Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Just a quick post

I guess it's a good thing when you're so busy living life, you don't have time to blog about it! Lots of fun happenings last week and this week:

I guest co-hosted the Nappturalite Radio Show on Thursday. The show topic was organization. Very ironic considering my struggle to remain organized. You can catch the replay here!

Last night was my first session of my intermediate adult swim class. I had a lot of anxiety about class! I haven’t been in the water since my triathlon in August 2012. I was concerned I had forgotten everything I learned, but it was a great first day back! I felt really comfortable and my instructor said my stroke was good. My goal is to work on building endurance and remembering to kick from my hips.



This Friday, Crafty Night Out is happening!

I’m so excited host this crafting workshop. I’m soooo happy with the response. I’m already planning the next one in my mind. I’ll have plenty of pictures to share with you!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Make it yourself: Yarn wrap earrings

Here's my first creative project of the year! Yarn-wrapped cardboard earrings are really lightweight and easy to make.

Materials used:
Yarn
Corrugated cardboard
Earring template (the two smallest sizes were used)
Jump rings
Earring hooks
Scissors
Straight razor
Cutting mat
Super glue
Pencil or pen

Trace larger template onto cardboard.
Center smaller template inside of larger shape and trace.

Cut out larger shape with scissors. Slightly round the top point to allow for easier yarn-wrapping.
Cut out smaller shape with a straight razor. You may need to flip onto the back side for a clean cut.

Cut down the middle of smaller shape to help with removal.

Start to wrap the yarn in single rows without overlapping. Tie a knot to start (I suggest starting on the side of the earring). It’s ok to leave a short tail. It can be covered during the wrapping process.

If you come to the end of a piece of yarn before finishing, tie a knot in the end. Start a new piece of yarn, using the same process to cover the tail pieces.

The top of the earring can be tricky because of the sharp curve. Start to overlap the yarn until the curve straightens out. Then start to wrap in a single row again.


Finish wrapping. Tie a knot at the end and cut the tail. Add a dab of super glue at the end to secure.

Thread a jump ring through the yarn at the top. The yarn I used was thin, so I grabbed a couple of pieces in the jump ring. Add an earring hook and close the jump ring.

All done. Think of all the possibilities of using different shapes of cardboard and different types of yarn. Circles and squares and triangles, oh my! Have fun and enjoy!

2013 Commitment Day 5K recap

Happy New Year to you! I finished the Commitment Day 5K in Chicago in twenty degree weather on New Year’s Day 2013. I really enjoyed this race. There was no pressure because it wasn’t a timed race. There were lots of walkers and families, strollers, and dogs. These are the things I can typically do without in a race, but this was different because for many this was a physical affirmation of their commitment to healthier living in the New Year. I enjoyed witnessing that.

Anyone who drags themselves out of a warm bed on New Year’s Day to walk and run along Lake Michigan deserves a standing ovation. There were plenty of supporters along the way. At the race site, participants signed the Commitment Board, stating what they commit to in 2013. Photographers snapped pictures of families and friends documenting a significant day of their fitness journeys.

I met up with several friends, one from college and a few from my running group. I ran the entire race. I have been practicing a 5:1 run/walk, but ended up running the entire route after being distracted by chatting with a few running buddies. Despite the cold, we hung out at the finish line taking photos and cheering on other finishers.


The race swag was pretty o.k. too; A nice technical shirt for future workouts and a commitment journal to track my fitness goals throughout the year. I plan to be back in 2014!