Friday, November 30, 2007

Homemade Holidays

I caught the homespun fever that's sweeping the internets lately. Tired of Black Friday sales, leading consumer indicators and credit card bills in January, I've decided that I want to try to go as homemade as I can this year.

Not nuts am I. Although I do have a few things in the works on my needles and machine, I've also been surfing Etsy endlessly, and my GOSH are there some wonderful things for great prices there. So far Etsy has two of my loved ones covered, and I'm going to look a bit more this weekend.

And there's pie. Chocolate pie, to be quite specific. I think nearly everyone needs a nice chocolate pie in an upscale pie pan, so that's the gift of choice to the lovely local mamas who help make my children's lives a better place.

I'm still stumped for a few people, and my children will be receiving manufactured items from Toys R Us and other big retailers in addition to their mama-made swag, but so far this plan is going well.

The mama to be loved the baby quilt (below), and was kind enough to make sure it was ooooo'd and aaaaah'd over at the shower today. So gratifying. But I will miss it. I'm already talking with a certain sibling about another version for her bed, and thinking seriously of one for mine (no dalmatians, though).

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Baby Quilt in Hexagons

First, apologies for the pics. I am not home during daylight hours during the week this time of year, so this was the best I could do.

I spent months trying to figure out how to put those adorable Heather Ross fabrics together. Once they arrived, I realized that there wasn't really a focal fabric, and except for the browns, no darks at all. Stumped, I was. My old school way of doing things didn't fit with this bundle. I finally decided to try this hexagon pattern, and through the whole process was convinced this was going to be the ugliest little thing ever. Even through quilting, I was muttering about the waste of time, and grateful that I had three baby quilts in reserve to pick from.

Will wonders never cease? I think it's flippin' adorable. I'm especially pleased with the way the quilting turned out. Go figure. The baby shower is Friday. Yay me.

I've been knitting quite a bit too, but mostly for folk who read this space, so neener neener, you can't see those projects.


Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Psychotic Neon Duck

The Neon Boneyard in Las Vegas is just the coolest place. I could have posted 50 pix, but I'll leave it to just these few to give you the flavor.

Three days in Vegas with extended family, courtesy of my generous pops and stepmom: Lots of great moments, wonderful food, fabulous entertainment (in addition to the Boneyard, we did the Liberace Museum and "O" by Cirque du Soleil - wow!), a way cush hotel room, and above all nice company. Fabulous weather, and the locals are very pleasant.

And did I mention the food? Holy cow. They know them some food.

Still, nice to be home. Heading into Holiday Time.