Just Because

Thursday, April 28, 2011

this whole "marathon" thing

so, i'm doing this on saturday:
the half part. not the full - i'm not totally dilusional.

so we'll be walking

and i'm actually excitied about it!

this all came about back in january when janna suggested that we do this as a way to honor Thomas and be more heart healthy.  i thought this would be a great way to honor Thomas and Clinton.

we started training in january, following a plan by hal higdon.

on that cold day in january, melissa and i took our first steps to training for the half marathon by walking 3 miles.  it was so cold that day, and i was sure i'd never make it.

there have been many many walks since then. our last long walk was this past weekend, and my mom and i walked 10 miles. it was a slow one, but i felt like i could have done 3 more miles.  according to the application on my phone i use to track mileage, i've walked over 120 miles. if you had told me i would have been doing this a year ago, i would have laughed in your face.  i just don't do stuff like this!!

there have been several points during this journey, while i was walking, and while i was hurting from walking, that i thought "there is no way. i won't ever be able to finish this."  i have prayed about it a lot, and often when i am walking i just beg God to keep me upright and help my feet keep moving.  and so far he has shown grace by allowing me to finish the training, and still be going. 

i also think about Thomas and Clinton a lot.  all they have been through, and all their families have been through - and i then i know i can do this.  for them.  many times while Thomas was in the hospital and since his passing, and since Clinton was diagnosed a year and a half ago, i have wished i could take the hurt and pain away, and while the only thing i can do about that is pray and be there for my friends, i can show my support for these two amazing boys and their families in this very tangible way. 

so when (not if) i cross the finish line on saturday, it will be for Clinton and Thomas, and it will be by the grace of God!!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

felt flowers

these little cuties have been all over blog land, so i guess i'm a little slow on the uptake, but i finally got around to making some. and you can too!! so easy.

just grab some felt and cut out 4 circle the same size, and one that is little smaller that those.

take each larger circle and put a little dot of hot glue in the middle and fold it in half. (if you have a low temp setting on your glue gun, that helps cut down on the burning of the finger tips.)

then glue and fold again.then glue your little quarter circle pieces to the smaller circle. then, you're almost done....just pick out a fun button and plop it right in the middle and you have a cute little felt flower!

add it to a scrapbook page, glue it to a pin and put it on your purse or hat...i put this one in my journal. how fun would it be to make a set and glue magnets to the back...you could have a flower garden right on your fridge!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

just call me the bag lady

i'm in the process of making 5 bags for the graduating girls at church. i made one last year, and it was pretty easy since katie, who the bag was for, loves cows. so i got some cow print fabric and whipped that one right up. this year, there are 5 girls i wanted to make bags for. so the deal was they had to pick out the fabric - that was just a little too much decision making for my feeble brain! and look what they picked out - so impressed, and excited to be making these bags for some awesome girls!!

i think they did a wonderful job!! i am about half way through making the bags, so i think i will have no problem getting them done by graduation - i hope =)

Friday, April 15, 2011

fabric covered journals - would you pay for one of these?

i saw a version of these on a blog sometime last year, and i was hooked. i love journals and i love fabric, so i figured i couldn't go wrong.

i did these first ones for my girls at church for Christmas. they are composition books and i used mod podge to attach the fabric. i love the way they look, but i wasn't crazy about the way they felt with the mod podge. they were a bit rough, but i think they will hold up well.

i love the ribbons on this one. i just think that turned out really well.

this one is covered in a corderoy napkin, and i didn't cover the outside with mod podge, so it is softer than the others.

i made this one for my boss for her birthday this week. she has been pestering me since i made the others to make her one, and i think it turned out really well.

i used spray glue to attach the fabric this time, and i like the results much better. although i love mod podge for lots of things, spray glue just worked better this time. the drying time is lots less and you can feel the texture of the fabric.

this shot shows the texture on the front a little better, i sewed some pleats into a strip of fabric and then sewed kind of a ruffle on top of that, then used hot glue to attach the whole thing.

also, this one is a "real" journal that you might find in a stationary store, or whatever. i got a ton of them last december from a stationary company a friend of mine works for - which leads to the question above....

would you pay for one of these? i am thinking very seriously about opening an etsy shop and selling journals like these. just wanted to see what people think.