a homemade light box

Lacuna Loft sells product and activity kits to people undergoing cancer treatments.  This means that I currently have a picnic sized table full of the initial round of products to go into these kits.  And selling product kits means that I need pictures of product kits!  Here enters Brett 🙂  He found a really cool tutorial to make your own, homemade light box!  The light box allows for equal lighting all around the objects being photographed and results in some really great photos.  Brett mixed two different sets of directions together (found here and here) to make our very own light box 🙂

The whole process took about an hour and the box turned out really well!  We started with the box that our shop vac came in (seriously, shop vacs are an awesomely necessary household item…along with their box haha!).  Brett cut out windows on the top and two opposing sides, and the front.  I measured out white fabric to cover the top and sides, and Brett stuck them in place.

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Inca had to come and check in on our progress 🙂

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Then white pieces of poster board were cut out in order to cover up the remaining corners of brown cardboard on the inside of the box.

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Finally, a strip of cloth was adhered to the top, back side of the box and slung towards the front, bottom side.  This softens the appearance of the inside of the light box as it removes any right corners that were visible.

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Once the light box is complete, we set it on the dining room table and surrounded it with lights.

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And voila!  Brett took some practice shots with a vase that we have in the living room 🙂  It has been so handy having this light box around!  I’ve taken all of the product shots found in my business’s online shop in it.

photo 10What do you think?  Have you ever made a light box before?  🙂


quilting progress!

I’m making progress on the quilt 🙂  It is kind of nice to be at a stage in the project where I don’t have to check my instructions over and over…sewing the rectangles together into columns and then sewing the columns together is fairly straight forward 🙂  I love how this project is coming together though.  The different patterns are so fun and the way the colors from each color blend together is pretty neat.  I’m really looking forward to sharing my updates as the project progresses!  For my post on the first update see here 🙂

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the quilting has begun

Quilting has begun!  I learned the hard way (after washing all of the fabrics and ironing them for 3 hours…) that this process cannot be forced.  Brett and I spent hours picking out all of the fabrics and then I washed and ironed them all…..and then 3 weeks went by.  I was starting to worry that I was going to have trouble returning to this lovely new hobby of mine when all of a sudden I found myself back downstairs and cutting fabric 🙂  I guess after spending 7 hours in 2 days doing the parts of this process that I don’t enjoy as much, I just needed a little break 🙂

The quilt that I am working on comes from Elise’s Get Quilty eCourse.  I have done a few of the projects now that she goes through in depth in the course.  You can find posts on them here and here along with my own adaptation of one here.  In the course, Elise makes an ombre quilt where the colors fade from peach to pink to red to orange to yellow.  I decided to adapt that idea for slightly different colors.  Ours will start with gray and fade into purple, blue, teal, and light green.  Each of the columns of color will be comprised of 5 different fabrics in that color…a cool mixture of solid and prints.  🙂  I am also altering the size of the quilt made in the ecourse from a 42″x60″ quilt to a 84″x60″ quilt.  🙂


Since there are literally 25 fabrics (and that isn’t counting the fabric I have picked out for the back and for the binding), it took a little while to cut everything out.  After cutting out the gray, purple, and blue fabrics it was definitely time for a change of pace.  I started laying the purple and gray fabrics out and deciding what the columns should look like 🙂

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So far I have one column sewed together and 3 others waiting in neat stacks.  I am so loving this project 🙂


DIY dog bed cover

Our pups love to chew on dog beds if they haven’t received enough exercise over a couple of days 🙂  We haven’t had to replace one in a while but let’s just say that Brett and I have bought our fair share of puppy beds 🙂  The current favorite bed was a simple egg crate covered in a cozy top and durable side fabric.  I think we got the bed on sale at Petsmart.  Over time the zipper was a little wonky and the sides were starting to spew tiny bits of foam from the occasional nibbling.


Eventually, I took off the outside covering and just wrapped the egg crate foam in a blanket for the pups but I knew that this wasn’t a permanent solution.  Well, now the bed is fixed and covered in a brand new dog bed pillowcase of sorts!  I found a video tutorial here on making an envelope pillow case.  Brett and I picked out a really cozy fleece fabric.  I cut the pieces and started sewing up the back flaps.


Then the two back pieces were placed good side down, on top of the large top piece to pin it all together.  As soon as the fabric hit the floor though, the dogs kept coming and laying on it!  I literally could not pin the pieces together without Brett distracting the pups for me.  I guess the fabric choice was a hit?  🙂




Once all of the pieces were sewn together it made a kind of wrapped up pillowcase where the place to insert the pillow was in the back, through overlapping flaps.  This way I didn’t have to worry about incorporating a zipper but the pups also wouldn’t have easy access to the insides of the dog bed.


With the egg crate foam inserted into the new dog bed cover, the puppy bed was done!  From now on we are not buying dog beds….you can get an egg crate foam mattress pad for pretty cheap…I am cutting those apart and making the covers myself!





The pups love it 🙂  I texted pictures to my dad and he said that he wanted two 🙂

TJ’s 1969 Schwinn Varsity version 2.0

Last spring, Brett decided that it was time to revamp his dad’s 1969 Schwinn Varsity.  The bike was in moderately good repair but desperately needed a new paint job and some rust removal.  🙂


Brett started by taking all components off of the frame of the bike.  The metallic components were then soaked in oxalic acid to remove the rust that had built up over 30 years of use.  In order to make upkeep easier, Brett put new 700c wheels on the bike (new wheels = easier to find new tires).  The wheels were a slightly different size than the originals though so he had to bend the frame of the bike a little to install them.  🙂  Before installing everything else, Brett painted the schwinn white and added some great orange details.  After the components were all reinstalled, Brett wrapped new orange handlebar tape on the bike and put on a new orange seat (only detail not shown below).  Voila!  The 1969 Schwinn Varisty version 2.0 🙂


I wish I had step by step pictures but maybe just the before and after shots are enough 🙂