Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Are you a runner?? No? Do you want to be?

A friend of mine on facebook recently opened my eyes to this ingenious new running app for iPhone/Android called "Zombies Run."  

This app literally creates a world where zombies are chasing you as you blaze your trail in whatever terrain you choose to jog.

For those of us who run at night (yep, I'm guilty of that...) or who believe a zombie apocalypse is actually possible (nope...not guilty of that one), this is especially hilarious.

If you want to see a video promo for this app go to this website: https://www.zombiesrungame.com/

And, if you would like to see it in the app store, click HERE :)

happy running,

the craft rookie

Sunday, July 22, 2012

workout shirt mash-up!

I am LOVING today's DIY project and the results, and I am super excited with the little twist that I decided would add a little of my personality to the project.  

What's the project?  A no-sew workout shirt from Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth.  If you click on that link, it will take you to the tutorial.  No need to reinvent the wheel and write the instructions here. This post is to just show you how I made the project my own :).

I went and bought some shirts from Wal Mart (specifically the MENS section) to do this project on.  They were about $3.50 each, which I loved because I'm not so great with scissors, and I was a little nervous that I would mess the shirt up.  

I bought 2 different sets of colors:

The BLUES...


...and the HIGHLIGHTERS!

I followed the tutorial, with only a few errors (which were easy to fix because I was able to just cut away more fabric).  

The twist/flare I added to the project was using the scraps from the sister-tees to add some color to the back wrap.  I chose to do that since these shirts are all PLAIN JANE!  No words. No pictures. NADA!  So, the little detail on the back really made me feel better :)

Here's the final product:

The BLUES...

It's hard to see with the terrible lighting, but I put pink on the orange, yellow on the pink, and orange on the yellow!  I'm LOVING these shirts :)

Here's what the yellow/orange one looks like on a not-so-professional model...aka me

fear my muscles!

i just love that orange flair!

clearly not a model :)

And now for some Before and After side-by-side photos...

**UPDATE** It's been almost a year since I made these shirts, and I still wear them for working out, doing yard-work, and when I just want to be comfy.  I LOVE these shirts!

get your sweat on,

the craft rookie

Thursday, July 5, 2012

how to be a kind pinner...

I LOVE pinterest. Would I call it an obsession, no, BUT that doesn't mean that I don't care about it!  I see a bright future for us. Me and pinterest, that is.

One thing that has put a slight damper on my joy as I look at different pins from the creative people I admire is when I click on a pin thinking it will take me to the exact blog post for the picture that caught my eye, and all I find is the home page of the blog. Makes me so very sad :(

The backstory, with a little backstory of its own:

When you're on a blog, and you really like an idea.  DO NOT just pin that page - most likely you are on their home page (Page 1, if you will), and as those bloggers continue to post, that idea you liked so much will continue to get pushed back on to further pages.

I recently had an encounter of this kind when I saw a really cute idea for mini-cupcakes in ketchup bowls (the kind you see at fast food joints), but I wanted to know what temp to cook them on and how long.  So, I clicked on the pin and was taken to the website where it was originally found. I was taken to it's HOME PAGE. drats!  It took me 30 minutes (I was determined..) of searching through older posts to find the one I was looking for.  Thus...this post.

So, here's the quick tip:

Step 1: You're on a blog and you see an idea you like.  Scroll to the top of that specific blog post.  Click on the title.

Step 2: When you click the title, it will open up a new page with a web address that is specific to that post.

Step 3: Follow your normal pinning procedure.

Step 4: Enjoy going back to that pin, clicking it, and going STRAIGHT to the beloved idea.

Step 5: Repeat Step 4 ad nauseum.

wishing you all pinning happiness,

obligatory 4th of july post...

Okay, so let me start out by saying I'm not a big fan of holidays or days of celebration.  I do, however, like the 4th of July.  I like this holiday because, no matter what, every year, watching those fireworks makes me feel like a kid again.  The awe and wonder of watching those explosions in the sky just makes it all so fun.
This year, my friends and I went out to Kaboomtown in Addison, TX.  If you're not familiar, google it.  Here are the latest honors I've pulled from their website:

After having gone out there this year, I wonder what the #1-9 fireworks shows were like this year because this one was pretty stellar!
Here are some of my kid-like photo snaps:

The best part of the show, though? You're probably thinking I'm going to say the "Grand Finale," right?


The best part was BEFORE the show even started!  They had planes flying overhead and doing flips and turns above us!  It was awesome.  And not to leave the pilots out of the fireworks fun, they did THIS:

Yep, if you can't tell, that's a plane shooting off fireworks mid-air!

That one was a real crowd pleaser :)


the craft rookie