Friday, April 21, 2017

Random #11

Another round up of should-have-been blog posts.  

We had our school auction a month ago.  The theme was "Havana Nights," so I finally had a reason to wear that Panama hat that I impulse bought in Puerto Rico on a cruise more that a decade ago.  Good times, although I kinda sorta goaded my tipsy friend into way overbidding on a few items.

My parents and Brent's mom were all in town the same weekend in hopes of seeing the unexpected early peak of the cherry blossoms, but then another unexpected change in weather went and ruined most of them.

We really have had weird weather, from gorgeous days in February when I could run outside with my new kicks and Taylor Swift , to more appropriate wintry days where Simon could curl up in front of a cozy fire.

We are nearing the end of our days with a functional kitchen, but as always I have been baking a bit.  Homemade muffins, especially mini chocolate chip ones, help me to secure a place in my son's heart.

That Barbie cake was for our friend Meredith's 50th birthday.  She'll always be the one closest in age to me, but will also never forget to point out that I am a full month older.  I made a similar cake for her 40th birthday party, with the Barbie theme stemming from a nickname she acquired at work.  Ten years later, I think I can now retire the special pan required to make it.

And well, since we're back to the subject of age, someone recently posted an elementary school class photo on Facebook, so I might as well share this little gem - me in 4th grade.  That shirt!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Colonial Day

Colonial Day is a big deal for the 4th grade at our elementary school.  In the last unit of Social Studies they learned all about the original Colonies, the Revolutionary War, and the Constitution.  Each student got to pick a profession and was assigned a colony.  They had to write a job description and make items they would have used in their line of work, draw a map of their town, make arguments for or against articles of the Constitution, and dress in period costume on the big day.  Phew, it's a lot!

I was rooting for tailor or baker, but Joseph chose to be an Apothecary, kind of like a pharmacist and doctor combined.  I picked up a few different craft wood pieces and some metallic paint for next to nothing, and we turned them into a mortar and pestle with a tray to display some medicinal herbs.

Joseph was fascinated by the concept of bloodletting, and he came up with the idea of making fake leeches.  It was our first time working with Scupley clay.  He shaped the leeches, I baked them, then he painted them with acrylic paint, and damn if they didn't look real in an apothecary jar filled with water (especially since I Krazy-glued a few to the sides)!

We were given very detailed instructions on appropriate attire.  We could have faked it, but I found a pattern for an adult costume and modified the vest to fit him, which I made out of flannel. The pants were a re-do of his football costume, made out of leftover fleece from his shark costume!  The top was a cheap white dress shirt from TJ Maxx that I reworked to death.  Oh, and I made an apron too for him to wear at work!

Jospeh set up shop in the Southern Colony of South Carolina. 

People were seriously SO fascinated by the leeches!

Here are a few friends: Ethan as printer/binder, Nolan as general store owner, Zara as baker.

It sure was a lot of work over weeks and weeks for a 1 hour event, but the kids loved the whole thing, and learned a lot in the process to boot.  Here's to my handsome Colonist!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Mighty Fine at 49

Happy Birthday Brent!


Thursday, April 6, 2017

C is for Chloe

Our neighbors' daughter, my little Chloe-Bear, is growing up so fast!  It was definitely time to make her a Tooth Fairy pillow before it was too late.

I raided my scraps and found a lot of the original fabrics I used in her zoo quilt plus a few more that complimented them well, and decided on a sweet and simple 4" heart shaped block.  The pillow front was quilted in one continuous line in a radiating square (kind of like spiral quilting).  I've heard some kids have pulled off their initial which is only fused down, so I made sure to topstitch Chloe's C for security.

Completed pillow case, front and back, with zipper hidden under a coordinating flap.  I though the XO backing fabric went perfectly with the hearts.

Chloe was SO excited to get her pillow.  Apparently she's been asking her parents forever when I was going to make her one!  She's all ready for the Tooth Fairy to visit!

Gosh, I'm realizing it's been forever since Joseph needed to use his, almost a year since he's lost a tooth.