I have a confession... I have been coveting the lovely felted slippers that Melynda at French Press Knits designed. I unfortunately am not a knitter, am scared of felting, and have not been able to find a crochet pattern similar to hers.
So, determined, I sat down with my notebook, a pen, a snagged crochet hook and spare yarn from Julia's stash and set to writing down my steps as I went. Crouched on the couch next to my twinnie, the prototype came to be, but it unfortunately was a bit on the large side, and the toe was too short. BOO HOO!
I went back to my house, rested my eyes for 20 mintutes, and sat down again to try again.
Row by row, trial and error, it finally started to all come together.
I am SOOOOOO pleased, and giddy about my newest pattern.
For all of you non knitting, crocheting ladies please click on my link if you would like to make these Uber cute ballet slippers~look for them on the shop site!
Today I ran...yes ladies...I ran 1.2 miles DOWN my road NON STOP, and then walked the same 1.2 miles UP the road.
I did not think I could do it, I kept thinking "I just want to make it half way, and then I will turn around."
I made it half way, and still had some spring to my step, so I kept going, rather pleased with my self I might add. Then got a bit further, and I got a bit winded. "PUSH IT LAURA!" I could feel the heart racing, the shirt I was wearing was wet with sweat, and my legs started to jiggle with each step. I pushed it for another .2 miles or so, and then turned around.
I walked the whole way up the mountain back to my car. I did stop to catch my breath 3 times, and to rest my SORE legs, but I DID IT!
NOTE: IF YOU LEAVE YOUR CAR WHERE YOU START, YOU HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO WALK BACK TO IT IN ORDER TO ESCAPE THE PAIN! Very sneaky you see~
I did have my cell with me and truthfully I did contemplate calling Jay to come rescue me on the way back up the road, but I DID NOT...I PUSHED THROUGH, jiggly legs,wet shirt, winded breath, I pushed it and it felt amazing!
So now I am inspired, I have come across a 5K run for charity in a town nearby that is in June. Of course I had to ask Jay how far a 5K was...which he non-hesitantly answered "3.1 Miles". Hmmmm I thought "I bet I could do that if I worked at it!" Then he said "I'll do it with you!" SOLD! My friend Martha is the one who linked me to it, and I thank her.
EBEN AND SAM 2007...RUNNING IN OUR WOODS (LOOK AT SAM'S FINGERS)
So...it is no secret...I am partial to lounging on the couch, and have a sort of short attention span for the outdoors. My son can basically re-wire any electronic device, and from birth was more indoors than outdoors. Don't get me wrong here, yes I do GET OUTDOORS...my son and nephew are "shewed" outside, and have a fabulous time there...I am the one who does not get her adequate amount of fresh air and Vit. D. That being purged, I am inspired yet again by a post from my twinnie on her blog Rhythm of the Home. THERE IS A NEW OUTDOOR CHALLENGE! Come join in!
I need to GET OUTSIDE...hell maybe it will aid me in my WEIGHT LOSS...which is not going well~ARGHHH. I am rationalizing here ladies, bear with me~
So hop on over and join the Outdoor Challenge! PLEASE????
Ok...on to my inspiration. Julia posted a lovely post about Nature Tables, and the coming of spring. There are a TON of posts by people sharing their lovely little tables, and I thought I would try my hand at
MY FIRST spring table.
Here it is...my spring table
Some little crochet eggs I whipped up yesterday, placed in a lovely antique flower bowl gifted to me by my wonderful Gram two Christmas' ago after my oogggllling eye wandered to it a bit too much at family functions. SHE CAUGHT ON...I AM SO IN LOVE!
Ohhh...and you see that little green one there in the back? That little egg is made of the lovely yarn that I swapped my measuring spoons for...VIA Lindsey from A Crunchy Life.
THANKS SO MUCH LINDSEY...I LOVE IT!
Now who can resist a bit of Amelia Bedelia? The aloof, friendly, always dressed for the occasion Housekeeper de'jour. Now I must confess...I AM A LAME BOOKOWNER...as my Mother kindly told my son when she was watching him one day...THEN HE TOLD ME THAT NIGHT THAT SHE HAD SAID THAT...JIG IS UP NOW WITH A 5 YEAR OLD...NO MORE SECRETS! LOL. That being said, this book is the only book I own that is even remotely "springy". Camping is on our minds lately.
Sam, Eben, Jay, and I made a fort...does that count? Good...still love me?
I think the next picture speaks for itself. HUNGRY YET??? Drooling????
Ah, and now onto my newest pattern, I thought would be fitting to have a little spring fish on my table.
It is an applique (5X3IN). I will be posting the pattern for sale on our shop later today.
And lastly...a bit of my fabric stash that is SCREAMING at me to be used. I brought out the old sewing machine yesterday for my valance tutorial, so you never know ladies...I might just use you up!