m feeling creative, motivated and all that good stuff I post like a fiend, but then I get to a point where I feel that anything I do is crap, no one wants to read what I do … and I curl up in a corner and poke at my blog to see if it bites.

In the last while I’ve made a few other blogs that are more topic specific that I’ve been posting to. I’ve found that I’m a bit better when I’ve got a purpose to a blog (which this one doesn’t really have).

This is one of the reasons I love WordPress, I have about 10 various blogs that are all connected to one account that I can go to and monitor.

For the last while those blogs have been very quiet… basically silent, but I’m hoping to revive them a bit more in the next year and write whatever I’m thinking about.

However, that’s great for the topic specific blogs, but what does that mean for this one?

Well I don’t know. This one is so much of me in various stages of my life, and now that I’m 30 and starting 2013 we’ll see what I do with this. Whether I just link to posts on other blogs so people who know me can follow them, or if I put random stuff on here so that people know what’s up we’ll have to see.

In other news I’m hoping to get together with my lovely knit and chat soon, and seeing as I’ve buggered my knee I should have more time so I might just make this a life blog and post about that.

2013 has lots of options. We’ll see what it brings.

Being an Examiner

April 13, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

So I mentioned in my last post that I’m now doing a bunch of writing for Examiner.com, but there are some things that I’ve noticed.

First, writing in third person is difficult.

Second, coming up with ideas for posts, then turning those posts into comprehensive articles and finding videos/pictures to go with is very difficult.

Third, being coherent when I’m so used to just blathering here in any which way is VERY hard.

It’s great! I’m really enjoying it, but it’s still a challenge. I’m trying to use more resources on the site, like their University, and the forums to get help and inspiration. I’m also following a number of other Examiners who write about a similar topic as mine.

I think a big part of this is that I feel horribly inadequate for my topic. I’m not! I’m Christian and I’m writing about Christian Living, but the big thing is that I know that I’m knew, and different, and that I don’t really fit in, especially with the more conservative sects. There’s a little voice that’s constantly telling me that I can’t do this, that I’m not good enough, and who would want to read something from me when I don’t know enough.

I know it’s likely just to try and get me to stop writing because I’m on the right path and have a chance of reaching people. It’s still really hard to fight those thoughts though. Even when I have a really good article.

I get overwhelmed thinking about what I’m going to write and how much I have to write… but when you look at it, each article is only 200-400 words on average, and I can pump that out in 20 minutes. Heck I’ve been writing this post for 5 and I think I’m already over 200 words.

It’s really not that hard, I’m just allowing myself to listen to those voices. They’re the voices that have been telling me to lay down and die, to let people walk over me, and that I’ll never amount to anything. It’s these voices that I need to evict from my mind. My last article on Examiner got 8 out of 8 possible score. I’m doing the right thing, I have the right stuff for this.

I need to forge ahead and keep going!

It’s just really tough.

What I’ve been up to

April 4, 2012 at 8:02 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Psst, hey there! It’s been a while, and sorry I’ve been quiet, but I’ve been a bit busy.

I started a freelance writing thing over at Examiner.com, it’s taken up a bit of my writing time (though I’m hoping to get back to writing stuff over here soon again since I am being a journalist over there and have to write third person).

If you want to check out my articles you can follow this link:

http://www.examiner.com/user-jessie-percival

I’m trying to keep to at least 2 articles per week, so there will be a lot more updating going on over there.

Anyway, thanks for checking this out, and I’ll hopefully be back writing here soon.

Where did this week go?

February 3, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Whew it’s been busy at work. This week just flew by and here I am at another weekend.

I’m starting to get a bit stressed about my costume, I have a muslin to make, a trial dress (one that I’m hoping to wear in Cuba March 1-9), and then the final dress (though I have 2 different fabrics, a woven purple sparkly, and a stretch velvet).

I haven’t even cut out my muslin yet because I need to get some tracing paper. With luck we’ll get that tomorrow so that I can work hard on Sunday and get it cut out, and hopefully get the thread tracing done. I’m pretty sure already that the bodice isn’t going to fit well. I’m hoping I can figure out how to do the fitting with having to wear it myself. I need to get me/make me a mannequin.

One thing that I’m having fun watching right now is Sew Weekly. I knew when I found this website that it was NOT something I could do right now. I tend to get myself in over my head. This year I’m taking the time to work on my skills, learn, grow, make good clothes for once. Maybe in a few years I can see about joining everyone with this.

For now, I’ll sit back, watch, enjoy the inspiration of seeing what everyone’s making. My favourite part of it though is the “Make this Look” section. I’m amazed at how many awesome outfits can be copied and made. The fabrics that are found! I’m in awe!

So many drool worthy projects!

Right now, I’m not sewing anything because I want to focus on my bombshell dress. I’m ordering my boning over the weekend, and hopefully it’ll be enough for 2 dresses. I get so stressed out about this stuff, but right now I have good reason.

When we went and got the fabric in Toronto, I didn’t have my measurements and supply list with me so I just tried remembering how much fabric I needed. I figured since a full unitard only takes 1.5 yards of fabric, then a dress couldn’t take much more than that, so we went and got 2 yards of each of the fabrics we got.

Then I checked the bombshell dress course, and it said 3 yards of fabric!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So now I’m hoping and praying I can finnagle enough of the pattern pieces to get them all to fit.

My Love/Hate relationship with Jillian Michaels

January 11, 2012 at 8:11 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Well, yesterday I decided that I was going to put my nose to the grindstone and start actually working towards my Cuba body. I leave for Cuba on March 1st and have been intending on working out at my local gym for the last 2 months.

I just rarely got there.

So yesterday, I packed some work out clothes, my 30 day shred dvd and a towel and I took it to work. At lunch I went down to the gym and did the 20 minute work out.

And it almost killed me.

I don’t know if it was just that I haven’t really done much of anything in the last 3 weeks, or the fact that I only ate 4 slices of corned beef in the hour prior to exercizing, but I felt like I was either going to pass out or barf for about an hour and a half after exercizing.

I think the main thing was my blood sugar plummetted, so I’m going to be taking some more food today so I have more to eat prior to exercizing.

I’m only doing level one right now, but I’d like to be up to level 2 or 3 by March.

Jillian Michaels is an interesting character. I really respect her in a way because she used to be over weight, took control of her life, and became a huge motivator for others by losing the weight and keeping it off. However, I really don’t agree with how she promotes pills and suppliments as the quickest ways to lose weight.

I understand that in our busy society, people claim to not have the time to eat healthy and exercize, but from experience, pills and suppliments are not the way to go. My mom has health issues that continue from a stint in the 80s when she went on diet pills. Now I know pills have come a long way since then, but still, we don’t know what health realated issues we’re going to get from them yet.

I really like some of what Jillian has to say about diet, healthy living, and exercize, and I do enjoy buying magazines that have stories about her because it is an inspiriation. I just don’t agree with this one area. It’s a bit frustrating for me, because she seems like she’s a decent person, and maybe it’s just because fame and money got to her a bit. I would hope that she at least did her research and knows what she’s endorsing.

I just know I’d never buy it.

2 in 2011

December 31, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

So I started late for a long list of sewn objects, but I have a second that I finished today.

Yes, this is the exact same colour as my skirt, it is actually the exact same fabric as the skirt and shirt work together to be Lucy from Peanuts, but I wanted this costume to be something that I can wear regularly.

So this top is made from the New Look 6338 view B in the same cotton-poly blend that  my skirt is made from. I think the weight of the fabric is a bit too much for the pattern though, because the arms stick out rather than fluff around my arms. I still like it though.

If I remake this though, I will need to change the neck because it’s a bit tight. I’m really impressed with how the zipper went, it’s probably the best one I’ve put in ever.

I finished this up for the New Years party we’re going to today so I didn’t have time to do a proper outfit get up to show off the shirt. I’ll get around to that tomorrow or something.

My plans for 2012 are to actively start using Suzy (my sewing machine) and to make lovely outfits for myself.

First up:

Gertie’s Bombshell Dress Course. This is two fold, first, I’d get a full tutorial in how to make a proper dress, a muslin, and everything from start to finish. Secondly, I have a costume that I’m going to be making, and this dress pattern looks just about right for it (with one or two minor tweaks.) So I’ll have a lovely dress, a lovely costume, and the skills and knowledge to continue on my path of a home made wardrobe.

I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year, catch you on the flip side!

Hey Look, I made something!

December 18, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ok so wow… yeah… this blogging thing really isn`t my strong point, but I do like having a place to show my stuff.

Like this:

Please excuse my horrible posing, I`m really not good at this stuff. Plus taking a picture with the timer on your camera and trying to pose properly is difficult.

Anyway, the skirt is one that I started making for a Halloween costume, but didn`t finish the costume in time. The whole point of this was to allow me to not only have a costume, but also to have 2 pieces of wearable clothes. (The second being a top that currently needs sleeves and a bottom hem… maybe I can get that done today..) The top and skirt are made from the same fabric so I will never wear them together as then I would look like I was wearing a costume, but separately I think they`re cute.

This skirt is made with New Look Pattern 6190 view C, in a cotton-poly blend. I`m a little surprised at how straight it is because from the picture it looked like it would be more flowy, but that could be from the weight of the fabric.

I think I might need a slip with this though, at least if I`m wearing it with leggings like this, because it seems to like to catch a bit.

Since this is the first piece of clothing that I`ve actually wanted to really wear and look nice, it was a bit harder for me. I usually make costumes so I tend to take shortcuts while I`m sewing, then wonder why the piece didn`t turn out how I wanted it to.¬† A lot of the things I have issues with on this skirt (the zipper cover is a bit puckered, the waist facing could have been done a bit nicer) are basically all from inexperience. So now my challenge is to finish my shirt and start planning my next piece of clothing. I have some nice printed lycra that I might use to make a top… I`ll have to look through my patterns and see what I have.

Plus I have my big costume that I`m planning on making this year… in the process, I`ve found a beautiful dress tutorial on Craftsy that looks like it`ll work perfect! And then I`ll have the skills to make a dress I`ve been drooling over for years… just need to find the right fabric now.

Remembering

November 11, 2011 at 7:46 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’ve had an issue with Remembrance Day for a while, since I was in high school and watched a couple of boys put poppies over their genitals and wander around.

It seems a lot of young people just don’t get it! Maybe it’s because they haven’t lived in a world with war affecting them personally, or maybe it’s because it’s just not talked about at home.

In my family, we still talk about it. My great grandfather on my mother’s side lost his leg in World War 1, my grandfather on my father’s side was in the Navy in World War 2, but only for the very end of it, and never saw battle. My grandfather on my mother’s side was in the Air Force for 50 years, but missed the two big wars, and pretty much all of the little ones.

Still, Remembrance Day is significant in my life. It’s a time to remember those who we may never have met but have protected us and others around the world, in past, present and future.

Where I am Remembrance Day is not a stat holiday, and as much as some people might like it to be, I don’t know if that’s a good idea. I know that I would go to the Cenetaph and watch the ceremony, and make it significant for my kids, but I know a lot of people would just bag off.

I think what should be done is that if you want to take the time and go to the ceremony, you get the morning off to do so, but have to bring in the pamphlet handed out or something showing that you were there. I think if you want to remember, and want to go thank those who have done SO much for you, you should have the opportunity without repricussion.

But I don’t think it should be a free day.

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