We took Sabrina and some of her friends to the Butterfly Center for her birthday. It was the perfect low stress solution after returning home from vacation (and not having enough time to really clean house).
That is, until my mom had a brilliant idea.
"Why don't we make butterfly wings for all the girls?"
This was Thursday night. The outing was Saturday morning.
But the idea was inspired. And my mom is an artist. She made us homemade costumes every halloween and would obviously be up for a sweatshop.
So I drew up a sketch and took measurements.
Then I went to JoAnne's fabric during lunch break on friday to see if anything struck my fancy.
I found the perfect wing fabric and supplies.
Then I remembered I had some black corduroy that would be perfect for the thorax.
So Friday night we had a good old fashioned sweatshop.
I sewed the wings.
Mom painted them.
And did a late night model session.
It really was a brilliant idea, and the girls loved them.
Sabrina has worn her wings all over the neighbourhood.
i seem to be on the lucky receiving end of the prize train this past week! up first is a set of key chains that both claire and i won (claire, if you respond quickly i'll let you pick which one i send you) after we solved a thrifty mystery over at my friend blair's blog mcmaven haven.
And I experienced my personal knitting nirvana. I'm making a bib for my niece and my sister could not have picked a more perfect yarn. The yarn complimented the view, and I even had a margarita beside me.
It got me thinking, what is your knitting nirvana?
the completely amazing kathy over at work in progress is going to have a baby very very soon! lily and i joined crafty forces to make a "welcome to the world" gift:
i knit up a seamless baby shrug (rav link). i wasn't sure what a baby in hawaii would need as far as handknits go... so i settled on cotton shrug, figuring there would be cool ocean/mountain breezes or overly enthusiastic air conditioning to contend with at some point this summer.
and miss lillian decorated the onesie. kathy calls baby "wiggle," so a wiggle worm seemed the obvious choice.
sending so much love and best wishes to kathy, partner, and sweet baby wiggle!!
reading: a murder at rosamund's gate by susanna calkins. while i am a fan of historical fiction, i am not normally a reader of murder mystery novels. that said, this book was written by a friend of a friend, and my friend was so excited that her friend's novel was being published i got swept up in the excitement and decided to give it a read. i have to say i'm not sorry i did. i don't think it will make me a fan of murder mystery novels in general, but i am definitely enjoying myself as i follow lucy through 17th century london on the trail of her friend's killer.
crocheting: i'm working away on my granny stripe afghan (pattern link) for my niece hattie. i love this project. every single thing about it - the colors, the treble clusters, the zen inducing calm that come from crocheting all those mesmerizing rows... love i tell you, love!
it's been a while since i yarn alonged - tell me what y'all are reading these days!