Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Wooden Peg People?

Peg People with just a base coat.
I recently helped my sister Shannon paint some wooden peg people. I had never heard of them before. They are reminiscent of the old Playskool "Little People". Her friend Abby sent her about 24 plain, unpainted wooden figures to paint and decorate. They will be used in Abby's wedding on the tables and around the reception site.

Shannon did such a great job on them. I'll admit, I was spent after painting about five of them. It was taking us about forty five minutes to an hour to paint each one. You wouldn't think that they take so long - they're not that big. Shannon is such a perfectionist, that she'd repaint the ones that she wasn't happy with. They came out great, though, and she did such a good job that when Abby saw them, she gave Shannon even more to paint. Wow, what a good friend Shannon is. I would have run the other way!

Here's some peg people eye candy for you:

All decked out in their finest!
Pretty lady in purple.
Everyone looks so happy.
This guy's getting some orange hair.
Aww, so pretty!
Hey! All eyes on the camera, please!
Is it time to go to the wedding yet?

Note: I've had a few people ask about the source for peg people. They came from:

Friday, April 1, 2011

Homemade Fabric Kindle Cover

I finally made the Kindle cover for my Grandmother! I ordered the pattern from Birdiful Stitches on etsy probably well over a month ago. Didn't want to rush into anything. I was surprised at how quickly it went together. It took maybe about an hour or an hour and a half. Wonder of wonders, I didn't mess it up, or have to rip anything out! Must be a testament to the quality of the directions.

I am not a Kindle connoisseur, so I had to email Berritt, the woman behind Birdiful Stitches with a question about which pattern piece would be the correct one to use for my Grandmother's Kindle. She got back to me right away.

The fabric that I used was very pretty with roses on it, made by Moda. The coordinating fabric, also by Moda,  had polka dots on it. I got them both last summer at a yard sale. That sale had lots of pretty fabric that I snatched up. I had no idea what I was going to use it for, but I knew that I liked it, and it was coming home with me. I think that the fabric suited Mom.

No, she's not "Grandma". When I was very young, we would pack up the station wagon and spend the summer at a nearby lake. There were about six or seven cottages grouped on a peninsula of land. My parents and I (and eventually my sister) stayed in one cottage and my Grandparents, aunts and uncle would stay in another. I was told that as a toddler, I'd follow my mother around, while she was spending time with her Mother. I heard my Mother and my aunts and uncle, calling  their mother "Mom", so I guess I figured that must be her name. So, I grew up calling my Grandmother, "Mom". The name stuck, and now all of the grandchildren call her "Mom".

The button that I used was one from my stash. I have no idea where it came from; I collected it from somewhere along the way. It's most likely vintage, and I loved its design. 

If I make another one, the only thing I'd do differently would be to stitch a little closer to the edge when doing the top stitching. And, I'd probably take the time to prewash the fabrics. It was a tight fit. I had to very carefully stretch the fabric to get the Kindle into the cover. When I was making the cover, I didn't have an actual Kindle in my hands to use to see how it'd fit before I did the top stitching. On the plus side, that Kindle will not fall out of its cover, that's for sure.

Overall, I am very happy with the way the cover came out. The pattern directions were easy to understand, and I liked that when I had a question, I got an immediate response. So, if you are thinking about making an e-reader cover, head on over to Birdiful Stitches to purchase the pattern.
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