Category Archives: Crafty

Feeling cratfy – felt e-reader case

Earlier this summer I tweeted this:

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So what exactly was I sewing? A case for my Kobo mini! Now, I still love actual books, because really, nothing beats the sound when you crack open a new book, the smell of paper and ink, the feel of the paper as you turn the pages, and the satisfaction of closing the book when you’re done. That being said, having an entire library in the palm of my hand is just awesome. Except without a cover/case, it would turn on in my backpack, change the page I was on, open a new book, or just drain the battery.

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I didn’t have a pattern or anything for the case, I just kind of made it up as I went along. Here’s what I did:

Grabbed my e-reader and placed it on the pieces of felt that would be the main case, front and back. I traced the outline, giving myself some extra room so it wouldn’t be too snug once it was sewn together. I cut those pieces out and made sure they were the same size.

I browsed Pinterest for some design inspiration. I’ve always been drawn to frogs so it was a no brainer for me to make a frog themed design. I settled on a frog jumping into water and went from there. For each design item, I sketched it out on paper and once I was happy with the design I cut it out and then traced the outline on the felt, cut it out and sewed it onto the background.

I didn’t start the in-progress photos under after I had already finished the grass (sewn first) and the water.

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Since I had used up my green options with the background and grass, my frog would have to be a colourful one. I guess it’s either a poisonous frog or a mimic 😉
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My potentially poisonous frog wants to look where he’s leaping:
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Final product!
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I love the little bee – it was a last minute idea that I’m really pleased with 🙂
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So what was I sewing on the bus? It wasn’t any of the detail work, it was the final, long, boring sewing together of the front and back pieces. It actually worked out quite well – I would listen to the radio on my iPod while sewing, and the bus ride few by.

And now I have a case for my mini library – what shall I read on the bus this week?

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Posted by on September 15, 2013 in Camera, Crafty


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A little domestic therapy

Tonight, to banish a case of ‘The Monday’s’, I’m going to bake some yummy cookies!

My cookie of choice is oatmeal chocolate chip. And here is my recipe card.


Ready to go! Soon, the yummy smell of baking will fill the house!


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Posted by on March 28, 2011 in Crafty, Food, Pentax Optio


A little something for me

It may not be much, and it sure as heck didn’t cost much, but it’s still a little something for me.

I sewed the missing button on my super comfy looks-like-a-suit-jacket-but-feels-like-a-sweater jacket. And then reinforced the other three buttons so it won’t happen again 🙂

Some days, it really is about the little things.




When I was younger we kept eggs in the egg tray in the door of the fridge. The raw ones and the boiled ones. To make sure we could tell the difference, my mom would put a marker slash on the boiled ones before putting them into the fridge.

When it was my turn I would usually make faces, or the occasional random design.

I guess I got a little carried away this time LOL



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Posted by on March 7, 2011 in Crafty, Food, Pentax Optio, Traditions


*gasp* did I finish my hat?

Remember this project? Well, it’s not sitting on my side table anymore!

And just in time for another winter cold snap. Nothing like a high of -29. D’oh!


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Posted by on February 16, 2011 in Crafty, Macro lens, Sony DSLR A100


Another hobby (sort of)

I knit. I learned about 10 years ago while I was at university. The very first thing I knit was a scarf. Actually, I don’t think you can really call it a scarf, unless you call it a REALLY BIG scarf. Or a thin blanket. My mom used it as a shawl to keep her shoulders and back warm during a figure skating event she had tickets to. Although I did use it as a scarf once. I had it wrapped around my neck and head for the 30 min walk in -30 weather (no really – and it was only up hill the one way, and a gentle incline at that). My head was toasty warm! Although there was quite the build up of frost from my breath.

I knit this blanket for Kirra. I chose the colour even after I knew she would be a girl, I just thought it was a beautiful colour and the wool is oh so soft. Originally it was going to be a sweater, but I thought ‘She’s going to outgrow a sweater in a few months – but a blanket is forever!’


I keep thinking I should knit something else, then I remember I’m in the middle of knitting a hat. That I started when I was pregnant. So it’s been a work in progress for a year and a half. Oops! I won’t let myself start a new project until I’ve finished this one. It’s called a January Hat, so I guess I’d better finish it in January!


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Posted by on January 25, 2011 in Crafty, Photo Story, Sony DSLR A100


December 6 – Bibs ahoy!

I was tired of Kirra’s bibs and cloths lying all over the kitchen, so I made a high chair organizer to hold the clean bibs, cloths, and a big pouch for laundry. Much better!


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Posted by on December 15, 2010 in Crafty, Daily Picture, Sony DSLR A100

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