Tuesday, 25 June 2013

DIY Running Arm Band

Since I've started this couch to 5K running program, I've noticed the fashion of my fellow joggers. They all have these really cool armbands that hold their phones so that they can have their music readily available and not have to hold it in their hands the entire run.


I wanted one.

You know - you gotta look the part and maybe the rest will be easy... er something... right?

Anyway, I looked them up on the Internet to see how much these cool armbands were going for.  OUCH! I don't want to pay $40 for a piece of fabric with a pouch on it.

So guess what I did? As if you didn't know already.

I made one for myself!

And it isn't the standard black either!

I have a super old phone so the store bought ones would probably not work anyway. No iPhone here.

I sewed a pouch on the bottom and an elastic on the top.  This was the only way I could think of to hold the phone in place and still be able to access the headphone jack and controls for skipping the tunes as well as see the stop watch on the screen while running.

It fastens on my arm with Velcro of course. That stuff is miraculous for all sorts of projects. I always have a bunch ready for anything that I might need it for. And around this house, Velcro is much in demand all the time.

I also thought about how to bring a few bucks or a bank card with me on my run. Hence the pouch is slightly adjustable in order to fit a few things behind the phone. And I attached a hook to carry my house key as well, which is really handy because none of my running clothes have pockets.

An update on the running program if you're interested. I'm on week 7 of the program, but week 8 of me going for it. I finished the first run without intervals last night. I warmed up and then jogged for 25 minutes straight. No stopping! Oh my gosh. I still can't believe I didn't stop. Not once. I just kept listening to my music and thinking about other stuff. I promised myself that I wouldn't look at the stop watch until I listened to at least 7 songs. After 7 songs I was at 21 minutes, so I only had 4 minutes to go. Phew. Next time I'll listen to 8 songs to make sure those 4 minutes don't drag as much as they did. But I didn't stop.

I'm very proud of myself. The end goal is to be able to run for 30 minutes straight or 5K. I'm so close!


Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Summer Solstice Celebration - Garden Party Tonight!

Tonight Tawny Bee is going to venture to a beautiful land of flowers and vegetables. To wander amongst artists and meditate alongside knitters, crocheters and spinners. I will eat delectable goodies and frolic with bunnies. I will feel the sun on my face and revel in the kindness and camaraderie of friends. And ... oh yeah... I will be selling my wares as well.

 I invite everyone to come out to maybe the only local venue Tawny Bee will be at this year - my friend Nancy's gorgeous urban garden. Check out some of the artists that I'm so very proud to call friends. Shop for a special loved one - or yourself. Enjoy the scenery and relaxed atmosphere. Buy some local produce and enjoy some fantastic edibles (and rhubarb punch). All the important details are listed in the poster below:

 Summer Solstice Celebration

Do come! I would love to see you there!

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Iron Craft #12 - Picnics

The Iron Craft Challenge this week:

"challenge is to show us something you use, eat, play, etc.--at a picnic. It can be your grandma’s best fried chicken, your favorite picnic menu, a portable game you like to play with friends and family--anything like that" (courtesy of Elle's New England Kitchen) 

I just so happened to have bought some new patio/picnic furniture that was in desperate need of some new cushions to make the set complete.

I couldn't really think of anything else I needed for picnics (I have already sewn a picnic blanket, we were given picnic stuff one Christmas). And I was already thinking about making these cushions, so it was perfect timing!

Ta da!

Basically I just measured the surface area of the chairs and the bench and I cut 1 inch foam to fit. Then I cut the fabric with seam allowances and made a "bag" for the cushion to fit in. I also made a ruffle to go around the "bag."

Then I shoved the cushion in there and sewed up the back. Oh and I also put ribbons on the corners to tie the cushions down.

The fabric I chose was a specialty outdoor fabric with built in water resistance and some strain guarding. It's a little rougher than your regular cottons. It feels almost like thick canvas. Awesome and durable.

And the cushions are foldable enough to throw in the laundry when they get gross.

I woke up early one morning last week to the sound of rain and immediately freaked out about my cushions still being outside. They were fine, but I didn't have the heart to bring them into the shed because a little visitor was using them as a shelter.  hehehe. Bunny stayed there the entire day, so my cushions really got a water test!

They are Laney approved!

To check out all the other picnic inspired Iron Crafts see the Flickr Group.

Monday, 17 June 2013

The Red River Exhibition 2013

We made it to another Red River Ex yesterday. It was threatening to rain all day, but it held off and we had a great time.

It was Father's Day so we were up early due to the kids' excitement over giving presents to Terry as soon as they woke up. Then we headed off to the Ex. They grant free entry to everyone between 10:30 and 11:30 on the Sunday morning and even treat us all to a free pancake breakfast. Can't beat that! We took advantage of this last year and it saved us a bundle, so we did it again of course!

Here are some photo highlights:

I told you it was early. Terry's barely awake while opening his Father's Day gifts

Waiting in line for free entrance. A clown made some cool hats for the kids.

Merry Go Round. Logan is tall enough for some bigger kid rides, but Lane is still about a year short of that.


This car ride whipped around the corner super fast. It's the 1st "fast" ride Lane has ever been on. The screams and smiles coming from those kids was priceless. Best moment of the day.

Swings! Don't those clouds look menacing? It didn't rain on us though. :)

Helicopters! (Although the sign on the ride said "jets"... huh?)

Spider swings!

Logan went into the fun house. Lane wasn't tall enough yet.

Up on a bridge in the fun house

Since Logan went into the funhouse without her, Lane went on the Jeeps without him.

Demon Llamas! ACK! hehehe

Lane chose healthy with roasted corn for her carnival snack. Logan enjoyed the mini donuts.

And all my hard work on this running program became moot with 4 words "PIZZA ON A STICK"

Daddy and Laney watching the Extreme Dogs show

Logan petting the dogs after the show

Laney petting the dogs after the show.
It was a terrific day, but I still haven't broken my streak of throwing up after the Red River Ex. My body just can't take all those sinful snacks. Bleh. So sick today.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Teacher Appreciation 2013

OMG - I found out on Tuesday that Lane's last day of school was today!


I am totally dropping the ball with everything these last few weeks.

I've forgotten to pack Logan's snack in the morning.

I have had to dig through all our spare change to figure out the money needed for Logan's field trip.

It was Logan's very special person day yesterday and I got everything needed together, but didn't do anything extra to make his day really special. We ended up taking him to McDonald's for dinner because I didn't plan a special lunch picnic or make him a special gift.

This doesn't seem like a big deal I know, but when I'm at home all day what the hell else do I gotta do? I don't clean my house that often that's for sure. So I feel like a total failure.

Then I found out it's Lane's last day today and let me tell ya, I've squandered these past few days of freedom from children. I've done absolutely nothing. No sewing, no cleaning, no baking, no nothing.

And then realizing that Lane has her last day of school and I hadn't even begun to think about teacher appreciation gifts.


So I phoned it in a little this year....

Every teacher in every single school across Canada, the US and probably around the world will be getting at least 5 of these. I'm pretty sure.

I blame Pinterest.

Anyway, add a few cute kids to the mix and you've got a decent photo of a cute lemonade cup with lid and straw (bought at the new Target) stuffed full of Crystal Light individual packets of iced tea.

At least if each teacher receives a bunch of these it's not like they can't use them. They are super cute. And who doesn't need a pile of these pretty drinking glasses for their patio? I actually wish I had bought some for me.

I suggest putting a shot of vodka or rum in with the Iced Tea to celebrate being free from our brats for two whole months. The kids are now our problem once more.

I'm kidding. Not about the rum or vodka - but I'm sure teacher miss the kids during the summer (at least my kids hehehe).

I made the labels using GIMP. And yes, I have absolutely no GIMP skillz.

I was going to cut down the paper so that it wouldn't look so messy on the back, but the kids decided that the white space was good for writing on, so... whatevs.

Logan will be giving his lemonade cup to his teacher on his last day of school in 2 weeks.  Lane gave hers away today and she was so excited. Teacher Sylvia is awesome. So awesome in fact that she gets to teach Lane again next year. Lane is still to young for kindergarten, so she'll be doing pre-school again next year, only in the afternoons this time and 4 days a week instead of 3. Yay!

(Feel free to laugh at and ridicule my pathetic attempt at making my own labels. I can take it.)

Monday, 10 June 2013

Pattern Sewing: Burda 7536

I don't normally sew from an actual pattern. I'm more of a "make it up myself" kinda girl. I wasn't so sure about making a jumpsuit though.

I should have trusted in myself because the pattern I used was really off. 

I mean really off.

I used Burda 7536. There wasn't much choice when it came to a jumper/romper type problem, so this was my only option.

Here is what it looked like on the pattern cover.  Cute huh?

After taking my measurements and figuring out what size the pattern told me I needed (and then realizing that I was no where near a size 18 anywhere but in my chest), I made some adjustments right away.

Then I got to sewing the actual jumper. And as I tried it on I realized that I would have a serious case of clown pants if I kept it the way the pattern was. So I downsized the shorts and the top drastically. The arm holes were literally open almost the my waist - they were so huge!

This is what I ended up with.

Not bad. The top was designed so that you could pull the jumper on easily, but then the front was wide open. I'm glad that I didn't use the crepe-ish fabric that the pattern suggested or it would have all hung out. At least this heavier cotton/poly knit had enough stiffness to it to stay closed reasonably well.

I still decided to wear a sports bra underneath so that I wouldn't give everyone a show wherever I went.  I think that I might get some bright blue button and sew a few button holes along the diagonal in the middle there to use as a closure. That way I was still get the darn thing on, but have more reassurance that my top won't break open at any moment.

Yeah... so I probably won't be sewing this one again. I think I have more confidence in coming up with something nicer on my own. Stay tuned for romper sewing round 2 in the near future!

Friday, 7 June 2013

Lane's Trip to the Farm

Lane's pre-school had a field trip to the farm yesterday. Daddy was along for the day and took tons of adorable photos of our big girl.

On her way - so excited I think she's gotta pee hehehe

In line for her first bus ride

Arrives at the farm

Commence petting every animal

Pony Ride!

Lane was so excited about riding a pony


And kitties and puppies

Huge tire tubes. Lane said they were really hot to touch

Hiding in them was a better idea

Milking a goat

Checking out the chickens

More bunnies


Near the end of the day - Lane's starting to look sleepy

What a great day! Lane was pooped afterwards but she didn't fall asleep on the bus ride home.