*Coraline. The creepiest children's book I've ever read. I loved it and so did the boy. I will never again see black buttons as innocent garment fasteners. Never.
*Fabric as ArtI love the look of pretty fabric stretched over an embroidery hoop. (Lovely examples here and here.) I recently bought some fabric that matched the girl's room perfectly and just couldn't resist.The hoops have all been collected from Freecycle, which made this project quick, easy, and inexpensive.
*Painting Mom's roomI did the brown wall. Jay did the blue ones. New life. New room.
*New(ish) pillows to go along with the New Room.When I first began sewing a few months back, I made these patchwork pillows for my mom:For numerous reasons, I had grown disgusted by the sight of them. The fabric was hopelessly dated and thin. (I had gotten it off of Freecycle so it was great for what I was able to do at the time.) The poor quality fabric, combined with my young sewing skills, meant that these guys were falling apart. When I told my mom I was going to make new ones to match her room she said, "But I like these." To which I replied, " I don't care. You can't have them."
Friday I ripped them in half, kept the brown corduroy side, and made the other side with some lovely Robert Kaufman fabric.Plus, and most importantly, I remembered to add some top stitching this time. Hopefully these pillows will have a longer life.
*Dan ZanesDo I need to list all the reasons I love Dan Zanes? The crazy hair. The thrift shop clothes. The way he can't seem to stand still. Most importantly, the fact that he makes "all-ages" music that doesn't make me want to sharpen pencils to a murderously fine point and repeatedly stab them into my ears. This music isn't just for kids. Think I'm lying? I'm listening to one of his cd's now....and I'm the only one home.
My mom and I took the girl to see Dan and Friends yesterday afternoon. Dan doesn't like for folks to stay in their seats. He wants to see dancing and movement. He wants a dance party. This concert came at a great time...it really helped to pull me out of the funk I was in.
My mom took the girl down to "the pit" and they squeezed their way directly in front of the stage. The girl was inches from Dan, staring up at him in awe.
This was our second Dan Zanes and Friends concert. The girl was not quite three the last time we took her, and I think she got more out of it this time. I highly recommend Dan to everyone, even if you don't have little kids. It's nearly impossible to be miserable around him.