My name is Erica, and I'm a craft-a-holic

"Hi Erica." I've gone through a lot of phases in my life. There was this time in middle school where I wore the same shirt every day for a month. Don't ask me why or if I smelled funky (I probably did.) I'm not proud of it, but it happens. Since I know someone will ask I was able to find the picture that was on the shirt.

Don't judge me.


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Thankfully, my recent obsession is a bit more productive and somewhat less socially awkward. First, let's take a look at Saturday.

The forecast called for rain all weekend and I was really hoping to get a long run in. The half I'm looking at doing is the first weekend in April and it's been a while since I've been able to run over 10 miles. Last weekend I did 8, and this weekend I hoped for 10. Given that there wasn't any lightning I decided to head out Saturday morning and ran the first 6 miles in steady rain. Cons: slow time. Pros: cute curly hair when I was done and zero blisters thanks to squishy socks!

2013-02-23 10.58.47After going into a brief food coma I got all fancy to go run some errands. I actually painted my nails and wore non-workout clothes. I paint my nails once every few months (and I haven't been to an actual nail salon in a decade) so this really was me to the nines!

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A few weeks ago a former student of mine asked me to attend a gun rally she organized. Now, if you haven't noticed already, I don't discuss politics or religion on here. I'm probably the most open-minded person you'd ever met and I'm supportive of everyone's rights to their own opinion (as long as they aren't hateful or infringe on the rights of others.) So, I was happy to stop by and show my support for her. I'm amazed that she took such initiative to put together this incredible event because she's so passionate about her cause!

2013-02-23 14.51.41Unfortunately, the dreary weather made the turnout a bit small, but they were still a feisty little group!

2013-02-23 15.09.44There is my student, Stephanie, giving her opening remarks!

So, back to my latest obsession. I've been meaning to dedicate a post to it for some time but I used to be a pretty active seller on Etsy. I made jewelry, embroidery wall art and various mixed media items. I haven't created anything in months due to a lack of time and inspiration. After my trip to New Orleans last weekend to visit my friend (and incredible artist) Elaine I came home absolutely refreshed and have finally had the energy needed to feel inspired again.

I went to Michaels on Saturday to look around and wandered into their kids craft set sections. I was looking around and an older woman stopped and started chatting with me about the craft projects she was picking up for her grandkids. When she asked me how old my kids were I hesitated before saying, "Oh, I don't have any." The look on her face as I said that before she looked over at the Unicorn paint-by-numbers I was in front of was priceless.

Feeling old as hell I went home and pulled out some of my favorite books and materials and started letting the ideas flow.


IMG_6086Eventually, I decided on some mixed media paper crafts. I don't consider myself artistic, at all. My drawing skills are limited to drawing stick figures with grossly over-exaggerated anatomical parts. However, I do love to create things and as long as it doesn't involve fine motor skills I can usually do okay.

After loosing a few more hours of my life forever on Pinterest I decided on starting my first Altered Book! I pulled out all of my paper supplies I've collected over the years ...


IMG_6096Then I picked out the perfect book from my Antique book collection (another post I need to do someday!):

Feb5The bottom right is a sneak peek of the first page I worked on. I spent most of Sunday alternating between working on this and playing with this Handsome fella.

IMG_6091I honestly can't think of how the weekend could have been any better. Well, John Stamos still hasn't shown up with zero calorie peanut butter for me, but he's always here in spirit.

How was your weekend? What was the most tragic phase you went through in middle school?