Guest Post: life + running [How to look crafty without getting glue all over your fingers + Giveaway!]


Good morning! I’m getting ready to leave Chicago to come home, and it’s been a fantastic trip. I can’t wait to share the details with you! But first, I have another fantastic guest post from another one of my favorite bloggers: Calee!

Calee is totally RAD. And awesome, sarcastic, witty, beautiful, strong, amazing… I could go on! She has a great boyfriend with an awesome beard and an adorable long-haired dachshund named Barney Stinson. We met in person for the first time at Blend and really bonded on our hike up to the Royal Arch. We immediately bonded because we have so much in common! One of the (many) things that we have in common is our background in graphic design. The only difference is that Calee actually puts her skills to use on a regular basis! I was blown away when I saw some of the projects that she has created and immediately wanted to purchase her entire collection of zippy pouches on Etsy!

She has some FANTASTIC tips to share with you today!

Take it away, Calee!

Hi. I’m Calee — not Caylee — and I blog over at life + running and am a graphic
designer/communications specialist by day and a crafty fitness junkie by night.
Lauren and I met at Blend and totally bonded. I love this girl! I promised her I’d
share some of my craft skills with you while she’s on vacay.

The advent of Pinterest has everybody crafsterbating (yeah, I just said that).
Everybody’s drooling over and pinning pretty photos and tutorials of crafts but with
no intention of ever actually making anything.

Why not actually make something? The answer I most often hear is “Because I’m not

Guess what? You don’t have to be crafty to make something! You just have to find
something that fits within your skillset and your budget. And when all else fails a
glue gun or spray paint can usually fix just about any mistake.

I’ve got two projects for you. One is a no-sew project and the other requires sewing
(or gluing).

No-sew project: Rockin’ Lyrics Mug

Ceramic Mug (Goodwill has some great finds for less than a buck)
Pebeo Porcelaine Pen (you can get at Michael’s)
Fingernail polish remover / cotton balls (in case you make a mistake)

1. Find your favorite song lyrics, favorite saying, devotional or whatever you’d like
to put on your mug. Start at the top of the mug by the handle and write like you
would on paper. Continue wrapping the text around until you’ve run out of room.

2. Let your project dry 24 hours. If you make a mistake, wipe clean with some nail
polish remover and rinse with water. Piece should be dry before starting to paint

3. Place mug in oven. Set a timer for 30 minutes and turn the oven to 350° (mug
should be in there when oven preheats). When the timer goes off, shut the oven off.
Remove mug when it is cool to the touch.

EASY. Peasy. I promise!

Simple Sewing Project: Vintage (or at least sweat-stained if you read this blog) T-
shirt Pillow

Old t-shirt (large or XL works best)
Pillow form (12-15”) or stuffing (stuffing is a pain in the ass!)
Pins (if sewing)
Sewing machine + thread OR Needle + thread OR fabric glue OR glue gun

1. Lie your t-shirt flat on the ground and cut out a square from both the front and
back layers. The square should be the same size of your pillow form.

2. Flip the square pieces so that the right side of the t-shirt is on the inside. Pin
together if sewing.

3. Sew or glue around the edges (about ¼” – ½” away from the edge) leaving one
side mostly open so you can slide in your pillow form. If you glued, allow to dry 24
hours or the recommended time on the glue package before the next step.

4. Turn your squares right side out. Slide your pillow form into the t-shirt squares.
Flip ¼” to ½” of the non-sewn edge inside the pillow and pin together (even if you’re
gluing — it will be easier this way). Stitch with a matching colored thread OR glue


Have you tried making something you’ve found on Pinterest?

For being such great sports and pretending to be crafty with us, I’m going to give
away something from my etsy shop to one random commenter.

Here are a few examples of my work:

To enter to win one of Calee’s awesome pieces, all you have to do is leave a comment below about anything you want- but also be sure to include a description of which one of Calee’s awesome items from her Etsy shop you’d want to win!

A winner will be chosen Friday, June 22nd. Open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!!