she believed she could…

My last post was about the medal holder I made with my dad over Thanksgiving, and it turns out he spent a little more time  in the garage (or should I call it Santa’s workshop) after I left! 

He made this race bib holder to go along with my medals. How incredibly thoughtful, right?! Though I had to ask how he got so good at painting letters in the short time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I won’t give away his secret though. 

So if you love a runner, here’s a tip: make them something that enables them to show off their hard earned bibs and medals! 😉


medal chasing.

When I first started running, I spent tons of time researching it (as with anything that I do). By researching, I mean I read tons of blog posts, bought a few Runner’s World magazines, asked my experienced running friends questions, and all but memorized dozens of Race Day Dos & Don’ts lists. Early on in my reading, I came across a blog post or a pin on Pinterest that said something to the effect of only racing for the bling (medals). I rolled my eyes and thought, “Oh my gosh – how materialistic. I would never sign up for a race just because of the medal!” Fast forward a year and here I am writing a blog post about my medal holder.

I looked around on Etsy and saw some ideas that I liked, but nothing that really matched what I was looking for. In true Leah fashion of putting the cart before the horse, I ran out to Hobby Lobby and purchased four drawer pulls/knobs because they were on sale. Then I pitched the idea to my dad.

Thankfully, he was just as excited as I was and trekked out to my grandpa’s old packing barn and found a piece of wood that needed a little TLC then it would fit my needs. So while I was home for Thanksgiving, Dad and I spent some time in the garage sanding and cleaning up this piece of wood. Next up, we had to drill the holes for my knobs. I learned my lesson in spacing knobs when I helped make a valance to hold curtains a year or so ago, so this time I was golden. I tend to forget you need to measure for one extra section so your holes line up correctly. Sometimes math is hard for me.


Once we got all the woodworking done (and the garage swept up and some Christmas wreaths hung), we had to venture to the store to find a clear coat and stencils for my numbers. Apparently, I thought I would be an expert at painting numbers on there because I’ve taken one calligraphy class. Yeah….not so much. Hobby Lobby came to the rescue, yet again, and I found stencils that were a good size for my project.

IMG_1476(Thanks, Dad!)

Then I went home and painted to my heart’s content. After the paint was dry, Dad assisted me with installing the knobs and cutting off the excess on the back so it would lay flat against the wall.

Then the hard part came…hanging it up on my wall by myself. I was actually quite terrified it would fall off in the middle of the night. Actually…I’m still kind of scared of that. But it’s still hanging up there! (Fingers crossed that it hasn’t fallen when I get home from Christmas vacation).


Not too shabby, right? That’s what about $20 in supplies, 70ish miles, and quality time with your dad will get you. 🙂



I was talking to my brother-in-law yesterday about how I have my goals for work this year pinned to the bulletin board above my desk so I could see them every day. Conversation ensued, and I wondered why I didn’t do the same thing for my personal goals. To remedy that, I made this lovely little image to frame and hang on the mini inspirational wall I’m creating in my bedroom.

2015 goals


A lot of my goals are intangible, or ideas, to help me become the person I want to be, but others are goals that I can meet and exceed if I tried really hard (hello, 1,000 miles) and things that I really need to make more time for (reading every day).  I submitted my little goal picture to PostalPix to be printed this morning, so I can start reminding myself to live on purpose and not out of habit this year. No one wants to live the same year 85 times and call it a life.

projects galore.

Hi friends. As I ran through my daily blogs at lunchtime, my first thought was, “Why has no one updated their blog?!” Then I realized I haven’t updated my blog and now we’re here. Life has been quite busy for me lately! Shane and I have been doing home improvement projects, planning for fun activities (hello, Wicked tickets!), cooking up yummy dishes, and searching for the perfect Christmas decorations. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind to say the least.

Last weekend, I merged two pinterest tutorials into one to create a valance for above the sliding back deck door. We were inspired by this shower curtain tutorial and then I found this tutorial on how to weather wood. Needless to say, Shane was pretty impressed by my pinterest blending skills. He was not impressed, however, by the amount of time it took to get all of those knobs measured and in place. I thought it turned out pretty awesome. We’re just waiting to get our hands on some vintage metal doorknobs his mom found to use as curtain tiebacks. When it’s all done, I’ll post better pictures.



Then last night, I was out with a friend on a Target date when I get a phone call saying, “Hey babe, have you left Target? I need chalk.” A strange request, huh? I thought so, too. I got to his house to discover a newly painted chalkboard wall. How fun!

Again, I’ll post pictures soon. My camera is at my parents’ house and my iPhone can only do so much.

Have a lovely Thursday evening!


Every now and then I get a tiny burst of creativity. For example, this little guy.

cute monster

He’s the latest addition to the various forms of e-News that I send out in my job. Since e-News goes out on the last day of the month, I figured we could use a little Halloween fun around here. Hope your Halloween is as cute as this little guy.