I didn't do much during that week between Christmas and New Years other than get caught up on stuff that got behind. I didn't even do much in the way of after Christmas sale shopping--I did try to buy some wrapping paper at Kmart, but they didn't have any left of the ones I liked, guess it wasn't meant to be. I did luck out at TJ Maxx and found a set of three pairs of pearl earrings in various shades on clearance, I had been wanting a set of cream and/or pink--got both and another pair that I used as the finishing piece for a birthday gift. I also made a run to the local thrift store, not the greatest trip there, but I did find this lovely brand new argyle sweater for $2-yay! Did I say I love argyle? ;)
Now that the holiday is over with, I can share my sewing project on my blog--I made these neat scarves, before it was over with I had made 19 of them to use as gifts and for us to use as well. I have a couple left over, I'm thinking I might put them on Etsy to sell. They are so nice and warm--thank you to Sock Monkey for modeling the one I made for myself!
The instructions came from the Sewing With Nancy website, I had seen the PBS episode where she made one and several other nice fleece items and I thought they would make great gifts. They work up very fast too, very easy to come up with a system for doing mass quantities of them.
I unburied my sewing machine table and yesterday set out to make something I had been thinking about for weeks--a soft cover for my Nook! I have a nice leather cover for it that makes it like a book, but it does weigh a lot, so I wanted something lighter weight for when I travel.
Recognize the fabric? Yup, it's leftovers from a project I shared several months ago. I did make a few minor mistakes, but it was a learning experience the whole way around, and it serves it's purpose. I also got the opportunity to use one of the built in stitches in my sewing machine for a little bit of trim work:
I am hoping 2013 will be a good year to do a lot of sewing, I have quite a few projects in mind!
Instructions for the scarf: http://video.wpt2.org/video/2174526088
I used the basic dimensions from these instructions for the Nook cover, but then changed it to suit my needs: http://littlebirdiesecrets.blogspot.com/2011/02/how-to-sew-nook-or-kindle-case-tutorial.html