Owl Stretching Time

15 10 2009

I love Monty Python. I know, I know, that’s an easy thing to say. I’m guessing most of the general public knows at least one skit or one punchline, even if they don’t know from whence it came. My problem is, I’m a bit of an obsessive fan. I can’t just watch one skit or one disc. Oh no, if I start I have to watch every. single. episode, plus Live at the Hollywood Bowl, their German episode and Graham Chapman’s “Looks Like a Brown Trouser Job” (hysterical!).

Then I have to watch every single movie. And not just the “official” Python movies, but movies like Jabberwocky, or A Fish Called Wanda, Yellowbeard, Time Bandits and did-you-hear-that-Gilliam-is-breathing-new-life-into-Don-Quixote?! I forced myself to watch Valiant, Shrek 2 and Shrek 3 just for Cleese’s voice. My mind goes all “explodey” when he shows up on Doctor Who!

Still. I’m not done. I have to watch all the extras, all the interviews, all the random things that are placed on the discs. After that I change things up and watch “At Last It’s the 1948 Show”, “The Frost Report” and Cleese’s films he made for … the word and phrase are escaping me now… for businesses, like training videos.

Then I mix it up and watch Fawlty Towers, Palin’s travel shows. Jones, among other things, has a really fun documentary about numbers on youtube.

Michael Palin’s book, “The Michael Palin Diaries” is about a month overdue at the library, but it is so good!

I also really enjoyed watching the backstory of Life of Brian…
(Which I can’t seem to embed but here’s the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDCAJTrF1gg)
which leads me to the original reason I got on this topic…

I had no idea there was a new Python documentary out!! I can’t believe I missed that one. Also seems like I missed a fun water fight. With luck I will be able to watch the documentary tonight and I am very excited. From the sound of the title, “Monty Python: Almost the Truth About the BBC Lawyers”, Palin wrote a bit about it in his diaries, but I cannot wait to learn more.

I know I’m frighteningly obsessive, but I also know I’m not alone in my obsessiveness and amazingly enough, thanks to wacko fans like me, some of the early episodes of MPFC would have been lost.





Why post when…

12 10 2009

… this is all that’s been happening?

E has been watching this clip constantly for the last week. When we aren’t watching Blue’s Clues or more Sesame Street that is. Everyone is so sick here! I hear that’s the status quo everywhere though, so I can’t complain.

(I have to say, I dunno who Feist is and it’s not really my cup of tea, but I really enjoy her singing voice in that clip.)

Hopefully in a few days we will be up and around and sewing again, will get to comments then, sorry.





E’s Fall Fashion Tips

5 10 2009

tutu copy

I’m a big fan of giving kids choices and letting them learn from poor choices while they are young and the consequences for said choices are relatively small.

I always make sure that the choices I offer are something I’m OK with, for example, clothing. I’d never give them the choice of a garment I don’t approve of. And the younger they are, the less choices they get; E gets choices of two outfits, Z gets choices from his entire wardrobe.

All this to say: even though E is barely two she has her very own interesting “personal style”, as Tim Gunn would say. So I imagine that if she had her own fashion blog, it would look something like this:

Wardrobe
tutu copy
Wearing jammies outside the house is usually a no-no, but pair it with a tutu and some colorful boots and you’re ready for any grocery store “runway”.

pajamas
A nice pair of silky jammies are great for lounging around the house.

collar
Make each garment your own! Is the back of the collar more exciting than the front? Turn the shirt around and refuse to let your mother button you up the correct way, she obviously has no idea about fashion.

costume

Why wait till Halloween to wear your costumes? Any day is dress up day!

color

Don’t be afraid of color. I had fun putting this outfit together. Mommy didn’t think I needed the shrug too but little did she know it made the outfit!

coat

A good coat is also critical, even if you live in California like I do. Grandpa picked this one out for me so it’s a little big, but it’s kinda like a coat dress so I wear it anyways.

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And just in case you think I am immune to fashion no-no’s, if your diaper is showing, your dress is too short!

Hair
hair

Hair this fall is long, flowing and curly. Unless your mother insists on putting it in pigtails.

Accessories
boots

Boots are a must have for any fall wardrobe. Make sure you have one sensible pair and one crazy colored pair for more fun looks.

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A girl can never have too many shoes. My poor unfashionable mother only has 2 pairs! Too bad she doesn’t get hand-me-downs like I do!

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Really, you can never have enough shoes.

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I’ve had these earrings since I was 3 months old, some classics never go out of style.

lightsaber

Don’t forget, a lightsaber makes any outfit complete.

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That’s all from E, I hope you enjoyed my fall fashion tips.





The Days are Just Packed

4 10 2009

doodle

I love this photo. S is drawing a maze on a breakfast in bed type tray free-hand. He is so amazing at that. I wish I had had a chance to take a photo of the finished product, but I never even saw it before it went off as a belated birthday gift. A and E saw S “coloring” and wanted to join in.

Yard sale treasures

tree

How great is this! I had been wanting a small “plastic” or whatever it is Xmas tree for a decade. My timing was perfect as I grabbed it before she finished putting the “free” sign on it (nicely though, of course. I didn’t yank it out of her hands or anything). With a toddler, two boys and two cats, this is going to be perfect for an out of the way tree. And it was free!

pursefabric

$1.50 for 4 yards of this beautiful creamy flowery fabric. I think I found my purse fabric! While I was distracted with piles and piles of amazing fabric, Z was up to his usual yard sale magic. I turned around and he has this 5 inches from my face…

jaws

“It’s a lemon shark mouth”, he tells me matter of factly. He’s a smart guy and usually right, plus he had this mouth of shark teeth pointed at me, so who was I to argue?

“He caught it himself!” Z continued, “he wanted $5 for it but I talked him down to $3.”

Sewing
pjs

I did it, I made them all matching pj pants. At one point I didn’t think I was going to be able to figure out Z’s but hurrah! I got a twin sheet set at Target for $10 (not a thrifty find to be sure, but I liked the car pattern) and used one sheet, so 3 pants came out to $5.

Mini Golf

golf

This is how we spent part of Saturday. I think A won.

goofball

I have no idea what was so funny, but I love candid shots such as these.

Sneak Peek
I hesitate to post without knowing how it’s going to turn out but here’s your sneak peek.
peek





Firefly/Serenity Kaylee Inspired Toddler outfit

1 10 2009

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Please note the word “inspired” in the title. I tried very hard to make something more similar but man did I have problems. So I am a huge browncoat, and it’s exciting to say I saw the very first episode they showed on FOX the night it premiered and have been hooked ever since. That never happens, I usually catch on a season or two later. Like, I’m going to watch Fast Forward, really, I just haven’t had time! I won’t be too behind.

Back to Firefly:

Photo courtesy FOX and fan site Can't Take the Sky

Photo courtesy FOX and fan site Can't Take the Sky


I love the Kaylee character and I really wanted to make a few outfits for E inspired by Kaylee’s look.

I ran into a few problems right off the bat. There was this beautiful fabric I’d seen at Joann’s several times but on the day I had some extra money it was nowhere to be seen! And there was no way I was going to be able to explain the fabric I was searching for to anyone that worked there.

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So sadly, off the top of my head I grabbed two fabrics I thought would work. And I think they did!

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The shirt didn’t give me any problems except one – I used white thread. I didn’t realize it would show up so easily. Oops. It did give me the opportunity to see how messy my stitches were, in case I started to get cocky and think I actually knew how to sew!

k1

The next problem was that I didn’t want to make a jumpsuit. That seems a little beyond me and who wants to put a kinda-sorta potty training toddler in a jumpsuit? So I had the brilliant idea to make a vest instead! You’ll notice you haven’t seen the vest, and you won’t. I made three different versions and none of them worked or fit right. It was getting to the point that I was so frustrated I wanted to quit, and I knew she wouldn’t wear a vest anyway. So what was I stressing over? I’m learning to let go of the things that aren’t going to be improved with my panic attacks/stress and that was one of them.

But I do want to find or make a heart and teddy bear patch, it really won’t be complete till I can do that.

k4

It really need something, especially since the vest wasn’t happening, so with what I believe is Kaylee’s approval, E got some ruffles. S helped me set the ruffles properly, he’s so handy to have around. When I did it they were way way off! I will next time, however, put them higher up. I also used clear elastic for the ruffles on the pant leg and the gathering on the ruffles themselves.

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Total cost: $6ish.

I’ve really enjoyed being inspired by Kaylee and I would love to make her “pretty” from the episode, “Shindig”, but that’s biting off a lot for a complete novice. Unless I make a sort of twirl skirt. We’ll see.

Next up: Z wants to learn how to make dolls or juggling balls or something small he can sell, which means I have to learn how to make something easy for him to learn how to make. Any suggestions?





Happy Windsday!

30 09 2009

Here I am, typing away in my make-your-eyes-roll-into-the-back-of-your-head-it’s-that-soft robe feeling perfectly content with life. Everyone is still sleeping, the cats are fed so they aren’t meowing at me – I’m not in pain and I have a lovely cup of caffeine. This is so rare I really felt I needed to jot it down!

We’ve been so lucky the weather has turned cold lately, and suddenly at that. Last weekend was over 100 degrees. As I write this it’s 52. A decrease of 50%! Um, unless I did my math wrong, which is entirely possible. I hadn’t realized we’re officially in Autumn until this dramatic weather change made me check the calendar (like, 5 seconds ago). And that makes me a bit sad because I love Autumn more than any other season.

This day truly is calling for some sort of celebration. It’s going to have to be a close to home celebration though, as I think my car is completely devoid of gas.

Something else that makes me happy…
pumpkinkisses
Have you seen these pumpkin spice Hershey’s kisses? If you like pumpkin pie go get some straight away. These things are like someone created a wonderful machine that took a piece of your mum’s pumpkin pie and smushed it into a tiny bite-sized piece of chocolate that’s only 23 calories each. Of course, it doesn’t help if you eat the entire bag, but who counts calories anyways? S put one in his coffee this morning to excellent results.

We ended up taking two walks to the same place today because G-ma needed something after we got back. Good exercise in good weather but now I need a nap! And after the nap, to finish the last garment in the three piece outfit I’m making E. Oh, who am I kidding, I won’t be lucky enough to get a nap!





A Sneak Peek

29 09 2009

My latest finished project

blouse

Ta-da! My first peasant blouse I’m alright with sharing with the world. I used another of Vegbee’s fabulous tutorials. (On a side note: I wish blogspot would let me log in so I could tell her how great I think her tutorials are and how much they’ve helped me. Trust me, go read them! On top of her tutes, she just has the most fantastic outlook on life.)

At any rate, I used a pretty little purple flowered remnant from Walmart and what is probably-supposed-to-be-used-under-a-skirt white material that was also a remnant. That’s why E isn’t wearing it. She has worn it a few times, but there is already a tear in the white (and that wasn’t even her fault – bad mommy!) so there’s no point in her wearing it until I can salvage it.

Total cost of this practice garment: $1.50 … ouch. I shouldn’t have used the purple on a practice shirt, it’s cute. I try to shoot for less than $1 per outfit. Oh well, rack this up to another learning experience. I’m even happy with my failures, what is going on?! :p

I like to make a “practice” garment with material that is cheap before I start my “real” project. Usually I use sheets. But all this has been leading up to an outfit for E I’m pretty excited about. I really hope it turns out! I’ll even give you a sneak peek and a hint.

Just a little sneak peek

Just a little sneak peek

And here’s the hint: Firefly/Serenity.

Upcoming Projects

Because my list is getting huge and I need to get my act together, this should keep me on task. I have quite a few presents and costumes to get together before the end of the year!

    September

finish swing skirt
E’s Halloween skirt Finished 9/29/09

    October

My own circle skirt from S’s shirts, using Vegbee’s tute
B’s birthday tutu Or even better, some sort of criss-cross tutu, these are gorgeous!
hoodie for S
pjs pants for at least 4 for xmas 10/3/09 Finished
S wants me to make him a “Gumby” costume a la Monty Python. I’m not sure much sewing is involved, but I better put it here.

    November

Dishtowel aprons for Xmas
Something pretty for my cousin who is having another girl, a blanket? This itty bitty baby dress? Maybe a baby tutu? Suggestions welcome!
This incredibly cute bag for ME! Or maybe I’ll give it to my mother who loves purses the way I love geek stuff. Very special thanks to Jessi Linn for drawing my attention to it.

I’m sure I’m going to end up adding more, maybe a scarf for my mother in law. Maybe something my brother in law can use in basic training. Maybe I can find some inexpensive Betty Boop fabric and make something for my sister.