living in the now

Still rambling about running. Sometimes other things.

Getting crafty

While I love the creative process with projects, it's been a long time since I did something by hand that took a lot patience. You can look at a scrapbook I tried to do following a trip to Europe in 1999 as a prime example.

Lots of photos with no explanation; lots of things awkwardly taped; and a whole lot of playbills from London piled up in the back. You get the picture.

For the past decade, I have collected a lot of race bibs and medals. They get moved from place to place in a few shoe boxes and rarely get displayed. My wife got me an awesome shadow box with about 10 of my medals a few years ago, and that was a great start to displaying my medals.

Earlier this year I saw a post somewhere (sorry to whoever originally posted it -- I don't remember!) with someone doing a display with their running bibs. My reaction was -- THIS. I can do THIS. It can't be that hard, can it?

"THIS" was a project to do something with some of my running bibs that I have no use for. My idea was to buy letters that spelled "run" and put race bibs on them.

In July, armed with a 50% off coupon to AC Moore, I purchased an "R." After working on it for a couple of different nights for a total of maybe 2-3 hours, I was well on my way:

The "R" was surprisingly easy, but I also know that my patience can quickly wear thin, so I took my next 50% off coupon and headed to AC Moore again for the "U," took a few days away from the project and then ...

After I took this photo I repeated the process for the "N" and quickly realized that the "N" was going to be the hardest letter. I actually laid out the bibs on top of the letter first, took a picture and then completed the project ...

But the project wasn't really complete. I still had to display this somewhere. And I still had a bunch of medals to put somewhere, too. The letters were set aside until I figured out what I wanted to do.

My wife then found a coat rack at a yard sale for $1 in October. Aside from a missing hook, it was perfect to pair with my "RUN" project and display the rest of my medals. With a screw, I fixed the issue of the missing hook, carefully put my letters on it, hung up my medals and then ...

... Finished.