After a very long hiatus that can be blamed on house hunting, moving into and decorating said house, and being generally anxious and excited that we are expecting our firstborn, we have a new post!
This room is my favourite in the house, mostly because there will shortly be a baby in it. But also because it is adorable, and we are proud of our rookie decorating skills. We decided before we knew the gender of the baby that we wanted to do a Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs theme, because it’s actually pretty gender neutral for a princess story. If the baby ended up being a girl, we could always play up the princess/castle theme, and if it was a boy, we’d go for a more woodsy look. Plus, I have a ton of Dopey ornaments and collectables from when I was a kid.
Can you tell what we’re having based on the room?
Mr. C made the felt apples above the changing table. A tutorial is available at Purl Bee: http://www.purlbee.com/apple-coasters/
And I made the bunting above the crib:
The bunting tutorial doesn’t exist, but I mean, come on. They are fabric triangles sewn onto a ribbon.
We also made the wreath on the door full of apples and diamonds (because diamonds aren’t just for girls- the dwarfs seemed to love them). The “I’m Grumpy” throw on the bed is made from one of those cut and tie blanket sets from Joann Fabrics, but unfortunately it looks like the item is no longer available! I’m glad we snatched it up when we did.
Now all we have to do is wait for Baby Arts&Crafts to arrive!
And may the odds be ever in your favour!
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Holiday or Festivus, I’m sure many presents were exchanged, much sugar was consumed, and tackiness abounded. At least, that’s how it is in my world! I got out my ugly Christmas dress from last year and sewed sewed sewed! I made this new dress:
A definite improvement on my first dress, but I still think I look like a tree skirt.
I also made some felt house hoops inspired by the artistic genius of Checkout Girl (pictures to come!) and a nerdy hoop for my Star Trek-loving lady friend:
My brother got the pink bunny pajamas from A Christmas Story. You know, the one where the kid shoots his eye out?
"You only need to wear them when Aunt Clara comes to visit!"
And for Mr. C, I did something a little different! Instead of sewing, I painted. I ordered a set of blank Russian nesting dolls, or “matryoshkas,” from this site and painted them like Serenity and her crew from Firefly! He was stunned. At first, he thought I bought them already painted like that, but when I told him otherwise, his jaw dropped.
My favourite is little Jayne.
However, Mr. C had to one-up me by hand sewing me a bouquet of Mario flowers. Most guys just buy them from the florist. And most bouquets don’t have piranha plants!
The work that went into these is unreal. I think Mr. C will have to post a tutorial, because he made the patterns all on his own! I just love them. They are in a place of pride above our Wii.
Here’s hoping everyone had a magical holiday (even though it probably wasn’t as awesome as ours).
So one of the reasons for the lack of posts this month (aside from general laziness) is NANOWRIMO! Or “National Novel Writing Month.” It’s like a month-long holiday for crazy people who don’t like having free time and sanity. The idea is you will write 50,000 words in one month (or 1667 words a day). For most people, a nifty little tool called a word processor tallies up the word count as you type. For me, it means making the approximation that there are 350-500 words per typed page, and going from there.
Yes, I type on a typewriter and it is the greatest thing ever. The keys go RAP RAP RAP RAP RAP when I punch them (and you have to punch the keys, for god’s sake!), and I don’t have to worry about the computer crashing before I have time to back up my novel. Maybe I should worry about a house fire, but if that did happen, I would have plenty of other problems aside from a torched manuscript.
To celebrate this overcaffeinated occasion, I made (what else?) a circle skirt. Embellished with a giant red typewriter and a piece of paper with the words “It was a dark and stormy night.” They are not only the words that Snoopy uses to start most of his stories, they are also the first words of A Wrinkle in Time and a book I have never read called Paul Clifford. I don’t have much attachment to that last book, but I love Snoopy and Madeleine L’Engle, so the words were perfect for my new skirt!
For a template? Honestly? Just look up a Peanuts comic with Snoopy in and and enlarge the typewriter. I’m not doing the work for you. I have writing to do (only 5886 words to go…approximately).
All the adorable zombies made here are from the wonderous book, “Zombie Felties: How to Raise 16 Gruesome Felt Creatures from the Undead” by Nicola Tedman and Sarah Skeate. Pick up a copy at your local library, like we did!
(Mrs. A & Mr. C)
Another Dollarama canvas has been transformed! Like the canvas from my earlier Mona Lisa makeover, this one had a black and white, paint-by-numbers-esque line drawing of Van Gogh’s famous “Sunflowers” painting. I toyed with the idea of doing another steampunk painting, maybe with clockwork flowers, but I was finally inspired by the beautiful felt artwork over at Checkout Girl’s blog. If you have not seen it, you are missing out!
I completely covered the canvas with fabric, so the black and white sketch didn’t really help me as far as layout goes. I just cut a bunch of felt into sunflowerish shapes and layered them together in a pleasing way. The buttons were a last-minute addition, because I felt (ha) that something was missing. I think they help pull the whole colour scheme together.
When I hung this on my wall, I couldn’t help but think that a little bit of the 1970s had worked its way into my living room. Something about the orange, gold and brown hearkens back to the days of this and this. In a completely pleasing way, of course. I am now considering painting my dining room orange. According to the crazy psychologist people, orange is a good colour for digestion…is that why A&W does so well?
I present my Level 11 Skirt of Cunning, +3 to charisma!
If you are not a dork, you will probably not get that. And if you are not a dork, you will probably look at this skirt the way many people did earlier- with one eyebrow raised, head tilted, mouth contorted in a confused grimace.
“What is on your skirt?”
The person will either say something like, “Oh yeah,” and continue on their way, or ask what kind of dice have that many sides. When I explain that the dice are from the game of Dungeons & Dragons, several responses might be heard: “Awesome!” “You’re funny.” “Oh.” Or the person might just look at me like I have two heads.
I suppose this was all inevitable when I decided that I should wear my new skirt to work at the library during the day, before heading off to battle a succubus, an ogre and bar thugs at night.
This skirt took a long time. Many movies featuring embroidering heroines were watched, to encourage me on my progress. Despite my slight contempt for the boring six-sided die, I think my dragon-embellished version is my favourite. I do actually have a few dice like this one in my D&D bag, and they have caused some arguments:
“No, the dragon represents a 1. So you do 2 damage.”
“What?! How can a dragon represent the lowest number on the dice? Dragons are awesome!”
You can probably tell by now that my friends and I have very serious, philosophical discussions.
If Harry Potter took place in 1950s America, students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry would probably wear something like this on their Butterbeer dates in Hogsmead. At least, I like to think so.
I knew I needed to wear something good to commemorate the very last Harry Potter movie, but a black cloak and house tie just wasn’t going to cut it. So I made yet another circle skirt, this time embellished with a giant golden snitch! I honestly don’t think I’m going to get bored of these circle skirts. They are way too easy, and there are so many ways to embellish them. Just you wait until I finish my Dungeons and Dragons themed green-beaded dice skirt!
People loved this skirt, and even the people who have been living under a rock and don’t know what a snitch is still thought it was “retro cool” (in the words of one crazy old guy at the library). Oh, and if you can’t quite see it, I was sporting a Slytherin badge and a Dark Mark, to show my love for dear Severus Snape. Love him.
And here is my shoddy Microsoft Paint template. One of these days I’m going to remember to actually make a real template before I sew everything together. But you get the idea.
I finally made my skirt of the summer- a blue check circle skirt with a giant cooked and delicious lobster. Maybe I should have appliqued some butter on there too….mmmm……
I got a lot of compliments today, and a lot of weird looks. I am proud of both! I even had one woman ask me if I had a crinoline on “under there.” A little personal, but I obliged and said yes. She looked shocked and impressed that a young thing like me would be wearing practical undergarments. But really, a circle skirt needs a bit of poof underneath, otherwise how are you going to see the kitschy applique? (The reason I am holding out my skirt in the picture is because the wind was blowing like mad, and I wanted you to see the actual lobster, and not a red blur).
Again, this is the easiest skirt to make, ever. I posted it before, but here is a very helpful website: http://www.whatthecraft.com/tuts/circ.htm
Oh, and here is the template, for all those wanting to sew a big fat crustacean on something.