Projects · RV Living

A Day With Nothing To Do

Last weekend the stars all aligned in the right order and I actually had 2 days with nothing on my calendar!  Raising my boys those days came few and far between – I’m talking years!  But now it seems they come along every few months and when they do I bask in the glory of a day with nothing to do!

I started my day baking a loaf of Greek Yogurt Banana bread because I had a couple of bananas that were past the point of when I like to eat them and some Greek yogurt (of course)   Then I made a loaf of The Best EVER Chocolate Zucchini bread to use up one of the zucchinis my sister gave me out of her garden.  I found the recipe on Pinterest and let me just say – OMG!! It is SO freaking good!  It has the consistency of cake – I’m sure it’s not good for you at all even with the zucchini, but I don’t care!  I can easily eat the full loaf, which is why I took both loafs to work with me on Monday and shared them with my co-workers.

I also had a gallon bag full of huckleberries my sister had given me a few weeks ago.  I love making jam, so that gallon bag is now 6 jars of jam – some of those jars will become Christmas gifts!  (PSA:  yes, it’s time to start thinking of Christmas especially if you like to make your gifts like I do!)

But the best thing I did this weekend was sew while binging on Longmire!  I love that show and not to give anything away -but one of the main characters (Vic) is now living in a Airstream Argosy motor home!  JUST LIKE ME!!!!  (except I have a Argosy travel trailer – but STILL!!!)  I think it’s becoming a thing!

Back to sewing – I finished my shower curtain!

Really all I had to do was hem all the edges and add grommets.  I don’t know why I procrastinated so long.  My bathroom is starting to look legit.  I think it’s time to renovate!

Anyway, once I was done with the shower curtain I decided make a baby quilt using the left over fabric.  I cut a bajillion 2.5″ squares for this quilt to assemble 49   9-patches.  Once again a quilt I saw on Pinterest was my inspiration.  (I love Pinterest)

I was able to sew this quilt together fairly fast (which seems to be key with me), so next weekend I think I may start another quilt just like it using all my leftover orange and white scraps.

Before you even ask – No, I’m not pregnant and as far as I know, neither are my boys.  I’m learning that not all my quilts have to be queen size.  In fact, it might stand a better chance of getting finished if I make fewer blocks (i.e., crib size).  This quilt will probably end up in my Etsy store once I get it quilted – which is on my list of ‘to-do’s’ this weekend.

Till next week!

Nikol

Projects

Sewing a Bra – Take 2

I did it!  I made a wearable bra!  image

It might look just like the bra I made before, but this one fits!  I used the same fabric for the main part, but a different fabric for the lining.

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And I used the lining fabric from the first bra for the back pieces on this second bra.  Much better use for that fabric. I have way more stretch, which allows this bra to actually fit!

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Lessons learned with this bra:  1.  I should use different fabric for the main piece.  The fabric that I used is a little stiff.  Definitely not made for bras.  2.  The wires need to be larger.  I ended up ordering wires that were not the correct size or shape so I used the wires out of an old bra.  Even those were a little short and moves around a bit in the casing.  Not too much, but I’d rather they not move at all.  3.  I definitely like the way this bra ‘perks’ up my silhouette – I’ve worn it all week just because it feels so much nicer to have everyone in their place!

Best part:  it was a quick sew!  I made this one in about 2 hours!  Not bad, huh?  I’ll definitely be making more!

 

 

Athena · Projects

Hives, Sharks and Athena’s New Look

I spent most of my weekend painting Athena (more on that later), Saturday was absolutely beautiful out!  Not too hot, not too cold – it was just Goldilocks – except there was something in the air that caused me to constantly sneeze and made sweet Grace break out in hives! I was in and out of the trailer all day and each time I came inside I would find her scratching at one part of her body or the other.  Poor girl was just miserable.  After I saw the bumps on her face I gave her a 1/2 a Claritin and hoped it wouldn’t kill her.  It didn’t.  In fact, she started to feel better within the hour!  After that she was good and there’s been no sign of the hives since – Tis the season!

So remember those shark slippers I made?  Here’s a picture of the recipient wearing them!  LOL  I love the smile on her face!  Made all the frogging (rip-it, rip-it … get it?) worth while!

Okay, now onto Athena!  Here is the before picture!

And here is the after!

I’m not quite done, I still have to do the hitch, tank, bumper and a few minor details, (which I am doing in orange) but I can’t believe what a difference painting makes!  It’s like I have a whole new trailer!

The hardest part was getting up on the roof – I have a slight fear of heights, plus I had a hard time trusting that the roof wouldn’t collapse.  Once I realized it was going to hold I actually did okay.  That big box is my A/C & unit – the one that kept me cool on those hot-ass summer days!    One of these days I’ll get it replaced with a new one which are half the size and twice as quiet!

I first put on a clear coat of Kilz to seal it, then used this enable paint from Home Depot.

I had the colors picked out since I bought the trailer 3 years ago!  I’m so glad I hung onto those paint chips – if I hadn’t it would have taken me another week to decide on colors.  (I can make a decision – I just like to take my time doing so) As it was it took me all day Saturday to  put the Kilz on – then all day Sunday to paint just the top half.  I worked on the bottom half on Sunday and have been coming home after work each day to do the trim.

It’s supposed to rain this coming weekend so I may not get the chance to finish painting everything.  What I don’t finish can wait till we have a stretch of sunny days again – even if that isn’t till Spring.  Plus, it’s not like I don’t have a host of other projects I can work on.

Nikol

 

 

 

Adventures · Projects

Hiking the Clackamas and a Bra

I did it!  Actually my sister and I did it!  We hiked the Clackamas River trail from end to end – a full 8 miles and it was beautiful!

At the trailhead getting ready for our adventure.
At the trailhead getting ready for our adventure.

We decided to start on the end of the trail that had the highest elevation so that most of our hike was on a downhill slope.  Not that it was easy, but there was one part in the trail that we both agreed would have been a bitch to hike up!

There is a beautiful waterfall right at the 4 mile mark where we decided to stop and have lunch.  Besides the main waterfall there were 3-4 other smaller waterfalls – even one where you could walk behind.

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And everything was SO green!  It was just beautiful!

 

Grace found a nice mossy rock to scratch her chin on… until Leo showed up.

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At the end of the trail there was a bench that had a bunch of trinkets imbedded in it.  My guess is that the items were found on the trail at one point or another.

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If you are ever in the Mt. Hood area and are looking for a beautiful hike to do, I highly recommend the Clackamas River trail.  It’s beautiful and even though it was rated ‘difficult’ it wasn’t too difficult.  We were exhausted afterwards, and pretty sore the next day – but still glad we did it!

Okay, now onto project news.  As you know I have been working on three projects simultaneously:  A bra, a fusion quilt and a shower curtain for Athena.  Well, I finished the bra!

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I knew going in that this was a practice bra so I allowed myself to make plenty of mistakes.  I did ‘unsew’ some parts, but not too much – I didn’t want to waste too much time picking out stitches knowing this was just a practice piece.

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Before I cut out the pieces, I took my measurements as instructed… and made the recommended size based off of those measurements even though it was MUCH larger than the ‘ready-to-wear’ size I normally wear.  Turns out – it was too small.  But now I know I can increase the band measurement AND the cup size for the next one.

I used some scrap fabric I had left over from a top I’m working on for the main fabric.  I still have enough left over for another bra.  I’m not too thrilled with the lining fabric and will probably try to find something with more substance to it.

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and I really don’t like the ‘super mesh’ so think I’ll try to find something else to use.  (the Super Mesh is used for the back piece – it’s hard to see in the picture because it’s so thin).

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As you can see I didn’t get the elastic on right so the piece is a little large for the ‘hook & eyes’.  Overall it was a good learning experience and I did print off the next size up so I can get started on the next bra right away.  However, I’m not sure how much sewing I’ll get done this weekend.  My goal is to try to paint Athena while the weather is still nice.  Water somehow seeped in last winter and I want to make sure it doesn’t seep in again this winter.  I did put some sealant on the seams, but I’m thinking a coat a paint can only help.

Happy sewing!

 

 

Projects

Falling into September

I can’t believe it’s September already!  I see all these ‘first day of school’ photos on my Facebook feed and it makes me miss my boys!  When we moved into our house in Minneapolis I would take a picture of them in the back yard on the first day of school!  I look back at those pictures now and can’t believe how little they were!  Time flies by so fast!

So other than looking at all the back to school photo’s on Facebook I have been sewing up a storm!  (BTW – did you know September is National Sewing Month?) However, I haven’t finished anything!  I suppose if I were working on just one project I might have – but this week  had three going:  a bra, a shower curtain, and the fusion quilt.  I had to order the bra fixings on-line so I didn’t get started on that till Tuesday night – I cut out the pieces and have the cups sewn together.  I can tell already that I ordered the wrong lining fabric, but I’m not worried about it.  I am expecting to make lots of mistakes on this one – if it actually fits it will be a bonus.  I’m counting on the next one to be perfect.

Before the bra I had been working on my shower curtain I had all the rows sewn, just had to join them.  But I got so excited when the bra fixings came in that I set aside the shower curtain.  I finally picked it up again tonight and got it all sewn together.  All I need is to add grommets and hem it and then I’ll be done.  As for the fusion quilt I’ve crocheted edges to all of the squares and have started to join them – which amazingly is going pretty fast.

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My hope is that by this time next week I’ll be wearing a new bra, have a pretty shower curtain and a new lap quilt to take me into Fall!

Speaking of Fall, nothing like Pumpkin scones to transition from Summer to Fall!  I made these one day last week when it was cool enough to turn on my oven!  I thought I would be clever and try and make chocolate pumpkin scones , but I didn’t add enough chocolate powder so they ended up looking like dirt.  But they tasted SO good!  Just ask the guys I work with!  Scones tend to be on the dry side which is why I added the glaze on top.  So, so good!

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Until next week!