Big Cartel

M.I.A has been my name for the past month or so, but I do have a good reason for it.

1. I’ve been training for a marathon, and running like a mad man.

2. Remember when I wrote the C word post a while ago…well it won. And now I’ve been left with a huge gaping hole in my soul, where someone I loved and cared about a huge amount, has gone.

3. I ran the marathon. Well, 18.5 miles of it, before I collapsed and was unconscious for a while. See the above mentioned. The marathon was 2 weeks after I watched my grandad die.. my body was physically and mentally destroyed, and still is.

4. I set up shop over at big cartel. Go take a look and save it in your favorites bar. That would be great guys.

Sorry I’ve been a shitty blogger everyone. I hope to see you around here a lot more :)

 

Here’s a peak at what’s on over at ohbyodette.bigcartel.com

 

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Workout Recap

This week has been pretty on board with the fitness agenda. I sprained my ankle at the beginning of the week which left me with an ugly, purple coloured swollen ankle, so running had to go a bit on the back burner. Never mind, here’s a recap of what’s been happening.

Monday:

7.2 Miles outside, all around the countryside. It was nice to get out in the sunshine, and despite only planning on doing around 4 easy miles, I decided to keep going. Also when said sprained ankle occurred. 

That’ll teach me.

Tuesday:

Rest day as ankle was pretty huge and sore. I accidentally tapped it when getting dressed and it brought a tear to my eye.

Wednesday:

3.1 Mile run to the gym the an hour of Legs, Bums and Tums.

This was actually the first time I’ve ever been to this class. As someone who tends to shy away from group activities, I found myself snarling at anyone who came near me and my uncoordinated ways, to actually enjoying it! Loved the odd use of weights in this class too!

Thursday:

An hours of weights at the gym. There’s nothing better than knowing that you can just pop in your headphones and crack on with it. I’ve been using this new app called stonglifts 5×5, and so far, it’s pretty good!

Squats: 10×10 20kg squats

Bench press: 7×5 10kg 

Barbell Row: 7×5 20kg

Plus a whole load of crunches, sit ups, bicep curls etc.

When I got to the gym and started to set up my barbell, a girl roughly my age started to make comments about how girls shouldn’t lift, especially heavy weights. Considering the girl who made said comments had obviously done nothing the entire time she’d been in the gym for, these comments felt a little unnecessary. It literally took all my strength to not say anything about her obvious lack of exercise.

Friday:

Another hours of weights at the gym. Squats, squats and more squats.

Squats: 10×10 20kg

Overhead Press: 6×6 10kg

Deadlift: 3×5 22.5kg

10 mins stair climber-I never knew how much this machine makes you sweat!

Sit ups, mountain climbers, press ups, bicep curls etc.

Saturday:

Saturday was a quick, but sweaty one down at the gym. It was pretty packed when I first got there, but soon filtered out which was nice.

Squats: 10×10 22.5kg

Bench press: 10×5 12.5kg

Barbell Row: 5×5 22.5kg

Plus some bicep curls, press ups, burpess, mountain climbers etc.

 

I heard strength training help with running, so I hope this will increase my running stamina ready for marathon day!

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Bench press: 5×5 12.5kg

Barbell Row: 4×5 22.5kg

 

 

Rabbit Sunday

Easter Sunday, in the UK, was miserable. It wasn’t bright and sunny like is has been the past couple of days. Nope. It rained, heavily might I add, nearly all day.

There was only one thing for it, and that was to get my butt in line with stocking up my online shops.

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So these guys happened. Before I knew it, nearly the whole day and flown by, and I’d spent it happily crafting in a dark room. Dark because of the weather, not because I didn’t have nay lights on…

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These creations are all up on my Etsy page and Misi page, so if your interested in buying a gift for someone, come and support handmade, local businesses rather than the big guys!

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These will all be looking for new homes, so come and snap one up while you can!

Remember, if you pop me a little message, we can create custom designs!

 

Thanks guys!!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/OhbyOdette

http://www.misi.co.uk/shop_info.php?domain=ocarier

 

 

 

RedBubble

Today I open a new shopping portal on Redbubble. If you haven’t seen it, I really do insist that you sweep on over there and check the whole site out. You could spend your entire savings on some of the beautiful items they have on there.

The reason I chose Redbubble is because I didn’t have an outlet to sell my Art work, in a way in which I could be free to do as I pleased with it. 

I’m a doodler, but sometimes I like to get extra creative and run away with my mind. I like to keep things simple, and often bright, so if your into that sort of thing, head on over and have a look.

Why the extra site?

Well. I didn’t want to keep all my apples in the same bag. I wanted to explore the internet and see where I could plant my seeds in order to expand. I love having an Etsy page and a Facebook page in order to sell more material items, in which customers can contact me with requests and their own ideas, but RedBubble allows me to focus on Art work that I’ve already completed.

It would mean a whole bunch to me if you looked and shared these pages with loved ones. I do sell overseas and accept custom requests.

Here’s a hint guys, Cosmetic pouches, Tote Bags and Peg Bags are being sewn and shipped like the wind right now!

 

 

Cosmetics Pouch: Tutorial

First, before I start this attempt at a tutorial, I’d like to say a huge ‘Hey’ to all my new followers. I hope your ready for some bizarre, random posts :)

I thought today I’d try a little something different. As you all know, I’m a keen runner, but I do also potter about with other bits and bobs too- like sewing! I have a shop on Etsy, and at the moment, my cosmetic pouches are flying of the shelf. I’ve been pondering doing a tutorial for a while, so here we go. Attempt at tutorial number 1.

This is to make a cosmetics pouch that is roughly 20 cm wide and 25 cm deep. You don’t have to line it, but if you do, be sure to cut both the materials in the same size-obvious I know, but it’s the little things that slip your mind.

Step 1:

Choose your fabrics. I went with a nautical theme for this one, just because I was feeling it. Cut your material so that it is 22 cm wide and 52 cm long. Mine are folded just so I could get both of the materials in shot.

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Step 2:

Choose a zip that suits you and your fabric. I’ve gone for green, it gives a bit of a pop!

With the zip, you want to line it up somewhere in the middle, so that there is an even space at both ends. Pin the zip, wrong way up, to the outer fabric material. You want to make sure that you have caught both layers with the pins on this stage.

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Stage 3:

Sew your zip onto both layers of fabric. It’s a little bit tougher to do nearer the zip head, but just ease up a bit and move it gently. It’ll work out, I assure you.

Don’t worry if this is your first time creating something like this. It too me many attempts!

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Stage 4:

By this stage, you will have sewn your zip on and feeling pretty darn pleased with yourself-which you should be! One of the hardest bits is done. Take a sigh of relief or a swig of wine, and let’s continue.

The next step is to sew the front bit of your pouch onto the zip a little bit more. This will make it look neater and keep the zip even more secure.

Flip your pouch over, bring the sewn zip edge up a little, creating a folded effect, pin it and make sure its straight, then your off. Go from edge to edge and you’ll see what I mean about it looking a lot neater!

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Stage 5:

Stage 5 is to repeat what you’ve just done, but on the other side. You see from this stage that you’ll have a long piece of material, hanging from a super neat zip. Simply fold the material back on itself, so the lining is facing outwards, pin the other side of the zip, and sew.

Once you have sewn the zip on, turn your pouch so it’s all facing the right way and sew the neat zippered edge. It’ll help if you unzip it all the way at the point.

Stage 6:

Once both edges are done, and everything’s sewn where it should be, turn your pouch back inside out, so that the lining is facing outwards. You want to align the edges and pin just where the ends of the zips meet the material. This is where you are going to sew down from. Once it is all pinned, you are ready to go. Make sure you leave some of the zip open, so that you can get your fingers in there to open it again after it’s been sewn! I forget this so often, and it makes such hassle. Don’t worry about the excess material that is on the ends, we’ll sort that out next.

Stage 7:

Once all edges are sewn, place the pouch down flat, with the lining facing the outside. You see that excess material we just spoke about. Well, it’s coming off. If you need to, make a faint line just over the sewn edge. this is where you’ll cut. Be sure you don’t accidentally nick the sewn edge-no worries if you do, you can just re-sew it. You’ll have something that looks like this:

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Stage 8:

Turn pouch back so it’s all the right way, and voila, your first ever cosmetics pouch has been born!

Don’t worry if it’s not perfect the first time you sew one, it’ll get easier the more your practice.

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Feel free to check out my shop on Etsy- I do a whole range of custom designs ranging from cosmetics pouches, peg bags, tote bags, kindle/ipad covers etc

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/OhbyOdette

or pop me a message through Facebook. A lot of customers prefer to use Facebook, which is fine by me, as it gives me a chance to chat, and find out exactly what you guys want from your order.

Overseas orders are definitely welcome here!

https://www.facebook.com/OhByOdette

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The Liebster Award…

I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award! 

Now, don’t panic like I originally did, and “think, oh geez, what have I done wrong?”, it’s all a good thing here guys!

The sweet people over at www.urbanhippiesblog.com have nominated me. Apparently they can handle my lack of consistent rambles, so I do feel very honored! :)

There are rules in this blogosphere orb though,so if I nominate you, be sure to follow them- it will make me very happy indeed.

-Make sure you answer all the questions that I’m going to give you. Obviously you don’t have to get all personal and stuff.

-Nominate 11 new blogs which have under 500 followers.

-Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer, (see above).

-Tag your nominees and let them know that you’ve nominated them for this award. They’ll love you for it, I’m sure!

Mat and Lacey’s questions to me are as follows:

1. How long have you been blogging?

WordPress informed me not that long ago that I’d just reached my first birthday in the blogging world, so really, not all that long!

2. What made you start your own blog?

I don’t write a diary, and often forget things that I might just want to remember. Also, I’d come up with funny anecdotes and things to say in my head and want to write them down somewhere. I guess setting up a blog was a way for me to not have to write a real, proper, grown up diary.

3. What is your favourite subject to write about?

Anyone who reads this blog will see how inconsistent I am with keeping it up to date and following a certain subject. I guess if I had to choose it would probably be running.

4. Do you have a day job in addition to blogging?

I do indeed, but if I told you, I’d have to kill you ;)

5. If you could pick any other city to live in, where would it be?

Umm, tricky one. I quite enjoy Brighton in the UK. It’s such a fun place to be with such beautiful surroundings. 

6.What’s your favourite blog?

Without a doubt, its www.hungryrunnergirl.com

Absolutely love her blog!

7. Does anyone in your personal life know that you blog?

Nope. It’s not that I don’t want them to know, it’s more of a break for them so someone else can hear me ramble on about all sorts.

8.Where do you see your blog in one year?

Better looking, hopefully, with more followers, and a more even flow to my posts.

Maybe I should buy a diary just to remind myself to blog…

9. What are your three favourite online shopping websites?

http://www.asos.com

http://www.amazon.co.uk

http://www.ebay.co.uk

10.  From who, what or where does your blogging inspiration come from?

I don’t think there’s any one aspect of where my inspiration comes from. Right now, blogging about running is helping to keep my motivation up in order to run my first ever marathon.

I know that by writing my thoughts down, the guys that read this will pep me and keep me going.

11. What is the best thing about you?

My stubbornness and will power to keep going on.

 

So, I’ve answered the questions, now it’s your turn.

I  nominate:

http://theblondecoyote.com/

http://beingmark.com/

http://reluctantlysuburban.com/

http://jamesmsama.com/

http://cyclingdutchgirl.com/

http://alleyhope.com/

http://hellotori.wordpress.com/

http://artbyritva.wordpress.com/

http://tekokecilsita.wordpress.com/

http://fitandfabulousat30.wordpress.com/

http://mattiamarinolli.wordpress.com/

My questions to you guys are the same ones above that I answered. 

I hope you enjoy being part of this :)

 

The ‘What I’ve Learnt’ Post

I’ve been running for just over 2 years now. By running, I mean choosing to do so out of choice, not because I’m being told to do so, or chased.

I’ve learnt a lot about a lot of things in that time, so here’s to hoping that my knowledge will help you avoid some sticky situations! I know we can all just Google ‘tips for running’, but honestly, how often can you relate to half that stuff. Unless of course its being blogged by someone who actually runs.

So, here we are. Things I have learnt from Running.

1. You can’t force a good run….or any run for that matter.

You know that feeling that you get when you know you should probably go for a run, or it’s on your training plan to bash out 10 miles, but your legs are just going ‘no, no, no,’ and your brain’s going ‘nap, nap, nap’. Well guess what. Listen to them! There is something so depressing about getting yourself ready for a run, when every part of your body is refusing to play along, and dragging your heavy, tired feet out on to the streets. You can’t find your stride, your pacing’s out all over the place, and you generally just think ‘nope’. 

Turn yourself back round, and head on home. Chances are you need the rest.

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2. Running helps clear your head.

After a bad day, sometimes getting out and grabbing some fresh air while drenching yourself with sweat is just what’s needed. I remember the first day I ran properly. I hadn’t ran in about 4 years, and then suddenly I was so angry, I genuinely needed to just run. 6 Miles later, although I still felt pretty shitty about what had sent me running, I had a sense of control over myself and my emotions. The time out that I spent running, I was able to scream, shout and feel all the emotions.

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3. Know when it’s best for you to run.

I’ve always envied the runners who can get up at the break of dawn and get out and run. I, unfortunately, cannot do this. I’ve tried countless amounts of times to get up before 7am and go for my daily run. IT. JUST .DOESN’T. WORK. FOR. ME. 

My legs don’t work, my brain doesn’t function, I’m all dehydrated and grouchy. I am quite literally, a zombie.

That’s not to say it won’t work for you, and if it does, well….I envy you, and beg you to teach me how!

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4. Know how to fuel your body.

Some people don’t like to eat fruit before a long run, some people really go all out on the carbing up. After a few trial and errors, you will eventually get a feel of what your body likes and dislikes, especially if you end up having to dart for a bush in the middle of your long run….

5. Body reactions can differ.

Sometimes you can start your run while feeling on top of the world. The next your frantically searching for somewhere to poop. The body is a crazy thing, and will, no doubt, lead you astray and make you feel comfortable right before it drops one of you. I’ve heard many people talk about ‘runners belly’, and trust me, it can occur anywhere, any time, any place. Don’t drop that guard.

Which leads us on to number 6….

6. Constipate.

Feeling constipated and all bunged up in the lower regions? Then read above. There’s nothing like a run that gets you jiggling and sloshing about to get the bowels moving. You’re welcome.

7. Know your routes.

And keep aware of where your going. I know it’s not always easy to tell someone where you plan to carry out your run, but at least give them a vague idea. I have many times been running along, to then suddenly dive of into another pasture in order to keep the boredom at bay. Sometimes I have ended up lost and had to backtrack my route. That’s not as fun as it sounds, trust me.

8. Music

Music can often dictate a lot of things when it comes to running. It can either really psych you up and get you moving or just one song can come on and ruin your pace. Plan your tracks wisely.

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9. Enjoy the rewards. 

Just because you run, that doesn’t mean it should take over your life. I love to run, but I’ve also been known to take a good 3/4 days off, just because. Some people get crazy over how important it is to run, that doesn’t mean you can’t reap the rewards. You want that ice cream? You go ahead and eat the ice cream! Don’t let having a reward determine your next run. you just go for it, when you feel like it.

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What things have you learnt from running? Maybe we can share tips and get better, stronger, faster together?!