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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Flowers

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I live with an amazing man. He surprised me with flowers the other day. He doesn’t do it all the time but a few times a year. He’s thoughtful and I appreciate it. Here are the little wonders he brought me me. They are slowly starting to bloom. Very pretty!

Mini Tulips

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Last Airlift

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I love to read and I think it a good way to relax. I usually read for 30 minutes before going to bed each night. My local library is a good friend of mine providing hours of awesome reading. The last book I got was called “Last Airlift: A Vietnam Orphan’s Rescue from War”  by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch. It was published by the Pajama Press (pajamapress.ca). This book count 100 pages.

In this book you follow Truyet a war orphan from the time of her orphanage until she flies to Canada to be adopted. I was touched, I smiled and I teared. This is a true story as told by the real Truyet to the author. It’s a Canadian book destined to a young audience but who said adults can’t read youth books? Read it it worth it!

Book Cover

New foldable bike addition

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Yesterday I scored on a new addition to my bicycle collection. I found a nice 1981 Raleigh Stowaway foldable. It needs some work but it’s in a over all good shape. I started working on it a little bit yesterday.

Foldables are nice bikes to ride. I agree they are not like your big mountain bike but they ride nicely and take little space for storage. That makes them ideal for traveling by plane, car, bus and ideal for limited storage at home or work. Now a day they make them so they fit a suitcase, they weight next to nothing and yet feature alloy slim rims, disk brakes, carbon fiber frame and whatnot. Some even have suspension.

Mine is far from that reality but it does fold quite tight. The seat post and the handle bars are retractable which makes this bike smaller. The luggage rack is a part of the frame and feature a pump rack. The white wall 20″ tires seems original to the bike. Rims are in great shape and almost no rust. The frame has a a few scratches from use which I like. I won’t be scared of using it. The rear brake will need rewiring and the gear shifter needs to be hooked up. The bike is a 3 speed in hub Sturmey Archer. Good quality. The saddle is a Brooks made of foamy plastic. The chrome is in very good condition too. Overall this bike is almost ready for the road. A beauty!

 

The Stowaway

Stoaway folded

Pump mount on rack

 

This little guy is the 3rd member and the youngest of the foldable crew. The family also have another Raleigh and a Leader Voyageur.

1974 Raleigh Twenty

1965 Leader Voyageur

Banana Bread

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There’s one recipe I’m making every week to put in lunches and that is always in demand. Banana bread is a star in my house. While I was making a batch of it I thought to share it. Super easy recipe that anyone can do.

If you are like me and like to have ripe bananas on hand when ready. Nothing easier. I let multiple hands of bananas ripen on the counter top. When they are ready I separate them by 3 and mash them. Then I store them in a ziploc bag and off to the freezer until I need them. When it’s time to use a bag I defrost it in the fridge or in the microwave. Easy!

Ingredients:
– 3 mashed ripe bananas
– 1/4 cup vegetable oil (I use canola)
– 1/2 cup of sugar
– 1/2 plain fat free yogourt
– 2 eggs
– 2 cups of whole wheat flour
– 1 tea spoon of baking soda
– 2 tea spoon of baking powder

In a large bowl beat the oil and the sugar. Add the eggs one at a time mixing after each addition. Mix in the mashed bananas.
In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and baking soda.
Mix half of the flour mixture to the banana mix and blend well. Mix in half of the yogourt and mix well. Add the remain of the flour mix, blending it well. Then add the remain of the yogourt to the mix making sure all the mixture is uniform.
Pour the bather in a bread pan or 8.5″x4.5″x2.5″ mold coated with non adhesive cooking spray.
Bake at 350F on the middle grill for 60 minutes or until a toothpick get out clean.

Voila!

Alternatives:
I sometimes add yummy things in my bread. You can add 1/2 cup of coconut or 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. You can mix in 1 tea spoon of vanilla. Or another I’ve done is melting 2 semi-sweet chocolate squares and adding them to the mixture. You can also sprinkle the top with icing sugar or put 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts.

 

Recovering a chair

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I sometimes get asked how to recover chairs. So I will do a quick tutorial on how to recover a chair. It’s quite simple and require no sewing.

What you need:
– Scissors
– Heavy cotton
– Stapler with staples (short staples and a construction stapler not a paper one)
– new foam pad (optional if the old one is still good)
You might also need a screwdriver or allen key if your chair as the corner brackets.

First unmounted the padding area. Some have the corner brackets and some have a spinning device. My chair is from IKEA.

 

Once the fabric pad is off it should look like this.

Then remove the fabric. Mine was torn apart so I just pulled it off. Once its done place your pad with the foam on the fabric you’ve picked and measure it. Leave about 3-4 inches on each side. Mark your edges and cut your piece of fabric. In my case I just left the pad into place and cut around it.  Then you are ready to recover. You will need the staple gun loaded to start this part. Fold the first side of the fabric trying to preserve the 3-4 inches of fabric on each side and staple in the middle. I usually make an nice edge to have a better finishing. Then go to the opposite side and do the same but pull on the fabric to put tension on it. Then do each side applying tension. Then start working your way through all the edges until you’ve reach the corners. You can then make a nice fold. I keep a equal distance within each staples to make a nice finish. Also be careful of the tension on the fabric. You want it tense enough so there’s no fold on the other side but loose enough so the fabric doesn’t tear apart when someone sits on the chair.

This is what it should look like. You can even do better! The black fabric was already there when I got my chairs but you can always find some at the fabric store.

Once the recovering is done put your chair back together and it’s not ready to be used again.

Happy recovering!

Any questions on this project? Go to my contact page and send me a line. I’ll be happy to help.

Headbage frame

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I’m in the process of making a headbadge frame with bicycle headbages. I have a few and I wanted to display them better than in the china cabinet. This is a mock up but it shows what the final will look like.

Basically what you need is:
– a deep frame
– sponges (the dollar store kind)
– a dark mat fabric
– sewing pins
– knife exacto type to cut the sponges
– school glue
– and scissors
You will also need something to put on it. I picked headbages but you can pin pictures, earrings, whatever you like.

I will post the “tutorial” for a DIY  as I finish the project. Stay tuned!

Quotation

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 “I have to honestly say that most of the stuff the tabloids write has a little grain of truth. They’ve told a lot of stuff about me that’s true. They’ve told a lot of stuff about me that ain’t true. And I don’t admit or deny any of it, because what I ain’t done, I’m capable of doing.”
Dolly Parton