First off: At my local Hancock's fabric store I found some of the Crafty Chloe line by Heather Ross on clearance! Two of these were like $2.39/yd, the other was $3.99. Crazy stuff. There were more options, too, I only chose three of them!
The reason we were at the fabric store was for supplies to make a few key costume pieces. An orange bag, a red bow, and a black cat.
She wanted to dress as Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service for a teen anime convention! I said I'd help her with her costume as long as it would double as Halloween!
Anyway, the bag turned out great. After much hemming and hawing (and waiting till the last minute), I paired my cheap remnant cut of orange cotton with my new grey Heather Ross fabric and used Char's tutorial for a sling bag. I lengthened the straps some and topstitched, but otherwise followed the tutorial and was very pleased with how it came out.
The red bow came from a remnant of red microfiber, a headband, and pipecleaners.
Inside her bag is a funky looking Jiji of black fleece! She likes him, thank goodness.
The bag came in handy for hauling free mangas, too. My geeky girl was happy!
She decided against a wig and a broom, so yay for simplicity!
And her dress and shoes are both from target. Easy peasy!
She had a great time at the "Con" and even had people wanting to take photos with her - that made her day!
Bonus: except for the bow and the cat she will reuse the rest of the pieces for everyday wear. She plans on using the other side of the bag, though.
A funny moment from last week. We met some friends at our little neighborhood park. One of them brought their pet guinea pig. The redhead LOVED it, which is surprising, he has recently stopped liking to touch animals.
Anyway, this neighbor kid was swinging holding his guinea pig. He dropped it jumped off, he swears! the poor thing gets scooped in feet when the kid is trying to stop and get off, then it DASHES across the playground as fast as it can.
One of the funniest things I've seen in a long time. Six or seven kids desperately trying to catch this guinea pig, running around the playground, and it just evades one kid after the other.
Sitting in the shade and not having to be in charge of said guinea pig, it was HILARIOUS.
Luckily, Nibbles was found and was just fine after all the excitement.
Unfortunately, I missed several prime photo ops that afternoon, I was strangely camera-less. Lucky for us, the redhead stole my notebook to draw a portrait of Nibbles. Spontaneous nature study.
In his defense, Nibbles did have kinda beady eyes...
He would tell you that he got to hold it, and when his sister held it Nibbles pooped on her. He loves that part.
He also edited several pages of my notebook and the cover. Thanks, buddy.
I guess I need to start Moleskine #13.
Never a dull moment...
Last week I got this book in the mail - it is one I've 'needed' for my collection of books illustrated by Eloise Wilkin. Hansel and Gretel!
So I had to get my other books out to document. The collections:
(That one on the right was a fairly recent Ross or TJ Maxx score - it's a thick book, I was pleased with it, but I think the 'retouching' of the illustrations... isn't as nice).
Oh, Baby Dear. My fave hands down. Oh wait, except for My Goodnight Book?
The Little Book is adorable.
And I pulled this photo from my Christmas books post, since they're packed away with the winter stuff.
I love how she drew cheeks and lips. And the fact that my babies had CHEEKS... just makes these books more enjoyable.
There are certain 'moments' that I remember from each of these books, some from when I was little, some from reading them to my own kids.
The little watering can (and washing the dog!).
'Slapping' the ham, cheese and butter sandwiches together (also hanging doll clothes out to dry).
That little dress/tights/braid.
When I was little I wanted to be friends with that girl on the right with the red hair.
Oh, this room is amazing. I used to want a window seat SO badly!
I think I can still recite 'My Goodnight Book' - it was a favorite of my daughter's. (Also someone recently pulled out 'Hippos Go Berserk' and Aaron and I can both recite that one, ha!)
So I flipped through the Hansel and Gretel book looking for a 'moment' I remembered. I think it's the built in beds. How amazing!
These are the kind of illustrations you can pore over. And they're so nostalgic for me! I think the ones I remember most fondly are these, Calvin and Hobbes, and Shel Silverstein books. How about you?
In one of my rare spontaneous moments, I decided we HAD to go hiking this morning. The teenager assumed this didn't apply to her and made herself all cute. But it did.
It looked SO different from the last time we were here!
It was a popular trail today, we let several horses and some mountain bikers pass us.
This trail will forever more be known as 'Horsepoop Trail'. The redhead was NOT amused.
Giant flowering thistles were everywhere, attracting bees...
And bigger things.
My goal for outings like this is to be out longer than we are in the car. This time it was barely longer. I actually would have pushed them farther, but unfortunately I was the one who started getting painful blisters* and we headed down.
Monkey would live in the woods if he could. He LOVES being outside and hiking around and exploring. I laughed when at his cub scout day camp he was just bounding up the trail on their little hike. Such a little mountain goat!
There was some grumbling from the other two. Still glad we went. I want to do this more, but I realized a couple things today. 1. My kids aren't spontaneous. I mean, I knew that, but I think the girl would have been happier (she really enjoys hiking usually!) had I let her know we were going the day before. 2. Hikes TO somewhere really are better for kids. Unfortunately those hikes are all farther away... 3. Bring treats. Redhead would have been happier had I thrown a couple lollipops in my bag or something. He actually does great when NOT having to worry about horse poop. Maybe a sketchbook or hiking bingo page would be of interest to him, too.
They'd better get over themselves, we have some camping/national park trips coming up!
*I was unable to find one of my keens because SOMEONE borrowed them, so I wore my sneakers, which apparently I haven't worn for a long time. The rest of the weekend it will be my birks cuz yikes, blisters!
The girl got the Beatrix Potter ballet dvd for her birthday. It's super cute and got everyone interested in all things Beatrix Potter again. Love when that happens.
Having a bad cold was a good excuse to chill out and watch some world cup games. USA vs. Belgium was probably the best/most exciting game I've ever seen!
We had a visitor in our (fenced!) garden the other day. I guess he jumped the fence?
Speaking of the garden, the poppies and irises are done, the hollyhocks not in full bloom yet, but we have daisies this year!
My boy can fly.
I was lucky enough to get to spend a day in the woods at a cub scout day camp. It was beautiful.
While there, this is what Monkey bought at the 'trading post'.
Stop saying the R-word (retard/retarded).
Please teach your kids it's NOT okay to use that word, especially directed at someone. ESPECIALLY directed at a kid with special needs. There's no good way to use that word.
I thought people were better than that.
Special needs parent = broken heart nearly every day.
It gets exhausting.
What a weird week! It's busy, yet quiet... The girl gets home from her camp today, and the redhead and his dad are gone at theirs. Monkey had his camp last weekend. Lots on the calendar, but less people home! Yesterday Monkey and I had a very nice quiet day to ourselves.
It was kinda weird.
I finally mopped.
This year's girls' camp theme was Dr. Seuss. Every tent had a different book theme. We weren't very familiar with The Sneetches! I always send a little something for camp decorations, but his wasn't my best year. Our printer ran out of toner right when I was going to do this, so I had to draw a little sign.
I 'laminated' it with packing tape, and included two skewers, one with masking tape wrapped around the end. So she can tape the sign to the skewers, then stick it in the ground. I also cut out wonky stars and sewed them together. A garland for the tent or trees.
Her 'secret sister' gifts are supposed to be small little things. The girl wanted to do a lollipop bouquet (Seuss trees?), and we added a one fish, two fish, red fish, blue red fish tag to a pack of swedish fish. She crocheted a couple of bracelets, one is just three strands of single chain, and one is single chain made of a strip of tshirt knit. She stuck those in a plastic easter egg with a Horton tag since her secret sister was in the Horton Hatches an Egg tent. Add some glo bracelets and she was good to go.
I drew a big green star on her lunchbag to send her off to camp, and the redhead requested a decorated bag for his own camps. I didn't get a photo of the Tardis I drew yesterday, but today he was thrilled with Lord Business.
Photo taken before the cape was added.
I have been planning (and overthinking) for the girl's school lunches this year, and bought a lunchbox for her this week. I have to say, though, I could get into decorating paper bags...
Have you guys heard of this game?
I can't remember where I first heard of it, but I found it on sale one day on Amazon, and tucked it away for a rainy day. Or Monkey's birthday, that worked. We got the Inventions one first.
He LOVED it. So does everyone, actually. We have played it with grandparents and aunts/uncles and it's a hit. It's also really compact and easy to fit in your purse for when you're waiting at vision therapy appointments or pizza places ...
So the concept is SO easy, it takes 5 seconds - I love games with very little 'learning to play' time. Basically the cards are the same front/back except the back has the date on it. You can't look at the date. One card is flipped over from the pile, you pick one of your cards and decide if it goes before or after the card that's up.
At the beginning that's usually pretty easy. As you add cards (and flip them over to see if you're right) it gets harder. And brains start working... The goal is to get rid of your cards.
Monkey likes to look up his cards in our Inventions book while it's other people's turns. At first we were like 'Hey, no cheating!' and then realized... yeah if he wants to be using his skills to play this game so much the better!
He actually has a way better sense of historical timelines than I would have at his age. I think it's because we teach history chronologically (next year: middle ages!). I was suprised how well he did right off the bat.
We then picked up the historical events version of the game (there's lots of versions!) which is just as fun, and really you could shuffle the two decks and the game would be awesome.
We found several of the Timeline games at our local comic/game shop when we stopped by for free comic book day! Did you guys go?
Also, I think there's a Timeline app! I think that would be super fun, too.