Showing posts from September 2, 2007

Puppy Update

My, oh, my how quickly they grow! Abby was in for her second vet visit today, the one with her first shot, and she now weighs 20 lbs. She's not quite 12 weeks old and because she is so big we sometimes have to remind ourselves that she's still a puppy. Sophia and Abby are becoming play buddies. We have been enjoying the cheap entertainment since they are hilarious to watch when they play. Sophia will rapidly run figure eights around Abby who can't catch her because, although she is three times Sophia's size, she does not yet have the dexterity or speed that Sophia possesses. Even though there are six other chews scattered through out the living room this is the one they both wanted. Just like kids...or was it only my kids that were like that?

Butterick 4986 Twist Top Pattern Review

Pattern Description: Butterick 4986, pullover tops in two lengths with a wrapped (twist) front, gathered sleeves and collar variations. Fabric suggestions are Georgette, stable knits, lightweight crepe, and faille. The pattern is rated easy. Pattern Sizing: Available in (8-10-12-14) and (16-18-20-22) Pattern instructions - easy to follow? If you've sewn one of the five hundred million gazillion twist top patterns out there you already know how to do the wrap/twist front. If you only collect the patterns and haven't gotten around to actually sewing any of them, let me say that these instructions are very clear on how to construct the twist/wrap portion. It is difficult to describe with words, as I proved to myself when trying to describe the technique to a co-worker - and I was actually wearing the top at the time which provided a great visual, but was still unable to describe it clearly. Fortunately, there are many illustrations included in the instructions to assist you with t

Comment on the Baby Doll Skirt from the previous post

I'm copying a comment that was left by the designer of the sock monkey dress. I want all of you to know that she not only created all of those great sock monkey pieces of clothing, but she's the creator of that baby doll skirt as well! Talk about one creative and talented designer! What do a circus wagon, a sock monkey dress, and a baby doll skirt have in common? Well, I'm not sure how exactly the circus wagon fits in, but the sock monkey dress (as well as the other sock monkey items surrounding it) and baby doll skirt were actually made by the same person - me. That's right - you've got a keen eye. That skirt is one of my prized possessions. I photographed 2 plastic kewpie doll toys from various angles, created a repeat in photoshop, and applied a half-tone filter, thus giving them the "dot" effect. After which I burnt the image to a screen, and hand silk screened canvas fabric. This fabric was then transformed into an a-line skirt, and certainly was not

A circus wagon, a sock monkey dress, and a baby doll skirt

What do a circus wagon, a sock monkey dress, and a baby doll skirt have in common? That's easy. They were all on display in the Creative Arts building at the state fair. My favorite was the hand carved circus wagon pulled by six Clydesdale horses entitled "The Circus is Coming to Town!" Not just because I like clown stuff but because my very own incredibly talented father (aka Knufie the clown) carved and painted this entire set! I wish you could see the incredible detail in his work. I know he was disappointed to not win a ribbon, especially after this won grand prize at the county fair, but I think it is a wonderful wood carving. It would have been great to spend some time eavesdropping on people viewing his entry so I could report back to him. But there were other creative items to be seen and a lot of junk food to be eaten, so after snapping a dozen photos or so I was off to see what else I could find. The sock monkey dresses were on display again . There was also a s