Saturday, March 22, 2014

THE DESIGN WALL

Well I finally go sick and tired of having to crawl around on the floor rearranging/designing patterns. I guess my old age is creeping up on me! Yikes! I got the bug the other day to move the furniture around in my office (at least the 10th time since we moved to Seattle) and make room for a design wall. 

Let me set the mood for you. Sometimes I get a little weird if I don't have anything to do, so I make things to do. I need a good project every once in awhile to let my mind rest and what better to accomplish that feet than a trip to THE HOME DEPOT. I stopped in and bought some sheets of foam insulation and a couple rolls of adhesive Velcro. Next stop was Joann of course where I bought some cheap cotton fabric to wrap around the insulation before I hung it up on the wall. The meaning of the fabric was two fold 1. A nice solid gray color gives you a great neutral to contrast your designs and 2. No way was I going to hang bright pink panels up in my office/mancave! 

Process

1. Find a blank wall.



2. Cut rigid insulation panels to desired size


3. Cut fabric to size of each panel and wrap around rigid insulation boards. I used duct tape to adhere to the back sides tightly and then used a staple gun to further secure fabric and tape to board.



4. Measure desired wall area for panels to fit evenly in center and at height where you can easily hang any projects. Then apply double sided Velcro pieces to back of each panel and hang em up!



5. Admire your blank canvas for a couple minutes and then actually put unfinished projects up so you see them everyday and maybe finish them.



ENJOY!
Until next time gang......

dan

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE IN SEATTLE: PART 3 THE FINAL ACT

PART 3: THE FINAL ACT

DECEMBER 29th
Three little monkeys jumping on a bed in Aberdeen WA on our weekend trip along the Pacific Coast !

It may be the beach, but its still cold in Pacific NW !

Julia just playing on the driftwood !

Of course we had to visit Jacob in Forks ! #teamJACOB

Julia and Jacobs first kiss !

Bella looks awfully familiar !


This huge tree was on the the La Push beaches !

Proof that wear wolves exist!! Jacob was running on the beach sand !
Still can't believe how big this tree was !

Took a ferry ride back to the city from the Olympic Peninsula !

JANUARY 1st
Decided to go for a little hike on New Years Day !

So many wonderful signs to follow !

We finally made it to the top of Rattlesnake ! What a view EH ?

Julia and I been chillin at the Holiday INN !

 JANUARY 2nd
OH CANADA !
Had a rainy day, but Vancouver really is beautiful !

 JANUARY 3rd
Last, but not least we made it to the NEEDLE !
Ready for the ride up to the top !

What a day and way to end an amazing Christmas Break ! Hope you had a blast Juice !
 Well all good things come to an end as they say, but this 3 week adventure was so amazing ! We tried our best to show Julia what Seattle and the Pacific NW has to offer. I think we did a pretty good job ! Stay tuned for more adventures with all the visits that I am sure to come ! After all summer is just around the corner!! Until next time gang........

dan

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

GO Flashes!!! KSU!

KENT STATE GOLDEN FLASHES!!

Well I ran into a small problem this past week when I went to go finish a new design. I got a little lazy and tried moving my sewing table without taking my machine off of it and ended up breaking the input for my foot pedal. Wish I had a "control Z" button for life sometimes! Anyway in the down time of waiting for it to get fixed I decided to finally start making my own t-shirt quilt from college remnants! I have been helping my mom design and create these quilts for years, but never spent the time to make my own. I have all the pieces cut out with stabilizer on the backs, but still have to design the in-lays and borders. After seven years of college, three degrees, and years of club baseball you can imagine this is going to end up to be much larger than anticipated. LOL Either way it will be a great addition to the old man cave one day and am so excited to finally get it started. I'll have some updates soon so come check out what the finished product looks like!

Until next time.......

dan

Thursday, March 6, 2014

TABLE TOP UPDATE


So, I know it has been awhile since I updated some table top projects, but that doesn't mean I have not been busy. My mom and I just got done with a quilt that is going to be published in Modern Quilts Unlimited Summer 2014 issue, which has been a priority of ours. So excited about that!! Take a look at some of the other projects I have had on the table to use up that scrap fabric. Let me know what you think!!

until next time.......

dan


CAMO QUILT
PINK STRIP
BABY PIECED
SLASH IT UP
SCRAP TWIST
COUNTRY STRIP
BATIK MIX

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

CHRISTMAS ADVENTURES IN SEATTLE: PART TWO

Let's go back to the three week Holiday Extravaganza!!!

WEEK 2:

DECEMBER 22-28


Can't not visit our FAVORITE Golden BARLEY!!!

DECEMBER 22

NO Doubt we had to hit up the Seattle Staple Pikes Place!! So much good food and weird odds and ends to see. GUM WALL BABY!!

I LOVE WESTSIDE MARKET IN CLE, BUT THIS IS PRETTY AMAZING!!





I SPY JULIA!!!

DECEMBER 23

With Christmas only a few days away we had to keep the celebrating going by taking a Christmas boat tour of the Seattle area! The boat traveled along side hundreds of others throughout the surrounding waterways of the city and occasionally stopped for some caroling adventures displayed and heard on the larger cruise ship! This will no doubt be a tradition for our time in Seattle around the holidays! What a wonderful adventure!


I'M ON A BOAT!!!

EVER GET PHOTO BOMBED BY SANTA!?!?!?!

BOATS!

AND MORE BOATS!!!

DECEMBER 24

WELL WE SINCE WE WERE NOT ABLE TO HAVE WIGILIA DINNER WITH THE FAMILY WE DECIDED THE NEXT BEST THING WOULD BE TO HIT THE TACO TRUCK UP AGAIN! NO BRAINER!!! OF COURSE WE HIT A CHURCH SERVICE TO SEE FIRST HAND RACHEL AND THE HOLYWATERS DO THEIR THING AND BLESS PEOPLE WITH SOME MUSIC IN HONOR OF GOD!! WHAT BETTER WAY TO END THE NIGHT THAN WITH SOME DRINKS, FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND SOME CATCH PHRASE!! MISSED THE FAMILY, BUT IT WAS WONDERFUL HAVING ONE SMALL PIECE TO SPEND WITH US!! LOVE YA JUICE!!

TACO TRUCK? YES PLEASE!

LOVELY VOICES OF RACHEL AND THE HOLYWATERS AT CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE!!

JULIA WORE HER STASH THROUGHOUT THE EVENING OF CATCHPHRASE WAITING FOR SANTA!

DECEMBER 25

SANTA!!! 10:00 AM

WE MUST HAVE BEEN GOOD THIS YEAR!! CHRISTMAS MORNING!

RACHEL BUSTING OUT IN TEARS AFTER SHE OPENED HER LAPTOP FROM MOM AND DAD SEKERAK





WHAT WOULD CHRISTMAS DAY BE WITHOUT SOME RELAXING FLIX. TOTES PREGAMED WITH ANCHORMAN AND THEN HIT THE THEATER FOR ANCHORMAN II


OUR FIRST CHRISTMAS AS A MARRIED COUPLE! LOVE YOU RACHEL! #AWKWARD FAMILY PHOTOS!


WHAT WOULD CHRISTMAS BE WITHOUT A GREAT DINNER OF DAN CAUGHT SALMON STEAKS! #SEKERAKMEALS

DECEMBER 26

A FAVORITE SPOT WE FOUND IN THE SEATTLE AREA IS GOLDEN GARDENS PARK WHERE WE CAN BUILD A FIRE ON THE BEACH AND WATCH THE SUN GO DOWN OVER THE OLYMPIC MOUNTAIN RANGE.
TAG ME!


LIVING THE DREAM!




JUST SOME FUN SILHOUETTES OF RACHEL AND JUICE WALKING BACK TO THE FIRE AND OF COURSE JULIA BEING THE ROCK STAR THAT SHE IS!!


DECEMBER 27

WE HAD SO MUCH FUN WITH JULIA THAT WE TRIED TO PERSUADE HER TO STAY WITH SOME ZEEKS PIZZA AND A TRIP ON THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON CAMPUS! OH YEAH AND BASKETBALL OF COURSE!! 

ZEEKS PIZZA? YES PLEASE!



WOULDN'T BE AN EVENING TOGETHER WITHOUT US SPENDING TIME ON OUR PHONES WHILE THE GAME WAS GOING ON!! LOLZ


DECEMBER 28

WE USED THE WEEKEND AND LACK OF WORK TO START AN AMAZING TRIP WITH THE FIRST LEG RUNNING THROUGH PORTLAND TO SEE WHAT IT HAS TO OFFER. WE HAD AN AMAZING DAY OF HIKING THROUGH THE COLUMBIA RIVER VALLEY AND PLAYING IN THE MIDST OF WATERFALLS!! THEN AFTER THE MILES OF HIKES WE DECIDED TO HIT THE CITY UP TO SEE WHAT IT HAS TO OFFER. COMPLETE OF A TRIP TO VOODOO DOUGHNUTS (A MUST STOP), POWELL'S BOOK STORE (A MUST STOP), AND OF COURSE A SMALL VISIT TO OUR TALL FRIEND PAUL! (A MUST STOP FOR ONLY ME)

ABOUT TO OREGON OFF THE LIST!! CHECK!!



MULTNOMAH FALLS EVERYONE! ONLY A 2 MILE HIKE TO THE TOP! WE MADE IT!

SERIOUSLY THIS IS REAL?!?!

THE BEAUTY JUST KEPT ON COMING!

IS AN HOUR TOO LONG TO WAIT IN LINE FOR DOUGHNUTS? NO!

















I HOPE THAT I CAN BE AS TALL AS MY LUMBERJACK BUDDY ONE DAY!! RACHEL ON THE OTHER HAND MIGHT NOT LIKE THAT!!


STAY TUNED FOR THE FINAL LEG OF OUR JOURNEY!!

UNTIL NEXT TIME.....

dan