Hmmm… my bottom birds are upside down.
I will let you know when I figure it out. I know 3 people having babies in the next couple months so this should be a good gift. Link to the project and pattern for the birds here.
Hmmm… my bottom birds are upside down.
I will let you know when I figure it out. I know 3 people having babies in the next couple months so this should be a good gift. Link to the project and pattern for the birds here.
A couple months ago I found put this image onto Pinterest from this Design*Sponge house tour.
I thought it would be perfect for the upstairs spare bedroom that we are slowly decorating. We also saw a bunch of similar maps when we went to Restoration Hardware.
A full wall map would have been ideal, but the largest size I found to print was about 4 feet by 5 feet. I got the print done at Staples in their largest format. It was too big for them to print in store, so they had to send it out. I had converted my map to black and white which saved a LOT of money. The print itself is on normal everyday letter weight paper and cost $15. A print in colour would have been on a heavier poster weight paper, but would have been closer to $75-100. This project was a bit of an experiment and $15 was a much easier hit to take if the project did not turn out.
So you know how I keep saying/feeling/thinking that I’m a seamstress, when in reality I haven’t sewn a stitch in months? And have a much neglected blog that I keep wanting to write more for, but am apparently very bad a making the time for it? And that whole yoga thing that I used to do but have totally fallen out of practice with (and never really blogged about so of course you don’t know about it)? Well, I now have another entry on the list of Neglected Activities That Millie Likes Very Much But Is Not Good At Making Time For.
You see, my lovely gentleman friend A. went and bought me this for Christmas:
The sounds I made upon opening it were not unlike (very, very loud) hedgehog squeaks.
I have no idea how he came across these, considering he’s not at all of the crafty sort, but you can see why I have to learn how to knit, right? There’s no way I can not make these somewhere down the road, so I need to get started on the road now in the hopes that I’ll be competent enough to make these for next winter.
I’m fortunate in that I know quite a few people who know how to knit, and I suspect several of them would be willing to teach me. But sometimes it’s nice to have videos/books/etc for learning tools too, because I feel considerably better getting surly and cussy at my computer screen than at my friend who’s already doing me a significant favour, and I know full well I will get surly and cussy about this. I’ve been sewing for over ten years and I regularly get surly and cussy about it, even when it’s going well. Plus I’m left-handed, so trying to flip everything mentally so that the mechanism makes sense with respect to how my brain makes sense of the world while learning is… interesting. I’ve tried halfheartedly to learn how to knit before, and it went very poorly, partially for that reason.
I’m under the impression that at least some of the fine and wonderful readers of this blog know how to knit to some degree, so do you know of any good resources for the beginning knitter? Gold stars for any that are left-handed! I’ve signed up at ravelry.com, since I’m under the impression that that’s the thing knitters do, and if you want to look me up I’m milliescientist.
I anticipate much flailing and waving of needles, and a very grouchy Millie. I’ll keep you posted!
I made some stockings for Christmas gifts. These are the results. Fully lined. I think they turned out nicely.
I had a bit of a fight with my sewing machine at first. The stitches were not coming out even, and the thread carriage kept getting all bungled up with thread and scratched. I finally figured out what I was not using a standard needle but a heavy duty needle (thus the trouble). They really should make the numbers on those easier to read. They kind of all look the same! I will definitely splurge and get the colour coded ones next time. It will save me frustration and time (lots of time).
The solo stocking below is for one individual baby. I gussied it up with some black lace after. The three others above are for S’s cousin (I was going to write Ss, but it looked too much like SS), and his wife. I might still gussy them up with a faux fur around the top. They are going to have a baby in June, so you can’t really buy anything baby yet, so instead we made them a triad of stockings.
I was always keeping an eye out for a high waisted skirt, but they were always either too cheaply made, or the shape was not flattering. I found this skirt and shirt on the same shopping trip to my local Salvation Army. It is nicely lined, and structured with strong stitching supporting the waist form, and is made from a nice sturdy but soft almost jersey knit. The make is Sandwich and it is quite comfortable.
I find the skirt pairs well with more vibrant button downs that might be more risky on their own. Sometimes just throwing a cardigan or vest over a bright shirt works better than it might have solo. I also like the impact of the strong red paired with the bright purple tights.
I have not been thrifting as much lately because it doesn’t fit as well with my new schedule. Before I could hit all the thrift stores in town during my lunch hour, or during the summer when I was working part time, I would do the rounds after lunch. Now I get home at 5 and all the stores are closed and the Salvation Army is not even open on weekends and closes weekdays at 4!
Luckily I have a bit of a backlog of projects. I got these pretty trays this summer. I wasn’t keen on the dark grainy wood look (this picture makes them look nicer than they were), and was initially thinking of keeping the gold. Unfortunately, a) the metal was looking a bit rough and scratched up, and b) trying to tape it up to avoid spraying it was just too tedious. Thus I sprayed it all. Spray painting took me approximately 2 months – I know, sad.
I was a bad spray painter. Sometimes my coats were too thick. Some days were too windy. I ran out of spray paint for the underside and did not feel like taking my bike across town to get more. Eventually they all dried and I brought them inside. These trays or super handy for putting books on, arranging on the ottoman to make it a more solid coffee table, or setting out snacks and drinks for guests.
Yesterday on my way to work I saw a man jogging while juggling.
Driving a PT Cruiser feels like driving a sofa.
I made a wreath. I want to paint the front door, but what colour? Suggestions will be taken into consideration.
For the wreath form I used that pipe foam insulation stuff you put around pipes, pulled it into the circular form and duct taped it. Then I cut about 7 or 8 pieces of letter sized paper into teardrop shapes (kind of randomly – not all the exact same) and folded them in half to give them some volume, and used glue gun to put affix them, overlapping a bit, onto my foam circle.
Do you ever keep a list of things you’d like in your mind, and keep an eye out at thrift stores thinking one day you might just find it? Or on the side of the road for random discards…? Me too!
I finally found a chalkboard for a dollar, perfect for the kitchen. S. had been wanting one for a while. Now it is hanging in a frame collage in our kitchen. Here is a photo series of it’s transformation.
Want to see how this:
Me too! More after the jump.
I have been obsessing over chevron patterns for the past couple months, but other than pinning pillows I like over on Pinterest, I just couldn’t figure out a way to incorporate the sassy zigzags into my house without adding more furniture. Enter the Seussically coloured armoire in need of a makeover (previously a bright purple with grey/blue framing), and it’s makeover back to white and terrible attempt at glazing (I wanted to give it that ‘antiqued’ look, but it went soooooo wrong!). Needless to say, I won’t subject your poor doe eyes to that atrocity, but instead regal you with my three day, 8 hour endeavor into the chevron armoire makeover!
Calculator and ruler – check! I measured and drew on this grid. After starting to tape the first half of the chevrons my arms got tired. I was also about 5 hours into this project and there was a lot of bashing in of walls upstairs, but the noise stopped, so I thought it might be safe to go upstairs.
The next day. House intact, no large holes in walls upstairs, but new wiring for entrance inside light going well, phew! Finish chevron taping.
Now on day 3. Paint in the lines my pretty silver chevrons. Silver paint from dollar store. Paint 2 coats, wait about an hour.
Taking off the tape while it was still damp I got some pretty clean lines. In some areas small amounts of silver paint peeled off, but those were easily touched up. Now that the paint is cured that silver paint is not going anywhere.
I may still have my grid in these pictures, but I used a white eraser and scrubbed all those marks off. I really like how it turned out. It’s still simple and elegant, not too busy as I feared. I wouldn’t want it to become a circus!
Step 1 in my basement spare bedroom decorating missing completed! Step 2? Painting the brass bedframe we found at a garage sale last weekend a delightful and happy peacock blue. Next step after that, finding a bed.
It has been a busy summer of home projects, and furniture makeovers. Currently our shed holds these projects: 4 antique doors, 2 chairs to be reupholstered, 1 bedframe, 1 frame… and I’m sure there is more.
Do you have a DIY fever? Chevron fever? Taking on too many projects? Busy upcycling, crafting, or addicted to Pinterest? Tell!
As I left for work in this outfit, a very sleep Rocket Scientist looked at me and said,
The stripes and the yellow look really pretty together. But what’s that horrible growth coming out of your neck?*
The dude does not like lace, or “doilies,” as he calls them. Which is too bad for him, because if there’s one thing I love it’s a lace necklace. Observe:
Three lace necklaces isn’t too many, right?
And I spotted a spider on the wall, and got distracted (as usual), hence the title of this post.
Do you have any loves (style or otherwise) that others around you just don’t get?
Be sure to check out everyone’s lace concoctions over at Everybody, Everywear?
*To which I responded “it’s not a too-maaah.” Of course.
I saved these lamps from the thrift store, and they will be receiving new life. The biggest draw was the trophy like body on these, and don’t be mistaken, they are quite solid. And heavy. Let’s see what they looked like before.
Those accordion shades had to go. I ended up cutting them off and leaving the lining intact. I liked that the shade was nice and simple, basically a drum. Actually the circumference of the top is two inches smaller than the bottom, and after the shade makeover, they do look a little more curvy than they did with the accordion shade. The accordion fabric was pretty sketchy after I cut it off, dust galore!
These lamps are pretty large, and I have not yet decided if they will live in the living room (and compete with the dining room pendant lamp), or the bedroom.
My first crafty feat of the summer has been accomplished. Hear ye, hear ye, lo and behold: canvas chair covers.
P.S. The white line in front is made of soap, and has already washed off with the rain. Soap is good for fabric marking.
I made a basket out of old recycled magazines, and many, many glue sticks. This basket is similar to those I have recently seen in stores.
Sit in front of the television and rip pages out of the magazine, and fold them into strips. I folded on the diagonal. I found it was easier to mass produce lots of strips while watching a television show of your choosing (I chose Bones). You can make the edges crisp by running a metal ruler over them after folding the page. I didn’t do this at first, and it made handling the paper more difficult, since the paper strips tried to unravel repeatedly as I was trying to glue them into submission.
Next we create the base of the bowl. Create a circle with your paper strips, overlapping the strips at the ends. I used a small line of glue along the paper to create a good bond.
When you deem the base of the structure to be sufficiently large, start slowly building your bowl upwards with your paper strips. I affixed my glue in a thin line along the top of the topmost paper and overlaps the ends of the strips of paper.
When your bowl is large enough, finish it off with a wider strip of paper, folded in half and placed in an upside down v on top of the topmost paper. Then glue on both sides. Clean up glue webs.
Finished product! I am currently Mod Podging my bowl, but it is very sturdy.
Guys, I got so many compliments on this outfit today! My downstairs neighbor who makes my apartment smell like brautwurst every time he grills, coworkers, little old ladies (with surprisingly similar hairdos to mine) at an afternoon lecture, and even a random dude on the street all told me they liked what I was wearing! Sure, the random dude actually said “Got a light?” but I’m hip enough to know that’s just random dude-on-the-street speak for “Hey, looking sassy there, missy!”
Sadly, I can’t take credit for any of today’s look because it’s an amalgam of two shameless copies. First up is the ah-maz-ing Danielle of Keep Warm. I adored her combination of black dress and cardigan with brown accessories so much that I copied it in its entirety. Next up, I’m stealing her pink hair!*
Then I added the latest in my attempts at An-faux-pologie (def: recreating the pieces that Anthro charges absolutely shameful prices for). A few weeks ago I saw the Layers of Grace necklace in a store for the pearl-clutching price of $158.00.
I went home, rummaged through my supply of vintage doilies and buttons from yard sales, and made this (yesh, sorry for photo quality):
A bit more rustic, perhaps, but also free, which always wins out in my book.**
*Not really, Mom. Stop worrying. I’m going to dye my hair purple.
**And it reminds me of an amoeba, so there’s some extra win right there!
30 Days No Repeats Challenge: Day 23
About two weeks ago Katie posted a link to this tutorial on how to hunt create a foam-core deer head mount. Of course I had to give it a try.
A word to those who try this next, cutting foam-core is difficult and hurts the wrist, especially when using an x-acto knife. I was telling the girls at work about this, and one suggested using an electric carving knife – yes, that knife that you take out two or three times a year for Easter/Thanksgiving/Christmas, just like a naughty churchgoer, to cut your turkey/chicken/ham/burnt tofu loaf.
I also decided to give it a try with cardboard. This was much easier on the wrist, but I didn’t have any wrapping paper left at this point, and I just wanted to see if it worked.
I was able to cut two dear heads out of one piece of foam-core, and having neglected to read the instructions, spray adhesively fixed the paper to the foam-core before cutting out the pieces, thought this didn’t cause an apocalypse of foam-core deer head.
I gave the second one to S. to bring to work and hang up in his office, and his coworkers thought he was awesome. But then again I also send him to work with cake or cookies sometimes, so maybe that’s not why.
Today I decided to try my hand at some pattern mixing. Okay, I didn’t decide to pattern mix, but instead was forced. You see, I wanted to wear my nice cotton Millie-made skirt, but I found that I had destroyed my pink t-shirt, and my purple t-shirt, in a mission to decrease wardrobe/create a quilt/get rid of pilled clothing. It seems both these shirts, that were victims of the scissors, were the only two that went with this skirt. Enter pattern mixing with this shirt, which I also made, that has a matching light mocha colour. And I had already shaved my legs, so I had to wear the skirt!
I also decided to wear this necklace, which I made yesterday, from a spoon. More on that after the jump (if you are reading via blog). I got the idea from a pendant necklace Sarah got from an artisan.
Happy Stitch in Public Day, everyone! Due to a schedule that involves a Black-footed ferret and making homemade glow sticks (although not at the same time. Learning that lesson once was more than enough…), I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get out there and stitch, but if you knit, crochet, embroider, applique, etc. and have the chance, go out and show the world what you do!
If I do have the chance to do some stitchin’, I probably need to get back to work on my amoeba.
This outfit is what I put on to finally leave the house after four days of a right miserable cold. I’d gone the whole of winter without the sniffles, and was feeling rather smug about my obviously awesome immune system. Well, pride goeth before seven boxes of tissues. I swear, the germs in my body were organized this time. It reminded me of the old musicals, where everyone would band together to put on a show to save the hotel/school/music hall from certain destruction, but instead of Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse taking turns dancing, it was the virus. “Okay, guys, we’ll open with the sore throat. Then it’ll be time for the big sneezing number, followed by the headache, earache, and cough. Better get all that phlegm ready. And, just when the folks think the show is over, we’ll come back and hit everything at once for the big finale!”
Being stuck in bed with said miserable cold, there wasn’t much to do but watch episodes of Torchwood, read Albion’s Seed (very interesting, but what a slogger to get through. Why, internet, am I reading a text book for fun?) and shred this shirt. The shirt turned out to be the winning activity, as the act o’ shredding is surprisingly theraputic, and requires only 34 brain cells, just about what I could manage. Forgive the holes at the bottom – surprise sneeze attacks while shredding can do that to a shirt.
I was inspired by Raquel Allegra’s amazing shredded t-shirts, like this one.
The shredding is actually amazing easy to do, it just takes time. This shirt = 3 episodes of Torchwood + 1/2 of Radiolab. The shirt quality isn’t the best, and I kept coming across little thread bumps that slowed me down, but get a nicely woven shirt and it should come apart easy-peesy. Because I was sick I didn’t document le shredding process, but praise be to the internet because others already have.
Wearing the shirt over a dress won as a styling choice because, while mobile, I was still recovering when I took these photos and therefore determined to only wear things that felt like pajamas. However, when I wear this shirt again, I think I’ll do so unbelted over jeans and really embrace the slouch that shredding creates.
Many, many thanks to all your kind and thoughtful comments regarding what I should submit for consideration for the upcoming eco-fair. After some prototyping that left me covered in fabric and thread, I came up with one of the designs I’ll be submitting: the super-long braided scarf. Each circle scarf is made out of two shirts (and the entire shirt gets used) and is around 10 feet long when you stretch it out.
Between working on prototypes for the fair and an amazing-two-years-in-the-making-but-I-can’t-talk-about-it-yet project at work, my mental capacity is severly diminished. In fact, it took me an hour to write the phrase “mental capacity is severly diminished,” because the first version was “head hurt, sleep now.” Basically, my conversation level is right around here:
If I show up tomorrow with big eyebrows and a fake mustache, don’t worry. It’s just Pierre’s third cousin who has an ear on the side of his head.
P.S. Are you tired of seeing this dress yet? Too bad, ’cause I’m not tired of wearing it. Settle in, kiddies it’s going to be a long green dress ride.
I’ve been invited to submit some samples of textile art for consideration to be sold at my community’s Sustainability Fair in a few months. This is a pretty big deal for me since a) I’ve never given my pieces to anyone except people I know and b) I’ve never charged for them. Eeep!
The criteria for submittal is that the pieces need to be made out of recycled/upcycled/vintage bits (seeing as we’re all sustainable and such), so I’ve decided to offer my upcycled scarves made out of old shirts. The question then becomes, what type(s) of scarves to make? I need to send in photos of my work in a few weeks.
So here are some possibilities:
Looped Jersey Scarf
Half-Looped Jersey Scarf (go here for more photos of how I wear it)
Braided Jersey Scarf
Shredded Oxford Shirt Scarf
Some Combination of Jersey and Oxford (I haven’t made this one yet, but there are images in my mind of how the two materials could be combined)
This is where I’m thrilled that people so much more stylish than me read this blog – what do you think? If you were my customer, what style(s) would catch your eye?
When I thrifted this Liberty of London dress, I knew I’d never wear it as a dress. The halter style – two strings branching out from a hot pink tube top, looks very unbalanced on a larger bust. However, this dress was one of the few pieces from the line that wasn’t made of polyester and the floral print is gorgeous, so I knew it had potential. All I did was tuck the bodice into the skirt and, voila, a pretty floral skirt that can be worn either on my hips or higher on my waist! If I ever get a sewing machine, I think my first project might be turning this into a proper skirt, as the bodice had a decided need for attention and kept trying to creep out.
After Chelsie’s gorgeous combination of black shirt and lace necklace, I knew exactly what jewelry to wear. Originally I was going to wear this lace piece again,
but I think the fullness of the layered crochet necklace complements the fullness of the skirt and the puffs of my sleeves (alright, who else thought of Anne Shirley just then?).
In an idea world, I’d pose for outfit photos next to this tree on Ward Island in Toronto.
The Rocket Scientist strongly dislikes all things of a lace-like persuasion. Luckily for me, he’s been away at a conference so I can wear lace to my heart’s content. Unluckily for him, I got bored and hid doilies throughout his apartment while he was gone. I think he’ll find the ones on the television and sofa pretty quickly, but the ones in his vegetable drawer and snow boots are surprises for later.
I’ve been wanting to make a lace necklace for a while now, and about a month ago I found this lace collar at a local antique store. It took me another couple weeks to get some fabric stiffener and a length or chain, and got around to putting it together this past weekend. I’m enjoying the contrast of the black with the white lace. Crispy.
So, for years my mom was insistent that I really should be using one of those dayplanner things, to keep track of my many and varied social events.* I would dutifully acquire one, use it halfheartedly for a week or two, and then it would languish unused in my backpack or on my desk or somewhere for the rest of the year. I’d rather just have a list of things that need doing, and a list of deadlines, than write down all the stuff I should do on a specific day. Eventually my mom gave up on it, realizing that it just wasn’t going to happen.
But it’d be good to have some sort of repository of notes, lists, and deadlines, and while puttering around on Etsy I found just the ticket. Except, of course, it needed more bells and whistles (read: unnecessary pockets). I’m a little leery about linking the original source, because her store blurb has a comment to the effect of “Don’t copy my idea!” and, well, I totally did. I’ve no intention of making more of these, or selling this one, though, so I’m not too bent out of shape about it. Plus her version, while very nice (and probably less plagued by slightly skewed parts), just didn’t have enough unnecessary pockets.
So, behold the nanaimo organizer:
Opened up, the panel on the left will hold a calendar (once I print one off) and the pocket on the right holds a small notebook. The upper band make sure things don’t flop out, and the weird strip on the inside of the closing flap is for holding safety pins and hair clips.
The calendar flap opens out, revealing two pockets for assorted papers, notes, and whatever else I pick up in my travels.
The yellow part on the outside is a pocket, on both the front and the back. Stealthy!
It folds up nicely, and the spine accommodate the spiral ring notebook. The notebook actually helps the calendar flap keep its shape and not go all bendy when it’s folded over.
It’s made out of brown twill and cotton linen, and it closes with magnets. This is the first time I’ve sewn with magnets, and they are a huge pain in the butt. They’re strong, so they’ll work through several layers of fabric (which is good) but they stick to EVERYTHING. The face plate on my sewing machine, the ironing board, the needle, pins, my scissors…. oy. Couple that with the irritating interfacing** with glue on both sides, and this thing had its headaches. I didn’t take into account the bulk involved in folding it into thirds, so the pen slot doesn’t work (the pen fits, but it makes the spine too bulky and the flap doesn’t close properly) — I’m going to make a little pocket on the notebook pocket to slide a pen into. The flap doesn’t close quite evenly (the magnets went in slightly skewed, I think), which is irritating me no end but I’d have to rip apart the whole thing to fix it and that’s not happening. The calendar panel went a little wonky too, and the long inside pocket fell prey to the “things sag in the middle when you turn them right side out and iron the bejeebus out of them because you interfaced the seam allowances too when really you shouldn’t've” trap… Such are the pitfalls of making things with bright contrasts. If it was all brown, it’d be much less obvious, but it’d also be much more boring. That said, my poor machine’s glad this is done — it sounded like it was coughing up a hairball trying to chunk though the thick seams at the end. That interfacing is not to be trifled with.
* Hah, I wish.
** For the non seamstresses in the audience, interfacing is a stiffener/stabilizer that is either ironed or sewn on to fabric to give it body, strength, and stiffness. It comes in all sorts of weights, and is tremendously useful for waistbands and collars and such.
I was leafing through some book catalogues today when I came across this book. Sounds interesting.
In Refashioned Bags, you’ll learn how to create carryalls, clutches, laptop bags, totes, and more. And all of them will get a unique look, whether from the use of an old wool sweater, an ex-boyfriend’s neckties, extra shower curtains, dad’s hand-me-down suit jacket, a quilt, an umbrella, or even a bath mat. Some of the inventive and one-of-a-kind bags you’ll learn to make include:
• Boho Hobo Bag
• Sweater Computer Cozy
• Dapper Diaper Bag
• Dolce Doily Purse
• Le Zip Sac
• Tux Redux Bag And more!
Helpful diagrams accompany the step-by-step instructions, along with bonus crafting ideas, fun facts, and tips and tricks from top bag designers in the DIY field who work with, at times, unusual materials. By following just a few easy steps that require little more than cutting, folding, gluing, and basic stitching, you’ll be able to add refashioned bag designer to your repertoire.
9 amazon customers gave this book a five star rating, do you?
Tie dye prints are popping up everywhere, and they’re much cuter than they used to be, no? The simple and sometimes random patterns and limited color palates (usually only 2) feel much more sophisticated that the rainbow swirls of yore.
Since I’ve recently gone pattern-mad, I decided I wanted some tie dye pieces of my own. But since I also hate to buy when I can make myself, I hunted through my closet for some pieces to diy myself. The results? A scarf, a skirt, and some leggings. Only one problem: The scarf is navy, the skirt is maroon, and the leggings are dark grey. Dark colors don’t tie dye so well, and the idea of bleaching everything and then dyeing them didn’t appeal to me so much. The solution? Just use the bleach.
Discharge dyeing, also know as reverse tie dyeing, is when you use a dye remover to remove color from fabric (instead of adding dye to fabric). The technique works with all colors, but is definitely the most dramatic the darker a colored fabric you start with. Here’s how it’s done: Continue reading
I’m not crazy about today’s photo, but I left my tripod (and by mine, I mean The Rocket Scientist’s) at home and by the time I got home it was dark and snowy. However, I LOVED today’s outfit.
A while back (when I was still allowed to shop), I thrifted a man’s plaid shirt with a plan to turn it into some sort of tunic. I couldn’t get the shape quite right, and it was too big to wear as a shirt, so it languished in my closet, ignored and unloved. The other night I got the idea to turn it into a scarf. I’ve made plenty of scarves out of jersey shirts before (btw, it’s super easy to do, people who are selling Necklushes for $70), but never out of a cotton weave like an oxford shirt has. I knew the strips wouldn’t curl, but I thought I could get them to fray a bit. So I cut up the shirt, turned it into a scarf, and got oodles of compliments from coworkers and strangers on the street. Not the best photo of it, but it was dark and snowy!
In keeping with the menswear theme, I added my mustache comb necklace. I wanted a mustache necklace for years*, and I could only ever find two kinds: gorgeously made and expensive, and cheapo plastic that looks like it came out of a vending machine.** I finally found this one, which is not only shaped like a mustache, but has comb teeth on the bottom. That way, if you have a mustache you can comb your mustache with your mustache comb (literally!) and be all meta like that.
It’s also official – I need more long cardigans. Why did I ever buy short ones?
In the spirit of the mustache necklace, here’s a baby bib I just finished for my friend’s new baby:
It’s an odd style of bib, because it pulls on and off over the baby’s head and has a back bib (for all the times the kid dumps pureed peas down it’s back? Do kids do things like that?), so it sort of looks like a poncho or a zarape. I think next time I have to embroider a big ol’ bandit’s mustache on one…
*I feel the need to state that I was not part of the hipster mustache movement. I loved mustaches as accessories long before people were tattooing them on their fingers and wearing them on shirts ironically. Besides, no one could ever mistake me for a hipster – I went to far too many Backstreet Boys concerts as a teenager and may still have several of their CDs hidden in the secret compartment of my car…
**You can get furry mustaches out of vending machines for $0.50, as I discovered when coworkers and I went to Pizza Hut for the lunch buffet!
Update: Wow, that really is an awful photo of the scarf. I promise, it’s way cuter than it looks. I guess this just means i have to wear it again soon and take another picture!