While waiting for some of the larger projects to percolate I try to stay busy with a variety of crafty projects. Some of them warrant a single post, but often times the projects are so quick it’s better to combine them all into one post. Such is the case with these mini projects.
Like last time when our regular house guest was visiting and he requested I make a doggy seat cover for his car. We headed off to a fabric store and he picked out some fabric. Then after a bit of measuring I drew up a quick idea and then spent a few hours at one my sewing machines. Here are some pics of my handiwork for that little project plus one I was sent of the cover in use!
Then there is the old rolodex thingy I found at a Goodwill store for $1. I bought it to use as a yarn holder and it worked really well, but didn’t hold more than a single small skein of yarn. So I asked the regular house guest for some help and using our 3D printer he made some fenders. The result is rather awesome. Plus he added some extra weight to the base so it’s not only able to hold a large skein, but it’s well balanced too!
Then there was a project Agent Smith helped with — crafting a stand for a giant faceted crystal ball thing I found for $5 in a bargain rack. I mentioned a few weeks ago in an earlier post that I found some cute glass orbs on auction along with a ton of other stuff. The orbs have nice bases so they are now in the fireplace — which I turned into terrarium a few years ago — where they act to catch the light and draw attention to the fact that there are happy plants in the fireplace. The cute crystal ball thing though was swamped by the very happy plants and I wanted a stand to make it taller. So with some spare bit of tubing, Agent Smith made a simple stand for it. It looks oh so lovely in the space.
A yet another project Agent Smith helped with was a very simple one: I need an outdoorsy doorstop for the garden shed. He used a bit of an old race car and a decorative outdoor faucet handle left over from the previous owners’ tenure here. The “bespoken” doorstop is very helpful as it keeps the door from banging into an exterior light.
And typing of doorstops I decided to upgrade from the homemade ones I made years ago….thanks to the trip to and from Ohio we have a cute lizard and a frog to help hold doors open inside the house, but I wanted something for the door into the linen hallway. I found a turtle at the store where I buy all our birdseed only it was rather plain. So I gave it a few coats of sparkly paint — and a felt bottom of course.
And lastly, I wanted a better pillow to serve as a backrest when I sit on the couch in my office. So using a couple of odd pillows (one memory foam and one filled with those tiny styrofoam balls) I sewed a muslin case and then using some left over yarn I made a pretty cover for it. I’m actually using the pillow right now as I write this post….it’s very comfy.