Marathon Training Again!



So, I have been ignoring my blog over the past couple of weeks.  Lots going on here.  We are training for another full marathon.  Crazy.  Yep.  I know.  I can't help it, though.  I love love love distance running.  I have gotten away from it over the past year or so, and I forgot how fulfilling it is.  Fulfilling, and tiring!  That, combined with the fact that I am busy making pendants for an upcoming show in July, makes me less adamant about posting.  I promise to keep Thrifty Thursdays going during all of this, and to keep in touch when I can!

I encourage everyone who will listen to incorporate running into your life.  It doesn't matter where you are in terms of fitness.  Just start there.  My two favorite resources for training tips and all things running are Cool Running and Runner's World.  For marathon training schedules, I use Hal Higdon's site, where there are free plans for everyone from novice to advanced runners.  If you have any running questions, please ask me.  It is one of my favorite topics!

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Wanna Take Better Photos? DIY Photo Cube; The best $10 I Have Spent In Ages.

I have been revamping my online shops to introduce my new pendant designs. Throughout this process, it became apparent that my macro photos of my jewelry... well, sucked. I browsed other artists stores and wondered how on earth many of them were getting such nice shots of their work. I stumbled upon a solution that seems to be working for me. All it takes (aside from your camera) is a cardboard box, some white tissue paper, some tape, a couple of cheap desk lamps, and some 100W daylight energy smart light bulbs. Here is an in depth tutorial at Strobist. This is seriously worth doing. My pictures are improved significantly, and I am not restricted by the location of the sun (or lack thereof). Here are some of the pics I have taken with my rockin' DIY photo light cube...




Polymer Clay Day #50: Run With the Sun Marathon Pendant


After an awesome 18 mile run this morning, I have marathon on the brain. I am finally getting pumped up for this race. I will be wearing this pendant to keep myself motivated. Now... bed. Oh yeah, skunk update - still stinky, but markedly improved from original spray day (yesterday). My lil' Bovie still acts a little stunned, and is favoring his front left paw, although I find no lesion or skunk induced scratches. If he's not better Monday, to the vet we go. I leave you with his adorableness...

Polymer Clay Day #28: Silver Grunge Marathon Pendant

Wow. I can't believe I ran this distance. Twice. Today I ran 5 miles, yesterday 7.3 miles in the heat and thought my end was near. What was I thinking, running a marathon. And then doing it again? 3rd time is the charm, right? I heart clay. And running. And hanging out with my awesome family. Love you, Michelle.

Polymer Clay Day #12: Marathon 26.2 Medallion

I heart marathons. Sick, I know. 26.2 miles. Continuously. There is a joy unexplainable in completing this task. This post totally belongs on my running blog. Polymer clay and running are really stifling my ability to maintain "Sober on the Run". I will get there. God, family, friends, dogs, running, clay, blogging, etsy-ing, photoshopping... something like that. This lil' pendant will be on etsy very soon. Sweet dreams...

Handmade Marathon Key Chain From Sculpey…













My bubbly friend Megan will be venturing out on her first full Marathon this Saturday. What a huge endeavor and accomplishment. I was inspired to make her a gift, and out came this keychain and personalized tag combo. I used Sculpey, my cricut for the shapes, pearl FX for color. What a unique piece of marathon flare.
Falling more in love with clay daily. And making the tag was satisfyingly simple and quick. I used Ranger inks, acrylic stamps and embossing powder (for the text). The orange splatter is glimmer mist from Tattered Angels (tiger lilly).
I feel a keychain giveaway coming on...