Archive | April, 2011

gift wrapping joy

26 Apr

It’s my bestie’s birthday tomorrow, so one of today’s things-to-do was wrap her presents.  I am totally, head over heels in love with Japanese washi tape at the moment and thought I might make a postcard using some tape, rather than buying a traditional birthday card.

So.in.love.with.washi.tape…!

Whilst I hope she likes the wrapping, I really hope more that she loves what’s inside!

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etsy love

26 Apr

etsy love of the day…parcel and paper

iPad sleeve

26 Apr

I recently made a very exciting purchase…an iPad!  I jumped on board and bought a discounted first version just before the second version was released.  I wanted to bring it along on our weekend away to Sydney, but was worried it would get scratched.  So what should any good crafter do?  Well, make a cover of course!

I used some beautiful Ink & Spindle fabric I had been given as a birthday present, some padding and a plain linen for the lining.  The construction of the inner and outer sleeves where fairly straightforward, but I do need to figure out a better way to finish the flap.  Overall though, (and I do think having lovely fabric helps!) it looks pretty good…and most importantly protected the iPad a treat.

sydney weekender

26 Apr

if only all weekends were this looooooong…

lesson two

3 Apr

Just last week I completed Basics 2 at Threadden.  This class was buttons and zips…wow!  Buttons were easy, zips more challenging. I thought it was going to be a tough three hours, but I was pleasantly surprised.  Sure, my zips weren’t perfect but I followed the instructions and they work like zips should! 

I’m definately someone who needs purpose to achieve things.  Going to class always inspires me, but I still need purpose to sit down and craft away.  I thought about my efforts in class, and how everything felt easier than when I was at home.  It got me thinking that maybe it’s not the super duper sewing machines, and more to do with being around people and having to show what you’ve created – there is a sense of purpose, and also I suppose a sense that you could “fail”. 

It was with this in mind that I sat down with the purpose to make a gift for a friend’s little girl, who is soon to turn 2.  I figured if I was making with the purpose of giving, and therefore showing my creation, that maybe…just maybe, I might have more success.  Here’s what I made…

I must admit I was pretty chuffed with my efforts!  Maybe I put in more effort…took my time..thought about what I was doing more, that made the end result better.