Sunday, June 26, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
After spending almost a week in the glorious city of New York celebrating my brother and his graduation from NYU (see, doesn't that make you tingle with excitement at hearing about the rest of the trip?! actually, probably not, considering that over 75% of my loyal readers actually went on the trip with me. btw, 75% of 4 people is just 3. we didn't take a busload of followers to NY.), we went to DC for four days to visit our college buddy and billy's college roomie Bradford. This DC visit also included a wonderful visit to my aunt Veronika and her family in Alexandria, VA (lovely place, if you haven't yet been).
We came over on Sunday afternoon to visit with her, her husband Phil, and their adorable children Jack (almost 3 years old!) and Brigid, who had turned 1 a few days earlier. Before leaving for the East Coast, I tested my "mad" sewing skills and used the opportunity to craft up some baby/child projects. At this point in my life, there are too many adorable child-related projects and not enough children.
So I decided to go with a stuffed animal for Jack and a blanket/stuffed animal combo for the birthday girl. And here's what I came up with!
Although I thought the little contrast patches on his paws would be tricky, they turned out okay. The trickiest part ended up being the tusks, which look okay in the photo above, but not so great in that top photo... oh well. Maybe we'll skip the tusks next time.
Then, for little Brigid, I sewed up an owl stuffed animal using a homemade pattern. I found an image of the owl fabric used below online, enlarged it, and singled out one owl shape. I then made a couple copies of the pattern, using one to cut out the outline and one to cut out the eyes, eyeballs, nose, tummy, feet, etc.
Once I started stuffing the owl, I noticed the applique-d pieces starting to pull away from the body fabric. No good. So I stuck some fabric glue under the gaps for a temporary solution, but brought along some thread and a needle with me to NY.
If you look carefully at the bottom of the eye, you can see the same stitches. I also did this around all edges of the "B" on the back, using pink thread (see above). This worked out fine, and I kinda like the look, but next time I'll just topstich them down.
Part 2 of Brigid's present was a baby quilt - baby because it's for a young person, and baby in its size. I used the same fabric as the stuffed owl, with a brown satin binding.
Once I finally lined up the pieces in the right order and in the right place, the quilt generally came together. Technically, one side is crooked - the pink border gets bigger across the top, rather than being even all the way, but oh well.
Friday, June 10, 2011
We went to downtown Seattle and ate at Pike's Brewery. Here I am with their gigantic menu.
And peeking over the top of it, once I decided I was going to get the Kiltlifter Mac n Cheese.
Friday, June 3, 2011
As he grew, he still enjoyed sleeping and snuggling in his little bed, often with his stuffed puppy toy. However, he also enjoyed chewing on it and destroying it just as much as sleeping in it.Sometimes he didn't sleep in his little bed, but instead slept in our big bed. I think this is one of my favorite pictures of him - little puppy sleeping next to his big puppy toy.
Here's a sleepy little Bentley next to his puppy toy again - they were best friends until Bentley ripped the stuffing out of its tummy.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
In less-adventurous culinary style, I whipped up some parmesan polenta (super easy) and tried a new recipe called "Breaded Brussel Sprouts." It sounds like you heat a vat of oil and deep fry the normally-healthy vegetable, but you actually just clean the sprouts, boil them for 5 minutes, sprinkle some parmesan and breadcrumbs over them, coat them in a little melted butter, and broil for 5 minutes. Easy. And tasty! Next time I'll cut the sprouts in half before broiling, but otherwise delicious.
While we enjoyed our delicious dinner and tried to keep the dog away from our delicious dinner, we watched The Social Network. Best movie ever? Not so much. Should it have beat out The King's Speech for best movie or whatever? Not at all. Not even close. Averagely decent entertainment for our low-key Sunday night? Yeah, I'd say so.
Honestly, though, if you want a good show, though, you need to get your butt to Bridesmaids. BEST. MOVIE. EVER. High-larious, as Carolyn would supposedly say. Billy and I saw it with Jackie and WOW. That movie kicks butt. If you'd rather laugh throughout a movie than just sit there and watch it, go see Bridesmaids. But more on that later.