Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Rachel drew a self portrait. It accurately depicts what she was wearing at the time - pink top, jeans with pink trim at the bottom, and pink boots. She is a stickler for accuracy at the moment. And I love that she is getting "fancy" with her writing lately. She actually has a few "fonts" that she uses!
And I totally love this little guy, also by Rachel. Clearly you already know that he is a panda bear in a bamboo forest, but just in case you didn't...... She drew this off the top of her head. I'm not even sure where the inspiration came from as they're studying the Arctic Tundra at school right now. The randomness of it makes me love it all the more.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
And Sarah has a party to go to this Saturday as well, so another Black Apple doll was whipped up last night. This one is sporting cashmere hair, recycled from a $1.59 thrifted sweater. It's super soft, but doesn't get as "felty" as wool does when washed, so it was a bit stretchy to sew with. I Think it worked out fine though. If time permits, I'll try and make a bag for her as well, but I've also got to come up with a baby shower gift by Saturday morning, so time is in high demand.
My photos are looking pretty crummy these days. Something happened a while ago between my computer and photoshop and now, pictures in photoshop look totally different than they do in other photo viewing programs. I'm in a quandary and if I want a kitchen, I'd best not as my husband to trouble shoot for me. And speaking of kitchens, the walls are coming along. Pictures soon.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Phew. I can scratch something off my "to do" list. My birthday gift for my nephew is done. Last year he remarked that "clothes don't make good gifts", so I'm slightly hesitant that decorations for his room will fall into the same category, but we shall see. Erin, you can give me the cold hard truth, I can take it.
Close on the heals of James' bunting, is Rachel's - here's the name portion of hers. It's ready to be assembled, but I feel like I need to do something to make the letters stand out a bit more. The triangles are already sewn together, so if I were to outline them with any sort of sewing, it would go through both layers. I'm not sure if that matters or not. Perhaps just a bolder color of embroidery floss in a chain stitch around them? I don't know. I opted for a patchwork flag as a way to incorporate some of that colorful and fun groovy square pattern in the middle. I bought it quite a while ago and have been saving it for something special. There is enough to make Sarah's as well. They've both seen me working on James' gift, and asked why I can't make one for them, so hopefully they will like them. The girls both have wide shelves over the expanse of windows in their rooms, and I thought these would be fun to hang from the shelves. I'll post of photo when it's done and hanging.
There's more gifts to be made and a lot more birthdays on the way. It makes that post-Christmas slump that seems to happen a bit of a hassle as the majority of the birthdays we celebrate seem to fall in the first three months of the new year. So, back to work.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Jim called me shortly after he left for work this morning. He started telling me about an accident and I thought he was telling me to go downtown a different way this morning, as I had to take Sarah to the dentist after I dropped Rachel off at school. After processing what he said, I realized that the accident he was telling me about involved him. Thankfully, he is fine, although, as you can see, his bumper is being held on by string...tied in a bow. Spiffy. Actually, the bumper is totally gone now and the car is in the shop. And of course, the driver of the other vehicle promptly fled the scene of the accident, but not before he ran his red light and hit Jim. Bummer.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
This is what I see as I look out the kitchen window that is over the sink. The room is somewhat dark most of the time due to no lighting and old, dark studs for walls. I like the way the old insulation on the sill adds a softness to the view. Makes it downright homey, doesn't it?
I've started working on a bunting for Rachel's birthday. I decided to make it patchwork. I'm hoping that was the right decision and that I will be able to keep a straight line. I'm not the most precise sewer in the world. I've spent more time that I should have browsing the Ga-ga for Garlands group on Flickr. It's got my wheels a turnin'!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
And lucky me, I have to opportunity to put the plan into action just three days into the new year, as we have a birthday party to go to tomorrow for a four year old friend. I thought I'd make a Black Apple doll to start with, and then last night, as I was trying to fall asleep, I felt like she needed something to go with her, so today I found the tutorial for this little bag over at Lula Louise. It came together super fast, just like the doll, and together, I think they make a cute set. The bag is reversible, and while I'd prefer for what I've got as the inside to be the outside, I didn't think about the perils of using a directional pattern when I made the doll. Not a problem for the doll, but for the purse, half is right side up and half is upside down...a problem that continues to follow me in sewing. So something to think about when your fabric pattern isn't non-directional. Now there's a certain little girl working on turning six under this roof in a matter of weeks. What to make for her?
Thursday, January 1, 2009
And he moved the refrigerator and oven in and hooked them up, as well as the sink, dishwasher and a few cabinets, giving me a bit of a working area. Unfortunately the oven only worked for four days, two of which we were out of town, and now it's out of commission again. Sigh. I almost made some cookies.
Earlier this week we had the pleasure of a visit from Jim's brother Sam and his family. Rachel was really digging her new cousin, Elaine, who we got to meet for the first time over the holidays. We enjoyed getting to spend some time and hanging with all the kids.
And here's Sarah, as I was trying to wake her from a nap today. She partied too hard last night, as all four of us rang in the new year together. The wisdom of that decision is debatable today. So that's a look back at the past week or so. Now I'm ready to look forward to what 2009 will bring. Happy New Year!