I continued to obsess over the problem of sewing a fox through the end of last week and then over the weekend (with Mariam home sick again) I dove in. I somehow convinced myself that I would make my own pattern based on the random fox-like vision in my head and then sew up the resulting animal. Here are the results. Not too bad considering that 1. I can't draw very well. At all. and 2. I have never made my own pattern for anything except for some very unattractive a-line, elastic waisted skirts back in the unfortunate pseudo- hippie college phase. I am a little discouraged because my husband is not so sure that it looks like a fox at all and keeps making veiled references to the house-elves from Harry Potter. Not so helpful. Mariam immediately took to the guy however and has been toting it all over the house and subjecting it to various indignities already- a good sign with a new toy.
I think that I'll keep working on the pattern to refine it and get it to look a little more like what I had hoped. I'll probably shorten the nose a bit, lengthen and thin the body and make the legs a little different shape. I'm on the fence about adding an embroidered mouth somewhere... It's funny because with my job, teaching kids with severe disabilities, people are always saying things to me like "Oh, you must be so patient." But you know, I'm really, really not patient at all. Or at least not when it comes to sewing, crafting, cooking etc. However, this project was a total exception to my general rule. Something about crafting the whole thing entirely out of my own idea was really satisfying and I was more than happy to take my time with it. Weird. My mom will seriously be so surprised.
My original intention for the long weekend was to get around to some sewing projects that I've been threatening to do for some time now. Well, it didn't exactly happen. I got all caught up reorganizing my desk/sewing area at the house, including making myself a new bulletin board. I got some homosote at my local lumber yard and then used my ever handy staple gun to attach some Amy Butler fabric that I had bought without purpose (it was on sale, you see). I then put the whole thing inside a picture frame and hung it on the wall. I didn't have the proper hardware to hold the homosote piece inside the frame so I used some random stuff that I found in my box of tools/junk. We'll see how well it holds up!
Now that I have my workspace cleaned up a bit, I seem to be a little more able to focus on some of the projects swimming about in my brain. I have a ton of stuff that I have been wanting to get to for weeks now but then this morning, I suddenly and unexpectedly became obsessed with making a stuffed fox for Mariam. I think I can figure out tail, legs, arms and body but am a bit flummoxed by how to make the face turn out the way that I am picturing it mentally. I don't draw all that well so this may be a seriously half-baked idea...
I just realized that it probably doesn't make sense for me to use "cooking" as a label on this blog, because everything I post seems to be some kind of chocolate-laden baked treat. But that's okay! Anyway, this is a picture of the cake that I baked for Valentine's Day. It was really easy, but looks fancy which is always a plus. The recipe is from the most recent issue of Gourmet magazine, which I picked up on impulse the last time I was at the grocery store. Is it weird that I really like to spend a lot of time looking at pictures of food?
Anyway, this cake is about the only thing interesting I managed to make this week. Things were a little crazy around here. I did get to go out sans family on Tuesday night to see Amy Sedaris be interviewed by Daniel Handler (Lemony Snickett). Hilarious. Really, crazy funny. Plus, it had been awhile since I did a grown up thing like that. Sometimes, it is good to act like a grown-up. Just sometimes. Anyway, I'm hoping for a more productive weekend- I have my eye on a couple of sewing projects...
Mariam is supposed to bring in valentines to share with her preschool class and so today the two of us got this idea to get out the Gocco and do the making ourselves. She drew a self-portrait for printing on the front, but insisted on using light pink ink to print it so it didn't show up all that well. We printed a simple v-day type greeting on the back (in white) along with her signature (which she debuted yesterday for the first time!). We used heart shaped cards from Paper Source to print on, and all in all, they are pretty cute.
Mariam did most of the actual printing herself and all was going swimmingly until we got into the glitter. See, the girl wanted glitter and I went with it. Kind of a big mistake. Our house now looks like the Disney princesses ice-capades show vomited sparkle everywhere. It's really amazing actually. Our folded laundry was sitting on the couch during the moment of real glitter madness (when Mariam spilled most of the jar on her dress and then shook it off) and I'm sure that we'll be finding glitter in our socks for months and months to come. I seriously had to put her in the shower and hose her down afterwards.
As far as printing with kids is concerned, I saw this post on printing with kids the other day and was really inspired. Mariam is just now starting to draw things that look like something- people, animals etc. and some of her drawings are really great and interesting. I like the idea of turning them into something more.
I just bought some Etsy art- a new favorite thing of mine to do. Well actually, I guess I just spend a lot of time looking at art on Etsy and thinking about how I like it and want to buy it. Tonight I actually did some of that.
Among my purchases this evening, the above print by Kristiana Parn. I think her work is really lovely. It's charming and even a little cute, but with colors that really evoke particular seasons and settings. I can't say exactly what I like so much, but when I first came across some pictures of her prints (maybe over on print and pattern?) I immediately decided that I would buy a few if we got a tax refund. And we did, so I did.
I tried, I really, really did. But despite my best efforts of good sleep, good food and lots of hand washing the inevitable has come to pass. I am officially in the throes of the super nasty cold-flu thing that has been going around. So, this afternoon Mariam and Dan went out to the yard to play in his new camping hammock and I'm holed up inside trying to figure out what to feed us. Because, you see, the hammock crew is much more interested in backyard lounging than kitchen work. On the first really nice day after weeks of rain and cold, I don't really blame them.
There will be a picture of said hammocking-about to come but at the moment, my camera and computer are pretending not to know each other.
edit: I finally uploaded a photo of my lounge-happy family members. Turns out that some clunky printer software was making all of my usb drives go haywire. So now I can upload photos... but I can't print.
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