After modifying the last case I was sitting with a sad empty violin case. Well this morning that lightbulb that floats above my head turned on bright as can be. Of course I had an instrument that needed a home it couldn't just go rattling around in the car any old time or be stuck up on a shelf to collect dust when it wasn't being played either.
So I got busy with a trip to JoAnns for a bit more foam this time just 2 inches thick and only 9 inches. Cost was $5 after my coupon.
I traced and trimmed
and traced and trimmed some more
Then another trip to JoAnns for fabric to cover that still ugly green foam
For our anniversary John ordered this SWEET double violin/mandolin case thats right one case housing two instruments! How awesome is that?
Well pretty dang awesome until...
The mandolin I have doesn't fit the case.
Biggest sad face EVER :(
See how cool it could be?
I email the company, call the company no answer for 6 days.
Finally a response "try it, it should fit no problem regardless of the mandolin style"....ummmm really?Would I have called or emailed if it had fit?
Would I have called or emailed if I hadn't already tried to make it fit?
After a few more emails complete with pictures they said they would take it back
Restocking fee 20%, return shipping at least $15, shipping on boring single mandolin case $15
"you want to try to "modify" it"
with John's blessing
his full confidence in my ability (mine not so much)
and $40 spent at JoAnns
($15 under the budget of the prior mentioned return fees etc.)
I tore into it...LITERALLY
This is where I started to get REALLY nervous.
I had taken a beautiful gift and trashed it....on purpose!
It was definitely mine now, no place to go but forward!
It sat like this for a little more than a week. But today John had the day off and I got a "little" time to craft. :)
So I did a little drawing
and a little carving
(yes, EVERYTHING is fair game for crafting in this house)
The mandolin fits!
I was a little skittish on the cutting and had to trim several times this darn foam is expensive!
YAY! They both fit BUT it was kind of ugly. I mean green foam is great but it's not really my style.
Good thing I had picked up some soft purple fabric to cover it in.
Now on to glueing. Again with the nerves, I put this off for most of the evening. I've never worked with spray adhesive or foam or covering upholstery which is what I assume this is like, kind of, but probably not really.
John set me up a little area in the garage and I headed down; Ipod, case, tea, and can of glue in hand.
Turned out alright if I do say so myself. I even added a little last minute slot for the tuner to ride in. On the top of the case (outside) it has a zipper flap for music, strings, (harmonicas) whatever so I didn't worry too much about other slots/compartments
First when I was making these hats neither my husband or my 4 year old wanted one....THEN when they saw the other guys wearing theirs both of them decided they needed their own. I let the four year old design his own. He loves it and is going to put it to the test this weekend at Bomba and Boppas.
He makes a pretty good model too doesn't he? I wonder if I can get my husband to model one for me?
I am a stay at home mom. I love spending every day with our two boys ages 4 and 2 months. I love to craft and share what I've made with people. If you are looking for that special extra I can help you!