19 November 2008

Duckies for baby fuzzymitten

for baby fuzzymitten
Originally uploaded by allisongryski

A couple weekends ago was my friend fuzzymitten's baby shower. We made cupcakes and ate cupcakes. We're all looking forward to meeting her little one when he arrives in January. Since babies tend to be a bit messy, I made this padded burp/mess cloth with duckies on one side and blue polkadots on the other (and some towelling sandwiched in between). Sewing together three bulky layers was trickier than I realised (and something I'll have to do on a much larger scale eventually with my quilt), so the first time I unpicked half of it and started over.

duckie stitch
Originally uploaded by allisongryski

I used a special duckie cam that I borrowed from my mom to embroider a row of ducks across the cloth. It's not very obvious unless you look really closely, but the thought was cute.

duckies and dots
Originally uploaded by allisongryski

In any case, I hope it turns out to be useful. So you see, I do manage to get the occasional bit of sewing done. I just hope I just figure out where to find some more reserves of energy to do it more often.

04 November 2008

Cube Unit 540: Picture hanging on flimsy walls

(Part 4 in a series)

3 b&w
Originally uploaded by allisongryski

So I picked the 3 black and white and the first pagoda picture (d) since that was my initial instinct. I got them printed this weekend and "framed" and hung them up today. Since I couldn't possibly hang real frames on my cube's fabric walls, I came up with an ingenious alternative with the help of a salesgirl at the Omer de Serres. I had found some Elite Frameless Frames (the 8x10 for a 5x7 photo size), but wasn't sure how to attach them to my flimsy walls. She suggested some adhesive hangers. And because the Interior Decorating Gods were thinking of me, I got the mistake package that had an extra one in it! Since the end result is not very heavy, I just hung them up with a thumbtack and now I have properly framed looking photos. I promise to post pictures when my whole cube re-do is finished.

I think I'll eventually get the 3 stones and the pagoda picture (f) printed and then I can switch between them for a change every now and then. The observant amongst you will remember that there were actually FIVE pictures shown in my cube layout.

Cube Layout Plan
Originally uploaded by allisongryski

The one above my light, to the right side of my computer, is a picture of my sweetie that I took in Stanley Park when we were in Vancouver in August. It makes me smile every time I glance at it.