Sunday, May 22, 2011

Dreams of a diary.

For the longest time I had this vision in my head of covering a diary with ribbon and I never saw it through because I thought that it might just be one of those things that seem like a great idea in your head but not so in practice. Yesterday I heard of two deaths and was thinking about what I would like to leave behind when my time comes and since I do not have any children, I decided that I would like to be remembered as a person who always loved to create and try new things and decided that this was as good a time as any to try something which I had only day-dreamed about. I sat down today with oodles of ribbon, a little blank A5 journal and some double sided tape. This is what I came up with (please do not pay any heed to the work table)

Diary from the back

side view.

I cannot believe that I had never tried this before and even though it took quite a while to weave all the ribbon into something decent and a bit of a tedious job, the result in itself made it very worthwhile. The only thing that I would have done differently was to add a ribbon on either side to tie it closed but I will do this on my next attempt. I am thinking of offering a tutorial the next time I decide to make one of these, so that will be something to look out for.

The second project which I have been working on was a cute little box for my embroidery stash. Lynn B's offers a great free tutorial with excellent photo's and all credit is due to her for this stunning little 'stasher'. I followed the tutorial, pic for pic and was very happy with my box. I had never tried making something like this before but it was really easy to make and I was so surprised by how great it looks that I actually made another. The first box was not completely smooth sailing and all I can say is thank goodness for ribbon and glue, which hides many a number of sins. This was my first attempt:
Finally, I found a great project to use my little geisha cross stitch on.

side view of the box

Inside of the box.

I must say that my second box was much better and I was able to avoid most of the mistakes I experienced with the first box. Unfortunately the second box was only a few hours old when it was given away to a friend who fell in love with it and I never even took a pic before I passed it on. I used plain pink for the inner box and a pink with white polka dots for the outer cover and lined it with felt and it was really neat and a bit simpler than the first. I will definitely be making another and was thinking of making some with African 'shwe shwe' material for a nice ethnic spin.

* Lynn B if you are reading this , I hope I have done you proud and not made too many faux pa's. 

I hope you have been inspired to tackle a challenge that you have been contemplating or something which you have doubted will look right in practice, because I too did not think that I would be able to make either of the top 2 projects look half presentable and when push came to shove, I surprised myself and regret not trying it a long time ago. So, While I go get creative by making another box I will take the time to bid you adeaux  and till next time...Chow!


  1. Oh Nasreen you certainly have done me proud, it is simply stunning! Thankyou so much for taking the time to tell me about this on my blog, I will certainly post your pictures on my tutorials blog for all to see if that is ok with you? You have done a much better job than I did on my first box! lol

    Your Geisha girl cross stitch is perfect for this, it looks lovely.

    Congratulations on such a wonderful finish, heres to many more box makings!

  2. Wow, both the box and the journal are amazing :)

  3. Even it was the first time.
    They both came out very well.

    The box of Lynn B is also on my list

  4. Very nice box. Love the geisha. Where did you find the design?