Tuesday, July 29, 2014

His: The Guy Who Sews is in Business!

For Christmas this past year, Amanda got me a sewing machine. I have been learning a lot and have had fun trying out some new techniques.



Amanda asked me in the spring if I could make her a project bag for her knitting. She showed me a tutorial and I made one. She loved it! She took it to her knitting group and one of her friends loved it and ordered one. Since then I have sold eight to Amanda’s friends at knitting group.


A similar thing happened not long after. Amanda’s sister, Jenn, asked me whether I could make pacifier clips. I tried and it turned out pretty good (if I do say so myself). Jenn liked it and I made a few more.

After a few project bags and pacifier clips were made, people started suggesting that I start an Etsy (an online, crafters marketplace) store. I went back and forth, but decided to open a store and see how the items would be received. 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheGuyWhoSews
I am not good with graphic design so I enlisted the help of one of my friends who does it for a living and he made me the cool logo for my store.


I have been so happy with the feedback I have gotten. People really seem to like what I am creating. That's such a good feeling.


My most recent project bag - click here to see the listing on Etsy.
I have recently set up a Facebook page and a Pinterest account for the business to help people see my newest creations. 

I would love to have you stop by and see the items I currently have for sale. I can also do custom orders, so just let me know what you need and I will do my best to make it happen. 

Links: 
Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheGuyWhoSews 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGuyWhoSews
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/TheGuyWhoSews

Below are some of the listings that are currently in the store.





Which fabric pattern is your favourite?

Monday, July 28, 2014

His and Her Travel Review: The Giant Fiddle in Sydney, Nova Scotia

A few years ago we went on a cruise to New England and Canada. The first stop was Sydney, Nova Scotia and it is home to the world's largest fiddle. Seeing giant versions of different items is nothing new as Australia is home to dozens of them including the Giant Prawn, the Big Pineapple, the Big Banana and the Big Merino. I had read that Sydney had a giant fiddle and it was at the cruise ship terminal so it would be easy to see. It was probably more interesting to me than most people as my home town, Tamworth, was home to the Big Golden Guitar and this would be like its Canadian cousin.

   Since we had a shore excursion that left right as we got off the ship (you can read about that here) we were not able to get any good photos before we left. Luckily we had enough time to get a few photos when we got back to the port. It was pretty cool to see the giant fiddle since we were in the area, but it was just a big fiddle and once you took a few photos in front of it there really wasn't much else to do. 

When Sean told me about the Giant Fiddle, I was intrigued. My area of the U.S. is not home to many of these kinds of attractions. (I wish it was!) I was excited to see this and have a photo taken in front of it. 

I played violin for 8 years in school - from fifth to twelfth grade. It was a big part of my life during my middle school and high school years. Lots of fond memories! Seeing a giant version of what I played for so many years was exciting. Sean's right, though; once we took a few photos we were pretty much done. It's a pretty cool memory though. The violinist got to pose (in true violin form) in front of the giant fiddle.


**You can't tell in this photo, but I am wearing my Sydney, Australia shirt --- in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Several locals commented and thought it was fun. I loved visiting another Sydney, though the Aussie one is still my favorite.**



Below are a few more photos of us and the Big Fiddle.

The Big Fiddle next to the cruise ship terminal from the pool deck of the cruise ship.

It may not look big in the photo but it is well over 3 stories tall.


What "big" attractions have you been to?


Happy Traveling,

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Her TBT Post: Australian Town Names

Angela at The Teacher's Desk 6 is hosting a Throwback Thursday linky party. The rules are simple - choose a previous blog post and re-post it. 

http://teachersdesk6.blogspot.com/2014/07/throwback-thursday-memories.html

If you follow His and Her Hobbies on Facebook (and if you don't - click here so you can), you have seen some throwback posts already this week. We were in Australia this time last year and I have been sharing the blog posts from that trip on their one year anniversary. (That sounds wrong. Can blog posts have anniversaries?)

Anyway, one year ago today I shared my love of Australian town names. They are the best!! 

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I absolutely love driving around Australia, going in and out of all the small towns that dot the countryside. This is mostly because the names of these towns are so much fun. Enjoy this list of town names from all around New South Wales, Australia.

























Which town name is your favorite?

Happy Travels,

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Her: Fancy Hotel (Wyndham Crossings, Richmond, VA)


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Last week I spent three days in Richmond working with the Department of Education on some Civics curriculum/testing stuff. It was a great experience and I am really grateful that DOE organizes events for teachers to come and give their opinions about what is being taught to the students. These are pictures of the hotel where we all stayed while we were working - the Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center in Glen Allen, VA.

Click here to go to the hotel's website.


"The Jefferson" - check-in and meeting rooms

"The Madison" - meeting rooms, ballrooms, and the restaurant

A circular courtyard is in the middle, with benches and classical music playing.


"The Monroe" - guest rooms

A putting green and "thinking spot" overlooking the golf course.

They have tunnels that connect the buildings so that, should there be inclement weather, guests do not have to walk outside.

The view from my room.

It was one of the better hotels I have stayed in. I loved the size of the room and all the amenities offered. It was the perfect place to stay while we worked.

Of the hotels you have stayed in, which is your favorite?


Happy Wednesday,

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

His: Redecorating the Living Room

A few weeks ago we went to Clemson to see Amanda's sister, her husband, and our niece. I was asked to bring my sewing machine and supplies so I could help them with some redecorating in their new home, including recovering 9 couch pillows, recovering a ottoman, and a few other items. We headed out to get supplies and after visiting two fabric stores we had enough fabric to do everything. It took several hours of measuring, cutting fabric and sewing to complete all of the projects, but the end result was more than worth it.


 Putting new covers on the couch pillows was the easiest of the tasks and they only took about 10 minutes each after the fabric was cut to size. We chose 4 different fabrics so there was a nice variety of colours.


Amanda's sister also asked if I could sew a cover for the ottoman. I had never tried this but I was willing to try. This project took a few hours since I originally made it too big and had to modify it so it was smaller and was a nice snug fit. 


 This wooden toy chest is also a seat. It did not have a seat cushion so I was able to make this with some of the extra fabric that I had. I didn't have enough of the solid colour so I added the stripes to each end to make it long enough.


I also made a small pillow for my niece's chair. It's the perfect size for a toddler.

The new pillows and cushions look really nice in their brand new house and I was happy to do this for them. Have you ever sewn your own pillows or cushions for your home or for someone you love?


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday Snapshots: The Lighthouses of the Outer Banks

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Today we are linking up with Melinda at West Metro Mommy for Super Saturday Snapshots.


Back in 2002 we took a day trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Along with miles and miles of beaches we saw several lighthouses. Each one had its own paint scheme which is different to the lighthouses in Australia. Below are some pictures of some of the lighthouses that we saw that day.


The lighthouse at Hatteras.

The Lighthouse at Corolla.

The Lighthouse at Currituck.

What paint schemes do the lighthouses near you have? 


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