Saturday, 3 December 2011

That's the Desk Tidied!!

As you know I've been in a quandry over what to make big bro for Christmas.  

Thanks so much for all your wonderful & creative suggestions, most of which I will mostly definitely be putting in the 'Things to Try' bank!

I was just about to go with Trudi's idea of a scarf backed with polar fleece, and start running around shops looking for soft fleece, when I had an epiphany (no, it didn't hurt)!!

I was walking round Tescos the other day when I suddenly thought of change trays/desk tidies.  Unbeknown to me, my lovely bloggy friend Helen was thinking exactly the same thing, and emailed me the same idea!!  Talk about being of one creative mind!  Brilliant!

So here they are:
Fabric - Indigo Berries from River Fabrics

They were quite difficult to photograph as the fabrics are dark and rich, but I think they will be perfect for my brother's office desk.  

I downsized the hostess box pattern (which I'm also using for my Christmas mugrug sets) twice to get a little family of desk tidies.  Isn't baby box so cute?

And if he doesn't want to use them for stationary, he can always fill them with sweets (like me, he has an incureable sweet tooth!).

After considerable tweaking, resizing, unpicking & resewing, I conquered the journal cover pattern.

This one is for my friend's daughter who loves to read and journal, and while she is v.feminine, isn't overly girly, and a little bit Gothy.  So I hope these less girly fabrics from Sophie will please (the Sophie cot quilt will be for this teenager's new little sister when she arrives!).

This one is for my neice, who is 13.  She likes all things girly!

The crochet hearts pattern is by Attic 24, found here.

Well that's it for today.  I'm off to make more presents!

Have a fab Saturday!

Judith xo


  1. Great pressies! Lovely journals!

  2. Brilliant! I want these for my desk and I can give some away too for Christmas. I also want to give the journal covers a try, yours are lovely.

  3. Yay for the trays - sweets win every time!

  4. Love the family of trays but mine would definitely have sweets in them!! I'm sure your brother will love them and the girls will love the journals!

  5. Oooh fab makes. I've had a very unproductive day so it's fun seeing your goodies. Those little trays could be filled with all kinds of goodies for giving!

  6. Fab idea on the tidies, sure they'll be full of sweets in no time :oD Congrats on conquering the books too

  7. Love your tidy trays - the fabrics looks fab and the journals are beautiful too.

  8. The trays are a great idea, useful and cute! The journals are really pretty and love the detail :)

  9. Very busy again Judith - trying for an even bigger mosaic for December??

  10. Trays are a brilliant idea. Definitely a lightbulb moment. Your prolific quilting / makes are impressive.

  11. You are still going full throttle Great stuff.!

  12. Wow, Judith-- you are just rocking on the presents! I love the set of organizers for your brother's desk, and the journal covers are so sweet-- esp with that little crochet heart detail.

  13. I love the journals Judith, specially the one for your niece!, so cute.

  14. Oh those trays look great, really sturdy...and the journals are gorgeous too! x


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