It feels like we’ve been insanely busy lately! All three of us had birthdays in the past few weeks. For my birthday, A spent the weekend with her grandparents in Abbotsford meaning, M + I had a dinner (Maenam- rating: awesome!) and a movie date (The Hangover- rating: meh, funny in parts)!
For M’s birthday, I surprised him with tix for the Phoenix Suns + Portland Trailblazers pre-season game at GM place. Although he checks the NBA site daily, somehow he hadn’t heard about this game! What a surprise!
So- goodies for you today include:
1. Pics of a dress…
…Made for A last year when I enrolled in a sewing class with the VSB’s Continuing Education. I pulled this out of the closet yesterday and am so happy it fits her. I had completely forgotten about it. I am so glad that I took the time to learn proper terminology and techniques for basic-intermediate sewing. I found out neat things like the existence of zipper feet, how important pressing and ironing can be and had a lot of fun in general creating all sorts of things.
In addition to the dress, I made a reversible blanket that is water resistant on one side and a fuzzy orange fleece on the other. This is really light weight and stuffs really neatly into a stuff sack made with the same purple water resistant fabric, a recycled rainbow guitar strap and a clippy thingy (so my terminology hasn’t advanced since the end of the class March 2008).
2. Pics of the sewing machine…
…I have been gifted with by my grandma. I am a bit daunted by all the fancy functions, but awed by it’s amazing construction (it’s metal, folks- not plastic!), comes in a great tiny fold-out table with matching stool (which I will repaint and recover), and also comes with an assortment of fancy add-on bits and bobs (I see a zipper foot, yay!). I am really excited to get this up and running but first must track down an on/off switch which was sheared off during the packing for my parents’ WPG to YVR Cross-Canada Couch Surfing adventure.
3. Pictures of the birthday banner…
…I made for A’s party a few weeks ago. I used acrylic (the purple and white) and wool felt (green) for this project. I had never used wool felt before, it’s got a really nice weight to it, where as the acrylic is almost a feather weight. Wool would not have worked with the crowns I made as birthday goodies.
I cut out a bunch of triangles, sewing the short edge over about 1/4 inch and threaded some yarn through to hang the banner from. I cut out rectangles of white felt to make the letters so that they would all be the same height and width and used scissors to design the letters from there. Easy and re-usable! I’ll be able to use this for many birthdays to come, and the “Amina” part of the banner can be detached and used for or anyone’s birthday celebration.
4. Pictures of some scarves…
that Heather and I dyed up the other week. Kool-aid and food colouring does it everytime. When the scarves are all together, they actually smell faintly sweet- reminds me of my childhood. Although I can’t really remember drinking a ton of Kool-aid, I do remember those silly commercials where the Kool-aid guy would crash through walls and things.
Hope you enjoyed! Upcoming projects: tie-dying and words of wisdom for camping with a toddler.