Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Pet Pillow

Hello lovelies,

It's been a while! I haven't even participated in the tuesday's tallies from the One a day group, shame on me. Things are a bit busy here in Rotterdam. And I have been working on my stripy blanket and my flower tablerunner, but the progress is not of much interest to show yet. Don't worry, once it is significantly increasing in size I will share it with you! 

In the meanwhile, I have been doing a nice little sewing project. I am not a great sewer, so it is a really easy one to do, an envelope pillow. It's been on my to do list for some time now and it is finally done! 

I did this pillow with a rather boring fabric, but it matches my sofa perfectly. To pimp it up a bit, I added an image of the lovely little Puck the Jack Russel - Dachshund that you probably know very well by now. 

No zippers or buttons, which makes this a perfect beginner project! 

If you are wondering how to get a pillow with your pet on it, here is how I did it. 

1. I first measured my pillow, it was 45 x 45 cm's. 
2. I cut two pieces of fabric, one 48 x 48 cm's and one of 48 x 58 cm's. I just added 3 centimeters on each side and for the second piece I added another 10 centimers. You can use the 3 and 10 centimeters for any size of pillow. So measure your pillow, add 3 cm's (about 1 inch) to each side and another 10 centimeter (about 4 inches) to the second piece. 
3. Now cut the larger piece (48 x 58 cm) in half. 
4. Stitch the edges of the two halves. These two parts will overlap which will give the pillow an envelope shape. 
5. Stitch all the parts together (wrong side inside)

To make things a bit more clear, watch this clip on youtube. It's been such a help and is very clear and easy to understand. 

I added a picture to my pillow, this is also rather easy. I used a picture of Puck and turned in a black and white picture in photoshop. It needs to be a picture with a light background, otherwise the effect will be a bit messy. I used this picture:

And then turned it into this:

If your a bit familiar with photoshop you can do it yourself, just boost the contrast and then use the Stamp tool (it's under filter).

I printed the picture on transfer paper and ironed it on the front piece of the pillow before sewing it togeter. 

And that's it! I made it in one night while Mr. L. was watching soccer haha. 

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, 24 September 2011

And the winner is....

Hello lovelies,

I will now announce the winner of my first giveaway (for those who forgot, check here). I used a random number generator to get the winning number. 

And the winner is comment number 7 (my comment of course not included) and that is Marja (Noemie)

Congratulations! Email me your address and I will post it as soon as possible :-). 

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

One a day, stripy goodness!

Hello lovelies,

How nice of you to visit (again) here at Crea in the City. Many of you will be curious about my one a day project. Well I have to be honest, I haven't been very productive on that one in particular. I have made a few flowers and the result so far is this:

I have been busy with other projects and "normal" things in life. I visited my parents and I didn't really got the chance to get crafty, I did enjoy my weekend so very much. 

I have been living in Katwijk (a small town near the coast in Holland) for over 20 years before moving to the "big" city. It is great to live in a big city, but I do miss the beach a lot.

So I went walking along the shoreline with Mr. L. Look at the beautiful sky, what a scenic view! 

I did got some wet feet haha. 

And after every walk, there is another delight:

The best ice cream of the Netherlands! I had white chocolate and after eight flavor! 

But of course there have been a few cozy moments to spare for crochet. I have another One a day project that I would like to speed up a little. The concept works really well for me, so it is time to add this little project to the list:

It is a stripy project, which we all know so well from Lucy from Attic24. Many of you have already made something with this pattern and I can't wait to get it finished. I have a long way to go, it is a spread for my queen sized bed and I hook this baby with a hook of 3.0 mm! Pffff, it takes soooo long to complete one row. But, in the end it will look beautiful. 

So wish me luck, with TWO challenges ;-)

If you like the One a day idea, check out the Gingerbread girl blog of the wonderful Carole. Here you can find other posts of the participants of this group! Keep up the good work for all that are participating!