Submitted by Linda
For 25 years now, I've worked at my beloved Sumner Elementary in Claremont. And for 15 of those years, I've lived right across the park, which is directly behind my school. In fact, if I walk out of my driveway, I can see the back of my school. If I take streets, it's maybe a four block walk or bike ride.
When folks learn where I live, they always ask me if I walk to school. I always make up some excuse, like "I always have a crock pot or cookies or something to take" (which is often true).
But since I have a fun red bike, and because I have so enjoyed my biking during our beach vacations, I have resolved to start the upcoming school year with a commitment to ride, at least a couple of times a week. I have this weird worry that I'm going to be perceived as the 'middle aged eccentric bike riding teacher', but hopefully it will translate as the 'cute eco-friendly bike riding teacher'. The main thing a cute bike rider needs is a wicker bike basket.
I really wanted the L.L.Bean version, but until I prove myself on this new resolution, I had to stick with the more economical Schwinn version, which I found at Target for under $20. Notice the handle on top - my dad removed it for me.Etsy Liner. It is so darn cute with it's dingle balls, but again, I wasn't willing to shell out $45 for a liner, unless I was certain I would ride a lot.
As I continued searching around the web I found this Basket Liner Tutorial. You all know that my sewing machine and I don't get along very well, which is a shame because I love hand sewn projects. Everything you've seen me post is thanks to my mom, who is the brains behind the outfit. So I sent her the link, and she said "easy peasy" (easy for her to say!) Nevertheless, I knew that I'd have help, so I went to a new local quilt shop, The Quilt Loft in Upland, where I found this cherry-licous fabric.
P.S. I have to tell you one more thing: my parents still had my combination bike lock from when I rode my bike to school in junior high. And I remember the combination!!!!!