Midsummer 2014 and a quick project

I hope your summer has been going well…

It’s been all rain, rain and more rain in my neck of the woods. So much for lazy days spent at the pool or the park. I must confess, I secretly love the not-sticky-icky-muggy summer we’re having. If the weather could be like this year round, that would be perfecto! We did have a few moments of the sun peeking through…like this picture perfect day last week when we met up with some long lost friends…

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And this day, when I took my cute bike out for a spin with my DIY bike basket…

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Although I’ve been light on projects, I did a few small things around la casa… I hope to show more of those later when they actually get completed. The best projects often happen by serendipity, like this one, which my FB & IG folks seemed to really get a kick out of:

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Putting curtains in that doorway is something I’ve thought about on and off for the past couple of years. I never actually did it until I need to block sun glare while making an upcoming video. I put the curtains up and I loved it! So, I didn’t actually use curtains, I used Knoppa twin flat sheets from ikea that I’ve repurposed over and over. I didn’t actually put up a rod (although I plan to in the future) I just tacked them up with thumbacks. I especially love the look of the tie-backs.  I used some strips of leather cording that I already had. So as you can see, adding some drama and flair doesn’t have to cost a fortune!

I’ve been light on projects because I’ve been focusing on the AfroMartha Studio upcoming workshops! The next one is coming up on August 1st, so if you’re in the Dayton Ohio area, make sure to come! Get your tickets here.

So I hope your summer is going well. I’d love to hear all about it!

DIY Bike Basket

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This Spring and Summer I’ve been battling a pretty bad case of bike lust. It’s baaad. I’m especially powerless against cruiser bikes. With Baskets…front and back. The more colorful the better!  They’re just so dang cute! I mean, just look at this:

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So I got one. I got me a vintage Roadmaster Cape Cod.

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Ain’t she cute?

Mine didn’t come with a basket, but that’s ok, cuz that just means I get to choose the basket I want, and…  OOOOOh Project!

 

So anyway, here’s what I used:

A basket (duh). I got one from my favorite thrift for maybe 75cents. I liked the shape and it looked like it belonged on my bike. We won’t talk about the P&G logo on it, ok?
Firm Leather Strips that I cut from the bottom of an old leather purse I got from the same thrift store.
Leather Rivets

Here’s a pic of the tools and materials minus the basket (cuz of course I decide to blog this after the project was done)

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1. Figure out how much leather you need. This depends on how far down from the handlebars you want the basket. I used 6”. I cut my strips to 1”x6”

2. Pass the leather Strip through an opening in the basket. If there isn’t one, make one.

3. Wrap the other ends around the handle bars. Mark your hole locations. Punch the holes with the Hole Puncher.

4. Apply the Rivets with the Rivet Setter. Don’t know how? Here’s a nice video

As my 8 year old would say, Easy Peasy!

Here’s an up close shot of the set up:

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I love my bike as is now but I still want to paint it, though the thought of disassembly terrifies me.  Oh, yes, I still need a back bike basket too…

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