Favorite Etsy Shops – Dolley Madison

Etsy is such a great place to find unique products, and a lot of sellers are using repurposed materials to create fun and functional items for sale in their shops.  Dolley Madison is a new Etsy seller who does exactly that.  Head on over to her shop and get yourself one of these handmade journals that she has fashioned from VHS boxes (remember VHS?).  I love this Superman journal!  While you’re there you can also pick up a handmade knitting needle case, sewn from the prettiest gold embroidered fabric.  Now, go shop!

Tutorial: Cell Phone Pouch

This simple little cell phone pouch was born from my need to keep my phone permanently attached to my body in case someone calls me for  a job interview.  I have a slider phone with very sensitive soft keys on the front, and I’ve accidentally dialed up the internet while carrying it in my pocket, so a pouch is essential.  I’ve been using another pouch I made last year, but I’ve had to tie the strap to my belt loop, and it either comes untied, or my phone topples out of the top when I’m sitting down.  I wanted something that would attach securely to the belt loop of my jeans, instead of a belt, because I don’t wear belts much, and with a flap to keep the phone safe.   [Read more...]

Bloggy Giveaways Carnival

This week is the Fall 2008 Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival, and if you’ve never entered a giveaway carnival, you won’t want to miss this one!  At the time of this writing, there were almost 1200 opportunities to win something.  You’ll need to visit the participating blogs to find out how to enter each giveaway, so if you find the idea of visiting 1200 blogs exhausting, just go through the list and pick the ones that interest you the most.

For my giveaway, I’ll send one lucky winner this triangular-bottom, embellished zip pouch.  It measures approximately 4-1/2″ x 7″, is lined, has a ribbon and bead zip pull, and is sturdy enough to stand up on its flat little bottom.  And you never know, I might just put a little surprise inside (time willing!).  I’ll even pay for shipping.

All you have to do to enter is leave me a comment on this post (and this post only!), and tell me what goodies you would keep in a zip pouch.  Be sure you leave a valid email so I can contact you if you win.  On Sunday, November 2nd at approximately 8 pm Central time, I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner and will notify her/him by email. You don’t need your own blog in order to enter, just an email address.

If you enter a lot of giveaways, you can go to Bloggy Giveaways this weekend to see a comprehensive list of winners as they are chosen.  Good luck everyone!

How-To: Easy Eyeglass Case

Easy Eyeglass Case

In less than a year, I’ve gone from horribly nearsighted, to both horribly nearsighted and needing reading glasses with my contact lenses.  As a result, I’ve got reading glasses all over the place — in my purse, on my computer table, on the coffee table, everywhere!  This is not only because I don’t want to be running up and down the stairs every time I need to see up close, but also because there are so many stylish and inexpensive reading glasses available. Since they usually come without a case, I’ve been leaving them out in the open, but they’re vulnerable to things like curious cats, propeller-like dog tails that can easily sweep everything off the coffee table, and of course, my own clumsiness.

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How-To: Drawstring Jewelry Pouch


Drawstring Jewelry Pouch

I made the jewelry pouch pictured here before I found this tutorial, and since I didn’t want to reinvent the wheel, I’ve just noted my own variations below. (Note: the photos on the linked tutorial no longer work, but the directions are still there.  I’ll try to create my own tutorial as soon as I have a few free moments, and will post it here.)

1) I cut my circles 16-1/2″ and 12-1/2″ (7″ and 11″ in the tutorial).

2) Before I made the interior pockets, I inserted a 5″ circle of template plastic beneath the stitched set of small circles. I stitched all around just outside the edge of the plastic, then made my pockets by sewing from the edge of the plastic to the outer edge of the small circles.  If you use the smaller size shown in the tutorial, the plastic shouldn’t be necessary.  I only used it to provide a firmer base for my finished pouch.

This pouch makes a wonderful gift. I’ve given many of these away, and everyone loves them!