Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Reusable produce bags

So we already use canvas bags at the grocery, but I decided to make these produce bags. We never end up using the plastic ones from the store and, although we recycle them, it seemed like this was a better solution. With almost every project like this I make, afterward I question why I didn't just spend the money on ones that were mass produced. I guess I just like the challenge and have nothing better to do [note sarcasm].

I made them out of tutu material and bought about a half a yard and cut it to 20 x 28 inches (yeah random I know, I just kind of eyeballed it). I folded over the tops 1.5 inches and then folded under another half inch. Then pinned the tops with the ribbon/string in there. One thing I learned was that it isn't easy to iron this material. It either doesn't work or then it was too hot and melts. Argh. One nice surprise, it was definitely easier than I had imagined to sew this material. Anyways, all that was left was sewing up the sides and knotting the ribbon. We shall see how they work out.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Super Bowl XLV

The Packers are the world champions!

Chicken Cutlet: a tribute to Hedwig


Yesterday Steve, Elissa, Brita and I did the City of Lakes loppet snow sculpture contest. We arrived at 8am to find that our block had been vandalized and toppled over in two halves. We were originally going to do a tribute to Hedwig and so we decided to continue the idea, but cut her in half and then added the eggs. A couple people passing by thought it was a pineapple and matzo ball soup. I guess I can see it.

Here is what our block looked like when we arrived. The one next to us was also toppled over, but you can see one in the background, which is a full height.

It was 18 degrees out and it took us 4 hours to complete. We were cold. We used anything we could think of including saws, ice choppers, garden hand tools and drywall mudding tools.

Later in the evening Kristen and I skied the luminary loppet and Steve and Harriet walked part of it. It was a busy day.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

New Do

Grandpa Mike gave the first haircut. It was time.

We used this Japanese hair cutting cape from Becky that she got at the 100 yen store, Japan's dollar store equivalent.


Goodbye mullet (excuse the bedhead).

Tuesday, February 01, 2011