Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Bodyrocking in Ottawa

I know I've posted a couple times on this blog about my current workout schemes. My current love is I have been working out with Zuzana since December 2010. I LOVE this site because not only are the workouts quick, killer and amazing but they're FREE! She uses minimal amount of workout equipment and for many of them easy alternatives are possible in case you don't have the workout equipment she uses. I don't have an amazing transformation story like the ones you see in the comments on her site, as it seems my body is not responsive to exercise. (After seeing a naturopath it seems that my body is out of whack and just refuses to let go of my excess weight. I was working on the imbalance with her but she's off on mat leave and now I'm trying desperately to save money for my move across Canada! )
But even though I haven't dropped a pound I'm beginning to see improvements in my form and numbers. When I began this particular journey my burpees were majorly lacking and now they are beginning to look half decent. I'm also not deathly terrified of them, just a little scared.

Anyway, I say give her a try. If anything to challenge your body in a different way.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Jean Weaved Cushion Cover

To all who read my blog, I'M BACK! Well for at least this one post. I made this cushioncover a few weeks ago from old jeans and I thought I would share the steps I took. FYI: I had started this as a floor mat but it somehow became a cushion cover. I guess it was meant to be!

Finished product. If you want to know how to make it, keep scrolling.

Cut the legs off of jeans. I used 3 legs, but if you are making a bigger cushion cover, you will need more legs.

Mark the width of your strips to your desired width. I marked about 1 " strips the length of the leg and cut.
Arrange the strips in a weave pattern (I used different coloured jeans). Then baste stitch the strips into place to hold so that you can machine stitch around the border without the strips sliding all over the place. (You can see pins in my photo because as I mentioned I had orginally planned for this to be a floor mat so I was trying to clean up the edges)

Now choose the fabric you would like on the back of your cushion cover. Cut to the same size as your cushion front, place right side to right side and sew all around, leaving an opening big enough to fit your cushion. Trim the corners and turn inside out. Insert your cushion and hand sew the opening closed.
In retrospect I would have added a lining to the jean weave front before sewing the back on.

If anyone makes this I want to see pictures! :)