Sunday, May 24, 2015

Hello and a Mini DIY

Hello!  It's been a long while since I've last posted (some ramblings on why below), but let's start with a quick and easy mini DIY.

I have a number of bib-type necklaces that rest on the collar.  If I wear a collared shirt or turtleneck (it's been in the 50s-60s here lately), I feel choked when wearing a necklace.  So though this may be a DUH to many of you, I wanted to share how to quickly extend a necklace if you're like me.
Necklace Extender - just add a bracelet!  
This gives you the adjustable length you need and a bonus of a cute dangler to hang down your back.  Particularly useful when you were thisclose to leaving for work when realizing your necklace was too short.

And then some rambling - please feel free to skip :)

So where have I been?  It all started with a trip to Hong Kong during Thanksgiving last year.  It was both a very good trip and a very horrible one.

The good:
  • FOOD!
  • Fabric shopping
  • Seeing Jay Chou in concert
The bad:
  • 4 out of the 5 of us got sick.  Our 5 year-old had his first febrile seizure and went to the emergency room.  Thank goodness we still have family in HK to help us navigate through the healthcare system.  Poor guy had to spend the night for monitoring, but thankfully was ok to come home to the hotel (and back to the US a couple of days later).
  • Broke my toe on Day 3 of our 12 day trip and limped around for the remainder.  And to be a little whiny (a lot whiny?), we walked 5-8 miles per day anyway.  
Once we came home, I spent quite a bit of time being inactive while waiting to heal.  Inactivity plus good food equaled 7 lbs in rapid weight gain. The extra weight on someone of my stature was...ahem...noticeable, to say the least.  Sewing was the last thing on my mind - I didn't want to sew larger items only to alter them later so I threw my focus into getting back to my normal weight.  I first started watching what I ate on weekdays while indulging on the weekends (a compromise I knew I could realistically stick to) and as I healed, I started getting active again.  It took FOUR months to lose the weight I gained in ONE.  But I'm now back to normal and hope to start sewing again!

While I get back in the swing of things, you can always find me on Instagram under the name, "SewEatRepeat."  I'm still toying with the idea of changing the blog name to reflect this as well, but I'm also kind of lazy, so we'll see :)


  1. Glad to see you're feeling better! I'm not sure I could have been so graceful under pressure though, if I'd been on vacation and people were expecting me to walk around on a broken toe >.< #wimp.

    And that's a great necklace trick - I do it with a large pearl piece I picked up at Forever21 because I've just never bothered to buy a real extender, lol.

    1. Thanks so much, Dana! To be fair, we didn't know it was actually broken (I only went to Eastern medicine) until I came back and had it x-rayed. Had we known, we probably would have laid off the walking a little more :)

      And the pearl piece sounds genius - even more of a pretty pop - will have to try that!

  2. That is a fantastic DIY idea--I love that it makes use of resources that are already available to you.

    Oof! Sorry to hear about your toe--hope it's all healed up now!

    1. Thank you! And yes, definitely healed now! :)

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    1. Thank you, JBT! I appreciate you reading and sticking with me :)

  4. Sorry to hear about your toe! But good job on the weight loss. I'm still trying to lose baby weight accumulated with 2 pregnancies, ha. And oh boy, febrile seizure. They're scary huh? My son had them as a toddler. Glad to see ya back here!

    1. Thanks Lisa! Yikes, you son had them too? It scared the crap out of me. As the medics came and were checking his vitals, all I could do was sob helplessly. Ugh.

    2. Me too, the first time. It happened several times after. Thankfully, he outgrew his and hasn't had one since he was 3 (almost 2 years ago). Nevertheless, we dose him quickly with Tylenol whenever he has a fever just to be safe. And thankfully, these seizures don't affect their brain functions.


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