Monday, November 14, 2011

Goodies! And the master plan for the goodies

As a treat to myself for completing the 3 Day I got myself a box full of goodies. Now what goodies are in the box you may be asking. And what are you planning to do with whatever is hiding in the box? Never fear all shall be revealed!

Have you seen the felted rugs that look like rocks? Like this one from VivaTerra

I absolutely love it, but there is no way that I can afford it. The 3' by 5' one is almost $500! As I said I love it and it would make an awesome little rug for in my kitchen area or even in the bathroom, but not as a bath mat. So why not make my own? And while I'm at it I would love for it to have a more organic shape to it. Which as I kept searching I came along some by Ronel Jordaan. You can see them by looking under the products link and then the floor link. It appear to have the more organic feel that I'm wanting! And all of this leads me to the box. And the giggles I got from opening it.

Still all squished in the box, but not for long...

And yep, I've already started this project. It is going to be a more tedious project, but I am determined to finish it. The bases of the stones are made from wool yarn from my stash wrapped in layers of wool roving from The Sheep Shed Studio. The mix I got was the black tones mill ends and I blended some of the mill ends using Tangie's cat brush to get varied shades of blacks/greys/off whites. And if anyone is ever thinking of doing something similar, you can felt the balls in the washing machine! Which is what I am planning for a majority of the rest of my felt rocks. A few of them I will hand to get the shape that I want, but doing it that way takes some time.

After taking it out of the bags it took up a good portion of the bed.
And the assortment of dyesoppers to do an easy kid friendly project with
Some of the mill ends might end up as dye experiment projects, but that will be a story for another day.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Headbands and barrettes

I just realized that I never showed you the finished hair things I wore to the walk. I ended up not wearing the striped bows, but I used some of the extra ribbon in my hair clip.

The hair clip used 7 different ribbons: 7/8" pink and white stripe, 3/8" pink, 3/8" tutti frutti, 3/8" baby pink, 3/8" old rose, 3/8"white and 7/8" white. I wore it the first and last day. I also added some little rhinestones I had in my scrapbook supplies to give it a bit of sparkle.

I had two headband and wore the flowers for part of the first day and part of the second. It was a very simple project with two fabric flowers from my stash sewn onto a pice of 1.5" ribbon. And I wore the woven headband the rest of the second day. The ribbons on it were white, tutti frutti and I think old rose

All of the ribbon (except the 1.5") came from The Ribbon Retreat.

A little peak at an upcoming project

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Thanks to my brother for the photo at our first cheer station on Sunday!
I survived the 3 Day and enjoyed sleeping in (in a real bed!) and doing my walk laundry yesterday and taking a hot shower Sunday night night. Though the hot shower thing wasn't something I went without this past weekend. We had hot showers all weekend! And I can now say that I have showered in an 18 wheeler trailer, or at least that is what it looked like. And did you know that there are such a thing as flushable Porta Potties? And they were clean the whole weekend! I still have to get my photos developed and on a disk, but as soon as that is done I'm going to post them.

Now onto the real reason behind the weekend's event. There were 2,800+ walker and 450+ crew members (I'm pretty sure that number included medical). The Dallas/Fort Worth 3 Day for the Cure walkers/crew/medics/etc raised $7.1 million for the cause!!!! And I meet the most amazing women (and men) over the course of the 3 days, both walkers, crew members, and the amazing medical team members. They were all great and amazing. But the most most amazing were the survivors and hearing their stories. Some where just finishing rounds of treatment, some where in remission, some were battling it for the second or third time, some for the first, but none of them let it get in the way of walking. In fact one of these amazing, awe-inspiring, stupendous survivors had team members pushing her wheel chair the entire way. Every time I saw her and her team I teared up.

And let me mention the national series sponsors: Bank of America and New Balance. They were awesome. And we had sandwiches provided for lunch every day provided by Panera with chips, cookies, and fruit. Off of the top of my head I can't remember the other sponsors we had, but I will get around to mentioning them at some point when I remember them.

And I'm already thinking about next year's walk. I can't wait to do it all again!

Friday, November 4, 2011

And the adventure begins!

Today, or rather early this morning, the 3-Day for the Cure walk begins! I will see you all in 60 miles!

Thursday, November 3, 2011


Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you tomorrow...

Ok, so this post really has absolutely nothing to do with the musical Annie other than the fact that the title of the post made me think of the song. Though it is a cute movie. 

No this post is actually about the fact that tomorrow is the first day of the 3-Day for the Cure. I know you are probably sick of hearing about it, but aside from one or two posts about the experience that will be up next week, this is it! In a way I can't believe it, but at the same time I can.  

I know that this is going to be an amazing experience from everything that I've heard, but I will admit I'm slightly nervous. About what? I have no idea.I think it is just one of those things, you know, where you have been planning it for so long and looking forward to it that it is almost unbelievable that it is here. You know? Or maybe not...anyway, I'll end it here since I'm just rambling now.

See you in four days!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

To Mod Podge or not to Mod Podge

I have got some massive, not size-wise massive, but you know like massively time consuming, projects going on at the moment and a large chunk of them need Mod Podge or some sort of decoupage goop.  Ugh, Mod podge-we have a love/hate relationship. And don't get me wrong, because I really do love Mod Podge, but I just don't like the price. I was going to grudgingly go and grab some at the store the other day until I stumbled across this: Homemade Mod Podge. And the inner crafty me demanded that we had to try it right then and there!

A little sneak peak of things to come
Ok, so I didn't really try it 'right then and there' because I was hanging out at my brother's place doing laundry and making mac and cheese using almond milk (it is different) with an unsurprising lack of crafty goodies around me. Sure I had water and a container and ribbon that wouldn't help at all, but I lacked the glue aspect. But I did try it a couple of hours later. And this stuff rocks! Seriously, it does an amazing job and if I didn't know better I would think I had dumped my Mod Podge into a random container for who knows what reason (and it wouldn't surprise me at all if I did one day). Instead of the 1:1 ratio I did end up doing a 2 part glue to 1 part water ratio, to the best of my eye-balling measuring skills. Tell me if you can tell which one of these is Mod Podge and which is the Mod Podge wanna-be

Can you? Are you sure about it? Really? Did you pick the one on the right? Well, then you guessed right and I am massively impressed by your skills. The only reason I can tell the difference is because I wrote on the back Mod Podge one.

And I have to say a big thank you to Bridget over at Babblings and More for sharing the recipe!