Tag Archives: Jon’s skills

New Cutting Table

I have been wanting a new cutting table that is 3 feet wide so that I have ample room to cut out my stuff on it. I was looking around last week to see if I could find anything that would work and that was in my price range. While I was looking I found this tutorial by Closet Case Files to make your own cutting table.

I thought that making a table sounded like a super idea because Jon loves to build stuff with wood and then we could make it just how we wanted it.

So Jon made it for me over the weekend.


I’m in love with it! It is so wonderfully spacious.

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And I love that it has wheels so that I can pull it out from the wall while I’m cutting and walk around the entire table.

The tutorial is awesome. And it’s a good thing I have Jon because I never would have been able to make it myself.


Pillow And Table Runner


I made a table runner and a pillow to go with our new curtains and wall art. They were super easy to sew and I finished them both in about 40 minutes.

I wouldn’t have been able to make them quite that fast if it wasn’t for Jon’s help. We spent the evening in the sewing room together. Is that weird? Hey, our sewing room doubles as a workout room and there’s a TV in there so I can watch Netflix when I have to run on my treadmill in the dead of winter. So we watched Sherlock while we worked on sewing projects together.

While I put the buttons on the shirt I just finished for Seth, Jon cut out the two long rectangles for the table runner. Then I sewed them up after I was finished with the buttons.


While I was sewing the table runner, he cut out the pieces to make the envelope pillow. Then I sewed the pillow and admired all we were able to finish in a short amount of time.


One of the very first projects I ever sewed was an envelope pillow just like this. I made three of them, actually. They’ve been living happily on our couch for the past 18 months. I am keeping the other two pillows I originally made for sentimental reasons, even if the fabric doesn’t exactly go with the new pillow. I like ’em together.


And that’s it. We’re off to visit family in the morning, so it will be a little bit before I finish another project.

Some Curtains And Fabric Panel Wall Art

We’ve been living in our house for three years now and I decided it was definitely time that we put some curtains up in our living room. I’ve been meaning to for awhile, but curtains can be so pricey.

Anyway, we drove down to Joann and picked out some fabric. Then we came home and got to work. Jon actually sewed the curtains while I watched a movie next to him. That might seem weird, but curtains really just involve doing some math and sewing straight lines, right? He’s really good at both of those things! Plus, I knew he would be able to sew them in no time flat. I am a careful sewer and he is fearless.

I was right. He finished the curtains way before I finished the movie.





I am definitely not a good home decorator. For that reason our house is very underdecorated and I don’t mind at all, but last week I saw a blog post about making fabric panels to put up on the wall and I fell in love. I love fabric so much and the panels seemed like they would be a very easy way to add some color to our house.

So I made a couple of those to go with the curtains.

I'll probably add more to it.

I’ll probably add more to it.

I think I’ll make a table runner too to go with our new decor.

I know it’s nothing fancy, but I really like how the curtains and panels have cheered up our space.

My Swim Suit

Yesterday we went on a trip to Lava Hot Springs. When we were planning the trip, I reminded my husband Jon that I would need a new swim suit because mine was old and saggy.

He told me to just design one and then sew it up. But I was busy sewing other things and I didn’t really want to. So, he designed and sewed me a swim suit.

He doesn’t like fashion or clothing or anything like that. But he has a PhD in Physics, so he’s crazy good at math and engineering and spatial reasoning. He saw designing me a swim suit as a giant math problem, I’m sure.

He drafted the pattern one morning, and then sewed the suit up one Saturday. Here it is:

That’s the cheapest swim suit I’ve ever owned!

My boys had a blast at the Hot Springs.

Kickin’ it in the kids’ pool.
It started raining when we were in the hot tubs. It felt sooo good.

My boys loved the rain too.

I’m going to take that swim skirt pattern and make me some running skirts with it. But first, I have to finish a few other things I’ve got sewing on!