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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456: i'm not a gym rat, i'm a gym unicorn

Hey, you guys! I miss you!

I just couldn't blog my way through the shop closing: it was too damn depressing. If we hang out together on facebook or twitter, then you know what I mean. I flailed, I was graceless, I was sad, I was mad, I was tired, I was self-pitying, I was cranky as hell.

We had great last holiday push ---- my customers are were wonderful and so sweet to me.  I will miss them. After New Years, we cleaned up and cleared out for the end of January. I should say Stuart cleared out and cleaned up. (Thank you, babe.) I tried, but I pretty much either became filled with crackling rage or dissolved into a pool of tears when I tried to do anything there.

Yeah, good times.

Aren't you glad I spared you?

Well, it's all over now  and I am starting to emerge from my self-imposed hibernation.

I am working part time at my old day job---- I'm the in-house artist at an embroidery and screenprinting shop. Pretty much the rest of the day I am the gym.

For realsies.

I knew I would kinda fall apart without something positive to focus on after the shop closed, and my stress and sadness was pretty high, so I thought it would be really good for me to focus on my health and fitness for a while while I'm recovering from the heartbreak.

So far, so good! I am going to start blogging about what I am up to---- I hope you will enjoy it and maybe join me in kicking some A!

For motivation and inspiration, I started a pinterest board called BadAss-piration. Like "Thinspiration", but not creepy. I post cute workout clothes, pics of women that motivate me to get my butt to the gym, quotes that I like, etc.

I also started a tumblr called yummyfitness, where I post my own illustrated or lettered pictures and quotes. I can't decide where I want to do my fitness bloggin', so for now I will do a little here and a little over there. Sometimes they will cross over, I'm sure. Bear with me while I figure it out!

This was my first tumblr post:

I really need to do an illustration for that!

In other news, yes, I am working on more fabric! And I may have a silly book idea percolating up in my brainbox.

And, yes,  I am still loving on the Hot British Guys. My current fave is Jason Isaacs--- or as I like to call him: Hot Lucius.

I had always disliked him -----since way back when he was in The Patriot! But this fall I caught him in Case Histories and he totally won me over.

I've done a fair bit of pinning in his honor.

Well, I just wanted to poke in and say hi and tell you that I miss you and I'm still alive and I am taking good care of myself. I will be around more often now.

Thank you so much for all of your love and support.




Reader Comments (7)

Loving the heck out of your yummyfitness tumblr page! Exactly the juju I need to see these days. I'm so sorry about your shop...can't imagine the heartbreak on so many levels. I hope the physical strength you're getting from the gym transfers into emotional strength to keep you moving forward!! xo
February 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJan
LOVE love your yummy fitness posts at tumblr! what a great way to channel your energy and humor . . .
cracked me up: "it confuses me when people post their after pictures on the left" too funny. xo
February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Fernald
I've got no words of wisdom, only hugs of comfort... and I'm glad to "see" you again.
February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathleenC
having graced the steps to your shop it saddened me to see that you were closing. You will continue to be great, just in a different capacity. you know what they say.... one door closes..... Good luck Melissa- - a fellow Barnstabillion.
February 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNan Ingraham
sosososoooo! glad to see you posting again!! Hoped you hadn't given up on blogging. You brighten our world with your thoughts. Hope to see a muscley-unicorn illo on that imagined t-shirt! I'm recovering from surgery right now but look forward to getting back to the gym myself when I am allowed, and would love a gym-unicorn t to wear there! --much affection.
February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterToni
nice to hear from you again! :)
March 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLina
gym unicorn! ftw!
March 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterreview

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