Hi! I'm Melissa Averinos. 

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I'm a longarm quilter and fabric designer for Andover Fabrics. I wrote Small Stash Sewing. I illustrated The Family Doodle Book. I wrote and illustrated DIY Mason Jars and DIY Wine Corks. I am a lifelong painter. I am a Cape Codder, good listener and lover of pie. I love yoga and gardening. Let's be friends!





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440: 30 day challenge, etc

I have been on semi-vacation for a few weeks, along with my honey, which has been lovely. I have been sleeping in, reading a ton of romance novels, going to bikram, going thrifting.

Tomorrow begins my new year. That's when I go back to work.

I decided to join in the 30 Day Challenge at Bikram Yoga Cape Cod that starts tomorrow! As you may recall, I have already done one of these 30 Day Challenges and am looking forward to immersing myself in the practice diligently once again.

Remember when I started up with myfitnesspal? I am getting back to using it in earnest tomorrow, too. If you use it--- it works. The nine weeks that I was diligent with it, I lost nine pounds. And I just checked back in with it and the people who joined with me and stayed with it have lost a heck of a lot more than that! I'm not really going crazy with a Trying To Lose Weight thing, I just want to feel good and maybe be less lumpy. That's not too farfetched, I don't think.

30 days is a nice chunk of time to commit to a daily practice of some kind. Challenging for sure, but manageable.

Want to join me? Is there something that you would like to do for 30 days in a row? Possibilities: tracking on myfitnesspal, yoga, going to the gym, mediation, tai chi, writing, sketchbooking, etc! Whatever it is in your life that would be helpful. Give it some thought!

I will be checking in on the yummygoods facebook every day, if you would like to join me!


In other news:

*You have to read this geniusy blog post about writing by the geniusy Beth Dunn.

*I wanted to see how many romance novels I've read since I became obsessed in October, so I joined goodreads. The answer is sixty. I have read 60 Regency romance novels in the last 3 months. That is more than I have read in the past decade.

*I'm enjoying pinterest.

*I saw The King's Speech twice and loved it. (Surprisingly funny!)

*OMGLondon2 is coming up soon! Beth and I will be returning to London and Bath in early March! We are planning a crafty/writery meetup in the William Morris Room at the Victoria And Albert Museum Cafe for Saturday, March 5. Let us know if you want to join us!



Reader Comments (16)

I am in like Flynn with the 30-day challenge. I'll be doing an hour of tai chi every day for 30 days!

Also: OMGLondon! eeeeeeeeeeeee!!!
January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeth Dunn
OMG London 2!!! It would be wonderful if there was a meetup of Yummy Goods followers. And the V&A is a perfect venue.
January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten Alicia
We are doing a Biggest Loser Challenge in my office ... and coincidentally I set two lap swims (for cardio/strength) and a yoga class (for stretch/balance) a week as my exercise of choice in this early part of the year. Tracking it all in Fitness Pal ... so yeah we'll see how it went this first week when I step on the scale at the first weigh in tomorrow :-)

Wishing you strength and smiles as the Bikram goodness grows throughout the month!
January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSue at nobaddays
lovely to see you on goodreads and pinterest! i forget about goodreads and then i start adding the books i've read since my last visit and then i scare myself with my obsessive reading habits :).

good luck with the yoga! tomorrow is the start of my next round of dieting...january does that to us all, i guess!

tara. xo.
January 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertara.
OMGLondon 2!!!!! I would absolutely love to meet up at the V&A, as long as you could handle my excited squealing!
January 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte
Good for you!!! You are going to feel fantastic! I was doing GREAT with Bikram's for about a month, and then I slipped on a puddle of sweat and fell out of triangle. Something popped in my glute region, and it really set me back. I tried to work through the injury, but my ego couldn't handle being so much less stretchy. I quit yoga and proceeded to pig out through the holidays. I'm on the right track now, but some additional motivation/support couldn't hurt! I'll definitely have to check it out.
January 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarla
Just started going back to the gym yesterday, so this is good timing. I will do some sort of exercise every day for 30 days. Yes, less lumpy would be good for me too.

Not so much London. I'm much more Paris!!
January 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy
ya gotta look up the amazing susannah conway of unravelling fame when you're in bath!
January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Shopped
Hi there! Just wanted to let you know that I'm doing a giveaway of your glorious Swoon collection on Stitched in Color right now. It would be awesome if you'd like to send any of your fans over to enter to win.

P.S. My husband needs that chicken mug.
Oh my goodness, I would have loved to join you in March but I think we will be moving house that week.

I've just read that sentence back and it seems a bit strange because we actually don't know each other, but I feel like I know you. Blogs are strange things arn't they!
January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGillian
I'm totally addicted to Pinterest. I'll go find you over there asap. This is me, if you're interested: http://pinterest.com/thoughtandfound As if I needed ANOTHER thing to distract me from my thesis, right?!

I've been living in a yoga desert ever since I moved back to Cambridge, ON for my M.Arch, but a new Moksha studio just opened and I'm so excited! Bikram is my first love (so I'm jealous of your 30-day challenge), but I'm willing to give this a try. At least it's hot!
January 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSheila
where are you :( come back!
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it's been a bit since i've seen my yoga mat (good for you), but i did just recently pick up your lover-ly book. so stoked to dive in the wonderful projects. thank you for creating and sharing them! i'm a total beginner and you've made them really seem doable.well done.
February 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhydeeann
Good luck and continue your yoga. Wishing you strength and smiles...

vist my partner at http://aflondon.com
May 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterstacy wong

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