Okay, so you probably noticed that things have kind of been on hold around here. There are a lot of things going on behind the scenes, namely the new Our Epoch store redesign and moving to a new server. But aside from that, my creativity has been stretched and I’m loving it!
Moda Bake Shop announced it’s SLICED Competition about two weeks ago, and the deadline for the audition is February 29. I’ll be the first to admit that the competition if very intimidating to me. I’m curious to see how well my creativity and skill play together under pressure, should I be selected. I don’t think I am the fastest person when thinking up original ideas and patterns, but something about this competition appealed to me (even more than the prizes!!). Go here to check out the details of the competition, because it sounds like a lot of fun!
See, I’ve had this idea for an office product in my head for awhile, three months I guess, but didn’t have the motivation, time or urgency to make it happen. And ironically, the audition for the SLICED competition is making an item you would find in an office or studio. I kind of feel like it was meant to be.
It took a lot of time and work, but I managed to pull it together well ahead of the deadline. It was frustrating at times, especially in figuring out the logistics, but it was so rewarding to see it come together. So here’s my audition piece (click to see larger images):
This is a portable desk! When folded up as shown here, it measures 11″ x 13″, and is secured by a buckle. It’s easy to carry with the handles, yet small and compact enough to fit nicely into your bag or briefcase.
The outside was made from a Reunion by Sweetwater charm pack. I sewed all the charms to make a piece of fabric measuring 7 blocks by 6 blocks. I quilted the piece of fabric to a piece of cotton batting.
When the desk is open, it measures, 30″ x 26″. I used a piece from the Etchings line to create the surface of the desk. The inside features seven varied vinyl pockets for storing papers, documents and other items.
To fold up the desk, fold in the right side, then the left side, then fold it in half and secure with the adjustable buckle.
The smaller pockets are perfect for a calculator (or iPod), pens and receipts. I use all three of these items frequently, and this keeps me from searching for them all the time!
Each section has a hard writing surface under the fabric so that you can do your writing smoothly, no matter what surface you are working on.
I am so excited to see the other entries into the competition on the Flickr Group page. I’ll be watching to see if I somehow make it into this competition. If I do, things will be on hold for the most part for the month of March (Pinterest Challenge, etc.). Keeping my fingers crossed!