Posted by: tgonzales | June 18, 2012

June 16-17, 2012 Weekend, Another Vintage Hot Pad Dress, and More Cell Phone Cases

My weekend started off with making another cell phone case and I gave it to one of my new co-workers’ Jeanne.

Jeanne takes a walk during her lunch break and she listens to books or music, so I made this one with a short handle so that her ear phones would work better. I think she likes it and I asked her to make sure she told me if there were things about it that she didn’t like so that I could change the design.

Saturday morning I finished this cute little vintage hot pad dress, and

made another cell phone case before John got up and ready for work.

After John left for work I made another cell phone case before I headed out to my Mom’s house where I was meeting my daughter and granddaughter so that we could go to my company’s annual picnic.

As usual I enjoyed visiting with Mom before Jennifer and Megan arrived. I had printed off some of the pictures that I had taken of my Mom and her classmates at the Alumni banquet a few weekends ago and she was so excited to actually have the photos in her hand instead of looking at them on the screen of my computer.  🙂 Megan had a good time at the picnic and she met a new friend named Mackenzie who happens to be Jeanne’s daughter and is the same age as Megan. Saturday evening was spent visiting with my sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Ricci and C.W. It’s always nice to see both of them; they mean so much to both of us.

Sunday morning I was back at making cell phone cases. I have decided that these might be fun to sell at the Hesston Barn Sale in October. This orange and tan one was just calling for some wooden beads.

And the fun thing about having a husband, who makes jewelry, is that most of the time he has just the right kind of beads for my projects. I loved finally being able to use that old wooden button too that I found in a large round sewing basket that I bought at an auction many years ago.

Then I decided to make another cell phone case, this time I decided to use some of the beads that I removed from a straw purse that was falling apart and I also removed the cool round handles before I disposed of the bag. I still haven’t used the handles but I’m sure I’ll use them some day. 😉

I’m glad I kept the beads, because I thought they might come in handy some day. And that day was Sunday. Of course I have plenty more left so I can use them on more cell phone cases or some other project I dream up another day. While lunch was cooking I did my ironing and hemmed 2 pairs of pants. John arrived home from work and enjoyed his barbecue ribs with fried squash. Yummy!

Sunday evening we went to my dear daughters’ house for dinner. She made her mouthwatering eggrolls for John for Father’s day and what a pleasant way to end the weekend. Spending time with family and friends always makes me happy. Did you do anything exciting over the weekend?


  1. amazing 😀

    • Thank you very much!

  2. Love the little hot pad dress-thats my fav. Seeing the cell phone cover reminded me of the one I made last week for my friend that I put in the nursing home. Her son bought her a cell phone and she was always loosing it because it was so small compared to the house phone. I made it just a little larger, so she could carry her change in it and on it I machine embroidered her name on the flap. Now everybody that sees it wants to buy on with their name on it. Love the picture of your Mom. I know she had fun on her Ohio trip and I know she is looking forward to her Alaska trip next. So glad she gets to travel. Have a good day cousin. sue

    • Hi Sue,

      Thanks for liking the hot pad dress. I think it’s my favorite too right now. I loved hearing about your cell phone case with the name embroidered on it. I bet it looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing a little piece of your world with me.

      Love you cuz,

  3. Tamara, It’s fun to get to know you a little from this blog. I like the colorfull cellphone cases and the vintage beads. I wish I could get more involved in Crochet Guild but alas I must take care of some other things, that will keep me close to home, for the next few months. I love to crochet, for myself and others. The only thing I love more is Quilting. Possibly I will see you at the Quilt Show this week.

    • Thanks Linda for stopping by to comment and for visiting my blog. Your daughter told me that you read my blog all the time. 🙂 I’m not sure if I’ll get to the quilt show or not, but maybe I’ll see you there.


      • Thanks for reply. I plan to come back for another visit and will likely join after haing back surgery in early August.

  4. Oh Tamara! I *LOVE* your second cell phone case!!! These are going to ‘cell’ like hotcakes in Oct.

    And the vintage hot pad dress is out-of-this-world AWESOME!!

    Beautiful photos of beautiful work … and of your family. You are a great photographer.

    Love ‘n Hugs ~

    • AWWW Kat!

      Thanks so much for liking all the cell phone cases and I do hope they sell. They really look cute just hanging there on my red velvet coated hanger. 🙂 And thank you for thinking I’m such a good photographer. 😉 I’m such an amatuer.

      Love you,

  5. Tamara that cell phone case is cute…good idea. BTW the dress is adorable also.

    • Thank you so much Nita.

  6. Those phone cases are brilliant! I’m always wandering around with my phone in my hand and leaving it lying around…they would come in useful for me!

  7. Just out of interest, how much yarn do you need (in terms of yards/metres) roughly to make the phone case? I have spotted a lovely yarn in the clearance section of my local craft store but I don’t want to walk away without enough! Thanks!

    • Hi Hannah,

      I’m not for sure for the whole thing. I just use bits and pieces, but with the ribbon crochet yarn that I just used it took almost the whole ball of ribbon. (the wrapper was gone, so I’m not sure how much yarn was on it) But I’m going to take a guess of 150-200 yds. I’m sorry I can’t be more precise. I hope this helps.


      • No that’s fine! I haven’t been doing crochet for long so I haven’t really got any bits and pieces lying around to use up so I just thought I best check before I buy. I’d rather have too much than not enough!

      • I agree. 🙂

  8. […] just about complete (pending assembly) I have decided to work on a lovely phone case designed by Tamara. I was actually going to work on my hat next, but on my previous trip to Hobbycraft to buy the wool […]

    • Hannah,

      That’s great. I can’t wait to see it. Will you be posting it on your blog?


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