Wednesday, February 19, 2014

project: hammock camping, topquilt

You're out in the middle of God's green wilderness, experiencing a fine night in a hammock, but there's a chill in the air. Too hot for a heavy sleeping bag, but too cold for the pj's to keep you warm. What is that magic extra little layer to keep you warm? 
A lightweight top quilt! Ok, ok, a blanket, to the normal world, lol.

My family enjoys hammock camping together. We generally use sleeping bags to keep us warm, but sometimes they are just too bulky/heavy for what we need (especially in the late spring through early fall months). Most of the afghans or throw blankets we have around the house are too short to use as a blanket while sleeping through the night. They get pulled off when you shift positions in the middle of the night. What to do? The solution was found courtesy of Derek of The Ultimate Hang. An easy DIY top quilt made with thin fleece or even a flannel sheet.

source here

A few months ago, back on Black Friday, we snagged 2 yards of blizzard fleece at 2.99/yard for each of our family members. Each material measured approximately 58 inches wide and 70 inches long. Not even a Walmart clearance find could rival that deal! ;) 

With a quick run through the sewing machine, I made a foot box for each blanket. Basically I sewed across the bottom and up the side about 15 inches. This will be just enough for us to tuck our feet in without the blanket being pulled off of them in the middle of the night.
Best perk? We all got to pick our own patterns (from a limited selection).  You can see three of the four of ours' in this post. Cozy enough for napping with inside too, according to my husband :)

Monday, February 17, 2014

2 snow storms in one winter?!

What better way to prepare for an upcoming snow storm than to make snowflakes, right? Well, we thought so! As if by cutting out these little babies, we might encourage the clouds to dump their thick, wet treats down to earth. Well, the skies opened up, just as the weathermen predicted this time, and we got about 6.5" of snow last week. The previous snow fall only amounted to about an inch, so the kids were highly anticipating this storm. It did not disappoint! In NC, we have gone all winter some years without any of the white stuff. Not this year - twice in one winter!

On Facebook during this snow storm, all the "cool kids" seemed to be making snow cream. Now, I am not always one to go with the trends, but my daughter got wind of this and it didn't seem like a bad thing to try, so we went for it. We put out a bowl as it was snowing and collected 4 cups worth of fresh snow. Following the recipe I have posted below (source: random facebook pic), we sipped on a yummy snow treat. Tasted just like a vanilla milkshake :)  

And, last but not least, just a fun shot of my "snow ninja." It was coming down pretty fierce with high winds, so a mask-type hat was perfect (although my son, pouting at this moment, wasn't in complete agreement). 

I know much of the east coast saw some part of this storm.
Did your area get snow or ice?