Blog Hop with My Favorite Things Stamps!

Hi and welcome to the second day of the hop with MFT and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®!  See all of the projects and enter to win awesome prizes (like 3 from each company are up for grabs!) find all the links for yesterday, today and tomorrow here.

I have received product from both companies for this post.

I’m a big coffee lover, when I saw this set I just had to have it, and it would make a super cute shaker card too!

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Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L for all of the contest links.

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Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®

My Favorite Things

Thanks for visiting this short and sweet post!

Beth

Altered Frame – Donna Salazar and Friends Girlie Grunge Blog Hop

Hi, please join me in the Donna Salazar & Friends Girlie Grunge Blog Hop!

Donna Salazar & Friends Girlie Grunge Blog Hop

(Disclosure: I have received product from both Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Spellbinders for use in this project)

This Blog Hop showcases the new and exciting Donna Salazar product releases from  Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® and Spellbinders®. We have some creative projects and prizes, so be sure to visit all the blogs and enter to win!

The Donna Salazar Designs Prize Pack has a Denim Art Journal, Girlie Grunge Twine, and Silver Pigment Powder from Donna Salazar with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® and a Jumbo Rose Steel Rule die from Donna Salazar Designs® with Spellbinders®.

There are several ways to enter through the Rafflecopter App: You can leave a blog comment, Tweet about this blog hop, and visit the Donna Salazar Designs Facebook page BUT signing up for a FREE membership on Donna Salazar Designs website gets you the MOST entries!!! The contest opens at midnight on May 18th and closes at midnight on the 25th, Pacific Time Zone.

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Here is my Altered Frame

I have been cleaning out my craft room and came across this plain wood frame, which I painted white with acrylic paint (another great find!)

Altered Frame by Beth Pingry for Donna Salazar Blog Hop

I mixed Gold Pigment Powder with Girlie Grunge Art Medium to make a glaze and covered the frame. Next I mixed the same Gold Pigment Powder and water to color the Pennant, and I pulled some of the extra strings off the sides for more fringe.

Beth Pingry for DS Blog Hop 2

To make the rose design, I mixed Gold Pigment Powder with clear embossing powder and stamped the Flower Bouquet stamp with embossing ink, sprinkled the gold mix, and then heat embossed.

Beth Pingry for DS Blog Hop 3

For the flowers, I die cut the blue denim from the Pennant Set with a variety of flower dies – Jumbo Rose, Bitty Blossoms, and Rose Creations. I also die cut Girlie Grunge Gauze to layer between the flowers. The layers are adhered with Dodz™ XL and Dodz™ 3D, and the larger flowers have been with Girlie Grunge Art Medium and then shaped and allowed to dry.

Beth Pingry for DS Blog Hop 4

To make the ‘wood’ die cut, I applied Girlie Grunge Tissue Tape to cardstock then die cut with the Memories die. I stamped the words Artistic, Creative, Inspired from Journal Words onto Canvas Ribbons, and then adhered them onto Crafty Foam Tape for dimension. The Swirls and Fleur de Lis are from the 3D Foam Swirls set, and I applied Gold Pigment directly to the sticky surface on them (just rub on with a finger). I layered Lace Ribbons & Denim Ribbons at the top of the Pennant with Extreme Double-Sided Tape 1/4″. The background is kraft paper.

Visit all the blogs on the hop today for more inspiration and more chances to win.

Donna Salazar Designs
Tracey Sabella
Elena Olinevich
Natasha Naranjo-Aguirre
Beth Pingry  – You Are Here
Cheryl Waters

Thanks for visiting and good luck!!

Beth

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Sly Fox Half Marathon – Race Report

Last weekend I ran my 13th Half Marathon, or intended to run the Half, which is 13.1 miles. Sly Fox Race Report

Race Report: Sly Fox, St. Charles, IL
The race: a small field, but put on by a group that does a larger Half Marathon in August nearby, which is a well run event I’ve done 3x and signed up for this year’s race too.
Weather: upper 30s, but mostly sunny, not too windy.

Packet pickup and post race party were at a bar. Pickup from 4-8 Friday night, and then before the race. Problem – It’s an hour drive for me, in rush hour traffic on a Friday, and I had an event at 6pm. Last year it started earlier in the day, which would have been more convenient for me. I could have picked up my packet starting at 5:30 am, but that would have meant getting there even earlier in the morning.

Plenty of porta potties (Yeah!). So the race started at 7:00 am and seemingly all was well, I’m a middle of the packer, so I stuck with the lemmings and went with the crowd. It was basically a lollipop at the 5 mark (go out a way, go around a loop, then back the same way), but with a little loop from 2-4.

I tried a different training plan for this race, one from Another Mother Runner, and I trained mostly for this in Arizona, which has hills, hills, and more hills. (more on the Arizona stuff later)

I was trying to watch my splits and keep my pace steady and not too fast for the first 5K, when low and behold, I passed the 4 mile marker…but my watch was at like 2.9 miles. The whole course was like that, I was about 1.2 behind the markers. So either the course was short, or the course marshals (or lack thereof) took a wrong turn on the first loop. Later I learned that the lead vehicle and course marshal took a wrong turn.

The first 6 miles were an incline (this is Illinois, so speed bumps count as hills) and I was doing OK, and banking on the second half being downhill. At around the 5 mile mark there was a guy w/a sign that said touch for power – it was his Boston medal from last weekend. Cool!

Just after that a man running beside me asked if this was the 10K or HM. He had registered for the 10K route, but accidentally started with the HM at 7:00am instead of the 10K, which started at 7:20. We stuck together and talked a bit. I sort of coached him along through about mile 8, he’d only trained up to 4.5 miles. I told him it was OK to take walk breaks, made sure he took water and Gatorade, rest and foam roll, and watch his form as he got tired. He slowed down around 8 and told me to go ahead.

I was feeling strong and the downhill was starting. Normally the wheels fall off around 8 and I suffer a bit until I get a second wind at 10, or my  IT band rears its ugly self…none of that was happening so I kept going strong. I saw the Boston guy again. I finished with the lollipop part and was back on the main drag.

The question lingered in my mind as the mile markers were still 1.2 off, and as I approached the last 2 miles runner were looping back to add the extra distance we missed. BUT, that was on an incline and my little legs were wearing down. The last 2 miles are mentally and physically challenging.

I decided to finish and get my medal. I didn’t loop around again to make my Garmin happy. I ended at 11.96 miles. I was not going to win an age group award, I didn’t cheat the course. I had nothing to gain by finishing short, it was my choice. I was already off my personal record time. In retrospect, I wish I had looped back to make the full 13.1. Or at least finished the .04 to make it to 12, sheesh!

The last 6 weeks of the training plan I worked in where I could, between travel and other commitments, life has been a blur and I eeked out a run where I could. So, even with that happening, this was the first time in 13 HMs that I felt strong and confident in every mile, and I will definitely keep this plan and use it again!

Total disappointment in the day: I noticed a cupcake shop near the parking garage at packet pickup. The whole night, and during the race I thought about which cupcake I would get after the race. I earned it, right? So after the race as I shuffled across the street and into the parking lot I see they don’t open for another 45 mins. WHAT? I even had cash JUST for this purpose! I dragged my sweaty and tired self to the car and drove home. BUT, hubby made a breakfast casserole that was hot and ready when I walked in the house. He’s good like that.

Thanks for reading!
Beth