December 18, 2009

My First Yarn Wreath

We needed a wreath to put on the front door. After a bit of research, I was inspired to make a yarn wreath, complete with felt flowers. Step 1 was quite simple. I wrapped by straw wreath form in batting which I secured in place with quilting needles.

Step 2 was equally simple - though perhaps a test of my patience. I wrapped the batted wreath form in my "base color" yarn, tied a few knots and secured it in place with quilting needles. Step 3 was accessorizing. I added a set of brown stripes and a thick green one; then a bouquet of felt flowers. I was sure to make a complete mess of my work space.

After playing around with various ornaments and flower types, I ending up sticking with a pretty simple design.

The completed wreath looks pretty fab on the door- that fabulousness seems to not be photogenic. But alas, I like my wreath and have already come up with many reasons to make some more: Clemson football, baby showers, etc.

December 9, 2009

Betty Girl

RIP Betty Girl 2005-2009

Betty {aka. Betty Girl, Lil' Donner, Donnie} was put down today. Betty belonged to my mom and her fiancé. After a mysterious 2 month health struggle and multiple doctors visits, it was discovered that she had an inoperable brain tumor. The tumor compromised much of her health but none of her spirit. Her life was only a short four years but she was overjoyed to live them. Betty was a huge Boston terrier that thought of herself as a lapdog. She followed Toby {aka. Scratchy, Scratchers} around and lounged on the couch. She loved licking ice cream and oatmeal bowls. Before she passed, Betty made sure to leave a lasting impression on our hearts and the couch pillows, where she spent so much of her time.

December 6, 2009


Yesterday I ran a half marathon. St.Jude hosts a marathon weekend every December that includes a 5k, half, and full marathon. Having run a good number of 5k races I decided it was time to take on a bit more distance. I knew that in order to finish the race it would be in my best interest to train. So, I made a nice schedule that I {for a few days} was determined to follow. Unfortunately, at best my training was sub-par at worst it was nonexistent; however, I made it. I ran all 13.1 miles and finished with a time of 2:25:35 which isn't too shabby for being ill prepared. I kept reminding myself that Isaiah 40:30-31 says: Even youths shall faint and be weary,and young men shall fall exhausted;but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary;they shall walk and not faint. Those verses along with the thousands of people cheering along side the race course helped me push through without any significant injury or pain.

Speaking of the people cheering the runners on, I think it is very important to applaud their creativity. Many of the men and women along the sides were holding signs. Some of my favorites were:
  • Mile 3: If it were easy, I'd be doing it.
  • Mile 5: Blisters don't need chemo! {This was on the St.Jude campus}
  • Mile 10: Run like you are being chased.
  • Mile 12: Don't stop now...People are watching.
When we got in the car yesterday morning the thermostat read 29 F, that fell to 26 F by the time we reached downtown.

Did I mention this is a huge race? 15,500 people participated.

From about mile 7 on the only thing I wanted was a Starbucks mocha.Of course, a Starbucks mocha was not available right after the race so I settled for a Diet Coke and some chocolate milk.

My race bling.