Friday, March 14, 2014

The YMCA is less than a mile from my house.  It's a busy, busy place and parking is sometimes a problem.  It only makes sense to ride my bike there.   I was looking for a basket to attach to my bike.  I can strap my yoga mat to my back, but sometimes I want to take extra things like a towel and my wallet and my house keys.  I also thought carting books to and from the library would be easier in a basket than packed up on my back.

Then I remembered that I had some upholstery fabric samples.  I got out my sewing machine and made my own bike basket.

It works for me.


Of course I did purchase some material at the quilt show last weekend.  I am making a wall hanging, not a bed sized quilt.  My Florida bedroom furniture is oriental style.  I think this will look nice hanging on the bedroom wall.

The red material is for the backing.  I have not decided yet whether I will fold that around to the front for the binding as well or use another color for the binding.


I had this patio taken out and replaced with sod.  The patio was stuck at the back of the house with no entrance to it from the house.  It was just another weeding chore as far as I was concerned.  Right now it is a big watering chore, but I hope it will look better once the grass takes.  That reminds me, I need to take a quick run to Lowes and get some lawn fertilizer.

This is my effort to foil the rabbits in their attempts to eat up all my herbs.  It seems to be working very well.  Pasta with pesto for supper tonight.

I planted this mandevilla in front of the ugly garbage can enclosure that was exposed when I had the grapefruit tree taken out.  It will have white flowers with yellow centers.  It should grow enough to eventually soften up the yard. 

 I have a couple more projects to finish up in the yard.  Then I will have to leave it all behind and hope that mother nature stays kind to what I have done.

The beach:


Aunt Betsy said...

You are very creative --- your bike "basket" is a wonderful idea and more protective for library books than a wire or wicker basket would have been. Glad to see you have your bike back and not afraid to get back on it.

Barb said...

You are ingenious! I like that wall hanging. I'm always impressed by all you accomplish. I'm a loafer in comparison. Mike would be proud.

Muffie said...

You really are so talented. I like your basket so much more than the wire ones! And that wall quilt is gorgeous. I love Asian art, and the Japanese figures on your fabric are beautiful. Clever applications in your yard, too!

gigihawaii said...

The bike bag is a great idea, and I am glad you are not afraid to ride the bike even after your bad accident. I like the red border for the Japanese print. You are so fortunate to be multi-talented.

Linda Reeder said...

You've got some great projects there, from sewing to gardening to staying healthy. You are an inspiration!

Rian said...

Bike bag is definitely better than a basket! And I love Mandevilla... and that picture of the trail to the beach is wonderful. I had to enlarge it to get the real feel of it... so inviting.

Kc W said...

Love the bike bag and it does seem much more practical than my basket. I have to be careful that my keys don't fall through it. You don't have that problem! My problem with riding my bike to the gym wouldn't be getting there so much as riding home! You go girl!

Sextant said...

Very clever bike basket. I love the Japanese print. You will have to post a photo of the complete hanging. Lovely.

June said...

You're so creative, with AMBITION thrown in! Get an idea and you DO it! I am impressed beyond words. Your combination of patterns and colors for your wall hanging is gorgeous!

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Muffy's Marks said...

You are so cleaver making that beautiful and useful bike basket. The wall hanging is going to turn out perfect!! Can't wait to see the finished product!

Granny Annie said...

Love you projects, especially the bike bag and the wall hanging. I must say that as impressive as the projects are, it is more impressive that you are back on that danged bike. You couldn't pay me to be riding it again.

Tom Sightings said...

Stylish basket; pretty plants; inviting beach!

Eileen said...

I'm truly impressed with your creativity! The bike bag is gorgeous, whether on or off the bike, and your wall hanging is simply lovely.

All that greenery is making me green with envy. Soon, I hope the snow will disappear.

Have a great weekend!

Tabor said...

You are one talented Grandma. I think your bedroom and your yard are going to be lovely and you reminded me that I STILL have camp chair covers to sew!!