We've been doing good working out at the gym. It all started when the rain kept us from our walks. What we've learned is that the treadmill gives us a much better workout than we were getting walking at the local parks. After a couple of months at the park we were walking the whole place and then getting creative by circling back and around the block to get more of a walk. Of course the walks were good to get us started and they helped us get a routine, but now we are going to the gym daily and working out on the treadmill for an hour.
Then today at the gym we saw a poster about getting sessions with a personal trainer. It's a good idea because one reason I don't want to use the other machines is because I don't know how to use them properly and I don't want to hurt myself. The other reason is I don't want to look stupid.
So I think I will be doing that in the next couple of weeks. It is only 3 sessions, but I will learn everything in the place and that is worth a lot.
While going through my green & light fabrics for my class next week I came up with an idea of about my fabric stash. I am making stacks - 1/2 yd, 1yd, 1 1/2yds, 2yds, 4yds, 5yds. This will make it easier to find the right amount of fabric when I 'shop' my stash.
Until now I had everything in order by color, but then I had to dig through each color section looking for the right amount for what I needed. Then if I found something I would have to get it out and measure it to make sure it was enough.
What I did is this: If I have less than 1/2 yard I cut it into the strips I need to the class. Or more than 1/2 yard, but less than a yard, I cut it down to 1/2 yard and cut the extra into strips. Same with the other measurements. Or if it is a fabric that I just want out of my stash, I cut it up.
Well, I had this idea to do that with all my fabric. I can cut any extra stuff of other colors into 2 1/2" strips (the most usable size; or into several different sizes) and then put everything back by size - not color.
This will be great for me this year because I am going to try not to buy much fabric in 2011. I say 'try' and 'much' because there is some really cute fabric out there and I will probably have to get a little bit of; probably next week. And if there is something I want to make and I don't have the right stuff in my stash I might need to buy something.
Also, as I put the fabric back on the shelves I will be able to take a count of just how many yards of fabric I actually have.
SCARY - I know, but it is time for me to get a grip.
Then when I shop my stash I can feel good about using up what I have.
Kinda like how I feel when I burn calories!
My body and my stash will be slimmer by 2012.
Back to the stash!