Finally!

I actually have a fininshed item! There’s nothing like a deadline to spur you on…

So, remember the pink knitting from the last post? It is done. Back in March, I bought my mother a tablet. Now, almost 4 months later, I’ve made her a case for it, in the hope she may actually take it out the box and start using it….

There is a little backstory (shouldn’t there always be, when we make things for people we know?) to it. The pink wool came from my mum, who found it in her mum’s house when she was clearing it out after she died. Which was about 10 years ago…I think my mum couldn’t bring herself to use it, but equally couldn’t throw it out either. The second thing is that she loves dragonflies. So it basically designed itself.  I knew I wanted something special for the wings, initially I was thinking I would embroider it, using some metallic threads. And then I found this.

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The picture doesn’t really do it justice, but trust me, it’s fab.

So with the help of some beading from a curtain swag and some fishing line (seriously – I highly recommend it!)

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I made an interior case, from the same lovely material too, as it’s nice and smooth and should slide over the screen easily.

So the end result?

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It closes with just a simple tuck-in flap to the rear – I was going to use a pretty ribbon tie or something, but I figured the fiddlier I made it, the less inclined she’d be to use it!  Plus she’s never going to take it out of the house, so it doesn’t have to be too protective.

And now I need to go do her a card and wrap everything up for its 350 mile journey to its new home.

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Bits and Pieces

Too much to do and not enough hours in the day! That’s definately where I am right now, alas. So nothing complete to show for my small efforts but also trying not to get downhearted by my lack of progress. At the end of the day this is, for the moment, meant for fun and the love of crafting and I do have a full time job that takes me out the house for about 11 hours a day and is about to head into crazy-busy time.

So, in the meantimes, Bits and Pieces.

I needed another ball of cream wool for a cute knitted summer dress I’m doing (and more of that in the next post) and this meant a visit to the charity shop where I got the last ball. This is a double bonus, as far as I’m concerned; I get to buy wool and give to charity at the same time! While there, I spotted a basket of offcuts, and fell for this ….pale mocha, lovely texture and asking to be played with! And it cost me 20p!!!!!

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This? Scary pink, huh? This is going to be the outer cover of a tablet cover for my mum. The inside cover is a fabulous piece of material that changes colour in the light, going from a petrol blue through to a dark brown, via a gorgous copper. I’m also going to embroider a dragonfly on the front – my mum has a thing about them – using the same fabric for the wings, and incorporating some of the beading in the bottom image. I need to get on with that – her birthday’s in 12 days…..
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Next post…more cards, hopefully the finished tablet cover, the afore-mentioned summer dress and my laundry bag!!

The Card’s the Star

I have 3 family birthdays, plus Father’s Day in June, so I figured this was probably a good time to make a start on trying to do some cards.  I had some card blanks, including a pleasing lilac coloured one, so thought I’d beginthere with one for my eldest sister. Initially, I was looking at doing a three-strip idea, using a mix of material, paper and ribbon, but while foraging my small stock, I came across some patterned paper and my creative brain changed its mind. I decided they needed some further embellishment, so had a look through my limited stash of beads and gems and found the perfect thing – purple stars, which came from the wonderful http://www.missfortune.co.uk/ originally buttons, I just snipped off the shank, and mounted it on the card with a 3d pad to make it pop out. I scallop cut the edge, just to give it a little twist. I’m still debating whether or not to edge it with some fine purple ribbon, or perhaps run the ribbon along the card fold inside and out, tying with a little bow, but I’m not sure yet. I’m pleased with it as it stands, and from a time and motion study it’s ideal.

I’ve had an idea for a couple of the others but I need to get some more supplies to do these (why do you never get the inspiration while you’re at the craft store??!!) which I plan to do on Wednesday. I also have 2 new projects on the go at the moment and I’m thinking I may do a “work in progress” blog on them later in the week, rather than wait til they are finished. Because that may be some time!

Card ahoy!