Wow! It's Thursday already! Where did the week go?
For Aidin, much of the week has been spent working on this little gem, a pillow for daddy.
She decided out of the blue over the weekend that she needed to make something for Daddy and then set to work. She cut all the interior patchwork pieces herself from her own "stash" of scraps, laid out the pattern and directed me to sew.
She chose the green border from some of my solids and told me how wide to cut it. I sewed it on and she set to embroidering.
She chose the trim (ric rak from Vallen - thank you dear!), which I sewed on before I sewed the front and back together. Finally, she turned, stuffed and stitched it shut.
But her creativity didn't end there. She had to wrap it. And decorate the bag, and write a tag.
And what did I do while she worked? Well, not what I had planned to do, that's for certain. When we got home from school yesterday Aidin opened her backpack and found someone else's shirt and book in her bag. That freaked her out a little bit. We knew it was her bag, because down at the bottom was her umbrella, and in the pocket was her pencil that she had wrenched the eraser fitting off. Well, what did we expect for buying the cheapest pink backpack we could find? I had been meaning to embroider her name on her pack since before school began, but this mistaken identity prompted action.
I used Laurie's tutorial on Feeling Stitchy as a jumping off point. I traced the font onto waxed paper with a sharpie, pinned the paper to the backpack and did a backstitch around the outline of the letters. By the time I finished the outline I realized that the blue sharpie was turning my white embroidery floss slightly bluish. So I tore the waxed paper off at that point and continued on with my satin stitch. It took a while, but I'm relatively pleased with my result. My satin stitch never looks perfect, but I doubt Aidin will care and the monogram will serve it's purpose. I hope!
And on a completely unrelated note, today is the birthday of FIVE people I know. My dear friends, Bill (thank you for coming up and fixing our sink yesterday!) and Aphrodite, two of my co-workers and a Mexican woman that was a programme volunteer when I worked in India. My co-worker, Jeff, is having a milestone this year. We couldn't let it pass without a bit of celebration.
There were homemade cinnamon rolls this morning and there will be a cake for lunch as well. I hope today brings you something worth celebrating!
We've been quietly busy at our house. Exploring nature (collecting worms):
Making fairy houses:
that didn't come out quite as my perfectionist child had hoped:
Admiring my parents photos on flickr - they have been to Devil's Tower and Glacier National Park since my last report of them. Now they're at Yellowstone. It has snowed on them twice. :) Aren't they cute?
Working on a few secret projects, one in collaboration with the girl child. And sewing more baby gifts. And these are not the last. By far.
And I'm working on another paper-pieced ball. I know I promised MONTHS ago to do a little tutorial on these. I will. I've just been sewing this one at night in my rocking chair while watching Season 2 of Battlestar Gallactica on DVD (yes, we are late to the party), which doesn't make for the best photographs. But there are more in my future. Long live sock monkeys!
Happy Hump Day to you. I may be able to reveal one secret project tomorrow. Til then.... L
* Did you know the Brownie Story is told by Girl Guides and Girl Scouts the world over? One of the most moving signs of peace I've ever experienced was sitting in India watching a video of a group of British Brownies acting out the Brownie story with their cute little British accents. I cannot describe properly the way my hair stood on end and my eyes welled up with tears. "Twist me and turn me and show me the elf,...." It makes me tear up every time I think of it. And reminds me oh, so concretely, that we are all more alike than different. Peace, indeed.
And so ends another year at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival.
Costumes were finished, the rain was averted, I danced and danced and danced. My children behaved so very well. I was so proud of them. Aidin started learning to play zils (finger cymbals) and pestered the fairies for blessings with fairy dust and "crystals". Eliot was constantly snacking on cherry tomatoes and digging in the dirt. Tim took them to shows and on many rides. We ate a turkey leg. The weather was quite cool on Saturday, but I'll take cool over sweltering any day. Thank goodness it is over for another year, because I am beat. And I ache all over.
But sign me up again for next year - because it is always so much fun to hang with my girls (and guys). And it is the one weekend a year we get to see our friends from St. Louis.
The KC Renaissance Festival is tomorrow. I'm not done with my costume. But the kids costumes are done.
Horrible photos of Aidin's and Eliot's costumes:
Aidin has a new vest, belt and pants. That blue scrollwork fabric is the pants. I think that fabric came from Jenny (thanks!). The skirt she wore for Ren Fest when she was 2 1/2 and again when she was 3 1/2. It still fits around the waist but now hits her at the knees. I added some trim to it. Eliot has the above pictured shirt as well as brown stripe pants and a velvet vest that I made from my neighbor's valance that they sold in a garage sale last week for 50 cents. Aside from the valance and my hip scarf, all of the fabric for all of our costumes came from my stash. Which absolutely amazed me. And the fabric for Eliot's yoke/shirt placket is in all of our costumes. Tim's shirt, Eliot's placket, and the lining for both Aidin's vest/belt and my vest.
Progress on my costume would be much further along if I would quit sewing things together backwards/inside out and then having to rip them out. The problem with working with a woven solid vs. a printed fabric - it is not always easy to tell the right side from the wrong side. I also was trying to get a vest and a pair of pants out of just two yards of fabric, so a little piecing was involved on the inseam of the pants.
I'm hoping to leave work after lunch - my boss is out of town so it should work - go home and sew some more so I'm not up until midnight again tonight. Left to do before 8:00 a.m.:
Pants: Top casing and elastic
Skirt: Top casing, elastic, trim up bottom (it's a circle and a half and has been hanging for a week +) and hem.
Vest: Sew on buttons
Bra: Attach straps at back. Can someone come over and help me pin those, because it is kind of hard to do it yourself and Tim's still in Winfield.
Hip scarf: Sew in tassel trim, turn and topstitch.
Headband: Make from scraps, if I get time.
That's do-able, right? I may end up wearing a costumefrom years past. Ah well. I hope to see a few of you out there this weekend. The weather, especially on Saturday, should be glorious. Enjoy the weekend, whatever you do. And wish me luck!
I'm a traveler. I always have been a traveler. I didn't get a name like laeroport by sitting still. But at this point in my life, I'm not traveling much. But my parents are. And I wish I was traveling with them.
They left last week on another of their adventures in retirement. This time, going North. This week they've been in South Dakota. By today they should be in Ten Sleep, Wyoming, population 407, which is where I spent two of my summers in college. But that's another story entirely, involving a Girl Scout camp, a mountain lodge and a boy.
On September 11th they went to Mount Rushmore - twice. During the day,
and at night for the lighting ceremony.
And who are all those folks on the stage? Well they are the brave men and women who have served in our country's armed forces, as firefighters and police officers. Since it was 9/11, they had everyone who had served the country come down as they lowered the flag and then passed the folded flag from one person to the next as they said their name and the branch of the service in which they had served. My dad was down there. He was in the Army in the early 60's - fortunately between wars. Amazing, isn't it, how many people are down there?
So since I'm here, still sewing costumes, and they are there, I'll have to experience it all through their photos on flickr. They are off to Glacier NP next, then Yellowstone and the Tetons (one of my favorite places on earth). ::sigh:: I wish I was there... Where would you wish to be?
Contrary to what may be portrayed here, it is not all just sewing and Girl Scouts and belly dance and butterfly experiments at our house. Tim has a lot of interests too, one of which is music. Tim has basically been in a band since he was 14 or 15. The man who started in 80's punk is now playing with a bluegrass band - but a punk bluegrass band! Ha!
* Photo stolen from their web page.
Tim's new band is called Laughin Larry and the Funsuckers. Is that not a great name? They are a fun bunch of guys who just like to get together and play. They only started playing together over the summer and have played one house party so far. They've recorded some of their songs at practice, which you can listen to here, if you're so inclined.
So this morning Tim left for the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield. It is the biggest and best bluegrass festival around. He'll have a few days of camping with his buddies and listening to some great music. I'm a little jealous, and Tim said he'd have more fun if we were going, too. Maybe next year we can all go as a family. And maybe we could get Michelle's family to go with us.
By tomorrow, I might have costumes to show. "Might" being the operative word in that sentence.
On Saturday between Farmer's Market and Band Day, we stopped by Monarch Watch on the KU campus to check out their open house.
We saw lots of caterpillars,
and got to bring home a chrysalis.
You can click these to see the detail, which is pretty incredible.
Saturday morning the chrysalis was green with the most incredible gold flecks. By Saturday evening it was starting to turn darker and you could see a hint of a wing. Sunday morning when I came downstairs to make coffee, the chrysalis was completely transparent.
I went upstairs to putter around, came down and hour later, and look what I found.
She's has some flowers in there with her, a shallow bowl of water with rocks and a piece of banana. We were going to let her go yesterday, but it was raining and cold, so her release is set for this afternoon when the sun is out.