Thursday, April 23, 2015

Lace Up with Liz Update - Marathon Week

So if your here for crochet...this post is more personal about me and life right now :) Don't worry I'm working on some new things but this Month is filled with excitement personally outside of crochet! Although my mermaid pattern going viral was super awesome!! We'll save that for another post! 

It's been a while since I shared an update about my weight-loss journey. I think my last post was the end of  Dec 2014.

 I've accomplished some amazing things since then and I'm just so excited I want to share them with you. If you haven't been following my journey you can read this past post about myself and the what I've been working on here : LACE UP WITH LIZ

In April I finally reached my weight loss goal that I'd set Jan 2014. Those last 5-10 pounds were being stubborn! I've lost a total of 72 pounds! 222 to 150! I feel amazing and so much happier in my skin! 

In January 2015 I started my 1/2 marathon training again. If you remember before I was training for one but due to injury had to take a month off and start back up slowly. 
I was nervous and excited, but the last 16 weeks have been absolutely amazing! I've had highs and lows in my training but I've completed it all but the race....(insert emotional happy cry!!)  

There have been fast runs, slow runs, long runs, short runs, cold, snowy, windy, rainy, sunny, (insert all types of Oklahoma weather) runs, and early before the sunrise on the weekend runs! 
Thankfully the training has been injury free aside from a few holes stepped in or sidewalks tripped on. LOL. 

I could not have made it through my training with out lots of encouragement.

Thank you Rachel for giving me a treadmill. I have a love hate relationship with it but it helped when I couldn't get out the door due to weather. (7 miles on a treadmill is awful...)

 Thank you to Alisha for doing many early morning long weekend runs! You truly have been an inspiration and blessing! 

Thank you to many of the gals from Edmond Moms Run This Town - I've made new friends that understand this crazy love of running and are so encouraging.  

Thank you to the Runhers and Landrunners for hosting long runs and providing water! It makes it so much more enjoyable when you have others to run with! 

Thank you to my Big Life Voxer gals! You have been a daily encouragement in so many ways! 

Thank you to my hubby for taking care of the kids on early Saturdays while mommy ran all over town! Thank you for letting mommy run!! I need to run now or I get cranky.....:) Just ask him about how the past two taper weeks have been :) Sorry...I love you too! 

April 2014 - after a run- selfie! Purple is my power color! 

My 1st 1/2 marathon (13.1 miles) is Sunday April 26th, 2015 - It's the OKC Memorial Marathon. 
It's a great year to race as it's the 15th anniversary of the race and it just means a lot to us in Oklahoma to Run to Remember. I've volunteered with the race years before but 1st time running!! 

So if you think of me say a prayer that everything will go awesome on Sunday! 
I'm getting pre-race jitters! 
My goal is just to 'Finish what I Start and Enjoy the Journey!" 

I know I'll be surrounded with so many with amazing people with stories too, but this truly has been such a great journey in my life. It's not the end of the journey, and I can't wait to see what's next!

If you want to track my race or follow me for more updates feel free to visit my Facebook page for more details!
Lace up with Liz

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Have you ever tired Younique Lashes? Review

Okay I'll warn you up front this post has nothing to do with crochet at all! I just recently fell in love with a new product and have to share it with you. Make-up products are one of my other obsessions but probably not as much as crochet. LOL I have to share a review on it! 

Have you ever tried the Younique Moodstruck 3-D Fiberlashes

I have to say I watched a ton of youtube tutorials and reviews and I was very skeptical. I didn't want to spend the money and hate them. I had been invited to several parties over the past few months and I finally gave in and just had to try them. I do the fake lashes sometimes and they just don't work for me so I wanted to try them for less hassle.  I have to say I'm in love with them!! 

My 1st concern was that some said you get "spider eyes" look. Well if you take your time doing it (like a few extra moments) you can make them look amazing with out spider eyes. 

My 2nd concern was um fibers....near my eyes... no way! I have sensitive eyes and I thought of little feathers near my eyes would make me itchy and watery! I've worn this stuff for two weeks and have very little to no fall out and never had my eyes itch or get fibers in my eyes even thought it's allergy season! 

I don't usually like a water-proof masceara  but honestly with a little make up remover it's comes off very easy. I like to use coconut oil to wash and remove makeup and its great! 

You can use it with your favorite mascara or just the gel &  fiber lashes, but I wanted amazing long lashes! LOL

I've used it mostly with my favorite mascara. I use Clinique High definition or if I want super long lashes I use my Julep length matters! 

I used the Clinique High Definition in the photo below. 

I'm totally sold and these are fabulous or I wouldn't even attempt a party! 

I've haven't tried any other products from Younique but I heard the lipgloss is awesome! 
So if you love trying new beauty products I would love to invite you to my online party!

This is an online only party and will close out on April 8th! 

Oh and no waiting to get your products till the end of the party! Order now and they will ship out pretty quickly! Still not sure about these lashes well have no fear they do have a money back guarantee so you will be 100% satisfied but I know you will love them! 

Thanks for reading my review. Don't worry I won't bother you much with parties like these. This is just a one time deal for me since I do love them so much! 

now back to my regularly scheduled crochet project......

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sunrise Market Tote

I was shopping for yarn with my mom while she was visiting for spring break! It's one of our favorite things to do! I hadn't shopped for yarn in a while since I put myself on a yarn freeze until I use up some of my stash......but I made an exception of course.

 Hobby Lobby has a few colorways of what they call "Print" yarn. It's variegated but it flows better than most variegated I have worked with and I usually love the results of it so much more. 
I saw a new color way called Sunrise Sky. I was drawn to it because well it reminded me OKC Thunder Colors! It's is March Madness after all. Basketball is on my mind. 
I just love the combination of Orange and Blue. 

I didn't know what I was going to make with it, but I was going to make use of it right away. 
I really wanted to design something other than a hat or scarf since it's spring. 
When I think spring I think farmers markets so I decided to make a big ole bag! 
The stitch pattern is fun and it works up fairly quickly once you get the hang of it. 

I really love the way it turned out! Now time to go shopping or maybe just fill it with yarn as a project bag! Since I do have several projects I need to finish. 

Sunrise Market Tote

Be sure to add this to your Raverly favorites and/or pin to pinterest for later! 

Skill: Intermediate

Worsted Weight yarn (4): I used: I Love This Yarn - Sunrise Sky, 2 skeins approx. 375-400 yards

J-Hook - 6.00mm

Bag Measures about 14 inches across by 18 inches long (not including the handles) 

Terms and Stitches: 
ch: chain
st: stitch
sl: slip
sp: space
sk: skip
sc: single crochet
dc: double crochet 
rep: repeat
YO: yarn over

Special Sts:

2-dc Cluster: To work 2-dc Cluster (uses one st or sp), * YO, insert hook in st or sp indicated, YO and pull up a loop,YO and draw through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * once more, YO and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

Shell : (2-dc Cluster, ch 1, dc, ch 1, 2-dc Cluster)

*Ch st does not count as a stitch in stitch count at end of rounds. (#)
*Always join to the 1st st of the round or indicated stitch, not the ch.

Round 1: ch 3, 12 dc in 3rd ch from the hook, join (12)
Round 2: ch 2, 2 dc in each dc around, join (24)
Round 3: ch 2, *(2 dc in next st, dc in next st), rep from * around, join (36)
Round 4: ch 2, *(2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts), rep from * around, join (48)
Round 5: ch 2, *(2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts), rep from * around, join (60)
Round 6: ch 2, *(2 dc in next st, dc in next 4 sts), rep from * around, join (72)
Round 7: ch 2, *(2 dc in next st, dc in next 5 sts), rep from * around, join (84)
Round 8: ch 2, *(2 dc in next st, dc in next 6 sts), rep from * around to last 7 sts, dc in last 7 sts, join (95)

Round 9: Ch 2, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, 2-dc cluster) in the 1st st, * skip next 4 sts, work (2-dc Cluster, ch 1, dc, ch 1, 2-dc Cluster) in next st, rep from * around to last 4 sts, skip next 4 sts, join with a sl st to top of 1st dc, (not ch-2) 

Round 10: ch 1, turn, sc in sp between the 2-dc cluster, (see image below row) ch 3, * dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 3, skip next 2-dc Cluster, sc in sp before next 2-dc Cluster, ch 3; repeat from * around to last (Shell), dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 3, join with a sl st to 1st sc

Round 11: ch 1, turn, sl st in 1st ch-3 sp, work (2-dc Cluster, ch 1, dc, ch 1, 2-dc Cluster) in next ch-1 sp * skip next 2 ch-3 sps, work (2-dc Cluster, ch 1, dc, ch 1, 2-dc Cluster) in next ch-1 sp, rep from * around, join with a sl st to 1st 2-dc Cluster. 

Round 12-13, 14-15, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21, 22-23, 24-25, 26-27, 28-29: Rep Rounds 10-11
(if you want a shorter/longer bag feel free to omit/add rounds here)

Round 30: ch 1, do not turn, *(sc in the space between the 2-dc cluster, sk 2-dc cl, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in dc, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in 2-dc cl) rep from * around, join 

Round 31-35: ch 1, sc in each st around. join 

Round 36: ch 1, sc in 1st 15 sts, ch 60, sk next 17 sts, sc in next 30 sts, ch 60, sk next 17 sts, sc in remaining sts, join 

Round 37: ch 1, sc in each st and ch around, join 

Round 38-41: ch 1, sc in each st around, join 
Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Enjoy your awesome new bag!