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Friday, December 14, 2012

About Elizabeth & les plus beauxx

Hawaii, February 2014
Hello, I'm Elizabeth. I'm a UI/UX designer located in Columbus, Ohio with a focus on interactive software for K–12. I enjoy reading, travel, nature, and running. I live with my husband (Alex) and chihuahua (Tobias).

History of the Blog: 
les plus beauxx began in December 2006.  I don't remember how I came up with the blog name (only that "les plus beaux" was taken, so I had to add an x). It means "the most beautiful" in French. Please do not assume I think my crafty stuff is the most beautiful collection of crap on the internet. I'm kind of stuck with the name, so remember to think it through when you name your blog. ;)

The Craft Part (2006-2013)
I gradually began posting links to inspirational websites, pictures, and DIY projects. Occasionally, I'd post my own projects (see "Stuff I've Made"; currently 130+ projects). I don't have a lot of time to be creative outside of work these days, so my DIYs are usually quick and easy. In fact, my most popular post is the 5-Minute Notebook.

Me and the Columbus skyline
I participated in my first craft fair in 2010. For the next few years I entered a handful of shows and had monetary success. I opened an Etsy shop during my off season and was surprised I sold anything! It eventually became a "job" and since I already have a demanding full-time job, it wasn't fun anymore. Crafting to sell became less about being creative and more of an assembly line. Currently books, travel, and running dominate the blog, but I'll get back to crafts someday, I swear.

The Running Part (2014-present) 
I began running farther in 2014 after joining a local training group (MIT Columbus). My longest distance is 14 miles and I have no desire to run a marathon. I joined Oiselle Volée in July 2015.

You can read about my pre-2014 running history, or head straight to mRace Calendar. The Race Calendar includes my list of events, links to race recaps, and my current PRs. 

If you'd like to be running buddies you can find me on Map My Run or Strava.

Thanks for stopping by! 
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