1. We are about to embark on a huge-ginormous remodel of a lifetime!
We’ll be adding an entry way, a mudroom, a laundry room, an office, a better downstairs bathroom (better than our existing porch bathroom – don’t ask), a (small) pantry in the kitchen, a larger-than-life American-dream island, and a bay dining area among other things.
And here’s what I’m especially looking forward to:
Mr. GORBACHEV, TEAR DOWN THIS WALL!
The horrific obstruction between our kitchen and our future living area.
I plan to paint “Out, damn spot!” on the wall of my new laundry room. Removing stains from our good clothing is one of my more meaningful existential battles.
We’ll be moving into a house around the corner for the duration of this project, which is perfect because my girl can still ride the same school bus, among other things.
2. I am helping with the costumes for the first-grade play.
Mainly, it included going through the school’s stash and plucking out the pieces that would work for this particular storyline. I will only have to sew a couple of elementary pieces and crochet eight red balls to represent apples. I decided it’s easier than sewing them.
3. And speaking of crocheting:
Lookie what I made for my girl! I didn’t use a pattern – the whole thing is just a doily down below and a tube up above – just some basic stitches and the constant adding and decreasing after trying it repeatedly on my little model. I’ve learned basic crocheting at the age of 6 and continued doing it on and off for nearly three decades, so yes, it is the easiest (and the most enjoyable) form of handwork for me.
This skirt fits – and twirls – perfectly, if I do say so myself.
4. My husband says that crocheting an entire garment is not like the miracle of Hanukkah.
It is too!
5. Unlike crocheting, knitting is relatively new to me, and I would say it’s getting better.
This scarf is for my little son – I lurve this tight little pattern – and it’s super easy for a beginner like myself.
I gotta keep churning these out because the kids fight over my hand-knits. Isn’t that sweet?
It’s like I always say – it ain’t done right if it’s not worth going to war for.
6. Quilting is addictive!
Meet my first quilt, made entirely out of “Gypsy Girl” charm squares by Moda (I used two packs). This tiny one is for my baby – it’s a little less than halfway done in this picture. Doesn’t it scream “East of the Balkans?” It most certainly does. I couldn’t imagine starting out with any other fabric. I plan to quilt it relatively intricately on my home machine using wavy lines. Delicious!
Although this quilt is not yet finished, I am already plotting my next one – a rainbow quilt!
Send help now.
Also, Fancy Nancy has a fancy new shirt. With velcro closure in the back. Don’t you love velcro?
I can’t stop sewing, man.
7. Ya gotta be a particular kind of crazy to make a “practice” birthday cake.
In general, I feel like homemade themed cakes are a little over the top, especially if they feature such anathema as fondant.
That said, this sailboat cake, although it misses a few elements and needs a different bottom frosting (lighter-colored and more spreadable), seemed simple enough to make for my boy’s upcoming fourth birthday.
Why hot-pink sails, you ask? Two reasons – my boy loves pink, and a scarlet-sailed ship represents a Russian literary reference. Am I not an English major?
Here he is. No gender stereotypes in this house!