Hanging Shelf

I’ve had a quite a few side projects on the go. Some friends wanted a sling bookshelf for their son’s bedroom and I was happy to oblige!

We found a tutorial from Penny Carnival. One of her shelves is pictured below—click on it to head over to her tutorial.

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My friends selected their fabric and in about an hour and a half, a shelf was born.

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Don’t you just love the puzzle fabric?

This shelf is such a sweet addition to a toddler’s room and it’s so easy for wee ones to take their books in and out. The tutorial is very clear and easy to follow. I think the sewing part of the project is suitable for someone with beginner’s sewing knowledge. And the hardware aspect doesn’t look too difficult… but I wasn’t involved in the installation of it. Regardless, it’s a quick project when all is said and done, and is such a great way to corral books while still encouraging your little reader’s interest.

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I think I need to make one for C’s room.

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Bow Ties, Anyone?

Boys are sadly under-represented in my shop. I aim for gender-neutral, but since I have a girl, my products tend to be evolutions of things I’ve made for her. But bow ties will soon arrive in my Etsy store. Keep an eye out! I’ll post updates once they’re there. In the meantime, sneak a peek at the fabric.

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Are you as excited as I am?

Mini Luggage Set

We’re planning to travel by plane to see my sister-in-law, and that means that we need to consider packing requirements. We can certainly check luggage, but with my dad’s frequent travel for business and an incident or two of losing luggage while traveling with the family for vacation, I have been trained to be leery of checking luggage. That and the post-travel wait for bags with an either grumpy or wired (or both) wee babe, I’m aiming to avoid the checked luggage.

You’re allowed two items on the plane, plus some extra eligible items (like a diaper bag for your baby’s things). We only have a couple of bags that are the right size, I’ve been wanting to make a backpack for our daughter, C, and since I was on a roll (and had the fabric), I ended up making a wee set for the two of us (sorry Honey…).

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What you see pictured is a shoulder bag for me, a backpack for C, and a laptop sleeve to keep my computer safe in transit. How fun!

The laptop sleeve is lined with fleece and cotton to provide extra padding.

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The shoulder bag is just about as big as the airline will allow.

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And I’ll include detail pictures of the backpack tomorrow.

Don’t you just love the fabric?