Sewing Machine Success & Learning What CSS Stands For

Last week I called it quits with the Singer beast. I gave it many chances to behave, but push came to shove and now it is out of my life. I ordered a new Brother sewing machine and it came in yesterday. I managed to successfully sew something: an iPhone cozy. I do love cozies for my technology. It was a fairly simple endeavor. The hardest part was trying to find the sweet spot on the pedal so that the fabric wouldn’t be feeding into the machine like lightning or moving in slow-mo. The sleeve is far from perfect, but it is functional and most importantly, cute. I’m excited about developing my sewing skills and exploring the endless possibilities the sewing machine has to offer. I am already envisioning Doctor Who and Star Trek items I can sew.

On the other side of my quasi-geekiness, I am learning about HTML and CSS. Very fancy stuff. My husband is a web developer and has been my patient and incredibly informative tutor. I’m not sure exactly what possessed me to fool around with this stuff, but I’ve always been intrigued by it. Lately, I’ve been hearing about the need for more females in the development world and I’m always watching my husband play around on his computer and it’s made me curious enough to tinker with code myself. The one thing I absolutely love about it is the instant gratification. I love that I can type in some code and then be able to see it come to life in a snap. A lot more patience for the final result is required when knitting or crocheting; but that’s its own kind of fun. Oh yeah, and CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets.

I’m excited to see how far I’ll go with both of my new hobbies. It looks like I’ll definitely be busy during the summer.


WIP Wednesday

Just wanted to share something I am working on: a TARDIS iPhone sleeve! I seem to be preferring my knitting needles lately and for this TARDIS experiment, I think it works best. This is my “first draft.” After this one, I’ll be adding more recognizable details.


A few links to show and share

Always looking for new sources of inspiration, I started subscribing to craft blogs not too long ago. It is great to see what other crafters are doing– and most of it is stuff I want to share with the world! Here are a few goodies I have found this week:

First up: Being Geek Chic’s DIY Wonder Woman Shoes! I’ve been thinking lately that I need to try and customize a pair of flats (even with a husband that’s more than a foot taller than me, I still can’t bring myself to wear heels). I work with preschool kids, so having sparkly shoes like these would be very appropriate. They love glitter. If you want to attempt these, the video tutorial is here.

I love Star Trek. And I love these buttons. These are from I do not believe these are listed in the shop anymore, but this store has some pretty neat buttons, magnets and pet tags.

If you are crafty and dig Ryan Gosling, you may enjoy the Handmade Ryan Gosling tumblr page.

I’ll be posting something this weekend about what I’m currently hooking– people have been making requests and I am more than happy to oblige! Apparently, wearing my own work is a great way to advertise and get people interested.