Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Add A Little Color!

Need a Quick and Easy way to add a little color?

Why not a simple table runner?
 {Quick and Easy Tutorial!}

HankOrange Table Runner/ Flowers from Target

I wanted {needed} a little spring color added to my kitchen table. 
A good way to add some color- table runner! 
So, I thought I’d make a quick table runner.   I found some fun aqua fabric recently at the fabric store and I used scrap fabric that I had left over from other projects for the back.
This runner is simple, quick, and adds a fun pop of color to the table! 

Measure. Cut. Pin. Sew. Turn right-side-out. Iron. Top stitch.  Done!
Ready to make one?
I think from start to finish {after deciding what size I wanted it to be} it took less than 20 minutes.   Easy peasy!

Supplies Needed:
*Sewing Machine

Decide how big you’d like your runner to be.  You can make it any size.  
{Mine is roughly 13” x  30”}
First, measure your two fabrics, then cut.  You can measure and cut one piece, then lay the second fabric over top and cut.  I used two different fabrics, but you can easily use the same {and save yourself time too}!
Next, pin the two pieces together.  Make sure the RIGHT SIDES of the fabric are facing. 
Sew together. 
 *Make sure to leave an opening {roughly 4-5 inches} so you can turn right-side-out.
When done sewing the pieces together, cut the corners off next to the seam.  This will take away the extra bulk when you turn the fabric the right way.
Turn the fabric the right way, by pulling it through the seam opening.
Iron.  Pay attention the opening and make sure when you fold in the raw edges, the fabric aligns on both sides.

Top stitch around the entire thing.
Now find a surface that needs some extra color and put your new runner there!
Flowers from Target
My new runner is now on my kitchen table! 
Where will you put yours?! 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Headbands for a Cure!

We all know someone whose life has been affected by cancer.
Some of us have lost loved ones in the battle against cancer. 
Some of us are currently helping a loved one fight against cancer.
Maybe your mother or father has cancer. 
Your sister or your brother. 
Your best friend. 
Your child. 
Cancer does not discriminate; it affects us all in one way or another.

I recently found out a friend was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.

The news hit me like a punch in the face.   Why? How? So many questions ran thru my head.  I know so many others have faced the same situation.

HankOrange wants to do something to help those fighting cancer. 

I am participating in my community ‘RelayFor Life’ event, put on by the American Cancer Society, at the beginning of April.   
Along with raising money through donations {donate to Relay for Life here},

I wanted to do more.  One small way I can give back is doing one thing I do best- Sew.

I am creating ‘Hank for a Cure’ HankOrange headbands.   The headbands will have a small ‘ribbon’ embroidered on the side.  50% of the proceeds will be donated.

I will be selling the ‘Hank for a Cure’ headbands at the ‘Relay for Life’ event.
You can also get your ‘Hank for a Cure’ headbands through my Etsy shop or through myself directly. 
If you’d like a headband {or several!}, please let me know! 

Wear a headband for those who have won their battle against cancer! 
Wear a headband to remember those who lost their battle and are no longer with us.
Wear a headband for those who are currently fighting the disease that impacts so many lives. 
Show your support.  Wear a ‘Hank for a Cure’ headband!

Together we can raise money to help fight against cancer.  
One headband at a time!

‘Hank for a Cure’  

 **More headband options coming soon!**

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

'Pillow- Maker'

{the beginnings of HankOrange}

My trusty sewing machine got her name not long after I purchased her over eight years ago.  {Realizing that I’ve had her for that long is somewhat crazy!} 

The first thing I made after getting my new machine was a pillow cover. 

Not just any pillow cover.   
I think I was so excited to sew something, and buy fabric for a purpose, that I turned making a simple pillow cover into a major project.  I cut stripes of various fabrics, and sewed them together in small pieces to create strips, then I sewed all the stripes together to create a ‘brick’ type look.  I added piping around the outside, I put a zipper in.  
It was a no-joke pillow cover. 

I was pleased with how it turned out.  It was sewn well; all the edges were straight, the zipper seams were smooth, the pillow fit nicely inside it.
But it was finished.
I needed a new project.  Why not another pillow?!   
So I made another.  
And another.

I ended up making at least 5 or 6 more.  Because what guest bed doesn’t need 5 or 6 throw pillows on it?  {did I mention it was a twin bed?} 
It was a bit much.
My husband asked me one day, in all seriousness, “Is the only thing you can make pillows?!”

Guess that was my hint.  Stop with the pillows!   Since then he has referred to my sewing machine as ‘the pillow maker.’   And the name stuck. 

Since that day, ‘pillow-maker’ has made countless items and helped me with numerous projects.  And, these day, not many pillows.

‘Pillow-maker’ helped me create HankOrange {along with my embroidery machine}.

My Grandmother once said, that as long as I could hide behind my sewing machine, I would be fine.   She was joking, but there is a lot of truth in the statement! 

We’ve shared many years together -- that basic little sewing machine and I.  
‘Pillow-maker’ has been with me through deployments and several moves.  We’ve shared good times and bad times. 

I’ve shared many late nights with her, and many early mornings.  I’m sure we will share many more! 

Thanks for the being there for me through the years lil’ 'Pillow-maker!'

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Lace Headbands

HankOrange has a new line of headbands!


I wanted to try something new with the HankOrange headbands. Something a little more ‘girly’ and feminine.

These headbands are similar to the other ribbon headbands; they have the velvet non-slip backing, and stay in place without slipping.  But the lace adds a softer, more feminine look.

You can not only wear this headband for work-outs; you can also wear it to work!

One happy customer says, “As a fitness instructor, the last thing I want to worry about is my hair while teaching a class. My HankOrange lace headband isn't just cute and stylish, but stays in place burpee after burpee.  I can't say the same about the other headbands.”   Rebecca

Bring on the lace!  

LACE headbands come in three colors {White, Cream, Tan} 
Get yours here!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Three Simple Words

{Race Review}

Pre-race.  Keepin warm wearing my Oiselle layers!

A week ago I ran a 6K.  It was my first race of the year and my first ever 6K.

The week leading up the race I was nervous.  I hadn’t been training like I wanted to be, I hadn’t even put many miles in the weeks prior, and the weather was supposed to be cold.  Freezing cold. 

I didn’t have high expectations of how I’d do. I didn’t even wear my Garmin to track my pace.   I just wanted to run and to finish with a decent time.  The morning turned out to be sunny.  And cold.  Lost feeling of my toes, cold.   But there was sunshine.  Praise the Lord for sunshine!

At the starting line, as the gun went off, I tried not to start too fast.   I have a tendency, because of the race adrenaline, to move out faster than I should. 

I said to myself, ‘Strong and Steady.’

Often, when running, I say various mantras in my head to motivate me and keep the momentum going.  This race was no different.  I needed the help.  I wasn’t feeling strong.

‘Strong and Steady.’  I told myself.

However, hearing the heavy footsteps of the guy behind me kept me moving. When I race, my competitive side does tend to come out.  I was not going to let that guy pass me!

‘Because I can.’
‘Strong and Steady.’ 

‘Home stretch, baby!’  As I rounded one last turn on the course, before heading to the finish.  

The sound of pounding footsteps behind me kept my feet from slowing down.  The mantras kept my mind focused on the race and not on my numb fingers and toes.

Then, I heard three words that were the most motivating of all, “Go Mommy Go!”    Those three words drowned out the sound of my heavy breathing and the footsteps behind me.

These three words were a boost of motivation, the motivation I needed to run a little faster.

Then three more words ran through my head,  ‘Make him proud.’

I finished strong. I finished 2nd overall {female}.

Going into the race, I didn’t have high expectations for my time, but I ran faster than I expected I would.  I felt stronger than I expected I would.  And, I proved to myself, yet again, that I am capable of more than I think I am.   

‘Go Mommy Go!’

Post race with Little Man.  I think {I hope} I made him proud!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Infinity Scarf

Infinity Scarves
{New to HankOrange!}

Goofy girl in the pic?  Yeah, that's me!

One of my favorite things during the fall and winter seasons is wrapping up in a cozy blanket and curling up on the couch.   

One of my least favorite things about this time of year is being cold.  Especially, when my neck is cold.  Cold wind blowing on my neck, no thank you! 
But, I can exactly go anywhere or run errands with a blanket wrapped around my body {although, it is tempting!}  

And that is why I created the HankOrange infinity scarf.  I can throw on my cozy cotton infinity scarf and keep warm as I’m out and about.  I’ve been wearing mine all the time.  I throw it on after a workout when I’m running errands,  I put it on in the morning when I’m taking little man to school, I wear it when I’m walking the dog!

The scarf keeps me warm and adds a fun touch to any outfit!  
HankOrange infinity scarf.
Functional and fashionable.
Get one today from the HankOrange shop
Look for more options coming soon! 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


{Words to my son on his 5th birthday}

How did that happen?  Five?  You are FIVE?

I remember the day 5 years ago very clearly.  You were eight days late and I couldn’t wait to meet you. I couldn’t wait to find out if you were a boy or a girl.

Five years old.  Five.  Woah.

You and I are very similar.  From the cowlick on your head to shape of your chin to the stubbornness you display when something doesn’t go exactly how you wanted.   There is no denying it, you are my son.   

And I am proud of you.

You are creative.  You are sensitive and caring.  And, you are a total ruff and tuff boy. 

You are my sunshine. 
You are my little man.
You are a little smarty pants too.

You are my ‘little lovey.’  I smile when I think of the time you told me, “I like it best when you call me ‘little lovey’.”  I hope that never changes.  Although, I know it will.

You surprise me daily with something you’ve learned or something you remember. 

There are moments {when you ask for the 500th time ‘why’} I think you might drive me crazy, and then there are moments {when you place your little hand in mine while reading together} that I wish would last forever.

I realize that your little hand that fits so nicely into mine will all-to-soon turn into a hand that will encase my own. 

Every day you are growing up and turning from my little boy into a man. 
This momma isn’t ready for that. 
I have enjoyed your first 5 years, little man. 
I want to enjoy this fifth year with you.  Enjoy every minute of it and not allow the time to fly by without stopping to enjoy the little things. 

It is a cliché, but it is true, the past 5 years have flown by.  I’m sure the next 5 will do the same, and the next. 
I am thankful that God gave me you five years ago.  Your ‘little’ ten pound self changed my life forever. 

Happy Birthday, Little Man.  I love you.


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