Saturday, June 28, 2008

Thoughtful Saturday ('cuz I'm a rebel)

I know everything. Well I don't know everything. But I know some things that are a lot.

Monday, June 23, 2008

RIP George Carlin

Thanks for saying what the rest of us were afraid to say. You will be missed.

warning: hideously coarse language not suitable for work (unless you work in a swear factory), children (unless they know all of these words anyway) or the faint of heart.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Thoughtful Friday

Summer afternoon-Summer afternoon...the two most beautiful words in the English language.
--Henry James

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day!

I couldn't have asked for a better dad for my little girl. Adam, you're the best dad in the world and you rock most hardcore. We love you.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

a little shameless self promotion

Customized zombies are now available at the Orphanage! Design a zombified version of yourself, your significant other, your mother in law, or give one as a gift to your social deviant friend.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

A day with the Fae

Today Autumn and I went to the Maryland Faerie Festival for a day of magic, fantasy, and frickin' cute costumes. Of course I made said frickin' cute costumes, and of course I waited until the day before the festival to finish them.
Just call me Procrastinatia, faerie of the Eleventh Hour.
Can I just say those wings were a real pain in the tush? It took several failed attempts before I finally got them right, but I'm super happy with the results. Autumn requested "a shirt and pants with blue on the top and orange on the bottom" so rather than buying more fabric, I whipped up a pillowcase top and bloomers with some cream colored cotton from my stash and dyed the outfit to her specifications. She was thrilled. As for my outfit, I repurposed an old dryad costume I made for Adam's LARP 2 years ago and paired it with a cheap tank top from H&M. If it hadn't been so dang hot I would have worn my stripey tights, a la Amy Brown, but I think I would have melted. It was easily 90 degrees there, if not hotter.
Despite the heat the festival was loads of fun. There were beautiful bellydancers...
a wishing forest where we wrote our wishes on strips of cloth and tied them to the trees...a magic show in which Autumn participated...
even a unicorn (or a horse in a party hat, if you ask Autumn)
We spent a good 4 hours there before the heat really started getting to us, but that was plenty of time to walk around and take everything in. Autumn brought home a balloon animal and a handmade bubble wand shaped like a butterfly. As for my souvenir? Well, I brought home this.Yeah. It burns. I even have polka dots where I had glued rhinestones onto my skin. Snazzy. But hey, it was worth it.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Crafts for my Kid

As the name implies, Craftster's Craft for my Kid Swap is a swap in which partners send handmade cuteness to each other's children based on their interests. I was partnered with a lovely mama in the UK and her two kiddos, 5-year-old Luke and 3-year-old Abby.

As I was running out the door to take their package to the post office today, I saw that our package had already been delivered! Of course Autumn had to tear into it as soon as we got home, but first here's what I made for our partners.

Drawstring backpacks-pink hearts for Abby and Transformers for Luke.

Abby's was filled with star shaped crayons, an apron and matching potholders for kitchen play. I absolutely love that apron fabric, especially paired with the aqua blue trim. Luckily I bought extra so I can make something for myself with it later on.

For Luke I sent a mixed media painting to hang in his bedroom, a "Super Luke" cape (which was photographed before ironing), and my favorite, a Power Rangers tee. Can you tell I used this swap to experiment with applique?

Autumn also drew pictures for each of them, which I forgot to photograph. She drew a family of pink and green fairies and Optimus Prime. And now what Autumn received:

A Transformers purse (how funny that we both made things with felt Transformers appliques) filled with chocolate coins, jewelry, fun erasers and a tiny pirate photo holder

A Spiderman tee (Autumn's favorite)

A picture frame, Transformers magnet puzzle, and a piratey door hanger

An adorable rainbow sock monkey

A sweet polka dotted dress, an inflatable shoulder parrot (awesome) and a little sewing kit

Needless to say, this swap was a lot of fun and I had an AMAZING partner. Everyone says Craftster swaps are addictive, and I'm beginning to see what they mean. I'm already signed up for another one for next month, and I'm thinking about joining another (or two or three).