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24 teacups Christmas countdown

1 Dec

In the past few months I have been experimenting various things but basically they were all unfinished projects. But as Christmas is approaching now I am dedicating my time to make gifts for friends, so they won’t be published until after 25th. 

But at least there’s one project/gift that can already be shown: the 24 teacups advent calendar I made for a friend. 

I made all the paper envelopes and then printed and glued the numbers on each envelope. The most difficult problem  to solve was how to display it. I wanted it to be small and easy to hang to a single nail, so, in the end I made a loop/hanger with some wire and added a little snowflake as decoration….

Each envelope contains a different tea bag. One for each day. 🙂

Productive Summer

4 Sep

All in all this has been a productive Summer. I could have done more, but you are not always inspired, right? 

So, let’s start from my latest craft: here is my brand new insulated bottle holder. 

Some time ago I lost – I don’t know where or when – a very handy insulated bottle holder that I bought, back in 2009,  in Japan at a 100¥ store. It was such a useful item that I decided to try and make a new one.

For the outer fabric I have chosen a scrap of this starred waterproof fabric that I used for another project last year. While for the inner insulation I have recycled an old – and a bit worn-out – windshield sun shade. The two white strings are also a recycle from an old shopping bag.

Anyway, as it is a prototype it is not perfect, perhaps it is even too big. But at least it can accomodate both 500ml or 750ml bottles easily. 😁

The Scratcher

3 Jun

Last Friday my TV set decided it has been used enough (barely 3 Years!!!) and broke down. 😦
Of course the warranty had expired so, what to do with the old cardboard packaging (that you are obliged to keep in order to eventually return the damaged TV)?
Well, I saw a tutorial for a cat scratch pad on Nifty and I gave it a try….

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My brother’s kitty, Pimpi, seems to enjoy it, despite she hasn’t already found out exactly how to use it! 😀

New life for an Old Ottoman

29 May

Some time ago a friend asked me if I could make  a cover for an old  ottoman  that she has in her child room. I studied  the project and after a while agreed. She bought the fabric and some weeks later….

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It’s not perfect but at least I tried to match the print on the front.
Btw,  the “customer”  is satisfied and so am I. 🙂

First craft of 2016

5 Jan

I begun the 2016 with a simple craft: two “Totoro” corks….

They are quite simple do do: I just printed some Totoro’s pictures and cut them out in the shape of a glass bead (of those used as decorations for vases). Then I glued the pictures to the bottom of the beads. I waited for the glue to dry and then  I glued the top of the cork to the bottom of the bead.

Et voilà… two Totoro spare-corks. 🙂

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Aerial view…

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Details… Totoro corks!

A Christmas tree

7 Dec

When last year I adopted a kitty, I realized that a “regular” Christmas tree was a huge temptation for the playful feline, and some of my fragile and most  precious decorations went lost forever… 😥 So, this year I opted for something different…
I used some tree branches, a hacksaw and a string and here is the result…

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A different tree

Fingermade

14 Oct

Yes, that’s correct. This kitty’s bed is literally fingermade, as I have used my very own fingers instead of a traditional crochet to make it.
Nemo seems to appreciate it…

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Without cat

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With cat

Christmas placemats

23 Jan

This is the last post about my handmade Christmas gifts: four placemats for my friend Cristina and her family.

I wanted to give her the placemats before Christmas so that they could use them on Christmas morning for breakfast, but as usual we failed to meet before the date and they have been handed over only a couple of days ago! But better late than never! 😉

As I forgot to take pictures of them (I was in a desperate hurry to finish them before Xmas… :-0 ), Cristina herself sent me some. The fabric is from Ikea and I used some tartan bias for an extra Christmassy look. Each of them has similar but different motif.

Christmas placemat

Christmas placemat

xmas placemat 2

Folded placemat

xmas placemat 1

unfolded placemat

Christmas gift #1

29 Dec

I haven’t updated this blog recently because I’ve been busy with Christmas gifts and I couldn’t upload their photos *before* the very day, but now that all the presents are in the hands of their recipients I can finally do so.

Here is the first one I made: an earrings organizer for my friend Paola. I painted a picture frame and added some lace strings and a little ribbon rosebud on top. I also added some nylon fish wire at the top of the laces for extra support.

I really like how it came out, and I hope she likes it too. 🙂

Shabby chic earrings organizer

Shabby chic earrings organizer

 

Baby Lorenzo’s survival kit

11 Nov

My friend Simona’s sister is due to have a baby very soon and she asked me to make her a diaper stacker for her soon-to-be-born Lorenzo…. Not an easy task since I had never seen one before! Far from being discouraged I looked for informations on the web and I came across few tutorials which weren’t exactly suitable for my sewing skills. So I decided to make myself a project…. it took me at least a couple of hours to complete it!

baby diaper stacker project

baby diaper stacker project

… and a couple of weeks and a lot of Ikea fabric later… here is the result… I hope she’ll be happy with it:

Baby Lorenzo's diaper stacker

Baby Lorenzo’s diaper stacker

from the back

from the back

diaper stacker side

from the side

diaper stacker inside

the inside (the bottom inside seam is finished with the very useful bias!)

diaper stacker detail

detail: my hand-sewn label! 🙂

And here is a little extra and very useful bonus….

a pacifier lanyard....

a pacifier lanyard….

 

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