Creating Triathlon Decals

The other day, Nick and I were discussing ideas to get more connected in the triathlon community.  We enjoy the sport and decided it would be fun to begin making a few things to commemorate (y)our efforts/accomplishments in triathlon.

As with many of you, we wear several t-shirts and workout shirts each week.  Nick and I spend so much time training, we thought it might be nice to have a few fun/witty triathlon shirts to wear through the sweat and tears.

So we purchased a die cutter to be able to create our own designs.  This weekend I had the chance to try it out.  Here are a few of the decals I made.  I also played around with some old t-shirts I had lying around the house.

Triathlon Decals  Triathlon t-shirt decals

Our goal is to have these, or something similar, available for sale on the site in the coming weeks.

Since we have the ability to customize these quite a bit, is there something you would be interested in having?  If so, please let us know – either comment below or send us a message via the “Contact Us” page.  In the meantime, we are going to put together some fun things to have ready.

PRs and Race Bling

We recently decorated our exercise room.  We are working on reducing those PR numbers; and planning on having both boards full by the end of the year.

PR Board and Medals View Treadmill, PR, Calendar

Crocheting – Textured Stripes Throw

This week my parents celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary.  It reminded me that I wrote this post nearly a year ago and never uploaded it.  A year in the making, and here it is…

I recently (well, over a year ago) crocheted this Textured Stripes Throw from Ravelry.com as an anniversary gift for my parents.  I found this pattern via Pinterest (where else would I go to find crochet patterns).  Its stripes of varying sizes and textures (stitches) appealed to me, and it did not look like your typical afghan.

Once I crocheted the first set of stripes, I decided not to continue with the color repeat of the pattern as printed.  I wanted a more varied look so that each color would stand out in its own way, so I randomly selected the color order for each row sequence repeat.  I did, however, keep the first and last color sequence the same as the pattern.  Also, I did not add fringe to the afghan, rather I weaved in the loose ends of the yarn.

The yarn I selected was I Love This Yarn, worsted weight, 100% acrylic in the following colors:  Aubergine, Cream, Graphite, Navy, and Sea Blue.  I purchased two skeins of each color of yarn, and used approximately one and a half skeins per color.  As stated in my previous post, this afghan took me approximately 40 hours to complete.  I am beginning to understand hat once you learn how to read patterns and know the basic crochet stitches, you can complete just about any project.  Any of the special stitches are typically explained in the pattern instructions.

I snapped a few photos while working on the afghan including the yarn selection and my progression.

As I crocheted the afghan, I realized I enjoy bigger crochet projects.  Yes, hats and scarves are nice for a quick and easy piece of work, but the interesting thing about afghans and more complex items is that it takes longer and I appreciate the work more.  I momentarily considered selling my afghans online.  A quick look at Etsy proved it is not a revenue-generating plan.  Although, it would be a fantastic and very unique gift.  Only time will tell what I will do next.

Game Table Part 2

In the Part 1 post I outlined how we came to the conclusion that we were going to build a game table.  Near the end of that post, I mentioned that Emily’s dad had bought us a table saw.  It took us about 3 hours to put the saw together and had many different frustrations while doing so.  There were times that the directions didn’t tell us everything that we needed to know, and times that the directions were confusing.  On at least one occasion, Emily and I had differing opinions of what the directions were telling us to do.  Ultimately, we got it completely put together.

The pictures below show our progress while putting it together.

After the saw was together, we made a trek to the Home Depot near our house to purchase the wood that we need for top of the table (not the table top, just everything but the legs).  As I mentioned in the previous post, we had priced this out around $300 – $400 and were pretty confident in that number.

While we were at the store, Emily and I decided that the plans needed to change ever so slightly.  Our original plan had called for 6 inch sides, but this seemed like it would be a bit too deep, so we ended up going with 3 inches.  The cart was loaded with 16 maple boards with lengths anywhere from 7 feet to 12 feet.  We also had a few pieces of plywood for the table surface.

When we checked out, we knew exactly what to expect the total to be . . .

. . . Except that wasn’t what the total was, it was several hundred dollars more expensive.  Being the person that I am, I got very frustrated and told Em that this would be our first and last project.  Obviously we had made a horrible mistake while we were pricing this out and missed many, many feet of boards.  The change in plans had completely goofed us up.

That was until we got to the car and I was loading the wood.  Emily started reviewing the receipt and saw that the cashier had charged us for 172 feet of 1” X 3” boards.  Our table is only 6’ X 4’, we don’t need 172 feet of anything.  Emily went back in to talk to the cashier, but was greeted with, “but you had a lot of wood”.  Yes, we had bought a lot of wood, but not that much.

While Emily was inside, I decided to do the math on what we had actually bought (64 feet) and tried to figure out how that mistake could have been made.  Meanwhile, Em was sent out to the car to find out how much we actually had purchased.  When she returned inside, she was directed to the customer service desk where they refunded us over $200.

Crisis averted.

We arrived home, did some rearranging in the garage and were now ready to start.

WoodRelated posts:  Game Table Part 1

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

 

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

wheaton-tabletop

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,

Homemade Heating Pad

Because it is the week of Thanksgiving, and I have plenty of vacation, I took the whole week off of work.  I’ve been doing little things around the house.  Today I decided to tackle a project that I’ve been putting off, more so because I haven’t purchased all of the supplies needed.  I wanted to use deer corn, because rice tends to hold moisture and will become moldy over time.  The only problem with deer corn is that I had to buy a 40 pound bag!  

 

I made a heating pad for my husband, thanks to Pinterest and this website.  I followed the directions, for the most part.  Below are the changes that I made:  

 – Cut two 17″x8″ pieces of flannel, to get the most out of my fabric

 – Did not serge the edges (I don’t own a serger)

 – Used 3 1/4 cups Deer Corn instead of rice

 – Added Melaleuca oil (it smells so good)

 – Divided the pad into 3 sections instead of 6, using a little over 1 cup of corn per section

 

Here is the finished product.  

I am pretty impressed with myself, it came out better than I expected.  The whole project took approximately 2 hours, total cost was about $1.25 each.