Monday, August 22, 2011

Crocheting Whatever

Been making a few more things for my last Artful Sunday on August 28th.  
I made a couple more Kokeshi...

Mia is approximately 6" tall.

Keiko is approximately 7" tall. 

I also crocheted a bunch of hearts that I'm not sure what to do with yet. 
They're about 2.5" in length x 2.5" at the widest part.
They may end up being brooch pins.

And this is my prototype for a Sugar Skull.  
This one was pretty fun to make so I'll probably make some more.

Nugget's Gleeky 10th Birthday

My sweet Baby Nugget turned 10 years old on Saturday. Each year she starts planning her next birthday right after the last birthday party and by the time her birthday comes, she's changed her mind a billion times about what she wants to do. The themes for her 10th birthday went back and forth from 80's to Mad Hatter's Tea Party to Glee several times. A month before her birthday she decided on the Mad Hatter's Tea Party and I made a reservation for high tea at the Urban Tea Merchant and then about two weeks before her birthday the commercials for the 3D Glee Concert came up and she changed her mind and went back to Glee. So the plan was 3D Glee Concert, lunch at Red Robin's and then the beach.  I limited what I had to make to the cupcakes that looked like slushees. 

Nugget got the idea from this blog and I found the Big Quench labels here.  I used a basic vanilla cake recipe for the cupcakes instead of the one from Bake Odyssey, and I made vanilla butter cream frosting that I tinted red.  The cupcakes were finished off with a sprinkling of red sanding sugar and a Twizzler for a straw.  Nugget's goody bags were Glee pencil cases full of candy and school supplies.

Nugget's cousin Annabelle slept over the night before
and gave Nugget a Glee manicure.

The girls coming out of the 3D Glee Concert movie.
Rutty and I sat a couple of rows in front of them.  We anticipated lots of singing from the girls.

Rutty and the girls perusing and colouring the Red Robin's kids menu.

Our waitress gave Nugget a birthday sundae and made her stand on a chair while she yelled at the entire restaurant announcing it was Nugget's birthday.  Then she and a few of the wait staff sang some royalty-free version of Happy Birthday.

My baby's all growd up.

Annabelle, Nugget and Isabelle with their nerd glasses, the 3D glasses with the lenses popped out.  
Maya didn't keep hers so she didn't want to be in the photo :(

On our way back from the restaurant we realized it was also the Annual Vancouver Zombie Walk so we stopped at home for our beach gear, cupcakes and the Buffy Scythe... to fend off the zombies on our way to the beach.

To the beach!

We hung out at English Bay, opened presents and then the girls ditched me to go exploring by the water while I watched all their stuff.  It was a fun day.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Krazy for Kokeshi

My Nugget LOVES Kokeshi dolls and she and her cousin, Annabelle, like collecting Momiji, which are like modern kokeshi dolls.  There's even one named after her that she got from Annabelle for her birthday last year.  Inspired by the cute dolls, I decided to make crocheted versions for Artful Sundays on August 14th and 28th.

I've only made two so far and Nugget named them Yui and Naomi.
Both have crocheted heads and bodies with knitted hair and embroidered felt details. They have safety eyes and are stuffed with polyfill.

Naomi:  8.5" tall.  

Yui: 6.5" tall.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Because Sharing is Caring

I have a tendency to randomly post links to things on my Facebook that I like in hopes that my friends will find them interesting, informative, inspirational or just plain neat.  It just recently occurred to me that I could compile my favourites in one handy dandy blog post every once in a while and share with the 20 people following this here blog.

I loved this post at Cup of Jo on how to speak to little girls.  Do you think you'd be a different person if more importance or attention was given to your thoughts, interests and talents as a little girl, rather than appearance?

I have Craft fairs on the brain lately and have been thinking about the pricing of things I make.  The timing of this post on the Craftzine blog was perfect and very helpful.  Pricing has always been a difficult thing for me especially since I have a day job I love and what I make and sell is a hobby. 

I wish I heard about dog duvets from Molly Mutt before I dropped $50 on a new bed for Boomer.  She destroyed the orthopedic foam within days of getting it.  I've recently stuffed the bed casing with old towels which is pretty much the concept behind the dog duvet, only the ones at Molly Mutt have cooler prints.  Next time...

Photos from Where Children Sleep from documentary photographer James Mollison... will give you a dose of perspective.

Knit James!  Thought it was cool since he's one of the characters from the show I work on.

Font!  From Fluids!.. cause I love font.

(Balisong) Butterfly knife-styled Pen. Sadly, a year too late for my Hit Girl Halloween costume.

And lastly, Rutty's 35th Birthday Re-cap...