Thursday, May 31, 2012

Repurposed Shopping Bags

I'm doing some housekeeping on my pinboards and I wanted to add this craft I did around Christmas last year. I don't do a lot of crafts... obviously since I'm recycling this idea from Christmas! This could of course, easily be parlayed into gift bags for any occasion.

I was wrapping a lot of small presents and inevitably wound up with some scraps of wrapping paper too small to use. Being the good conservative I am (I hate wasting ANYTHING) I was using the scraps to cut up for nametags, when I had this idea. I also have some shopping bags with handles (I think this one was from LOFT) because again, I hate wasting things. I started cutting the scrap wrap into shapes and pasting them onto the bags. On the other side of this bag I cut a round ornament shape from a red/gold wrapping paper.

For this project, this all you need:
  • Shopping bags with handles
  • Wrapping paper scrap (or newspaper, magazines, etc)
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
Do you have any spin-off ideas for this project?

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Belated pig update

this year was my second run at the Flying Pig Half Marathon. I knew the next few days would be brutal since I really slacked in my training. I was right, unfortunately, but the race was good and I had more fun than I expected.

I don't like to take my running too seriously because I don't it to become not fun. But for those who are interested, I didn't get enough sleep. Pre-run I ate a peanut butter Cliff bar, a glass a Diet Mt. Dew, half of a banana and some "magic beans" my friend gave me. I put the rest of the beans in my shorts to eat during the race, but I didn't end up using them. Part of the reason is I've started chewing gum when I run and I didn't want to part with it!

I decided going into this race that I was going to have fun and not kill myself for a time since I didn't really train anyway. I took advantage of at least every other fluid station, and every high-five I could get. I'd like to give props to the young musician playing alone in Newport. That Foo Fighters song really pumped me up! I've always said the crowd is the best part of the Pig. I'm trying to find a picture of my favorite sign so I can add it.
UPDATE: found the sign and borrowed this pic from Good blog check it out.