Sunday, June 29, 2008

Yoga mat bag etc.

I have been thinking of making a bag for my yoga mat for a while now. Research in what is available to buy gave no interesting results, although I admit I didn't look in the right stores. What I saw was plasticey, rough materials in not so nice colours, with plasticey straps that would swish annoyingly on my clothing. I can get very picky with the sound of clothing and objects.

Come to think of it, the way things sound is one of the least noticed features people seem to consider when buying things. That would explain the swishy overcoats, flappy flip-flops, squeaky bags... Perhaps the most noticed (and popular) is the clicking high heels, on which many people actually have strong opinions, negative and positive. Where am I going with all that?... Anyway, the good news is that my bag is not only soft and to my liking, but it is also very quiet. A stealth bag! hurrah!

I used this lovely tutorial to make it - thanks Myam!

I also made something I 've been wanting to put together for a while. Our bathroom has little (read: none) shelf space, and there are all these things that one uses every day. The cabinet behind the mirror is already full, so lots of things had been hanging on travel pouches, which are very useful but had become an eyesore.

It is just a long base with pouches, using some of the fabrics I find most cheerful. It should help with cheering me up during those difficult moments of pre-coffee mornings ;-)

It hangs by a loop, which also acts as fastening with a button at the back. I also left some space at the top for sliding a hair pin to keep it flat, and it works great.

I also bought some nice fabric squares, and planning to play with them after this, so stay tuned!

Sunday, June 22, 2008


I am not sure what I am putting off, but my little projects (read: tiny, fast) of late seem to me like procrastination. Nevertheless, I 'm quite pleased with the way I passed my time.

More coasters:

These come in pairs. There was a third pair, but L snatched it off while it was fresh from the sewing machine, before I had time to take pictures. You get the idea, though..

Another new-curtain action shot. Now all windows in the house have fresh curtains for the summer.

Playing around with fabric collages. This was still a learning project, mostly to work on machine-sewing around little details. Sory for the blurred photo...

Sunny wasn't all that impressed with what I made, but nevertheless she sat next to me all day long. My hard-working kitty...

Friday, June 20, 2008


If you 're like me and like taking tests (that usually confirm what you thought already and / or dispute the validity of a test when results don't), you 'd be glad I used my intuition to lead you to this fun site. Quiz away!

You Are 64% Intuitive

You are a very intuitive person. And luckily, your intuition is normally right.

You're wise enough to know that relying on intuition alone can be dangerous.

When your intuition seems really off, you tend to ignore it - and look at the facts instead.

How Intuitive Are You?

Your Ice Cream Personality:

You like to think of yourself as a fairly modest person. And it's true that you don't talk yourself up... but you're also pretty happy with who you are.

You are incredibly cautious. You rather miss out on something than make a mistake. No one would ever call you wild... but they would call you responsible.

You are a fairly open minded person with a wide range of tastes. You are quite accepting of unusual ideas and people.

You tend to have a one track mind. You prefer not to multitask.

You are a serious and contemplative person. You definitely do your own thing in life.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Curtains and villages

I 'm back. I have no excuse for my absence, it just happened. There has been lots of crafting, but without the blog in mind I tended to not take photos as consistently, and perhaps this was the reason I decided to come back and entertain you with what I 've managed to get.

I made a little village - my first one, I would say. I liked the process, but got stuck on the final bits, so no finished picture yet. Here are some progress shots.

I added black tulle, as suggested in the instructions, but the end result wasn't very successful. The tulle puffed up quite a lot, and it was too late to take it off. I took it as a learning process so I didn't mind much, but I think next time I won't use any.

See? the sky turned out very puffy. How annoying!

Anyway, I also whipped up some quick curtains made with scarves I bought from my favourite store of late: a little store on my way from work, which has made a fortune out of me. Perhaps I should find another way to go to the train, if I want to avoid drooling after (and indulging in) their ever-changing merchandise.

My favourite action shot!

Finally, here's a glam shot of Skid. Fabrics hanging down the ironing board seemed appropriate for her to pose, and I obeyed.

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