Monthly Archives: February 2013
Our school district not only gives the kids Presidents Day off, but also the day after. Which means I get to take Tuesday off from work to hang out with them… I spent the morning sewing, Henry chilled in front of the TV, and we and shook Annie awake at 11am. Then, we headed out for fun!
We hit the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, to check out the new exhibit Mammoths and Mastadons: Titans of the Ice Age.
Both kids are science-lovers, and we were really excited to get a chance to check this exhibit out so soon after it opened. A few years ago, one of the most significant discoveries in fossil history was made right here in Colorado. This exhibit incorporates our own local finds into a more global history, and is super cool! We learned so much, and had a lot of fun.
Here are just a few of our new friends.
I followed the exhibit rules, and so could not photograph the replica of Lyuba, the 42,000 year old perfectly mummified mammoth calf discovered in Siberia in 2007. Frankly, I was flabbergasted by the amount we were able to learn from the tiny corpse. It was a fascinating window into another world. Along with learning about Lyuba, we also got to wrestle for dominance, balance our tusks, pick things up with our trunks, and even try to distinguish between different types of paleo poo. On the way out, we got to check out some real fossil excavation, and imagine ourselves as fossil hunters, too…
Don’t tell Annie and Henry, but we might have learned even more on our day off than they normally would have at school!
A few weeks ago, Annie brought The Crud home from school. Then Rich caught it. I thought, after 2 weeks, that I was safe, but it turns out I thought wrong. I spent much of the last week in bed, run down and sick and achy and blergh. And not sewing at all. I did finish a pair of socks, and rip out and restart and then nearly finish my tunisian cowl, but I could do all that flat on my butt in bed.
I got some of my energy back, and tackled some more paper piecing- back to my own Sugar Block quilt, the February block… North Star.
This one only called for 3 fabrics. It’s always hard for me to show restraint, so I went through a few choices before I settled on that combo. My energy was so low that it took me two days to make one block. The first day was all about cutting, and sewing (sans thread) through the paper pieces to make them easier to remove later.
Yesterday was all about the sewing.
Thankfully I learned from my mistakes on my first go round with this block and I sewed the correct colors onto the correct pieces. So THIS block got the solid center I intended for the first one…
I also seem to have done a better job of lining up my points. They’re still far from perfect, but not as noticeably off as the first block… Maybe I should start a 3rd quilt, because 3rd time’s a charm? Just kidding! I do have some other sewing plans, though, even if they don’t include a 3rd sugar block… Just need to get my energy back to tackle it.
Linking up with WIP Wednesday over at Lee’s Freshly Pieced. Also, I’m trying super hard not to be insanely jealous of everyone who’s headed to QuiltCon this week. Anyone else out there feeling left behind? Let’s cheer each other up…
As much as I might like to be, I’m never going to be one of those moms who is excellent at coming up with and executing crafty projects with her kiddos. First, I have no patience and am a fairly lousy teacher, but second and probably most important, my sewing/knitting/crocheting time is MY time- my escape. And I selfishly don’t feel like sharing it.
And yet…I’d still very much like my kids to enjoy crafting. Annie had some knitting lessons from a talented friend years ago, but it didn’t click with her. And then we signed her up for for Kids Sewing 101 at Fancy Tiger. she loved it, and loved Christina, the instructor, very much. A year later she took Kids Sewing 201 and made a skirt of her very own… She was so proud, and she loved the process.
Over the last year, Annie has become more and more of a giant Project Runway fan- we watch together every week when there is a new episode. This has made her even more eager to sew her own fashions… So she was thrilled to get the last spot in Christina’s new class, sewing your own PJ pants, yesterday.
I left her there at 10:30 with a 3 yards of rather wild newly washed and dried flannel plus one yard of elastic, and picked her up at 1:30, with these:
Her own, brand new, freshly sewn PJ pants!
We stopped at Target on the way home to pick up a matching shirt. I think she’s pretty proud, what do you think?
ETA- clearly the pants are quite functional, as she slept until 11 am today!
Last year, my friend Amber and I splurged for VIP tickets to the Goodwill Good Exchange for Change Fashion Show and Swap, featuring Mondo Guerra… and it was amazing! You can checkout my fangirl night here, if you’re so inclined- and see my photo with Mondo himself!
This year, we decided VIP was out of our price league, and decided to take our daughters (as well as Amber’s mom), both huge Project Runway and Mondo fans, to the event. I have to say, I think we were spoiled by VIP last year 😦 VIP meant a pre-reception with drinks and yummy treats, goody bags, and of course meeting the PR stars and a photo op with them, and finally not having to deal with the main entrance. Last night, we had to deal with parking challenges (the last free valet spot went to the car in front of us, and we ended up parking on an unlit side street), bottleneck crowds (setting up the silent auction items and bidding right in front of only entrance was a bad idea), a 40 minute line for light appetizers (Annie and I gave up and stopped for fast food on the way home), and finally, no chance to get near the designers (which we knew going in, but we didn’t realize we’d chosen to stand in a spot where we’d only see the backs of their heads!)
The fashion show portion of the event was fun- high school students, after guidance from Mondo, have $25 to shop at Goodwill and repurpose their materials into an awesome new design. Seeing the creativity of the kids is really fun- and was definitely the best part of the night. The emcees nearly managed to ruin it, though, as they spent the entire time making inane jokes about spanks, weight, and pms. Because that’s the only kind of humor a crowd full of mostly women can appreciate? Ugh.
The truly lovely Fallene Wells of PR Season 9 put together a collection of adorable looks from Goodwill’s high end local shop, deja blue… If you’re local, totally consider going to her for a haircut- she’s awesome. I speak from experience 🙂
There was also a show of two local designers who specialize in repurposing, and it was pretty mediocre. I’m not a fan of doing odd things to clothes just because you can- like the suspenders attached to the calves of one set of men’s pants. If you’re going to try that twee stuff, your construction should be impeccable, or at least good. And it wasn’t.
Grumble, grumble, I know. After all the fashion, there was the clothing swap. For the 3rd year in a row, I didn’t participate. Never sure they’ll have anything in my size, and this year, I had to get Annie home on time- school night and all.
Even though I am crabby, SHE had a wonderful time, and I tried not to let my annoyance with the insipid emcees or the poor crowd management ruin her night…
Since she couldn’t meet Mondo, she posed for a photo next to his piece for the silent auction, in her Mondo shirt.
I’m glad we went because she had a blast, but, if we ever do it again, we save to splurge on VIP tickets.
February has arrived, and with it, the February block and recipe from the Sugar Block Club! I sadly couldn’t make it to the sew-along at Fancy Tiger this month, but that didn’t stop me from starting in on the block.
This month’s installment is called North Star, and is paper pieced. I have to admit, I have not done any paper piecing in years and years, so I did have to slow down and think…which is admittedly not always my strength.
If you look at the photo above, and at my finished block below, you can see proof of that fact!
Did you catch my
wee giant mistake?
Yup, I pieced my colors incorrectly- I intended the brown to the the center, but I mixed up my C & D sections and put the wrong colors on each. I decided it would be easier to redo the center block, and so I reversed my color plan.
Even WITH paper piecing, my seams aren’t (even close to) perfect. UGH.
Maybe when I have time to try again, for my other version of this quilt, I’ll do a bit better?
Linking up with Freshly Pieced Lee over at WIP Wednesday.
Right before we headed to the mountains last week, and I do mean RIGHT before, I took a class at Fancy Tiger on how to do Tunisian crochet in the round- to make a gorgeous cowl.
The cowl was designed by the fabulous Cat specifically to show off some amazing yarn- Nightfall by FibroFibers. The yarn slowly changes from color to black over the course of the entire skein. I chose Cyan- such an amazing blue- but I might also have a skein of Hot Pink hidden away for a rainy day.
After a false start (twisted my loop, ugh), I got going for real. I crocheted all the way up the mountain while Rich drove- what a great husband!
I’ve been working on the cowl, a pair of socks, and squares for my afghans, so I haven’t made as much progress as I would have liked. Saturday, I took the cowl with me to my first Avs game of the season. Still haven’t forgiven them for the strike, but I am glad to see them play… especially when we win!
You can just begin to see tiny pops of black in the blue… Today I hit the point with loads of black, but also noticed my tension really loosened up. I may rip back to just about what you see in the photo. Meanwhile, I’ll leave you with me and my adorable little hockey fans…