What We Have in Store

Nick and I are excited to announce – We launched our Online Store!

CajunMile Online Store

As I mentioned a few weeks ago (okay, maybe months ago), we’ve decided to sell a few swim, bike, and run-related items.  We have decals – for your vehicle, helmet, bike, or wherever you’d like – and clothing.  Below are a few examples of what we have available.  We can customize, too!  So please let us know if there’s something special you’d like.

CajunMile Store Items

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.

Crocheting an Afghan – A Labor of Love

I have always heard crocheting an afghan is a labor of love.  When I was a kid, one of my great aunts crocheted an afghan each for me and my two brothers and gave them to us as Christmas presents.  Each afghan was a different color, shape and size, and each one made with one of us in mind.  We knew they were special and they quickly became our favorite blankets.  Until recently, I didn’t realize how much time and effort and love actually goes into making such a gift.

While crocheting my first afghan, I didn’t give it a second thought because I was making it for me.  There was no timeline and it didn’t really matter how it turned out.  I was learning to crochet and it was something on my bucket list.  I knew I would treasure it regardless of its imperfections.

My most recent crochet project, the Textured Stripes Throw from Ravelry.com was different.  This afghan was a gift for my parents.  Each step of the process I thought of them – I searched for a pattern they would like.  I carefully chose colors to match their home.  I wanted it to be unique, so I manipulated the pattern a little and randomly choose the stripe colors for each set of row repeats.  As I crocheted row upon row, I thought of them and how they’ve been married over 40 years, and their love for one another, their children, and their grandchildren.

Textured Stripes Throw

As best as I can figure, the afghan took me over 40 hours to complete.  I worked on it in small chunks of time over the course of three weeks.  I can’t imagine one spending this much time creating something for someone they dislike.  As I completed each stitch, I was making progress, but I was also making something for two people whom I love dearly.  By the end of the project, I concluded crocheting an afghan truly is a labor of love.

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

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,