Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Post-it Notes Covers - Revisited

Do you remember in November last year when I posted about some sticky-note covers I was making for gifts?  See original post here

While I was shopping last week, I came across some mini gel pens, and wondered if I could modify the covers to incorporate the pens.  What good is having post-it notes if you do not have a pen to write with?

After a small modification to the original measurements I was able to add a little holder on the side of the cover to slip the pen into.

The original measurements were to cut the card stock 3-1/4" x 7-3/4" and then score at 3-1/8",  3/8",   3-1/8", 3/8".

The new measurements are to cut the card stock 3-1/4" x 8" and then score at 3", 3/8", 2/8", 3-2/8", 3/8".   Notice then is a extra score line.... you will need to cut two slits just between the 3/8" and 2/8" score lines at approx 1-1/8" and then up another 1-1/8". This forms the little sleeve for the pen.

If anyone would like more detailed instructions, just leave a comment and I will try and explain in more detail, and with more step-by-step photos.  The original cover idea is not my own, I have just added the amendment for the pens.

I am trying to make some small gifts to sell on my stall at the Yanco Agricultural School Gala Day on Saturday March 24th. I will also be showcasing my online stores range of buttons. There will be an exhibition of quilts  in the beautiful McCaughey mansion, which is now used as the administration area for the school, so come along for a visit if you are in the area.

Until next time

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Where Is The Cat?

Something a little different.  I was sent this photo in a email today - with the instruction "Where Is The Cat?".  I have looked, but not yet found it, however I am assured that there is one.

Can you find it?

Let me know if you find it, but PLEASE do not say where and spoil it for others


Edited 25/2/2012 - I eventually found the cat, I had to get some hints from my readers though.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Small shoulder bag for Sue

My sister, Sue and I were having a coffee last week in a lovely coffee shop which also sells gifts.  We were both admiring a lovely vintage shoulder bag - it was made out of crushed velvet and was adorned with lace and buttons.  Sue commented that it would be the ideal bag to take, when you just wanted to pop your keys and money (and phone, of course)  when you were going for a walk, or an evening out when you didn't need to take your handbag.

Well I did not have any crushed velvet in my stash, but it did not stop me from trying to make a bag similar.  This woolen fabric was so soft, and the purple lace went with it so well.  The lace hides the top of a pocket on the outside, which is adorned with one of my vintage buttons.

The back view - with just a lace border across the top

The co-ordinating lining - maybe next time, I will put a small pocket on the inside.

Closeup of the bag

This was just your basic lined bag pattern, no boxing of corners, just two rectangles.  I cut the outer fabric and lining 11" x 8".  The pocket size was just "eye-balled". 

I gave it to Sue this afternoon, and she loved it.  I think I would like to make a more "everyday" version, maybe replace the lace with ribbon?  It was fun (and easy)

Did you craft this weekend?


Saturday, February 18, 2012

New tissue covers

You may remember I was trying to find a pattern for the Kimono Style tissue cover that I purchased.
See here for original post. Well today, I decided to have a go at replicating it.  Not a bad effort, however a lot of work for a little tissue cover.

My version

Both versions

The obvious difference, is that I sewed the binding on by machine. (lazy?)  I think I would only make these to go with the Japanese fabric breast cancer drain bags.

While I was playing, I made more tissue covers based on the criss-cross coasters method.  I love how they turned out, and you can use up all your scraps of fabric.

Showing front and back

A couple more colour combinations.

I will definitely be making more of these - if you are interested the sizing is:

Cut 3 x   5 1/8" x 4"
Cut 2 x         4" x 4"

Follow the same instructions for the criss-cross coasters, keeping one 5 1/8" x 4" for the base.

Have fun

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Farewell Penny

I farewelled a very good friend today .... it makes you realise how precious each moment is, and how valuable family and friends are.... take the time to tell them you love them...

These are two of Penny's paintings, she had incredible talent.  I will miss her heaps, but remember her forever.


Sunday, February 05, 2012

Valentine's Buttons

It has been very quiet on the "craft" side of my life the last couple of weeks.  I must admit though my garden is looking good ... lots of hard manual work.

As Valentine's Day is just over a week away, I thought I would show some of the gorgeous button packs that are available in my online store ... what could you make with these?

Lots of other heart buttons are also available - check them out here

Do you sew / create for Valentine's Day?  What do you make?