Mother’s Day

Late, but still… The thought is there, I just haven’t seen Mom. I had planned on making her a topiary, but I kind of lost steam. Then when I found the correct stuff to fill it the weather decided to play with me. It rained for 2 days straight, then I had to work. So I finally had time today, to realize that sculpture is not my forte.

Considering my skill set I think he turned out ok. But I know what it’s supposed to be, which is a bit of an unfair advantage

Here’s the backup present I had planned, she’s getting it all. This is the Mother’s Day to end all Mother’s Days (late and all). I’ve just decided to cheat a bit and give her the topiary frame and bag of moss and let her go for it herself. She’s much more artistic than I am. Hopefully hers will look less Groot like, which is the general consensus I’m getting on Facebook.

Here’s what the framed piece says up close, she saved it on Facebook, so I decided to put it together for her. I assume she’ll bring it to work, because she doesn’t really have wall space for it at home. Hopefully she likes it. Fingers crossed.

Nurses Rule

I believe I’ve mentioned in the past that I am a nurse. And not just a nurse, but a third generation nurse. I’ve had many specialties in my (fairly short) career, ranging from Mom/baby to geriatric and now behavioral health (aka psych). Each has helped me learn valuable skills, from managing my time, to putting out fires, to learning names and purposes of a wide variety of medications. I wanted to make myself something to express my pride in my chosen career, but still be funny, as I think you have to maintain a sense of humor to survive.

I saw this on Facebook and thought it was perfect! All I needed was some printed vinyl and a plain t shirt. I found the vinyl on SparkleBerry and fell in love. Unfortunately my phone auto filled the address wrong, and my package got lost. Luckily the address that is wrong apparently does exist so the post office held my package and I was able to pick it up. And I barely got home before tearing into the thing to play. it took a while to arrange, each color was cut separately and had to be placed individually. I have no eye for straight lines, and could only hope that they were at least close enough. Next one that gets made will have 1 color of text. And I foresee that there will be more of them.

I also finished moms New Zealand socks last night. I was already almost at the toe, so I put the major burn on them and got them finished while we were visiting her yesterday. Just in time for her cruise to Alaska.

And they fit like a dream, thank goodness. Pattern is Shapely secret socks and it’s moms favorite. Though apparently she loves to fold down my gorgeous cuffs, which we shall not speak of again.

Jack has decided that I’ve crafted enough and am now cut off from my easy press.

There’s a kind of hush…

Hopefully you can finish the end of the line, I had the pleasure of seeing Peter Noone in concert today. He performs every year at Epcot flower and garden and he’s a hoot every year.

As per usual the sock of the hour got to watch the show too. I’m trying to get these finished soon for Mom, about 1/4″ and I can start the toe decreases. But as anyone who knits can tell you, that last 1/4″ takes 10x longer than the whole sock. You can knit 15 rounds, measure, and still be short. But tread carefully, that 16th round will make it over the measurement you were striving for.

Since today was May 4th I threw together some shirts for the 3 of us. I love hubbys the best, but it was Darth Mickey that got all of the attention.

I will definitely be making more of the Wookiee shirts in the near future, it’s the perfect blending of Star Wars and Big Bang theory, it’s the geekdom trifecta. I’m actually fighting myself not to slap it on absolutely everything I possibly can, he’s just so cute!

I had planned on using this file I had made, but decided I wanted a more neutral shirt so I can wear it again. So poor R2 got left behind, sorry buddy. Maybe next year.

May the 4th be with you! Have a great weekend (I have the pleasure of working).

It is done

As much as I love taking a few days and heading to the happiest (busiest) place on Earth, it’s always nice to come home. Until I try to go to bed and the cats must express how much they’ve missed the humans. But anyway, on to the fun stuff.

Day 1, Epcot flower and garden festival. Mom and I were accidental twins, I made matching hats and shirts on purpose, but the white shorts were just weird family esp I guess. Our middle fast pass got delayed so we were offered a list of replacements, character spot here we come. It’s not often we do character pictures but it’s always fun.

On to magic kingdom, where I only have this picture to show. That was the day for the kids, so I only have pics of the them. Since they’re not mine, I’m not going to share their stuff. But this one is fair game, since he’s modeling my hat in such an anonymous fashion. It was still a fun day, the youngest loved the parade, and the few rides we managed to get on (Saturday is a busy day at MK for the record).

On to the Animal Kingdom, which was celebrating its 20th anniversary (which makes me feel so old). This was the day we were concerned about our rain chances, but it was for naught, it spit for maybe 5 minutes and was clear the rest of the day. Mom and I twinsied it again, semi on purpose, I knew she planned to backstitch it and decided to do the same. I was expecting epic crowds, especially when the parking lots were jammed. But it really wasn’t that bad, and the temperature wasn’t center of the sun hot, so we had quite a pleasant day.

Yesterday was Epcot again, and once again mostly child focused. We had a nice lunch at harvest grill, where I had half of my lunch “airplaned” to me by my niece. Her mom and I were using the technique on her to get her to try things, and she liked it so much she adopted it towards me. You haven’t lived until an almost 2 year old moves your fork around and makes airplane noises to try and feed you.

So here we end, with a picture of the completed quilt. I finished it on the drive to Disney and my fingers have just started to recover. I hate hand binding, but it looks so nice that I do it anyway.

It is time

Almost. Today is the first of the trips to Orlando, just for the day to go to the McDonalds worldwide conference. Obviously I’m not an employee, but hubby is, and sometimes being the wife has perks. Today is the day where they allow more employees than the ones who bought passes for the whole thing to go on the expo floor for a few hours and see what’s around. They also have food set up from around the world, so I’m planning to try the goat cheese burger from Spain and the dinosaur McFlurry from Singapore.

But it’s an hour + drive, so to keep me busy in the meantime I have the I Spy quilt binding to finish. Almost 1/4 done, but I started on a short side so I can’t be too cocky about speedy sewing.

Yesterday I got this bad boy done, I had found the hat at Target in the dollar spot and knew it had to be mine. But I also knew I wanted to put something on it, but what. I had been lurking around one the sites I like for files and someone had uploaded these autographs. It was love at first sight, but there was no Mickey or Minnie, and that just won’t do. So I managed to find their autographs online and put them into design space, and the rest is history.

Also made yet another bucket hat, this one is adult size, out of knit. And it’s surprisingly comfy, I was worried it was going to be too floppy, but it’s not at all. Now I just have to protect it from the ladies in my group that will want to steal it from me (Mom, looking at you).

I went rogue with the pattern directions and chose to fully assemble each hat, then put them right sides together and sew the brims, leaving an opening for turning. Makes it so much easier, at least I think it does. And I think it makes for a cleaner looking hat, no stitching lines showing because your allowance isn’t exactly spot on. The brim can be a little challenging, especially with knit, it likes to stretch and buckle a little. But you can hardly tell on the finished product.

I leave you with a picture of my glorious zucchini plant (yes, they’re yellow zucchini, I grow purple green beans too). Hoping for a productive year of zucchini, I have had bad luck growing them in the past.

The storm before the calm.

Let me start off by saying that I am weak, in terms of my work acquaintances asking for help. I am almost powerless and unable to say no (unless I have a real reason). Which is how I got signed up to work tonight. She was crafty and asked me directly instead of one of the mass texts (which I feel no guilt ignoring usually). I should have done the pros and cons a bit differently and included my crafting needs too instead of just considering my PTO usage. Now I’m 4 days out from a brief trip to Disney and still have at least 1 more bucket hat to make for sure. I’d love to get 2 shirts done, but I’m a little more realistic than that and acknowledge that it’s probably not gonna happen. But if you’re here it’s probably for pictures, so let’s get to what I Have finished so far.

I made another hat, almost identical to the first, which is why I put them both in the picture, proof there are actually 2. I’ve decided the next one I’m assembling my way as I think it’s neater.

This one is the Oliver S bucket hat and the pattern and directions I used can can be found here. This was the first ever bucket hat I made several years ago, and the largest size fit me fine, but this one is way too small. Don’t know if their sizing changed or if it’s because this is out of knits, but that should make it floppier not smaller, so I dunno. Guess my niece gets a cute hat.

Next we have group tees for my friends family, daddy and brother are the PPA and little sister is the princess. Unfortunately I underestimated and the shirt for daddy will probably be too small, but maybe uncle will wear it.

And since every princess needs protection against her step mom, mommy gets this shirt. Cool eh? I love the malificent and the dragon, I found the cut file in one of my Facebook groups and thought it was perfect! Unfortunately it sounds like this won’t fit mommy either, but they’re both going to try them on.

On to the shirts I know will fit, here are mine, my husbands (green) and my moms shirts for Flower and Garden festival on Friday. Mom knows she’s getting a shirt but doesn’t know what’s on it. And what none of them know is that this vinyl is supposed to glow in the dark! So it’s white, but it’ll be green too, like a plant, get it? It cracks me up every time I think about it, but I’m easily entertained. These were awful to weed, they’re so intricate, but they turned out so nicely it was worth it.

Kinda hard to see the details from that far back so here are the close ups of each design (mom and I match)

I leave you with a word of caution regarding blade changes. The cricut blades that say they’re “universal” aren’t. So always test cut before you ruin almost an entire roll of htv the way I did. It took me 5 tries (on test pieces after the 2nd full cut through) to get it right. I had to cut it on the paper setting, and it still cut through in places. I ordered new blades off of amazon and haven’t had any trouble since. Heed my warning, save your vinyl.

Who thought this up?

Recently we had the opportunity to buy some outdoor furniture for a great price from a neighbor of my mom. The only catch? The covers of the swings were in pretty pitiful shape. No biggie we all said, I sew, get some outdoor fabric and trace the originals, easy peasy. Except they were so dry rotted that one ripped down the middle just getting it home, the other is in slightly better shape but still tears easily.

Finally succeeded in tracing out a rough pattern, Gracie of course had to assist.

Fit check went pretty well, I started to think I might have a chance. My main problem is that the old cover fit underneath, while the new one has to sit on top so the pattern will show.

I managed to sew on the outdoor bias tape, which my sewing machine Hates without too much trouble. At first anyway…

The pockets for the top curve to fit into initially went smoothly. Until I realized that I hadn’t had the bias tape fully enclosing the whole pocket and had to rip it back.

Then I realized that the front curves had missed the fabric also. So after they got ripped and re sewn I decided that the pockets for the top arms needed to be tighter. Seam ripping turned into cover ripping by accident and there doesn’t seem to be much of a way to repair them.

Now I have the pleasure of trying to reclaim some of my bias tape from what has turned into a train wreck. I believe it goes without saying that this particular project is now in time out until it can behave like civilized fabric.

And here I leave you, in a vain attempt to distract with Gracie’s cuteness. I should note that a few minutes after I took this she moved herself into the middle of my side of the bed and made herself comfy.