It’s A Cinch Inspired by Freddie Mercury

It’s A Cinch Inspired by Freddie Mercury

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I was in a 5K this past weekend. 

It was miserable. 

It was cold and raining and in the middle of the race there was a very steep hill.  The kind of hill that makes you fall to your knees in agony and cry and feel like your leg ends at your right knee.  I stared at that hill and it stared right back.

I braced myself, gritted my teeth and started up the hill slowly one foot at a time.

As I went on, I got slower and sl……ow…

                                                             and s….l….o….w….e….r. 

It seemed like that hill took on the proportions of Mount Everest.

I wanted to give up.

I wanted to cry.

I wanted to turn and run back down the hill.

And then….

                ….We Are the Champions started playing on my IPOD.

And the sun broke through the clouds.

I took it as a sign.

And I dug in my heels and crested that hill with my hands held high as Freddie Mercury screamed out, “We are the champions of the world.”

On that day I owned that hill.

And if Freddie can inspire me to make it to the top of faux Mount Everest without a stretcher, I know he will inspire you to link it up at our “It’s a Cinch” Party.



And we want to see your project in all of its “cinchy” glory.

Join me and these incredible bloggers:

it all started with paint

Electically vintage

The Cottage Market

the space between

And here’s the truly Freddie Mercury champion part…..if you link up…..your link is automatically featured on all of our blogs.


That’s right champions….1 link = 5 links.

We are partying like its 1099.

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1.  Any easy project qualifies. 

2.  No linky parties, please.

3.  I also think the world will be a much better place with more “Cinchy Projects” so I am going to be posting your projects on facebook and twitter and pinterest.  I want the world to see just how talented you are.

4.  If you want to join in all this after party fun, you can follow me on facebook here or twitter here or pinterest here.

Now let’s party on.  Just grab a button and add your link below.  

And please note that all links appear on a separate page.

PS  I know Freddie would have been so proud.

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  1. Woo Hoo!!! I am so proud of you for finishing the 5K, Mt Everest and all, I can totally relate to that feeling…and now I’ll think of you, and Freddie! 🙂

  2. I had you pegged for a 13.1! 🙂

  3. Pingback?? What’s is that?..

    When I am walking in our neighborhood and at the end of my walk, it is all up hill, I do not hear the wonderful sounds of “We are the champions”…I hear the sounds of creaking old knees!…Great story KariAnne!!..

    Thanks for hosting the party!

  4. Well, although the doctor has informed me that running will not be possible, even after I get my new knees, I am living vicariously through your major achievement.

  5. I think we may have our new theme song …

    So happy to co-host this fabulous party with you!



  6. Yayyy for you and your 5K and Yayyy for this link party! 🙂 Thanks for hosting!!! Can’t wait to check out the other links!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

  7. good for you- i am trying to get back to running and so far still NOT enjoying it. ugh.
    i wish i had something to share…. but i do not.

  8. Woo hoo!! Cinchy, easy-peasy, I-can-do-it-in-less-than-5 projects are my all time favourites! Gimme that instant gratification anyday over those time-consuming, mind-boggling, what did it say in that tute??? projects.

    Thanks to all of you for this fabulous idea!


  9. Bravo! 5K! Bravo! “ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh” – that’s the sound of the crowd, one who is gifted can make with their mouth in a breathy kind of way. (you’re trying to do it right now, aren’t you?) hee!


  10. I wish I could have seen that crazy woman with her arms held high rocking out to Freddie – while still wearing her lipstick! That was a sight to behold!

    So glad we’re in this race together!

  11. Way to run that 5k!! I just downloaded a 5k app on my iPhone to help me get ready to run one in a few months. Thanks for hosting another great linky party!

  12. You are my hero! Congratulations, that’s awesome!
    Thanks for hosting this awesome party!

  13. Yay, you beat the hill! I have such admiration for everyone who can run more than 1km at a time AND run uphill! 🙂 I’m absolutely NOT a runner – but I’ll get on my bike and happily pedal for hours.

    Thanks for co-hosting another great blog party – you inspired me to get my easy-peasy map letter project done 🙂

  14. You go girl! 😉
    LOVE this story!

  15. Woo Hoo!!!! Congrats on completing the 5K! You would have to give me CPR if I tried this! Outstanding job! I love this idea. I completed a French document memo board for this. I just love finding an easy use for out of date frames! Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. Congrats on conquering the hill! I’m running a 5k in May and hope that I’ll have a victorious goal crushing post when it’s all said and done. Thanks for sharing and for hosting this party.

  17. Woot! Congrats on finishing the 5K!

  18. You show your more of your awesomeness each and every day.

    I can drive a 5k..guess that doesn’t count.

  19. I did a 5K once…in high school…20 yrs ago…
    Rock on with your bad self!!
    Thanks for hosting this here party!
    xo Becca

  20. Thanks for hosting – I’d rather craft than do a 5k any day, but I love that song, so that kinda counts right?

  21. No projects from me but way to go you!
    I don’t run. I might walk it, but run? Nope. Bravo.

  22. Such a cute story 🙂 Thanks for hosting Karianne! I can tell I’m going to be doing more projects this week now!
    xo, Andrea

  23. 5K, especially with hills = NOT a cinch.

    So happy to join one of your challenges again! You’re helping me get to projects I keep putting off.. First a bookshelf and now back to sewing!

  24. a big wtg, karianne, on finishing the run! my knees hurt just reading your post:) thanks for hosting!

  25. Wow, I’m impressed- good job on finishing the 5K! Your story is such a picture of the race God has called us to. Struggles and victories along the way to the finish line. Well done!
    Oh, and thanks for co-hosting a wonderful party- my fave, quick & easy projects. 🙂

  26. Freddie would be very proud! You go girl! Thanks so much to all of you wonderful ladies for hosting! I am all about the easy projects!
    Hope you are having a fabulous week!

  27. Thanks for stopping by and for the invite to the party! Wow, 5K -Good for you!

  28. Better late than never! I finally linked up! 🙂 Crazy couple of days around here.

    Good for you on the 5K! Make sure you get a sticker for your car, proclaiming your awesomeness to the world. 🙂 I have a 13.1 on mine, so I remember the pain well and want everyone to know I made it out alive. ha ha!! Rock on, KariAnne!

    PS– I just realized I’ve been misspelling your name? Is the A capitalized? Mea culpa!! I’ll go edit my posts!!
    xo Heidi

  29. Oh how I love that song “We are the champions” good on you for owning the hill and not letting it own you or kill you can hills kill it isn’t like it can pull a gun and shoot you ok not the point but still way to go you did good…………..

  30. beneaththemagnolias :

    Thank you for hosting! I tried to get into running once. I ran a mile without stopping and collapsed in someone’s yard hoping my husband would “sense” I needed him to come pick me up in the car. That was my last real running experience. I admire you for being a “real” runner!

  31. Rock on Sistah!!! Way to go! It is such a great feeling when you are able to push through something like that. Pure exhilaration!

  32. I have no cinchy project. I stalled in the middle of my run.


  33. I am so not into running to say the least. I can’t even make it half way the block but way to go on your 5k run.

    I’m kinda of sad I don’t have a cinchy project right now… maybe next time

  34. I love you wonderful blog! It is fresh and beautiful and full of inspiration! I’m putting you on my blogroll!

  35. Awesome! I linked up my crazy little table! Couldn’t find the button code though to add to my post?

  36. Great job in the 5K! I think music makes all the difference for running!

  37. Hey! I linked up to the party but I cannot seem to “grab your button” for my post! I am still trying and will work on it more tomorrow!

  38. you DID it my friend! Congrats!!!! so great to be hosting this wonderful party with you!!! : ) hugs

  39. Thanks for hosting this fun party…everything I make is a “Cinch” 🙂 Laurel