Simple eReader Cover

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When I got my nook eReader, I quickly went online to find a cover for it. Knowing me, I would drop it after about day two. Barnes and Noble sells lots of different covers (some of them are really cool, like this Jonathan Adler design), but I just didn’t like the fact that they all look like old Daytimers and they’re about 30-40 bucks. Sorry, no.

I wanted something protective, that I can slip on and off quickly, but that stays off when I want to read. And I wanted it to still fit in my bag (those covers they sell look very bulky). So I decided to use some leftover felt and create a very simple cover. This is it! You really can’t get much easier than sewing three straight lines and some embellishments. This has really come in handy and I find it easy now to throw the nook in my bag and not worry that it’ll get scratched.

I made this one for a friend’s Kindle Fire.

 

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ABC Quiet Book

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Several of my friends are pregnant or have just had babies and I’ve been trying to think of what to make for them for baby gifts. I don’t know how to knit or crochet, so I had to get creative. I saw this Star Wars Quiet Book on Pinterest recently, and I totally fell in love with the format. I had never heard of Quiet Books before seeing this, so I did a Google search to see what’s out there. I found this really cool animal one too.

I love to work with felt and I knew this was something I could do, so I decided to make one of these for my friend who is due in a couple weeks. I came up with an illustrated ABC concept (at first I had wanted to illustrate every letter of the alphabet, but since these books are plush, that would have been way too many pages, so I decided to illustrate just one letter on each page). I sewed it all by hand and hot glued the pages together to try to get a really good seal.

I have some ideas for more of these, and more friends with babies to be my guinea pigs, so I’ll be making more in the near future. I hope to get a little more “interactive” with them. Here’s the book:

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Decorative Eggs

This easter we decided to color eggs the old fashioned way–you know, the store bought egg dying kit, with the ridiculously cheap components, and the stickers (STICKERS?? I don’t remember stickers when I was a kid. I remember decals. Yeah, decals. Those things you have to use a little skill for. Oh, man, I’m bitter). Anyway, my 40ish husband and my 29ish (40ish) self had fun playing with the colors, trying to use that little metal holder they give you, that inevitably makes the eggs slip right off of it and SPLAT onto the counter (we cracked a lot of our eggs), and we had fun. Our eggs look no different than if a four-year-old colored them, and I see that as success.

But I also wanted to do something a little different–push the creativity envelope a bit. Ever since kindergarten, when my teacher showed the class how to get the goo out of an egg without breaking it, I’ve been wanting to try it (by the way, she lied. She did break it. Just a little–with a pin, on both ends–but still, she had to break it to get the goo out, so she lied.) I tried to flash back to remember how she worked this magic, and I made some hollow decorative eggs. Here’s how I did it.

First I took some raw eggs and punched a hole on both sides of it. One hole I made a little bigger, because the goo has to be able to get out.

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Then I blew through the smaller hole, into a cup to catch the goo. This was extremely trying to my abdominals. If you want to go ahead and use this as your ab exercise, go for it. I was huffing and puffing after just four of these. Also, these images are sort of egg porn. Keep your kids away.

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I wiped the eggs clean and made sure there were dry. Then I used different width Sharpies and drew some designs onto the eggs. FYI it’s super hard to draw on eggs. My advice would be to use the thicker ones. Mine ended up looking pretty rough, but two of them are blog worthy, I suppose. I hope. I think so. Here they are.

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