Walking in the big woods with our new companions – the textures and colors of fall.
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My love of old T-shirts just keeps on growing!
See this stack of old T-shirts – they are going to become a fabulous rainbow rug!
Cut the shirts into lots of strips, I made mine 1 1/2″ wide and that seemed to work great. You will now braid your strips together to make one single extremely long braided rope.To begin, take three t-shirt strips and sew them together at one end. Start braiding!
I used a curtain rod clip to hook one end of my braid to a chair to provide tension while braiding. A clothes pin is also helpful for holding your braid tight. As you come to the end of your first length of strips you will need to add more length. Connect strips together to add more length – cut a small slit in the ends of all your strips. Thread new strip through the hole, loop it’s end through on its self and pull tight.
Now you are ready to braid and braid and braid!
Set your sewing machine for the widest zig-zag stitch,tightly coil your braid, stitch round and round. When stitching push the two braids together tightly with your hands, watch your stitches carefully to ensure they are connecting the seams. Your hands will get tired from all the pushing, I found it was easier to set my adjustable chair higher to get better leverage while stitching. Try not to stretch your rope too much while stitching because it will cup like a bowl. But don’t fear a hot iron can correct the cupping. Every so often your bobbin will run out of thread, this is a good time to iron your rug flat. Set the iron to hot, start and the center and iron out toward the edges. Repeat on both sides.
This rug currently measures 34″ across and took me a day to make. I haven’t finished the ends off yet because I think I want to make it a bit bigger – I just found a pile of gray shirts that I am hoping will bring it closer to the size I was dreaming of. I will take another picture of it finished and in place next week. I just had to share it today because I was so excited stitching this together. I love the colors and weight of this rug. I am already dreaming of the next one!!
Sanding, painting, stapling and elbow grease have funked up the family table. Wish I could find the true “before” shot of the table – just imagine dark 1970′s stain, a thick sticky high gloss lacquer, and a scalloped country edge.
Knowing that this table will be danced, slobbered, painted, and feasted on it’s oh so nice that it was FREE.
We made this castle, in the boy’s room, from plywood and paint. It sits back in a nook created by the roof of our house. Sadly it always seemed a little neglected and unused. This week I decided that I would give it another go by actually furnishing it – duh!
The big favorite right now is BeBop Your Best by Red Grammer
A really wonderful CD for kids with its marching band like sound and songs titled after virtues like truthfulness, respect, patience and fairness.
Some mornings they are happily dancing around the room listening to music in their castle at 6 am – which is actually quite adorable.
We hurried & we scurried yesterday in preparation for the big October snow storm to hit. Yesterday we did our best to button things down, bring in the wood, ready the farm animals, find the garden hoses buried in the snow, dig out the toys, put away the lawn furniture, prepare for the prospect of loosing power for several days — all the boring chores of November packed into one day.
The snow came down in thick sheets, for hours and hours it piled high. The snow piled up over 2 feet high!!
Snowflakes didn’t flutter they seemed to race from the sky. The power wavered but luckily stayed with us.
After spending most of Sunday shoveling out from under the thick blanket of snow I headed out the door for a ski. Trudge trudge trudge…. a bit to thick to call it a ski but it’s always so peaceful to be in the woods after a big storm. The oak and ash trees have not yet lost their bright fall leaves, Winter snow piled thick into the crooks of the tree’s, and the woods rustled with sounds of Fall. So odd and wonderous to have the two season blended together.