Sewing: Week Thirty: Athletic Headband

July 23, 2016 |  by  |  Projects, Sewing  |  No Comments

Athletic Headband: 3ten.ca

Athletic headband for week thirty of 52 weeks of sewing – so exciting. Okay, first, I know this project is super easy, yet this week has been rough on the sewing front. I’m not too sure why, but every so often I just make mistake after mistake. It’s like I’m not in the game or something. Usually it happens when I’ve been sewing for a bit, working on a larger project – like Celebrating the Baby Boy – Auntie Style – but this was a bit different. This week I didn’t get a thing right, not until this headband.

Where did the inspiration come from on such a simple project? Oddly enough, myself, and Pinterest, too.

Last night I took a break from sewing and visited Pinterest’s popular page. I found the coolest thing – a pin from my blog that has more than 9500 re-pins. So neat!

Athletic Headband: 3ten.ca

So, after seeing that I thought, heck, I’m going to make a headband out of this new athletic fabric that I’ve got. Yes, let’s do that! I got out my old lululemon headband for measurements and got started.

What you need:

  • athletic fabric 22 x 4-5 inches
  • coordinating thread
  • serger
  • machine
  • needle

I’m making mine 5 inches wide so the finished project will be 2 and a bit wide. It’s a good size. Cut your fabric using a rotary cutter so you have nice and clean lines.

Athletic Headband: 3ten.ca

Athletic Headband: 3ten.ca

Okay – once you’ve got it all cut, it’s time to sew.

Remember when I said I was having a rough time? Well, this proves it. Not only did I mess up on bigger projects this week, but I also messed up on this simple headband.

First, don’t stitch the ends together first, otherwise half of the project will end up on the inside. This if flat out wrong.

Athletic Headband: 3ten.ca Athletic Headband: 3ten.ca

Your first step it to stitch, with right sides together, the long seam. Like a hot dog…oh, how my husband has been craving hot dogs after the Bon Appetit cover this month. I’ll have to make some gourmet ones soon.

Athletic Headband: 3ten.ca

Back to the athletic headband – once the long seam is stitched, turn the fabric right side out and use your sewing machine to stitch (using a stretch stitch) the right sides of the ends together.

Athletic Headband: 3ten.ca

Leave a 1 inch hole and slip stitch is closed.

Athletic Headband: 3ten.ca

Athletic Headband: 3ten.ca

Done – now you’ve got an athletic headband that’s simple and easy to make (if you don’t mess up, that is).

Athletic Headband: 3ten.ca

Thanks so much for stopping by and don’t for get to pin!

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Travel: Adamaz House Bangkok

July 21, 2016 |  by  |  Photos, Travel  |  No Comments

Adamaz House Bangkok: 3ten.ca

Adamaz House Bangkok

Adamaz House in Bangkok is a sweet little boutique hotel that’s down a dingy alley. I’ve said this before in my post about three days in Bangkok, yet I’ll say it again – so happy I book accommodations in advance. I trust reviews and I trust other bloggers.

The process of finding a hotel before you travel is easy – know where you want to stay (usually close to sights and the common back-packer area), read reviews, pick your top three and then decide as a group.

The Adamaz House in Bangkok is clean, cool (the air conditioning is great) and it comes with free breakfast and snacks – so awesome.

Adamaz House Bangkok: 3ten.ca

Reviews

First, read some reviews from TripAdvisor and Booking – both have great contribution rates. Next, check out the hotels site; this is good to compare pictures of real guests versus what the site is advertising. It will give you a sense of their self perception (and whether or not they’re being tricky).

Click book and you’re all set.

Look how excited Bryce is to be walking down this alley – such a good sport.

Adamaz House Bangkok: 3ten.ca

Our room with two twin beds, just push them together and you’ll be all set if your a sweet couple like us.

Adamaz House Bangkok: 3ten.ca

A lot of room and some great space to do laundry. The one odd thing, the bathroom has a huge window, but it comes with blinds, which is good.

Adamaz House Bangkok: 3ten.ca

The pretty view.

Adamaz House Bangkok: 3ten.ca

Such a great little area to eat breakfast or have an afternoon snack.

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Overall our stay at the Adamaz house was wonderful. Great staff, clean, not once did we mind walking up the 3 flights of stairs to our room (okay, maybe once, but not enough to complain about), and the location is spot on. Stay here if you’re in Bangkok and be sure to check out how to spend those three days. Thanks for stopping by!

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Travel: Wat Arun

July 19, 2016 |  by  |  Photos, Travel  |  No Comments

Wat Arun: 3ten.ca

Wat Arun

Wat Arun in Bangkok – it’s the Temple of Dawn and only costs 50 Baht. The Wat Arun temple is open each day from 8:30am – 6:00pm and it’s directly across the river from the Grand Palace and Wat Pho.

The Boat

Take the boat for 3 Baht and you’ll get there in no time. You’ll pick it up at Than Pier and take the boat straight across to the Wat Arun Pier. There is only one boat the stops at the Wat Arun Pier and that’s the boat from Than Pier. When we were done, we just took the boat back to Than Pier and then got on the Chao Phraya Express Boat back to our hotel.

Wat Arun: 3ten.ca

Wat Arun: 3ten.ca

Best Pad Thai

In addition to exploring Wat Arun we also spent time wandering around Thon Buri. You need to eat at this restaurant – the best Pad Thai we had on our whole trip, hands down. Walk one block west and turn left. Walk two blocks south and turn right. Walk one block west and this restaurant is on your right hand side, on the corner; the corner of Wang Doem Road and Thanon Arun Amarin. Try it! This is what it looks like on Google Maps – yet it looks different now.

Wat Arun: 3ten.ca

Wat Arun: 3ten.ca

The Temple of Dawn

Wat Arun is under construction right now, yet it’s still so beautiful. The towers are hight and the detail is impeccable.

Wat Arun: 3ten.ca

Wat Arun: 3ten.caWat Arun: 3ten.ca

Okay, so this picture is misleading – it doesn’t seem that high up, but it is. I’m at least 3 stories up and the stairs, they are super steep. So steep that my full sized 8 foot doesn’t really fit on them unless I turn it sideways. Walk carefully and don’t make sudden movements.

Wat Arun: 3ten.ca

Wat Arun: 3ten.ca

Wat Arun: 3ten.ca

Overall, make time to visit Wat Arun and the neighbourhood of Thon Buri if you’re in Bangkok, you’ll be happy you did.

This is us on the boat back – see, lifejackets for all!

Wat Arun: 3ten.ca

Thanks for stopping by – see you again soon.

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