Monday, March 5, 2012

Lazy Weekend and a crafty DIY

While my weekends would normally revolve around a 20+ mile long run, this weekend did not. Mid-last week, I started feeling quad pain that was similar to a strain. With less than 3 months until my 12 hour race, I knew pushing it would not be smart. I may run long distances and get a lot of crap from people (strangers, even!) about how much I run, but I am really good about listening to my body and not pushing it when I shouldn't. I did a test slow mile on Friday without much pain and 3 miles yesterday with no pain. Going to keep icing it and stretching and hopefully, I can get back up to my normal mileage this week. It does make me nervous that my race is less than 10 weeks and I feel like my training has been a bit wonky. I just have to keep my head up and hope for the best!

Instead of running through Philly for hours on end, I decided to finally work on a DIY I've been planning for the last few weeks. While my lovely friend Liz is the queen of DIY things, unless it involves baking or cooking, I am not patient or talented enough to do a DIY. I did, though, want to push myself to try to do something out of my comfort zone, so I created three picture frame jewelry holders this weekend.

I used the lovely Pinterest as inspiration and found some really cool jewelry organizers that helped me come up with my idea.
For my organizers, I decided to use picture frames and gold hooks. I went to my local K-Mart and purchased the following items:
  • 3 8.5x11 picture frames
  • 100 gold hooks (cheaper than buying a smaller amount)
  • 3M Wall Stickies
Here is how I assembled them:
  1. Use small screwdriver to start holes for hooks.
  2. Manually screw in hooks to pre-made holes. I had very cheap frames, so this sometimes damaged the frame a bit, but the hooks still were in there securely. 
  3. Apply wall stickies to back of frames, then secure to wall.
  4. For the earring and ring frame, I used white crinoline that I already owned and taped it to the back of the frame (didn't have a nail small enough, or I would have done that). I made sure to not have the crinoline go all the way down the frame so I could reach behind it to secure the backs to earrings.
Here is what it looked like while I was assembling them, as well as how they look up on my wall!

The assembling of the hooks. Definitely got frustrated at times with this. 
Finished product on my wall!
I am really happy with how they turned out, especially since I am not crafty in the least. It also is a good way for me to see all of my jewelry in one spot, so I have a feeling I'll be wearing more than I would normally.

Alright, back to normal posting about running and food next time. Hope everyone is having a great March so far!!!


  1. Isn't it amazing how much free time you have when you stop running haha! Smart girl listening to your body. Hope the quad heals up!

  2. It felt so weird to not have a long run! It felt liberating, but I was also frustrated. How are your shins holding up?

  3. That is super impressive! Great work! Pinworthy!

  4. Thanks, Shannon! I'm not crafty at all, so this is probably the fanciest thing I'll ever make.