Apr 19, 2016

A card and a tag!

My prima doll creation- phoomph under fabric gives her dress dimension. 

Dylusions spray ink and Sizzix working together in perfect harmony!

Apr 17, 2016

Runner's Log 04/17/16

It's been a while since I've updated on the progress towards Canmore. We've now been working on this for nearly 4 months and the going is so slow. I have to remind myself that in the beginning a few laps around the gym was challenging.  Our goal distance is 21km, and I seem to have stalled out at the 10km mark. I am finding it hard to improve distance, speed and stamina from this point. I personally have been plagued with a germ infestation that seems to love my lungs. I meet with the doctor next week to see if there are any clues in test results (chest x-ray, lung function test). This weird thing is also getting in the way of my singing. I can't sustain a note or rely on what is going to come out of my mouth.

Anyways, today's run was in beautiful, ideal weather. We ran 11km in an hour and a half. It actually felt pretty good, but there were walking stretches, one that was particularly long because my mom phoned! And there was trouble at the beginning with shin cramps; I resolved that by pulling down my cocoon running socks. I don't think I will ever make friends with that particular runner's aid!

Canvas Time

I've been making canvases the past few months- I love the messy layered process of just mucking around until it finally seems done!

This was created as a gift to a wonderful teacher friend!
Created for a friend who is about to undergo some medical treatments. I wanted to find a way to give her an encouraging quote!

Feb 16, 2016

A quick crafty post

I put together some care packages for my half marathon ladies. I can't express how grateful I am for their inspiration, encouragement and positivity. They make this adventure even more than bearable, and possibly even amazing!

To make the tags, I sprayed a stencil background and added a little ribbon detail. I stamped and embossed the flowers then colored them using the Dylusions ink like a watercolor paint; I applied the ink with a paintbrush! Assembly, and done! 

I have to say how much I love the Heartfelt Creations stamp and die combinations- the way they've set up the stamps to make the die is genius! All parts are cut out at the same time!

I put some goodies from Saje in the package (Pain Release Massage Oil, Apr├Ęs Sport Bath Salts) and some Clif Shot Blocks. I hope they enjoy them!

Jan 27, 2016

Runner's Log 01/24/16

Too much to do today for real fun, but the amazing weather pulled me outside and I got to walk to the store, accompanied by my mostly willing daughter. About 5km 

Runner's Log 01/27/16

Walked to and from choir practice tonight, as I usually do but this time I took the longer way home. It added a few extra km to my day's total and 5000 extra steps. Because of today's melting temperatures, the sidewalks were treacherous but I achieved my first weekday 20 000 step day! 

Jan 26, 2016

Runner's Log 01/26/16

Marathon ladies and I were indecisive about a short run after work today. Ultimately 2 of us went for it, plus we gained an extra! Left saying we were only up for a short, easy run. Ended up with a 5.5km jaunt that felt pretty good. Much better than our last outdoor run (for me). 

Just to make it weird, it was raining. In January! In North Central Alberta! 

Signed on to another work week hustle challenge on fitbit. Did nothing yesterday, so starting at a deficit. Will have to work hard to catch up!

Jan 23, 2016

Runner's Log 01/23/16

Good and awesome run with the marathon ladies. Ran 10k for the first time. About 1hour 13 minutes (cool down time included in active minutes).

Runner's log 01/21-22/16

Thursday, January 21/16
Ran with marathon group outside- 5km in 40 minutes. Although I was pleased with this, it was freaking hard and a big bad dose of reality hit. How on earth am I going to accomplish 22km? I whined and complained and basically spilled my nerves all over the place. I was obnoxious to run with.

Friday, January 22/16
Laughed about a running clinic that costs $300 with marathon group. We will muddle through clinic free. An evening walk- 6km in 60 minutes. Picked up bottles and enjoyed being outside. Worked at calming myself the heck down. I won't die. I won't come in first. I might come in last, and all will be well.

Happy little side note- participated in a fitbit challenge this week (workweek hustle), and came out on top! I'm not fast, but I'm getting somewhere. Average around 13k steps a day.

Jan 20, 2016

Runner's Log 01/20/16

Brisk walk tonight - approx 6 km total. Cold out, but have to keep my place in a group challenge on fitbit. Curse those enthusiastic people who keep me moving. The fitbit challenge is also responsible for a 9:45pm push to hop on the elliptical for 45 minutes last night!

Jan 18, 2016

Runner's Log 01/18/16

Signed up for a half marathon at the end of May. Meant to register for a 10k... life is weird sometimes. 

Battling different apps to record accurate distance when running in a gym or treadmill. Have my fitbit app, which disagrees with itself (regular step/distance vs run) and map my run. Work in progress. 

Running an hour at a time. Slow running. With short walking stretches. 

Jan 3, 2016

Runner's Log 03/01/16

3 km in 22 min. No empties because we tried to keep a decent pace. Made me sad to pass them by. 

Off to the elliptical for a little more. 

Jan 1, 2016

Runner's Log 01/01/16

Beautiful day- mostly walking with some jogging bits. 1 hour, 7.25 km, 21 empties collected.