seeing this african violet bud and bloom, something she hasn't even tried to do for over five years. i didn't think she would like this house's chilly nights, but i guess i was wrong.
covering this cheap + ugly little photo album with some cheery terrycloth.
making curtains for N's room to replace the haphazard ikea situation we had going on in there. note that i am not showing the new curtains in their entirety. one of the panels in an inch or so longer than the other. i am forcing myself to leave them up for awhile before they get reconstructed into something else in hopes that looking at them will allow me to overcome my horrible case of eyeballer's hubris.
and of course, there is this goofy munchkin: i was just telling emily that N has her own style, and it is so different than mine, so her own, etc, but the black rhinestone sunglasses and leopard print coat pictured here speak to a different reality. it's like she's channeling a preschooler version of a highschool me. you can't see the black skull kneesocks here, so you'll just have to trust me that they really completed the outfit.
and in this case, "voila" is my french-speak for geez shelley, you are the most patient friend in the whole world and i am the biggest schmuck ever for taking *cough* a year *cough* to finish your felted bag and having sheepishly said that, i really i hope your sweet girl enjoys a bag to match yours.
i am super happy to be finished with these bags. and even more super happy that their recipients really loved them. not super happy that i made sewed this wacky lining (looks tidier in real life, promise) to accommodate magnetic snaps, only to find that the snaps do not want to stay together, i'm guessing from the weight of the felt. the loop + vintage button on the big bag were my solution, and i like how the button looks, but it is still making me cranky, because i could have sewed the lining differently (and less of it) had i figured out ahead of time that the snaps were just not going to do their damn job.
these bags were knit (months ago) with yarn that i kettle dyed to meet the recepient's color request. the strap on the big bag involves some of my handspun too. they were felted and i then added the appliqués (made mostly from recycled, felted sweaters). the lining was sewed in last night.
felt so good to give these to my friend today. i have been feeling so badly about how long it took me to complete these, and they had more or less come to symbolize all the personal disorganization and procrastination that i can't stand about myself. but now they are in their new home! bring on the good craft karma! the guilt-free making of things! when i finish a long put off project, i feel like i have scrubbed clean my creative "home" and i am ready to start fresh. i am just corny enough to feel like moving the weight of one project creates space for so much more.
my sewing machine is giving me so much guff that i am feeling tempted to throw it in the four foot high snowbank* outside the playroom window.
my wheel and i aren't getting along much better either, although i feel as though i understand her much, much better.
i'm trying not to be cranky, though, and i'm loving how yesterday's cozy snow day made valentine's day a two day long affair. (eek. how many times can i squeeze in the word "day"?) we just came home from a sweet little mellow tea and handmade valentine exchange at preschool.
plus, how can i be too grouchy when i have a girl who brings home a bouquet like that for me?
*it's this high from the neighbor's mr. plow guy pushing all their snow into our yard.
we only accumulated 8 or 9 inches, i think. seems like a lot though, considering how little snow we've had this winter!
that it's a snow day (no school and no work for me!)
a bellyful of homemade mac-n-cheese (should that not be so high on my list?)
sitting side by side with my wee girl, gazing out at the snowstorm while i work on learning to sew and she continues to procrastinate with her valentine making operation. (she did make a mean collection of playdough bunnies, and some pretty kick ass paper doll outfits, though.)
finishing the most ambitious sewing project i have yet to undertake all on my own, and not caring (that much) that it is far from perfect.
my happy sweet snuggly girl
the handmade cram cream tape and toilet paper band aid miss girl crafted for me after i stabbed my thumb finishing the above sewing project (also her valentine's present).
the maple-y cinnamon-y smell of rice pudding coming from my kitchen right now.
:::wishing you a day full of contentment, lots of love, and plenty of yummy sweet things!:::
For all my whining about the suckiness of February (here and to those around me who will listen), today was full and really quite lovely.
The main components:
amazing yoga class in the morning; fabulous yoga high all day
great kidyoga class for the girl, great morning at school
thrifting fun, complete with bumping into Meg and having her point out some really pretty bowls. She took four for her family, and there was a perfect three left over for mine.
baking fun with my girl, and soup cooking. We made this soup that Daria shared. Yum. Excellent, easy, and the pickypants promises me that she will try some "not today, but tomorrow" which is something. Hey, I take what I can get from her.
a great trip to the library with the little. Amongst a fairly heavy stack of books, we checked out this gem which we'd somehow never read before. It's hilarious, perfect black humor for five year olds.
a little bit of work in the afternoon, a two hour parent meeting at ye olde nursery school co-op, and now I am watching Top Design. It's no Project Runway. I think I will see what Netflix sent my way today, heat up some soup and spin up some yarn.
February has to be my least favorite month. I am so done with winter and the attendant winter blues. I am so tired of the cold and today, it's way, way too cold. My urge is to burrow myself back under the covers and stay there all day. This being unrealistic, I am hoping to cheer myself up (and hopefully a few others as well!) with a tiny shop update. It's been awhile since I added new yarns to the site, and the more time passed since the November update, the more I have been putting it off. It's easy for me to fall out of a groove. And it has been so long that I think that I've also been feeling something like stage fright. I wanted to wait and do a really big update, but this hasn't worked out for a variety of reasons, so I am going with the pretties that are ready to go.