Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Covering a Mousepad and Some Other Stuff

 "Where have you been?" my bloggy followers ask.  Oh, here and there.  I've been doing stuff, I promise.  I just haven't been blogging about it.

I did plan a post on covering a mousepad, since it is quite simple and fun.  So, here it is:
Start with a mousepad.  (Genius post, huh?)  And some fabric, and some fusible web trimmed to about 1/2 inch larger than the mousepad on all sides.

Iron the fabric nicely.  Using a hot iron (no steam), iron the fusible web onto the fabric.  Then, iron it some more.  You want to get a nice bond going here.  Then, when it is cool, pull the paper backing away from the fusible and center your fabric onto the mousepad, on the smoothest side.  Iron.  Iron again.  Iron once more, paying particular attention to the edges to make sure they are really stuck to the pad.
 Here is what you get:
 When it is nice and cool, trim all around.  And there you go!
 Wasn't that easy?  I like the feel of Japanese fabrics; they are a little rougher than American-made cottons, so they are perfect for the mouse.  And aren't those little sheep just adorable?

 I also made this wreath.  OK, I bought the wreath at Claire Marie and tied on a bunch of my dried lavender with some ribbon, but I thought it came out lovely.  And easy.  Which are two of my favorite words. (Lavender is my favorite herb/flower -- I have been making lots of hand scrubs lately with  my very own dried lavender, but I give them away before taking a picture.  You're just going to have to trust me on this one.)

If you like Key Lime, this is the cake for you.  And for Richard, our boss, who does indeed like Key Lime.  The recipe is on this beautiful blog.
Wow.  That's not even close to centered on the cake plate, is it?

 I seem to always forget to take a picture of the inside until all the extra has been wrapped up to send home. Please excuse the plastic.
 Father's Day fare, prepared by Will -- jalapeno poppers.  They were delicious, and he was very careful about removing seeds.  Love that kid.
 This was a delicious find from pinterest -- Curried Vegetable Stew with couscous.  Thanks, Cecily!

No promises about future posts -- know that there will be some, and think of the "when" as a big surprise.  I have several quilts in the works, some embroidery, some knitting.  And I've been reading. So watch out.



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  2. I really love your mouse mat, what a fantastic idea.