Thursday, January 1, 2015


Women may need support or comfort when selecting new shoes, but the way shoes look is always a consideration too. Fashion and practicality have to form the right combination when one chooses new footwear. Everyone has their own sense of style, but a cute pair of shoes should also have some sensible advantages.

Specific Athletic Shoes

Sneakers usually possess the same basic construction, which makes it seem like one only needs to select her preferred colors and design, but some may be better for running or walking than others. The Women's New Balance 990V3 works for both runners or walkers but has a high density foam that can cushion feet when one walks long distances, and Flex Appeal Sketchers are built for runners in training and are lightweight while providing extra traction.

Yoga seems to be here to stay instead of a passing trend, and those who take classes or practice in private might want to own the correct footwear for this surprisingly challenging activity. Yoga shoes look like ordinary sandals but are usually made from the same materials as a yoga mat, so they provide the same benefits as a mat with added comfort. Sandals like the Women’s Yoga Sling 2 from stores like Sneaker King offer color and a thicker strap, and many yoga sandals are vegetarian and vegan.

Casual Wear

It is tempting to forgo sensible options when choosing shoes that match one's personal style, but it may be most important for casual, everyday shoes to have some practical benefits since these shoes are worn often. Darling Harness boots from UGG Australia offer height and pair well with jeans but are also durable and customizable. The harness adds a unique look but is removable when one wants a chic, simple boot.

Shop for Combinations

Shoes meant for multiple purposes mean that women have more opportunities to wear their cute finds, but dual purpose shoes also help when needing a shoe for rare occasions. The Hikerfish Boot by Sperry is water-resistant for boating and provides traction for hiking, so those who spend some time outdoors only need one shoe for both activities. Other, more traditional boat shoes are a good mix of function and fashion because many Sperry boat shoes have unique detailing and fun patterns while offering versatility and a snug fit lacing system.

Great looking shoes offer the most benefit when they are also supportive, versatile or right for an activity.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Savoring memories of the big game

Unique sports themed memorabilia can be a wonderful item to collect or to share with others in order to foster a true love of the game. One particularly popular pastime is to follow football teams, both professionally and collegiate level teams. Many children share this passion with parents that have instilled a fondness for football through attendance at games, sports themed toys, and displays around the home.

Super bowl collectibles are very prized among those that have an affinity for the game of football, while also having the potential of being prudent investments that will someday increase in value. These items might be cherished accents to give rooms or spaces of the home a dedicated theme, or they may be items that are better off tucked away due to their potential value or the nature of the item. For instance, some Super Bowl special edition coins might be best contained in a safety deposit box or other secure spot rather than displayed and prone to tarnish or wear.

Some of the most treasured items to find might include Super Bowl Champion team prints, posters, souvenirs, and game used equipment or apparel. This extends to the players for these teams, particularly authentic autographed products by lauded players. These are the items that seem to hold their value the most, and that retain an exemplary resale value for those collectors that later on opt to sell or liquidate their prized collections.

There are some online vendors that offer some wonderful items that could initiate the novice collector and start their vigilance in accumulating related football mementos. These sites offer items including jerseys, balls, and novelty gifts, as well as videos, periodicals and publications related to football collecting. The prices for these products starts at very low and affordable gift items or trinkets, to far more expensive items that might prove to be the focal point of a burgeoning collection. Consider this when seeking gifts for young people that are fond of football, and start their hobby out with a high quality souvenir item symbolizing their favorite team. These gifts will bring far more than the smiles and appreciation garnered when gifted; they could instill a passion that lasts a lifetime.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Oil cloth apron

As you can see in the photos, P is not into posing for me anymore. He had to do it, because I made these oil cloth aprons for his kindergarten so he felt somewhat obliged to put it on, but not really enough to put on his model face too.

These were surprisingly simple to do. The pattern was drafted from the old cloth apron they've been using in the group. Since they use them when they put away dishes after lunch (4 kids are always in charge, one for each of the 4 tables they have) I though it might be useful to make it stain and water proof. 
This is actually the same fabric/different color I used in my Last minute floorbed. When I did it then I had some problems with the machine catching on to the fabric, I thought it was because of the plastic feel to it so I had some doubts, but this time it was so simple I couldn't believe it. Cutting the fabric was extremely simple, because it is like paper, it doesn't really move or wrinkle. So I cut the shape out and used twill tape as binding/straps. I did iron the binding in half to get that bias tape look and from there on I just went around, didn't even pin it. No problems with sewing, I am not sure if it is because of the twill tape or my machine just decided to do it this time, but it worked like a charm.

Kids love it! What do you think?