My mommy didn't want anything for her birthday, so I'll probably just buy her dinner. Besides, I kind of blew out on her for Christmas.
My friend Dream shares a birthday with my mommy. She's recently become addicted to Angry Birds and I'd thought of making her an Angry Bird plush like I'd seen over at Obsessively Stitching. I'm especially in love with her piggies. However, when it came time to start work on the gift, I just wasn't feeling the birds.
So, I called up her hubby, who clued me in to the fact that she'd been silently coveting the sock monsters. Thanks again, Homes.
It seems that each monster gets more detailed than the last. This one has teeth, a gothy collar, earrings, silly hair and a tattoo. I introduce to you - Fang von Lichtenstein, the Baron Fang von Lichtenstein to you lowly peons.
Why yes, that IS a Horde tattoo. Freehanded even! And here he is with his new person.
So, I have been thinking for the last few days about starting a new quilt. Digging for fabric in the closet led me to digging out all of the fabric in the closet. But this is not all of the fabric that I have. There is some in the cedar chest of doom, but I knew it wouldn't go with the fabric I'd already chosen as my inspiration.
First surprise, I found an already assembled top in the Trip Around the World pattern, using the exact yellow fabric which was my inspiration. Obviously, something had drawn me to it.
I kept digging to see what else I could find. Oh kiddies, your Ysha is quite ashamed of herself. I sorted the fabric into non-quilting, cotton and flannel. And like I said before, this isn't all of it. I know there's half a bolt of the green dragon flannel left from MY quilt in the cedar chest and the fabrics that I used when starting Boo's quilt are in a bin.
I spread the flannels out so that I could see what was there. I couldn't fit it into one photo on wide angle (ok, I was sitting in the floor right next to it, I might could have if I'd backed up). It took three frames and I still may have missed a few. In my defense, I bought most of this several years ago at JoAnn on Black Friday for $1 a yard. But this is still a silly amount of fabric.
I didn't even spread the cottons out, I just left them in their nice little pile, there's not nearly as many of those.
This doesn't even count fat quarters and other such things.
SomeONE (me) needs to get cracking on some baby quilts this year. Even if I never branch out from the Trip Around the World, I need to work some of these up and find homes for them.
Obviously, I couldn't just post a picture of it last week, I wanted to keep it under wraps until the birthday girl had seen it. And usually it's my rule that the recipient must see the gift before the intarwebs at large. Tho' sometimes, if you see me in real life, I'll show you a sneak preview pic on my phone. I had trouble keeping quiet about this one, I was so proud of the results.
I will have to give a thank you shout out to my friend Homes, who not only pushed me away from a skull necklace and toward pearls (much more Mimi) he also recommended a tutu.
Without further hubbub, I give you - Miss Penelope Jean, the pink hippo or pippo.
Here she is, on the guest bed, chilling with Lenore, giving you a good view of her sparkly pink eyes and the huge fluff that is her tutu. I love how one ear lies down and one stands up, she demanded to be that way no matter how much I argued that her ears should both do the same thing. It gives her pizazz.
Showing off her pearls.
And with her new person, I believe they will be a good match. Mimi seems quite happy.
Usually, I don't name my creations, I allow the recipient to do that. But Penelope whispered her name to me while I was sewing her together. But maybe she'll whisper a different name to Mimi and her name will change.
Except for the buttons that I used for her eyes and nostrils, and a little bit of fleece for the tail, everything that went into this project came from my craft stash. Some of this fabric I'd been hoarding for years waiting for just the right project to come along. It did.
I won't promise to be diligent with this journal. I am a known slacker and am entirely too old to change. However, I'm going to make an effort here to keep up with this thing a little better. There are so many beautiful things out there and I'd love to be able to perhaps inspire some one person as I myself have been inspired by so many.
I thought I'd start by posting a preview of a project that I'm about to start on. It's a birthday gift for a friend and from the color selections (and the fact that her birthday is next week) it won't be difficult to guess who this is for. But this is before any cutting has taken place. I don't want to give too much away.
I recently bought my grandmother's Viking Rose sewing machine. This will be my first project on the machine. I hope it and I can come to terms enough to sew something relatively simple. I have another sewn project in mind for another January birthday. Otherwise, I'll have to come up with a completely new idea.