Since I now live hours away from where I grew up and from where I went to college, I have friends all over the US. It can be really hard to keep close with everyone, especially since I hate talking on the phone. The easiest way for me to show that I’m thinking of someone is to send mail. I absolutely love sending small care packages to my best buds, and birthdays are an extra special occasion to celebrate. Today I’m sharing a mini package that’s perfect to mail to friends and family that you can’t celebrate with because of distance. The best part is that I only spent money on one item (the candy) to fill the box!
This past weekend I ran in a Color Vibe race, where they throw powdered color on you throughout the course.
My good friend Liz convinced me to participate less than two weeks before the race! I keep joking with George about my own couch to 5K program since I hadn’t been running much recently. Throughout my adult life, I’ve run for fun on and off, but I have been in a bit of an “off” period this year. George and I had *just* resolved to start running again, and had gone out on a single jog, when Liz persuaded me to sign up for the Color Vibe. So basically I had less than two weeks to train. I ended up getting out for one jog over 3 miles prior to this weekend’s race, and only had to stop once during the Color Vibe.
The set up of these color runs is really interesting. The atmosphere is a lot more jovial and light hearted than some other races, so it’s a great opportunity for non-runners to do their first race. There was no chip time or mile markers, so it was all about completion and having fun along the way.
When I can muster up the time and energy, I love to make simple, but fun birthday gifts for my friends and family. This week I made a fun birthday surprise package for one of my best friends. The basic idea was that the package would open to reveal a colorful birthday greeting, similar to garland.
For the packaging, I used one of those cardboard poster tube mailers. For the decoration, I used thick colored paper, sequins, yarn, and bugle beads. To string everything, I used a needle and purple thread.
I recently attended a bridal shower for my dear friend Ashley who is getting married in June. Since I’m an out of town bridesmaid and couldn’t help as much in planning, I wanted to make a fun decoration for the party. I decided on a “56 days ‘til she’s hitched” sign.
I needed a basis for the decoration, so I went to Michaels and landed on a 16 x 20 inch canvas. I got a 2-pack for $10 and used a coupon, so the price wasn’t so bad. I already had acrylic paints and painters tape.