Who knew I could run and enjoy it? Who knew I’d look forward to those weird fun runs with the maniacs all dressed up and, like, -gasp-, running?

I was in the Color Me Rad run last Sunday and it was ridiculously fun. My buddies and my guys showed up to cheer me on and it was… just… really something. I never ever thought I would do these kinds of things, even Ben mentioned that, just after he said he was proud of me. <3

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Next up is the Dirty Dash in August, then another color run in September (with Penny and Will!! squee!), then Day of the Tread sometime in October. AWESOME.

Who is this girl? Who knew? :-)

P.S. If you are curious, I was 200lbs in Dec 2011. I finally decided to do something about that in January 2012. I’ve lost 25lbs so far. The main goal isn’t to fit in a certain size or even be a certain weight, I’m going for healthy and using a weight goal as a basic boring guideline. I know I’ll be much healthier if I keep going to that weight goal (150 based on my doc’s suggestion). I guess my ultimate goal is to see the person in the mirror look the same as the person in my head.

We don’t travel much, but it’s nice to be prepared when we do. I have had this pattern set for years, and I made the nap mats for both boys. I made a watermelon one for my oldest and the space/astronaut one for my youngest. I just finished the space mat yesterday! The whole project, start to finish, (assuming you have time and no one to interrupt), takes about 2 hours or less. I didn’t have a lot of sewing time for the space one, and lots of people to interrupt me, so I think I cut out the pattern about 2 months ago, but sewed it all yesterday.

They are so adorable!

Here they are side by side, open:

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And closed. Watermelon has red snaps, space has blue buttons. Snaps are a pain and the buttons look so cute! I love the red snaps on that mat.

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They are machine washable, too, which is required in my house. The kids love them. I made them because they are easy to squash into a suitcase and wherever we go, they have their own bed. I can fold a special blanket in them, too. They are comfy anywhere: beds, floor, couches, etc.

I used McCall’s Crafts M5604.

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I think I bought it at Hancock’s Fabrics, but I imagine it is available anywhere patterns are sold. Baby/kid stuff is so fun to make.

I have these too. I hope I can tackle those someday. I have my own ideas for a superhero busy book, too…so many ideas…

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My mom almost always made this cute bunny cake for Easter, and this year it was my responsibility. We had such a good time! Cakes are always better with candy. My youngest kept sticking his whole hand on the cake and trying to grab a piece that way, so my mom fed him m&ms to keep him off of it. :-)

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Bake a cake in two round pans. One round is the face, and cut two ears out of the other round. The bowtie is the middle of the second round. Frost and sprinkle with coconut, then go to town with candy decorations. I made the cake from scratch with a Betty Crocker Silver White Cake recipe. I bought the frosting because it’s easier and just as yummy.

mmmm…cake…

 

I made a list of all my WIPs. Want to see it? Why not, who doesn’t like a nice list?

  • Happy Kat samplers (2 of them, to be used as headers soon)
  • Blackwork Sampler
  • Rio Grande by NP Designs
  • Scooby Doo and Mystery Inc by weelittlestiches
  • Batman epic adorableness (all three Bat-patterns by weelittlestiches)
  • Man’s Best Friend by Dimensions Gold
  • Golden Puppy by Dimensions Gold (to be referred to as DG from now on)
  • Pinocchio by Thomas Kinkade Crafts (the boys love this story)
  • a book mark I’ve been working on, then losing, then finding for about 8 years (it’s in my purse now so I might even finish it)
  • House of Leaves sampler (oh this book!)
  • Prick Your Finger by Twisted Stitches
  • Mighty Samurai by DG (epic. Just epic. I have his left hand and a little of the belt done. This one will take awhile.)
  • a little 3D sushi ornament
  • Midnight Dance by DG
  • Dreaming of Tuscany by DG

 

Criminy! I keep vowing to finish something before I start something else. You can see how well that’s been working out. :-P

Here’s one more list. I found these kits hidden away in my closet.

  • Japanese Maiden by DG
  • Clipper Ship Voyage by DG
  • Historic Voyagers by Elsa Williams
  • Jewels of the Orient by DG
  • Yei II by NP Designs
  • not to mention many patterns in the many pattern books I have ;-)

I love lists.

I’ve been working on a lot of things, as per usual, but here are the three main ones:

Batman & Friends by weelittlestiches (I love you guys! R0ck on!! \m/) I plan on adding Batman Villains 1 and 2 above and under the good guys. It will be my epic Bat-stitch adorableness. Batgirl is next after I finish Alfred. Yay!

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Check out weelittlestitches here. Poor headless Alfred.

This is one I need to finish! I started it in 2010. It’s for my aunt and uncle. They love wine and Italy, so there you go. I’ll put their names and their wedding anniversary year on the bottle. I admit I messed up a little, I missed a whole row while stitching the bottle, so it’s one row short. Meh. Not a big deal; I’ll fudge it when I get to the table area. I can barely notice it and I have the pattern. This one turned out more difficult than I had expected, mostly because the cloth is 18 point Aida. Sheesh! I need bright sunlight for those tiny stitches. I like how it looks though, and I bet I can finish it this summer!

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It is the Dreaming of Tuscany kit from Dimensions Gold Collection.

Finally I am still chugging along on a blackwork sampler by Celeena Cree. I met her on revelry and got this pattern free if I would test it. I admit I thought I’d be done by now, but what can I do? Kids, job, whatnot. I love this pattern SO MUCH. I chose my own colors for it to eventually hang in my bedroom. It’s so cool. I hope to finish this one this summer, too.

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That’s just what  have been actively stitching, not even what awaits in the WIP bag. :-)