Hey! Instead of a bunch of whales, today I’m sharing 15% off everything in The Tragic Whale shop!
Just use coupon code WHALELOVE at check out.
Happy Wednesday! Hope the rest of your week sails by :)
I needed a new pencil case for work. Mine was too small and I couldn’t fit a full post-it pad in it. And I need my post-it notes! The one I have I got at Borders and I loved that it had a zipper pocket in it.
But since Borders is closed (even the Website redirects to Barns & Noble!) I realized I would have to take matters into my own hands. It took a couple of tries but I finally came up with:
Complete with band aid pocket. The MOST important pocket. In the process, though, I made patterns for a small, thin case:
and a shorter, larger case:
Both of which are now available in the shop! I’ll eventually make more like mine, which is bigger and has that handy little pocket, but I was waiting on a massive supply of rainbow zippers to come in.
Check out the new Pencil Case section of the shop and let me know what you think!
Since I basically took March off from life, I was extremely behind on all of my projects. And by extremely behind I mean I was actually working towards not taking a year to get things done. (With the exception of Lauren’s t-shirt quilt. That will probably be pretty close to a year.)
But this weekend, I killed it. I spent most of Saturday sewing! I got some fabric samples ready for my friend Danielle:
(And missed mailing them out by 15 minutes.)
Finished a bag I promised my friend Carolyn in January:
Made her some matching pouches with the leftover material:
Finished the pencil cases I traced the patterns for in February:
Worked on some new, one of a kind pouches for the shop:
(Took a bunch of crappy pictures with my phone, aha.)
The only thing I didn’t get to is a diaper bag for my friend Katelynn. But I did pick up the fabric for it so I’m moving in the right direction!
Did anyone else have a super productive Saturday?
My friend (and partner in craft-fair crime) Peter has started listing jewelry in his etsy shop! This is really exciting for a couple of reasons.
1) Peter is an amazing artist and
2) now I can direct you to his work!
Because before I would be all, “Peter and I did a craft fair.”
But now I can be all, “Peter and I did a craft fair,” and I can hyperlink the shit out of his name. Then you can click on it and see what you didn’t get to see at the craft fair you didn’t visit us at. OH WORD!
Check this bracelet out:
He opens and closes every single link to make sure that they are closed properly and closed tightly. He doesn’t want his work pulling apart and obviously neither do you.
This one is made with rubber rings, which makes it stretchy:
I have one like this and it’s great because I can get it on and off one handed (I struggle with clasps if I can’t use both hands, aha). Also, it’s neat and not very many people have one like it. And I LOVE having something that not everybody else has.
And he recently started making hacky sacks:
I’m not saying you should go check out Cold-Blooded Maille. I’m just saying that you should go check out Cold-Blooded Maille. Because even if you aren’t into chain-maille jewelry, you have to admit it’s pretty awesome.
On Monday I went shopping with my cousin and found a super cute belt marked down to $5! It had an elastic band and a snap in the back, aka not adjustable. I could tell that it was several inches too big. Problem? Naw. I bought that shit anyway.
As you can see, it hangs a little low…
What’s a grrrl with a sewing machine to do? Cut it apart.
Trim it down.
Singe the edges to protect against fraying.
Stick the pieces back in place.
Stitch it up.
And rock it!
Man, ever since I got an iPhone, taking pictures has gotten so much easier! But the quality is obviously not as good as my digital camera. I’m going to vote it a toss up because this project took 15 minutes with picture taking, and you just can’t beat that.
This past weekend I ticked off some projects from my long “to do” list! I finished lining a baby seat cover for my friend’s mom:
(She asked for this in July… Sorry it took so long, Hannah!)
Made a coin purse for my mom:
She’s got a couple friends at work who have been asking for them, and decided she wants one too! I coated it in scotch guard, which I’ve never used before I think I might start using regularly.
A little dino for an old friend:
I’ve made these before, but for some reason it took me 3 tries to get this little guy right. His eyes kept coming out lopsided or falling out. It was weird.
Some wallets for my brother:
I added wallets to my list in October. To make these, I used a pattern I found online. But I think they came out a little tight so I’m going to spend some time tweaking it before any show up in the shop.
Today is my Gramma’s birthday! She would have been 76. (This is my Mom’s mom, not my Dad’s mom.) Growing up, my Gramma was always sewing and crocheting and knitting and baking, and I know my love of crafts stems from spending so much time with her. And because she was the crocheting queen, today’s Wednesday Whale Love is crochet-themed!
I bet you were wondering where that was going. And yes, nearly half of my family was born in February. I guess May is just a busy month for us.
Check out these potholders!
I don’t know that my Gramma made potholders. I think she mostly stuck with blankets, sweaters, and hats.
This tissue box cover is adorable:
If only I didn’t already have a whale-embellished square one! And hadn’t spent a fortune on those special square boxes of tissues! J/k, I love my tissue box. My friend Traci got it for me!
And this amazingly detailed humpback whale pattern!
Now, I’m not a crocheter. My Gramma taught me once, swore I’d never forget, and I forgot almost instantly. And I have no interest in it because it’s tedious and I can’t watch Netflix while I do it. But if there was ever a reason to learn, this whale would be it!
Hope your Wednesday isn’t too chilly :)