Rando Bag In Progress

I'm just about to do the final assembly on a randonneur style front bag for my bicycle. I'll be cycling down to southern Washington in a few days and I needed more cargo room so I've been working on the pattern and design for this new bag. I'll post some shots of the finished bag shortly. 

TBT - Holiday DIY Cards

TBT - Holiday DIY Cards

It's getting to be that time of year again, the holiday section has popped up in stores and Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away. Last year I got started a bit late on some DIY cards that I made using potatoes as printing blocks.

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Argus C3 Camera

Argus C3 Camera

Two weeks ago I bough an Argus camera my local Goodwill store for what seemed like a reasonable seven dollars and ninety nine cents. It stood out on the shelf from the other cameras which were mainly early 2000's era digital cameras and cheap point and shoot 35mm models from the 1990's.

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Sleeping Pad Wrap

The first thing I had planned for when I arrived in Seattle was to ride my bike out to a wedding on Oracs Island, one of the San Juan Islands, not far from Victoria BC in the Salish Sea. Because I would be camping during the bike ride out and for a few days after the wedding I would need to carry my tent and sleeping gear. Before I packed up my sewing machine I took a few hours to make this nylon cordura wrap for my Thermarest Z-Lite sleeping pad. 

The wrap helps to compress the pad which makes it much more rigid and stable when it's attached to the bike. It also protects it from scraps and damage. There are several lashing points which allows it to be attached to the back of the saddle, out of the way. It also works as a air-drying rack for clothing by simply lashing it on while riding. I added a small slip pocket to the inside that can hold the tent pole for my Tarptent Contrail tent