Crochet Hanging Basket Gift

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Crochet Plant Hanger-TitleI have been diligently trying to use up the yarn hoard I currently own.  This beautiful hanging basket was crocheted out of a yarn called Red Heart Cordial.

I used a pattern from Vicki Howell’s website: Planter Happy: Crochet Planter Hanger.  She uses a t-shirt yarn, but the pattern worked up exactly the same for the 10″ pot I purchased. IMG_5136

This particular hanger and plant was given to a charity, and I attached a hook, 1-inch size eyelet and a tag I made up with my Max Stamp Pegz stamps.

I used a few cut and rooted pieces of my ever growing Golden Pothos plant in a separate pot, just in case the person who gets the gift wants to use the hanger for another plant.

The pattern is relatively easy, and I would rate it for a beginner.  I used a size N hook for the yarn I used.

IMG_5148IMG_5156 IMG_5158As you can see from the photos, the hanger looks like it’s small, but it stretches significantly while it’s hanging.

I ended up using two balls of the yarn as ran out of the yarn while crocheting the hanging portions. I believe this project can be done with one ball, but I hope you have two handy just in case.

As this yarn is made out of nylon as well as other synthetic material, I burned the ends of the cords to finish them off.

IMG_6796 IMG_6809This plant was one of my creations for the YBC Golf Tournament.  I hope to add more photos of the other things my husband and I donated.



Peanut Butter Cup Pie – Pinterest Win!

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Peanut Butter PieIn the spirit of #FoodieFriday, I wanted to share my success with a delicious recipe I found on Pinterest.

I have a slight addiction to peanut butter and chocolate, and this pie does not disappoint that combo.  I have a board on Pinterest titled “Peanut Butter is my Favorite” that just scratches the surface on what I dream about eating with peanut butter on it.

I have officially promised myself that I will make this pie every time I run 13.1 miles.  I’ve done it twice now, so unless I intend on never eating this pie again, I’m going to have to get on a regular training plan to run that distance at least once a quarter right? (Heh.)

Anyway, this smooth and creamy, but yet thick and rich slice of deliciousness did not disappoint, and I got the original recipe from a Pinterest link.

IMG_7336[1]The recipe was written by Handle the Heat, and her pictures are amazing throughout her site as well as for this recipe!

The first time I ran a half marathon distance was March 16, 2016, as a “practice run” for the half marathon race I ran two weeks later on April 2, 2016.  I blogged about my experience running the race here: Bucket List Check: Half Marathon before the age of 40.

I had made the pie for “pie day” or March 14, 2016, and it held up well through March 16, 2016 when I brought it to my co-workers to enjoy the remains after I ran my first 13.1 miles.IMG_7337[1]

I also used this pie for my Instagram post and entered my photo in a contest for my pie day virtual run.

This recipe was a total win and I love the fact that I “almost” had everything in my pantry.  I made the crust by scratch as in the recipe, but I could easily see how purchasing a chocolate crust would cut about 20-minutes off of making the pie and still be delicious.

Anyway, if you make the pie, be sure to give Handle the Heat a shout out by including a photo on Instagram with the hashtag: #HandleTheHeat.

The recipe is here: Peanut Butter Pie by Handle the Heat.

Enjoy the day and I love a good Pinterest win!

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Bucket List Check – Half Marathon Before 40

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DeAndrasCrafts finishes her halfUp until recently, I hadn’t had a bucket list.

Like, up to ~ last year ~ recently.

I knew I wanted to accomplish things, and many of those things had consisted of items most female Americans want like purchasing a house, marrying a great man, and having children.

But to say that I knew “what else” I wanted to do with my life ~ those moments of clarity didn’t come until my mother got really sick.  (Feel free to read the “Bucket List” post.  That’ll tell you more.)

But I digress.

I checked off one of my bucket list items recently and that was to run a half marathon before I turned 40-years old.

Done. DeAndrasCrafts Finished

Checked.

What’s next, right?


Well, let me tell you, if you haven’t read this blog before and you don’t know me personally, I’ve been training for running this race for 12-weeks. Feel free to read up on my running plan here: January Run Goal Update.

I’ve been waking up early to get run time in.  {See the hastag: #DsHalfMarathon on Instagram for my training progress in photos.}

I’ve been seemingly (at least it felt like I was) putting off everything else until I got this race done.  Blog posts, namely….

And now….

Now I’m writing a blog post to remind myself what I had to do to get this far.

I guess this blog post should be titled

Things people never tell you when you prepare to run a half marathon.

1. Be in the phase of learning again.

This is one of those things that is very telling of how you understand life.  It doesn’t matter how you learn, i.e. reading/writing (visual), audiotory, or tactile, “learning” the ins and outs about running is key to running and enjoying it.  Without learning about it, you may hit the wall hard, and not be able to recover from it.  Just remember this: If you don’t like something about it and don’t learn what to do to change it, there’s nothing that can help you.  The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.

I spent the past 12-weeks teaching myself how to endure over 2-1/2 hours of running. Of how to eat.  Of how to step on my feet as I run.  I even had a time where I ran for the first time for 13.1 miles, just to get a feel for how it was going to be.

2.  Learn to wake up really early.

The moon is 'setting' on one of my early morning runs.

The moon is ‘setting’ on one of my early morning runs.

Whether you like it or not, running in the morning is way better than running at night.  Unless you don’t have a full-time job (I do) and can run during the day (I cannot) then running in the morning was so much easier than I anticipated.  I’ve done it both ways and learning to run in the morning is not only extremely efficient, but gets my day started, almost before I’ve truly woken up.

3.  Learn to go to the bathroom, really early.

This is something no-one may ever tell you.  It’s not “taboo” per-se, but nobody likes to talk about it either.  Being in the middle of a “long” run and having to go to the bathroom, like REALLY GO TO THE BATHROOM, is not only horrible, but could have been a deal breaker for me.  I mean like, I could have been traumatized by results of having to go number 2 if I didn’t learn how to do this.

4.  Your toes will look hideous.

Here are my bandaged up feet before the half marathon. Definitely something nobody told me about before I trained for a half.

Here are my bandaged up feet before the half marathon. Definitely something nobody told me about before I trained for a half.

Again, not something people normally share with you when you’re a runner.  I love me some pedicures, but after I began running, pedicures became a true necessity.  To pamper my feet and give myself some grace when it came to comfortable shoes was very new to me.  Flip flops now hurt to wear.  My callouses are starting to be noticeable.  I’ve given up “cute feet” for runners feet, and I’m okay with it.

5.  You may or may not lose weight.

I’m still working on this one.  Before I began training for the half marathon, I was running up to 6 miles and losing weight pretty steadily, about a 1/4-pound every week.  When I started doing my high mileage runs (7-miles or more at one time), I had to eat more (see the learning comment above) and I gained about three pounds back.  Mentally, this was difficult to take in at first.  I really wanted to see my high–mileage runs be a benefit to my weight loss, but that just wasn’t the case for me, and again, that’s okay.  I finished a half marathon and will be working on getting into a smaller size in the future.

6.  The mental game is real.

IMG_7184[1]Oh my goodness can I attest to this.

No one ever told me how hard it would be to convince my brain that I could push through the 9th-mile, let alone the 11th.  The best way to describe this (for me) was at the first half marathon race I ran, I hit the wall at mile nine.  You can see my splits and just know that my mind told my body I couldn’t do it anymore.  I wanted to quit.  I wanted to stop running and just walk.  I did stop running and just walk several times in the last four miles.  But I still finished, and will be working on getting under two and half hours for the next one….

7.  Finishing a half marathon is much like having a baby.

In my humble opinion, of course, this is probably the best way to describe running a half marathon and here’s why: I’m not sure I want to do it again. 

I got my moment of glory after I finished the race.

I “gave birth” (if you will) to my goal and not only were my expectations met, but they were exceeded by the challenge I was looking for and the pride that I wanted to feel after it was all done.

I’m not quite looking forward to the next one, yet.  (You probably understand this if you have at least one child.)  I’ve done it, and I’m not ready to commit to training for another half marathon.  I haven’t signed up for one, yet, and I haven’t really said that I want to do it again, yet.

I’ll be nursing my love of running for exercise for a while and maybe in the future consider “going for another one” – another half marathon, that is.

I’m sure I could add at least five more things to this list.  But, I’ll spare you the crazy and just let you know that I am so glad I did it!

I’m on day two of recovery and have a short run scheduled for myself tomorrow.  I need to learn to stretch better prior to and after a long run.

This "One Tough Mother" medal is also a wine cork! How cool is that! Click on the link to find out how you can get one!

This “One Tough Mother” medal is also a wine cork! How cool is that! Click on the link to find out how you can get one!

My next virtual race scheduled for late April is the One Tough Mother Run by Virtual Strides.  I’m dedicating this mother’s day themed virtual race to my mom.  I know she would be so proud of me!

I just signed up for another virtual 10K (6.25 miles) race today for the end of May.  Sheesh.  Who am I and what have I done with the old D’Andra?

Thanks for reading!
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