Never judge a book…

by its cover…

Well, heylo!

I have been busy making lots of little pouches for sketch books that I’ll be giving away, mainly as stocking stuffers this year. As part of a stash busting exercise, I have used remnants and other  bits to reduce the boxes and bags of stuff that are starting to fill up every corner of the house. I’ve bought a few sketch books but am making a couple with the BIA to personalise them and use some more stash up! Maybe you’ll see the pictures and be inspired to make a few yourself.

I like to have a sketchbook with me in my bags but don’t like to see the pages get crumpled and battered by the other rubbish I carry around. So, I keep them in little sleeves or pouches to protect them and to make them easily accessible for when I want to use them. Apparently, referring to certain scrapbooky-type things as Smash books is contentious (not that I’ve seen any over here) so I’m calling mine (tongue in cheek) Pash books (for passion) and they are most definitely sketching books!

This first sleeve is made from a fine hessian – I think it’s called Scrim but not sure now. The red heart is one I made last Christmas from salt dough. I have heaps of them left over and they make for pretty decorations and wrapping embellishments. Cheap as chips and easy as winking to make.

This one is from a coarser hessian – possibly called Burlap… I don’t know for sure! I just buy the stuff and by the time I get round to using it, details like where from, how much and what’s it called, are just lost like a thought rolling around in a foggy brain .. The flower is made from  thick felt.

It’s for this little notebook that was bought in UK from Smiths. So pretty…

All of the pouches are lined except for this one. The material is already lined (curtain fabric remnant) so I stitched three sides down then zig-zag stitched around them to prevent fraying. This pouch or pocket is for an A5 sketch book.

The book is from Reeves and is sold plain white to be decorated by the owner. The spiral binding is a great place to tuck a drawing pen inside.

More hessian…burlap… whatever! More beads and salt dough hearts. I extended the lining and turned it into a contrasting collar for this one. The trims are left over from other projects – both from standard haberdashers. You can’t see what the bottom trim is so well but it’s a length of gauzy/netty/organza-y stuff formed into roses. I used some to trim a T shirt neckline this summer.

This one is for a small spiral bound sketchbook by Daler Rowney.

More hessian, felted flowers, etc. The green tasseled material was upholstery trim that was sold for something like 50c for 2m in a clear out sale last year. Thought I’d never use it. Looks ok. I have more in a soft tangerine colour. Never used.

And finally, for now, anyway, a long one. No idea what this one will be used for. It just finished off the cuttings from the hessian. The white crocheted flower came from a T shirt I had a few years ago. It had several so before throwing it away, cut them all off. They come in very useful.

 

Cake Update

I made a third C cake. This one …ooooh! I substituted crystallised ginger, glace pineapple and cranberries for the candied peel. It’s had a good tipple of brandy and is wrapped up and put away for another week or so before its next tipple.

 

Cafe-tears!

Talking of tipples… the saga of the cafetierres. I have been happily having a cafetierre of coffee most days. Then a steak knife got dropped inside it and made a puncture wound in the glass. Pyrex glass as well! So, bought a replacement. Used it  – all was well. No idea what happened to that one but went to use it another day and the bottom was cracked and leaking!

So bought one from a shopping centre some 30 mins drive away. This time, one with a 25 year guarantee! No glass! Got home and was unpacking the shopping – no cafetierre!  Had left it behind! A 30 minute drive back (tried ringing but kept getting voicemail) later and luckily, it was there – saved under the till! I appreciate my coffee all the more now!

 

Desk Job

Now onto my next project. I have bought an old school desk from a second hand shop. Really heavy duty – proper ex-school issue. Thick wood, tubular metal frame. It has an integral fold down bench seat. The desk is beautifully deep. The top surface has a groove and ink well pot for pens and liquid ink etc. It has minimal graffiti – nothing rude or naughty. Very nice condition. In all, a perfect makeover opportunity. I think I’ll sand it down and colourwash it then distress with crackle glaze. Do you know how easy that stuff is to make? I’ll see what proportions it takes then will write up the ‘recipe’ (such as it is) for you. Thinking about stencils as well, though. With the CR, I could make my own and really customise it… I just don’t know….

I can also make a nice cushion and matching padded back rest ( there’s a panel that goes across the back so I can lean back comfortably) so lots of things I could do with it. Really delighted to have it!

Anyway, I must get on. Have a good day and hope you’re happy.

Hel

 

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