Made the hubby a special Valentine:
It’s a pop-up card!
WE ARE GOING TO GWAR!
Eat it, everyone who’s not going to GWAR!
We had a great Halloween! Nola as Frog Princess, Gunner as Finn the Human, and me as (at least half of) Lady Rainicorn!
Nola kept the glitter-tulle dress on for all of 10 minutes; long enough to get her pictures taken. Then it was jacket and trick-or-treating time! The grandparents’ house got a good dusting of glitter — you’re welcome, mom & dad!
Nola was a total trooper, and made it around about 10 blocks (up and down the massive hills of my hometown) before asking to be carried the last block back to Grandma’s house. It was such a beautiful fall evening! The fresh air and the fun walk with the kids, everybody all dressed up, it was wonderful.
We decided to skip the local costume contest this year; Gunner said he didn’t really want to go, and I wasn’t going to argue. Halloween on a Wednesday is exhausting!
I found a tutorial online for making the backpack, so I didn’t even have to sweat over the pattern or sizing or anything, and it has a functional zipper! We (I) totally nerded-out, and filled it with episode-accurate items from the Prisoners of Love episode, where Finn just happens to list off all the stuff in his backpack as he’s digging through it; yellow sweater (came in handy), flashlight, water bottle, flute, trail mix, binoculars, and I even got him a “Ninja manual” (a-la the Chamber of Frozen Blades episode). He also found our copy of the Enchiridion (Epictetus’ version, that is) on the bookshelf and stuffed that in there. Maybe he’ll actually READ IT!
I made Nola’s sparkly “gown”; my mom found the long-sleeved, long-leg unitard at Goodwill in a total stroke of luck; and we already had the crown from the dollar section of Jo-Ann’s. The mask and hands are from Etsy shop Mahalo, and they are SO CUTE! The set included some adorable little frog-feet shoe covers that you can’t really see, but it was so wonderful to find a frog mask that wasn’t terrifying and it came as a whole set! Thanks Mahalo!
Here you can see how my knees bend backwards. Don’t worry, it’s just a connective-tissue disorder. But handy for freaking people out.
Now its time to deconstruct my costume back to a plain-old pink hoodie. Not sure what to do with the ginormous rainbow scarf, but it is super-warm! Maybe save it for next year, and Nola can be a rainbow!
Today, Nola asked me if she could be a tiger. I told her she could not draw on herself with that black Sharpie she had in her hands from who-knows-where. Thankfully, she asked first! Needless to say, I had dashed her little two-year-old dreams to bits, and the dejected look on her face damn near broke my heart. So I asked if she would like a tiger mask instead, and she was so excited about it she was literally jumping up and down in anticipation. “Yeah, yeah, yeah!!”
I Googled “printable Tiger Mask“, and from the results found a really cool-looking one, which led me to a page on preschoolkids.net FULL of printable animal masks! We printed out ten different animals, and they are beautiful! The kids are having a blast, and no Sharpie on the toddler.
I couldn’t wait to Pin it — but, lo-and-behold, “no pinnable images”. What the spark?! So, I decided post a blog entry, complete with pinnable thumbnail preview, and direct readers to this great resource.
If you have ever browsed Spoonflower.com, you may have noticed that they have a right-click disabling script. I completely understand why — an attempt to keep people from copying or downloading images — but I really want to right-click fabrics to open them in a new tab!
Maybe there are a few different fabrics on a page that I want to open separately, or I want to visit the artist’s gallery or the fabric collection. Instead of clicking forward and waiting for the page to load, then clicking back and waiting for the page to load and moving to the next one, I just want to open a bunch of tabs and sift through the awesomeness! and also to Pin-Pin-Pin!! or maybe I just want them open so I remember later in case I need to leave my laptop for a while (heaven forbid!), what with my ADD-riddled brain constantly making hyper-jumps all over the place.
Well, I found a Firefox Add-On called Right Links, which, when enabled, allows the user to open a link in a new tab with a single right-click. Fantastic! I will probably only ever have it enabled while surfing Spoonflower, but it will save me a TON of time (both loading and browsing), so thank you very much, Right Links creators!
On Spoonflower, you can view my collection of favorite individual fabrics here. Some of the wonderful Spoonflower artists I’ve found so far are Bora, Patty Sloniger, Heidi Kenney, Holly Ward Bimba, Amy Peppler Adams, and Stacy Iest Hsu. The infamous Heather Ross also has a Spoonflower shop! Now I just need thousands of dollars to buy all this fabulous fabric… maybe we’ll win the super-lottery? HA!
I finally made a blanket for me.
The fabric is from the “Fandango” line by Kate Spain for Moda, and is now out-of-print (that’s how long I’ve had this project shelved), and the backing is a wonderfully-soft ecru flannel. I stitched in the ditch, because that’s how I like it. The finished size is about 58 x 72 inches.
These strips were originally intended to be the rest of Nola’s crib bumpers, but then I lost the motivation to complete such an ambitious project. I decided instead to sew them into a blanket. There were actually enough for TWO of these blankets, so I’ve got another one in the works that will be listed in my Etsy shop sometime in the next couple months!
I’ve moved all of my handmade stuff onto a separate Flickr account. I spent a good few hours last night uploading and labeling and organizing, and this morning I rejoined groups and transferred all my favorites. Now it’s all up and running — stop over and have a look!
Handmade @ flickr.com/photos/adelzeller
Moth Taxonomy @ flickr.com/photos/grungezombie
My husband turned our last latex glove into a rooster, and the kids went bonkers! Good job, Dad!
A couple months ago, some friends came over to my house for a “girl’s night” and we had a Wayne’s World “marathon” (so, Wayne’s World and Wayne’s World 2). We ate way too much food, laughed our butts off, and there was a sweet thunderstorm — great night!!
I also noticed, for the first time, maybe, the amazeballs hexagonal afghan on the couch in Wayne’s mom’s basement. The pic below is the best (wide) shot I could get of it. I AM SO TOTALLY GOING TO MAKE MYSELF ONE! … SOMEDAY…
The one in the movie is crocheted, but it could be done with cotton, quilt-style, which is what I plan on doing… at some point, in the unbeknownst future. You’ll know I’ve done it, when I post it here on le blog.
“It will be mine. Oh, yes. It will be mine.”