Sewing – Star Wars Pillows

With the basement complete, we’ve begun decorating the family room.  This space is going to be used for entertainment and we want it to be fun and relaxing.  The bookshelves are full of movies, pictures, and action figures.  We have a couch and recliner in the area, but I wasn’t satisfied with our throw pillows, I felt we needed a change.  I went to JoAnn’s in search of some material.  I immediately found the licensed section and picked out some Star Wars and The Walking Dead flannel fabric.  Then I proceeded to the pillow section and picked out 2 firm 16″ throw pillows.  I got the fabric cut and left the store with some ideas in mind.

When I came home, I ironed the fabric.  I didn’t worry about washing it, because I was making throw pillows and Star Wars PillowsI’m not too worried about the fabric shrinking.  I measured and cut two 20″ square pieces of fabric.  With right sides together, I sewed three of the edges using a 1/2″ seam allowance.  I flipped the pillowcase right side out (wrong sides together) and sewed a 1 1/2″ seam around the same three edges.  For the final edge, I put the pillow in the pillowcase and folded the edges under 1/2″ sewed them together, then sewed 1 1/2 inches from the sewn edge, thus completing my pillow.  I repeated the steps for the second pillow.

When I finished, I tied them together with a bow to give to Nick as an early Christmas present.  Lou decided since she oversaw the operation, she should be in the picture as well.

They look great on our black sofa.  As far as The Walking Dead material, I may make a pillow for the recliner; at this point, though, I’m still undecided what to do with the fabric.

Star Wars Pillows


Weekly Activity Report 12/28/2014

Hope everyone had a great Christmas.  Nick gave me a bike trainer for Christmas and we both used it this past week.  It felt great to get back on the bike without going outside in the cold weather.  Below are our Fitbit stats from last week.

Weekly Activity Report ending 12/28/2014:

Emily –
53,279 steps (daily average 7,611)
Ran 2.0 miles
Bike 4.0 miles

Nick –
59,578 steps (daily average 8,511)
Ran 2.0 miles
Bike 7.0 miles

Game Table Part 1

A few years ago, Emily and I started to play a lot of boardgames.  We really like Ticket To RidePandemic and many other games.  We found a lot of these games from the show Table Top, which is part of the Geek and Sundry network on You Tube.  The show is hosted by Wil Wheaton and is a great introduction to games as well as very funny while doing so.

While watching the show we were quite impressed with the table that he had and thought that we might get one.  The table he has on the show is made by Geek Chic and they make incredible tables.

This is the table from the show


Though we really like their tables, we weren’t prepared for the cost of them.  A table like this one was almost $2,000.  So we set out on a mission to see if we could possibly build one ourselves.

The first thing we did was start to look at wood.  To make this worth while, we would have to find it at a reasonable cost.  It turns out that we could, thus lowering the out-of-pocket cost to around $300 to $400.  We have since found out that the price of wood is cheaper if you don’t purchase it from major retailers.  The next step, though it arguably should have been the first, was to figure out what tools we had and what wee needed.  We didn’t really need that much in the way of tools, we had everything to make the table, but some of it would have been difficult.

We decided that we wouldn’t get any new tools, and that we would press forward with what we had.  At this point we got an amazing gift from Emily’s dad.  After hearing that we wanted to make this table and asking a few questions, he went out and purchased a table saw for us.  This is when we got serious.

This is the first in a series of posts about building our game table.  Future posts will be linked at the bottom of each post.

Related posts:  Game Table Part 2,

Making Spirits Bright Christmas Lights

Sheboygan County Rotary Club sponsors an annual drive through holiday light show in Evergreen Park.  The Making Christmas Bright holiday light display is free to the public, with canned food donations encouraged to benefit local pantries and cash donations used to support future growth of the event.

Here are a few pictures from this year’s event.

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I made Nick drive through the light show twice because I couldn’t get my camera to cooperate the first time around.

A walk in the State Park

Kohler Andrae State Park This past weekend we took the dogs to the Kohler-Andrae State Park.  We wanted to get the dogs out of the house for a while, as well as take a few pictures (even though it wasn’t the prettiest of days).  The weather was mild and cloudy, but with the sun making an appearance, it made for some great pictures.Kohler Andrae State Park Kohler Andrae State Park Kohler Andrae State Park Kohler Andrae State Park   Kohler Andrae State Park


Crocheting – Dog Paws Christmas Stocking

After completing our Christmas stockings and all of the snowflake decor, I had one more crochet project to complete and ship before Christmas.  While perusing the RedHeart website, I found this adorable Dog Paws Christmas stocking pattern and knew without a doubt which four-legged pup would be receiving this for his first Christmas!

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Meet Roux, my brother’s pup!

I made the leg sides one afternoon and finished the stocking the following afternoon.  Overall, it took a few hours to make.  The directions were quite simple, and the featured video located below the stocking picture was extremely helpful, especially when it came to making the paw and toe prints and sewing them onto the stocking.  Helpful hint, when making the paw, toe prints, and bone, when you are fastening off be sure to leave a long tail.  You can then use this piece of yarn to sew the piece to the leg sides (if you are having trouble, watch this youtube video for further explanation).

I used the same yarns as our Christmas stockings – I Love This Yarn, 100% acrylic, worsted weight, in Forest (leg sides), Cranberry (center paw and toe prints), and White (bone).  After completing the bone, I decided to use my sewing machine’s embroider function to add Roux’s name, and then attached it to the front side of the leg.  Once complete, I filled the stocking with a few doggy treats and mailed to my favorite Rhodesian Ridgeback, Roux!  Dog Paw Christmas Stocking

Crocheting – Christmas Stockings

I’ve been looking for Christmas stockings for me and Nick since before we were married.  Since we’ve yet to find any that we liked, I decided to make Christmas stockings this year.  As you know, Red Heart has become my go-to for crocheting patterns, and this was no exception.  I found this Holly Berry Christmas Stocking IMG_1406pattern on their website and wanted to give it a try.

As with just about all of my crocheting projects, I made a few changes to the pattern.  Basically, I followed the pattern, with exception  of the cuff, I did not complete the holly and berries portion, just repeated the single crochet in Rows 2-11.  I used I Love This Yarn, 100% acrylic, worsted weight, in three colors – Cranberry, Forest, and White.  These were extremely easy to make – you crochet all of the rows, not working in the round.  Then whipstitch the seams together from the top of the leg to the bottom of the toe, so there is a seam in the back of the leg.

We now have stockings hanging from our mantle, awaiting Christmas day.

Crochet Christmas Stockings