Thanks to our fantastic personal bargain shopper and neighbor, we have recently created 2 one-of-a-kind t-shirt quilts from reclaimed t-shirts that are available for sale! These “up-cycled” t-shirts created two terrific and unique quilts. Please read on for descriptions. There is more to each quilt than just what is pictured here. (We’d be happy to let you see them up close before you decide to purchase.)
This first one would be a perfect gift for a graduate, specifically someone heading off to or graduating from Virginia Tech. Or maybe a birthday present for a young man hoping to someday be a Hokie? It measures 55″ x 80″ and will sell for $140.
We also have an adorable smaller sized quilt that would be perfect for a young lady, perhaps in Elementary or going off to Middle School.
This one measures 50″x57″ and is listed at $90.
Please contact us at email@example.com if you’re interested in either of these.
There are a lot of lawn mowers running in our neighborhood this morning. We don’t live in the kind of ‘hood where people hire landscapers to do their yard work, so I’m just wondering….It’s a beautiful Friday and it seems like a lot of people are “sick” today. However, maybe some really are home huddling under blankets, racked with fever. I wouldn’t wish that on anybody. Especially if you didn’t have a t-shirt quilt to snuggle under. But if you were sick, “sick”, or just wished you were “sick” today, go ahead and give us a Like! Have a great weekend!
I ran today for the first time since the 1/2 marathon last Sunday, and it was great to be out again. However, I had to run later than usual (it was actually daylight) and the temps today are record highs. It was in the high 60s by the time I was done, heat my body was not prepared to encounter. Needless to say, I was sweatier than I’ve been since October. Am I the only one who loves to run but hates to sweat?
If you tend to sweat, you may have some misgivings about getting a quilt made with shirts you’ve, well, spent some time in over the years. My sister-in-law had some concerns about that when thinking about having one made for her husband. Apparently he has worked out in some favorite shirts for years, and they’re showing it. Well that is no obstacle when making a quilt – we just cut that part out. In fact, we can use any part of the t-shirt or not, so stains can be worked around. It’s those well-loved and used shirts that make the best quilts, so we can take care of them…no sweat!
We finally can now reveal this awesome quilt, made especially so by the the activities and interests of the young man who received it recently for his birthday.
Obviously, he’s a swimmer, a student, family guy and traveller. He shows you are never too young to have a quilt worth of memories. His mom gave us these t-shirts in amazing condition, and there was no question the results would show that. The picture doesn’t quite do justice to the Navy blue, anti-pill fleece on the back, but it’s there. We know he will enjoy Aquaboy for many years to come, and we also know this kid will soon have enough t’s for another quilt. Thanks for letting us help you with this one!
Spring arrived at 1:14 am today March 20, 2012. Everywhere throughout the world we are all experiencing close to equal amounts of daylight & nighttime. Here in Virginia Beach, we will have 12 hours and 9 minutes of daylight. In Anchorage, Alaska, the polar bears will experience 12 hours and 16 minutes of daylight. In Mawson, Antarctica, the penguins will experience 12 hours and 6 minutes of daylight.
What are you going to do with your 12+ hours of light? Here are a few suggestions:
- Go for a run and experience the flora
- Swap out the long sleeve t-shirts in your closet for short sleeve t-shirts
- Balance an egg. Yes, we have all heard about balancing a raw egg on the Equinox. Have you ever tried it?
With the official arrival of spring perhaps you will experience a little “Spring Fever”. Our reasons for Spring fever include:
- Increasing amount of daylight each day until the first day of Summer
- Warming temperatures (well, we have been enjoying that for a few weeks!)
- Rebirth of flora & fauna
Regardless of what you do – Do it with a SPRING in your step and make it quilt worthy!
What a weekend! Yesterday we ran the Shamrock 1/2 Marathon in beautiful Virginia Beach with several thousand runner friends. The weather could not have been more perfect, and the company was delightful. Particularly so because they liked to talk, and any runner knows how that makes the miles slip by. Often this race is plagued by wind and cold, especially after the turnaround in Ft. Story. This time, if anything we had a slight tail wind. It was shirtsleeves and shorts (or skorts) for us the whole way home. Adding to the fun, we bellied up to the bar around mile 10, and accepted a cup of beer offered by generous neighborhood supporters. What a perfect way to hydrate AND get your carbs in a couple swigs. That was just the liquid courage we needed to keep those Sauconys and Vibrams pounding the pavement past King Neptune at 31st street and across the finish line. As we walked the several cool-down blocks, we were bestowed with waters, medals, hats, snacks, and best of all, these awesome hoodies, which are most quilt-worthy:
Then it was off to the tent to meet with friends new and old and celebrate a job well-done and fun well-had! We hope all your races and activities this spring are just as quilt-worthy!
Shamrock weekend is upon us! We are looking forward to the 8k & Final Mile on Saturday and 1/2 marathon on Sunday. The weather forecast looks absolutely lovely for running – high of 68 degrees both days! Our training for this weekend started back in December. I convinced Sara we should PR at the 1/2 this year and found what I thought would be a successful training plan. Unfortunately, it was a little ambitious for my left knee. About 2 weeks into our official training I developed a chronic case of “runner’s knee”. Needless to say, that slowed us down. We scrapped the plan and came up with our new plan of “just having fun”. (Side note: I have the best running partner ever… she slowed down with me during my recovery when she easily could have ditched me for a PR!)
In the spirit of “fun” we thought it best to have a t-shirt made for the occasion…
We made our way to the expo this afternoon and accumulated a plethora of t-shirts.
2 – 8k t-shirts (Julia & her husband)
2 – Team Hoyt t-shirts (Sara & Julia)
1 -”Final Mile” t-shirt (Sara’s son)
3 – 1/2 marathon t-shirts (Sara, Julia & her husband)
Rumor has it that we will receive a “finishers hoodie” after the the 1/2 marathon on Sunday!! That will bring our quilt worthy t-shirt potential up to 13 in just one weekend! I think we have a HALF quilt just in one weekend. What a lucky weekend!
13.1 miles + 13 quilt worthy t-shirts = Half Marathon + Half Quilt
Love it! Good luck to everyone running!
We’ve got a huge weekend coming up with the Shamrock Sportsfest. In Virginia Beach, it’s become the start to the summer season…sort of. There are a series of races at the oceanfront, beginning with an 8k Saturday morning, followed closely by a race called the Final Mile. For the past few months, elementary school kids from all over the region have been running in P.E., and their distance has been adding up…to 25.2 miles. On Saturday, they will run the final mile of their marathon distance! W.T. Cooke is our local school, and I have a kindergartener running on Saturday. Here’s the cute shirt he’ll wear:
He’ll also get a shirt for running the race. Here’s last year’s shirt:
So yes, it won’t be long before I’ll be making my 6 year old a quilt!
As you may have noticed, we’re trying to get into spring cleaning. One of the reasons we got excited about making t-shirt quilts was the chance to help people declutter and simplify. We understand it can be hard to motivate and a little daunting. As Julia mentioned yesterday, starting small is one way to go – just taking care of things that you can do in a minute. Well, here’s a twist on starting small: get the kids in on the action.
They thought it was fun! One vacuuming, the other dusting. No, that picture is not from the 60′s, it’s modern day. But it sadly seems reminiscent of older days. Unfortunately, the kids were excited to help out because of the novelty of it: I don’t require it of them enough. As soon as it becomes expected, it won’t be so fun because they really don’t care whether the house is clean. Making it a game is one way to keep it novel. And then, there’s always dessert. Any suggestions are welcome!
On average we run 5 days a week, for an average of 30-35 miles per week. Our pace is about 9:30-10 min/mile. One day on the weekend we do a long run, which we usually set aside 2 hours to complete. We talk the entire time we are running. So, rounding up, we probably talk to each other 6 hours a week just when we’re running.
You would be amazed at the conversations we have and the solutions we develop. Even more amazing is the fact we can talk this much and STILL not cover everything we need to discuss. Take today for example. We ran 5 miles, but even after 50 minutes I just barely mentioned to Sara the new book I started reading, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.
It is about her year long journey to try all avenues of “happiness”. During the month of January, she focuses on “clutter” & “getting organized,” two things Sara and I love to discuss & do. She mentions cleaning out closets and straightening things around the house. A trick she suggests that I love is “to do anything that takes less than a minute”. Sara mentioned she plays a game to see if she can finish several little task in “5 minutes or less”. I like to see how fast I can unload the dishwasher. My personal record is 3 minutes! Check out the link to her blog… She has a lot of great tips!
What tips can you share? What is your least favorite chore that you end up procrastinating? Do you have any success tips?