24 June 2010

Creative Juices...

Some photos of my most recent creations from the past couple weeks. I totally cranked out the freezer paper stencil shirts! Five shirts completed in less than an hour! Roxanne let me borrow her cricut machine, she had a totally cute cartridge, A Child's Year, where I found all the shapes. I remade the lemon skirt for this summer by adding a waist panel to lengthen it and made a new matching polo shirt. Two weeks ago Crafter Hours had a skirt week, while browsing her site I found an irresistible "Dresden Plate" skirt, using quilting techniques. I am in love with the scalloped panels. I only got pictures of 7 hats out of the 12 made during our Utah trip. Three of them are my new hats, made to replace ones I gave away (a brown, white, and teal). Jessica finally gave me an excuse to try out a bootie pattern since she just had a baby girl. Phillip thought they were fun to play with and wear. Poor little guy is resorted to my male model for female textiles. Don't you just love the gray hat? It is my newest pattern, delish! I made a fun outfit for John and Courtenay's little guy, a hat, initial shirt, and monkey pants. Totally forgot to take a picture!

I am laughing at the irony. Since my sewing machine is now in Utah and I, in Nebraska, five orders came for hat and onesie baby gifts. Only two orders in months and now five! I need a machine, stat! Too bad I can't sew with my new serger. First I need to figure it out. Grandma lost the manuals, the CD, and the accoutrement's for the machine. I am relieved that the internet provided a semi-legible copy of the manual. That is a good start.

Dirty Business

Phillip is starting to explore his surroundings with gusto! I constantly find him wedged under furniture, stuck under tables, and inside my shelves. Amelia was not an explorer, so this is sort of new for us. When he first starts to unseat himself onto his tummy, he does this funny hand pat move on the floor. Cracks me up. He can now re-sit himself from his tummy too and rocks on his knees. His preferred method of locomotion is to get on his knees and launch himself forward. During dinner hour he can be found slobbering all over my feet, tickles like crazy!

My little garden has made a total comeback. All the plants are at least 4-6 inches tall. My lettuces are taking over, we are enjoying yummy salads with different types of lettuce. I wish lettuce and tomatoes came at the same time. After 8 months of meaning to fill up our emergency water supply, I finally accomplished that task. It took two long hoses from the outside spigot to run down into the basement in order to fill the containers. While I was tightening the hose connections Phillip explored the garage floor. He was black with dirt from his toes to his face. I took a couple pictures before the worst of it came. We compounded the mess with watermelon and homemade yogurt pops. Both kids were dirty birdies.

I am finally proud to announce that my craft room is clean. It made sense to put everything back in order so I can make a new mess. The basement got some TLC which required several runs to the Salvation Army to donate stuff. The rest of our week was busy with cleaning, gardening, swimming at the pool, walks, piano lessons, and general silliness.