Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Mouse Skirt

Having suffered from multiple types of dermatitis for the past couple of decades, with no signs of improvement and finding new things I can't touch or eat I getting pretty fed up with it.  I know the mouse mat is a trigger and maybe even the mouse, so I thought I'd have a bash at making a cover for it.  I've tried wearing cotton gloves, but they just make my hand sweat, which in turn aggravates my skin and itches like crazy.  I've had more cream than I can count and none work, the only temporary relief I got is when I bought an antihistamine cream for the itch.

Anyway back to the cover, used some fabric wrong side round and pinned the corners and curves, stitched in place, add applique for the left and right clicks, made two wide button holes to access the scrolls.  I also left a long bit at the back  aka the skirt to protect my wrist from contact with the mat.

I not gonna hold my breath, but I hope this will give me some respite from my affliction.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Sewing cards

I stumbled across an article ages ago where you sew fabric shapes onto card.  It popped back to the forefront of my mind this afternoon and I thought I'd do a dummy run.  I was thinking of doing a birthday card this way, but for this tester I decided on an Easter theme.  I fused interfacing onto fabric then cut out the shapes, then sewed the wing on first, after which I stitched the bird onto the card.  I just glued the eggs on as they were to fiddle to do on the machine.  Added a few blades of grass and the legs and of course the message.
I'm thinking this is something you should do with tri-fold cards to hide the stitching, in this case I cut and glued paper to the inside.

I have to say I rather like it.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Crafty bits

Just received my goody bag of craft bits today, can't wait to use them.  although I haven't a clue what I'm going to do with them yet, still no harm in having a stash.

Have also recently discovered an intolerance to caffiene. Yet another to add to the list! I've still a box of green tea which I only just discovered and was rather fond of.  I thought it might be a good idea to gift bag the tea bags, they can be sent with letters cards or notes and come to think of it, could be handy for me to take out with me in case I fancy a cuppa with my own teabags ;)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


With Mother's day nearly sneaking up on me again, I've been making a few cards of some variety.
The thank you note was made re-using the toppers from one I received, The mini card was leftover card and the heart design was from last months calendar image.

The Mother's day card was from free paper stock available online from various places, quite possibly for digital scrapbooking.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Sewing Saturday

I was really lucky to pick up some shabby chic fabric (aka duvet cover) in the charity shop this week. Trust me this is a rare find, I guess the only reason it was still there was because it was torn.
I've been itching to sew for months now, probably the nice weather and the arrival of Spring.  But haven't found the 'right' fabric until now.  I had planned on making a half apron, but I couldn't find the picture of the one I wanted to make and then again maybe I'm better with a full apron.  I drew up a sketch of what I wanted and went from there, this is the result. 
I really adore the retro shabby chic feel/look.
Got a few more things planned for the leftover load of fabric