I've been thinking about this project for a while. All my hand sewing supplies are jammed into a crappy bag my husband got at some conference and it's gotten so bad that I can't even bear to look at it much less sort it out. I wanted something where everything I needed would be there when I had a minute to sew (and most of the time it is literally a minute). I just wanted to open it up and sew. Immediately a book came to mind and then I thought of these reader's digest books. We have a couple (back to basics is my favorite) and you can get them at any thrift store. And low and behold next time I went there was this DIY one waiting for me. I was a little nervous at first because it looked like there might be a ridiculous amount of measuring involved, but there really wasn't and it came together pretty quickly.
On the left there is one removable embroidery floss card, with spots for 4 more (it was getting late) and a big wonky pocket underneath. In the middle there is a little ribbon to tie a small scissors. On the right there are some pockets for pencils and a big scissors or glasses, a pincushion, and under the pincushion is a needle book. I think I may make a few more of these just so I can get it right and maybe even to sell (if you think there are people who would buy them). I think the big pocket should be two pockets that snap close and the needle book needs a snap or some kind of closure too. I have to totally redo the embroidery floss cards because they were a pain the the butt, but I like that they are removable. Is there something you would add? It is too matchy matchy? Should I use different fabrics for everything? I need some feedback over here.
This is a half assed craft. But I'm not a knitter or crocheter, but I have seen a few pot cozies around the internets and I wanted some myself. So I cut off the sleeve of a felted sweater and voila! A little blanket stitch action on the top of one and damn if it doesn't make those crappy plastic pots looks good.
that's all I got. have a good day everyone!
I am very excited to announce that my shop is up and running! The little diggers have been in bits and pieces all week, but I finally sat down with all the parts today. And as my daughter built tower after tower after tower with her blocks, I sewed button joint after button joint right next to her. Setting up an etsy shop was a little intimidating at first, not because of the site itself--it's fantastic--but because I had to sit down and describe myself and what I make. And make people want to buy it. I have no idea how to do this, so I went with boring ol' descriptions of the first three then when I got to the pink digger I laid it on thick. I was only going to make three to start with anyway, but then I saw this little bit of hot! pink! vintage! linen in my scrap bag I cut into it without thinking twice. Because how fantastic would it be if a cute indie rock boy out there gave his cute indie rock girlfriend my pink digger for valentine's day. I guess that's an odd daydream to have, but I think that's what mothers of small children do: daydream. Most of what we say could be recorded and just played back over and over again all day, "Stop. stop. sit down. sit down. don't play with your food. don't rub your toast on your head. don't put playdough in your brother's ears." I always wondered why I had to say, "MOM!" so many times before she heard me. Now I don't hear my daughter until the third or fourth mom. So (to get out of this tangent) I've been day dreaming about this little shop all week and now here it is! yay.
If you are here you already know, but I'll tell you anyway, I have a new website! My husband set it up for me as an early birthday present (thank you dear). It looks just the same, I know, but there will be changes in the future. Nothing huge, as my style sheet knowledge is not huge, but at least I can make it more my own. It's funny how a blog like this can start to feel like another home--granted one that is always clean and quiet and where things magically get done. The picture above is of my real home. I found this little tabletop kitchen at a thrift store near my mom's house. It was very lovingly designed and handmade by someone and I snatched it up for 5 bucks. We don't have enough space for the full on, pimped out kitchens kids have nowadays, but my kids love it.
The weekend went by too fast, but at least the breakfasts were nice.