Monday, August 26, 2013

Portable Hard Drive Case

Ok, this is going to be pretty quick and dirty.

My husband has been taking this small portable hard-drive to and from work and really wanted some sort of protective case/cover for it. We looked around a few places and had absolutely no luck unless we wanted to spend 20-30 bucks. No thank you.

I remembered I had some really thick felt and decided to make a small sleeve for it. That's really all it is- just that. A sleeve.

First, hubby gave me the dimensions to work off of, but due to my terrible lack of ability to transfer this to how big a piece of fabric needs to be... I later had to have the hard drive in my possession so I could line it up that way. The first one would of been find had I made the opening just a little bit bigger. *sigh*

Anyway, so here's what I ended up with.

Nothing fancy pants, but it serves the purpose for sure. Just cut the fabric to fit, sewed a small cuff at the top to give it a more finished look and sewed the sides. BOOM. Probably will add a velcro enclosure of some sort down the road, but this will work until then. 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Inspiration Thursday

Is it really Thursday again already??

Wow.. well here we go for other round of inspiration heading into the weekend.

via totally loving this

Every day is a new beginning and a new opportunity ...
via TRUTH.

via believe in the small things. :)

via  I sometimes get defensive over stupid, little things. Even sometimes defending why I bought something... JUST BE...

Hopefully will be back tomorrow with a little project I created to protect our external hard drive.

Until then..

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Curtains & Scraps

As you may know, it has been quite a while since I have crafted anything. If you follow along on facebook, you know that what I am about to show you was a manifestation of something I saw while out and about and my husband posed the quesion, "Couldn't you just make one?" I am still amazed at his faith in my terrible spatial ability and problem solving abilities. After all this required not only measuring, but actually planning out every little bit of this project from point A to finished. Read: there are no freaking tutorials that I could find...anywhere. Nor are there many pictures of such items. What am I yammering about??

Really, this can be used for any ipad/reader/tablet etc, we just have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 so that is what I used. The only thing you have to be careful of is not too cover too much (or the wrong parts) of your screen. 

While I don't have the exact "pattern" persay for this project, I wanted to post and share because I was too excited to keep it to myself. In fact, I already shared it on my personal facebook last night because I couldnt help myself :) 

So where did I start? I actually tried to draw a picture to kind of get my mind straight as far as what pieces I need... remember when I said my brain doesnt work like that? Yea, this didn't workout so well. Then I set out to find a picture of at least a wedge pillow which proved to be a pretty big challenge as well. I did finally find one, kind of grasped what I needed and rummaged through some fabric to see what I could use.

First up, old curtains. It is a pretty thick canvasy type fabric, I had lots of it and neutral which balanced perfectly with the fabric I chose for the side panels and the tablet pocket.

This fabric was freebie stuff from a shop in Carlisle that does a lot of costumes for local events.. they had scraps and my mom was wonderful and picked them up for me. They have really just been sitting around since then so I was very excited to put some of my hoarded material to use.

I got to work cutting the triangles from the patterned fabric with sides about 9 inches, 13 inches and 14 inches. Don't quote me on this.. Then I cut two pieces of the curtain materal at about 13.5 by 14 inches and a 3rd at 9 inches by 14 for the bottom. I ironed the fabric because it was quite wrinkly then I sewed the two triangle pieces to the two larger tan pieces and then tried my best to figure out how to make the tablet holding piece. 

I unfortunately don't have any pics of this part, I think because I had doubts in myself. I eye-balled how much fabric I needed, folded right sides in and sewed around 2 edges. I flipped it right sides out, cut some thick cardstock type material to fit and sewed it in what looked like a good spot. 

There you have it. My very fabulous tablet wedge pillow. I do want to make another that has the slit at a different spot so it lays lower. This will work for some things but I want a lower one for laying in bed on my stomach or side. Stay tuned! 

What was something you made totally from scratch that you are most proud of??

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Inspiration Thursday

Well another slow (read: nonexistent) crafty week here. Too many other things going on which required my attention and/or energy that I had left at the end of the work day. While I am glad it is Thursday, I'd be even more so if it was Friday.. or really Saturday because then I wouldn't have to get up and go to work!!

I digress, here I am with a little happy, sparkly and shiny to the almost end of the week.





I especially like the last one. I guess it seems a little poetic to me. I think it can mean different levels of things to different people dependent upon where you are in life at the time.

Hopefully I will soon get back to some crafty shenans again soon now that some of my other "projects" are coming to a close. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and a crafty one at that!! I might even get my craft on.. maybe even on my wedding album. Bout time that sucker gets finished.. our 4 year anniversary is in a matter of 2 months!! WHEW!