Recycling/upcycling window shutters

April 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

Nothing has suffered more in my month-long funk than my house. Laundry is still on the clothesline, bedsheets have been used to cover sofas because I’m too lazy to look for my throws, and my sewing materials are all crammed on top of a table the bunny can’t reach. One of the priorities in my getting-back-to-reality program is to reorganize/redecorate the house, so it’s back to the net to look for inspiration.

I’ve always loved old-school wooden window shutters. Unfortunately, where I come from and where I am they’re considered antiques and get quite pricey. Still, I love the idea of having them all over the house, or even having a full wall of them. If you’re lucky enough to be in one of those places where you can find window shutters lying about, please check out this list of things you can do with them to brighten up your home from scraphacker.


The “Do or die” weekend

January 27, 2012 § 2 Comments

So here’s me, once again taking on projects much larger than I am. My dining/cutting table just wasn’t big enough for this one so I had to use my coffee table, which is thankfully hardcore enough to handle all 50kg of me.

I confess, I’ve been lazing about all week with unfinished projects lying around. My excuse was I didn’t have all the materials I needed. Well finally the day has come that I can’t use that as an excuse any more and have set Sunday as a deadline for myself to finish 4 projects, one of which is the one that barely fits my coffee table. Why such a tight deadline, you ask? Because I AM NOT SANE.

Anyhoo, I’ve found out that I can be quite efficient once I do get my butt off the couch (granted, my TV shows haven’t finished downloading yet). This weekend’s system is to get all the prep work on all projects done first and at the same time. That includes cutting, interfacing, and ironing out the seams. All that’s left for me now is to sew everything together (and for such a momentous occasion I have cleaned and oiled my machine in preparation).

Much as I would love to spend all day sewing, there is such a thing called life and it is calling me away so I’ve got to put all this aside for the moment and go out. But tomorrow, tomorrow, my friends, is most definitely a full on sewing day.

Thread Catcher

January 24, 2012 § 2 Comments

It’s one of those ideas so simple you just slap your forehead and say D’oh! Every single day I have to check myself before stepping out the door in case I’ve got some stray threads hanging on me (there are a few 95% of the time, and 100% in a contrasting color that makes them glaringly obvious on whatever I’m wearing). So here’s a simple solution that also solves my gallivanting pin cushion problem. Love it! And the lovely, lovely people at Merriment Design have very helpfully left a tute for it here.

The search for the perfect crafting corner continues

January 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

 In my head my crafting/cutting/sewing station already looks like this. But considering that I still haven’t made up my mind where in the house this corner will be, this is a huge case of wishful thinking. Withinaquarterinch will tell you how collecting materials for your crafts could quickly go out of hand and before you know it, it’s taken over your entire house. At the moment, my minimalist plans (hah! when you’ve got a zero budget for interior design, everyone’s a minimalist) have gone out the window, replaced by this chaotic mix of fabric, batting, thread, sewing notions, and-half finished projects that is now my living room. But I have to plan my organization methods carefully since I have limited space and even more limited finances. In the meantime, I’ll keep gawking at how other people have gotten around this.

IKEA Hackers

January 22, 2012 § 2 Comments

I’m currently obssesed with having a proper crafting/sewing table – storage/cabinet/display corner. It has to fulfil two very important reuquirements: A. Should not cost much and B. Should not require me to get rid of any of the stuff I already have. Oh, and a third requirement: I must still be able to move around in my living room once it’s installed. To fulfil A, I thought my best bet was to get something from IKEA. But that’s a bit disheartening since I also want the space to be inspirational (read: NOT BEIGE). And then I found the IKEA Hackers. Granted, most of their projects are for IKEA stuff they already own, but I think, maybe, I could still make this work 😉

What a stash!

January 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

I am posting this for no other reason but sheer envy. This is Sandi Walton‘s fabric stash. As it is, I’m already quite manic about grabbing every scrap of lace, fabric trim and what have you I stumble upon, but wow, I could only aspire to such a treasure-trove. Sigh. Granted, I’ve only been doing this fairly recently, but the obssessive-compulsive in me wants to have this size collection right now.

My occasional OCD

January 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’m easily distracted. I’d get an idea in my head, feverishly search the web for the best ways to do it, and along the way find ideas for completely new projects. But since I have more confidence in my abilities than common sense, I’ve promised a few people some things I thought they’d like (note to self: stop getting yourself into trouble) and can’t keep putting off actually making them. So I decided it was time I sorted myself out, get organized and inventory the stuff I do have and what I need for actual projects in progress.

Presenting crafting organization ala Lee:

Our office gets a gazillion magazines every day and we just throw away the plastic wrap they come in. And sigh, some things just get into your system and haunt you forever, so I gave in and made my own job bags out of these magazine shipping bags.

I’ve started projects and had to abandon them because I realized I didn’t have the right materials. Or, I’d be in the middle of something and decide I didn’t like what I was using and I’d rip it off and start from scratch. What a waste of time! And sometimes materials. So now I make basic drawings of what I want to do. Or I do this:

I lay things out approximately how they will look in the end. If I like it, the stuff goes into the job bag. If not, we scrounge around for other materials that go with each other until we’re happy.

Then I draw what the darned thing is supposed to look like, or as close as I can get to it, write dimensions and notes and put this in the bag too. The notes are especially important since I tend to forget important things, like were to put the straps and enclosures 😀 Bonus: you can use these drawings as your “patterns” later on for when you want to do the project again.

And there you go, a complete and organized job bag I must admit encourages me to get to work.


I’ve been told often enough to pre-wash fabrics before cutting and sewing. Be sure to wash your fabric before it goes into the bag 😉

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