First Time Marathon Training – The Exercise

The questions I was asked the most when sharing my running journey on social media were "How do you know how to train? When do you run? How much do you run? Do you do other exercise as well?".

So let's break down the exercise portion of marathon training. I'll be honest, this is only part of the training. There's more than just becoming physically strong enough to do 26.2 miles. 

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Crafty Roundup! February 2022

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I've had this Cricut Explore 3 in its' box for an embarrassing amount of time, so I figured we could open it up and see how it can help us in bag making!

Who doesn't love a free pattern? And a QUICK one?! I've got you covered. You're going to love this project. 

The New Stuff:

I'm LOVING these 8-bit feeling sweater prints from Fabric Mail

I was searching for a washi tape holder, and came across this great device from Galen Leather! They have so many unique options.

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Vinyl Notebook Holder Pattern – FREE!

We've done notebook holders using an embroidery machine on the channel before, and immediately after I was inundated with requests for a version that used a sewing machine (no embroidery machine required). After indulging in a couple guilty pleasure purchases from Stoney Clover Ln, I was able to take a closer look at how simple this pattern could be. Have some material you're dying to show off, but not on a bag? This is your project! Whether you have blinged out tabs or you're keeping it simple with the template I provide, these notebook holders turn out perfectly. 

And if you're using a premade snap tab, this is a one-trip-to-the-machine project! That's right, we only sew one time, and then we're done. Wild, I know!

I recommend you use vinyl, cork or waxed canvas for this project. You're welcome to use HTV for the interior cut, but I do recommend a standard sewing vinyl for the exterior, pockets and snap tab. I use rivets to install the tab and magnetic snaps, but you can sew the tab in place and use plastic Kam snaps, velcro, buttons, any type of closure you're comfortable working with. 

This is your project and you should customize it. I can't wait to see your version!

This beginner pattern is 100% free and I will not ask you for a credit card number or any personal information to download it. 

When printing the pattern pieces, make sure to open the file in Adobe Acrobat Reader (it's free) from a desktop computer, and print the file at 100% (not fit to page). The pattern is going to come close to the edges of the paper, but it shouldn't cut them off. 

Click here to download the pattern, or click on the photo of the notebook below.

Have a cutting machine (like a Cricut, Brother Scan and Cut, or Silhouette)?  You can purchase the SVG file (with a bonus tab) here, and support a good cause!

I Ran A Freaking Marathon! Why?!

On July 27th, 2021, I signed up to run my first marathon. While sitting in a pirate themed restaurant in Legoland Florida, I obsessively debated with myself about whether or not this was an awful idea. Finally, the fear that the decision could be made for me if it sold out before I had the chance to book, pushed me over the edge, and I submitted the registration for Derek and I to run the Walt Disney World Marathon on January 9th, 2022. 26.2 miles of running (and walking) through all 4 parks at Disney World. The farthest I've run before this? 13.1 miles. 3 half marathons of the last 5 years, 1 of them great, 2 of them very not-great

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Crafty Weekly Roundup! January and February – 2022

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We've covered a LOT at the start of 2022! Big bags, little bags.... tiny bags. It's a great start to the year with tons of fun options!

The New Stuff:

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