Thursday, August 22, 2013

Little Finishes

A couple of little finishes for today
Lavender Eye Pillow and two notepad holders
Cute fabric used on these notepad holders, and this time I used the same fabric for the inside pocket as I used for the outside. 

The new lavender eye pillow was a necessity for myself for my yoga classes.  My old one seemed to be a little short across the eyes, so I made a new one.
I did not make a removable cover for this one, see previous post here, I just used a cotton fabric for the top and then a satin fabric for the reverse.  This feels really great against the eyes.
The remaining Rat Trap is still waiting to be finished.  I cannot seem to find the right embellishments for the look I am after.  Maybe this weekend?
Hope you are having a great week

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Rat Trap - Altered

Do you see objects when you are shopping, and think "I can do something with that?"  I seem to do it all the time ... I was in a shop purchasing some notepads when I saw this packet of Rat Traps

I had some notepads in my hand at the time, and thought - Notepad Holders!
Can you see it, the snap, used to hold the notepad securely - easy to access
I removed a couple of the fittings, and just left the spring and snap.  Then I base coated it, just in case the rat graphic showed through the paper.
The paper I chose to cover it with, has a fabric type feel, and in the retro 1950 style ..I just used mod podge to glue it down and then sanded the edges.
I painted the edges black, and then attached some very strong magnets to the back .. I think I overdid it with the magnets, but it certainly will not fall off the fridge
Now to take it into the house for the test on the fridge - all good! 
It looks great just by itself without anything clipped onto it, nice piece of art of the fridge
Add the notepad to the clip
It will also be great to hold artwork, invitations, bills, reminders etc
Now I have one more rat trap left, and I am going to try a totally different look for this one.. same principle but maybe a vintage look with lace, or a floral one with artificial flowers ... I will see where it takes me.
Have a great weekend

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Where have the days gone?

I cannot believe that I have not updated my blog at all this month, and it is already the 15th?
What have I been doing, you may ask?  Well to be truthful, not much! Obviously... although that is not entirely true, as the online store has been keeping me very busy.

I did get a chance to make a couple of little Notepad holders, based on a tutorial from "The Art of Homemaking"

This was the first one I made (for myself) - as you look at the photos, try and see an obvious mistake.
The inside contains a little pocket for a pen or business cards or coupons and two elastic loops to slide your notepad through
I did fix the problem after these photos were taken, however with the next set, see if you can find it?
Another one was made for my sister, Sue
The inside
Did you notice the difference, yes the loop was on the wrong side on the original one.  I was trying too hard to ensure that the printing was the right way up ... oops
The original instructions were for a 4" x 8" notepad, and the ones I had on hand were 3" x 5" so a little bit of playing was required to ensure I got the sizing right.
I have already put mine to use, and I love the convenience of it ... more little gifts to add to my gift box.
I hope to make a couple more very soon