Ouch. Yay! Ouch.

side of ipod case
veclro earbud pocket on the front

It seems the professional stars have aligned to collide this week; so many of my friends are having hard work-weeks. Yesterday I got home unexpectedly hours early from an afternoon meeting and by 4 pm I was in my pajamas, under the covers with a glass of Cabernet so big, I think it might be illegal. About 6:30, the fuzziness started wearing off and I decided it just might be a good idea to not become the crazy 20-something who comes home from work early to lounge around in jammies and drinks the afternoon away while talking to Rachael Ray on the tube.
I pulled myself together, washed out the glass and made some dinner. I also decided the evening wouldn’t be wasted; there isn’t enough time in my day to stress about my job. The only thing it does is make my hair fall out and make me eat my weight in frozen yogurt. Neither leave me feeling terribly attractive or too great about myself. A sense of accomplishment, however, is a sure fire self-esteem boost, and considering I’d had all that wine, it was impossible to drive to the Golden Spoon.

ipod case
inside of amy butler ipod case

Instead, I wooed my Singer and a new Amy Butler pattern. Voila — a pink iPod case. I bought this Amy Butler fabric on eBay years ago and have been nursing the one yard through several projects. I think I’m going to make a couple more of these as gifts. And yes, the seams in those photos would be much straighter without the trip down Cabernet street. Stop judging.

palm card with envelope

With the same sense of using what I have in the craft studio, I pulled out some paper and ribbon to make some new cards. I am a bit of a correspondence junkie and it was so fun to use ribbon scraps to make these.

blue and orange ribbon card
Asian purple card

I’ve got a stack of June birthday cards ready for the mail and am working on July. Mozambique doesn’t have postal service in Beira, so it is wise to get these done now. (Ah, junk mail. I never thought I’d consider you a luxury.)
Also, I decorated some notebooks with leftover fabric scraps and stamps for friends who are also traveling this summer.

cd travel journal
ja travel journal
travel patch, cu
in which to keep my secrets
summer travel journal, front
giraffes on the back of my journal

And maybe a fabulous giraffe journal for moi aussi.
For waking up with a mild hangover, I was pleasantly surprised to see my studio table covered with completed projects. Now, about that packing…


16 Replies to “Ouch. Yay! Ouch.”

  1. I’m really digging the card with the palm envelope. Hey, I’m always up for snail mail!!

    I love the iPod case and I love your “afternoon early evening” ritual. *giggle* I’m not a huge cab fan, my wine of choice is merlot, but more power to you and all the projects you finished!! (that’s exactly how I got our old apartment cleaned before we moved, Merlot!)

  2. slightly intoxicated sewing does make for interesting seams. i can’t believe that i am not the only one with a project thta proves that. anyway…well done. and cabernet always a good start!

  3. Go girl! I came home today feeling like crap after a failure of a day subbing a sixth grade class. What did I do? Slept, snuggled with kitty, bemoaned my luck. Need to do something more positive next time, hats off to you Kelli! :oD

  4. You did all that in one evening? Impressive. The journals are great travel gifts! Thoughtful, indeed. Love your homemade cards, and what a cute ipod case.

  5. hi kelli! love your giraffe journal, what a great idea. so when do you leave for the big trip??? also, i have that amy butler fabric, but with blue flowers. maybe i can send a bit your way. hmm, mayhaps a little swap after your return? 🙂

  6. Your iPOD case looks great, Kelli, and your music won’t care a whit about a wine-induced wayward stitch here and there. I love your card and journal projects, beautiful as well as very useful.

  7. Kelli,
    I am a friend of Rosalicious. I love looking at your blog. I call myself crafty, but ever since getting married, i have had trouble making time for my crafts and projects. This post has inspired me to make a contientious effort to make time (and space!) for my creativity.

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