Monday, April 30, 2012

Tute Tuesday Link-Up #12

Time for another Tute Tuesday Link-up!
For our most visited link, we have this GORGEOUS Flower Wall Art. Absolutely beautiful!

And a few of my other favorites from last week: 
Pallet Shelves...I love and want these! 

These Projects with Pearl Snaps are such a cool upcycle!
Barefoot sandals made from Tshirts! Great project for the little ones!

Now for this week's link-up!
Link up to show off what you're done lately! Anything from crafts, recipes, home decor and goodies...anything that you are sharing a TUTORIAL of (hence the "Tute" part of "Tute Tuesdays"!
You are welcome to link multiple items, and you can link up for the next 3 days!  
Grab a button on the sidebar if you'd like everyone else to join in on the fun!

Beginner Runner Advice

As a beginning runner, I have some advice for those of you who may be starting out. 

Biggest mistake of my running experience thus far: Once you start doing longer runs, check your pedometer (or however you are tracking your runs) for accuracy. I use Nike+ which has a sensor in my shoe, and a receiver for my ipod. I love it. I am certain I would not have kept running without it. The nike+ program tracks everything online, and I love seeing my progress! 
HOWEVER, I never checked to see how it calibrated with my own steps. Bad call. Its fine if you're running for fun. But in the half marathon, I realized it was off by about 1/10 of a mile. Which is pretty bad when you think you've run 13.1 miles, and you really have 1.5 left. It was a huge let down and I was pretty discouraged in the end. 

Run however you feel comfortable. I wanted to carry a water bottle with me during the marathon, because that is how I trained. I'm glad that I did. It was easier for me, it was the way I trained, and I didn't want to chance it. If you live in a place that doesn't get as hot as Nebraska, you may not need water as often. 

Don't get discouraged if you're not following a running schedule for training. I knew I needed to increase my runs every week, and run short-medium runs a few times a week, and long runs once a week. I learned to do my long runs on Tuesday after classes. I wasn't going to kid myself and wake up early on a Saturday to do them. You don't have to do the schedule exactly. 

Don't buy a bunch of stuff just because you feel like you have to. I bought things I needed in increments. A few weeks ago I bought running socks, that helped with the blisters. They helped ALOT when I started doing 8+ miles. But you don't need them right off the bat. I also bought a running water bottle a couple of weeks ago so I didn't have to keep stopping by the house and switching it out on longer runs. I also got headphones that were meant for running, that way I wasn't constantly fidgeting and losing my groove (yes...I feel that I have a grove while running) If you have a smart phone, you may not even need something for a pedometer. I don't have a smartphone, so I did have to invest in one of those. 

Train with more hills. Nebraska and Oklahoma are both flat. BUT there were alot more hills during the marathon than I had trained for. I ran on bike paths here, which are really flat. I should have done more streets. 

If you wear glasses, I would suggest glasses, NOT contacts. Simply because your face gets sweaty and salt in yours eyes is not fun. You may not sweat as much as I do, but it also rained while I was running, so the sweat was running down my face. Extra salty. But try it however you want, and see what works for you!

This is just advice from one person to another- I'm just a beginner, like alot of you. But I wanted to share my experience while it was fresh in my head!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Half Marathon!

I finished the half marathon!!! 

I ran with my old roomie (well she ran WAAAY ahead of me) 

I'm pretty tired, and have alot to do to catch up from being away- 
Normal blogging to resume soon!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Oklahoma Graduation

I'm down in Oklahoma for the weekend!
 I was able to watch my cousin and a few of my other wonderful friends, graduate from my alma mater this afternoon- I was so glad to be here for their special day!

Please ignore my hair- it was windy

Sunday I'll be running my half marathon here in Oklahoma City! So its going to be pretty crazy. Then do two more finals, and I'm finished with the year. Can't wait! 
Have a wonderful weekend! 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ribbon Belt

I somehow ended up with this really pretty ribbon in my room- I'm sure my family set it in there, thinking I would want to craft with it. Of course, I did! I decided I needed it for a belt this weekend, and didn't want to just tie the ribbon around my waist. So I went with this.
You can get the pieces for the belt at a craft store, or if you're like me and like to reuse, pick up an old belt from salvation army, and cut off the piece! (plus you can probably use the belt as a strap for a later project!)

All I did was cut off the metal pieces, and sew the one side to my ribbon!

Tadah! Easy as that.

What I had originally thought would be great, was if I could change out the belt pieces, and not sew them to ribbon. I worked on it a bit and came up with this bow. The ribbon isn't sewed at all, it is just wrapped around the metal piece to keep it in place.

However, then when I tried to take a step by step tutorial of how I did mind went blank and I couldn't recreate my bow :( Oh well! Maybe someday!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Tute Tuesday Link-up #11

Time for another Tute Tuesday!
For our most visited link, we have the crochet slouchy puff hat pattern. I have to say, I have about 7 of these, and wear them all throughout the winter/fall- love them! Also should mention, this girl makes great legwarmers!
A few of my other favorites- this stripy ruffle skirt- I'm always so impressed with people that can sew! Looks amazing!

Love the idea of these tuna melts- in cupcake tins!!  So smart!

I love this layer fabric banner!!! It makes me want to throw a party

 Last but not least- this way cool zipper clutch 

 Thanks for everyone for linking up last week! Feel free to grab a featured button from the side of the blog!

Now for this week's link-up!
Link up to show off what you're done lately! Anything from crafts, recipes, home decor and goodies...anything that you are sharing a TUTORIAL of (hence the "Tute" part of "Tute Tuesdays"!
You are welcome to link multiple items, and you can link up for the next 3 days!  
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Spare Wire Crafts

Since I've cut back on my etsy orders with the bridal hangers-I've been starting to use my scrap wire to make cute little projects!

Like keychains
And photo frame holders

Bachelorette party "crowns"
And a wire baby hanger!
These are all projects you can try- they are all pretty easy, and you could make them with all sorts of different wires-
Any other great ideas for wire projects?

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Finals as a 2L

This next week and a half are my few days as a 2L. Just a quick debriefing of law school:
It is 3 years long (three loooonggg years)
You go by years: 1L 2L 3L
First year is said to be your hardest.
Second year is just alot of work
Third year, you're pretty much over it because...
After you're third year you should have a job and be studying for the BAR exam.

Anyway, I'm finishing my second year.

Its surprising how much less stressed I am as a second year. WAY less crying (I'll admit it. First year was ALOT of stress/freakout crying) I know that in all likelihood I will pass each class, so I need to just calm down and study so that I do the best I can. Its a more rational approach to the whole process. If only I could have told my 1L self that.

Finals will start on Monday. My week and a half of finals goes a little like this:

Monday: Mergers and Acquisitions Final
Tuesday: Corporate Tax Final (BLECK)
Wednesday: Take home final for Pre-Trial Litigation
Thursday: Leave for Oklahoma road trip!
Friday: Watch my little cousin graduate from my Alma Mater
Saturday: use my new noise canceling headphones to study at a coffee shop
Sunday: run my first ever HALF MARATHON and then take the trek back to Nebraska.
Monday: study my little rear off
Tuesday: Employment Law Final
Wednesday: Securities Regulations Final
Wednesday at 11:30am
Rock out to whatever song is on the radio, sing at the top of my lungs, cry from relief, and drive home.
Wednesday at 1:00pm
Sit in my bed and wonder what I am supposed to do with the rest of the day.
 It's like when you take an indoor cat outside, place them just outside your door, and they freeze up. Its all because they've never had this much space and it scares them half to death...even though for the last 5 years of the cat's life it has been staring through the glass door, wanting nothing more than to go chase the squirrel on the deck.
Its the best and yet weirdest don't have to feel guilty for not studying every moment, and you're truly free from learning. It may be short lived, but its amazing.

But then after that, it is a whirlwind of activity.
Thursday: Move to Omaha (to start my job on Monday!)
Thursday Night: catch a flight to DENVER to see Kevin
Fri-Sat: Spend time with Kevin
Sunday: Fly back to Omaha
Monday: Start my new job!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Luggage Tag- With a TOMS flag

Ever since my TOMS slippers post from a few weeks ago, I've had a number of people volunteer their TOMS flags for crafting! So thank you to those of you that have! This one was my first volunteered flag, from my good friend Katie.

I decided that I wanted to do something with it, that maybe she could use! Since she is with her husband in England right now, I didn't want to send anything that she would have to deal with coming back this summer. A luggage tag seemed like the perfect solution!

You can make about 3 luggage tags out of a flag, depending on how you make them. I made one where you slide in an information card. And the 2nd one is a tag designed simply to locate your luggage. I also changed it up, where one is made completely from a flag, strap and all. And the other is made with an elastic piece for the strap. So there is flexibility here! This doesn't have to be made out of a toms flag either. I liked the thicker canvas fabric, but its really up to you! I'm sure there are WAY better tutorials out there. But as I've said before...sewing isn't really my thing. So I just make it up as I go!

So you need a couple of pieces.
A think piece of fabric, for a strap (or you can use elastic)
A piece twice as wide as you want the tag to be
And if you want a pocket, a piece for the pocket.
(or you can skip the pocket and just use it as a way to identify your luggage)

Here I am cutting 2 tags. I made it twice as wide by deciding how large I wanted it, and folding it over and then cut it!

Skinny pieces are for straps
I'll try to show each step. (but I' terrible at explaining anything sewing! sorry!)
First the strap- you want to hem this.
Then add the pocket

Sew it together, just not the top

Then sew the strap in where the open part is

And that is it! I know the directions and the outcome are a little rough- but allow me to remind you...sewing is NOT my thing. So this is proof that anyone can give it a try!

HGTV Feature

I have a craft featured on HGTV online segment "Clever uses for everyday items in the bathroom" Go check out photo #6!

Thanks to HGTV for contacting me for this great opportunity!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Salted Toffee Biscotti

Biscotti is one of my many weaknesses. If you're a coffee drinker, and have never experienced to magic of eating something like biscotti with your coffee, you're truly missing out of one of the miracles of life. Trust me. Do this: Drink your black coffee, think of the taste for a minute.
Now eat a bite of biscotti (or a cadbury egg....I love those) now take a sip of coffee.
It changes everything.

Now that you all think I'm off my rocker, you've got to try this salted toffee biscotti!

I got the idea from my mother, who purchased a big tub of salted caramel biscottii from Costco the other day. I'd never had a salted biscotti before, but it was life changing.

I used the basic biscotti recipe:

2 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
2tsp almond
4 tbs melted butter
And instead of adding nuts, added in 3/4 cup english toffee pieces.

Mix it all up (dry ingredients in 1 bow, wet in another, then mix it together)
Split the dough in half.
Roll each half into a log about 1 inch thick, 2 inches wide, and 12ish inches long.

Bake at 350 degrees for around 25 minutes (watch it closely!)
It should be relatively firm when you remove it, a very light brown.

Let it cool about 15 min.

Slice your logs about 1/2 inch thick. Put it back in for 15 min (lay it on the side you just cut, not the bottom how it was before)
Flip the little biscotties, and do another 15.
(if you like a softer biscotti, just skip this step)

Now is the fun part! Once it is cooled, place them on waxed paper, melt up some chocolate chips, and drizzle it over your biscotti. While it is still melted, take some salt (large salt works best) and sprinkle it lightly over the biscotti. It will stick where the chocolate is!

Now brew up a cup of coffee, and enjoy!

In addition- I posted a marble biscotti recipe earlier, if you want to try something else!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Tute Tuesday Link-up #10

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Time for another Tute Tuesday!
For our most visited link, Homemade Cadbury Cream Eggs! Oh my goodness, these look amazing!

A couple of my other favorites (it has been a busy weekend, so just a couple this time!)
Awesome idea for kids (or us adults that still like to color) with this DVD coloring case! Perfect for road trips and church!

And finally this no-hem covered elastic skirt! Wonderful idea!

Thanks for linking up everyone!! Feel free to grab a featured button on the sidebar!

Now for this week's link-up!
Link up to show off what you're done lately! Anything from crafts, recipes, home decor and goodies...anything that you are sharing a TUTORIAL of (hence the "Tute" part of "Tute Tuesdays"!
You are welcome to link multiple items, and you can link up for the next 3 days!  
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Wire Picture Holders- Wedding Favors

Lately I've been trying to think of creative things to do from the wire I was using for the personalized wedding hangers. I got so tired of doing the same thing over and over I started thinking of neat things you could do instead! This idea I got off of etsy!
Its designed as a wedding favor for your guests! You could do the wire in different colors, different ribbons, creative shapes etc.
This is the basic heart shape I used. I figured a heart was pretty wedding appropriate. You could do bakers twine or ribbon in your wedding colors!

Just a pair of pliers, and a little patience for this one!
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