Thursday, March 31, 2011

All together now: March 2011.

Another short month, but to recap [very] quickly:

Just some quick brightness and organization pieces for everyday life.

    Sunday, March 13, 2011

    Laundry Chart.

    Good ole Martha gave me this idea. In moving into a new city, new life, and big-kid job, I thought it necessary to list out the pertinent laundry-savers. There could be no more mess ups on expensive suits and fancy clothes. And so, behold: 

    And it's super easy to make. I made a list, slipped it into a plastic sleeve, and clipped it in a pant hanger. It now hangs out with the detergent and Bounce.

    And if you find this at all helpful, feel free to print the Stain Chart I created. Happy laundering!

    Sunday, March 6, 2011

    Phone Case.

    I made this some time ago, but as I'm documenting, I might as well catch up. 

    I am pretty rough on my phones. I've dropped it in a bucket of soapy water, I don't know how many steps I've sent it tumbling, it's jumped out off of dressers and chairs and all sort of furniture, and until I was caught in a freak Ohio rainstorm, my baby Shine was my champion. All good things come to an end.

    My upgrade was long overdue (I was really attached to the Shine), so I went in and asked for the cheapest phone. I figured a smartphone may be in my future as I entered the real world, but I couldn't afford one at the time, so I just need a stopgap. In the meantime though, I vowed to take better care of the phone. Though I'm not a big fan of it and it's not my baby, I need to care for it like I should have my Shine.

    So I whipped up a case. Shockingly, this guy's suffered less tumbles!

    It's super easy to make. It's one pieces of fabric, folded in half. I measured it out by measuring out around my phone, leaving enough room on each side of a sewing the stitch, and for the phone to move in and out with ease. This was tripled, so, in essence, a brochure of fabric was made. I then folded in the edges on each side by 1/4 inch so the edges were hemmed. I then ironed the piece so the edges were crisp (and the hem stayed in while sewing).  I then folded the piece over to make an envelope for the phone. I then sewed along the outer edge, on the three sides. The clasp is hand-sewn. 

    Thursday, March 3, 2011


    This is sort of cheating. I made this ceramic Cheerio box in my senior year of college. The project just asked for a replication of a grocery-store item at a one-foot scale, but a ceramic replica made no sense to me. It had to have a purpose, so I left the top open in the hopes of using it as a vase. I love Cheerios, so the item to replicate was a natural choice, and I like a whimsical touch when possible. And so here we are: 

    I can't imagine this being possibly or financially feasible outside of college. I looked up classes the other day because I enjoyed the class in college, and six classes go for about $600. What?! So I guess I'll settle for just painting ceramics rather than making as well. It's a shame because though I glazed the inside of the box with a glaze mixed by my then teacher that would work for making it into a vase, I noticed some discoloration, though very minor, after the flowers and water had been inside for a little bit. I would like to fix it.

    So I guess this isn't actually a vase just yet. Maybe I should get some fake or dried flowers. 

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