Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Rebuilt note board

Last week, I left a note for my hubby and told him to call back his dentist. Since our refrigerator were full of pictures and notes, he didn't notice. So I bought a new note board to post important notes.

Looking at the plastic frame, I had no idea where to hang it, then an idea came up to me, why not rebuild it with fabric? Fabric always makes things look warm.

After adding bags for notepad and pens, the size doubled, the original place is not good any more, so I still have no idea where to hang it. But it looks better at least, and I'll find a place for it eventually.

Sunday, 27 April 2008

Ipod Cozy

Isn't it a perfect Sunday morning? A cup of tea, an attractive novel and music...
The smell of cypress is really fresh. So I decided to keep a few nice branches cut from our living fence for later use, dried flower? maybe.

The rocking horse motif was cross-stitched on a piece of unbleached muslin. Since it was really hard to count the holes, I just stitched approximately. The result is fine, but not as neat as using Aida.

Thursday, 24 April 2008

Kitty key cozy

I put everything together in my big bag, keys always scratch the Ipod and cellphone. So, finally I made this easy key cozy to hold the keys, and it also keeps the keys quieter.

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Garden notebook cover

We bought our house about two years ago. The former owners planted a lot of plants here and there, a bit over grown. Since spring has come, we're planning to redesign our small front yard. Instead of consulting a professional designer,we decided to do it ourselves. In order to make the small garden look nice in all four seasons, well, actually ,three, in winter it will be white, I'm sure about that, we'll have to know what to keep and remove, and where to replant some of them, and we also need to know when they sprout and bloom, how high and wide they are. In one word, keeping on tracking the growth of all plants we have is necessary. Since I'm the one who has to do the job, I made this small garden notebook cover to add a bit fun on the job.

That is the whole story about why and how I got the inspiration to make this small garden notebook cover. I used decorative ribbon to make the binding and inside decoration.

Saturday, 19 April 2008

Flower in snow

After a really snowy winter, spring finally comes. This morning I found this small flower was blooming in melting snow. I've never known it's name, but it made me a day. Isn't it beautiful?

Hollyhock wallhanging

I got this pattern from "Quilts and More" (2007). I love flower appliqué and hand-quilting, time consuming, yes, but relaxing, too.

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Tote/grocery bags

I like to use recyclable grocery bags, and found this piece of vegetable fabric on eBay, it was just big enough for two grocery bags.

Just by adding Chinese traditional buttons,they are foldable.

A closer look, a leaf button

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

A placemat again

This one was made months ago. I was inspired by a hole in my oven mitts, which was right in the middle.
Since I could never figure out another one to match it, nor I wanted to make another one exactly the same, I use it when eating alone.

Another placemat

Maybe I should make four of them, then two more to go.

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Pin cushion box

Being tired to use an chocolate box to put all the buttons, I made a fabric covered box. When doing the lid, this idea came to me, why not make it a pin cushion? After digging through my old projects, I found a small leftover X-stitch piece. Here you go, the box looks not too bad, and it comes very handy.