27 February 2012

i-create Week 9 - Pocket Quilt

This last week I was busy finishing a pocket quilt for my niece who is celebrating her 21st birthday this weekend. The idea of the pockets in the quilt, all 21 of them is to gather 21 things about her from friends and family. Each pocket will hold a description of her or anything you can say about her. 

It was quite tricky to put them together as 21 is not really an even number. Whichever way or direction I go for the 21 pockets I always ended up with one extra until finally I decided to put the 3 pockets below her printed images.

The images at the center of the quilt is printed on a 13" x 19" 100% cotton poplin inkjet fabric sheet. The block measures 30.5cms x 41.5cms. The 21 pockets measures 6.5cms x 8.5cms. The whole quilt measures 56cms x 65cms.
I now have 5 nights to go to finish the quilt and print the 21 messages I need to put inside the pockets. When this is done, I will take another picture and post it on this site.

Please send me an email or click on the 'contact me' option on the left navigation pane if you want to know more about printing images on fabrics or making your own fabrics.

For more information on inkjet fabric sheets or to purchase inkjet fabric sheets, visit my gallery.

24 February 2012

A creative life - Photoalbum Purse to a Kindle Purse

The second re-usable item I made into a new one is a photoalbum purse which I bought about six months ago  from a thrift shop. My plan was to make an album for a friend's birthday but I never got into it. While cleaning a cabinet in the garage I saw the photoalbum again and my mind started to wonder(again) what I can do to be able to use it. So instead of putting it back in the box I took it with me inside the house and unknowingly placed it next to my kindle on the benchtop.

Sunday nights I usually checked my working bag to make sure that I have everything I need for work the next day which includes train ticket, work id, make sure batteries have been recharged for my kindle. And then I saw the photoalbum and saw that it was more or less the same size as my kindle or slightly larger which then would make an ideal kindle holder. So I started making measurements and placed my kindle right in the middle of the open purse and yippee it did fit!  The only problem was that you have to be careful when you open the purse to avoid dropping the kindle. 

I removed the plastic photo pocket inserts inside the purse. They were sewn into the purse so had to be very careful I didnt end up with a hole when removing the thread and then started looking for double-sided adhesive velcros. I was going to use the velcros to hold the kindle in place so it does not fall off. And here is my new kindle purse. The embroidered word of  'Cool' appropriately describes my new kindle purse.

Come back often for more old to new project items.

A creative life - Magnetic Calendars to a Magnetic Fridge Invites

When we were still small, we used to collect old newspapers and empty bottles and bring it to a chinese shop to sell so we could have  money to spend during the summer break. At that time we didnt know we were recycling. All we were thinking about was for us to earn money we needed to collect and sell old newspapers and empty bottles.

Until now I am still a big fan of recycling and reusing. A big fan of being green. I still make sure I recycle old newspapers and cans and recyclable bottles. In fact I created a 'Be Green' quilted panel for the Dream Rocket project (which I still have to send) and a quilted wallhanging also on being green. When I do decoupage, I used old prints of newspapers. In some of my craft projects I try to make use of what is available at home before I buy something new.

So from now on, if and when I find something old and make something new out it I will be posting the old and the new projects here in my blog. I will have a special corner for it so it can be easily found in case there are some readers out there who wants to see what I did with the old items.

First on the list (and I think I have mentioned this over and over again) are the magnetic calendars which we usually find dumped in our postboxes. I needed magnets for my niece's invites so they can decorate the invites on their fridge doors. Instead of buying new magnet sheets I cut the old magnetic calendars into small squares and using a double adhesive clear tape I attached these small magnet squares at the back of each gown-shaped party invites.
I think you should try to do the same. Save those magnetic calendars in case you will need them in any of your future projects.

23 February 2012

Craft Books on Sale

Great craft books to help you create wonderful personalized gifts. Heavily discounted books on quilting and cardmaking on sale at my gallery for $14.95 each. 

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20 February 2012

Creative Life Week 8 - Create your own fabric prints

Unlike other artists where they focus on a single theme in their creativity, I do not have a theme to focus on. I just create anything I like to create. A  free crafter and do anything that I would enjoy making.

For this week, I created my own fabric prints using my old inkjet printer and specially treated inkjet fabric sheets and created 4 projects. Am unstoppable when am doing my own printing. I started making my own fabric prints about 8 years ago and concentrated only on memory quilts, pillows and family trees. I enjoy making items that shows pictures of real people.

First on the list are fabric bookmarks. Measuring 7.5cms x 18.5cms I printed pictures of my niece and nephew,  their names and a small message on each bookmark which characterizes each person.  My nephew is an avid reader (once joined a competition on being able to read 10 books in a month) so the message I printed on his bookmark is 'Please help me stop'. My niece is the exact opposite that sometimes we tease her if she would be able to finish reading the book in a year's time so the message I printed is 'This is where I fell asleep'. To highlight the images, names and messages I drew squares using running stitches and finished off the bookmarks with ribbons.

Front Panel Bookmarks
Back Panel Bookmarks
Second project on the list are Fabric mini memory pillow keychains. Fabric keychains measures 11cms x 8cms. Pictures and back panel prints are  printed on specially treated inkjet fabric sheets. One of the mini pillows is finished off with a blanket stitch by hand using a black thread.

Third project on the list is a memory heart pillow. Measures 15cms x 15cms(widest and highest points of the heart) On each side of the heart I printed pictures of my 2 nephews and finished off the heart with a ribbon for easy hanging on the wall.

Last on the list is a memory family tree pillow. Measures 35cms x 26cms, I printed an image of a family tree on a specially treated inkjet fabric sheet and made it into a huggable family tree pillow. The family tree includes the name of that special little boy or girl in your life, parents, grandparents, great grandparents on both the maternal and paternal sides which you write on the boxes provided. The picture of the little boy or girl can also be added below the name.

My gallery specializes in memory items made of fabric. I also accept custom-orders on any memory products including printing of images on fabrics. For more information,  click on the 'Contact Me' option located at the top of this page.

If you prefer to do your own printing and creation of any memory items, specially treated inkjet fabric sheets are also available for purchase in my gallery under Inkjet Printables

15 February 2012

Creative Life Week 7 - Little Fabric Houses

I wasnt so sure if I wanted to be creative this week as I wanted to have a rest from the past 3 weeks of serious creations. I thought that if I created something for this week I will have to use the fabric scraps I have been collecting over the years and increasing in quantity since I started making dresses for my self-funded charity work Dress A Girl Australia. Every bedroom door I have in my house you will find plastic bags full of scraps hanging on the doorknob. Am not only a fabric hoarder but a fabric scrap hoarder too.

Then while reading blogs I follow on the train on my way to work I found this blog of a lady living in Japan who wanted to collect 100 handmade little fabric houses for the survivors of the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami disaster which devastated much of the coastline and surrounding areas of Northern Japan. She wanted to collect 100 handmade little houses with messages so she can share them with the people in the community. I thought it was such a nice gesture and a good way to put my fabric scraps into good use. I also thought the little houses made from her pattern were so cute I needed to make one myself.

So for my Week 7 creative life, here are the five houses I made since Friday night. I was thinking of making only one house to send but after completing the little house, I decided to make another one until I ended up with 5 little houses. It was so much fun making them that I am going to make one more for my collection.

At the back of each of these little fabric houses, I attached the message below which I printed on a fabric sheet - 
ippo ippo minna no sutekina mirai e (step by step for a wonderful future)

I was in a hurry to pack these little houses so I could send it today that I forgot to take a picture of the back of the house.

To know more about the little houses project, click here. But hurry if you want to donate as the deadline for all houses is on the 21st of Feb. Or copy and paste the URL below in your internet browser.

I hope these little houses will give hope to the japanese survivors of the tragedy which is turning one year next month.

05 February 2012

What's New at Soft Treasures - Blank Gown-shaped Invites

Yes, after making those invites for my niece, I have decided to start making them to sell. For a pack of 12, you can buy them for $9.95. Gown-shaped cards are available in plain white, metallic white and yellow colours. Comes with a magnet at the back panel of the invite for easy display on the fridge. 

Gown-shaped cards measure 13cms(H) x 7cms(W single panel or folded). If card is open it measures 14cms (widest area in the lower section of the card).  All you have to do is embellish them, write down the details inside the card and off they go to your special girl's invited friends.

What is special about these blank invites is that for every sale of the invites the net proceeds from the sale will go to the postage fund of Dress A Girl Australia to help in the cost of distributing dresses to the less fortunate children around the world.

Click here to purchase these blank invites..

To know more about Dress A Girl Australia, click here.

Creative Life Week 6 - Final Invites

After 3 weeks I finally finished my niece's final invite for her 21st birthday and completely embellished. The last item to do was find small pieces of magnets to put at the back section of the invite so it can be decorated on a fridge. Instead of buying them, I decided to recyle the magnetic calendars and/or business cards you usually get for free on postboxes which I had quite a few. I cut them into pieces and glued them onto the back. 
Pre-final invites
Recycled Magnets

Final invites complete with  rose corsages and ribbons
The invites are now ready to go!!
For those who are interested to purchase blank gown-shaped cards for their special girl's special day, these are now available in my gallery to purchase. Net proceeds from the sale of these blank templates will go to the postage fund of Dress A Girl Australia to help fund the distribution of dresses to the less fortunate children around the world.

For more information about the Dress A Girl Around the World - Dress A Girl Sydney & Australia campaign, please visit Dress A Girl Australia's blog. Or you can send an email to dressagirlaustralia@gmail.com.

For general enquiries on the blank cards, please contact me by a click of a mouse on the left navigation pane under section 'Contact Me'.