So, being a surveyor I am somewhat interested in maps and cartography. Whilst doing some searching for some decorating ideas this afternoon I found this idea for a chalk board world globe featured on Design Sponge.
I love this idea so now the search is on to find a globe that I can paint….and an accompanying old map for the wall behind it like in the photo…..
So, for a while now I have been trying to think of something I can make at home to sell online. Seeing as Tim is studying rather than working full time things get a bit tight which means no money for hobbies. My idea, turn my hobbies into a little earner. That is the plan whether it eventuates will be something else…..
I have had so much trouble trying to think of one thing I would be happy to make evening by evening, weekend upon weekend. I think I now have it. I like books, I like book binding, I like printing, I like stitching and how can I combine it all?
Printing and stitching designs onto card to turn into the covers of handmade notebooks. I will be able to do whatever type of crafting I want to do at the time and create unique little notebooks.
How will I do it? Well, I will need a press to print lino, wood blocks and hopefully one day to do some letter press (It will also come in handy if I turn my attention more complex bookbinding too). Since letterpress kind of died out a few decades ago and is now very much in vogue there is no way I can buy my own. I want to be able to do multiple types of things and sized things with my press anyway and so I will try to build my own (or rather, have my husband build one for me while I watch on!)
Here are two designs I am looking at. Tim personally prefers the second one which is from Wood Block Art and is the way he envisaged a press when I told him my idea. We’ll look into both and work out which will be most suited.
1. Tabletop Letter Press featured on Ready Made
2. Bottle Jack Press from Wood Block Art
I have been using a little clutch bag for all the possessions I usually carry with me but since it is summer I thought it time for a nice summer bag. Yes, I know it is almost the end of summer now but I am hoping our summer weather is just late this year so that I have lots of chances to use it!
Here is my creation:
The bags is made from one fat quarter and so is not very big. It is has plenty of space for the essentials (phone, wallet, notebook, pen and keys) and there is still plenty of space for all those coins, receipts, earrings and other things that seem to end up in my hand bags!
I did not line the bag, just ironed on some fusible interfacing the strengthen the front and back. The sides weren’t lines so that the bag collapses a bit when not full. I sewed a button on each side to pinch together the bag so that it doesn’t fall open all the time (I’m not sure how long they will stay on as they make the opening quite small…..)
Anyway, didn’t take too long to sew and I would have got it finished last weekend had I not run out of white thread!
Wow, a third post in 2 days. Must be a creative weekend! With house cleaning, gardening, husband time, exercising, church and Girls’ Brigade there isn’t a whole lot of time for crafty stuff. This weekend has been an exception.
Last night I spent my evening finally sewing the final rows of a quilt I began close to 4 years ago. I bought some fat quarters at the Stitches show several years ago, I think it was in my second year of uni….I began the quilt then, got all the squares sewn but never got them into rows. A few months ago I sewed the squares into rows and last night I sewed the rows into a quilt.
Now I hope to hand it over to mum to do the quilting for me….then she’ll probably give it back for me to bind….
Here’s my quilt:
I am quite happy with my fabric choice of several years ago. Who knew that I would be choosing fabrics that would be more in fashion now than when I chose them!
The quilt is certainly not huge. Kind of annoying sized, not really big enough to keep you warm, it’s less than 1m wide. It is the perfect baby size but there aren’t going to have any of them around here for a very long time!
Here’s one last shot of the whole quilt (sorry about the blurriness, isn’t it annoying when you take photos and they look fine on the camera but when you download them they aren’t right and it is after you have packed everything away!)
Well we’re going to be here for at least another year. I’m enjoying the place at the moment. It is quite homely and I am getting on top of keeping it clean….well the parts we use are reasonably clean, you don’t want to go into the spare rooms though!
I have been getting photos developed slowly over time and this week I got two more frames filled. One is a 28 panel frame that is now proudly hanging on our wall. Take a look at the few little home making objects we have in our lounge room.
And here is our side table, which is getting pretty full so we’ll need another soon! It is where my anniversary present takes pride of place. I am making it a habit to sit by it early each morning while it is still dark to do my Bible reading.
The huge vase was a wedding present. The couple who gave it to us couldn’t be at our wedding so we got it a few weeks later. We opened it one day at Tim’s Mum’s place and she thought the couple were very brave giving such a bold vase to a couple they don’t know too well (I had met them once briefly!) but I really like it so it was a good choice!
I like books. There are so many really cute little notebooks and journals you can buy now but I never seem to use any I buy so it doesn’t work out too well. They are also quite expensive sometimes. So, I have decided to start making my own. If people buy notebooks for up to $10 for a set of 5 A6 ones then I should make some cute ones and give them as gifts! And that is what I am starting to do. I would love to do a bookbinding course but for now my imagination and the internet will have to provide me with binding techniques.
I made the prayer books for the Seniors and Pioneers at Girls’ Brigade this year….26 of them so far and more still needed for the Seniors! They are so simple, just a few sheets of paper stacked on each other and some simple stitching down the spine.
This last week I also made a few more.
Tim’s birthday is today and although he doesn’t want a present I still got him one….well made him one! He is always writing things down, doing sums to work out what we should do and when. He is such a planner. So I want him to have a little book to keep his notes. He is also terrible at remembering what he has to do each day so the other book is where I can leave him little notes of what he should do that day.
I also made some books for my Forget-Me-Not at church. Luckily I got a lady who is not on Facebook and is not much of an internet person so there is not much chance of her seeing this! Other church people reading this, don’t spoil it 🙂
This is a little set of two books with an Edwardian Postcard printed on the cover of each. I have made a little case for them to live in so they are kept together and handy in a handbag.
Now that I have the hang of these books I think I might try something a little more challenging like Coptic Binding and I would love to be able to make books with letterpress detailing on the covers but for now I will live with colour printing. A letterpress is many many years away!