Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Color Run Richmond

This past weekend me and a few friends participated in the Happiest 5K on the Planet, The Color Run in Richmond, VA and had the best time! 3.1 miles of color madness is designed for runners/walkers, people of all ages, shapes, sizes and speeds.

You begin the race in your clean white t-shirt and by the end you have been plastered with various colors. Each kilometer of the event is associated with a designated color: yellow, orange, pink, or blue. As you go through the COLOR RUN Zones, you are sprayed with colored corn starch. By the end of the race you are a colorific mess! After the race, participants take part in a color extravaganza where you throw your color pack in the air and and have a good ole time.

Afterwards we went on a Canal Tour and learned a little bit about Richmond. For dinner me, Steph and Alison went to the most amazing restaurant, Edo's Squid. I think I had the best meal of my life. We split the mussels and conch salad for an appetizer and for our entree we had the ahi tuna and grouper. We could not stop talking about how good the food was. If you are in Richmond, I highly recommend you try this restaurant. Be sure to make a reservation, otherwise you probably won't be able to get a table.

Enjoy the pics!

So fresh and so clean, clean
Sea of white!

Waiting to start the race!

Action shot!
After the race!


A Colorific Mess!


After race beverages at Buffalo Wild Wings

Historic Canal Tour

Alison and Stephanie, who gives the canal tour a thumbs up.
More canal tour...
Libby Hill looking towards the James River

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

DIY - Monthly Onesies

My good friend had a baby girl a few weeks ago and I thought that the monthly onesies would be a perfect gift for her. I always see these on other blogs and love how they turn out. I ordered the iron-ons from Simple Printables Co off Etsy. They were super easy to apply and I love how they turned out.

I purchased plain white onesies from Target in sizes, 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 month and 9-12 months. I got 2 packs of long sleeved ones for the upcoming colder months and 2 packs of short sleeved ones for spring/summer.

Step 1. Wash onesies.

Step 2. Cut out each month, leaving a little edge.

Step 3. Put a pillow case underneath the onesie and place the iron-on in the center and iron. Make sure you are moving the iron the whole time. I applied the iron for about a minute or two.

Step 4. After you are done ironing, let the iron-on cool before removing the paper to reveal the cutest thing ever!

How cute is that little onesie?!?!?! This project was super easy and probably took me 20 minutes at the most. The hardest part was finding the onesies. Can I just tell you how hard it is to find a pack of 3 onesies?? I must have gone to 3 different Target's!

And here is a photo of little Olivia showing off her onesie!

DIY - Faux Anthropology Metal Letters

For a few years I have followed Kristen F. Davis Design blog. She does amazing decorative painting and can turn a run down dresser into a beautiful piece of furniture with a fabulous distressed finish.

I have wanted to try her DIY - Faux Metal Letters. They look just like the Anthropologie letters that sell for $18+, which is pretty pricey. So Friday night I went to the craft store and got all the supplies; Apple Barrel black acrylic paint, Folk Art Metallic paint in "Pearl", chip brush (they come in a bag of 3) and the letters. Here are 5 EASY steps to your own Anthro-like letters! 

1. Lay out all your materials. I used a brown paper trash bag. 

2. Paint each letter black. It's okay if you have brush marks. It doesn't have to be perfect!

3. Let the paint dry. It dries very quickly!

4. Now it's time for the "metal" paint. I followed Kristen's tip on dry brushing the pearl paint. You just take a dry paint brush, dip it in the pearl paint and dab it on your paper towel and paint in an up and down direction to create a more aluminum effect. You just paint until it looks right to you.

5. Wait for everything to dry and you are all done!

I did D & S for me and the boy. I think they turned out amazing and really do look like metal. My boyfriend went to pick one of the letters up thinking it was going to be heavy. He was surprised that they were cardboard letters. 

I think I spent around $14 and had a 40% off coupon. All the supplies were purchased at Joann Fabrics.