Archive for May, 2008

This just in…

Remember Kris Sowersby and the beautiful, beautiful type? He’s speaking tomorrow night (that’s May 28 ) at The New Dowse in Wellington as part of Pecha Kucha. To borrow from the Craft 2.0 blog:

Pecha Kucha Night is an event in which presenters give brief presentations accompanied by 20 images, each of which is shown for 20 seconds, about a topic of their choosing giving a total presentation time of 6 minutes 40 seconds.

Doors open at 7.30 pm and the whole thing kicks off at 8.20pm — the bar is running all night, so you get to hang with great people, hear about some inspirational stuff and have some fun, all at the same time.

To see the full list of speakers, check out Craft 2.0 or the Pecha Kucha site.
[via: Craft 2.0]


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Recycled notebooks

This is one of those projects that’s percolated through my mind for a few days before coming to the surface again. Craft: linked to the Martha Stewart craft-of-the-day last week, and in the course of my browsing I discovered the video for making recycled notebooks.

It’s definitely got potential… change the size, and maybe use something a little less expensive than scrapbooking paper for the cover. How about a glossy ad from a magazine, or leftover wrapping paper (which is probably only marginally less expensive), or even patchworked paper or fabric scraps?

Hold it together with a ribbon through punched holes (which would make the cover infinitely recyclable), or those folding metal clip things. Stick a magnet on the back and use it for grocery lists on the fridge.

I definitely, definitely like this idea.

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Pencil tin

Craft: had a link to a great tutorial from Elsie Marley the other day — how to make a tin can cover — that I just couldn’t resist.

Pencil Tin

The concept (originally from a Japanese magazine called “Cotton Friend”) is simple, but seemed to waste the lining. It ends up against the tin and is barely seen! That won’t do at all in my book, so I came up with a variation that’s slightly more work but results in a fully lined tin.

Instead of cutting a separate piece of fabric to line the rim, I pieced together the fabric until it was a couple of inches longer than twice the length of the tin. The tin was still a little sticky from where the label came off so I used that to hold the fabric in place while I sewed it on (press the raw edges in first for a neat finish). Once that’s done, the interior fabric just folds into place. I didn’t sew the inside edges of the fabric together, but it wouldn’t be too hard to do.

To neaten everything up, I ran a running stitch close to the edge of the fabric at the bottom of the tin, pulled it tight and taped the thread to the bottom to hold it in place. Then I cut two circular pieces of card: one’s glued to the base of the tin to hide the raw edges, thread and tape, and the other to the bottom of the tin on the inside.

I have a feeling James might sneak this away to hold his pens and pencils at work…

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Introducing PocketMod! Billed as the free, recyclable pocket organiser, I think it’s a little slice of genius. And, since there’s space to include images from the web, there’s nothing to stop you designing your very own, super sexy, ultra-cool cover. Or back page. Or inside page. Or pages.

Although if you’re going to make every page an image, you might as well use Pocket Album.

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Much ado about owls

I’m not sure what it is about owls that has captured everyone’s imagination at the moment — I can’t think of anything else that’s hit the craft world with such wide-reaching appeal, although that probably means I just haven’t been paying attention.

For me, owls are inextricably linked to the 70s. Flowery orange wallpaper, woodgrain veneer and owls. Not that that’s going to stop me jumping on the bandwagon now and again…

I’ve been thinking about how to dress up my peg bag, which, while practical, was looking pretty plain. Not in a pretty pretty way either. And then I stumbled upon this Aunt Martha’s transfer at Golding Handcrafts.

Oh yeah, baby, oh yeah.

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Kasia skirt from Burda StyleWe’ve established, haven’t we, that I really don’t need more reasons to search for fabric. Nonetheless I’m absolutely in love with the Kasia skirt from Burda Style.

The pattern’s free — that’s a good start — and I have some grey fabric that I no longer recollect what I was going to make out of it, so really, all I need is some contrast for the pockets… If I’m lucky, I might even have that in my stash too.

It won’t be the ultra-fractal madness of the sample skirt, but I think I’m okay with that.

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