Wednesday, 30 December 2009

It Begins! (200th Post)

Most of the readers of this blog have followed Team T (Terry and Tawny) through an almost 10 year journey. From two kids living in Speechly Hall at the University of Manitoba, through both our graduations, through a rough time when I went to Calgary, and when I came back to the place I belonged. Through the birth of our two children. Next year we invite old and new readers to follow us through another big event - our WEDDING!

Yes, we're actually going to get married during our 10th anniversary year. Yay!

As a New Year's resolution I have to get going on our wedding. My dress especially. And I've decided (well actually I've been coerced) to keep all of you informed of every step.

It begins! And it's only fitting that it's my 200th post for this blog! I made the "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" ring pillow.

I found the tutorial at a wonderful blog called Craftystylish. Actually it doesn't take too much brain power to make a pillow. I just used this tutorial for the fun idea.

Something old: The top left corner is made out of fabric from a dress that I used to wear in high school circa 1994.
Something new: The brocade on the bottom. I bought this stuff to practice the top of my wedding dress before cutting into the good fabric
Something borrowed: Well technically you can't borrow something because it can't be returned. But I got this linen from Jen who got me to hem her baby curtains in the summer. I "borrowed" the linen that I cut off the bottom.

Something Blue: The top right is blue.

As for the applique - that's the most special touch. It's from some super cute jammies that we put both Logan and Laney in. The wording says "Snuggle Buddies" and it represents not only our two beautiful children, but the fact that Terry and I will be snuggle buddies for life.

Corny I know! But our wedding is going to be rather corny and we wouldn't have it any other way! :)

The final touch is 2 heart buttons that hold the whole thing together. Because really, there are going to be 2 hearts holding the whole thing together isn't there?

To keep up on all our wedding news this year I will be sure to tag all these posts with "wedding" for your convenience.

Saturday, 26 December 2009

Laney''s First Christmas

7:30 PM Christmas Eve: Logan gets into his jammies and puts cookies and milk out for Santa

Somewhere around 10:00 PM Christmas Eve: Logan is still awake. Parents are regretting letting him stay up as late as he wants. They try to bore him with the movie "Up" which turned out to be a huge snoozefest for both parents. Logan ignored the movie and kept on playing.

10:20 PM Christmas Eve: Parents forced Logan to lay down and rest. He fell asleep finally.

Maybe going to bed so late was a good idea? Would he sleep in? ....

7:45 AM Christmas Morning: Logan calls from his bed.

Time to open presents!

Laney checking out her stocking. She has no idea what's going on.

Logan opening presents. Notice that it's still dark outside.

Laney didn't get her two front teeth for Christmas like she was hoping, but she's content to chew on wrapping paper instead.

Logan still opening presents. Getting a bit lighter outside. We notice that the wind is drifting the snow all over the place out there.

11:30 AM Christmas Day: It's time for Christmas lunch!

After playing with lots of new toys, talking to Grandma and Grandpa on the webcam, and eating tons of junk food, it's time for some nutrition!

Mommy prepared eggs, toast, bacon and hashbrowns. Nummy.

The afternoon is filled with more playing with toys and eating of junk food.

2:00 PM Christmas Day: Parents get their traditional Slurpee hankering.

Daddy and Logan go outside to dig us out of a snow bank that's formed at our front/side door.

Mommy gets Laney ready for a car ride to 7-Eleven.

Laney is wearing her new parka from Grandma. Cute little Inuit baby!

Both kids fall asleep in the car so parents enjoy their Slurpees and have a little peace on earth for half an hour while they drive around enjoying Winnipeg in winter.

4:00 PM Christmas Day: A good time to put in the smoked chicken that we got for our Christmas dinner. Everyone told us that it only needed heating up.

5:15 PM Christmas Day: All the fixings are made, stuffing, potatoes, corn... no gravy yet, waiting on the chicken.

Check on the chicken and find that it's practically raw underneath it's nicely smoked exterior. Boo!

5:20 PM Christmas Day: Briefly contemplate the idea of having Peking Duck on Christmas ala A Christmas Story, but then decide to heat up the leftover potpie from Christmas Eve dinner. It was fabulous, unlike our sad chicken.

Mommy looking a little chubby and tired after this Christmas dinner.

Logan, his usual photogenic self. :)

Daddy and Laney all done!

From the LT Experience to all of you out there - Happy Holidays!

Saturday, 19 December 2009

O Christmas Tree 2009

This year, Logan is really starting to figure out this Christmas thing. He knows from last year that Santa brings him presents, but he totally forgot about the tree and the now-yearly trip to see the Christmas lights.

After his birthday we decided it was safe to start in on the Christmas celebration. So last weekend, Terry took him to the tree lot to pick out a tree. They did a fine job. The tree is the perfect size. There is something special about setting up the tree in our own house.

Logan really enjoyed hanging the decorations. At first, he tried hanging all the decorations on the lighting cord leading to the plug in the wall. But mommy told him not to do that. So then he tried putting all the decorations on one branch. This resulted in all the decorations falling to the floor. Then he started putting them all over the place and this worked out much better. The tree doesn't look too bottom heavy does it? Terry and I got a few decorations to put at the top. The crowning event was putting our beloved snowman at the top. Logan really liked that part!

One of the candycanes that was destined for the tree never made it. Logan decided that it would be better in his mouth instead of on the tree hehehe

We also bundled up the kids and drove all the way across town to the Christmas lights display at the Grounds. We stopped at a Timmy's on the way and got some hot chocolate and some Timbits for Logan. And then we drove around looking at all the pretty lights. Laney fell asleep for most of the trip, but I think she was just quiet because there were a lot of lights bouncing of the car windows to keep her occupied.

Logan remembered a little bit from last year, but this year I think he really started to understand a little more. He was pointing out what everything was and asking questions the whole time. He also fell asleep on the way home. We were up past his bedtime! It'll be so much fun to go when the kids are a bit older because there are sleigh rides and outdoor skating there as well. Too cold and too young this year for any of that.

And, we were pretty successful at pulling off an entirely Handmade Christmas this year. Most gifts that we're giving out this year were handmade by yours truly! I'm very proud to say that most everyone on our list will be getting a gift made and designed just for them. There are a few exceptions. We had to purchase some gifts for Logan and Lane (although some are handmade by me if I ever get my butt in gear this weekend). And we purchased the gift for Terry's dad.

Phew! Now that Handmade Holidays are almost wrapped up, I can concentrate on other sewing projects such as pants for the boy who never stops growing! Made this pair of jeans for Logan last night. They are made out of Terry's old jeans and an applique that I took off of some baby PJ's that both kids have outgrown. The best part about these pants (other than the fact that they are adorable)? The only thing I had to pay for was the elastic and thread. These jeans cost me about 30 cents. :D

Sunday, 13 December 2009

A Rocker and a Roller

A few videos that we took in the last couple of days for your viewing pleasure.

The first video is of Logan showing off his new Buzz Lightyear pal. According to Logan, "Buzz is rockin' out!" (Song is "Tick Tock" by the Doodlebops, Superstars CD)

The second is Lane learning how to roll all the way around. I have a rocker! and a roller!

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Logan's Third

I haven't posted a blog in awhile, but there has been lots of activity going on. I held my first giveaway last week and got an overwhelming amount of responses (79 entries). I had a great time, visited tons of new blogs and found lots of people who are awesome sewing mamas like myself. I've picked the winners and sent out the prizes. Now it's time to move onto Team LT's busy season. We had my birthday a few weeks ago, and Logan's yesterday. Then Christmas and Terry's birthday. Then New Years. Then we rest hehehe

Logan's third birthday was awesome! Since I had my birthday first, he had a test run to figure out cake and presents and the whole bit. So when his birthday arrived, he knew exactly what was happening.

The night before, we went shopping late for some boots for mommy (my old ones had holes in them, which will never do in Winnipeg). Logan was very sleepy. Although he did have enough energy to have a look at Santa. He wouldn't go near him, but he did check him out from afar. He also loved to look at the lights in the mall and investigate the TVs in some of the stores. Apparently, they weren't on the proper thing and he wanted to go tell someone to fix them. Weirdo!

He slept in until 8:30 on this birthday, but was fully awake when he heard that there were presents to open. He got a mug with his name on it and Buzz Lightyear from Mommy, Daddy and Laney. Very exciting!

Buzz was kept very busy all day. He danced with Logan and flew around the room. He was also posed for pictures with the family, so we could send daddy a nice Friday picture of us all while he was at work.

When Terry got home from work, he pulled the gift from Grandma and Grandpa out of the shed and told Logan that the "mail" had come. He rushed upstairs to see what it was. It was a big kitchenette. Same like the one at the doctor's office that he so loves to play with!

While daddy put it together, I started to work on Logan's birthday dinner. He decided that he wanted meatloaf (which I was to cook), fries (which he wanted to cook), and salad (which he wanted daddy to make). I also went to the Safeway to pick up his Batman cake. He had picked it out with daddy earlier in the week.

Uncle Cory came over for dinner and brought him a new truck and a bunch of farm animals for his birthday. Two things that he really loves. He's such a boy, trucks always go over well.

And then there was cake!

What a great birthday!

Of course, we can't forget Laney in all this Logan Birthday business. She learned how to roll all the way over (360 degrees) yesterday and kept doing it over and over and over. Good job Laney!

Here she is taking a break and posing for a nice picture:

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

December Giveaway Day

One of my favourite blogs Sew Mama Sew is hosting a December giveaway day. I've decided to participate this year. I had so much fun entering all the fun giveaways during their May Day giveaway, that I knew I had to offer up something this time.

So without further ado, here are the prizes I'm giving away:

Prize #1

A set of 3 boys bibs and a pair of baby dino booties (0-6 months)

Prize #2

A set of 3 girls bibs and a pair of baby flower booties (0-6 months)

To enter:

1) Leave a comment on this blog telling me which set you would prefer. (Make sure that there is a way that I can contact you, like an email address, if you win).
2) I will ship anywhere in the world, so anyone can enter.
3) I will leave this giveaway open until December 6th, 2009 at midnight
4) I will choose the winners via a random number generator.
5) I will ship the prizes to the winners before December 12, 2009

**If you don't let me know which prize is your preference or you don't leave a way to get ahold of you, I will delete your entry. ***

I know you have tons of entries to make but, if you have time, I'd love for you to browse my blog. Or just follow me and check it out later.

Some other ways to learn more about me and my little business called Tawny Bee:

I would love for you to become a fan, follow me on Twitter, or check out my Flickr account. And if you're in the mood to shop for handmade items, check out my Etsy shop (although I know most of you can sew, and can probably do a wonderful job at making your own handmade gifts hehehe).

This Giveaway is now officially closed. I will draw the winners using a random number generator. I will send an email to let them know which prize they've won. The winners will then have 24 hours to contact me with their info. If they don't, I will draw another number, and so on.

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Nummy Num

For a couple of weeks now, Laney has been a drooly, cranky, disaster of a baby every evening. Actually it has been more like every afternoon and evening. The child won't nap during the day. We count it as a good day if she takes 2 ten minute naps. It's been very hard on me, to the point where I had to cancel the craft show I was going to do today because I couldn't handle the extra stress.

So, we thought we'd get started on the cereal before she's officially 4 months. She showed all the signs of being ready. She can sit up, she gums everything in sight, especially when she's watching us eat or we're preparing food. She seems cranky, and still hungry after every feeding, although she won't take any more milk.

We bought some rice cereal and tried it out. I made the amount they said to on the box. Five tablespoons of cereal with 2/3 cup milk. Laney took to it right away. Terry assumed, as did I, that she would take forever to eat her first bowl of cereal. Or at least she'd leave a lot behind. We thought it would be safe to eat our meal at the same time. This was a mistake! If Terry stopped even for a second to take a bite of his meal, we'd hear a loud squeal from Laney.

She was hungry! And there was going to be no stopping her!

She ate almost the entire bowl of cereal and then downed almost an entire bottle of milk. We're hoping this might calm her down a bit. After her dinner she seemed less agitated. She drooled less and wasn't as fussy. But maybe that was just the novelty of eating for the first time.

The books we've consulted on the matter have all said to take it slow. Introduce one feeding a day for awhile and then move up to two. Laney has other plans though. At breakfast this morning, I heard her gumming her high chair and squealing her opposition to the fact that her big brother was eating and she wasn't. We might be moving up to cereal at every meal, just so that we can get some peace.

I'll keep you updated.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Guess Which Baby Is Which

One is Lane and one is Logan. Who is who?

Monday, 9 November 2009

How To: Count Down The Days Christmas Advent Calendar

Your kids can count down the days until Christmas with their very own Christmas Advent Calendar. I'll show you how to make one step by step.

Here is the final result. Pretty sweet eh? It counts the days from December 1st to December 24th. It fits on any standard door or can hang in your child's room. Appoximate size is 24" tall and 15" wide. All you gotta do is move the pretty ornament to the correct day and stick it on with Velcro. Making one, however, is not as easy as that. Here we go!

Length of time needed: My first one took me 4 hours.

Sewing level: easy. Just zig zag stitches that may take some slow going depending on how intricate your design is.

Materials needed:
- 1/2 metre green felt
- 1/2 metre white felt
- scraps of brown and black felt
- plastic beads, brads, buttons etc (anything you want for decoration)
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
- festive ribbon
- 2 18" dowels. I ended up cutting one 36" dowel in half
- red and green thread
- pinking shears (optional)
- 1.5 metres of soft sided Velcro
- scrap of hook sided Velcro (I just bought 3 metres of each side of Velcro and then used mostly the soft side for one calendar and mostly the hook side for another)
- festive cording about 1.5 metres

Step Number 1:

Cut two pieces of green felt 26" by 15"
Lay the two pieces directly on top of one another and pin the bottoms and tops over 1". This will make sure that you don't place your design on the part of your calendar that will have dowels in it.

Step number 2: Planning, Planning and More Planning

- Basically this is the step where I took the white felt and began playing with the design of the snowman. I used a pencil crayon to sketch a design onto the felt before I cut it. Then I tweaked it a little more to make sure it fit onto my working area. Felt is very forgiving, so it was easy to figure things out. The edges don't fray, so you can cut the shapes to the exact size you want.

I began laying the pieces onto the working surface to have an idea where they would go. DO NOT start gluing or sewing anything down at this stage!

I then laid out the soft sided Velcro in rows on top of the snowman that I had cut out. I also planned where I wanted to put the number and cut them out of black felt. I just winged the drawing and cutting of the numbers, but you can print out a stencil or use one that you have on hand if you'd rather have more uniform numbers. Lay them out on the surface where you would like them to go.

At this point, I also laid out some ribbon at the top for decoration. Don't worry if things are hanging off the edges. We'll clean all that up later.

Step number 3: Gluing and Stitching

First, glue the numbers down where you want them. I used a hot glue gun, but I'm sure regular craft glue would work too. Felt sticks really well!

Carefully unpin the bottom and top edges and remove the bottom layer of felt. Pin the Velcro and other decoration only to one layer of felt. That way the stitching won't be seen on the finished product.

Then I pinned the Velcro down and the snowman and the hat and arms and ribbon- Anything that I wanted to sew down. You can opt to glue the ribbon and the snowman parts down, but I would recommend sewing the Velcro down just because it's going to have to most pulling and wear and tear on it.

Sew everything down. I used a zigzag stitch with red thread for added decoration (and to make sure the Velcro was really sewn down). If your machine has some fancy decorative stitched, you could try some of those. Have fun!

I decided that I wasn't a good enough machine stitcher to sew down the "stick" arms, so I opted to glue them down. But everything else turned out great!

At this point, you can also tack on brads, beads, ric rac, whatever you like!

Step number 4: Edges

Now that you've got everything where you want it, take the bottom layer that you put aside and pin it underneath your beautiful creation. Sew along the both long edges. I used a zig zag stitch again for extra decoration. Fancy machine stitches would look really pretty along the edges.

Take your pinking shears and carefully trim the edges. My pinking shears are terribly dull and I need a new pair (something I should ask put on my Christmas wish list I suppose), so this was a needlessly difficult task. This is why I say it's optional. It looks nice, but it's not needed.

Turn the top and bottom edges over about an inch and stitch along the edge. Make sure you leave enough room to thread your dowels into.

Step number 5: Dowels

I took my 36 inch dowel and Terry's saw and went to work. I sawed it in half (one for top and one for bottom of calendar). Then I took the sandpaper and took out all my frustrations on those dowel ends. It's actually quite cathartic to sand them down. I felt much better afterward. Make sure that you sand those ends really well. This calendar is for children! They don't want tiny slivers for Christmas!

Cut three divots in the top of your calendar. Two for tying the cord for hanging and one for hooking your ornament to.

Step number 6: Make your ornament

There are plenty of ideas for what kind of ornament you might want to put on your calendar. A candy cane (I used it for the snowman calendar here), a stocking (pictured below), a snowman, a gingerbread man, a Christmas tree etc. Make a tiny little stuffy using your imagination, or a pattern that you can find online. I found several searching through Flickr. Make sure to attach a lenth of cord that will reach all of your numbers and a scrap piece of hook sided Velcro.

I decorated the ornament with beads and things too.

Step number 7: Cording

Thread your dowels into the top and bottom
Thread the cord that you attached to your ornament into the middle divot and tie it solidly. I dabbed a bit of glue over the knot to make sure it was secure.

Cut a piece of cord that will act as your hanger. thread each end into one the end divots and tie it off. Again dab a bit of glue onto the knot to make sure it's secure.

And Voila! You've got your very own Advent Calendar. Now you can play with other designs. I tried a Christmas tree one next.

Check it out!

I would love to see your final products if you try this out. I have a group set up on Flickr for all of the Tawny Bee How Tos. Join up and share your photos!

And if you really don't want to try making them, you can always visit my Etsy shop and purchase one.

Friday, 6 November 2009

A Conversation with Cookie Monster

Happy 40th Birthday Sesame Street!

In your honour, Laney interviews Cookie Monster.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Chatty Laney

This is our little girl doing what little girls do - chatting our ears off!

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Halloween Aftermath 2009

The LT Experience had a great Halloween this year!

I spent a couple of weeks sewing pirate costumes for Logan and Terry. Logan decided he wanted to be a pirate a month ago and he stuck with it. No last minute costume change decisions this year. I hear that they will be coming though. But he wouldn't be a pirate unless daddy could be one too. So I bought some fabulously warm and soft micro-suede and made some pirate coats. We bought the acccessories from the dollar store and I somehow figured out how to make pirate hats. Logan's hat was a pattern, and Terry's was improvised.

Give this pirate some candy or walk the plank!

During the afternoon, Terry and Logan took over the laundry room in order to carve pumpkins. This was Logan's first Halloween pumpkin! He decided that he wanted a happy face with round eyes. So Terry took out the knife and started carving. A few trick or treaters of the younger persuasion commented that they liked it because it was happy and not scary.

Logan's first pumpkin in our front window - Logan is peeking out at bottom right

Terry took Logan out to plunder and pillage the neighbourhood for loot. They came back with a ton of candy. We let Logan stay up as late as he wanted and eat as much candy as he wanted. He made it until 10:00! Of course, it was really only 9:00 since there was a time change last night - but we won't tell him that. Seems that he was more interested in the staying up late part of the deal, because he didn't gorge on the candy quite as much as we expected.

Logan posing with his bag of loot

And don't worry - Laney got in on the fun too. She was a rabid teddy bear! Watch out, or she'll slime you with her milky spit up!

When rabid teddy bears attack!
Happy Halloween One and All!

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

On Cloud 9 - Or Something Equally As Cheesy

Happy Anniversary to Terry and Tawny. 9 years of craziness!

It's been another great year. New house, new baby, new big boy (although Logan informs me that he is NOT new hehe)

Here's to another 9, and then another 9, and then another 9 and so on and so on...

We went to the Spaghetti Factory for dinner to celebrate (our anniversary was yesterday, October 27th). Took the munchkins with us and had a nice time even though Laney was fussy throughout. We have a great family!

Monday, 12 October 2009

Happy Thanksgiving 2009

Happy Thanksgiving from Team LT!

This year we have a whole lot to be thankful for. Here's a partial list:

- our new baby Laney
- Logan's health
- Terry's health
- Tawny's health
- Our new house
- Terry's new-ish job
- Our car still works
- we have all the food we could ever hope for
- we have all the shelter and clothing we could ever hope for
- we have all the love we could ever hope for

And we're thankful to all our friends and family who are reading this blog. It's been a great year!

Mommy and Laney at Thanksgiving dinner

Daddy and Logan at Thanksgiving dinner

Sunday, 11 October 2009

How To: Braided Rope Rug

Do you have a huge bagful of fabric scraps like I do? Sew Mama Sew (A blog and website that I really enjoy) is having a ScrapBusters Month contest. There are so many great ideas to get rid of all those pesky scraps put forth already. Here's my entry.

I've been thinking a long time about what I could do with all sorts of differing sizes and colours. I always want to get the most use out of all my fabric (maybe it's because I'm cheap and I wanna say that I've used every last morsel). So I decided to work out the logistics of a braided rope rug. It takes a ton of work and handsewing, and a few calloused fingers, but the end result is going to be marvelous. Because the Sew Mama Sew contest only runs until October 23rd and I have tons of Halloween and craft show sewing yet to do, I will make the tutuorial early and show you the progress I've made so far. I promise to post the end result when it's all finished and fabulous.

Step number one to make your very own braided rope rug: Gather Your Scraps!

As you can see, my bag of scraps is hefty! Actually the week before I decided that something must be done, the zipper broke out of the bag and sent all sorts of pieces flying all over the place. Yikes!

Step number two: Cut your scraps into manageable strips.

The strips don't have to be a certain length. Actually it works better for the braided if you have varying lengths. I tried to maximize the scraps by cutting the entire length of the scrap itself. As long as the strips are longer than 5 inches, they should do. As for width, that can vary as well. I found that anywhere between 1 inch and 3 inches is a perfect for braiding. The strips can go in either direction or diagonal (there is no worries about grain here). And you can cut up the selvages (the part with the colour chart and working) because you won't see much of pattern in the rug itself, just the colour.

This is about one shopping bag full of strips that I've cut. You'll need about 10 or 20 more of these by the time you're done! I'll probably be able to get rid of that entire bag of scraps on one rug!

Step number three: Start braided your strips together.

I tied three strips off with an elastic and then started braiding. When you get to the bottom of oone particular strip, stop braiding about two inches before that and attach another strip. To do this, it doens't take any sewing. All you gotta do is wrap the new strip over top of the old one and keep going. You will end up with a long continous braid. Every time you reach an end, wrap another piece to it and keep going.

Here is a picture of the end that I've tied off with elastic.

Step number four: Start sewing your rug together

I don't recommend that you braid and braid then entire amount that you will need for the rug. Actually I don't even know how much that would be and it would totally be unmanageable. Instead, I've been braiding shopping bags full of strips and then sewing.

So tie off the other end with an elastic as well and you're ready to start. I used scrap embroidery floss to sew the rug together. You can use upholstery thread as well (I jsut didn't have any). Use a very long, shapr needle as well. I can't figure anyway to do this by machine, so I've opted to hand sew this. You'll have mightly calloused fingers by the time you're done!

Decide whether you want a circle rug or an oval shaped rug. I went for oval. I think I'm going to put it in the laundry room on the cement floor in front of my ironing board so that my feet don't get cold while I'm stuck in there ironing the weekly laundry loads.

If you chose oval you need to take the end of your braided and fol it about 4 inches over itself and start stitching it together. If you choose circle, then you just have to wind the braid into a circle and start stitching it together. I've been stitching in and out of the side of the braid and working up and down. There isn't really an art to this. If you use pretty embroidery floss in differing colours, it won't matter if you see the stitching. So make it messy, but strong. Remember that you will be stepping on this rug a lot so stitch slowly and make it tough!

Here are my beginning stitches.

Step number five: Keep winding the braid around and stitching it in place.

Remember to remove the elastic from the end of the braid that you're working on, and then wind the braid around and around and around. This is the longest and most tedious step. You just keep going and going and going until you feel like your fingers are going to fall off. That's why I recommend a sharp needle. Sometimes it's tough pushing through a braid and you've got to do a lot of pulling to keep the braid stitched together tight. But you'll be rewarded with one fine looking rug and a empty bagful of scraps!

If you need a break from all that hand stitching, you can always go back and cut more strips and start braiding again. Just take out the elastic on the end of your braid and start at it again. You'll need tons!

Here's about 2 hours worth of stitching. I have about a half of a placemat sized rug done. Actually that is a good point. If you don't feel ambitious enough to try a rug (or you don't horde a billion scraps like I do) you might wanna try a placemat? Or maybe you could build the rope up and make a basket? There are plenty of possibilities.

I haven't finished my braided rug yet. But I will post the finished result when I am done.

There are all sorts of other things you could try with this as well. Maybe use all one colour? Or a combination of colours the room you want it in? Or you could try braiding one colour until you run out, then another and then another, for a rainbow sort of look? I just opted to the multi-coloured mangled mess of a rug look. I really like it!

Here's my progress as of last night. I have a bigger braided rug and a bunch of new braid to work with. It took about 2 hours last night to braid the amount shown here.

Good luck. If you try this tutorial, I would love to see your final results. Here is a link to my Flickr group. Please post your braided rope rug photos there. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's creations!

EDIT March 28th, 2010: It's finally finished! Click to see the final product. The braided rope rug turned out super fabulous!