Wednesday, 21 April 2010

what I've been making

I've been a busy little bee lately keeping myself occupied with various little crafty projects.  I should be sewing more softies, but I've instead been occupying my time with random projects.

Here's a little peek at what I've been busying myself with...

My beloved and I are heading Europe in September to celebrate my 30th.  In honor of that (and that fact that I can't stop thinking about the trip) I made a travel wallet which my husband won't be embarrassed to be seen holding - unlike the store-bought one I've been using for the past couple of years - a tad girly for him!

We're off to Amsterdam, Prague, Krakow, Budapest, Munich and Paris.  So if you have any must-see or must-do tips for me - especially any fabric/craft stores or flea markets not to be missed, I'd love to hear about it!

Here's a link to the fabulously easy tute 

I've never made one before, so I thought it was about time I attempted my first quilt.  I found one of my son's old fleece blankets from when he was a baby and thought it would make a good filler for the quilt.

Now understand my method of attempting new projects.  I DON'T read tutorials.  I simply try to work it out for myself.  Then after I finish the project, I read tutorials for tips on how to better my technique.  Weird, I know.

Here's what the laid out squares look like (before sewing)
I will post pics of the finished quilt once I finish the edges.  It's all sewn together and very quilt-like, I just need to work out what I want to finish the edges with.  I have some really gorgeous crocheted-lace in mind.  Very unorthodox.  I know.

If you haven't guessed that I have a slight obsession with all things related to snail-mail, well then you haven't been reading closely enough.  A couple of months ago I posted a link to a project on upcycling envelopes.  Well I kind of forgot about that project until yesterday.  I started making a pile of envelopes using an envelope template I made a while ago for some hand-made cards.  I had a bunch of pages saved up which I save from magazines and junk mail.  They make the most amazing envelopes!

You should try making some.  You'll be doing your bit by recycling / upcycling and you'll have fun doing it.
There's more stuff, but I haven't taken photos.  I think that's enough for now.

Don't forget.  I would love to hear any of your tips for Europe craftiness delights please.  Comments.  Lots of comments.

Sand shoe.


  1. Love your travel wallet! I've used sewn passport covers before but they got really frustrating as I had to wriggle them out every single time so they could be inspected. A wallet that fits passport, boarding passes and other essentials is a very sensible notion! I'll have to check out the tutorial.

    Enjoy your trip!

  2. Thanks Jennie! I have to say it was quite easy to make. The fabric cutting took longer than the actual sewing. Wish the trip was happening sooner.


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