Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Urban Rain Spats and Springtime

Ohhh, the intoxicating sights and smells of spring.  With spring in the Pacific Northwest comes more rain, bikes and skirts.  For me, I found myself inspired to make a knee-high spat AND for the wee one, a dino-themed spat; both with classic snaps up the side.  I used a technical fabric for the outer that is breathable & waterproof with a Lycra lining that wicks moisture.  A lil elastic at the top helps keep the spats in place and reflective piping increases visibility.  I have also played around with laminated cotton, vintage fabrics, wool, and tweed. Check them out!  Available through my Etsy Shop.

I don't mind the rain, but I do mind the muck.  The beauty of a spat, they protect you from that muck and peal off easily enough to reveal dry and clean boot, leg, pant or legging.  The knee-high spats are super cute with skirts. 

Next in the works... rain poncho that is bicycle friendly.  Become a fan on Facebook to keep up with this one-woman show and what fantastical and practical handmade clothing I am making. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Crafty Bicycle Ideas

Wow, some time has passed since I last blogged, and boy have I been busy in the land of kiddo.  Alas, I have been creating along the way and just haven't had time to share with you, until now.  For your viewing pleasure, I have some crafty bicycle ideas that might just suit your fancy.

First, I have a SUPER simple project that involved a glittery pinwheel and tube sewn from upholstery fabric.  I glued the tube onto the bike to hold the pinwheel in place.  I'm likin' my new bicycle bling, adds visibility and style!  What do you think? 

The last photo is of my wee one having a afternoon snooze on the way home.  Love that the Bobike seat has wrap around protection for his head, but does little to keep his head from flopping around if he decides to take a nap on the bike.  I stitched up this bike seat wrap, to be like a hammock, for his head and helmet while we are cruising.

So there you have it, two easy craftastik projects for bicyclist that wanna peddle in style.  With spring upon us, have you done something crafty to your bike, as the weather beckons us to bike more?  Do share!

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Wool Firefighter Pocketed Fleece Lined Pants

Tis' the season for cold & damp in the Pacific Northwest. To prepare for the dropping temperatures I have been coming up with all sorts of projects for myself.  This is my first attempt at a lined pant for the wee one.  He was in need of some utility pants for his daily outdoor excursions.

Lil Guy wanted me to make him a pair of fire person pants and I wanted something practical he could wear for day-to-day use.  I picked a heavy weight, woven wool fabric in a vibrant red. This is a fabric that can take some abuse. 

The pants are lined with a light weight bamboo fleece.  Oh so soft and helps wick moisture too; not to mention adding warmth.

My favorite part about these pants are the reflective details and pockets.  Reflective piping is used around the fleece lined front pockets.

Two more pockets adorn the back of these pants.  Sturdy & plenty big to stuff all sorts of goodies in.

Of course, they needed some reflective leg stripes. These were iron-on and I'm thinking I might go reinforce with thread.

Lil Guy was very pleased with the results and even commented on the pockets.  Yes!  It always feels great to be appreciated for the love & sweat I put into his wardrobe.  As he grows, it's been fun getting more input from him & help in creating the clothes he wears.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Urban Bike Spats for the Rain


Most of my creations are life inspired; and as y'all know my newest love is biking, it should come as no surprise that bicycle spats for rainy Portland are my newest handmade item.  

I made these using the same laminated cotton I make my art smocks with, BPA & PVC free. They are lined with a bamboo fleece.   A reflective piping runs down the length of the back of spat, giving you a bit more visibility. They snap on the sides for easy on and off with an adjustable elastic stirrup to help keep the spat in place.

I like the idea of playing with this design.  For instance, I think a knee-highed spat would be mighty protective from the elements and sassy. I also think a pair of these would come in handy with my wee one.  Adds more protection and definitely ups the style factor, if I do say so myself.

Currently I have these spats available through custom ordering on my Etsy shop.  PDF pattern is in the works. 

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Civia Halsted, Cargo Bike of Sorts

I recently moved to the biking mecca of the USA and have to say I am really enjoying myself on my two-wheeled beast of a bike, Civia Halsted that I purchased at Joe Bike in Portland, OR.  This is an everyday hauler with a frame-mounted front rack that can hold various awkward objects.  It's a utility bike that is much smaller and lighter than most cargo bikes.  It's my station wagon.


Cargo Bike Love

It's a cycle truck with the basket connected to separate tube from the handlebars; meaning basket stays in place when you are turning & moves with the body of the bike, not the handlebars.  Notice the 20" wheel in front and 26" back wheel. The smaller wheel is stronger and has a lower sense of gravity, so it can take the weight and aids in stability. It's basket is rated to hold 50 pounds but I've probably carried 75 without issue.  Once loaded down, it can become the tiniest bit wobbly in the steering and the bike just glides. It's a super pleasant to ride and a decent price to boot. 

I've attached a Bobike Maxi Tour on the back of the bike.  I can tell you that having the extra head protection is worth it!  Darn bike tipped over with me & Lil Guy. It was my mistake, I felt so bad. He was a little shook up but completely protected.  It did a good job of cradling his body.  His helmeted head would have slammed against the concrete.  Found out how thankful I was for the added protection and it became a learning moment for mama.

The one drawback with this bike, it doesn't travel well on the Max Train AND I haven't been brave enough to try the bus yet.  For a bike capable of carrying cargo, it's relatively light and kind of amazing that I could get it hooked on the Max to begin with.  Of course I have to unhook the child seat and keep my goods in a tub to make all of this possible.  Maybe I just need a FlyKly Smart Wheel to electrify the bike & I wouldn't mind being loaded down and commuting 20 miles or so.

I've cut down on the amount I drive big time.  More than that, I get a sense of joy when I am pedaling to my heart's content.   The world isn't whizzing by quite so fast and my senses are alive.  

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Cardboard Craft Firetruck for Halloween

Joyful it is to be a parent & craft with my wee one.  Halloween is no exception, and this year Lil Guy wanted to be a fireman. We got to work on a fire truck.

Cardboard Craft

It's amazing what you can create with some cardboard and hot glue.  A trip to Ace Hardware yielded useful accessories to give this truck some visibility for on the streets this Halloween.

This baby has front headlights, emergency lights and back brake lights.  Melissa & Doug poster paint made it a washable experience for Lil Guy to paint his truck with.  Had a pair of suspenders laying around that were perfect for making it wearable. 

What craftastik Halloween creations are you working on?  Love all things cardboard for kiddos and always excited to see what other people are making. Leave a comment! 

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Friday, October 11, 2013

DIY Portable Stereo for Your iPhone

What! What!  Now here is a craftastik way to give your iPhone some more volume when you are wanting to kick back and listen to some tunes.  Now, I can't take credit for this idea, as my beloved brought this to my attention from the interwebs.  We decided to give a paper towel roll a try and ya know, it does give a slight sound boost and I dare say a bit more bass tones.

All you need to do is cut a whole in the paper towel roll to fit your phone of choice.  Just make sure the speaker is pointing into the tube. I couldn't help myself, I just had to pretty it up!  As we just moved, I couldn't find my stash of washi tape that is hidden in a box somewhere. What I did find was a roll of purple duct tape and one roll of pretty blue imitation washi tape.  Works for me!  Now... I hear that adding some plastic cups to the ends are a nice addition.  Can give the sound more direction.

  Anyhoo... I leave you with this to blast on your portable stereo... "I Can't Live Without My Radio".