Thursday, January 19, 2012

Kindle Fire Covers

Since Kindle Fires were all the rage this past Christmas, I decided to make a few covers for the shop. I tweaked the pattern I used for my first batch of e-reader covers and improved the structure. I also changed the loop and button closure to a linen and velcro strap. There is a double line of stitching on the linen spine and on the strap.

I love how these came out!

Kindle Fire Covers for Etsy shop

These covers are listed in the shop:

Chevron and Linen Cover for Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire Covers for Etsy shop

Kindle Fire Covers for Etsy shop

Kindle Fire Covers for Etsy shop

Plum and Linen Cover for Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire Covers for Etsy shop

Kindle Fire Covers for Etsy shop

Kindle Fire Covers for Etsy shop

Mustard and Linen Cover for Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire Covers for Etsy shop

Kindle Fire Covers for Etsy shop

Kindle Fire Covers for Etsy shop

I am taking a break from making covers for now. There are several listed in the shop. If you'd like to order a custom cover from me, please do let me know. I will be fulfilling orders in March.

More e-Reader Covers

Since listing some e-reader covers in the shop, I've received several orders for custom covers. Here are 4 that I finished this past weekend.

Custom e-Reader Covers

For Rachel, an all-linen cover with a ceramic teal button (one of her favorite colors):

Custom e-Reader Covers

Custom e-Reader Covers

Custom e-Reader Covers

Custom e-Reader Covers

For Miahela, a cover featuring several prints from the gorgeous Heirloom fabric collection by Joel Dewberry:

Custom e-Reader Covers

Custom e-Reader Covers

Custom e-Reader Covers

Custom e-Reader Covers

For Jantina and Jessi, covers just like the one in my shop but in different sizes to fit their specific e-readers:

Custom e-Reader Covers

I shipped these off on Tuesday, right before the crazy winter storm of 2012 (Snowmageddon!) was due to hit. Good thing I did, because we haven't gone anywhere since. About 6 inches of snow on the ground in our neighborhood and it keeps on coming down!

Custom e-Reader Covers

I tweaked the pattern a bit and made new -- better and improved! -- Kindle covers for the shop. I'll post about those in a little bit.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Cute Sheep for Valentina

Christine, the friend for whom I made the owl-themed Kindle cover and a great writer, asked me to create a piece of custom nursery art for her soon-to-be-born niece. The crib bedding had been purchased from Pottery Barn and featured cute little sheep. Christine wanted artwork that would tie in to the bedding design but stand on its own, ideally with muted colors.


Images from PotteryBarnKids.com

Here are the sketch and fabrics I sent her for review, which she approved.

Custom nursery artwork

But before I could make any headway on this artwork, little Valentina made her arrival!! 6 weeks early if I remember correctly, though I do believe everything was fine and healthy. Needless to say I suddenly felt the pressure to get a move on! Fortunately, Christine is a super flexible customer and told me to just relax and get it done when I could.

I just finished it last weekend and send it off on Monday. The postal service tells me it's been delivered, so I'll go ahead and show you the finished artwork. I love it and think it turned out super cute!

Custom Nursery Artwork

Custom Nursery Artwork

A few details: this artwork is made with various cotton fabrics appliqued onto a natural linen background. A little wool felt embellishes the sheep. Straight stitches frame the whole thing as well as decorate the tree and the sheep. The artwork is stretched onto a wooden frame and measures 10 x 10 inches.

Custom Nursery Artwork

Custom Nursery Artwork

Custom Nursery Artwork

I am available to create custom fabric art. The whole process is such fun! If you've got something in mind, just shoot me an email. I'd love to hear from you.

Anniversary Art for Alli

A wonderful and loyal customer named Allison (she was the first person to make a purchase from my Etsy shop!) contacted me about a month ago to make a piece of burlap art for her parents' anniversary. Her parents were going to celebrate 40 years together, could I create some artwork with birdies on a branch symbolizing their love?

After a little bit of discussion regarding colors, style and details, I sent her a sketch and some fabric photos. I then moved forward with the project. Here are my original sketch and a few progress photos.

Custom artwork for 40th anniversary

Custom artwork for 40th anniversary

Custom artwork for 40th anniversary

Custom artwork for 40th anniversary

And here is the final artwork (unfortunately photographed at night by the light of my craft lamp!). The "40" embroidered in the leaf below the birds represents the 40 years together. The "J + J" embroidered on the tree are their initials, as if they were carved on the trunk.

Custom artwork for 40th anniversary

Alli said her parents loved it. I'm so glad!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Wonky Stripe Table Runners

Seeing the great feedback I received on my Christmas Table Runners, I decided to make more with regular, non-Christmasy fabrics.

Here are a couple of Wonky Stripe Table Runners I made using a combination of natural linen and the beautiful Echo collection by Lotta Jansdotter. I can't get enough of this fabric, it's inspired so many projects for me!

This Navy runner went to Gina, the winner of my giveaway.

Wonky Stripes Table Runners

Wonky Stripes Table Runners

Wonky Stripes Table Runners

This Aqua runner is for sale in my shop here.

Wonky Stripes Table Runners

Wonky Stripes Table Runners

Wonky Stripes Table Runners

A lovely lady named Deia, who's an old buddy of my husband's and a long-time reader of my craft blog Stumbles & Stitches, contacted me to make 3 custom runners using the same design. I had so much fun working with her and getting to know her through the process. Here are the 3 runners she gave as gifts for Christmas.

grey teal runner 3

grey teal runner 1

grey teal runner 2

brown runner 4

brown runner 1

brown runner 5

aqua red runner 5

aqua red runner 4

aqua red runner 3

I love how each of these came out with such a distinct personality based on the fabrics and colors used!

I am happy to create custom table runners for you. Please email me to discuss!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

E-Reader Covers

A few weeks before Christmas, my friend Christine asked me to create a custom e-reader cover for her daughter's new Kindle, a present from Santa. Her 10-year-old is a fan of owls, so she requested owl fabric.

I found this super cute Alexander Henry print in my friend Keli's shop, Drygoods Design Online. I paired it with a natural linen and a simple Anna Griffin print featuring blue flowers on green. I found a great pattern by Birdiful Stitches, which I altered a bit to customize the cover.

kindle cover kindle cover 2

owl kindle cover 1

owl kindle cover 3

owl kindle cover 5

This was such a fun project that I decided to make a couple for my shop, using some grey and pink Echo fabric. I LOVE the way they turned out.









I have since received two custom orders for that grey e-reader cover in specific sizes. I will soon put a listing for custom e-reader covers in my shop. So if you are in need of a cover for your Kindle or Nook, either in this fabric or a different style, go check my shop or send me an email!