I picked up our pottery from our painting activity on Saturday. B and T both think my mug looks professional. :-) While I don't agree, I am pretty happy with it.
The 'bad': The polka dots inside (that were starting to feel too girly and silly as I did them) didn't show up that well, and the white I sponged along the top outside didn't show at all. Also, the last glaze I did over the browns is too streaky - you can tell what size brush I used, and there are some white spots I am not liking.
The good: I like the colors and the shape and feel of the mug is good. T thinks it looks like snow on mountains, and I do like the organic nature of it.
Some of the bright cheery inside. The green polka dots are between larger circles that you can just barely see if you look closely. The bottom of the mug has too concentric green circles over a speckled white base.
You can see the brush strokes along the bottom of the glaze I did over the browns. See also the white stripe coming off the bottom of the handle - must have scraped off some glaze at that point. Do you like the hills and valleys though?
T's tank looks good and he likes it. B's mug is cheery stripes. I think B might feel it is too bright, but so it goes.
"Mommy, mommy, Cloud has a hole!" T said to me one night not too long ago. "Oh, okay, I'll fix it later," I said as it was bed time and there was not time to fix this beloved lovey before T went to sleep.
In the last two years I have performed surgery on Cloud a number of times, the second surgery having particular urgency as we were on vacation in Oregon and T was anxious. In downtown Portland I got to search out a very cool little sewing shop on one corner, and handwork place next door. I left with darning needle and embroidery floss in one hand, T and Cloud in the other.
Since that trip there have been many more repairs, much work for that darning needle, and a fair amount of embroidery floss. My technique has gotten a little better, and I redid those first two fixes at about time four. The scars are evident however, a bit messy looking.
The next morning I took a look at this new hole brought to my attention. Oh my what a hole!
Big and gaping I could fit three or four fingers in, and I did. This was the third time I added more stuffing to reshape Cloud a bit. T has a tendency to hold him by the neck so that when sitting on his bed, Cloud's neck flops over uncomfortably. I stitched him up and this is his newest badge of love.
In the days since I have worked to shore up a few threadbare places hoping to stave off new holes, and repaired one small hole near the top of Cloud's left thigh. You can see clearly however, that I have my work cut out to practically weave a new belly section before another large stuffing worthy hole develops from all of T's picking and hugs.
Cloud remains pretty chipper about all of this though and relatively un-phased by his new decorations. It comes with the territory of being the number one lovey.
September 16, 2006, not quite three months, Cloud and T pose for their first photo together (Cloud was brought home while T was still in my belly.)
Hopefully I'll add some more text to this post, but here are a few things we did this weekend. I made T some new lounge pants out of several T-shirts B was getting rid of, and T and I designed a robot out of the scraps. Saturday I also attended a book signing where I very briefly got to meet Jamie Lee Curtis. It was a fun event.Saturday morning craftiness and the recycling of two cast off t-shirts. Hockey Love appliques on 5T sized toddler t-shirt pants. The lounge pants, as we call them, that I made when he was about 18 months are finally being relegated to the outgrown pile.
Another pair of t-shirt pants made Saturday morning, and T showing how he can walk on trees. We felt bad that this tree was probably at least 20 years old, but it was not in a good location. B cut down a couple small trees along the edge of the driveway and property line. It looks cleaner.
My former supervisor is going to be a father soon and the company shower is on Friday. The registry is pretty slim and nothing really jumped out at me. Andres and Maya have already been thrown at least two other showers and have lots of friends and family with babies, so they already have a lot of items. They also currently live in a small one bedroom condo where space is at a premium. I'd planned on getting them some music (he used to be in a band) and books (there are several on the registry and you know I love books for kids) but ... I waited too long for the music which I think I would have had to order. And then, then I really wanted to make something.
I have really, really been wanting to create something. So, I took the opportunity and I have been excited to delve in. Really excited. So excited I could tell this was a pent up need. Tuesday I got the fabric, and last night I stayed up making the gift. I think I am going to do two more items tonight - a soft ball and a bib. I hope they like it! I'm nervous since it isn't a registry gift and since there is a good chance they have been given a million handmade blankets, or blankets period.
Two years ago, for one of my book club friends, I made a fleece and cotton blanket (ball, and appliqued onesies.) Karen (and Courtney) got at least two other handmade blankets at that shower, though mine was the only one really good for outside walks in the cold, or so I thought (it was a stroller blanket that I envisioned them using on walks, at the park, while bundling between home and car, and as a soft warm spot on cold hardwood floors.) This blanket, for baby Anastasia, was supposed to be a swaddling blanket which would make it different, but it is not big enough (it was supposed to be 44" square but is only 40" square I think.) I think it is also too thick for swaddling as it's two layers of thick flannel. These issues aside however, it is cute, and with the child being a Fall baby, perhaps, no matter if this is the umpteenth blanket, it will be a good gift.
Isn't that rattle cute? I wung it after seeing a picture in Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing for Baby. I want the book, but keep thinking I won't get it until I am pregnant again (please!). I put a bell in it that ended up in the nose, and some dried lavender flowers from my garden. I stuffed it with soft yarn that at one time had been intended for a knit blanket for T, but that got used as "web" by an older T when he pretended to be Spiderman. I have a large bunch in an incredible knot I haven't been able to untangle, so cut into it and used it for stuffing. It works pretty well!