Then a "informational" email came around about the value the gift should be, and what exactly hand made meant, and things like that. Ok, I was still good. I like challenges, and I like to make things for people. Sweet. I'm still in.
Then I got my "Covert Robin" name. I was honored to get Tara from SewTara. I say honored because as soon as I went to her blog, I knew I was in the presence of a true artist. Her blog is amazing, and inspiring, and well, intimidating. She is a REAL crafter, and does amazing things with needles and thread. I'm a novice, a rookie, a fake, and then I had a little freak out.
How on earth would I create ANYTHING remotely crafty for such a person? I didn't know where to start. I tried and tried and brainstormed. And zilch.
So I did what many of us do when we are un-inspired. I got Pinspired. That's right Pinterest. I found do-able projects that would impress the most esteemed crafter. At least that's what I told myself.
Here are my pinspirations:
|Caroline Valade via pinmarklet from |
|Just another hang up|
|Maria Lopez via pinmarklet from|
Let me say, that I hate taking pictures of things that I make. I am not a photographer, so keep in mind that this Instagram pic, doesn't really do my stuff justice.
I made the pin cushion with fabric scraps and left over stuffing. It's a little lopsided now that I look at it, but when I made it I was so proud! It's filled with the contents of a mini sewing kit and buttons, that I bought, which I guess is kind of cheating. Oh, and I added a little fabric bow/flower bling.
The bunting tote bag. I liked the cosmetic bag, but zippers are way over my head at this time. So I had this tote left over from a forgotten project last fall. I again used scrap fabric for the triangles, and did my best to sew straight and clean. I really liked the way it turned out. It looks like a happy little tote don't ya think?
Finally, a tshirt scarf up cycle. I had loads of my hubby's old ts just begging for attention. It's long enough to be doubled like an infinity scarf. I made a green one for me for St. Patty's and I love it. So, I was hoping Tara liked it too.
So after all the intimidation, worry, and sweat over this Covert Robin project, I was happy to know she loved it. I got Tara's email and had a big sigh of relief. Because I was dealing with a serious crafter, who deserves some serious homemade swag. Looks like I put just enough love and thought into it that she ignored some sewing missteps. So glad you liked it Tara!!
Don't forget I got a gift too! I'd love to share it as it is AWESOME, but I'll wait for Katie of There & Back to link up with the Covert Robin. You can see a sneak peek here.